Thursday, November 23, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you all had a wonderful day. Our day started about like yesterday with cool temperatures and having to use the furnace in FRED to stay warm, but soon the sun was out and it was another beautiful fall day.
After breakfast Anne and her cousin Nancy started back in the kitchen. There was dressing to make, along with sweet potato souffle, English pea casserole, fruit salad, sauteed squash, green beans and asparagus with lots of clean up along the way. There was also a lot of visiting and good times. Anne’s brother Jim picked Mama Ruby up from assisted living and brought her to the house for the day. Later in the morning David and Andrew, Nancy’s sons, arrived from Atlanta. They reported an easy drive this morning. The catching up with each other continued as we worked and laughed together. Jim got busy on the preparation of the turkey and then the frying. Jim has an indoor electric turkey fryer, that he uses outside to avoid the mess in the kitchen. Jim has been using his fryer for several years and can cook a great, moist, flavorful turkey.
Everything came together and the seven of us sat down to a feast about 2:00. While we were still at the table Anne’s nephew Tray, his wife Malia and their two children arrived. They had already eaten but had a little with us anyway. It was great to see them. The kids are growing up so fast and we enjoyed hearing what Tray and Malia are doing these days. None of us needed it but after the meal we shared coconut, pumpkin, and pecan pie along with some wonderful brownies a neighbor brought to us. Later in the afternoon Anne’s brother Sonny and his wife Jan stopped by for a visit. So, Mama Ruby had all her kids together for part of the day. She was a happy Mom. It was so good to see her enjoying everyone. She became really tired by about 4:30 and so we took her back to assisted living and got her settled back in there. Praying that she rests well tonight and that we really didn’t get her too tired today. Sonny and Jan were leaving as we returned to Mom’s house and Jim headed back to Atlanta with David shortly after that. Nancy and Andrew are staying the night and will be leaving in the morning as will we. It was in some ways a bittersweet day. It is strange to be at Mom’s house with out her. It was hard to take her back to assisted living and then return to her house without her. But, we are so thankful for our family and wonderful memories made today. It was a good day.