Happy Post-Thanksgiving Day

It’s Black Friday and I am sitting by the fire place, having a cup of “Dirty Chai” and loving the quietude!   I have now idea why anyone would leave their family holiday table to go camp out in the cold for bargains.   Personally, I would rather pay a few dollars more and enjoy the full holiday.

OK–off my soap box.

Yesterday, mom, hubby, and I went out for our Thanksgiving meal.   We traveled about an hour away to The Canebrake (which I have posted about before).   Lovely, lovely time.  And, they even sent us home with three pulled pork sandwiches, homemade tortilla chips, homemade peanut brittle, and an apple.  (Like we even needed a supper snack—we were stuffed—but I thought this was a marvelous gesture.)

On the way to the restaurant, we stopped by our local “harbor.”  (Yes, believe it or not, Oklahoma does have an ultra-inter-coastal waterway.)    What we saw was remarkable.   Two replicas of Columbus’ ships, the Nina and the Pinta, had sailed up the Arkansas River.

The Nina

The Pinta

Anchor on The Pinta

Both ships moored.

These are manned by a professional captain but the rest of the crew are volunteers.   What a great gig for the carefree, unattached soul.   As we toured the ships, we could smell their Thanksgiving dinner being cooked in the galley below.   The crews’ next top is sunny Florida.    I am sure they will be thankful for that!    (As you can see from the pics, it was a cold and gusty day here yesterday.   The weathergirl had promised us 70 degree weather for Thanksgiving.  Oops!)

As we toured the ships, I could not believe how small they were and that they carried Columbus and his crews across the seas.   Unbelievable!

Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend and enjoy the leftovers.   Our official Thanksgiving feast is on for tomorrow!   I hope I can find enough time to post about our unorthodox meal.

See The Columbus Foundation for more information.

7 comments to Happy Post-Thanksgiving Day

  • I am a terrible shopper even on the best of days, so you know that I don’t even venture out on “Black Friday.” I did, however, go to the grocery store — I forgot what it’s like to have a college student in the house — she’s been complaining we don’t have any “snacks” so I needed to rectify that!

  • Ugh, I can’t stand black Friday…you can’t convince me to go out at all on it (actually I don’t even like shopping unless it’s fro grocery/kitchen items. Sounds like a great time, what a nice surprise to see the replica ships! It seems so romantic to set sail on ships even though I know it’s such hard work.

  • Liz

    Yeah, there is no bargain big enough to get me out in those crowds. At least my kids are old enough not to want some hard to find toy from Santa…such a blessing. Glad you had a fun Thanksgiving outing…and more fun to come tomorrow~

  • Those replicas are too cool! I too was struck by the size. I always pictured an immense ship for Columbus. I made your sweet potato pie for Thanksgiving and messed it up, making it too sweet and didn’t bake it long enough. My mother-in-law loved it though so maybe I just don’t like very much sweetness with my sweet potato baked goods b/c this is the second time I’ve made something with them that I deemed “too sweet” but everyone else raved. There was no pie left, despite there being like 6 pies to choose from, so I guess everyone loved it except me! Thanks for the recipe. Next time I will follow it (I subbed a can of sweetened condensed milk for the sugar and milk).

    • Eliot

      So sorry you didn’t like it. I bet it was super sweet with the condensed milk. Glad your family liked it though.

  • Happy Thanksgiving! That is so neat that you got to see the replica ships! how neat! I agree with you on the black friday thing, I can’t bring myself to sit out in the cold for anything haha. I do go shopping on black friday but usally not til like 6 or 7am and by then the deals are still there, just the people are gone 🙂

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