Talkin’ Turkey

I’ve always felt really bad for Thanksgiving. The poor little holiday that’s tucked in between the candy-fest of Halloween and the chaos of Christmas. I think our Canadian neighbors have the right idea celebrating in October.  I’m fairly certain the pilgrims wouldn’t mind.

One of my ancestors was a pilgrim.  He had the dubious honor of being one of the first two people to be put in the stocks in the New World.  The other fellow was the one he was fighting over a girl with.  She ended up married to someone else.

I am eligible to be a member of the Mayflower Society.  When I was younger, I really wanted to be a part of this elite group.  Although I never did the paperwork, so I guess I didn’t want it that bad.  Perhaps the younger generations will care to join. 

The youngest generation of our family is on the other side of the pass.  We’ve been planning on heading over there to see her for the holiday.  Of course we’d also love to see her adorable brother and sister.  And her grandma.  Oh, and her mom.  And her daddy.

Shelly, of course can’t wait to see her favorite dog in the world, Nico.  He lives on the other side of the pass too.  Nico likes Shelly well enough, but I get the feeling that the love is not equally reciprocated.  I get the feeling that Nico just loves the ladies.  Don’t tell Shelly though…it would break her heart. 

As much as we would love to see everyone, the thought of traveling for more than six hours  over a cold and icy pass with six people and two dogs seems to be making us rethink our plan.  There is a very good possibility that we will be celebrating Thanksgiving at home. 

In a last minute effort to plan the menu, I sent a link the Martha Stewart’s vegetarian feast to all the members of our family to see what they thought.  To my surprise, Shaun thought it was a great idea.  My dad wasn’t nearly as thrilled with the thought of a meat-free Thanksgiving. 

It’s a good thing I bought a turkey a few days ago and have it thawing in the downstairs refrigerator…

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! (I’m pretty impressed that you made it all the way down here!)

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9 Responses to Talkin’ Turkey

  1. Kat says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Whatever you end up doing, I hope it is a very special and memorable holiday for you all! Take care!

  2. sinkuenta says:

    Susan, I would really like to be in America and see how people celebrate Thanksgiving… and also see what the weather is like at this time of year. Here, the winter hasn’t come yet to this part of the world and we are having higher temperatures than ever before. I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!!

    • Susan says:

      I can’t believe I didn’t take any photos! The weather here…grey and rainy…but that’s Seattle for ya! Come visit next November and see all for yourself!

  3. Tylor says:

    So is there some kind of genetic personality that was passed down from your trouble-maker pilgrim ancestor?

    I kid of course.

    If I remember right my ancestors were among the waves of Irish and German immigrants so I guess I won’t be getting into the the Mayflower Society (but I still have St. Patrick’s Day!)

    • Susan says:

      I keep getting lumped into that St Patrick madness too, just because I have a family of redheads. I long ago stopped bothering with telling folks that I’m NOT Irish!!

  4. Happy Thanksgiving!

    I’m totally impressed with your ability to be flexible with your plans.

  5. Kathy Ariano says:

    What exactly is a ‘pass’? And how far is it?
    We did something new this year: pork tenderloins. I marinated them and then husband cooked them on the grill, freeing up the oven for all the traditional stuff.
    I hope your day, no matter what you ate, was wonderful.

    • Susan says:

      I forgot not everyone knows about the passes! Western and Eastern Washington are separated by the Cascade Mountain ranges. There are just a few mountain passes that you can drive through to get to the other side. So you are climbing, climbing, climbing and then headed down, down, down! Not so bad in good weather or if you are planning on skiing.

      What? No turkey! 🙂

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