Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Day 23: Still Hanging In There!

Earlier today, I thought I felt the early signs of paralysis coming on--the droopy eyelids, the slurred speech--but it turns out that's just me waking up in the morning. Now I really did feel like the botulism was setting in around lunchtime, but it passed. If I'm still alive by 5 a.m. Thursday morning E.S.T., I think we can safely say I successfully canned a jar of spaghetti sauce without killing myself or my loved ones.

I have my list of Thanksgiving prep on the fridge: Turkey breast (our oven is too small for a whole bird--have I mentioned how much I hate my oven?), stuffing, cornbread dressing (I made the cornbread yesterday, and it's sitting on the counter getting stale, and yes, I will proudly own up to the fact that it's Jiffy cornbread, forty-five cents a box), fruit salad (wonderful concoction, my mother's recipe, made with pineapple, maraschino cherries, tiny marshmallows, and whipped cream), LaSeur baby peas, mashed potatoes, cranberry jelly (from the can, ridges in tact), pumpkin pie and apple pie. Jack is in charge of the apple pie; Will and I will bake pumpkin pie in the morning.

We're staying home for Thanksgiving, did I mention that? I'm sorry to miss out on any extended family fun, but I'm glad not to have to travel. I like being home, and this will be our first Thanksgiving at home since Will was born nine years ago.

So what are you thankful for? I'm thankful for my good husband, my fine children, and my silly dog. I'm thankful to live in such a beautiful place. I'm thankful for my church, my health, and my car that starts every morning. And I'm thankful for you. I look forward to the day when we're all gathered together. Won't that be something?


Pom Pom said...

Yes, yes! That WILL be something! So fun!
Good for you, staying home!
I can't wait until the turkey button pops up! YUMMY!

Tracy said...

Oh my word that will be something alright. What a wonderful treasure to look forward to!

Obviously we don't celebrate Thanksgiving here, but I think it's something I would love. If I ever have occasion to live in the US this is definitely something I would look forward to. Especially if you were to invite my out-of-town family to your place. Your meal sounds absolutely divine. Take a photo, will you and I'll enjoy it from afar!

I am going to post my thankful list on my blog, because really, it's unfair to steal yours LOL.

Gumbo Lily said...

You've made it yet another day, Frances! Canning success!

I'm glad you get to have a stay-at-home-Thanksgiving. I thought we should fast before the feast, but it's not working out that way. Ah well, let the holidays begin!

I look forward to The Day we're all together too! Happy Thanksgiving.


Angela said...

It WILL indeed be something!

I am thankful for your friendship

Heather said...

Have a wonderful day with your family! I'm thankful for many things, but after reading this, homemade pie is my #1.

The dB family said...

Oh, that will be a grand day for sure!! Happy Thanksgiving Day!! Enjoy!


magsmcc said...

Suns and I discussed concept of Thanksgiving at tea tonight (bangers and mash and scrumdicious onion gravy, sorry) and I'm fairly sure I have done it no justice at all. I'm thankful that you're making it so well through your month's marathon- even surviving potential food poisoning and blogging on this auspicious day!