Friday, November 28, 2014

two thanksgivings

We had a semi-traditional Thanksgiving dinner in Ft. Worth on Thursday night at a fancy hotel with my fancy family.  You know, cocktails at 6, hors d'eouvres at 7, dinner at 8.  We were in our finest and we dined on a cool pumpkiny type soup after our spinach salad and before our salmon or turkey.  I, of course, had the turkey but it wasn't traditional by any means.  It was fancy, though.

And because I suspected the dinner to be exactly what it was ... I had already planned a second feast with another part of my family today, at home.  Yes, my TRUE Thanksgiving feast came today complete with turkey and all of the trimmings.  The only thing missing was the pumpkin pie.  Kroger's seemed to be all out of pumpkin pies.  Sigh.  The chocolate cake I bought in its place didn't cut it, either.

But, you know what?  The feast was wonderful just the same.

Today I took a vow to find something to be thankful for every single day ... for a full year.  I think I'm basically thankful all of the time anyway, since that's the tone of most of my prayers, but I'm going to put a voice to those thoughts now.  For a full year.

On your mark, get set, go.  Wait, On MY mark, get set, go.  Oh heck, just GO, Kris.

1)   I certainly have enough food to eat.  Enough that I can enjoy two different Thanksgiving meals.  And enjoy them, I did.

oops, I'm sorry, I just can't stop yet.

2)  I have family to share my holidays with.  This all happened due to marriage because I am without any original family members anymore.  I lost all of my family a few years ago but I have Rick's family and I have my mom's family still around.  And each one is special in their own right.  And I'm thankful for each of them.

3)  My dog Midnight is still with us.  She's been with us for over 13 years and she was full grown when we got her.  We know her time is limited but we are oh, so thankful, for her puppy-like qualities and her love of us.  Midnight, we pray for many more days with you.  (Like she can read this...)

and finally

4)  Snow.  Texas snow.  Snow is so pretty and so special and I'm thankful that we only have it for a day or two at a time!

Happy Black Friday to everyone ... and now, ON TO CHRISTMAS!


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