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By Arnold Krusemark 

We are now in mid-November. Our outside gardening is essentially done. Inside we have our house plants and maybe flower pot gardens to care for. And next week will be our first big holiday of the season - Thanksgiving. And this week will be the making of plans for Thanksgiving - whom to invite or accept, where to meet and what to bring or prepare for the annual feast. In years past the inviting was usually done by letter (if distant) or phone (if local). Then the planning and preparation. It was about this time of year we did some special house cleaning too. If the gathering was to be at our house, we had to make some additional plans - food to prepare and other things. One of the very first Thanksgiving meals at our house featured goose for meat. Our first grade teacher raised geese at home and gave us 6 goose eggs one spring. We managed to get them all incubated, hatched, and raised, but not without many memories. So we decided to harvest one goose for our dinner. As it turned out we had one goose and 5 ganders. And we ate the hen goose. Dinner went well as we recall. The goose was very rich and delicious.

One relative said she ate too much and got sick when she got home. As she told us later - the goose was just as delicious coming up as it had been going down. Other things on the menu included potatoes, vegetables, and of course, dessert, which was usually including mince and pumpkin pies.

All were very good. And so was the conversation. Many stories to share. Then we had leftovers until they were gone. That was in the days before we had electricity. Of course it was cold enough outside we could find a place to store the rest of the goose until it was finally gone. Nowadays we have freezer boxes and hopefully have space in the freezer for them. More recently many people have gone out for Thanksgiving dinners to a local eatery. Still very good, but without all the work.

And, in school, we relived the story of the earliest Pilgrims and their first year in Massachusetts and how they celebrated. We’ve told that story in past columns too. At that time, they invited the local indians to help celebrate a bountiful year. That first Thanksgiving lasted 3 days and kept peace with the Indians through several generations, most thankfully. Whatever your plans, try to remember what you are thankful for. Even if just making it through another year. Discuss this with your house plants when watering them this week too.

Until next week.