Thursday, November 28, 2013

November 28, 2013 Thanksgiving

Well, this was an unusual, but comfortable Thanksgiving.  First, we have two air conditioner/heater units on our boat.  The forward one (where we sleep) decided to quit this week.  We had screens added to the through hulls where water is brought into the boat to cool the ac/heater and one for the engine.  With 5 rivers flowing into this bay, there is a lot of debris in the water.  Before placing the screens, Dave was having to clean the filter about once a week.  But everything had been fine since the screen was added.  Last night it was down to 27 degrees.  It was fine in bed, but hard to get out of bed this morning.  It was 42 degrees inside the boat this morning.  Still not as bad as our winter camping days. 

Thanksgiving is all about the food.  Dave has never been a fan of turkey.  And we don't have a very big oven.  So we ordered a barbecued pork Boston butt from the Knights of Columbus at my church.  We had to pick it up on Wednesday, so we decided to have our first feast on Wednesday night.  We don't have a lot of refrigerator space either, so we brought a cooler from out storage unit for the Butt and beer.  I had lined up fixings for some of our favorite traditional side dishes.  Again, because of the small space to work in and limited amount of pots and pans, I cheated on a few things.  Since there were only the two of us, I made two sides and buns Wed night.

We  had caramel rolls Thursday morning in memory of my mom.  But mine were from the bakery.  I'm sure she was laughing at her spoiled daughter this morning.  Then late morning I tried a new dish: scrambled eggs with leftover stovetop dressing along with more pork.  Loved it!

Mid afternoon we had our dessert: a pumpkin bar on a gingerbread crust.  I think of dad with the gingerbread.  Then for dinner/supper we had our pork again with different sides. 

We spent the morning making a schedule of things we need to finish before we can leave here.  Then we busied ourselves with little projects and listened to football games on the internet (no TV). 
Late this afternoon, Dave fixed our wifi booster, so I was up and running again on my computer.  Dave's Mac would connect, but my PC wouldn't.  So I was keeping connected with the world through our mini ipad or my phone.  It's nice to have a real keyboard again. 

We had a nice chat with our son, Pete, today.  Sounds like he had lots of invites to spend the day with friends.  He ended up at a large family gathering, which I'm sure he could appreciate after all the Zeller family gatherings.

Dave promised me a game of cards tonight.  But I have been happily updating my blog, so I think he is going to get out of it.  I know the cards are flying at my brother's in Minneapolis.  They posted a dinner table picture on face book, and one of the cleanup crew.  So I had to take a couple, too.

We are so thankful that we have the same interest in sailing and still enjoy each others company after 36 years.  We are also thankful for the wonderful family and friends that have supported us in this adventure.  Happy Thanksgiving to y'all.  And Happy Birthday Katie!

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