This month has been challenging for Ross and me. He is experiencing a great deal of back pain. I have plantar fasciitis. Heel pain.
I have had to cut out my daily 3-mile walk. It's incredible how much I appreciate simply being able to walk, now that it is difficult to do so. I see my neighbors walking by and I am hopeful that I will soon be able to walk along with them.
For the past 10 years, Ross and I would graciously accommodate our family's other commitments by having everyone over the Saturday after Thanksgiving. And since we knew that they would probably be sick of turkey by then, we would make lasagna instead. Ross and I would usually spend Thanksgiving Day, just the two of us.
However, circumstances have made it possible for us to be able to host Thanksgiving this year on the actual day.
It's nice that we are going to be able to get to do that this time.
A couple of weeks ago we ordered our fresh turkey from the local butcher. But, just around that time, Ross' back went out. And, since I am still hobbling around with my foot, I began stressing out about whether we were going to be able to physically get everything done.
Since we are not getting around as easily as we usually do, I worried that we would not be able to cook a complete Thanksgiving day meal, with the turkey and all of the trimmings. Just shopping for everything we needed seemed overwhelming and perhaps impossible.
Last week we were out to lunch at a favorite diner, The Vincetown Diner. As they advertise on their website, "We're not your average diner". They use all locally grown ingredients to prepare their meals. The food is always delicious.
When I opened the menu, I discovered a flyer inside.
"Give mom a rest this year. Let us do the cooking"
I looked over the offering. Their Thanksgiving menu listed everything we would normally serve right down to the pumpkin pie. The price was quite reasonable.
We spoke to the manager of the restaurant. He assured us that there would be plenty of food. He said he does it every year and that the meal is excellent.
So, we decided it was the perfect solution.
Although I am hoping that our meal will indeed be everything Mr. Manager claims it will be, the best part for us is that we will be spending the day with all of our favorite people.
Be sure to check back on Friday to see how it all turned out.