It is time for family and food to come together and celebrate a day of parades, football, and pie. So much pie. Okay, so its really about family getting together and for recognizing all the blessings that have been laid upon you, your life, and the lives of your family.

Enjoy the day. Enjoy the company. Enjoy the season. Happy Thanksgiving from me to you and yours.

Plans have changed about 300 times, but I think it’s finally been decided that we’re hosting Thanksgiving. So, this weekend was spent cleaning and straightening and getting things ready. It was also the last yard waste pick-up of the year, so, I added yardwork to the list of chores. And the Lions managed to pull off another loss. There was not a lot of fun being had around these parts this past weekend.

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In more festive news, we put up the Christmas tree yesterday. This is the first time in three years that we made it to actually putting ornaments. Last couple of years we haven’t made it past the lights. Not quite the same as back when the boys were home. Now that it’s just the two of us we’ve moved away from all the homemade and themed ornaments and went with some nice metallic ones that match the decor. Looks pretty and will be nice when the family shows up for Thanksgiving.

Christmas Tree

The microwave died on Thanksgiving.

This was a potential disaster. How could we properly irradiate all the food without a microwave. Things were a little hit or miss there for a bit.

I blame the cream corn. Tripped the breaker twice and then started making an ugly noise. Worst part is, it’s mounted above the stove and includes the stove vent. Ah well, to fix or to replace that is the question.

The whole clan seemed very surprised, when I went down the stairs and came back from the basement 3-minutes later with a whole other microwave.

This is one of the perks of not getting rid of things. Disaster averted and the corn was heated.

A day off work with parades and football and food and family… I mean really, what is not to be thankful for; it doesn’t get much betterĀ  than this. Have a great Thanksgiving celebration and enjoy the day.

There is always something to be thankful for. It can be hard to remember that sometimes, what with life being the way life is. I am thankful for what I am and for what I have. I may not deserve all that I have and I may have lucked into much of my good fortune, but I recognize that I do have more than my fair share of happiness and prosperity. I’m thankful for family and friends and for my home and my work. I’m thankful that I’ve got the skills and support that I have, and that I’ve had the opportunities to work at creating these things. Life isn’t perfect. Life isn’t supposed to be easy. Life is hard and brutal. Mostly it is just about making it through and making the most out of the opportunities that come your way. I’m thankful that I have been given the chance to take part in this struggle, to survive these hardships, and to win the day on those rare occasions when I do. Mostly, I’m thankful that I’ve learned enough about life to recognize how good I have it. I hope you have a great holiday. Take the time to think about what you’re grateful for, it might just surprise you to realize how much you really have.
Happy Thanksgiving.
The featured image is The First Thanksgiving 1621 by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1899) and the post image is a photo by Heidi McCarrick, which i then texted all over. Just figuredĀ I should give credit where credit is due.