Monday, November 15, 2010

The Turkey's Getting FAT!

Hi Everyone! I made a hand turkey last year. I know, it's a bit silly looking but I like his sentiment because I mean it, "I'm thankful for YOU!"

Many moons ago, when I was in elementary school, we'd watch pilgrim films. I wonder what happened to all those old pilgrim movies? I liked them even though they made me feel seasick what with the Mayflower rocking around out in the Atlantic Ocean and all. It was so sad when the pilgrims would get so hungry and their "digs" were so primitive and let's just face it . . . FREEZING! Honestly, I'm just not that interested in pilgrims anymore. Smile. When I was a kid we had to go to church on Thanksgiving and to be honest again, I did not like that. Maybe it was my church clothes, always ill fitting. Maybe it was my longing for the turkey smell, being at church and missing an hour or two of the roasting fragrance. I am feeling a bit of shock at the fact that Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK! Eeeeeeek! Well, I'm an old pro at roasting turkeys and I really love the mashed potatoes and gravy most of all. Pie? I ALWAYS leave pie baking until the end when I am very tired and out of verve. I'm thinking about buying the pie this year. Last year I made way too much food. Who did I think was going to eat the yams? Dumb! No one likes them in this family! Do you ever ask yourself, "WHAT was I thinking?" I asked myself that last year. So, this year I shall make a big effort to embrace truth and not pretend like I am Norman Rockwell's lovely granny lady in the picture below. I would like to knit on Thanksgiving Day. I would like to draw on a big white hunk of poster paper (our tablecloth) and I will not draw pilgrims this year. I may draw a real nice horn of plenty. Bill doesn't like turkey so I broil him a steak right about the time I should be mashing potatoes and browning gravy. It's sort of a sweaty chaotic mess, my kitchen on the Thankful Day. Funny thing is - I'll wake up all ready to make the meal. I'll have a zippy feeling and somehow I'll soldier on and get the food on the table. After the meal is served, the dishes are done, the pie is eaten, we'll hunker down in the family room and watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. We'll laugh.

See? They look so cold!

Oh sweet Turkey Day, you are the party of November and I have so very much to be thankful for. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.


Green thumb said...

You have so many holidays to look forward at this time of the year! Lucky you!

melanie said...

So much to look forward too :) xxx

The dB family said...

"What was I thinking?" I think that all the time :o)! I say do what makes you happy on Thanksgiving Day. I'm glad I wasn't a pilgrim. I do NOT like being cold!!

Blessings to you, my friend!

Gumbo Lily said...

We called those Pilgrim movies "film strips" and remember, they had the cassette player to talk along with them? So archaic/vintage now!

I was THANKFUL to read that Bill does not like fowl either, just like my Tom. I am not alone. Sometimes I throw on a ham to bake while the turkey's roasting.

I like your idea of a white sheet of paper as the tablecloth so everyone can write or doodle on it. Do you ever use freezer paper for that?

Enjoy your Happy Thanksgiving. I will too.


Brad M said...

Loverly post as always. I love yams, but they are not my first T-day choice! What a wonderful chance to gorge ourselves on Turkey! Thank you for your wonderful gifts it will make for the feast of feasts up here in the fort! I can't wait to see you on Friday!

Anonymous said...

You choose to have a creatures life taken so you can gorge yourself. Where is the compassion in that?
Are you even aware how turkeys are fattened for your consumption? By force feeding. A tube put down their gullet and pellets forced down until the turkey is swollen and in pain.
Much suffering for your gorging pleasure.

Pom Pom said...

Thank you for your helpful comment. I did not know how the food industry fattens turkeys. That's horrible. I think of all the frozen and fresh birds, just at the grocery store I shop at. I'm not big on gorging, but I think your word choice helped make your point. I'm glad you voiced your opinion.

magsmcc said...

This year for Christmas I will NOT be buying brussel sprouts! Buy the pie- buy two!

I do so envy you your Thanksgiving. Such a fabulous personal harvest.

I think your self-portrait makes you look very much like a significantly younger serveuse of turkey. Instead of fretting over cooking, sit down and sketch a Thanksgiving one with this year's apron of choice!

School is like the Chinese blessing/curse- may you live in interesting times! I don't know how you full-timers do it anymore!

Patricia Torres said...

aaaawww.. such a cute post.. So much to look forward to.. in such little bundles of joy!! Wow!!

Firefly said...

Don't work too hard! And yes, buy those pies!
We're spending Thanksgiving in a little rented house in Fredericksburg this year. J's going to bring a home made pie and roast a turkey when we get there -- the rest is going to be take out! First time we've ever done this, but I think we're going to like this stress--less Thanksgiving.
Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours!

Jessica said...

Hi Pom,
Yes as mom said we're going out of town this year. Last year mom and I wore ourselves out cooking massive amounts of food ;) This year-- simple. A turkey, green bean casserole, a pie or two, & the rest take out ;) Oh yes, my friend..... take the simple (easier) road and enjoy!

Oh and I wanted to share something with you that Chloe's been saying, I think it's so cute and I think that you'll think so too-- "Faith, trust, and pixie dust" ~smiles~ I have a feeling that she may have heard tinkerbell say this ;)

Left-Handed Housewife said...

When I think of Thanksgiving and school days, I remember making the Pilgrims' ships out of walnuts--we stuck clay in the crevices and toothpick sails into the clay. We also watched filmstrips of pilgrims.

I think your response to Margaret was very kind. There are, of course, turkeys one can buy that are raised humanely.

I'm thankful for you, Pom Pom!


Heart Felt said...

I love your turkey...I did something similar with my preschoolers. We turned our hand prints upside down and glued on cotton wool for little lambs to celebrate spring. Neat idea! x

Robin said...

I've always loved hand turkeys! Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving!