Friday, November 23, 2012

Thanksgiving, River Style

Hope that it was a wonderful 
Thanksgiving for you and yours!  

Ours was deliciously laid back,
because it was spent by the river.  
Sorely needed, too, given the health toll
on our family lately.  It's been tough.

It felt good to decompress while shucking oysters.  Yep, you read that right... oysters.  
Our Thanksgiving meal began with an oyster roast.

If you've never experienced an oyster roast before, it's kind of like a bi-valve (shellfish) cookout.  

Armed with a bushel of steamed oysters, Old Bay, hot sauce, drawn butter and a few crackers... it's a little slice of heaven on earth.  Be sure to add laughter, a shrimp fork and your favorite cold beverage,
as you nibble at a leisurely pace.
Try the crab dip appetizer or the cocktail meatballs, should you not like oysters.  They're tasty.

Had to pace ourselves, because there's still turkey, ham and all their fixins' yet to eat. Thanksgiving is a day long event in our family.

It was good to work it off with a walk down the dock with my sweet hubby, or in Maddie's case, by taking a brisk swim in chilly water.  Hard to believe she's 11, with her level of gusto.  (May I age that well!)

Nightfall comes so early now.  
It's one of my least favorite things about this time of year.  Sunsets are glorious though, which helps make up for it.  A little.  This evening's photo is courtesy of my dear son-in-law, who was super handy with his iPhone.
Couldn't resist sharing it.

There's so much to be thankful for, today and every day.  Thankful for the tough times and thankful for the good times.  I'm thankful for this restful day by the river, spent with people I love so dearly.


  1. i love the way you celebrate thanksgiving! my husband loves roasting oysters on the grill--i prefer them that way, as well.
    thanks for the northern neck sunset.
    enjoy the holidays.

  2. Thanks for the kind note, Paige! There's just something about the sweet simplicity of life on the Northern Neck...

    Wishing you and your hubby a wonderful holiday season,