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Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving --- feasting, family, and fun.

Basting the turkey

I outsourced much of the turkey to my father, not wanting to be responsible if it was imperfect. Despite both of our best efforts, the beast did end up imperfect...but it didn't matter.

Inspecting the greens

Our focus was on the food. But, honestly, I think we had the most fun pulling together to put each dish on the table.

Mashing potatoes

For example, my nephew Jeremiah saved the day by figuring out how to mash the potatoes with the implements in the communal kitchen. The space was well-stocked in every other regard, but we couldn't for the life of us find any kind of masher or beater. Pure elbow grease did the job in the end.

Playing cards

Meanwhile, Maggie kept the kids busy playing our family favorite card game --- Boot.

River canoe

After the meal, it was so sunny and warm most of us gravitated toward the river. I took the kids out on a canoe trip which matched my definition of success --- no one fell in.

Then I went home to decompress with the goats. For an introvert, six hours with nine people is a lot of visiting. But after a good night's sleep, I'm ready to join in the action again today.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Glad you had a nice celebration--looks like a good time was had by all.

For what it's worth, I totally agree on the post-Thanksgiving decompression, both on the mental side (even if it's close family and you love them to death!), and on the physical side (from eating way too much food!).

Comment by Jake Fri Nov 27 14:47:14 2015

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