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Published: November 30th 2019
These past few days have brought forth a cornucopia of food. So much to celebrate! It was all absolutely delicious but not very good for the waist. Whine, Whine, Whine! Better yet: wine, wine, wine. Obviously, Lulu had no issue indulging in all these delicacies. You know why.....no waist! If she had a body, she would be flaunting it. Such a glamor hog!
This food extravaganza began on Monday. Sam & Sandy and the two of us set sail for Bar Harbor. A lobster roll was calling my name. Saaanndy, Saaannndy. Faster, Faster, Driver.....my mouth is watering for that delicious crustacean delight. Made it! Yippee! Okay...pile out of the car with us. We are in one of our Happy Places. You all do like seafood, right? If not, stay seated and we’ll stop at the nearest McDonald’s for you......after we consume our deluxe lobster. WAIT A MINUTE! Whaaaat? Sandy points out the specials of the day. Unbelievable! We are in glory land again. Two whole lobsters for $11.98. Be still my heart. How can I pass up this for my desired lobster roll? They don’t even compare. Of course, I’m getting the double lobster delight! My lobster roll will come
another day. Sam & Cory got their fried grouper special while Sandy & I chomped down on our two twin lobsters. Are you feeling it? The taste is magnificent. Drool, Drool, Drool! Slurp, Slurp, Slurp. Smack, Smack, Smack. Yummy...oh, so yummy. We are so happy & thankful.
The day before Thanksgiving, our park put on a pre-Thanksgiving Dinner. They furnished the turkeys while all attendees brought a dish-to-pass. You think the “trough” (Golden Corral) has all the food in the world? Our banquet was equally comparable. Food and more food galore. Our tastebuds were dancing. Besides the mountainous mounds of everything a Thanksgiving dinner would offer (plus more), the fellowship of spending this holiday with all the park friends gathered together was what we were truly thankful. If we couldn’t be with our families, this was definitely the next best thing. “There are Good Ships, and Wood Ships but the Best Ships are Friendships!” Amen. We were stuffed just like the turkeys! Gobble, Gobble, Waddle, Waddle. Our activity director, Nicki Jo, was responsible for putting all this together. We are thankful for her and her on-going ability and effort to provide wonderful memories for all of us. Cheers for
Don’t remove your feed bags.....we aren’t done yet. Thanksgiving Day is here. Where to go? Not all restaurants are open. My mind was made up I wasn’t going to cook. If I couldn’t be with our family, my ritual cooking was now placed on the back burner. Nine of our friends all gathered together as we all headed to Cracker Barrel. Many others in the area had the same idea. The place was packed and the line was long. We had a 45 minute wait but being with all these wonderful people, time passed quickly. It also gave a few of us the opportunity to shop in the gift shop while we waited. We were thankful for that! Finally, the call went out.....”Cory G., table for eleven.” We looked like the Macy Day parade as we all marched in. We were seated around a long banquet table. The restaurant had a special dinner menu for this holiday. It was not their full menu. Sam & I were going to get their catfish (how much turkey can one eat?). Scratch the catfish....not available. We both got their special turkey dinner. We found room for more turkey, after all.
The dinner included turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes & gravy, sweet potato casserole, green beans, cranberry, a beverage, pumpkin pie with whipped cream....all for $12.98. Now that’s something to be thankful for. Cory gave our toast and Joe said a lovely grace. Dig in! It was almost 24 hours since we had eaten Thanksgiving dinner the day before. An encore certainly is workable. After indulging, I felt like I could have been one of the huge balloons they fly in the Macy Day parade. It was wonderful being with all these dear friends. Since we weren’t with our families, at least we were with all these wonderful people. “There are a Good Ships, and Wood Ships, but the Best Ships are Friendships.” Amen! We hope you all had a very Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃
BUT......we are not done yet. No way. We had much more to celebrate and be thankful for. We had two birthday boys among our midst. Yes....two of them shared their birthdays today as well as Thanksgiving. The honored men were Sam & Dave. Happy, Happy Birthday to both of them! Thankful ....Thankful....we really had so much to be thankful! Cory stood at one end of the
table as I positioned myself at the other. We belted out the Happy Birthday song. We encouraged the all restaurant goers to join in. They did! We sounded like the Mormon Tabernacle except for my off-tune but loud contribution. There’s always that one person......guess who? I love to sing but have one problem: I can’t. Cory said when he was in elementary school, his music teacher made him sit with the blackbird group. I think my music teacher suggested that I just tap my toes as my classmates yodeled out their tunes. C’est la vie. It just made me more humble as I grew up. Jealous of others but humble.
Before we left to go to the restaurant, Cory & I FaceTimed with our family. Our daughter and son-in-law, Kim & Jim, had all the rest of our family gather at their home. This is my only wish ( well, maybe not the only one but a big one) that they all stay together for the holidays. We have ALWAYS done this and our tradition must continue even though Cory & I aren’t there. This is the first year that we have not been all been together as a
family. It wasn’t easy. Sniffle, Sniffle. We are definitely returning for Christmas. It was wonderful to see all of them on our video screen. Of course, I couldn’t hold back my blubbering. We miss them terribly. They all looked good and were happy. No one was blubbering at their end. That’s okay.....we want them to be happy.
We are fortunate and thankful to have all this sophisticated technology that allows us the see and talk (and blubber) with one another while being more than a thousand miles away. We are so thankful for our family.
And, yes....we are so thankful for all of you. We genuinely appreciate each one of you: our loyal followers. My motivation to write our blog wouldn’t exist except for YOU. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for staying with us on our unending journey.
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