Thanksgiving Day

Yesterday we had our traditional Thanksgiving meal with some of our American friends here in Mwanza; all missionaries with various groups but all Americans. There was a total of 11 of us and we had a great time of food, fellowship, food, playing games, food, watching football and food.
There were a few problems to remind us that we were in Africa rather than America. There were five of us cooking various dishes in our homes; I began getting text messages from the other four about 8:00am. There power was out and they were all in varying stages of food preparation. Fortunately, our power was on and we hooked up a little gas stove at one of the other homes and by working together we managed to get everything and on the table by 1:30.
We thoroughly enjoyed our $72 turkey (17lbs = over $4 a pound), dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, homemade rolls, vegetable salad and sweet potatoes (not as good as American variety but with some imagination they were fine). Later we had pumpkin w/Dream Whip topping and pecan pies made from carefully hoarded ingredients from the states. As an added little treat we had a dish of candy corn/pumpkins brought out for us from the states earlier this month; we snacked on this while we played some table games.
All in all it was a great day with good friends and good food. The icing on the cake was talking to my daughters, Mom and sister later that night.
Today we decorate for Christmas!!!!!
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