Thanksgiving (our first in NC) could not have been lovelier, as far as the weather; it was sweatshirt weather. At this time of year — our first autumn in NC — there are still so many beautiful colors of trees, leaves, flowers, and shrubs. In many ways it is reminiscent of Montana, but with a longer growing season. I’ve always liked sweatshirt weather, before any frigid Montana temps set in, and that’s what we had at Thanksgiving. [We saw on the news and heard reports of the horribly cold temps and lots of snow back in Montana.] Hanna and her pal, Katie (who also moved to Raleigh from Oregon), came for Thanksgiving and stayed four days with us. Gary shopped, cleaned, and made the house and guest room perfect for the girls; it was SO fun having them come. We all relaxed, watched movies, ate, and ate some more. I found a new recipe, which is a keeper: Bobby Flay’s Pumpkin Pie Recipe. We drove to New Bern, NC, the day after Thanksgiving to show Hanna and Katie the second oldest city in NC. It’s one of those pleasant drives that takes less than an hour.
Right before Halloween, and a mere month and a half after arriving in Raleigh, Hanna broke her arm quite badly, requiring surgical fixation, so she was still in her arm brace at Thanksgiving. Because she has the metal plate securing the bones, she only needed a soft splint on her arm for three weeks post-surgery. Wonder if she’ll set off the alarms at the airport now.