It's been several years since we celebrated Thanksgiving as a family at my home in Matamoras. Last year I celebrated on Long Island with Kim and Gracie. The year before it was just Denise, David and me having a small quiet Thanksgiving Dinner. This Thanksgiving all 4 kids stopped by. It was also Gracie's first Thanksgiving at grandpa's house. We cooked the turkey in the oven and it was great. Bell's stuffing, bean casserole, fresh mashed potatoes and corn pudding were also in the menu.
The table looked beautiful with my dad's Liberty Blue Bicentennial plates. Back in 1975 and 1976 the A and P Supermarket chain sold these plates for 69 cents each. Each week a different plate in the place setting became available. I convinced my dad to buy a service for 5. One plate at a time. Then we added a couple of large serving bowls and platters later. Today these beautiful plates are almost 50 years old. I've actually purchased a few more at flea markets and garage sales. They're highly collectible. Having them on our table made my dad (who passed in 1991) a part of our Thanksgiving.
On Friday I took care of the project I planned to do. Thoroughly vacuum and clean the downstairs family room. This project was long over due. Now everything looks and smells great! Then I cut down and bundled the huge ornamental grass bush in my front yard. The tall grass looks great in the spring and summer. In the winter it becomes brown mush that has to be removed.
On Saturday afternoon one of the chihuahua's my daughter brought home from Long Island was having trouble walking. We saw she was swollen under her tail. The vets in Port Jervis and Montague were already closed. Advanced Veterinary Care was open until 6. They got my daughter in and "Momo" was given antibiotics for a serious infection. Advanced Veterinary Care took wonderful care of my daughter's dog. Thank You.
Saturday Night The Wizard of Oz was on T.V. and the whole family sat and watched with Miss Gracie. Who really got a kick out of the Wicked Witch. Every time the witch appeared Gracie would laugh hysterically. When I was little she scared the daylights out of me. I forgot how mean she was. Setting the scarecrow on fire threatening to hurt Dorothy's little dog.
On Sunday I went to church, relaxed and ate the rest of the left overs.