What’s Thanksgiving without the gobble?

Nov 27, 2014 | 4 comments

Turkey

Turkey

According to one of those sound-bites on the news, the average American consumes 4500 calories for Thanksgiving dinner – more than twice the recommended daily amount for a ‘sedentary male 51 or over’ and almost three times what a moderately active female needs. I am happy to say that our Thanksgiving plans are low key, low calorie, and low prep.

First of all, no turkey. Which means no stuffing, no cranberry sauce and no big deal. We are looking forward to a roasted chicken instead. (Don’t tell the girls.) And, rather than the usual variety of vegetables, we’ll have only one – Brussel sprouts sautéed with garlic. Instead of candied yams and mashed potatoes, we’ll have just the mashed and no gravy. (Nyel doesn’t like gravy and I don’t like making it.) Instead of a relish tray, we’ll have some sliced tomatoes. And no dessert. (I’m not big on sweets; Nyel goes along.) We are definitely taking the gobble out of Thanksgiving – in more ways than one!

Goodbye to the Hospital Bed

Goodbye to the Hospital Bed

But our list of things to be thankful for outnumbers the calorie count many fold. First and foremost, of course, is that Nyel is up and walking (with his walker) a few more steps each day. He will be eating Thanksgiving dinner at the table and may even be able to help with some of the dinner prep if he can do it without standing up.  (We have determined that sustained standing is difficult because, apparently, the torso muscles have also been at rest too long…  Who knew?)

Too, gradually I am putting the house back together. We bade a fond farewell to the hospital bed and undulating air mattress yesterday; the commode and wheelchair and the transfer board left the day before. I am putting our East Room back to normal – returning books and bookcases, rocking chairs and coffee table. It is a hospital room no more! High on our list of people to be thankful for all that necessary equipment are the Long Beach Kiwanis Club and Coast Medical Supply. And for all their assistance, we can’t say enough about the EMTs at the Ocean Park Fire Department and the Harbors Home Health personnel. We couldn’t have managed the last three months without them.

Ready for Pick-up

Ready for Pick-up

And how can we ever thank the cadre of friends who kept the meals coming in, who supplied endless activities and entertainment for bed-bound Nyel, and who relieved me of so many time-consuming chores, right down to picking up things at the store? Even our Seattle/Bainbridge Island friends came to help out when I was obliged to be gone from home during those early days A.S. (after surgery.)

There is no doubt about it: we certainly don’t need the gobble this Thanksgiving to make it the most meaningful one ever! Amen.

4 Comments

  1. Stephanie Frieze

    So glad to hear that life is beginning to edge toward normal for you dear people!

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  2. Jo Lucas

    Sounds like you are celebrating the spirit of the day perfectly. Turkey is nice, but family, friends, and taking a moment to be thankful for your blessings make the day complete. Happy day. So happy Nyel is able to move around more.????

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  3. Nancy Russell stone

    Thinking of the Stevens this morning as I bustled around the kitchen. We, the old folks in “the burg” had planned to have a dinner similar to what you two will have, BUT, when we learned that great grandson, Tony, would be alone we invited him to join us at the table AND select the menu. I had done the turkey trot two weeks ago when everyone was here, so when Tony suggested a repeat, I agreed with the stipulation that he take home all of the leftovers. He agreed and will be bringing a friend, from his workplace, a man from Guatemala. What fun! Tablescape is lovely. I found a weaving from Guatemala to incorporate with the flowers. We know your day will contain the many expressions of gratitude that will be shared around tables all around the USA.

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  4. Louise Labby Carroll

    I am curious about that lovely turkey painting. I love it. Who (I am assuming a child) painted it? It’s the best I’ve ever seen!

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