Giving Thanks

I love this time of year… the cool, nippy weather, my warm warm home, the smell of apple pie just out of the oven, getting together with people you care about to celebrate a truly American holiday.  I do think however that all of us should probably be a bit more astute when it comes to being thankful – particularly to God – for all the goodness we’ve been given… everyday goodness that so many of us simply take for granted.  I’ve never been a homeless person (thank God) but can you imagine waking up, wanting a simple drink of water in the night, or a clean place to tinkle, and these basic necessities not being available?  For a warm bed, a roof over my head, and clean water- I give thanks.

I’ve read so much in the past years about people who suffered through terribly abusive and neglected childhoods.  My childhood wasn’t like that.  I had parents who really loved me (even though I was a ‘surprise’ late in life) and showed me their love daily.  For loving, caring parents – I give thanks.  I’ve thought a lot about my mom today.  As I was rolling out the pie dough, actually making the pie from ‘scratch’ – just like she used to do – she would have been proud… it turned out great!  At least it looks great.  Haven’t cut into it yet.  Mom was such an example for all of us – her entire family – of how to be a follower of Christ, to live a sincere and devoted life.  For Mom’s example, I give thanks.  Love you Mom. Not many people who come along late in their parents lives, get to have them as long as I have.  Mom went to heaven five years ago, but I’ve still got my Dad!  I know I’ve written about his 95th birthday and all last summer… I’m so very thankful that my Dad is still in my life.  For his long life, I give thanks.

I could go on and on and on about all the great things in my life – my wonderful husband and fantastic sons and daughter in law, my job, a car that runs and is reliable, a safe place to live,  a full tank of propane- just before winter starts, and a general contentment that’s with me deep inside nearly every minute of every day.  For all these things and SO MUCH MORE, I give thanks.

Wishing all of you a very happy day spent with people you love.

Happy Thanksgiving!

A bit of disappointing news

orthopedic-treatment2This week dear hubby went to the doctor.  He’s been having nothing but trouble with his knees for months now.  We know that he’s got arthritis in both knees and actually has had one total knee replacement done.  The pain he has had lately is under his kneecaps, so we (amateur diagnosticians that we attempt to be) decided that maybe it’s tendonitis.  He’s also had pain in his right upper leg that comes and goes.  The good doctor examined hubby and proclaimed that he probably had pulled a muscle in his right leg, and that physical therapy should help both that and the under-the-kneecap pain he’s been having.  Just to be sure, the good doctor said, “lets get a baseline hip xray on both sides”.  “Okay”, replied dear hubby who just loves medical procedures of all sorts (not).   After the bilateral hip xrays, out we went to finish our tasks for the day.  While at the grocery store, DH’s phone rang and it was the nurse from the good doctor’s office, telling him NOT to schedule the physical therapy after all.  No, instead he needs to make an appointment with an Orthopedic surgeon.  “Severe hip arthritis” was the proclimation.  Bummer.

We haven’t made the appointment just yet, but will of course.  Dear hubby has personally had his fill of orthopedic procedures, but on the other hand, he sure doesn’t want to hang out in a wheelchair if he doesn’t have to!  So… it may possibly be time for a total hip replacement.  We shall see.  Maybe they can try a cortisone shot first (I know it’s just a bandaid and fixes nothing) or maybe an injection of “Synvisc” – which might put off the inevetible a year or two.   Shoot, I’m already married to the “bionic man” – might as well add some more plastic to him!   More updates on this when they become available.

On a more pleasant note, we are going across the mountains next week to visit Gramps and the family for a couple days.  Gotta get over there before the nasty winter weather closes the passes for days on end.  If I was feeling super energetic, I’d cook a big ol’ Thanksgiving dinner for everybody!  So what if it’s a little early!  I’ve invited my boys and their girls to come for Thanksgiving, since I am off work this year, but it looks like that isn’t going to happen.  Sigh.  Ahh well, what can I do but hope for better luck next year?  No worries, we will most likely get together with our wonderful neighbors (as is the tradition here in the past several years) – everyone bring a dish or two – gather around Candy’s huge table and give thanks that we live in this beautiful place, surrounded by fantastic neighbors that we honestly couldn’t have hand picked any better, had we had the chance!

We had a really wicked storm blow through here last night.  Plenty of wind and plenty of rain.  About 11:30 pm we were tucked warmly in bed, both reading away as we are known to do, and suddenly heard a very loud …  CRAAACCCCKKKKK  — thinking for sure the huge “THUD” would sound next – hoping and praying it wouldn’t land on our rooftop — but the thud never came.  This morning we went outside to try and figure out which tree it was that very definitely cracked last night.   Strangely enough, we couldn’t see anything out of the ordinary!   It’s a mystery.

jack o'lanternIf you celebrate, “Happy Halloween” to you!  If not (like us), then do-do-do enjoy that extra hour of sleep we’ll get tonight as we turn the clocks backward!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 

I am particularly thankful to be home from work this day and able to celebrate with my dear husband and also our neighbors.  We’ll gather together later this afternoon, each of us bringing something to contribute to the meal, each of us with thoughts of what we are thankful for this year.    As some of you know, I love history!  Particularly American history.  I also love old movies.  Well, this past week I sat down, glued to the TV (Turner Classic Movie channel) and became completely captured in an old movie about American history!  Talk about combining a couple of my favorites!  “Plymouth Adventure” was made in 1952, had an all star cast from that time, and was oh-so-interesting!  I got a much better idea about the quest of the Pilgrims as well as the people who escorted them to New England from (old) England.  I loved this movie!  plymouth-adventure1

Wishing everyone a wonderful, relaxing, memorable day of Thanksgiving!

Showers of blessings

hornofplenty1Thanksgiving.  I love this time of year.  I’ve always loved Thanksgiving as long as I can remember.  It has always meant plenty of food (really *good* food like my Mom used to make), family get togethers, and football.  Pumpkin pie with real whipped cream, turkey gravy with lots of mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and homemade pickles.  Often it has been easy to forget the many, many reasons to be truly thankful.  This year, I think just maybe, we are all a bit more focused on the THANKFUL part of Thanksgiving.  I for one, have so much to be grateful and thankful for – too many to list, but I would like to mention a few of my blessings. 

  • My wonderful husband – my greatest earthly blessing for sure
  • Two precious sons and one precious daughter in law
  • My good health and the general good health of my family
  • The world’s greatest Dad, who at age 94 is still a vibrant part of our family
  • My home, snug and dry all winter long
  • A rewarding (in many ways) job
  • Enough resources for all that I really need
  • My delightful cat, Jinx
  • A neighborhood of wonderful, caring people
  • Eyesight good enough to read and stitch

For all these things (and so much more) I give thanks to God – from whom all blessings flow.

This week I have spent quite a bit of pleasant, quiet time finishing up a cross stitch bib that I am giving to one of my co-workers next week at her baby shower.  It looked like a small design to me, and I thought I’d “fly right through it”, but alas, no stitching is as quick as it may seem!  Here is a picture of the finished product!  Bib for baby Evan

This afternoon, “Daddy” captured this picture of “Mommy” toting Jinx the cat around like a bag of beans!  (He LOVES it!!)

Jinx and his mommy

Jinx and his mommy

I also just finished reading a book called “Dewey” about the library cat in Spencer, Iowa.  Being a cat lover, I thoroughly enjoyed it!!  Well, until the ending….  we all know how those books have to end.  Anyway! 

This year, Thanksgiving will be spent with our neighborhood, all bringing food, sharing together, communing together…  I’m soooo thankful I am off work that day!!  Another blessing!!!