Monday, December 08, 2008

Absent (is your heart fonder?)

Things have been pretty quiet over here at SayreSmiles. There are many and varied reasons for that - preparing for, then having the holiday. Work craziness and pledge, plus holiday luncheons. Cub scout meetings. Babysitting. School field trips. And finally, my just reward - illness.

In order:
Getting ready for Thanksgiving!

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I was a slipcovering fool. I started by helping my friend with two chairs, then came home and noticed how ratty my own furniture looked. I recovered my couch and my FILs old chair.

And when I was done with that, I was a cleaning fool.

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The house was in order, my 22-pound turkey was in the oven (baked with just two apples cut up and stuffed inside - this makes the turkey very moist and slightly sweet), and people started showing up! The potatoes weren't peeled yet, so I set my MIL and niece to work. Hilly had never peeled a potato before! So I got her to do the whole process - peeling to mashing. Real mashed potatoes is apparently in danger of becoming a lost art!

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With a total of 12 people to feed, we put all the food in the kitchen and served buffet-style. We also had to set up a couple of card tables, so we had six at the diningroom table and six at the two card tables (put together to make a big table).

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And then... there was pie (and cake).

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And what would Thanksgiving be with out clone troopers?

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Or a rousing board game (Risk, in this case)?

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My kibitzing sister-in-law does a mean Sarah Palin impersonation, by the way!

Exhaustion hit hard around 7:30 - which felt like the middle of the night. We cleaned up and people went home and the house was silent by 8:30.

I will have to do Thanksgiving, Part 2 in another post. And the rest of this past week. Because I'm still busy and still have other things to do besides blog right this minute!

9 comments:

m (the misanthrope) said...

You have a lovely house! And great pics! (I love the Kokopellis on the wall in that one pic - is that what they are?)

Faye said...

All this effort for the Thanksgiving seems like it was well worth the effort. And, do I see a fridge blog in one of the photos, Sayre? What would we do without our fridge communication centers?

Floridacracker said...

Looks like good times and good food.
Clone troopers are a plus too! :)

Jan said...

Looks like a wonderful time. Thanks for showing all the photos.

PinkPiddyPaws said...

Is it bad that I saw Zboy's slippers and wondered "hmmm...maybe she has him mopping the floor by skating around in those suckers!" ha.ha.ha..

Looks like a fab time was had by all and your slip cover magic came out awesome!

Sandcastle Momma said...

Your sofa and chair look great! I sure would love some directions - mine need it SO bad.

Your Thanksgiving looks wonderful. I love it when everyone gets in on the cooking and prep!

Gattina said...

Your house looks so warm and cosy and what a nice family gathering. Now you can prepare yourself to start again, lol for Christmas !!

Patience said...

Nice pics! Looks like a good time was had by all!

Here's a hint. I quarter my potatoes and boil them before I mash 'em! Makes them much, much easier to peal! (Just remember to wash them first!)

Anonymous said...

Having seen the before pictures..... the after photos are terrific. What a difference! It all looks great!
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