|Our Indian Dinner Thanksgiving Feast on Tuesday|
I had prepared turkey soup for dinner, but they had already eaten in the French Quarter, so we just talked in the kitchen while I laddled my soup in plastic containers to freeze. Turns out, they like detective stories, so we settled into the LR and watched the first few episodes of Damages, with Glenn Close as the super villainous lawyer. They liked it and we watched a few episides each night they were here.
Maxie surprised me by hopping up on the red couch and falling fast asleep between them. My two-timin' doggie! I actually felt jealous after awhile and had to reclaim him. Everyone else turned in around 1, but I wasn't the least tired. I trekked out to the camper to get my pottie chair, positioned it in the teepee, making sure it would work in that confined space, figuring out where to put the velcro to close the door.
Aside: I so love the quiet of night. I'm truly a night person. I feel like a flower blossoming (time-lapse photography style) after midnight. Only true love, or desparate necessity, could make me go to bed early. Wonderful secrets, creative insights, are hidden in the night. But if I stay up late and have to get up early (to train or trial, for example), I pay dearly for every one of those insights with bleary eyed, foggy headed misery the next morning. To combat this problem, at the last 2 trials I began taking half a sleeping pill at 10 p.m. I doze off within an hour, sleep reasonably well, and wake up at 5:30 feeling refreshed and clear headed. The lengths we will go to for our dogs!
Sunday, all day, we prepared for an Indian Thanksgiving Dinner, having invited the new friends Jose and Kathy had made on their last pass thru Baton Rouge. Jose travels with 2 shoe boxes full of indian spices, J & K bought all the fresh ingredients and spent 5 hours in my kitchen preparing 4 spicy dishes (chicken, fish, lentils and basmati rice), and brownies. I straightened, dusted, swept and decorated the dining area. People began arriving at 5, each one bringing a dish of their own, and some wine. After dinner everyone went outside and drummed for about an hour. I stayed in, though, cleaned up and put food away, and spent some time with my poochies. We all had a fine time.
So even though I'm not having family Thanksgiving this year (for the first time in my life I believe), this dinner satisfied my desire to entertain, share food and give thanks this time of year.
|Kathy makes a design of swirls on my little model.|
|Jose supervises from above.|
Upwards and onward,