Now that the election is over, and the public airwaves are free of the hurtful and negative messages, I’m looking forward to giving thanks for my America.
No matter what happens in the four years ahead, I still have plenty to be thankful for. I have a wonderful family – parents, siblings, and a daughter. I have friends who are wonderful and supportive. And I live in a community filled with delightful people.
And that community is also quite bountiful. Today I picked up my weekly bag of Community Supported Agriculture produce from Post Apples CSA . It was filled with apples and potatoes and squash and leeks and, and, and … I’m thinking of soup, pumpkin bread, apple butter, and pies. Thankfully, much of the bag will keep for a while so I can enjoy some of the produce into the new year.
The weather is so delightful that I can walk every morning without boots. My garden still has snapdragons, nasturtium, and hydrangea, in addition to mums. My herbs are flourishing, with parsley, oregano, marjoram, rosemary, and sage still going strong. There are even a few stragglers among the basil.
Unplugging for the past three days has given me this appreciation that these things around me will not change because of an election. These are the fruits of my labors, and the labors of those in the field.
My friends have not changed. Nor has my family.
We are all in this together. And for that I am thankful.
The end of the election season also marks the start of Thanksgiving planning, although some of your may have been at it earlier. I had the honor to be included in a family that celebrated Thanksgiving in August. Children and grandchildren had scattered around the country, but gathered at a cottage on Lake Erie. Knowing they wouldn’t gather for the fall feast, we prepared a turkey dinner with all the trimmings served beachside.
We had a roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, squash, gravy, corn, green beans, rolls, and dessert. All served at a picnic table with a view of Lake Erie. It was quite the celebration. Nothing like being able to go for a swim after dinner!
Among my contributions (in addition to roasting the turkey using the family’s paper bag method), were the Parker House rolls. The day after Thanksgiving is when these little rolls really shine. Stuff their buttery goodness with a few pieces of turkey and your favorite leftovers – whether mashed potatoes, stuffing, or cranberry sauce – and you have perfect two- to- three-bite sandwiches. So if you do put them out on the Thanksgiving table, be sure to tuck away a few for yourself for a delectable treat the next day.