Thursday, November 22, 2012

A Table for Three

We had Small Family Thanksgiving today.  It's not the first time, and I know it won't be the last time.  We had a delightful day!

The neighbor and I have been doing tag-team animal care the past week or so: she dealt with our beasts while we were in Virginia, and this week I am petting her cats and feeding her fowl.  The chickens in my care are easy keepers.  Although on Day Two I had to nudge a couple of them with a pole because I had not seen any movement from them in the past 36 hours.  Since then I have noticed that they move around when I am not there.  Whew!  That's a relief!

Here's what the funny things look like:
 Gillian and I planned our Thanksgiving menu this morning while that Spouse o' Mine took his 38-mile bike ride.  Gillian headed out to the garden and harvested all the fennel root, for fennel & potatoes. 

I thought Gillian should see the funny chooks across the road.  We walked over, and gave the birds some lettuce from our garden, and then I spied: pears!  Pears in the neighbors' yard!  I took some back to our house (thanks, Melissa), and made Poached Poached Pears.  (Get it?)

It was such a nice day, I set the Thanksgiving table outdoors.  We enjoyed the turkey, the fennel, potatoes, cauliflower, and shortbread.  Not a traditional Thanksgiving meal, but then, I have never been accused of traditional meals.

While we are on the subject of meals, I should say that tonight's "light" meal was to be a quinoa, navy bean and kale stew.  I just went out to pick the kale in my garden.  No kale!  That Spouse o' Mine weeded this morning!!!  (Why does he go into my garden?!) 

Gillian and her father are making a coffee table for her new apartment.  
And after Thanksgiving diner, they began bike repair and tune-ups.

 Tonight, since I didn't have any kale to pick, I took my camera out to watch the flying geese.  The temperature is supposed to drop 40º in the next few hours, and so I suspect all these geese were hunting for some warmer earth, on Thanksgiving night.

1 comment:

Melissa said...

Thank you so much for caring for our birdies and kitties while we were away! (The two fluffy white chickens are both named Tammy, btw, and the smooth white one is Louise. They are sitters.) And you are most welcome to help yourself to more pears at ANY time! We are not fond of the things, and so Dale has put "cut down the stinkin' pear tree" on his to-do list. Get 'em while they last!

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