Thanksgiving is one of my most favorite holidays of the year. Mostly because it involves food and cooking and sharing time with people I love. I also treasure the lack of commercialism involved - besides purchasing or growing and cooking the food, there's not a lot of stress to spend money on stuff we don't really need. In year's past, we have raised our own turkeys. Unfortunately they always got too big before we did them in. Honestly, it is very difficult to fit a 35 lb. turkey into a normal sized oven. I have since resorted to purchasing farm raised Vermont turkeys from the Brattleboro Food Coop.
Almost every year since we have lived here in our farmhouse, The Farmer and I have hosted Thanksgiving for the Nicholas Family. My sisters and their families and my Mom and Dad (when he was here) drove in from far and wide. This year is no exception. Tomorrow, we'll all share a meal in the country. Our house seems plenty big when it's only we three but on Thanksgiving it seems mighty small.
The first Thanksgiving we shared here, The Farmer mentioned we should take a hayride. Sounded like fun to me. Ever since, we've all been piling onto the back of my brother-in-law David's fancy haywagon which The Farmer has stacked with square bales of hay he purchases from a farmer friend. (Our round hay bales are too large to sit on.) The Farmer drives and sometimes the kids take a turn. We bring lots of blankets and then enjoy the ride and the scenery while the turkey cooks itself. Considering the Thanksgivings I grew up with in NJ going to the local football game, this sure is a switch. One year it was snowing like crazy and we barely got the tractor back. We'll see what tomorrow brings.
At any rate, we'll all be enjoying our Thanksgiving meal in our dining room that is decorated with my hand-painted vines, birds, leaves, and flowers. Here's a postcard I have just had reproduced of this summer's sunflowers in that same room arranged in my collection of cloisonne vases. Doesn't September seem so far away?
I wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the day, whatever it brings.