Saturday, November 26, 2016

Reporting In

I'm a little late in checking in with a Thanksgiving report. 

We got home about 6:00 Friday evening, unpacked and got stuff put away, then, too tired to cook, we went out for a quick meal. We spent the evening in our recliners, reading our devices and watching Hallmark Christmas movies. 

Tom's niece Julie and her family, who live in San Jose, CA,  were here in August for the Phosie-Gertie reunion and she formed a vision in her mind of having Thanksgiving here at the Whidbey cabin. We all contributed to make her dream come true. 

We live close to the Seatte-Tacoma airport, so we provide taxi service for the comings and goings of family members. Jill and the kids flew out to Colorado, Ann flew out to  California and left her car here. Tom's brother Dave and SIL Vicki flew in and picked up Ann's car. Julie, Dave and the kids Brian and Sarah flew in late Tuesday night  and took a taxi to Jill's house, stayed overnight, and borrowed her car. 

On Wednesday morning Tom and I packed up the pies I baked the day before, other contributions to the dinner and our gear and headed off through the city north to Whidbey Island. 

Wednesday we all settled in as the weather deteriorated, revving up for a big Pacific wind and rain storm. 

Thanksgiving morning we were thankful that the power was still on as the wind and rain pelted the windows and ruffled the bay.
Some of us sat around and visited while sort of watching the Macy's parade. 
Julie and Dave were in charge of the turkey, so they had early work to do. 
Of course everyone had their device, and even a few real books, to read. 

While the wind still blew, the rain let up enough to get out for a short walk. The surf was up on Useless Bay. 
The kitchen got busy as everyone prepared their contribution to the feast. 
Dave did an expert job of carving the turkey. 
The table was set with contributions from Jan, Vicki and me, and we dined off cabin china that was handed down from grandmothers long passed on. 
We were happy that Jake could join us for dinner, having the day off from the USPS, before being back at work on Friday morning. 
It was a feast to be thankful for, and for Julie, who is taking this photo, I hope it was a fulfillment of her dream. 

In the evening we had fun playing Heads Up, Ellen DeGeneres' game that uses an iPad. No need for games boards and pieces to put out and pick up when you have technology. 

By Friday everyone was doing their own thing. Julie and family packed up and left for Seattle to spend time in the city and then go back to Jill's house to stay. The weather was beautiful, a one day respite that we needed, and Tom and I went to Langley to do a bit of gift shopping. Here I am enjoying the view with my buddies Boy and Dog. 
In the afternoon we watched the Apple cup, the college rivalry game between the University of Washingtonian Huskies and the Washington State Cougars. Our favorite Cougars got blown out and we packed up and came home. 

Today, Saturday, we are back to rain. After a very slow start, we plan to put away autumn decorations, clear off spaces, and begin the process of decorating for Christmas. 

'Tis the Holiday Season and I must get myself into the spirit. 


  1. I saw a couple of those pictures on FB. It's been a wild and windy day so far up here in Bellingham. Just getting ready to write my blog post about our walk. Yesterday was a lovely day, a nice break from the rain. But we're making up for it today! Your Whidbey cabin looks like a wonderful place to have a Thanksgiving feast. :-)

  2. How wonderful to have everyone together to make a wish come true.

  3. Sounds perfect and everyone had Room to cook or heat up!!

  4. Sounds like a very peaceful, delicious, wonderful family time. Happy holidays, Linda!

  5. It takes a lot of effort to have a great celebration. Your family cooperated and you had a great Thanksgiving. And now onward to Christmas when the fun begins again.

  6. Sorry you had rain for most of your Thanksgiving Holiday, at least you had a cozy place to gather:)

  7. Busy but delightful! Nice descriptions and photos.

  8. seems like November came and left too fast, now it's on to Christmas. We've had lovely warm autumn weather but now it's predicting cold and possible rain....

  9. That sure looked like a fun, stress-less time and how nice the kitchen wasn't crowded. Glad you got to do some walking, eating and visiting

  10. What a wonderful holiday, that even inclement weather couldn't mar! :)

  11. Busy but enjoyable holiday, I'd say, in spite of the pretty awful weather.

  12. i love the 2nd to the last pic :) looks like a fun and filling event :)

  13. Thank you for sharing your holiday with us. I flat out love those old fashioned plates. They are lovely. The whole gathering was too.

  14. Looks and sounds like you had great fun celebrating the day in the cabin. You do the most interesting things with your family!

  15. Wow, that takes dedication - to go to a cabin kitchen to prepare an entire Thanksgiving dinner. Once you get past October, even dealing with weather across the Sound can be dicey. Great job!

  16. I'm playing catch up again. Sounds like a lovely Thanksgiving. I didn't realize your place was so big. Nice to be able to host everyone.


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