Turkey interrupto & other Thanksgiving chit chat

When Queen’s Anne Lace dries it looks like stars against the snow

Thanksgiving, 2021 in our little house in the woods.

Snowflakes tumble from the sky joining their brothers and sisters in a skiff of snow on the November landscape.

Our wood stove hums in the basement heating the upstairs to a cozy 77 degrees at 9:34 a.m.

I need to traipse down our circular stairway and retrieve Tom Turkey from the basement refrigerator where he’s been thawing since last Friday morning. Usually–even if we thaw Tom for at least a week–he still hosts ice deep within.


Just saw oak leaves against the snow

We had our usual holiday discussion. Thanksgiving meal at lunch or dinner time? Barry prefers earlier in the day so he can eat leftovers in the evening; I crave a later hour. He’s getting soft in later years because he caves immediately to my suggestion for dinner eating. So of course I have to say, “You know, if you’d like to have it earlier…?” and he replies, “No, no, dinner time is good.”

It’s just the two of us again this year. Most Thanksgivings (since the kids left home) it’s been that way. We don’t mind. Barry’s just thrilled this year that he’s retired and doesn’t have to think about putting out a weekly newspaper. We are, however, eating a work-related Tom Turkey. Every Christmas his boss distributed two small turkeys or one large bird to all the employees. We put both our birds in the downstairs freezer and ate one on Easter and the second on Thanksgiving. Hence, we’re eating our last L’Anse Sentinel turkey today.

From now on we’ll buy our own birds.


Icy turkey prepares for thawing bath

Pardon the interruption. Turkey interruptus. No, no, Kathy, you can’t use that word in a G-rated blog. Let’s reevaluate: turkey interrumpo. (Meaning to interrupt or cut short in Latin.)

You are so right. Our turkey gizzards are covered in ice. Into a cold water bath in the sink!

Barry just said: 20 million people are flying for Thanksgiving. In 2019 twenty six million flew. Let’s just trust his figures; he remembers these kind of facts better than I do. (We will be flying to Georgia in about one week to see Barry’s parents. It’s been two years since we visited, so it’s Time to re-visit the Friendly and not-so-Friendly skies. Wish us luck!)

Back to our Thanksgiving. Around 4 p.m. whilst said Tom Turkey sizzles in oven we shall Zoom with our two kiddos. One on the East Coast within spitting distance of a view of the Manhattan skyline; the other nestled in the hills surrounding Portland, Oregon. All of our Thanksgiving plans have been upended this week with illness, traveling spouses, etc. So we shall gaze lovingly at each other’s faces and chit chat while the aroma of turkey fills our little house in the woods. Where they grew up playing “Blind Dog” leading each other blindfolded through the trees needing to guess where they were in the forest.

Skiff of snow in the woods behind our house just now

You never know what will happen next. Another friend died of dementia last week. A couple of friends fell ill with covid. I got triggered and argued with a love one and didn’t “Think Again” before opening my mouth. Anything can happen, you know?

A lot of emotions and thoughts are brewing in this body/mind right now. Sadness for the state of our country, our thoughts, our egos. Gratitude for this warm and cozy house. Appreciation for my funny, kind, caring spouse. We can all write our Thanksgiving list of what we’re grateful for, can’t we?

This morning I read a random article–darn, can’t find it right now because this is not an Apple device–about how we might shake up our gratitude list a bit. Instead of focusing what we’re thankful about–let’s ponder how we might make others more grateful and appreciative. Good twist, right? How can we GIVE more? You know, the giving part of Thanksgiving.

Blue skies and clouds earlier this week

I texted Thanksgiving love to three people within fifteen minutes of reading that. Five people have texted, messaged and emailed love back thissaway. One crazy relative texted back, “Thanksgiving…only day you can give someone the bird…and they thank you” !!!

I love writing blogs like this. Describing the present moment as it rises and falls away. This moment, this moment, this moment. Stream-of-consciousness noticing the Holy (even with its sadness, frozen turkey ice crystals, dementia, flying trivia, silly jokes).

Wishing all of you Thanksgiving love no matter where you are, how you’re feeling, what you believe. Many blessings! And how are you celebrating today?

Happy Thanksgiving from our little house to yours

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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31 Responses to Turkey interrupto & other Thanksgiving chit chat

  1. debyemm says:

    Wishing you the warmth and blessing of so much to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Barb says:

    Hi Kathy, Happy Thanksgiving! We finally got snow yesterday, and Bob is outside now in 18 degrees clearing it. It finally looks/feels a little like winter here – blue sky, sunshine, cold, and white. I have a great (easy) recipe for turkey breast in the crock pot. I made it for the first time last year when we were alone, and I’m making it again. If it’s a hit this year, I’ll send the recipe to you. It’s great for 2 people, and you still get some leftovers (which Bob likes). I’m feeling grateful this morning for the love I receive from others and for the beauty that surrounds me. Like you, I hope I can be a conduit allowing someone else to feel happiness/gratitude. Several of our friends are going through illness and pain. We’re reminded daily of life’s fragility. I tell people I love them more readily now. I look for good, and usually I find it. Stay well.

    • Kathy says:

      18 degrees and snow–yep, it sounds like winter has arrived in Colorado, Barb. Will love to see your turkey breast recipe. It sounds easy if you can just put it in the crock pot. Your gratitude fills my heart with smile and I love that you’ve learned to say “I love you” more readily. Life is simply too short not to acknowledge the love that surrounds us. Many blessings to you and Bob.

  3. Carol says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Kathy! My family is all together this year, and my daughter is in charge of the cooking. I will try not to advise, but stay out of the way until asked.

    • Kathy says:

      How lucky you are to have someone make you a Thanksgiving feast, Carol. Wishing you the best of days with your children. May it fill your heart with cheer!

  4. leelah saachi says:

    No thanksgiving in Norway, I’m afraid.I was invited to an American TG when I lived in LA for a year in 1991, and I still remember how people looked at me when I had both knife and fork in my hands. But the food was heavenly and Americans are so much more open than Norwegians – so much easier to feel like friends relatively fast.
    Its still not snowing here, and the electricity is SKY high so we use our wood ovens ( we who actually have one.)
    Big hugs, Kathy!

    • Kathy says:

      Thank you so much, Leelah–and even though you don’t have Thanksgiving in Norway–I am still thankful for YOU! *smile* I do understand how you might feel many Americans are more open than Norwegians. We have a lot of Scandinavian descendants living here in the Upper Peninsula, and they tend to be way more reserved than others. In fact, we kind of (gently) make fun of our friends who are Finnish (especially) the guys. They are often much more quiet and closed than some of us. So sorry to hear about your sky high electricity. Gosh, not fun at all. ((Thanks and hugs back))

  5. Happy Thanksgiving to you Kathy!

  6. Ally Bean says:

    Happy Turkey Day to you! I like knowing how you came to be in possession of your turkey. There’s a backstory with everything. Hopefully your turkey is roasting in the oven– and your Zoom get-together will be wonderful. Sounds like you’re having a lovely day.

    • Kathy says:

      Ally Bean–how interesting that you found that fact interesting! I was going to delete that whole part but decided to let it go. Yes, there is a backstory behind the backstory behind the backstory. It’s just questionable how far we want to share it. Yep, Zoom get together in 19 minutes! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  7. Stacy says:

    Happy quiet (and hopefully, peaceful) Thanksgiving, Kathy. XOXO

  8. Val Boyko says:

    Aahhh yes – the turkey is done, the sides turned out well and the palate is happy. With two, it’s easier to maintain lightness and equilibrium. Don’t know if I have space for dessert though!
    Happy Thanksgiving Kathy πŸ’›πŸ—πŸ™πŸ’–

  9. I am just getting around to my email and it is now Friday at a little past 1am.. Anyhow, the snow sounds beautiful and your home is warm and cozy with just the two of you for a lovely Thanksgiving. It seems so many people have kids that live far away. But face time is surely a good time and one way to feel connected. My son lives 12 miles from my house. I see hm maybe for 10 minutes two or three times a month. My daughter I see maybe once a year -100 miles away. But I do speak with them via phone and remain very connected to my daughter since we have long chats and discussions about all sorts of topics. I suppose I am grateful that I am still alive, able to drive, and have most of my brain cells. I am however, most grateful that I have two kids that are fairly healthy and for my son that survived an ATV wreck back in 2016. That is the real miracle. I spent my day with my animals, cooked a nice meal for supper, walked in my yard and did whatever I wanted. I suppose my biggest gripe is covid which apparently is not going away anytime soon.

    • Kathy says:

      Yvonne, good morning, and thank you for sharing your thoughts on Thanksgiving. You are lucky your kids are nearby and you get to speak on the phone. I LOVE my conversations with the kids and wouldn’t trade them for anything. So glad that your son survived that accident. That must have been so scary for all of you. I second you with your gripe about covid, darn it. Wish it would go vamoose soon.

  10. What a Thanksgiving for gratitude! Yesterday, relatives from NH and MD arrived by 7 a.m. so (while my guy stayed home and prepared the 20 lb turkey) seven of us “ran” the Turkey Trot (just 5K) in a blue-skied 31-degree morning. Then we joined the rest of the family/friends for a 16-gathering of feasting and most importantly, hugging and talking. My heart filled to bursting (the five pies my daughter’s MIL brought didn’t help the stomach bursting sensation, though).
    I’m so grateful for your friendship and your wonderful posts, which glimmer with hope, love, laughter, and lots of insight. ❀

    • Kathy says:

      Pam, that sounds sublime! I did kinda shake my head when you said “just 5K”. Honey, that’s awesome! I walked one–once–and celebrated for a week. It sounds like you had a lovely Thanksgiving. Thank you for stopping by with your gratitude–I am so very grateful for you, too.

  11. A belated Happy Thanksgiving to you, Kathy! I enjoyed reading about your present-moment day and taking a peek into your neat and cozy living room. We had my sister and her husband for our quirky gathering. Sister doesn’t care for turkey so we got turkey dinners for the guys at a local specialty food market and a container of hearty clam chowder for her. I had my gut-friendly chicken, potato and carrot slow-cooker dinner. After the early dinner we watched a movie. “An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving,” went out to see Christmas lights at Olde Mistick Village at dark, and then did 2 jigsaw puzzles! In many ways, it was the best Thanksgiving ever. 😊

    • Kathy says:

      Barbara, I like that you had a unique and quirky Thanksgiving–tailored perfectly for your little gathering. Every single person ate what they wanted. So beautiful. I am glad you liked this present-moment storytelling Thanksgiving tale. It was fun to write, and I probably won’t be writing too many long ones like this. For awhile anyway. πŸ™‚

  12. What a beautiful interior! Thank you, Kathy, for inviting us in.

  13. Reggie says:

    A very belated Happy Thanksgiving from me too, Kathy. I love your descriptions of life in the woods. It sounds like you and Barry had a wonderful cosy time. Much love!

    • Kathy says:

      Is there a gratitude holiday like Thanksgiving in South Africa, Reggie? And thank you–I am enjoying taking photos and blogging like this lately. Much love back to you!

      • Reggie says:

        No, we don’t have the equivalent of Thanksgiving in SA. Sometimes I think it would be a very good idea to create such a special gratitude holiday – especially given what’s been happening globally in the last two years, I think it would be really good to dedicate a day to saying:

        Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. We Are So Grateful We Made It, Thank You To All Those Who Walked This Road With Us, Thank You To All Who Shone A Light When It Was Dark. And We Remember All Those Who Passed And Whose Life And Death We Were Unable To Celebrate, Honour And Grieve Through Our Rituals.

        I think we need such a day.

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