I miss her for so many reasons. She and her husband Larry were always there when I needed them. Like here, December 2012, helping me hang a show at the Farmington Public Library.
So I know how to mend those raggedy places, but of course my efforts would never be official until I had her approval. Now, she's gone. But the lovely vine and leaf pattern is chipped.
I so miss her.
But it's Thanksgiving, and guests are coming, and the raggedy chipped stairs are not aesthetically pleasing, and they had to be mended.
And it's not just the steps that need fixing. It's the raggedy places on the dining room wall that Jerol originally helped me to paint a lovely Benjamin Moore color called Sea Star. Because my work is constantly being switched on and off the wall, there were places where the plaster was marred by nails. Jerol told me how to fix those places and made me see that they weren't a big deal.
Meanwhile, my daughter Leah, home for the holiday, volunteered to make the apple cranberry crisp for Thanksgiving dinner, so that I could take the time to do what I had to do on the steps and the wall.
So we switched jobs. Leah sanded the steps and applied two coats of a taupe color called Ashley Gray.
When it was dry, she took a fine paintbrush and repaired the leaves.
She's the only righty among my children. Julia and Lucia, her older and younger sisters, are both lefties like me.
Then, God bless her, she got up on the ladder and spackled the dining room wall and painted it with Sea Star. I felt so blessed that there was someone there to do that sad job for me.
Meanwhile, I made the cranberry apple crisp for Thanksgiving dinner,
Not only that, but she helped me add new photos to the slideshow on this blog. Unsuccessfully, as it turns out, but she spent hours on it. Meanwhile, she spent a certain amount of time on the phone, both for work and with her partner Lindsey. She was heard to utter the phrase "power lesbians."
I do miss Jerol so much, but I'm so glad I have Leah to help me smooth over the ragged places.
And I have to admit, I have taken advantage of Jerol's absence to shake up the Thanksgiving menu. Jerol always insisted on certain dishes, like our Grandmother's French-Canadian stuffing, rich with salt pork and the alluring flavor of whole allspice. She also insisted on nectar mince pie for dessert.
But the old fashioned turkey dinner had its inconveniences, such as the last half hour, when turkey was being sliced, gravy was being made, and fresh green vegetables were being steamed...while the hungry rest of the family sat at the table and asked what was taking so long.
This year, no last-minute food except the mashed potatoes and the steamed asparagus. Everything else is made ahead and if necessary heated up before serving.
Smoked Turkey Breast
Caramelized Butternut Squash with Sherry, Maple and Bleu Cheese
Shaved Butternut Squash with Craisins
Nutted Wild Rice
Cranberry Orange Dressing
Apple Cranberry Crisp
Jerol might not like it. But she's not here to complain about it.