As both David and his family and Bill and his family had obligations for Thanksgiving, we managed to get together Saturday for our own Thanksgiving dinner. And we truly have plenty to be thankful for! We have our health, no major life disruptions, we’ve had a spectacular harvest season, despite the terrible drought and heat wave that tried to overcome our crops and we have each other. What else did we need, anyway? I fixed a nice turkey dinner, garlic mashed potatoes, and the fixings. As we always love lots of potatoes, I peeled and cut up some of those huge Dakota Pearls we dug up this fall. I totally expected them to have hollow heart, especially with the very little watering they received in the Wolf garden. And boy, was I surprised! Not a one showed any sign of hollow heart at all!
Granddaughter, Delilah, is getting so big and is able to crawl like mad. She even pulls herself up into a standing position. So, of course, Grandpa Will had to hold her hands and dance with her. She loves to bounce up and down so that was funny as heck. She and granddaughter, Ava, really loved our rescue kitten, Buffy. And unlike stand-off Mittens, Buffy let them pet and cuddle her. Of course, Ava got to go down and feed treats she’d bought to her pony, Whinny. And, seeing her come, Whinny nickered all the way until Ava reached the gate.
David brought a deer home and it’s frozen stiff on the front porch. So today I’m taking the reciprocal saw out and cutting it into quarters so I can bring one at a time into the house to cut up and can. I’m the designated “family store” so there’ll be a lot more canned ground meat and stewing meat on the shelves real soon. Such a good feeling to know that no matter what comes, we’ll all have plenty to eat. Yep, we have truly been blessed and are very thankful. — Jackie