friday five: giving thanks (thanksgiving)

Thanksgiving Fondue 2010

Is Thanksgiving really upon us? It all goes so quickly!

Jan has been home from a trip to Russia for less than a week, and she says, “in less than a week it is Thanksgiving Day in the USA (Nov. 24). So for this Friday Five, answer these questions (and if they don’t apply to you, list five things you are grateful for).”

1. Where will you be on Thanksgiving Day? With whom?

Second year in a row, we’re just home with just the four of us. My folks are going to my brother’s for Thanksgiving and are coming here for Christmas. CG’s folks don’t travel much these days.

2. Are there any family traditions or memories associated with Thanksgiving?

Not so much, though it was generally a pretty standard meal, or as standard as possible given the location. When a lot of my mom’s family lived in California, we’ often do the big family meal on Friday (other folks went to in-laws on Thursday.) Sometimes we travelled to see family or, when overseas, went in family-type groups. It’s all been pretty varied.

3. What will be on your Thanksgiving menu?

I think we’ll be doing about what we did last year: Our Traditional Thanksgiving Fondue. Cheese with bread and apples; Beef and maybe Shrimp, maybe baby bella mushrooms in hot oil with dipping sauces; still not sure about dessert…

4. Are you trying anything new this Thanksgiving?

We are going to go down to the corner lot and buy a Christmas tree and decorate it. Really. We are! (If I put it in writing, maybe it will happen.)

5. What is the weather forecast for this day (next Thursday)?

High of 67. Possible showers. Fall weather.

Bonus: Prayer, poem, song, or whatever you choose to exemplify your image of Thanksgiving (giving thanks).

Here’s a fun old favorite, not exactly Thanksgiving, but it’s what came to mind:

Pied Beauty by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Glory be to God for dappled things –
     For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
          For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
     Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough;
          And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
     Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
          With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
                    Praise him.

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6 Responses to friday five: giving thanks (thanksgiving)

  1. Purple says:

    Love…the fondue idea. I am tucking that away for future years.

  2. Jan says:

    What a fun thing to do for Thanksgiving–fondue! I bet you all have a really good time and you’re also making your own family tradition! Hope you get the tree. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Terri says:

    Yum, fondu thanksgiving, we’re having grilled steak on Thursday but the turkey thing on Sunday….

  4. Remember the year at the Coronoa house when we hosted our families? Marie Callendar’s fixins and your grandmother’s china made it a pretty special dinner! And get the tree!!!

    • bookgirl says:

      That was a very special dinner. I will always cherish the memory.

      Also, I’m hoping this year the kids are old enough and interested enough that, whether Computerguy gets into it or not–and he might surprise me–I’ll be able to say, “Wow I used to have fun decorating with my roommates and now I have fun decorating with my family” instead of being wistful that “It was more fun to decorate when I had roommates than with a spouse who isn’t particularly interested.” 🙂 “You don’t have to be an angel…”

      • Deanna Long says:

        That was a treasured Thanksgiving for us, too. Lovely house, and time to get to know roommate’s family.

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