Shelly's Back Room
Photo: Front entrance to Shelly’s Back Room in Washington, D.C.

The day before Thanksgiving. Sitting around with Amah (my grandmother). She’s doing the Post‘s crossword puzzle. I’m reading Martha Washington’s Booke of Cookery, which I bought at Mount Vernon on Monday.

We’re listening to NPR:

This is the Thanksgiving edition of All Things Considered. Tomorrow on Thanksgiving Day will be 12 continuous hours of world music.


Carlos is out doing work on the house. He requests documentation.


I help Amah with the crossword puzzle.

“Four letters, Japanese noodles.”

We eat leftover butternut squash soup for lunch.

Butternut Squash

Off to the antique shop on Mount Vernon Avenue. Buy W. Somerset Maugham’s Introduction to Modern English and American Literature (1943). We get dressed to go out to dinner at Jackson 20.