Giving Thanks

It's Thanksgiving here in the United States.  It's a day when we recount the many things we're thankful for.  We follow that by gorging ourselves on way too much food.  I'm always in charge of cooking the "feast" for our family.  I actually began with some of the cooking duties last weekend.  I've been preparing various dishes every day since.  

This morning I rose early and went straight to the kitchen.  I will remain there cooking in my PJ's until mid-morning.  At that time I'll take an hour break to shower, dress, and nag my kids to take care of whatever needs taking care of.  I will then return to the kitchen for many hours to come.  I love cooking so I don't mind.  Thanksgiving is a day when I don't have to feel the least bit guilty about doing nothing but cooking.

The males in my house will be watching football and will maybe even play a little football themselves with some of their friends.  They'll walk into the kitchen no less than one million times to see what I'm making, tell me how wonderful things smell, and ask when they can eat. Never mind if it's only 10 a.m., they'll want turkey.

TR is home from college and she'll be helping with the cooking.  She'll be my "right arm" so to speak and help out with some of the things I'm still not able to do with my injured arm. We'll plug my iPod into the stereo, crank the music and work away.  In the morning we'll sip coffee as we cook and by afternoon we'll have switched to wine.  

Holidays often make us reflect back on the previous year.  Where were we a year ago? What's changed?  Is life in a better place now? I have a very blessed life.  I could write pages upon pages of things I'm grateful for.  So as not to bore you, I've listed five things I'm grateful for this Thanksgiving.  I'm grateful for:

1.  My family and their health.

2.  The gains I've made in my recovery since last year at this time.

3.  The fact that TR is able to be home from college for the holidays.

4.  Our family hasn't (yet) been hit too hard by the downturn in the economy.

5.  Each and every friend, and reader, I've come to "know" through Twenty Four At Heart.

Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you!  What are you feeling thankful for this year?  

60 Responses to “Giving Thanks”

  1. SSG

    happy thanksgiving. We dont do the holiday here, but I’m giving thanks for a lot of things today, and one of them is I’m thankful for having found your blog. You seem a really nice person, resilient, funny and kind. I hope your arm and injuries just get better and better. Have fun with your family!

  2. SSG

    happy thanksgiving. We dont do the holiday here, but I’m giving thanks for a lot of things today, and one of them is I’m thankful for having found your blog. You seem a really nice person, resilient, funny and kind. I hope your arm and injuries just get better and better. Have fun with your family!

  3. SSG

    happy thanksgiving. We dont do the holiday here, but I’m giving thanks for a lot of things today, and one of them is I’m thankful for having found your blog. You seem a really nice person, resilient, funny and kind. I hope your arm and injuries just get better and better. Have fun with your family!

  4. The Exception

    I am thankful for everything from my job to my house to this wonderful country and my fabulous daughter!! It is just… all wonderful. (sick, eh? 😉 )
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. The Exception

    I am thankful for everything from my job to my house to this wonderful country and my fabulous daughter!! It is just… all wonderful. (sick, eh? 😉 )
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. The Exception

    I am thankful for everything from my job to my house to this wonderful country and my fabulous daughter!! It is just… all wonderful. (sick, eh? 😉 )
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Buckethead

    I’m thankful today for my family and though we have been hit HARD by the economy, I have hope it will all get better. Oh, and most of all, I’m happy I don’t have to cook today, I’ve made desserts so everything is good;-)
    Happy Thanksgiving 24 and everyone else reading this today

  8. Buckethead

    I’m thankful today for my family and though we have been hit HARD by the economy, I have hope it will all get better. Oh, and most of all, I’m happy I don’t have to cook today, I’ve made desserts so everything is good;-)
    Happy Thanksgiving 24 and everyone else reading this today

  9. Buckethead

    I’m thankful today for my family and though we have been hit HARD by the economy, I have hope it will all get better. Oh, and most of all, I’m happy I don’t have to cook today, I’ve made desserts so everything is good;-)
    Happy Thanksgiving 24 and everyone else reading this today

  10. Kristan Hoffman

    What a lovely post. 🙂
    I’m thankful for my puppy who did not die despite eating random poop this morning, my new Macbook Gatsby, my family, the opportunity to pursue my dreams, and my friends, both from real life and the internet.
    As Buckethead so graciously said, Happy Thanksgiving to TFAH and everyone else reading!

  11. Kristan Hoffman

    What a lovely post. 🙂
    I’m thankful for my puppy who did not die despite eating random poop this morning, my new Macbook Gatsby, my family, the opportunity to pursue my dreams, and my friends, both from real life and the internet.
    As Buckethead so graciously said, Happy Thanksgiving to TFAH and everyone else reading!

  12. Kristan Hoffman

    What a lovely post. 🙂
    I’m thankful for my puppy who did not die despite eating random poop this morning, my new Macbook Gatsby, my family, the opportunity to pursue my dreams, and my friends, both from real life and the internet.
    As Buckethead so graciously said, Happy Thanksgiving to TFAH and everyone else reading!

  13. vodkamom

    Have a great, great day!! Now, where are the drinks?? Can someone get me something here?? Yoo Hoo??

  14. vodkamom

    Have a great, great day!! Now, where are the drinks?? Can someone get me something here?? Yoo Hoo??

  15. vodkamom

    Have a great, great day!! Now, where are the drinks?? Can someone get me something here?? Yoo Hoo??

  16. goodfather

    Happy Thanksgiving, 24!
    I’m truly thankful for your blog, and your friendship out here in the blogosphere. I hope you have a great turkey day. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

  17. goodfather

    Happy Thanksgiving, 24!
    I’m truly thankful for your blog, and your friendship out here in the blogosphere. I hope you have a great turkey day. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

  18. goodfather

    Happy Thanksgiving, 24!
    I’m truly thankful for your blog, and your friendship out here in the blogosphere. I hope you have a great turkey day. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

  19. Di

    I’m thankful that we live in the USA! Woo Hoo… No place I’d rather be.
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  20. Di

    I’m thankful that we live in the USA! Woo Hoo… No place I’d rather be.
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  21. Di

    I’m thankful that we live in the USA! Woo Hoo… No place I’d rather be.
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  22. thistle

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours in sunny California…have a great weekend surrounded by your family!

  23. thistle

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours in sunny California…have a great weekend surrounded by your family!

  24. thistle

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours in sunny California…have a great weekend surrounded by your family!

  25. Lori

    That is simply beautiful. There is nothing like cranking up the music to good tunes, while cooking in the kitchen with your daughter, while sipping on coffee and wine. To me this is pure bliss. Priceless memories for both of you.
    I am so happy for you. You deserve this time. Bless you and the rest of the time you have with your daughter at home.

  26. Lori

    That is simply beautiful. There is nothing like cranking up the music to good tunes, while cooking in the kitchen with your daughter, while sipping on coffee and wine. To me this is pure bliss. Priceless memories for both of you.
    I am so happy for you. You deserve this time. Bless you and the rest of the time you have with your daughter at home.

  27. Lori

    That is simply beautiful. There is nothing like cranking up the music to good tunes, while cooking in the kitchen with your daughter, while sipping on coffee and wine. To me this is pure bliss. Priceless memories for both of you.
    I am so happy for you. You deserve this time. Bless you and the rest of the time you have with your daughter at home.

  28. Lori

    That is simply beautiful. There is nothing like cranking up the music to good tunes, while cooking in the kitchen with your daughter, while sipping on coffee and wine. To me this is pure bliss. Priceless memories for both of you.
    I am so happy for you. You deserve this time. Bless you and the rest of the time you have with your daughter at home.

  29. Lori

    That is simply beautiful. There is nothing like cranking up the music to good tunes, while cooking in the kitchen with your daughter, while sipping on coffee and wine. To me this is pure bliss. Priceless memories for both of you.
    I am so happy for you. You deserve this time. Bless you and the rest of the time you have with your daughter at home.

  30. Lori

    That is simply beautiful. There is nothing like cranking up the music to good tunes, while cooking in the kitchen with your daughter, while sipping on coffee and wine. To me this is pure bliss. Priceless memories for both of you.
    I am so happy for you. You deserve this time. Bless you and the rest of the time you have with your daughter at home.

  31. Lori

    That is simply beautiful. There is nothing like cranking up the music to good tunes, while cooking in the kitchen with your daughter, while sipping on coffee and wine. To me this is pure bliss. Priceless memories for both of you.
    I am so happy for you. You deserve this time. Bless you and the rest of the time you have with your daughter at home.

  32. Lori

    That is simply beautiful. There is nothing like cranking up the music to good tunes, while cooking in the kitchen with your daughter, while sipping on coffee and wine. To me this is pure bliss. Priceless memories for both of you.
    I am so happy for you. You deserve this time. Bless you and the rest of the time you have with your daughter at home.

  33. Lori

    That is simply beautiful. There is nothing like cranking up the music to good tunes, while cooking in the kitchen with your daughter, while sipping on coffee and wine. To me this is pure bliss. Priceless memories for both of you.
    I am so happy for you. You deserve this time. Bless you and the rest of the time you have with your daughter at home.

  34. Lori

    That is simply beautiful. There is nothing like cranking up the music to good tunes, while cooking in the kitchen with your daughter, while sipping on coffee and wine. To me this is pure bliss. Priceless memories for both of you.
    I am so happy for you. You deserve this time. Bless you and the rest of the time you have with your daughter at home.

  35. Lori

    That is simply beautiful. There is nothing like cranking up the music to good tunes, while cooking in the kitchen with your daughter, while sipping on coffee and wine. To me this is pure bliss. Priceless memories for both of you.
    I am so happy for you. You deserve this time. Bless you and the rest of the time you have with your daughter at home.

  36. Lori

    That is simply beautiful. There is nothing like cranking up the music to good tunes, while cooking in the kitchen with your daughter, while sipping on coffee and wine. To me this is pure bliss. Priceless memories for both of you.
    I am so happy for you. You deserve this time. Bless you and the rest of the time you have with your daughter at home.

  37. Lori

    That is simply beautiful. There is nothing like cranking up the music to good tunes, while cooking in the kitchen with your daughter, while sipping on coffee and wine. To me this is pure bliss. Priceless memories for both of you.
    I am so happy for you. You deserve this time. Bless you and the rest of the time you have with your daughter at home.

  38. Lori

    That is simply beautiful. There is nothing like cranking up the music to good tunes, while cooking in the kitchen with your daughter, while sipping on coffee and wine. To me this is pure bliss. Priceless memories for both of you.
    I am so happy for you. You deserve this time. Bless you and the rest of the time you have with your daughter at home.

  39. Lori

    That is simply beautiful. There is nothing like cranking up the music to good tunes, while cooking in the kitchen with your daughter, while sipping on coffee and wine. To me this is pure bliss. Priceless memories for both of you.
    I am so happy for you. You deserve this time. Bless you and the rest of the time you have with your daughter at home.

  40. Lori

    That is simply beautiful. There is nothing like cranking up the music to good tunes, while cooking in the kitchen with your daughter, while sipping on coffee and wine. To me this is pure bliss. Priceless memories for both of you.
    I am so happy for you. You deserve this time. Bless you and the rest of the time you have with your daughter at home.

  41. Lori

    That is simply beautiful. There is nothing like cranking up the music to good tunes, while cooking in the kitchen with your daughter, while sipping on coffee and wine. To me this is pure bliss. Priceless memories for both of you.
    I am so happy for you. You deserve this time. Bless you and the rest of the time you have with your daughter at home.

  42. Lori

    That is simply beautiful. There is nothing like cranking up the music to good tunes, while cooking in the kitchen with your daughter, while sipping on coffee and wine. To me this is pure bliss. Priceless memories for both of you.
    I am so happy for you. You deserve this time. Bless you and the rest of the time you have with your daughter at home.

  43. Nana Diaries

    Lovely sentiments. I enjoyed a very nice T-Day with two of my four daughters and their young families. It was very laid back and nice, and we continued the celebration today, with a toast to my sister who recently passed. Family is more valuable than ever these days.
    KJ
    http://www.nanadiaries.com

  44. Nana Diaries

    Lovely sentiments. I enjoyed a very nice T-Day with two of my four daughters and their young families. It was very laid back and nice, and we continued the celebration today, with a toast to my sister who recently passed. Family is more valuable than ever these days.
    KJ
    http://www.nanadiaries.com

  45. Nana Diaries

    Lovely sentiments. I enjoyed a very nice T-Day with two of my four daughters and their young families. It was very laid back and nice, and we continued the celebration today, with a toast to my sister who recently passed. Family is more valuable than ever these days.
    KJ
    http://www.nanadiaries.com

  46. Momo Fali

    I am thankful that my son has made it for over a year without a surgery! He had eight surgeries before his 6th birthday and I hope he can turn seven without having another one!

  47. Momo Fali

    I am thankful that my son has made it for over a year without a surgery! He had eight surgeries before his 6th birthday and I hope he can turn seven without having another one!

  48. Momo Fali

    I am thankful that my son has made it for over a year without a surgery! He had eight surgeries before his 6th birthday and I hope he can turn seven without having another one!

  49. Stepping Thru

    I saw Marlo Thomas on TV and she was telling about St. Jude’s “Thanks & Giving” program. I thought about that and I think I want to start my own new tradition of “Thanks & Giving”. We are so blessed to live in the U.S. and even in hard economic times we have SO MUCH more than most of the world. I went to Nigeria and realized that just what we throw out in the trash would be considered a treasure for so many.

  50. Stepping Thru

    I saw Marlo Thomas on TV and she was telling about St. Jude’s “Thanks & Giving” program. I thought about that and I think I want to start my own new tradition of “Thanks & Giving”. We are so blessed to live in the U.S. and even in hard economic times we have SO MUCH more than most of the world. I went to Nigeria and realized that just what we throw out in the trash would be considered a treasure for so many.

  51. Stepping Thru

    I saw Marlo Thomas on TV and she was telling about St. Jude’s “Thanks & Giving” program. I thought about that and I think I want to start my own new tradition of “Thanks & Giving”. We are so blessed to live in the U.S. and even in hard economic times we have SO MUCH more than most of the world. I went to Nigeria and realized that just what we throw out in the trash would be considered a treasure for so many.

  52. Deidre

    I am thankful for my friends and family, that I belong to a family that let me move to Australia, and for hugh jackman’s abs – seriously, they’ll a magical mystery tour of hot.

  53. Deidre

    I am thankful for my friends and family, that I belong to a family that let me move to Australia, and for hugh jackman’s abs – seriously, they’ll a magical mystery tour of hot.

  54. Deidre

    I am thankful for my friends and family, that I belong to a family that let me move to Australia, and for hugh jackman’s abs – seriously, they’ll a magical mystery tour of hot.

  55. MLS

    I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, Suz. I took a few days off and now I’m playing catchup. Ugh……

  56. MLS

    I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, Suz. I took a few days off and now I’m playing catchup. Ugh……

  57. MLS

    I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, Suz. I took a few days off and now I’m playing catchup. Ugh……

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