I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving on Thursday and took time to count your blessings. We have so much for which to be thankful! We ate a tasty turkey dinner at Daybreakers restaurant here in Yuma. Their establishment honored active military and veterans with a free dinner that day and they didn’t skimp, either. Our meals were served on platters with turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, green beans and cranberry sauce, topped off with pumpkin pie and whipped cream where we were stuffed already.
We’ve had company this week. Since we were busy with Raymond in late summer and early fall, we didn’t get to travel to Augusta, GA to visit our son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Shelly, so they came to see us this past week. With Shelly’s parents in Mesa, just a few hours away, they could spend time with both sets of parents and make everyone happy.
LeRoy borrowed Robert’s strength to move the deck by our bus forward. I wouldn’t have been much help, I don’t think. We went to the Arizona Market Place, like all good winter visitors, and they even found some things to take home. We took them briefly to California to see the Imperial Sand Dunes and back. Both of our kids grew up going to the Waynoka sand dunes in Oklahoma, but dune toys have changed a great deal since we were going, and so has the price of said toys! We used to camp in tents, but now there are big RVs all over the place. We shared memories of playing on the dunes and had a great time. Missed Heidi, though! She did send a good picture of Tim with her at his parents’ house for Thanksgiving.
Robert and Shelly brought us a lovely housewarming bouquet because this IS our house and it was VERY warm while they were here, upper 80s or low 90s depending on the reporting station. It’s a beautiful reminder that Christmas is coming very soon!
And in honor of their coming, I baked a pie! I haven’t baked a two-crust pie in forever but we had Kathy Knapp’s (Pie-O-Neer pie restaurant in Pie Town, NM) recipe for my favorite of their pies, the New Mexico pie. The pie is pretty much like any other apple pie except for two things: toasted pine nuts and green chiles. It isn’t hot spicy, just a touch of heat at the back of your mouth and it’s just the best. Add vanilla ice cream and it can’t be beat. The little brown bit on top is a chili-shaped piece of pie dough sprinkled in cinnamon. My little Breville toaster oven does a great job.
After breakfast this morning at Daybreakers again, Robert and Shelly were on their way to visit friends in Tucson. We hated to see them go but we had a great time with them.
Today LeRoy is getting the bus ready to move. Tomorrow morning we will take it back to Algodones, Mexico to the Navarro Brothers shop to have the hole in the back corner repaired and repainted. We’ll be spending the time it’s in the shop with Brian Reeve. He’s so gracious to let us move in when we need a place.
Be thankful, everyone!