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Just Sayin': Talkin’ Turkey

   I am storagely disabled. Cookedturkey

   There’s nowhere to store the turkey or any other perishable, holiday-related item. And it’s only going to get worse as Thanksgiving draws near. Right now “Tom” as he was affectionately labeled when we brought him home from Shoprite, is resting comfortably in the free-standing freezer that slaps us in the face every month when we get the electric bill. But soon it will be time to take him out and put him in the refrigerator, which is now crowded with lunch meat and eggs and fuzzy stuff I can no longer identify. I doubt he will fit.

   I also have to make room for the pies. I’m an old hand at pumpkin and apple pie but again, where to put them? They need to be refrigerated but the fridge will be housing Tom. I can’t make them on The Big Day because I’ll be busy with everything else and trying to keep my husband out of the kitchen. He’s a big guy and has the habit of standing in the middle of the room, blocking me from any appliance I need to reach. He’s part of the storage problem because I don’t know where to put him, either. I’m fortunate that he doesn’t need to be kept cold.

   I’d like to make the mashed potatoes and stuffing ahead of time, too. Again, my disability is keenly obvious. I guess I’ll just have to make them, freeze them, and thaw them right before serving.

   I think next year I’ll get a second refrigerator. During the non-holiday months I can use it to store beer. Then, come the holiday season I’ll have plenty of storage for Tom and the Gang. Of course, I’ll have to rip out some cabinets in order to make room for the new fridge. And store the dishes in the living room. Hmm.

   The fact is I’m a lucky old girl to be having this problem. There are folks out there with nothing to store because they have nothing to eat. I think I’ll count my blessings and not worry so much about where to put things. In fact, I think I’ll give the pies away in the true spirit of thanks.

   Wishing all of you the happiest of Thanksgivings. May your stomachs and hearts be filled this year. And if you have a neighbor or friend with nowhere to go for the holiday, extend a hand. We’re all in this together.

Just sayin’,MR900354666

Dawn Watson

 



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