Tablescapes, Home Decor, Thrifting, Cooking

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Two Days Later

There are still extra people in our home. Some of our guests left last night but two of our daughters are still here and sleeping in this morning. They slept together in our guestroom double bed and I could slightly hear the hum of their sweet voices well after midnight. I know they had many sister secrets to share and I'm thankful they have that bond. My sister is so special to me. I would be lost without her. There are just some things you can tell a sister but no one else. Because we normally host Thanksgiving and we do a little shopping the next day, I am always behind getting Christmas decorations out. I have a huge mess to clean up this morning. After my mom and sister in law left last night some of us had a coffee date with a good friend. We enjoyed coffee with Baileys :) and some good conversation. We didn't have time to tidy up the kitchen, but isn't that what makes life enjoyable? Just dashing off and enjoying people instead of having to go by the clean house book of rules? I never got a copy of that, somehow. I do have a story to tell. After eleven of us enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner with pies and cakes galore, we did our normal sitting around. Some napping, some playing games, lots of talking and I even modeled my fox stole for the ladies! We were so full that no one could even think of the evening meal until around 7:00. It is cold here in the midwest and our patio table seemed to be the perfect spot to hold the leftovers that just couldn't quite find a spot in the refrigerator. I went outside to start bringing in the food when I stopped dead in my tracks. The big pan that held the leftover turkey was 100% empty. The tinfoil that was placed tightly around the pan was on the patio floor. :{ Holy Cow....I then had to go back inside and announce that Chester, our dog had eaten the entire pan of leftover turkey, bones and all. It was so cold, that I thought he would only go outside to do his business and come right back in. Our patio is up a flight of stairs. Everyone was such a good sport and laughed and joked about the year Chester ate the turkey. My husband was even out with a flashlight looking for a leg or bones or some trace. He couldn't believe our 115 lb. dog could eat the whole thing. I could believe it. We decided we will remember this Thanksgiving long after the dog is no longer with us! A question for you: For the second year we have fried our turkey. They really turn out moist and good, BUT there are no pan drippings for good gravy. Do you have a solution?

15 comments:

Susan S. said...

It sounds like you've had (and are stilling having) an awesome holiday! That's CRAZY about Chester eating bones and all...hope he doesn't have a bad tummy ache!

And you GO GIRL...I'm glad you know how to throw the old RULE BOOK out and enjoy friends and family because that's what holidays are all about....not cleaning up as fast as one can, right!?!?! Have a blessed day. Susan

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Donna, What a GORGEOUS table you set! Hope you are having a great weekend. ~Melissa :)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I hope the dog is ok. Not sure if others would have LET him live after eating the leftovers. :)

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Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Poor Chester, will probably have a tummy ache and trouble going potty today!!!

We always fry our turkey too. We just use chicken broth to make our gravy. We settle for bad gravy with wonderful, moist turkey.

Blessings,

Sher

Cathy said...

Sounds like you all had a great Thanksgiving. Yes, the Chester story will be told for many years. The table decs are beautiful!

Meadowsweet Days said...

Hi Donna,
Dogs are so funny, sometimes you want to brain them, but I would never want a house without a dog! Hope he's OK after is Thanksgiving feast! Thanks for visiting my wreath display, I actually enjoy making wreaths more than arrangements..... what is your favorite to create?

Carol

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi Donna! I say housework can wait until way after your guests are gone! Sounds like you enjoyed your holiday. The dog okay; is he able to walk this weekend?lol too funny; bet you won't leave the turkey there next year!lol I haven't done any decorating yet for Christmas as I too am trying to clean up all my messes so you are not alone! Enjoy Sunday - Sincerely, Jeannette

southerninspiration said...

Well, so much for having to deal with the turkey carcass!!! ;)
Oh, man. And I'm so glad you had the presence of mind to leave it all and go have fun......it sounds like ya'll had a great holiday!!

Suzanne

Paula said...

Your gang must have been so disappointed when they found out what Chester had done!

Miss Janice said...

Well, you must have had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. I just hope you dog didn't get sick:) BTW, I love the table scape!

Chrissy said...

I have never had a fried turkey!!! Sounds like you have been busy,you need to sit with a hot cup of tea and a good book!! Take care...

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

I am glad you enjoyed your Thanksgiving. It sounds like Chester must have, too!!

It's interesting seeing that pheasant on your table. It is pheasant country where I live. I used pheasant feathers on our Christmas tree.

Have a great night!! Terrie

profenretraite said...

Ohhh...I love the story about Chester! Yes, that will be one that will go on for generations! My daughter had a fried turkey this year and we just used chicken broth. Not the same, but what do you do? Isn't it nice to have a sister? Mine is the other half of me. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Have a good week...Debbie

Bo said...

What a funny story about Chester...
so, he had a Thanksgiving dinner too! BTW, my computer is soooo sick, I've got to try to get somebody to fix it...so if I'm missing in action, you'll know why...Oh, the misery!! ;-) Bo (I'm using my DH's acc't. to post this)

Pug1 said...

It's sounds like you had a wonderful holiday! I hope chester is fairing well! Cheers! Michele