So, despite delays, Cabell finally did get in to St. Louis on Tuesday morning, and I leapt out of bed bright and early to go up and get her. Then we came home, met Robin, and headed south to New Orleans. Actually, Pearl River, LA, home of my sister Gerry and her husband Ralph. We got there about 8 pm, and it was clear that Ralph and Gerry had a major head start on us. My nephew Scott and his wife Katy were also there, but their kids Carnes and Libby had to go to bed before we arrived. We had a wonderful dinner of grilled redfish, drank a bunch of wine, and went to bed.

The next day, Thanksgiving day, we got up and started cooking. We had two turkeys, so I roasted one and we fried another. Libby and I made chocolate cream pie. Gerry and Libby made stuffing. There was some basketball playing in there somewhere. A good time was had by all.

The next day Scott and Katy and the kids went back to Mobile. Gerry, Cabell, and I went for a bike ride on the St. Tammany trace, then had lunch at the Abita Springs brewpub. One of the neighbors gave us a giant bag of fresh oysters, so Ralph and I opened about 7 dozen and he grilled them on the half-shell with butter and garlic. This was followed by gumbo and more wine, and general debauchery.

As usual, another great time with Gerry and Ralphie. I wish we lived closer.

2 Responses to “Thanksgiving”

  1. Gerry says:

    A good review! I loved all of Cabell’s zillion pictures. Had a great time–wish we could see you guys more often. Retirement is approaching!!

  2. Allen says:

    Yeah, Cabell did a great job. I’m looking forward to seeing you guys again. Maybe some of us can make it down there over Christmas break.

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