Can we please have a time out?

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. Food and family. It’s Christmas with none of the pressure.

Sure, I wish it came a few weeks earlier as our astute neighbors to the north figured out. Mid-October would–wait, might–keep Christmas from encroaching on this middle-child holiday. (Although I will admit I’ve been seeing Christmas decor competing with Halloween recently.) But the whole Black Friday thing is making me crazy. CRAZY.

So, to keep it simple, I’m going to write down a list of things I’m thankful for…wait, is there an app for that? 😉 I want to be present–not think about buying presents at midnight. Midnight! All the stores are doing it. There are only a couple of things I’m interested in doing at midnight and, believe me, shopping isn’t one of them. 😉

So, here’s my list. Feel free to add yours. I probably forgot something.

1. My Hubby. I love this guy. He worked so hard to pull off my most excellent birthday party. He’s the hero of my love story no doubt about it.

2. My Kids. This includes my wonderful DIL. I’m proud of the two human beings I helped to raise. They are both hard-working, family-oriented, community-minded citizens of the world. I love them to pieces–Ruth, too, even though I didn’t raise her. But her wonderful parents did a great job, so I’m thankful for Frani and George, too.

3. My Granddaughters. Three unique individuals. Three smart, funny, kind, quirky, amazing little beings who are the absolute best reward for growing older.

4. Good health. Considering the cost of health care and insurance in this country–especially for self-employed individuals (like every writer I know), this is a HUGE deal. I wish this for all my friends.

5. Friends. My recent b-day was a great reminder of just how many wonderful people I am lucky enough to call my friend. Thank you all–this includes my online pals–for enriching my life.

6. Location, location, location. 🙂 As sad and frustrated I feel about some of the politics and some of the greed and some of the inhumanity that goes on in this country, I am equally amazed, impressed and heartened by the goodness, humanity and hope that I see, as well. Here are links to two stark examples that I ran across yesterday.

The first is about a group of animal lovers who rescued dogs that were going to “rounded up and shot”; the second is about the U.C. Davis pepper-spray incident. If you’ve already seen it, don’t bother looking again. It’s just plain wrong.

The good:

The bad:

But I can’t leave this blog on a sour note, so here’s a photo that should make you smile. Let’s enjoy the moment.

Blessings be!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, my friends!


4 Replies to “Can we please have a time out?”

  1. The 3 little princesses! How cute and they’re growing up so fast.

    I can’t get this blog again and I’ve signed up several times LOL

    Have a wonderful holiday with family and friends.

    We’re having just adult kids and the grandkids. Our DIL is expecting at most any time now so maybe we’ll have one more thing to celebrate. A boy I think. They haven’t wanted to know but a couple of weeks ago they had 3D ultrasound and later son said “A Boy” but I don’t know if he’s pulling my leg or not LOL whatever I made the baby a quilt with cars on one side LOL

  2. A T-Day baby!!! My nephew’s birthday is this year, too. Super congrats, Barbs.

    I don’t know what went wrong with my mailing list. Cyber sabotage, methinks. LOL. Thanks for dropping by, though. And I hope you have a wonderful feast with your family.

    happy hugs,

  3. Hi friend and author and mom and grandma and wife extraordinaire!!! I agree about Black Friday – it’s ridiculous. Even so, I am feeling especially thankful this year and it’s been harder than most. I’m thankful for having known those who left too soon. I’m thankful I was able to come to your birthday party and surprise you, and to give your hubby a big hug, and meet your son and daughter and daughter-in-law – all most extraordinary people – and to meet three young ladies who quite stole my heart, and to see El Capitan and Half Dome. Standing on that beautiful, rocky beach and looking up at such towering magnificence was at once humbling and exhilarating. How could I be anything but grateful to be alive and live where I live and have the friends I have? Happy, Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family and all your fans!!!! Love ya, Jackie

  4. I work for a company that has their stores opening at midnight. Luckily I’m not affected. We do have people in the company that do have to work tomorrow. They get a boxed lunch for doing so. I am against the whole thing.

    So…I am thankful for…
    Friends who make me laugh and laugh with me and don’t mind my goofiness.
    The normal staples – house, food, car
    And most thankful for authors who write books I can’t wait to read and then am sorry to have them end.

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