A Happy Thanksgiving!

When my sister, Sherill, was alive, she always used to have the whole family over for Thanksgiving. It was potluck-style, but she’d assign a dish for each person to bring. The table was long and the conversation was boisterous. Thanksgiving has slowly dwindled down to family members having their own celebrations. It’s kind of sad in a way, but Mom made it a little happier for Mark and me today…

Mom took us to the Chart House which is a really fancy restaurant with a beautiful view. It’s also quite expensive, and this will probably be a once-in-a-lifetime thing, but we were all glad for this opportunity!

Our waitress took our picture after seating us. We were all dressed up.
Mouth-watering choices to make
Once we had ordered, we had a chance to take in the view. This shot is toward downtown Portland.
This one is more toward the Willamette River and the mountains. You can’t see it here, but we had a pretty good view of Mt Hood and Mt Saint Helens.
The bread basket before our orders were brought. When our food came, we dug in and started eating before I thought to get a picture, but let me just say that the food looked as good as it tasted!

We all felt like we had to waddle out after having a 3-course meal there. In fact, Mom and I still had to get boxes for our leftovers, and Mark contributed a piece of turkey he couldn’t finish to my box. Not wanting it to end, I asked Mark if he could take us for a scenic drive. Along the way, I saw my alma mater, Marylhurst University, where I got my Bachelor’s degree majoring in Pastoral Ministry and minoring in Art and Psychology. I asked Mark if he would drive in so I could see it again.

Marylhurst University with a cloud-capped Mt Hood in the background
The main building where most of my classes were and my work/study jobs

Mom was happy to have been taken on a scenic drive. She said it’s been a long time since she’s been on one. When we got back to her place, She and I played a couple of games of Scrabble while Mark sat in the den and watched TV.

Whether you had a big family gathering or a quiet meal at home, I hope that all of you had a good Thanksgiving!

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