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Give Thanks on Thanksgiving

Give Thanks today for all the things.  Even the little things.(source)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Or, if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, I say Happy Thursday!

Across most of America today giant meals are being cooked, served, and eaten.  People who normally only eat small ammounts are going back for seconds….or thirds.

There is pie.  So much pie.  Pie everywhere!

My Day Thus Far

Last night my mother in law and I started putting our meal together.  We prepped the bird so it only had to be put in the oven.  We grated the cheese to prepare the Stovetop Mac n Cheese.  Thank the powers that be for her food processor, because I know I would not have wanted to grate 2 pounds of cheese by hand! (But I would have because….mac n cheese)

This morning I woke up early(ish) and went over to get the bird in the oven and help make everything else.

By early I mean I set my alarm for 7, then turned it off and got up at 7:55 to throw on yesterdays clothes and run across the street to my in-laws house.  She had open heart surgery about 5 weeks ago and totally isn’t up to doing the whole meal herself.

Messy, Messy, Messy

To bad I didn’t have a Thanksgiving themed umbrella!

Today is very wet where I live.  The rain has not stopped falling all day, and  I may have gotten a LITTLE wet running back and forth a few times between houses.

This is much to the joy of my husband who has to work today and decided weeks ago that he was going to hate everything about today because he has to work.  If there was such a thing as a Thanksgiving Grinch, he would be it.

Meanwhile I have to work today too (after having cooked all morning and cleaned a kitchen afterwards) and I’m in the most Thankful mood I’ve been in years.

This might be due in part to the St. John’s Wort I’ve been taking.  My emotions are a tad more settled than they have been in years past.

Cooking with my mother in law, my children playing nicely with each other, the fact that I still have a job to go to so Christmas isn’t all bleak.  I have a lot to Give Thanks about this year.

“Gratitude means to recognize the good in your life, be thankful for whatever you have, some people may not even have one of those things you consider precious to you (love, family, friends etc). Each day give thanks for the gift of life.You are blessed”
― Pablo

Good fod, great meat, thank God, Lets eat!

(that I’m thankful for today)

  1.  All the food in the photo to the left.  It was a wonderful meal, even if I did cook some of it myself.
  2.   My Mother in Law is recovering amazingly from her surgery.  She helped make a lot of the meal.
  3. The roof I have over my head, the heat being piped through my walls, and everything else giving me comfort on this wet day.
  4. The internet, letting me share Thanksgiving Day with my friends and family spread all over the state, the country and the world.
  5. My children, who got sick AFTER their birthdays last week were both all better and able to enjoy today.
  6. The coffee I had to drink, because I’m not a morning person and that meal wasn’t going to cook itself.


  • Do you find it offensive if people say Happy Turkey Day instead of Happy Thanksgiving?
  • What do you give thanks for in YOUR life today?
  • Do you celebrate the day with a traditional meal?  What is your meal?


  1. Yes I do give thanks for my life and all that is good in life.

    Yes I have the turkey dinner.

    No, some just think about food and not to give thanks for what they have.

  2. How perfect that you live across from m-i-l to be able to help her through her recovery. Your meal sounds delicious and we always have so much to be thankful for. As for my husband and me, we are thankful that our 21 year old granddaughter has moved from Ohio to SC to be with us. I am thankful that she is here! Last November she had a 12 hour delicate major surgery to remove a tumor that had infiltrated into her spinal cord. We were told there would be a chance of paralysis but praise God for guiding the surgeons hands, that didn’t happen. She had a long road to recovery but we are so thankful that she is progressing well. We celebrated today with Alex and had a delicious turkey, ham, and all the fixin’s for dinner.

  3. Happy (belated) Thanksgiving, Winona! All those little things add up to the big thing…Thankfulness! Happy Turkey Day doesn’t offend me a bit. I prefer Cornish Hens to turkey, but this year I didn’t cook at all for the holiday. I attended dinner at church on Sunday, and yes we had turkey and all the trimmings and then some! I am thankful for life and all it gives… even when the chips are down I can find something to be grateful for. Maybe it’s because I’ve had a lifetime of putting that into practice, ha!

    • Thanks for the visit and well wishes, belated or not. This was the first year I really had to do much of the cooking. Usually I do a ham and MIL does the bird and sides. Glad I was able to help her this year. She was very upset at the thought of not having a THanksgiving dinner.

  4. I try to maintain the attitude of gratitude daily and think of my blessings as I get up each day and go to bed at night. I’m thankful for many of the same things you are, but I’m thankful that I didn’t have to cook yesterday. One of the women in my Bible study group brought dinner over because she knew we were sick and couldn’t travel to be with our family.

    I’m happy that you had a good Thanksgiving and that your mil is recovering.

    • It was nice of your Bible study friend to think of you. Especially on such a (usually) busy holiday for most women.
      I am trying harder to be more thankful in day to day life. Trying to be more positive. Its a day at a time.

  5. Celebrating is hard work I find. Good on you for helping your mother-in-law. I’m not offended by Happy Turkey Day. I love turkey so yes, I do the turkey for the occasions. Having good health is the best. I feel if you have that, you can do everything else.


    • Celebrating IS hard work! I’ve never thought of it like that before, but its true. Do you ever cook turkey other than on holidays? We only do it on holidays in our family and sometimes that strikes me as odd.

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