Friday, November 27, 2009

Of Ticks and Turkeys

Our guests have come, eaten, and gone.  We are now trying to figure out where to put all the leftovers.  The hot water just ran out, so we’re taking a break.

The last two days have been a cooking marathon.  But today just before we got serious about roasting the turkey, we had a Jake crisis.  Dan found what appeared to be a rather large tick on Jake’s side. 

Everyone stopped what they were doing and came to assist in the removal of said tick.  Jake was a good patient, welcoming all the attention and undoubtedly glad to get rid of the blood-sucking thing.  Rachel sterilized the tweezers and David managed to get it out with the head in tact.  Dan kept Jake calm.  And I took pictures.  Coming from the South, I was used to dogs getting ticks, but this was the first one Jake had had in 11 years.

After the tick had been flushed, we all returned to our labors and Jake pouted out on the deck because no one would throw his Kong.

As all our guests descended on us at once, I sort of panicked.  But after a couple of glasses of wine, I got into the rhythm of entertaining and let people do things to help out. 

It seemed like we ate literally for hours.  It was so interesting to realize that all the children who used to be running around together on Thanksgiving are now young adults.  They are all good kids.

All in all there were more successes than failures in the food arena.  The turkey was the best ever,  The gravy was the worst.  They loved the soup and the kale and both kinds of potatoes.  The winter squash, so-so.

Ironically they ate more of my pie than the perfect pie.  Go figure.  Maybe people are attracted to irregularity.  The crust was good tasting and it definitely did not look store-bought.

Tomorrow Rachel and I will get up and go to the gym and it will be just another Friday.  We’ll meet Deborah and her husband for lunch and she and I will play some music. 

We probably won’t have 19 people for dinner for a long time.  But it was actually a lot of fun despite the hard work.

Hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

(Note:  If  you click on the top photo, you will see a plate made by Dan in kindergarten.  I found it today as I was looking for 19 place settings.)


Blogger Cyndy said...

Sounds like a wonderful meal! So you are going to the gym tomorrow - meanwhile, my word verification is "flabs" which seems quite appropriate.

4:32 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Glad more dishes worked out than didn't. We had a few failures, too, which I hope to write about later today. :)

Anyway, sounds like a wonderful meal.

7:52 AM  
Anonymous lr said...

A rich potpourri of adventure at the Diskin house as usual, created a memorable Thanksgiving!

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad your day was a success! I'm sure the company was even more fine than the food. Yesterday evening when our guest left after our delicious meal, we took the dog for a stroll. Mostly the streets and homes were dark and quiet, but then we'd walk by a home full of light, and we'd peek in at the folks chattering while they washed up, or leaning back after their second piece of pie, or toasting each other. A lovely anonymous way to share in the communal cheer!


1:51 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Cyndy -- Hopefully I worked off some of those extra flab calories.

Steve -- I was pleased with our success rate. I can't wait to hear what worked and what didn't work in your meal.

LR -- Potpourri is a nice way of putting it!

Anon -- I love the idea of anonymously sharing in the communal cheer!

2:48 PM  

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