Friday, November 28, 2008

Weekend Chat Line...Stuffed Turkey? Yup that's me!

I went to my brother's in Mahomet, Ill. as usual this year for Thanksgiving dinner. It takes a little over an hour to get to his home and all the way I'm flat out salivating!

I actually began to envision the table as I put the car in reverse, and started to back out of my drive. I know, I'm disgusting...but you've got to understand, as a single person I rarely cook anymore.

It's a tradition in our arrive early and everyone helps prepare the meal. There is always some great wine and and horsdoeuves to enjoy while the preparations take place.

My job this year was the gravy. Since, as you know, this is one of the last dishes to happen...I had plenty of time to graze the horsdoeuves, enjoy the wine, catch up on family 'business', and play with the little ones running around before I was called to duty.

My brother Ron really put the pressure on when it was time to make the gravy...first of all he announced that he wanted it 'velvety smooth'. I thought, no problem, I can do that...then he handed me a recipe. If I had known I was going to have to follow a recipe for gravy I wouldn't have had that last glass of wine!

The table was beautifully set and the food was spectacular, even the gravy. All ten of us, (7 adults and 3 toddlers), held hands as my brother led us in prayer. The meal came together only a little over an hour late...but no one noticed. We were all having too much fun.

I ate until I felt like the turkey...stuffed. I'm not certain, but I think my feet even swelled up! On the drive home I couldn't help but think about how miserable I was and all the people in the world who go hungry every day.

I woke up this morning still full...and knew I had to do something to repent. I went to the store, purchased two bags of groceries, and took them to the local food pantry.

I was still full...but I felt better.

I'd like to say "I will never eat too much on Thanksgiving day ever again" but it would be a lie....then I would have to repent for that. So for now I hope the two bags of groceries will make up for my glutenous ways...until next year.

No questions today...I just want to express my thankfulness for the pure joy that family brings into my life.

My own daughter and grandson are far away in New York. It's so wonderful to spend these holidays with my brother and his wife, their two girls, their husbands, and their young families.

There is nothing quite so pleasurable as the sound of little feet running through the house and family hugs.

The "Chat Line" is open... Remember...when you share, others are blessed.

I sincerely hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving,

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Quilt Knit said...

I think we are all blessed when We can seat down and stuff ourselves full. Free and Happy to see all of Our family. My son and I had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I did all the cooking including the Traditional Giblet Gravy, nice and tasty lumpy with boiled egg and Neck meat, veggies, and good Turkey broth. We had non traditional Chili Pepper cornbread. All was Yummy!
My thoughts were Over-there.
I did not overeat!
Great job on donating more food.
((( Circle of Hugs)))

Marsha Robinett said...

Isn't it great to be with family? I do believe this is what holidays are all about. I'm proud of you for your self control. I have good intentions every year, but by the time I arrive and smell the food...well, you know the story.

I was just glad I could do something to redeem my foolishness.

Quilt Knit said...

It was great! I just hope Next Year, that I am with both my sons. However, it would better if they were with their Father and His family. They (my sons) need to be with their Father and Friends. After all I had them during the most important years of their lives. As hard as it hurt, When they were own their own, I could see they had plans, I told them it is ok, I have had you for a long time. You have to make your own decisions.
I know I will be alone next year on the Holidays - It is ok. I did not mean for them to be stuck to me.
Are you still near the Turkey and desserts? I had a delicious small bowl of leftovers tonight, That brings a close to the main meal. Just Turkey left. Now for, Turkey and new veggies.
Oh, yes, a sweet potato pie.
So, yes! It is wonderful to be with my children.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Marsha, for sharing your Thanksgiving day happenings. We had a wonderful day made eespecially fun with a two year old. My junior in college son was home, so extra special. In playing with the toddler, I forgot how smart little kids are. We had a ball. Hugs to you and wishing you more happy holidays to come.

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