Our Day of Thanks

Trip Start Dec 01, 2010
Trip End Mar 01, 2011

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Today started pretty much like everyday for us. Me awake by 5:00am and Gail hanging in under the covers for at least another 2 hours. The temp out side was a damp 34 degrees and the skys are overcast. In years past this would be prime time for me to start the cooking for the days feast but not this year. This year, Gail and I are meeting Kristin & Dan for a dinner at one of our old favorite venues, Georgines. This means yet another road trip but what are you going to do.

As Gail rolled out of bed around 7:30, I couldn't take it anymore, I had to get outside and up on that mountain. Those of you that know me understand that this is "my" time of year. I thrive on the cooler weather and the change of season. To be outdoors, walking, falling, and exploring in natures wonder is what makes me a happy man and yes, hunting season is only 3 days away. Now my days of dreaming of the big buck are long over. I now much rather sit in a tree-stand, watch the sun rise and the animals wake from their nights rest. Seeing the squirrels gathering the nuts they have hid, the woodpeckers pecking for bugs and yes maybe an occasional deer walking by to bed down for the day is all I need to complete my day. Some days after hunting for hours I happen to look and my gun is not even loaded. I have done some of my best thinking and decision making while sitting in a tree. No disruptions or distractions to get me side tracked. OK enough of me talking about the woods.

By the time I returned from my adventure it had started to snow. Not a big snow but more like a wet, half rain kind of snow. Gail was telling me to get moving and cleaned up, we had to hit the road soon. We had an hours drive ahead of us and Gail wanted to meet the Kids a bit early and have a glass of wine while waiting for our table. Down the road once again we headed. Kristin & Dan were already there so we sat at the bar and had a drink. About 15 minutes later we were on our way to the table.

Now we had already enjoyed the traditional Turkey during the week. Our Friend and Employer, Klass, had given us a beautiful Butterball to enjoy and yes, Gail did a fine job cooking it for us. So with Turkey out of our system we ordered what every true American would order...BEEF! Kristin and Gail opted for the largest Fillet I have seen and Dan followed with a Fillet & Shrimp dish. I opted for a 4 inch thick hunk of Prime Rib, cooked just right. Let me not forget the Clams Casino, Scallops, and shrimp cocktail we shared together or the soup and salads! God I love this country! Nowhere on Earth can you go and have the food we enjoy, not just on a Holiday but any day.

We attacked our feast in true Walling fashion. Sharing and tasting each others meal. Talking and eating until we were gasping for air. Oh what a wonderful holiday! You can legally eat until the point of explosion and not get yelled at. Life is GREAT. Desert was offered and we all made our choices. Sweets like no other, sugar be damned! After a stellar performance by all it was time to pay the bill and say our good-byes.

This we found was the worse part of living away from our Family. No time to visit after an event like this. The added travel for each of us was out of the question. This, and the fact that Bonnie & Charlie could not join us was the only down side to our Thanksgiving. Gail and I are very lucky to have what we have right now. We enjoy our lives to the fullest and look forward to each new day.

We both hope all of our Friends and Family have or had as great of day as we did.

Mike & Gail  

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Janice Maulick on

Beautifully said!! Travel safely!

Vicky G on

"We attacked our feast in true Walling fashion" hahaha favorite line in the entire post!

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