Saved by Sheila

Believe it or not, in this day and age, sometimes people are just nice and they really don’t want anything in return.

If you read my last post, you know that my Thanksgiving was close to disaster when last night my oven decided to die. I had a 14 pound turkey and an unbaked pumpkin pie sitting in my fridge, all dressed up with nowhere to go. I woke up in a very bad mood today, having no answer still to my non-working oven problem. I tried everything I could think of and finally I reluctantly walked over to my next door neighbor’s house to ask to borrow the oven. My neighbor, Sheila, just moved in with her two daughters a few months ago. I really don’t know her, but from the few interactions we’ve had, I could tell that I really like her. She’s laid back, doesn’t appear to be judgemental; seems like someone I could sit down with and have a glass of wine and talk about being moms. Yet still, imagine someone wanting to intrude on your Thanksgiving and use your kitchen? Pushed by desperation, I went over and knocked on her door. As it turned out, she and the girls were leaving for the day anyway and she couldn’t have been more thrilled to let me throw my turkey in the oven. Which by the way she admitted to not having used since she moved in so I am going to have to give her a little Rachael Ray lesson next time I see her and maybe give her a copy of the new book!

Of course, it wasn’t as easy as I had told myself it would be. You don’t just throw the turkey in the oven. There’s the changing of temperature part way through, the basting, the basting and the basting. Then it comes out and in goes the stuffing and sweet potatoes, oh and earlier in the day I finally baked that pumpkin pie. So in the end, I was in Sheila’s kitchen all day long. I traipsed through her house back and forth from the front door to the kitchen a hundred times between 1pm and 6pm. The truth is, I simply could not have done it without her.

So on this day, among other things, I give thanks to Sheila, a new friend.

Meanwhile, here’s the big beauty herself:

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