"…By what stretch of arrogance do you think a life form that looks like you is more important than a life form that doesn’t?”Joel Salatin


Nothing is more beneficial to your wellbeing than to look for and acknowledge those parts of everyday life that you enjoy.


"If you are happy where you are now, why does it matter how painful it was to get there?" -- Abraham


"It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life." -- Bilbo Baggins a.k.a. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien


"And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play in your hair." -- Kahill Gibran

“And forget not




Thursday, November 28, 2013

Giving Thanks


I was out in the shop moving the furniture around to make the best use of the room, and I couldn't help but wonder, "what will my guests think of having Thanksgiving dinner in Ronnie's shop?"  I think they will enjoy it.  The shop gives off good vibes. It certainly will not be a traditional uncomfortable formal sit down dinner where you have to wonder if you're using the right fork, because here, there is no right fork, so relax and enjoy.

We're going to feast on Texas style chicken and dressing with mashed potatoes, green beans and corn. My sorta son-in-law, Andy, is smoking a turkey, and making his famous pea salad. My sister Peggy is cooking cornbread dressing with jalapeƱos, giblet gravy,  Brussels sprouts cooked with Parmesan cheese and spices -- and a pecan pie. Our  friends Grace Warihay and her daughter, Janet and Janet's husband, Philip are going to bring some yeast rolls, deviled eggs and egg nog with brandy! Dottie Laseur is making a new kind of "Monkey Bread".  My niece, Whitney and her man, Juan, are bringing pumpkin empanadas, and I made some fresh pumpkin pies. Deidre made chocolate chip pecan cookies. My niece Alesha and her husband, Sam are coming. My son, Ronnie and his partner, Michael will be here and there's no telling what they will show up with.

We'll have iced tea, coffee and water. Some will have wine and beer.

We are not going to eat on fine China.  We'll use paper plates, paper towels, and plastic cups.

I'll have the neon lights on and we're gonna have National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation playing on the big screen tv.

We have Deidre's  long wooden table and four chairs, plus the big couch, a recliner and 5 lawn chairs. The big Dearborn is on to take the chill off, but hopefully by the time we actually serve Thanksgiving dinner, we'll be able to open the big door and let the beautiful sky light things up for us.

We'll have a bond fire when it starts getting chilly again and we'll stand close and talk and laugh.  We'll hear some new stories and maybe I'll learn some new words to use in my books.

This is a time to give thanks for all the goodness that comes our way every day in so many different forms, a friendly nod, a warm hand shake, a thank you note, an email or facebook message. A wagging tail, a laughing child, Cardinals and finches visiting the feeders. It's a squirrel peeking in my bedroom window, deciding there is no threat here and stretching out on my window sill to enjoy the morning sun.

We are taught from birth to aspire for the "finer things in life" but to me there is nothing "finer" than feeling relaxed and comfortable with my friends and family, not being afraid to show my true self, not being afraid to expect the best from others.  Life is for loving and having fun.

The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins said it best, "It is no bad thing celebrating a simple life."

I love you all!  Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!

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