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…Have found me in bed. Prostrate. Terrible back ache that has kept me not quite sitting, standing or lying down with any measure of comfort.

I’m much better now. Back at work and checking with the doctors to make sure everything is fine.

But still I have reasons to be thankful. I’m alive, right?

The aerial view

Thankful for failure. And for friendships.

Thankful for the joys of feasting together, with children :-). Mine (3) and a friend’s (3), with only 2 adults in tow – myself and my friend’s niece. And most amazingly, the easiest dinner I’d ever hosted.

Perhaps because I was in so much pain, I limited my talking, laughing and ‘correcting’….and things moderated themselves.

Damn. That so doesn’t mean its time to dispense with me and my ways.

Children, hear?

Dinner was a fairly simple, if celebratory affair:

Roast chicken
Roast chicken

Roast chicken expertly carved….

Well carved roast chicken

 

….though not by me – by the kids and my friend’s niece!

Well carved chicken

Roast potatoes. With Sage. And Olive Oil.

Roast Potatoes

Roasted Winter Squash. In Sage browned butter.

Roasted Winter Squash

Steamed carrots.

Fresh apple-cucumber-green pepper-cilantro salad.

The hands that feast

Zobo jelly. Softset, I know. But still, Zobo jelly. In place of cranberry sauce. Like our Pitanga cherry one from last  Thanksgiving.

Zobo_Pepper JElly

Zobo punch. Which my children are totally crazy about. Served in the style of Chapman, with lots of crushed ice, cucumber, lemon & lime slices and supremes of oranges.

Zobo punch, in focus

And cake. And milk (for the 6yo son)

The wreck

Yep. Many reasons to be thankful.

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