“I’m not a vegetarian but I eat animals that are.” –Groucho Marx
“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” –Albert Einstein
We have to admit that we fall in the same group of eaters as Groucho Marx, but we are inclined to agree with Albert Einstein’s assessment of vegetarianism. However, we have learned that there are many different types of vegetarians—here are a few:
- Pescatarians do not eat meat with the exception of fish.
- Flexitarians or semi-vegetarians eat a mostly vegetarian diet but they occasionally eat meat.
- Vegetarians (lacto-ovo-vegetarians) do not eat meat of any kind but they do eat eggs and dairy products.
- Vegans do not eat meat of any kind and also do not eat eggs, dairy products, or processed foods containing these or other animal-derived ingredients such as gelatin.
As it turns out, our daughter, Adrienne, and her husband, Al, are vegans and they were also our hosts this week for Thanksgiving Day dinner. This raised the question: “To cook turkey or not to cook turkey?” They were willing to have turkey for the non-vegans but we all agreed that we were fine with a vegan Thanksgiving, so that’s what we had. Here are a few photos:
The food—vegan cooking is more challenging than vegetarian due to the need to avoid eggs and dairy products, but everyone agreed that the entire meal was great. We also had apple pie with whole wheat crust, pumpkin pie and ice cream for dessert. We’re not sure how ice cream is made without dairy products but it was pretty good.
Dinner in progress
The aftermath—Lindsay, Rory, and Al relax on the couch
We enjoyed the dinner but we doubt that we could ever be true vegans. Being vegetarians would be a possibility, especially if we can find a vegetarian chef to move in with us. Actually, we’ll eat just about anything if someone else does the cooking.
This holiday weekend we did the typical things—the men watched football and the women went shopping. Ed and Al suffered through the Florida/Florida State game (fortunately vegans can drink beer) but we all enjoyed watching Alabama lose to Auburn in one of the most exciting college football games ever.
Of course Christmas loomed over the entire Thanksgiving holiday and we stopped by a house we saw on the local news that is renowned for its Christmas lights—it was very impressive.
Here’s a small portion of the lights. We talked to the owners and all the decorations are homemade. This is definitely one of the classiest tacky Christmas light displays we have ever seen.
Lindsay and Patty enjoy the lights.
These are the neighbors of the Christmas lights house—what else could they do?
We stayed this week at Pocahontas State Park, our home away from home (if we had a home) when we visit Richmond. The temperature went down to the 20’s three nights in a row and the water hose to our Airstream froze solid. We had to leave on Sunday because the park closed for the season. The next day we went to Occoneechee State Park in southern Virginia and we were the only people camping in the 70-campsite park. The next day it also closed for the season. We get the hint—we are heading south.