I'm sitting drinking coffee in what will be one of the last completely quiet moments for the next few days. In a couple of hours friends and family will start arriving for two days of Thanksgiving food and fun. In a few minutes I'll start preparing a few things, even though we're going to Steps tonight for Madden's island Thanksgiving and saving the "big" traditional dinner at my place for tomorrow.
But for now, the coffee is hot and strong, and the mountains of the Canadian coast range are visible to the north, with hints of blue sky to the west past Speiden Island. It's a perfect autumn morning in the Northwest, at least from my perspective, and I'm thrilled to be home to enjoy it. It's been a whirlwind few weeks since the election and it's not going to get any less busy between now and Christmas.
I bought a cider press this fall and have plenty of apples from C's orchard here on the island, and many more from Rebecca Moore's terrific farm (Blue Moon Farm) on Waldron Island. I still have plenty left to press, but the cider thus far is sweet, deeply flavored, but with great tartness and acidity. I've frozen a gallon already and hope to press-gang my friends into helping me squeeze more this weekend.
I'll write more soon, but I just wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone reading out there. Enjoy the day with friends and family!