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.
I hope that everybody had a Merry Christmas and stuffed their faces silly with lots of high calorie foods and fantastic wine. I know I did! Over two days, we had prime rib, ham, mashed potatoes, au gratin potatoes, kale salad, squash salad, roasted beets, rolls, trifle, and red velvet cake (I know I’m leaving some things out…). I also enjoyed sparkling Riesling, Picpoul Blanc, Merlot, apple cider, more apple cider and a taste of Zinfandel. Not to mention fun with family, the glow of Christmas trees all lit up with sparkling ornaments, warm babies and warm cats snuggled on my lap (even at the same time!), and some lovely thoughtful gifts received and shared. To top it all off, it wasn’t raining on the Pacific Northwest, and Jon and I enjoyed a nice hike at one of Washington’s National Historic Sites with his dad, brother and sister. The views of the ocean and the farmlands of Island County at Ebey’s Landing National Historic Site were amazing, and unobscured by the clouds that are all too typical this time of year.
My thoughts go out to everybody who is struggling with illness or loss, or is experiencing the full force of mother nature, like my family in Michigan who are without power during an ice storm. I am thinking of you all. Even though I’m a day late, I want to wish a heartfelt Merry Christmas to all. I am truly blessed.