Good morning. This is my sleepy self saying, "Hope you all had a safe and happy Thanksgiving". Mine was lovely, and I seem to be operating in low gear today. Probably the effects of too much turkey (and mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie). Seriously, it is a known fact that turkey contains an amino acid called tryptophan, a component that in large amounts makes people sleepy. I think you would have to eat a truckload of turkey to achieve that effect, but in combination with all carbs one eats at Thanksgiving dinner, I for one, always feel like curling up on the couch and sleeping until next Thanksgiving.
The picture above is of the pretty Japanese maples my mother planted in the garden at her house in Palo Alto. They are always at their full glory on Thanksgiving. They always remind me of my mother, as if she is still with us through their beauty.
We had a big crowd of family at the table, and since everyone in attendance brought a dish or two or three, there was enough food for the entire neighborhood. It wouldn't even all fit on the table. My sister Kate brought her special gold and white holiday dishes, so the table was truly festive. The guests ranged in age from 16 to 84.
We brought both the dogs with us to the party. Sophie did not get car sick, for the first time in her life. Now that is really something to be thankful for. The dogs did not get into a fight and embarrass us to death. Another item for the gratitude list.
I know I didn't feed Ozzie and Sophie any turkey, but somebody must have. They are pretty much sacked out and good for nothing today.
Ozzie making himself small.
Sophie making herself large.