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gravy! gravy! gravy! gravy!

October 11, 2011

Yesterday was the third year in a row that Jude and I hosted an orphans’ Thanks-

giving, inspired by an episode of the late-but-not-at-all-lamented TV series “Men in

Trees”.  In this wan knock-off of “Northern Exposure”, the town bar and grill held a

big feed for anyone who didn’t have any other place to go for the holiday.


Our criteria was less stringent.  We sent out an e-mail to community members

inviting everyone, parented or not.  Jerry had dined with his two daughters the 

night before.  Jolie, Mowat and Maese had also feasted with their family Sunday.

Jody and Lee qualified simply because they’re so much fun.


Here’s Jude and Jody during the crucial gravy-making phase:



Maese patiently waiting to eat.  Although the second shot was taken immediately

after the first, it looks like the turkey was already taking effect.             



Gravy at the ready, the banquet begins.





Jody regaled the table by describing this video, so when we began toasting all the 

things we were thankful for, we used the prairie dog’s chant.  When Jude said she

was thankful the gravy turned out right, we responded with “Gravy! Gravy! Gravy!



After dessert, coffee, tea and other refreshing beverages, we repaired to the office to

actually watch the video.  We enjoyed it so much, we watched another one that

Jody recommended.  I hope you laugh at it as much as we did.  Here ’tis.









  1. Charlotte Wales permalink
    October 11, 2011 11:03 am

    What a lovely Thanksgiving! Looks like everyone got their fill – and I enjoyed the clips, too – gave me a good laugh, something we need daily! I have to say, though, Thanksgiving always reminds me of we Indians (I’m Cherokee) getting together the great feasts for the pilgrims, who would have starved if not for us, and them “thanking” us by trying their BEST to wipe us off the planet!

  2. Gordon Raley permalink
    October 11, 2011 12:44 pm

    So does Canada even have us beat down here by having an earlier Thanksgiving? Or are you guys just enthusiastically early?

    • October 12, 2011 11:17 am

      I haven’t thoroughly researched it. I haven’t researched it. I likely won’t research it. It may have something to do with travel. B.C. has a tradition of having a really nasty snowstorm at the end of November. Then again, it might just be oneupsmanship. We celebrate our version of Independence Day on July 1st.

  3. beth reed permalink
    October 30, 2011 6:18 am

    Wonderful Thanksgiving. Plus wonderful memories. My oven died and i am not sure of the specifics of the problem but i have had it said the line is stopped up from debris from the flood and another said that the line is clear that it is the sensor but it matters little because no turkey shall be cooked in my oven so i am sampling T G dinner at vvarious friends houe 3 days andearly and again on thanksgiving. in the south our holidays last at least a week. i am on my cell. still no internet service here but i still read your posts. bye for now.

    • October 31, 2011 11:49 am

      Beth, how great to hear from you! I keep checking your blog to see how you and the cafe are faring. I hope you take as long a Thanksgiving as you need. Such a year you’ve had.

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