Monday, 8 October 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all readers in Canada!  

It's a busy morning, but I have taken a few breaks between cooking and cleaning spurts to reflect on all I have to be thankful for this year.  In no particular order:

My little family - my daughter D, my son C, and of course, my over the top adorable grandson Eli.  While we have (frequent) differences of opinion, I'm proud of the mom my daughter has become. She's learned a lot this year and I can see her putting it into practice in her own home already.

Yesterday, C and I went out to Melville to spend Thanksgiving with Eli and D, and while there he took care of several tasks to make her life easier.  He put up a smoke detector, hung the baby gate at the top of the stairs, moved a few bookcases, and took various boxes out to the garage.  At one point, I spotted C with Eli on his lap, reading a book.  They, too, have a bond that is wonderful to see.

Eli - what can I say?  He is truly the gift I never knew I wanted.  He makes me laugh, his giggles are infectious, and he's just a loving, happy child.  To watch him scamper up and down the stairs (his playroom is at the top of the stairs) is a joy.  Last night, he tasted pumpkin pie for the first time, and loved it.  I was happy to share!  

My extended family - especially my brother R.  We keep in touch almost everyday, sharing the mundane, and laughing at jokes only we would find funny.  My older M and I keep in touch via Facebook much less frequently, but I have several cousins who I've become close too again through social media.  B and her husband G, have been wonderful to me when I've visited Parksville as they live nearby.

My home - it may not be perfectly clean (especially now), and while there are some things I'd love to change about it, it's been home for over eight years and I'm comfortable here.  Yet, I'm looking forward to the day I put it up on the market.  

My cats - Sasha is 18.5 years old now, Saku over 10.  In the middle of the night I heard Saku playing with a toy in the hallway, bouncing it off the walls and chasing it down into the living room.  While one might think Sasha's days of playing might be over, not so.  This morning (at a much more reasonable hour) was playing with the toy Saku had left in the living room.  I love their purrs and cuddles.  I'll miss Sheldon, as we took him to Eli and D yesterday.  I'm happy to report he's settling in well, has found several hiding spots from the little guy, and D's bedroom faces south so he'll have sunny spots to nap in.

My work - although it too has its faults, I'm grateful for the 21 year career I've had with the organization.  I'm blessed that it has provided a good living that allowed me to provide for my children (even into adulthood), maintain my home, and spoil myself with opportunities to travel.  Just last week, my notice of retirement was formally accepted, and I'm in the process of completing the paperwork to obtain my pension.  

My friends - what would I do without the people who support me?  The Friday night crew have become much like family, we have our differences of opinion but we share more laughter than anything else.  My friends here in the blogging world, who have followed me to this new blog when my world blew up in my face two years ago.  I am truly blessed.

My future - while there is still much to be determined, I do know I'm going to enjoy my adventures on the planned cruises, and there is a move in my future.  The timing of the move depends on the sale of this house, and the logistics that go with any move.  To be honest, while it makes me a bit nervous to think about, I'm more excited than anything else.  

My health - while there are more aches and pains than before I'm still able to manage the housework and yard work on my own.  I'm pretty certain my foot issues of the other day were due to dehydration, though I suffered a bit yesterday as well.  I'll just have to ensure I keep drinking more water than coffee, and if it continues I'll visit the doctor.  In any event, the housework is calling my name again so I'll end this post by asking:

What are you thankful for?  Have a wonderful day everyone!


  1. Happy Thanksgiving!

    A lovely post, full of gratitude. :-)

    I'm glad the move is over with and hope all will settle into a new normal quickly (it already seems that this is the case).

    I have a lot for which to be thankful, probably even more than I realize. :-)

    Take care, have a good week!

  2. What a nice article. I too am thankful for much, especially the ability to whine and gripe about what I don't have! Where would we be without that? But seriously, folks... I am grateful for my income - if not my job - my cosy apartment (so much homier than my house; why is that?), my books and my writing, my memories and of course my cats. Six of them now. I think you need more: just more reason to be grateful, right?

    1. Oh, and my health. I am past the half-century mark and still can ride a bicycle hard and fast without heavy breathing. I will of course die of a massive heart attack while riding up a hill some day, but as long as I don't skin my knees falling, it won't be all bad...

    2. Well done, John! I can't do anything strenuous without breathing heavily, though I'm hoping once retired I'll get back into the habit of walking more and driving less. Perhaps one day I'll even get on a bicycle again. :)

  3. I loved your post and I loved John's comment too. Your post os filled with loving gratitude for all you have received and been blessed with. It is good when we recognize that and when we are truly grateful. You are, I can see. I love your thought about Eli. They are a you said that sometimes you don't realize you wanted until you get it. And he will be a gift aways; as will your friends there where you are and out here in the blogosphere. What a joyful post. Thank you for it.

  4. Happy late Thanksgiving! You do have a lot to be thankful for, we all do. It is good to remind ourselves of that once in a while


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