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Happy Thanksgiving!

A very happy Thanksgiving Day to any and all in the US who are reading my LJ, and to those on more distant shores who enjoy the greeting even though they celebrate some other day (if at all).

I have much to be thankful for this day, and I hope to spend it being mindful of that simple, wonderful fact. I'm looking forward to dinner with friends. Last year, I took a chocolate cabbage cake. This year, a salad. I'll make it in the morning. The usual greens, 'shrooms, cuke slices (with a fork scraped down the skin for the traditional decorative edge), grape tomatoes, scallions, some dried cranberries for zip and French fried onions for crunch. Most likely dressed with lime basil vinaigrette. Maybe some sliced strawberries, too.

And my own personal holiday tradition: pitted black olives. Big 'uns, so I can put them on my fingertips, wave 'em around, pop 'em in my mouth, and remember the joy of doing so as a child all over again!

Come, ye thankful people, come.
Raise the song of harvest home
All is safely gathered in
Ere the winter storms begin.

God, our maker doth provide
For our wants to be supplied
Come to God's own temple, come.
Raise the song of harvest home.


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Nov. 22nd, 2007 01:33 pm (UTC)
Olives as finger puppets?? But of course!

Hey, we sang that hymn at church last Sunday.
Nov. 22nd, 2007 01:33 pm (UTC)
A happy Thanksgiving weekend to you and yours Geri even if you celebrate a month late. ;-)

"pitted black olives. Big 'uns, so I can put them on my fingertips, wave 'em around, pop 'em in my mouth, and remember the joy of doing so as a child all over again!" lol, you and my son. He haates vegatables but has always loved black olives and yes the black fingertips are very familiar.
Nov. 22nd, 2007 01:40 pm (UTC)
We always had greek olives, so difficult to wear on your fingertips. Nice image, though. Have a happy Thanksgiving!
Nov. 22nd, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)
My mental ear hears Maddy Prior singing that. Warm fuzzies.
Nov. 22nd, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
We always had the big pitted olives for fancy dinners, but no wearing them on our fingers. My father always drank the "juice" from the can.

When my brother and most of his family were here a week or so ago, I took them to an Italian Deli/Pizza place for lunch (he pays, I choose) and I had the Greek salad with kalamata olives. My niece wanted to know what they were.
Nov. 23rd, 2007 03:46 am (UTC)
And a Happy Thanksgiving to you, Geri, m'dear. I'm sitting here trying to digest two heaping plate-fulls of turkey, stuffing, yams, smashed taters, green bean casserole (with the onion rings on top, of course), cranberry sauce with mandarin oranges... *burp!* The pumpkin pies are still cooling. Maybe in an hour I'll be able to down a slice -- with cool whip on it, of course.

Ah, me. I am thankful for being alive and having my family with me. My best to you, and have a happy holiday season!

Nov. 23rd, 2007 04:55 am (UTC)
The one I like is the Netherlands hymn,
"We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing..."
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