Nowadays, the signal has changed to me in the kitchen, making pies and (this year) one spectacular cake. I got up Wednesday morning and was baking and filling pies by 7 a.m. At 1:05, I was done. (That's why I take that day off of work.... can you imagine trying to start all that at 5 p.m.?) Then I ran around like a mad woman doing a bit of cleaning and adding a blanket to the guest room bed for Little Helen, who is always cold. Jumped in the shower and got dressed so I could be sitting in my manicurist's chair by 4 p.m. Treating yourself to a manicure is a really lovely way to reward all the hard work you've completed. Ahhhh.
Thanksgiving Day itself we got up at the crack because my sister had called and said the Turkey Trot people needed help with setup because they'd had more than the usual number of pre-registrations and were behind processing everything. We were greeted by several bulletin boards that had this:
I never knew cutting up so many oranges could be fun, until I had precious four year old Gracie standing on a stool inbetween Mr. Helen and me "helping" us. Funny how the little things like that will be the memories of this Thanksgiving. That and the fact that usually only around 500 people trot. This year there was a record breaking crowd of 900!
We jumped in here somewhere and took off on the three mile trot. I have no idea how long it took me - I didn't even wear a watch, let alone my Garmin. It was COLD here Thanksgiving morning - and overcast - and windy because we were near the water. By the 8:45 start of the trot it was all of around 35 degrees. But crazy people here? They trot and DIP. Not me. Since the event was being held in Gary's memory, my sister was determined right up until the end... and she just couldn't bring herself to fully do it so here's what she did:
and here they are after their successful dip!
Remember the mixed nuts I mentioned above? I'm just saying!
For our actual Thanksgiving celebration, we had 30 people and it ended up being a great time for us all. The last time these families had been together we were laying Gary to rest. It was so wonderful to have this time to cherish and honor his memory. Very healing.
Funny, I had been dreading this holiday a bit because we have been in mourning for so long, It turned out to be one of the best Thanksgivings I can remember in recent years. This year, I can truly say, I