We celebrated ThanksEarly yesterday. I cooked a turkey*, made mashed potatoes and gravy, and green beans cooked with 8 cloves of garlic in olive oil (a kid favorite). I also made pumpkin pie, which the Things loved. We were joined by Tragically Hip Single Mom and her daughter, whom she refers to as Feral Child. FC is the same age as Thing One and they are alternately thick as thieves and mean as nails with each other, causing THSM to coin the phrase "Girl Wars." But yesterday was good.
Friend Two also stopped by for awhile, post-dinner, and hung out. He played various hide-and-seek games with the Things and watched THSM teach me to knit. Right now I'm working on my very first knitting project: a scarf made from beautiful alpaca wool from Chile. I've already screwed up a dozen times, but the wool is so pretty, it's fairly forgiving. And THSM told me be easy on myself, so I'm not getting all worked up over the imperfections. I think it'll be a lovely scarf. The kids already are calling in orders for thinsg they want (knitted hats with various animal ears top the list, though Thing Two wants one with vampire ears).
After THSM and Friend Two went home, we went and picked up Friend R from the airport and drove him back to his apartment. When we pulled up to his apartment, he said, "wait here," and ran inside his house, returning quickly. With a pie. With a homemade apple pie. With a fancy top crust. "Thanks for picking me up!" he said.
So, all around, it was a good ThanksEarly.
*originally, I had planned on just making a chicken, but then gave in and bought a turkey. I experimented and roasted it with apples and butter, some tarragon (thyme would have been better), but it turned out fairly yummy.