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A Thanksgiving memory that makes me smile.

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November 22, 2009 - 12:38pm

A couple of years back we all decided to gather in the desert for Thanksgiving at my sister in-laws house in honor of her (she had passed several weeks earlier). We decided none of us wanted to cook so we pre ordered our dinner from Safeway, sounds easy right? Well, we weren't in a hurry to eat so we put off picking it up until 3:00 Thanksgiving day just before they closed (I know I can hear you shouting "Are You Nuts", perhaps . Any who, we picked up our meal hungry and excited to get home and eat it. When we walked in the house the guys had lovingly set the table (or perhaps they did it because they wanted to eat right away) seeing this we decided to serve it up. We figured we would have to reheat a few things so we got right to it, ha guess what.....EVERYTHING was frozen! Yup, you read right FROZEN SOLID! Oh my we now had to figure out what was the fastest way to thaw mashed potatoes, stuffing, pumpkin pie, an entire turkey and green bean salad with just one medium microwave. I boiled water and we had dishes of hot water with floating potatoes, pies, stuffing etc inside.

Now, let me defer from that for a moment because the Thanksgiving fun did not end there. My sister in-law raised miniature pinchers and had a kennel in the back yard. Well, it was time to feed the little guys and to our horror one of them shot out of the kennel like a rocket. Suddenly every adult was in the yard cooing and calling this tiny dog and he was having none of it, off he ran through the fence. To explain the difficulty here she lives in the desert with wide open spaces filled with tumble weeds and coyotes beyond her gates. My niece is out the gate in her stocking feet keeping an eye on where he goes and the guys are on quads trying to herd him back home, trust me these are not cowboys! Finally the little guy returns to the confines of the property and once again they are perplexed on how to get him back in his cage. My husband and his brother go back to their kid rabbit catching days and put some meat in his cage and attach a string to the cage door, once he went for the meat WHAM they yanked on a fishing pole they had attached to the gate handle, the door was shut and he was safe once again. Poor little thing was exhausted, he got a bit more treats that night and a pedicure to ensure he had not hurt his paws.

Okay, back to the frozen meal. As I read the instructions on how to prepare this meal I discovered although it was cooked it still required an hour in the oven to complete the process AHHHHH! Mind you this all started at 3:00, we finally sat down to dinner at 8:00. Don't worry we didn't miss our dessert; we just ate it first and had the main course last.

All this said I am thankful for my faith, family (extra thankful for the 3 grand children) and friends. I am thankful for my health, I am thankful for all of you here who so freely show how much you care. And of course I am tremendously thankful for my husband who has never wavered in his love and support of his rather goofy wife.



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Thanks for sharing. I am sure over the years there have been many fun Thanksgiving. My husband had a great sense of humor and we usually had fun when the family got together. His sense of humor also extended to his cancer diagnosis. Thanksgiving came just a few short weeks after we learned that he had stage 4 colon cancer and a not wonderful prognosis. Dinner was at one of our son's. His mother-in-law and father-in-law were also there. My husband really liked the turkey skin. So he was standing in the kitchen eating a piece of skin. The mother-in-law came in and told him not to eat the skin because it wasn't good for him. He looked at her with a very straight face and said,"What's it going to do, kill me? I don't know, but I don't think I have to worry too much about that." The rest of us started to laugh. She was mortified when she thought about it and the only one who didn't think it was funny.

I, too, am thankful for my faith and church family, for my wonderful sons, daughters-in-law, and four beautiful granddaughters. I'm thankful for all those who have called, sent cards, and invited me to lunch. God blessed my husband and me with more time than we expected, and we made many memories. Fay

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