Saturday, November 28, 2009
With me flat on my back and Bill swamped with work, you'd think having 12 house guests for Thanksgiving might be a disaster. But really it was a delight. With lots of air mattresses we crammed everyone into the house. I don't think we've ever had so much of my family under the same roof for so long and I don't think we've ever had so much fun.
On Tuesday a group went to Disneyland.
On Wednesday everyone helped get ready for the big feast and then went to the beach. The weather was perfect 80 and clear. Obviously, I stayed home, so no photos.
On Thursday we did more meal prep and then the beach again. It was wonderful how much everyone pitched in. Mike made pie crusts; Ben, Stefan and Michelle did pie fillings. Erik cooked stuffing; my dad, Mary, and Zoe made the butterflake rolls. Mike cooked the turkey. Bill made gravy. Cheri roasted squash. Stefan prepared the cranberry ice, Mike froze it.
Everyone also helped with the table setting. I was perhaps a bit fussy about setting a pretty table. But a well set table was important to my mom. We used persimmons and persimmon leaves for place cards. I spent Thanksgiving and most of my time downstairs reclined on a brown chaise lounge. While I was hobbling around setting the table. My nephews--Ben and Stefan-- set my chair. In the middle of the chair sat a plate with a persimmon that read, Aunt Ruthie. On one arm rest sat a glass, knife and spoon, on the other a fork and napkin.
We ate just a little after sunset-- a little later than usual but it meant that we could have candles and that Bill could make it to dinner.
All in all it was a very happy thanksgiving. And though maybe I did a bit too much with my bad back. I didn't do any dishes. And that is something to be thankful for.