Early Thanksgiving

Sayeed and Shelley go to her mother’s home for Thanksgiving every year. At first I used to mind that a lot. But then I thought what the heck, I can have it here before they go and that’s what I have been doing for the last several years.

Last night everyone came over, and we had a lot of fun. The turkey was huge. It was honey cured and hickory smoked…. the only kind my family will eat. Dave my son in law did the honors with that and had the meat removed and sliced in a tray. I had all the trimmings, the mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, the dressing, you name it I had it, PLUS, Indian food. I thought the table looked good.

Tomorrow, Shelley and Sayeed will leave for the western Suburbs of Chicago and on Thursday, we will go to Saadi’s house and have our other thanksgiving brunch with them.





That new person is Meg, Noah’s girl friend.





Sorry about the unfocussed photo. I was not wearing my glasses! DUH!


There was so much food left over. Packed a lot of turkey for Saadi and Dave.

In other news, a few weeks back, a young lady had asked if I could donate a painting to the Big Brothers Big Sisters annual fund raiser. I told her to come and select one, and she took the Peony flower that I had painted. You all know how much a beginner I am with painting, and that flower was painted about three months ago, just when I had started painting.
Today I got a thank you note from the case manager of the event. This is what she said. “Thank you very much for your beautiful painting! Your contribution brought in $250, the most any painting went for, that night!” OMG! I was beyond excited. Felt SO SO SO good.

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This is the peony I had given her. I had taken a [picture of it and saved it in among the pictures here.



About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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18 Responses to Early Thanksgiving

  1. slmret says:

    Look at ALL that food!!! It looks like a wonderful dinner, and you put a lot of work into preparing it! And I love the peony painting! Happy Thanksgiving, Zakiah!

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Janet. Yes I worked hard, since I don’t get any help around the kitchen, except in washing dishes occasionally, I do it all. I made the Indian food on Saturday and the rest of the dishes yesterday. By the time I got ready for bed, I could hardly move. Took two Advil last night, and this morning felt like the bunny in the Eveready commercial!! 🙂

  2. marica0701 says:

    Wow, how amazing that your painting got that much money!

    I have never had a traditional Thanksgiving meal in the 23 years of living in the USA. I have no idea what cranberry relish is haha. But your photos of your family’s meal looks amazing!

    • Zakiah says:

      Really? You should start the trend. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have the turkey. Just get a chicken and have a few extra dishes to go with, and have your parents and a few other members of your family, and give thanks for the togetherness.
      Get a small bag of cranberries and read the instructions and make it. Easy breezy. I add some mandarin oranges and a few pineapple pieces to it, and top it with chopped walnuts.
      Go on do it. Start your trend of having a TG dinner in your home.

  3. Ooh! Before you said so, I thought, “Oh! I wonder if that beautiful girl is Noah’s girlfriend!” 🙂 They look so cute together! 🙂

    What a wonderful spread of delicious food! What a precious family! What great memories were made! 🙂

    Congrats on your painting bringing in so much money for such a good cause! I love the colors in your painting…it is very peaceful and pretty! I’m not surprised it brought in the most money! 🙂

    Happy Thanksgiving week, Zakiah!
    (((HUGS))) and ❤
    PS…I'm glad Dave is healthy and happy…I still pray for him. 🙂

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you for your prayers for Dave. He is going to his doctor’s office today to get the results of the repeat scans that he got last week.
      Thank you for your kind comment. ❤

  4. All that food! Your table will need an Advil too for holding all that food. I love that your painting (you’re too modest by the way…) was able to fetch so much money. Congrats!

    • Zakiah says:

      ha ha. I had to take two Advil to help with all the soreness in my legs and back.
      I was really excited about the painting. Never thought anyone would bid on that. Not being modest, just realistic.

  5. j.e.glaze says:

    you have much for which to give thanks. a wonderful feast, it looks like. and i’m glad your painting sold so well. 🙂

  6. You have such a lovely family. The food looks delish.
    Glad your painting did so well.
    Love and hugs.

  7. beowulf222 says:

    What a feast! Looks delicious. So … do I read a bit of “reservation” between the lines regarding Meg? 😉

    • Zakiah says:

      No Nick! I like her a lot, and Noah loves her so much. His parents think she is a wonderful young lady, and she and her parents adore Noah. I only want my children and grandchildren to always have happy healthy partners in life who will support and uphold each other. This is the first for Noah and Meg, and we all know that there is a long time before they finish their college and have a life together etc. All of us just are waiting for all the years to come and show us what unfolds.
      As for the feast, when are you coming here? YOU, Matt, Chris, Rudy; Wouldn’t it be wonderful happening here if you all could come over?

  8. Zakiah says:

    Don’t ha ha me Nick. I have had xanga meetings here before. And I am a good host! It would be wonderful.

  9. r_hsw says:

    belated happy thanksgiving. living in south east asia making me oblivious of this american tradition. and congrats on the sale of your painting. it certainly worth that and more!

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