First of all to my regular followers our mom has finally found eternal peace.
She passed away with me early Friday afternoon. We will say our final goodbyes on Tuesday and Wed. surrounded by friends and family and on Thursday we will once again
give thanks for all we have.
I wanted to wish those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving, a table filled with your favorites and you surrounded by your loved ones. As we age the numbers seem to go down so make this time special, in any way you can.
In The Old Days We Travelled By Foot, no wonder we all got to grandma’s house on time, for family gatherings.
Family and friends now live with so many miles between they must travel by air and rail as well as packing up the family car. No wonder today in the United States has become a day of nightmares for all even if you are just making the dinner, you begin to worry about all of them travelling to you.
Today will be one of epic weather events up and down the east coast, in fact I am not even sure of any other disastrous weather across the US as we are just getting bombarded with news of doom and gloom and traffic nightmares. Is it too late to hope for it to stay out to sea 🙂
I am hoping you all have a wonderful day tomorrow either at work or with family and maybe you will watch football and nap after the huge meal or go shopping for all the deals each store is trying to out do the others with, for your hard earned buck just please stay safe out there, I do not have to tell you it is crazy out there.
We will clear most of what we get for snow tonight so we can get out of our yard by mid day and travel not so far to my brothers home for just a few hours of laughter and fun with family. I made fresh cranberry sauce with a zip. I stuffed the butternut squash and mushrooms no green bean casserole for this girl. I made a hot artichoke and spinach dip that is so very cheesy not sure I will have room for the BIRD!
Tomorrow I hope to be the start of a new family tradition of loving and forgiving one another for being human with our own heartache and pain and know that life is worth fighting for and that family is all we truly have. We all have faults and problems of our own and you know what it comes down to the miles in between. No longer sitting around each others tables and seeing what each other are going through on a day to day basis makes misunderstandings more probable.
Cal your family and tell them you love them very much. Swing by if they are close enough and give them a really good hug.
I swear if after 10 years I have been invited to be apart of my once loving family before Dad died anything is possible.
Keep the faith!
Should you find yourself alone stop at a shelter to help feed the people who have lost their way and families or go to a local hospital and spread some love and tell some stories and watch the difference one person can truly make, what ever you do please do not spend your day alone dwelling on what others have done to you. That would be better than any turkey dinner.
Surgery went OK and the patient came home the next day but has had a horrible headache since so we will see the doctor in a few hours to find out why. Seeing the doctor 6 days before his appointment is not really a great sign but I would rather be safe then sorry. OH wait it is HIM lol but he makes ME 🙂
As you can see by my re-blogs here from my art blog I have stayed busy and upbeat since the last of the colored leaves are falling with this horrid wind. I swear I will not complain too much with what I see just 6 hours west of me.
Trying to catch up little by little on all of your spots here in the blogosphere nice seeing what you are up to.
Will being having a Thanksgiving with Mom and my brother which has not been done for 10 years so you know I am happily planning on what goodies I can bring to the table to celebrate together seems just good enough for me. Can we kiss and make up I pray that is in the cards. The day for me will be all about giving thanks as it should be.
For all of you in the States and great sides you think maybe different but perfect for my first foray into the family fold again 🙂
I will make my spicy Cranberry sauce for sure as we love a little heat as does my baby brother.
I have been a painting fool to say the least and add a few now and then into my online stores to be used as a print of phone skins and even baby clothes 🙂 you can follow my Facebook page at Folsom Mill Studio if you need to be flooded by color.
As the days get gray in color here and we wait for the first big dump of snow I will just add water and mix my colors well and fill the days with COLOR and good will for mankind.
Please take care of yourselves and those you adore.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving if I get busy and can not pop in before next week.
Thanksgiving is a long cherished American tradition, but have we idealized it to the point that we’ve forgotten the true story, the historical events which really surrounded Thanksgiving? And what of the post-Thanksgiving shopping tradition of ‘Black Friday’ shopping— has it commercialized the holiday so much that we’ve forgotten the point? And lastly, for those who spend Thanksgiving dinner with family, how does one mitigate the various table-conversation pitfalls, such as politics and religion?
John Fugelsang (Host, Current TV’s “So That Happened”) leads this week’s panel to discuss these issues and more on this special episode of The Point with Kelly Carlin (Host, Sirius XM‘s “The Kelly Carlin Show”), James Spady (Assistant Professor of American History, Soka University), and Altagracia Perez (Rector- Holy Faith Episcopal Church). Special thanks to John Cumbler (University of Louisville Professor), Annie Leonard…
Recently it occurred to me that my knowledge of the origins of Thanksgiving in America was sketchy at best.
I had the simplistic schoolgirl belief that Thanksgiving originated in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621 when the English Pilgrims sat down with Squanto and a bunch of other Wampanoag Indians and had one great big happy feast.
I thought we Americans had merrily celebrated in the same way for the next 392 years or so, except with more football and fewer Indians.
Like most things in life, the real story is considerably more complicated.
To begin with, the idea of holding a feast of thanks for a good harvest was not something new. Many cultures throughout history have held feasts and banquets honoring their individual deities or simply being thankful for the bounty.
Then there are numerous other claims on the holiday. Texans claim that the explorer Coronado hosted the first thanksgiving in May of 1541.
Others believe that the “real” first Thanksgiving took place…
You must have cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving. But there’s always room for more sweetly tangy relishes to cut through the richness. And for that, there’s this superbly simple pomegranate-mint relish. The brilliantly rich red colors are as festive as the brightly luxurious flavors – all from the jewels of pomegranate seeds.
Just want to pop in before the week gets crazy for all of you baking and cooking up a storm or running off to catch a plane. I wanted to thank each and every one of you for following and or liking my space here with you. This is a wonderful time of the year. A time to give THANKS for all we have. Times are really tough not only here in the US but sadly around this world. I pray daily for this world to live in Peace and Harmony.
I hope you will make memories here in the states with your family and friends. That you travel safely to and from your homes.
You see it is coming upon the day my life changed with one rear-end collision.
I had spent Thanksgiving at my parents home with my brother and his family also attending. We left early as I had to drive a dump truck the following day/ A girl has to work you know. So I did I trucked probably 13 loads that day for the boss and then met up with my boyfriend at the time and his boss. They asked if I wanted to go to the Casino. I really did not want to go I had been driving all day in heavy equipment which can beat you up pretty badly. Seems they had discussed going for a few hours long before I showed up. Men! Well neither of them had rights to drive a car so in the end I said I would go for a few hours, two-hour trip down maybe five hours there figuring that would be enough time for them to lose all their cash, me I love games of chance but work so hard for my money and am so responsible that I take just $50. This night we left at 8:00 PM from his boss’s home and headed south to CT. We were going to Foxwoods. We made good time as there really was no traffic due to it being a holiday weekend. I went in with them and watched for a little while then I placed $20 into a One Armed Bandit machine, SLOTS I like the lights flashing and the sounds that come from them but not how they suck you into feeding them more and more hard-earned money. So I played that $20 for all she was worth till it was gone then told the men I was going to get some sleep out in our conversion van. I slept till his boss who was also tired wanted in to sleep as well. I fell back to sleep till about 4 AM and wanted to head north so I went in search of the boyfriend. I found him glued to a Poker Machine and I said we wanted to head home. He answered “but I’m up $500!” I laughed and said “good as we could use the extra cash for heating and Christmas”. Not happy but not having a license he had no choice but to cash out and make his way with me home. The dogs would need to go out by the time we got back. We had 3 of them.
Now we are all in the van and getting ready to leave the parking area and I make plans to go to the coffee shop a DD at the next light. While sitting in our new van at a Red light we were rear-ended by a Casino Tour Bus doing 35 mph or more. I went unconscious upon impact his boss’s eardrum blew as he was laying down on back bench seat and boyfriend was pinned for a moment in the passenger side. No air bags deployed who knew they did not when you are hit from behind. Every seat that was being used by us snapped upon impact. No none of us had seat belts on as we were just going into a local coffee shop for a cup for the ride home. I would have broken left leg and two thigh bones had I k=not been thrown to the rear of the van. My left calf is still HUGE after 12 years. Knee is still torn to pieces not to say a thing about my back. The two of them who stayed in their seats healed over time but I am left with injuries and memories of a night just the day after showing many thanks.
It was 4 years later the doctors sat me down and said I would probably never drive a Big Rig again and on my Birthday. Such a very sad day for me. I tear up still with just going back to that day.
So now 12 years later I am alive and very thankful to be. So many things in my life would be so different had that accident not occurred I know that now but it was still a long 12 years.
So really pay attention while out there not only to your driving but put down the phone and pay attention my parents almost lost me that day and it was the bus driver on the phone.
No pretty photo for this post as there really was none.
I have made up for it this past 6 months with all of you. Thanks for being there when I needed you the most.
Brrr it was so cold this morning but my other half asked me to wake him by 5:00 AM so he could head over this way. He wanted to metal detect during low tide. I know I should have gone, if for no other reason than to watch the sunrise and get a few photos to share. I was warm and toasty and looking forward to some coffee, which I would have to pass on since there are no public bathrooms open in this area at this time of the year. Silly really when you see the amounts of residents and tourists that walk our shores each and every day. Snow, rain or sleet looks the same as a warm spring day. They flock here by the droves. Rye is loved by dog owners as well as surfers. See both are allowed here.
I see where the Northwest will get snow and rains, CA too. Wy and ID will receive snow, just what they are looking forward to in Jackson Hole as their mountains are getting ready to open up their lifts. We have mountains open for snowboarding and skiing over here in the Northeast as it has been so cold they have been putting down a nice base. They say by Thursday, Thanksgiving, it will be BEAUTIFUL! At our home it will be in the 50’s, though we will share our meals where our pup JT was born, so it may be only in the 40’s there but that is still OK by me, any day I do not have to shovel my way out the door is a Good Day! Texas will enjoy temps in the 80’s oh how I wish I was in the BIG D! I really must get into this winter mindset or I will never leave the house. When JT and I went out to fill the feeders, for our feathered friends, she must have loved the icy frost on the pads of her paws as she ran to her basketball and wanted us to have a game! I was just in slippers and a nice warm robe so you know I said “Latter JT” and headed to the door! We have a huge basket of nice clean as well as warm toys just inside the door for her to play with.