Well, it’s 4:36 pm on Thanksgiving Thursday and I’m enjoying a glass of wine. We’re almost ready to head to my hub’s parent’s house for our Thanksgiving Meal. And I want to take a minute to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!!
Let me share with you, briefly, my week. Last Friday, my husband’s Great Aunt Skip’s 53 year old daughter died suddenly of a massive, unexpected heart attack. If that blow wasn’t enough, on Saturday, the same Great Aunt Skip’s 50 year old son lost his horrible battle with pancreatic cancer and died too. Two kids. Two days. I can’t fathom the agony. It was a huge blow for Great Aunt Skip. I didn’t know either of her children that well, but I love Skip dearly and it’s been a really hard week. Visitation on Monday for Wendy. Funeral for Wendy on Tuesday. Visitation for Randy on Tuesday. Funeral for Randy on Wednesday. I’m emotionally spent.
Also on Tuesday, my hub’s dad had surgery on his rotator cuff. On Monday at the visitation I offered to cook the meal for today. My mother in law was supposed to host and I thought she might have her hands full with my recuperating father in law. Well, she said she had it under control but Tuesday night she called and said she would appreciate it after all, if I would please cook the turkey. No problem! I cook the turkey almost every single year. She said she’d bring the turkey over on Wednesday.
On Wednesday around 11 am, my dear hubs called me. I was standing in the middle of Walmart. He said, “Mom called. She’d really appreciate it if you’d stop by and grab the turkey. By the way, it’s in her deep freeze.” You could have heard a pin drop on the other end of the line. “What???!!” I said???? “Yeah, is that a problem?” My hubs asked me, knowing full well it was A. Big. Deal.
“Um, yes,” I said.
And that was the end of that. My mother in law assured me it was a small turkey, but at 3 pm, I finally got the TWENTY POUND turkey and freaked out big time.
Behold, though, – one cooked, TWENTY POUND turkey, that this time yesterday was frozen hard as a brick. I brined it and letting it soak in cold liquid helped it thaw quickly enough that I was able to cook it in time for our Thanksgiving meal. WHEW!
And that’s what’s been going on around here. I hope your Thanksgiving prep hasn’t been this emotional or draining.