Today is the day before Thanksgiving. We’re packing the car and traveling today to our daughter’s house in New Jersey where we will spend Thanksgiving. This has been our tradition for the past few years.
I always have to bring the pumpkin bread – a recipe I have made since the girls were young. I am known for this recipe – in fact, a friend encouraged me to start a pumpkin bread business when I retired. I insisted that this recipe is only to be made for family & sharing with others, not for profit! The other food item I always have to make is my cheeseball. I’ve been told by people here in Rhode Island that no one makes cheeseballs any more – that it is a thing of the 195os in the midwest. However, once they tasted it they asked for the recipe.
In the picture, you will see I also baked a cake. We have to have cake at Thanksgiving, especially this year, as we are celebrating a very special birthday for a very special person.
Tonight we’ll go to Manhattan to see the balloons tethered and ready for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving Parade. It is always very festive with thousands of people walking by the balloons taking pictures and videos. Here’s Hello Kitty from last year. This is becoming another tradition – no matter the weather!
However, my main message for this blog is not about food or balloons but, instead, about being grateful. I can’t count the number of times over the past few years that I have said or thought “I am grateful for…” and just fill in the blanks. I’m not sure if I am thinking grateful thoughts more often now because I actually have some time to think or perhaps because I hear so much negative news that I always am thinking how fortunate I am!
Therefore, on this Thanksgiving eve, here are my top items for my “most grateful list” this year.
I am most grateful for…
My mind and being able to continue to learn,
My husband of 42 years, every day I am thankful to be with him,
My daughters who have grown to be such remarkably strong women
My son-in-law who is, by example, showing my granddaughter how she should expect to be treated by a man.
There are countless other things I am grateful for, but, this is what I saying thanks for on a daily basis. I must make sure not to just think it, but also to express tomorrow and the next day!
What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving? Whatever it is, feel free to share if you’d like.
Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving – eat, drink, and be stylish!
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