Happy Thanksgiving

lbro.jpgYesterday as we have been doing for most of the last 30 years, we got up and had a bowl of cereal, and headed to the Doelle Senior Center in Tapiola to prepare a holiday meal for any elderly in our community that have no family to share with. This is through the organization called Little Brothers. I’ve mostly worked in the kitchen over the years, as has Steve (he started coming to these events when he was about 2 years old.) Since he has graduated from College, he has made most of the Christmas dinners, but not the Thanksgiving ones for various reasons. This year he was able to make it along with his partner John.

eating.jpgThe kitchen help arrives around 9:00 am, and thus starts the well practiced routine. Thanksgiving dinner consisted of turkey, mashed potatoes and homemade gravy, sweet potatoes, homemade dressing, mixed vegetables, salad, and dessert. This year’s event went very well. Some years one thing or another conspires to ruin the whole thing, but this year, everyone was pleasantly busy the whole time, and dinner started precisely on time. There are few things that give me more satisfaction than the quiet that settles over a room with 75+ people in it when all the food is on the tables, and people are eating and enjoying themselves.

We kid each other during this event that some of us are getting a little long in the tooth ourselves. Many of us are qualified by the age requirements to attend the dinners as guests. Until recently, that seemed mostly impossible. For the past few meals, though, and especially this one, we realized that the young people that we’ve been training all these years, are starting to take responsibility for the process. As we’d look around, we’d be thinking, “I think we’d better get this thing going,” except somebody already had. It is comforting to know that should it become necessary for us to retire, that the Tapiola holiday meals would be in good hands.

johnbird.jpgIt has been cold and snowy here. We’ve had snow every day for about 3 days now. There are still not adequate snowbanks on the roads to preclude accidents, but they are rapidly evolving into the necessary barriers. Today when Alice and I walked the neighbor’s dog, we were lucky to have dressed warmly. It was in the teens and very windy. We decided to cut the walk down to 1 mile instead of 2, and neither of the dogs seemed to mind at all. When I came in from that walk, I went to work stoking up the woodstoves, and two things happened. I stoked them a little too much, and it warmed up as the wind died down outside. It got warm enough in here that we considered opening some windows.

Our birdfeeders were almost out of sunflower seeds, so I decided to fill them. I told John that I had had some success getting the chickadees to land on my open hand if I remove the feeders and hold some seed in my hand. He said he’d like to try. So we stood out there for several minutes. The birds came very near, as you might be able to see in the picture, but none landed on his hand. He thought it was pretty cool to have them flitting all around him though.

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