Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Turkey Day 2009


It seems like a year since this past Thanksgiving. So much has happened since then. More on that later, but first I have to catch up. We spent Turkey day with Maggie's Mom and Dad, Barbra and Ryszard Sudnik. They are two of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet, and I am not just saying that because I know they will probably be reading this. We had a really great time and if it weren't for Billy waiting impatiently at home buy his dwindling supply of dry food, we would have stayed for much longer. We were spoiled with fine foods, long hot showers, a real mattress (king size I should add), and all of the fineries and conveniences suburban life on land provide.

Even chopper was ready to move in. I am not sure his uncle Jake approved of chopper having his way with his toy supply, but he remained hospitable.

We all helped create the Thanksgiving feast. I did some chopping. I have started out with pictures of me doing some work so it would look like I was more involved. Actually I stayed out of the way most of the day, and tried to score as many snacks as possible. It was hard work but somebody had to do it.

Maggie was very proud of me.

The Sudnik family in action. Just look at the activity. How do they expect me to snack with so much work going on?

Ryszard was in charge of the bird. He got a Kosher turkey and I am not sure what was different about it, but it required some figuring out. He read the label for some time before committing to unwrapping it. Just look at the concentration.

Finally he decided Kosher would be edible and removed the wrapper. Now he plucks. I didn't know turkeys came with feathers still on. Maybe just Kosher turkeys.

Maggie cooks the Cranberries. Yummy! And the Cranberries look nice too.

They have a very fancy oven that also took a great deal of figuring out. There was some discussion in Polish and a beeping sound that wouldn't stop. Finally Barbra and Ryszard were able to figure it out and the meal preparations continued as before. What a team.

I wasn't the only one snapping pictures. Here, Barbra captures a moment when Ryszard and I are looking up a polish dish he was telling me about. It is some kind of grey jello type thing that you pour vinegar on before eating. Sounds weird. The English name for it is Aspic. He pronounced it "ass Piece", and we all laughed a long time.

Chopper and Jake were playing jealously the entire trip. Here Jake is rolling on top of the ball he has just stolen from Chopper.

Here Chopper is Stealing it back.

And here he is running away with it.

Maggie is a good potato peeler. Must have been the way they punished her as a child.

Ryszard was also in charge of the wine.

Maggie and Barbra put the finishing touches on the flaming hot brussel sprouts. As I understand, the hot peppers were a mistake. But some of life's greatest discoveries have been made by accident. I will never eat brussel sprouts without hot peppers again.

Barbra checks the spread and lets eat!! It was a perfect day and a perfect meal. One of the best Thanksgivings I have had.

In spite of the great time bad news was delivered just as we were readying to head back home. I received a call from my dad who said my Grandmother, his Mother, had passed away. She went peacefully in her sleep after having Alzheimer's for seven years. I had to rush away as soon as I got back home, to go to the funeral. We had a beautiful service for her and celebrated her amazing life of 92 years with family and friends. It was a gathering she would have really enjoyed.
To add to the bad news, this past Sunday Ryszard suffered a massive heart attack. He was fortunate to have been in the hospital when it happened due to chest pain earlier. The doctors were able to give him immediate care, without which he would have certainly not made it. They did surgery and he is now in a drug induced coma being kept going with machines. We are confident that he is going to have a complete recovery with God's help. We are all sending him our love and our prayers and trusting God to see him through all of this. We are also praying for Barbra who was with him through the attack. I can't imagine the horror she must have felt as she saw her beloved husband dying before her eyes. She is an amazing person and I know that God will see her through all of this. I love you Barbra and I look forward to many more holidays with you and Ryszard. Ryszard, get well, I love you too.


Anonymous said...

thank you, Travis

jomamma said...

I'm sorry for the loss of your Grandmother, 92... I'm sure she had a long and wonderful life. I'm hoping Maggie's dad gets better real soon.

And yes, even Butterball turkeys have some feathers on them.

Anonymous said...

let god hear your prayers

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