What I am Thankful For

I had planned to blog daily this month, sharing with you what I am most thankful for. As you can see, I was an epic failure in that regard, seeing as though I have only posted a couple threads and here we are, two days away from Thanksgiving. Yes! Two days! Oh my, how I love this time of year. More specifically, this month, this week and the day of the turkey. The day that I eat one slice of turkey because it is one tradition I cannot seem to break away from. Traditions. They are good to cherish and to hold on to. Some are worth tossing, while others have a stronghold. The one slice of turkey is one that I cannot break away from, despite my deep hatred for all things turkey. It’s a dry meat, there is nothing good about it. Yes, I have had it smoked, deep fried, BBQ’d, baked, roasted and more. I do not like turkey. End of discussion.

Good grief, I slid into another post, getting away from the topic at hand. Let’s start over.

I am thankful for sunrises and sunsets; for mountains and trees. I am thankful to see the beauty in every day, and I’m thankful to have an optimistic outlook. I am thankful.

This year our plan was to have a small gathering of 7, reconnecting with the parents and catching up with the nieces. We have since decided to stay home and bake cornish game hens instead. It will be a very quiet day of relaxing and maybe a movie, or three. It’s been awhile since we’ve watched a movie and I figure it’s time that we make Netflix work for their money. lol. Truthfully, I am looking forward to our day at home, with no plans, no schedules, and no people. Plans change, but that does not mean that Thanksgiving won’t be just as wonderful as it always has been for me. It’s a day to reflect and be thankful. I’m thankful. It is my favorite day of the year!

That does mean that I will be breaking my tradition of eating one slice of turkey for Thanksgiving. Who knows, maybe this is the beginning of no more turkey for me. Would that be a bad thing? I don’t know. I’ll let you know on Thursday. lol.

I know this is only a US holiday, so those that are elsewhere in the world, I hope that you have a wonderfully beautiful week. For those of you that are celebrating my favorite day, please enjoy it for what it is and no matter how you spend it, be happy and find peace with where this year has gone. It will soon be over.

Happy “Best Day of the Year”!

This is my most favorite day of the year and I am so happy to be celebrating it with family and friends.

This is one day that people slow down to enjoy each other, and to reconnect. It is the day that no one is worried about social standings and gifts, and they come together to enjoy each others company over a table of food and desserts. It is a time when people of all backgrounds make time for those that are important to them, and they catch up on lost time. Regardless of how busy we get through the year with work, sports, kids and whatnot, this is the day that everyone stops to reconnect.

It is a day that has always been special to me, no matter my circumstances, so please, look for the good and enjoy today for what it is. It is a time to be thankful and to remember those that you have lost contact with over the years. It is a day to celebrate and I hope that you are doing whatever it is that makes you smile. If that is staying home and watching NetFlix and drinking hot cocoa, then that is what I wish for you. But, for those of you that do not want to be alone today, reach out (if you have not already). I guarantee you that there will be a place at a table for you, but you have to make the effort to dial that number. Maybe that is the local VFW, or the community center. It does not matter what table it is, find one if you want that connection.

Happy Thanksgiving from my table to yours!

Do You Have a Favorite Holiday?

It is no secret that my favorite day of the year happens to be a holiday, and it falls during my favorite month, November. I have always loved Thanksgiving, even as a child. It holds sweet memories for me and I cherish those, even decades later. It is the one day when people slow down and enjoy the company of others. It does not matter if it is friends, strangers or family. This is a day when people realize what they have to be thankful for and are generous with their time, in helping others and sharing love. It is a time when people are not in stores spending money, or rushing through their day to get to their next obligation. It is a day that people come together to reconnect, to share their news over the last year and to enjoy telling old stories. Young and old, this is a day that people enjoy each other over food and laughter. Hopefully laughter. 

My favorite day is Thanksgiving. What is yours?

Thanksgiving 2017

Here we are again, my favorite day of the year. This year has been one of many changes, upsets and new beginnings, all of which were needed. And, that makes this holiday season different than any other. Over the years I have realized there are a lot of reasons to be thankful, and to cherish those you hold close, and also to appreciate where you have been, who you are and the future for what it may hold.

Today I am thankful for my family of friends who have stayed true to me, and reminded me that life is beautiful, even when it is dark. I am also thankful for the online community that has been built surrounding my site, and those who are always checking in to brighten my days, or to give me a smile.

Thanksgiving is my favorite because it is the one day out of the year that people slow down and make time for one another. It is the day that families come together, no matter what differences they may have. It is the day that we all join together to feast over food and desserts, and to appreciate those around us, and to not worry about tomorrow. Even if just for a moment.

For my friends in the states, here’s wishing you and your family a wonderful and very happy Thanksgiving! May your day be filled with tons of food and loved ones. Now, with that said, I hope you’re only forced to be around those you actually want to spend time with. If you have to endure that one family member that makes your blood boil, remember, it’s my favorite day of the year! Today is the one day when nothing else matters…and drink a lot of hard liquor. May I suggest you go straight for the whiskey? lol.

For those of you, who are my friends, but not in the states, I hope you’re having an amazing day and that you’re not forced to be around anyone you don’t want to be around because, well, it’s not Thanksgiving and I don’t have a good pep-talk for you…but, whiskey helps if you’re having a terrible day, I’ve been told. LOL.

Traditions

With the holiday’s approaching, it has me thinking about traditions, and memories of years past spent with family and friends. Traditions sometimes take on a generation of repeats, while others only last for a brief moment. My family was not big on traditions, but we always made time for each other. There was not a day that went by that I did not know I was loved, and for that I am thankful.

Thanksgiving for us changed over the years, but it was always a special day to enjoy. Whether it was Mom and Granny cooking, while my oldest two brothers kept me and my twin out of the kitchen, or later years when we would join friends for their Thanksgiving dinner. It was a happy day, to enjoy friends, family, food and beautiful weather. I remember some years it was a brutal cold with wind blowing in from the north, while other times we were in short sleeves and sandals. I remember one year my twin was playing a game of pool in the garage at our friends house, and everyone was laughing and just enjoying time spent with each other. That is a tradition I hope to continue to share. Enjoy those you surround yourself with, and cherish the time you have with the people who you call family. 

Happy Thanksgiving – 2015!

Thanksgiving-Day

For my friends in the states, here’s wishing you and your family a wonderful and very happy Thanksgiving! May your day be filled with tons of food and loved ones. Now, with that said, I hope you’re only forced to be around those you actually want to spend time with. haha. If you have to endure that one family member that makes your blood boil, remember, it’s my favorite day of the year! Today is the one day when nothing else matters…and drink a lot of hard liquor. May I suggest you go straight for the whiskey? lol.

For those of you, who are my friends, but not in the states, I hope you’re having an amazing day and that you’re not forced to be around anyone you don’t want to be around because, well, it’s not Thanksgiving and I don’t have a good pep-talk for you…but, whiskey helps if you’re having a terrible day, I’ve been told. LOL.

I found an old post from 2013 that I thought was worth posting again.

2013: Happy Thanksgiving!

Instead of giving you another history post, which I’m sure I’ve done for this holiday several times as it is, I’ve decided to go another route. Over the years I’ve become more open with you, regarding who I am and my life outside of this world. Although, they’ve merged into one, they’re still somewhat different. I used to keep it strictly to my weekly updates and travels but now I share my everyday life with you.

What I’m thankful for:

I’m thankful for the life I have, not the one that was given to me, but the one I’ve created. I’ve worked hard to find my way and to become who I am. To have the confidence to know I’m not perfect but to be happy from within. I’m lucky to have Devil, but he’s also lucky to have me. I’m grateful to those of you who have been with me since the beginning (2006) and those who have just joined me in the last year. I’m always blown away at the kindness you all show me, not just in generosity, but in the continued moral support. I’m thankful to be able to share my life with you all and feel connected on a personal level, and to know that without you, I wouldn’t be doing this. You guys have become a part of who I am, on and offline, and I’m thankful to have the wisdom to know that and to be thankful for the gift you’ve given me.

Thank you for always reading my blog, looking forward to the weekly updates and for joining the member shows. You guys are so incredibly good to me.

Many Reasons to be Thankful

I get so busy in the everyday things, that sometimes I forget to stop and show my thanks. Today is my favorite day of the year for many reasons. First, and foremost, it’s the one day that we slow down and enjoy the company of friends and family. It’s the day we reconnect with those we’ve lost touch with, and it’s the day that no one is in a hurry. I’m thankful for the chance to have this day, and to spend it with friends who have become our family. I’m also thankful for you guys. When I started my site in 2006, it was just a “hobby”. I had no idea I would be blessed with so many of you whom have become part of my world. Each one of you adds something different and special, even if you don’t realize it.

I hope that whatever it is you choose to do today, that it’s a good day for you. I want all of my fella’s to be happy, and to feel loved. For those in the U.S – I wish you nothing but the best on this Thanksgiving Day. Despite the history behind today. LOL. For those around the world, I hope you’re having a wonderful day, too! Happy Day to you!

Thank you, one and all, for being a part of my life. *hugs*