Saturday, November 28, 2009

Family and Friends

It's been a wonderful week! Early on, I got to meet Farmer J in person! She is just the best, y'all, and so is her sweet family! We were so busy talking and visiting that I nearly forgot to take pictures. Her sweet husband took a couple for me, but I neglected to get photos of him, their cute little doggie, and handsome (very quiet) son. You'll just have to check over at Farmer J's blog and see if she has any posted, OK?

Here is us. She's the tall, cute, willowy twin. I'm the short, dumpy 'looks like Willow' twin. That's OK. I've kinda gotten used to that in life.

After we waved goodbye, I took some quick photos of a few of the presents they brought us. This is not nearly all of it - they blessed us with so many lovely things.

First, a good sized pumpkin and a gigantic Boston marrow squash.

Also, a whole family of butternut squash!

Since a lot of our above ground garden was hailed out this year, these will be a blessing for us and some of our gardening friends and neighbors. Many thanks to the Praire Farmstead!

Still, the best part was just getting to meet, hug, and talk a little while. Farmer J's family was so gracious and nice. We talked about important stuff - soil composition, average rainfall, growing seasons, frost dates - it was awesome. I just wish they could have stayed a little maybe a weekend! Alas, they had many miles to travel, so we tried not to keep them here too terribly long.

Now, that was enough wonderfulness for a good long time, but we still had Thanksgiving right around the corner. Hubby's cousin Arlene invited us to come for Thanksgiving, and we very happily accepted. It was great to get together with family for an afternoon.

I did take my camera, but I had some sort of camera amnesia until it was nearly time to go. We did get a few family photos, though.

It's a shame I didn't remember the camera earlier, because we met her wonderful friend Teri and had a really nice time visiting. The food was absolutely gorgeous too, and even more delicious. The turkey was perfect, and oh, the sides! There were asparagus spears roasted with garlic and olive oil, a sweet potato-shiitake mushroom-herb combination that were to die for, and then - the dressing - sourdough, mushrooms, celery, onion....I seriously considered just bringing that casserole dish to the table with a fork and calling it my plate!! Everything was delicious and perfect, and when she offered leftovers, we happily brought some home. (I had roasted sweet potatoes and shiitakes for breakfast today!)

Arlene also made an apple crisp with granny smith apples that was sooo yummy. We brought some desserts that turned out well too - there was plenty to eat, time to visit and talk, and yet another adorable dog to pet and love. We had great weather, wonderful people - a truly lovely Thanksgiving day.

How was your week? Did you get to see family or friends, or both? Did you do the 4 am Friday shopping? Are you decorating for Christmas yet? Leave a comment - let us know what you're up to!


Gill - That British Woman said...

I am so glad you had a lovely time. Isn't it always the way, time always goes by in a flash when you are having a good time?

Glad you had a lovely Thanksgiving as well.


Anonymous said...

Darlin' Daughter,

I guess it's genetic because my camera stayed in my purse. Aunt J. took some pictures of the girls and some of the others, but I didn't take one.

The little girls were so cute!!! I wish Little Bit could have been with them. We had a lovely dinner, too and ate WAY too much.

We survived and now are just eating light meals for a few days.

Love to all,
Granny LB

GrammyGoo said...

Lovely pictures, sounds like your visit was wonderful!
Blessings, GG

Prairie Farmstead Ponderings said...

Hiya Sis!

I haven't been able to intelligently wrap my brain around all the excitement from finally being able to hug you in person and formulate any sort of journal of our trip to Ten Things Farm and beyond.

I will say, though, that every time I stuck my hand into my jacket pocket, I smiled ~ it touched my 'lucky' rock Little Bit gave to me as we were leaving.

Also, I cannot tell you how many times Darling Husbie and I poked fun at Abigail throughout our trip for her bravery in the Chicken Coop ~ until Penguin squawked "Get, get, get...get back!" and then she high-tailed it back to her daddy. Heehee!

Thank you, again, for your wonderful hospitality and graciousness to us. It was so special.

Love, hugs and blessings to you and your precious family.


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