November 27, 2006

Well, first, a bit of advice.

Never be the wake-up caller of a guy who works the night shift.

Iíd gotten a note over the weekend from our very own Chef Tony who asked me to give him a call. This being bright and early for me, I didnít quite think about other people who arenít quite so bright when itís this early.

Such as, oh...Chef Tony.


But if nothing else, it does raise the total number of bloggers to whom Iíve actually spoken to more than I can count with both hands and 2/5 of a foot!

ANYway, being that I successfully dodged a very large piece of cast iron that was flung at my head, I can fill you in on the details of the long weekend.


Turkey Day, which started with laundry for some reason. Got up, watched the Macyís parade, got dressed and made ready to go over the Pinchgut and through the subdivision to Grandmotherís house sometime before lunch, and got to see everyone. Itís always nice to be the one no one remembers--Rebaís two spinster aunts, bless their hearts, still mistake me for Rebaís first husband. To whom she was married for only six months, before he met an untimely demise seventeen years ago. Oh well.

As for food, there was green beans, peas, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato casserole, sliced sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, cornbread dressing, turkey, ham, rolls, cake, pie, and, of course, gravy--both gibleted and ďplain.Ē ďPlainĒ being just as I described it last week, reeking of innards but more or less free of them, but with an extra helping of boiled egg bits. I passed. In fact, passed on most of the fare--I donít really eat large plates of food, despite being a big hefty guy, but I like food too much to be miserable from it. I had some turkey, some peas, some beans, a small piece of dressing, a little spoonful of sweet potato casserole, and that was it.

A bit of clean-up then, and then I got the special privilege of pushing Catherine in the swing!

Grandmom and Grandad have a swing they inherited when they bought the house that consists of a plank with a hole in it, knotted to a rope that is itself suspended from what looks to be an anchor chain wrapped around the trunks of two trees. I have tried swinging on it, but the plank is only about a foot long, which gives my ample and meaty hams only six inches of shelf space apiece.

Comfortable, itís not.

But Catherine, who enjoys the thrill of swings and bicycles and anything else giddiness-inducing, loves it, and wants nothing more than to be swung as high and as heartily as possibly. Which I did until we were both winded. Got her all the way up into an adjacent sapling, I did. Iím still not quite certain why thereís so much in the way around the swing--all kinds of wild hedge and spindly saplings and honeysuckle vines. Itís not so bad in winter, but in the summer it looks like snake paradise.

ANYwho, she swung (swang? swingeded?) until she was tired, then we went on a little hike through the woods behind the house. Which arenít really woods, but just the part of the subdivision that hasnít been built on yet. It was fun, though. I showed her some different trees and how they taught Jonathan to build a campfire and maple seed helicopters and we walked all the way up to the top of the hill where the bulldozed trail turned into a dead-end street.

It was really quite a nice afternoon, and then after a few more minutes spent watching the sky while laying in the grass in the backyard, we went inside to watch stupid Japanese cartoons! YAY CARTOONS!

To home, some leftovers for supper, some reading, and then to bed.

Because the next day was FRIDAY!

Posted by Terry Oglesby at November 27, 2006 10:34 AM

I checked while I was home and my Mother's giblet gravy is made with the neck, no innards. But it still has eggs in it. Yuk.

Posted by: skillzy at November 27, 2006 11:17 AM

And let's not get into what that turkey neck looks like...

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at November 27, 2006 11:30 AM

The turkey neck (raw)is what the dogs get on turkey day. Meryl was greatly impressed and the dogs were very happy.

Posted by: Sarah G. at November 27, 2006 12:00 PM

Of course, dogs will eat just about anything...

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at November 27, 2006 01:52 PM