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COVID Diaries: Day 617, Thanksgiving

It’s hard to believe that we are doing another edition of COVID Thanksgiving.  But still, I’m trying to remain thankful.

Mass this morning was about choosing gratitude, peace and joy, even when it is difficult to do.  I do try, but sometimes it sure is hard!

One of my employees did a gratitude moment each day with her toddler daughter, and the kiddo is very thankful for many of the best things in life, including cheese, outside, animals and pasta.  So I’m sure we can all take a page from her book.  I’m thankful for my employees too, as they make the crazy work life more enjoyable.

Yellow has discovered the joys of sleeping on the bed.  It only took him six months!  He has jumped up two nights now, and learned that Cora doesn’t chase him away.  He gets purring up a storm, he’s so happy.  And then he conks out and sleeps for hours.

Mom and I have been watching a Gilmore Girls marathon on television.  I loved that show back in college, and I still enjoy the witty banter and intelligent writing.  It’s such a great show!

I’ve gotten a lot of reading time in, including my current read about the Pilgrims.  Seems relevant for Thanksgiving.

The weather this year doesn’t give much to be thankful for.  After last week’s flooding, we got a few days of sun, but now we are back to a weekend of rain and wind.  Meh…  So I will focus on the fact that “the darkening” will only last for 26 more days, and then the days will begin to get longer.

I’m able to work from home two days a week, which is awesome!  I have every other Friday off anyway, so this works out to five commutes in two weeks.  It’s a nice balance of in-office and work from home time.  Next week at work, they will be considering approving that for another year, so fingers crossed!

Since travel still hasn’t returned, I have been saving my vacation time, and boosting my savings.  It’s bringing me closer to my early retirement goals.  I keep reminding myself that this is only temporary, and soon enough, I’ll be back on the road sightseeing, and the stress of the workdays will melt away.  And gas prices are hopefully going to be lower by then too!

I hope you are all enjoying a peaceful, grateful day of Thanksgiving with family and friends.  Cheers!


Happy Thanksgiving

I’m ready for a quiet Thanksgiving, reflecting on what I’m thankful for.  I made the long drive yesterday, so my keys are resting in my pocket, and my blue Honda, Viaje, is parked outside, having done his duty once again to transport me safely.

I’m thankful for family and friends who love me and whom I love with all my heart.

I’m thankful for a healthy work environment.

I’m thankful that I’m generally healthy and have no risk factors for my upcoming surgery.

I’m thankful for all the delicious food and wine I have to eat and drink.

I’m thankful for the snow storm that was over by the time I had to drive through where it had been!

I hope all of you enjoy your Thanksgiving, if you celebrate.  Hold your loved ones close and appreciate the blessings of the season.

Happy Thanksgiving!


My dad’s birthday was last week.  It was an incredibly busy week, with my brother and his family here, my aunt and uncle here, and me working, and being sick.  Add in a Labor Day weekend mini-getaway, and another aunt and uncle here, and you have a recipe for one exhausted worker bee.

I have been a bit down about my dad since then.  I’m not surprised – but that doesn’t make it easier.  I thought I got more birthdays with him.  He always had everything he claimed to want, and if he didn’t, he generally just purchased it (or it cost approximately $2,500 and I couldn’t afford it).  He wasn’t really a stuff kind of guy, unless you consider that he bought numerous duplicates for every article of clothing he liked.  It explained why that Navy-blue t-shirt never seemed to wear out.

The other night my mom showed me what one of my uncles had been up to during their visit.  My dad was a hobby woodworker, and he died with projects in various states of completion.  Again, no surprise there.  My uncle restored antique wooden boats for a living, so woodworking tools were right up his alley.  My uncle finished a few of the project pieces that my mom had.

I’m so grateful to my uncle that he was able to do this for my mom, but it made me cry all the same.  This little chest of drawers was one that my parents had worked on together several years ago, while taking a woodworking class at the local technical college.  What a beautiful work of art that we will treasure having.