Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving 2008

I will get around to responding to all of your wonderful comments on my last post; I swear I will. But for now, I have to gulp down my coffee, get dressed and head into the kitchen to bake pies and then concoct my mother's cornbread dressing...Mmmmmm. I haven't ever made this 100% on my own, so hopefully it will turn out okay. My own personal Thanksgiving hotline (my sister) is waiting to bail me out on the other end of the phone.

It's just going to be us and the kids this year. My brother in Kansas is recovering from knee surgery. My sister in Texas is hosting Thanksgiving at her house for her daughter and a lot of their friends. Another brother and sister are who-knows-where. My side of the family has kind of fallen apart. My hubby's side of the family is still fuming over the election and isn't really talking to us. Go figure. So we're at home this year, doing our own thing. Maybe next year will be different.

Here is my gratitude list for the year. Enjoy!

I am thankful that.... (not necessarily in any order, just as they come to mind)
1. We are all alive and together.
2. I have my church, my friends, and my blog-friends.
3. My dogs are well.
4. I've been accepted as a volunteer for Hospice, pending all the paperwork.
5. We have plenty of food, shelter, and affection (because it wasn't always that way).
6. We have jobs we like that seem to be secure.
7. We have a president-elect who is going to try his best to do something about healthcare, the economy, and the war.
8. I can read and write (something my grandmother had to learn later in life) so that I can enjoy books, poetry, and writing.
9. I found a 12-step program that is helping me end my codependency.
10. I have a closer walk with God.
11. I have an appointment to see the best specialists in the country.
12. My Lily (bulldog) is going to accompany me with my Hospice work.
13. I'm going to grad school in the spring.
14. I'm able to walk, talk, cook, eat, and all of the things we take for granted every day.
15. I have a wonderful microwave heat pack that soothes so many ills (and a microwave to put it in).
16. MY LAPTOP IS HOME AND WORKING!!!!! (and I'm using it right now)
17. God has given us so much!
18. Coffee exists and is available to mere mortals like me.
19. Chocolate exists and is available to mere mortals like me.
20. The beauty in the world that is out there for each of us.

May God bless you all on this happy occasion. If you're not a believer, may you have a peaceful, bountiful day. I hope that your holiday is full of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and so on and so on. Loosen your belt. It'll be over soon ;-)

Peace - D


Moannie said...

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving River,and my goodness, what a list of thanks. I shall start to make a list of all that I have to be thankful for and no doubt take for granted; now if someone very dear to me does not lose his business, house and all goods and chattels in this dreadful reccession, and someone else finds that the mole on her arm is harmless, I shall be able to have a joyful, and thankful Christmas.

® ♫ The Brit ♪ ® said...

Hi RiverPoet,
Even though I am British and we don't have this holiday I want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!
I think it's wonderful to have a holiday like this as there is so much that we take for granted in the world! from the little things up to the big things... things that just seem to pass us by without a thought.

And I want to send thanks to you... thanks for having found a wonderful new, intelligent, creative and talented caring friend out here in BlogWorld!!

Hope you have a wonderful day and that all your cooking and entertaining is a huge success!! x

Hilary said...

Have an absolutely wonderful day, Doris. Goodness knows you deserve it. :)

Marty said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Leslie: said...

You have much to be thankful for - like me. Have a wonderful day and I hope your pies and cornbread stuffing turn out fine! :D

Maggie May said...

Have a wonderful time and so pleased about the hospice work. Well worthwhile.

Mental P Mama said...

Amen. And thank you. Wishing nothing but the best for you and yours.

Lavinia said...

What a beautiful list of things to be thankful for...who could ask for more? You are truly blessed with such a bounty....

I can't believe that people would freeze out their own relatives over an election? Hard to fathom. !

Coffee and chocolate and our pets well.....amen to that.

Despite your health matters, you have a thankful and overflowing heart. I am thankful for bloggy friends like *you*! My love to you and yours, and give those doggys a big kiss from Aunt Lavinia!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Anthony James Barnett - author said...

Loved that list. Nice post - well done.


RiverPoet said...

Moannie - I pray that your friends are safe in every way and that you and yours have a wonderful holiday season.

Brit - Aw, thank you!!! Seriously! It's been great reading your story.

Hilary - Thanks. The food was terrific, if I do say so myself.

Marty - Right back at ya!

Leslie - The cornbread dressing was superb.

Maggie - Thanks! I can't wait to start the hospice work. I feel like there's at least one person out there I can help.

MPM - Thanks! Same to you.

Lavinia - Thanks so much! The pups say, "Hi Auntie Lavinia!"

Anthony - Thanks, and I hope you drop by again!

Peace - D

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