“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”

Happy Thanksgiving!

My mother always got up at the crack of dawn to stuff then roast the bird. My sisters and I figure she must have the biggest bird on record to roast it for so long. She’d then be in the kitchen most of the morning peeling and then cooking potatoes and vegetables. We’d be in the living room watching the parade. That never changed even when we were adults. The turkey got smaller and we helped prepare dinner, but we still watched the parade. We added mimosas to the morning and the beginning of the celebration.

My father was glued to the TV and football games. He’d only take a break to carve the turkey and eat dinner. I can still picture him munching on his turkey leg, and I remember his plate always had a mound of mashed potatoes covered in gravy. My dad wasn’t big for a variety of vegetables but he did love his asparagus, always canned, never fresh, and creamed onions. For the rest of us, the table groaned from the number of dishes filled with vegetables. My contribution was sometimes a Waldorf salad, and I always brought date-nut bread, my grandmother’s recipe. After dinner my father returned to football. The rest of us would sit at the table and talk for a while then my mother and I would start the clean-up.

Dessert was served later. My mother usually made pumpkin and lemon meringue pies. I brought apple pie, stacked high. My dad loved dessert. He’d eat his apple pie with a slice of cheddar cheese and cover a piece of pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

The evening was quiet. If any of us got hungry, we’d have a hot turkey sandwich with stuffing and cranberry sauce on the side.

Our Thanksgiving was family, food and football.


NOTE: I found Tuesday’s posting. It was in drafts but it didn’t appear when I looked. It is now posted under the picture for Tuesday.

Last night I almost hit a deer. It was crossing the street and was right in front of my car. I slammed on the brakes so hard I skidded a bit sideways. It was the proverbial deer in the headlights for what seemed like forever. The deer, out of fear, lost its footing and was scrambling in front of the car. Finally, after what seemed like forever, the deer got control of its back legs, got up and ran. It took me a while to calm down.

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12 Comments on ““Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    From Chicago and watching the Detroit Lions I wish the KTCC Family a very Happy Thanksgiving.

    • katry Says:

      Thank you, My Dear Hedley,

      We wish the same Happy Thanksgiving to you and the family and to the Lions!!

      • Hedley Says:

        Is this the first ever KTCC Thanksgiving without “Alice’s Restaurant ” ?

        The Detroit Lions continue to amaze and entertain the faithful. I still haven’t worked out that yelling that the TV really has no impact.

      • katry Says:

        Oh my, God! How in the heck did I forget that? Well, I’m doing it now. There is still time.

  2. olof1 Says:

    No Thanksgiving here but most big holidays are much alike, lots of food and lots of tv watching 🙂

    I just hate it when deer do like that, I’ve been lucky lately because most deer wait beside the road until I have passed before they go over the road and some have passed so I have had plenty of time to slow down.

    Happy Thanksgiving!


    • katry Says:

      Ghana didn’t have Thanksgiving but we celebrated anyway with whatever fixings we could find. It was being together which mattered.

      This deer was already in the road when I drove near it. There wasn’t much it could do. It was up to me to miss it. I was so glad I did.

  3. flyboybob Says:

    To everyone on this blog I wish a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

    The really good game will be at 3:30 CST when the Red Skins come to town to play the nine and one Dallas Cowboys. Can the rookie quarterback and rookie running back make it ten and one? Go Cowboys.

    I figured out why visiting the relatives is so popular over the Thanksgiving holiday. Because both relatives and fish begin to stink after three days. 🙂 This year only my immediate family are heading out to gorge ourselves on a huge Thanksgiving Chinese buffet. If they have dark meat turkey I will taste some, but I rather eat as much Chinese food as possible.

    • katry Says:

      I wish you the same, a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and good food.

      I just wished Hedley’s Lions a great game so I also wish the same for your Cowboys!

      Thanksgiving is a quick holiday, a long weekend at best. After my Dad died, my mother came down here. I cooked. Later we went out to eat every year. It was easier as it was usually just the two of us.

      I don’t think any Chinese restaurants around here have a buffet, and I don’t know anyone who eats Chinese instead of turkey. They all save Chinese for New Year’s Eve.

      • Bob Says:

        Now you know at least one family who would rather do Chinese than Turky and all the fixin’s. The buffet had both white meat turkey and ham along with Chinese staples. I went for the steamed crab legs, appetizers and a plate at the Mongolian barbecue. The place was jammed with all kind of folks including a lot of Asian families which is a good sign in a Chinese restaurant in this country. 🙂

        Chinese is also good on New Years. Both ours and theirs 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Yup, now I know one family who would rather do Chinese. I went traditional with turkey and all the fixings. The meat was both light and dark, the stuffing delicious and add the old stand-bys of mashed potatoes and sweet potato. It was delicious.

  4. Birgit Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, dear Americans!
    And thanks for blogging, Kat, and providing us with good music, memories, stories and a nice bunch of KTCC followers 🙂
    Have a lovely turkey day!

    • katry Says:

      Thank you, Birgit.

      You know how much I love to talk, well sort of talk. It is still fun for me to write Coffee even after all these years. I also love our Coffee family.

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