On our way to the grocery store the day before left us with mild to moderate anxiety, but we talked ourselves down, reminding each other that this was a sudden thing, and if it were not perfect, everyone would understand. With the food purchased, a good plan in place, we both felt a little more calm. I quickly ordered a pre-cooked turkey from the Red & White market, and it came with gravy – perfect!
The next morning was Thanksgiving, and we got up early and started prepping the remainder of the dinner. With most of it finished, the family wasn’t going to be here until around 3:30 or 4 PM, so by lunch all that I needed were flowers for the table. Grabbing my pruners, and heading to the yard to get the Birds I spotted my frost-bitten plants, and the realization that we had our first frost of the season the night before slapped me up side the head! Oh No, what am I going to do now? After moaning, groaning, and even winning a little, it dawned on me…..
The dead, frost-bitten Birds of Paradise would be cut, and washed off, there wasn’t any choice – they had to be used anyway! I pulled all my low flower vases out, and set up everything on my studio table, watched them, and turned them around, allowing each one of the birds to voice their opinions. Some were to crispy, not left with much of a voice, and wouldn’t or couldn’t talk, others wouldn’t keep quiet, but when the whole thing was said and done, they were each given a personality, with glasses, eyes, neck ties, and even a collars. My dead, droopy, dried out birds were the hit of the Thanksgiving Dinner that year! Somehow creativity prevailed!
Speaking of table decorations… While I was playing with our 3 1/2-year-old grandson the other day, he asked me if we could do Arts & Crafts together? There were feathers, eyeballs, pipe cleaners, and pinecones, all sitting there waiting for Peek-a-Boo Grandma to create something clever. It was the feathers that grabbed him! There is nothing like colored feathers to spark interest in a 3 1/ 2. year old! What could we do? …..This is what we did….. we glued colorful feathers to the bottom of the pine cone, and glued eyeballs to a very large piece of pipe-cleaner to use as the Turkey’s neck. He lost interest after the feathers, but we were in the home stretch by that time. After putting this little bird together it was clear, we will have another very cute, and wonderfully creative table decoration for our Thanksgiving table. This entire project was my daughter in law’s idea, so I say “hail to the power of creative minds!”
I wish all of you a Happy, Healthy, and Blessed Thanksgiving this year. I am thankful for each of you reading, and commenting on my blog. Your comments give me energy, and inspiration to keep going. Blessings to all, Karen