I never wished anyone here in blogland a Happy Thanksgiving, so I'll jump right into the current season and wish you all a Happy Advent!
We still haven't celebrated our first Thanksgiving in Virginia since we drove to Tennessee last week in order to be with family. Mr. Biggs came along since he's too difficult to leave behind now that he's getting more and more "tottery" in his old age. Our helpful neighbor Sharon offered to take care of Atta and Noel even though she had family coming over for the holiday..... talk about nice!
When we drove away from Rockbridge County in the AM on Wednesday, it was one of the most glorious days that we'd seen this fall. The leaves are off all of the hardwoods, but the day was so clear and bright that each branch of the trees on the mountainsides was sharply distinct. We saw hilltops beyond hilltops that we had never noticed before and houses nestled in the woods that were previously obscured by foliage.
When we neared the VA/TN border, it got a little drizzly and then ..... a rainbow!
I was driving but Joe took a few snapshots through the car window.
Stretching across much of the sky, it had the shadow of a second arc next to it and we could clearly see each of the seven color bands; it was as if VA was wishing us goodbye!
The torch of hosting Thanksgiving dinner was passed to the younger generation and though hampered by having only one oven which was just big enough to hold the turkey and no side dishes, they did a great job! We were full and just a little uncomfortable from making room for a little more of everything on our plates!
A cautionary word of advice for anyone else with one oven: If you are tempted to fire up the outdoor BBQ/smoker in order to cook and heat side dishes, DON'T!
Proof that we aren't as intelligent as I'd like to think is the fact that not a single one of the seven adults present thought of taking the turkey out of the oven and putting it in the smoker instead of the towering stack of casseroles which my nephew had balanced above the charcoal. This oh-so-obvious solution was suggested by a neighbor here in VA after we were telling him the tale of the burnt green beans!
It was my first time to meet my "new" great nephew (he's almost 20 months old!) and I hadn't seen his sister since she was a baby, so the feast was secondary to spending the day with family and getting to know the kids. Having folks descend on your house when you are the parents of toddlers and preschoolers isn't easy, and they probably collapsed in bed for days after we left!
We returned to VA on Friday in time to take part in the community tree lighting and caroling down Main Street.
Farewell to Thanksgiving and let the Advent preparations for Christmas begin!