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Right Now…Thankful

While thankfulness is something I’m mindful of year round, as the 4th Thursday of November draws near each year, I find that I take a few extra moments to focus on what in my life causes me to be thankful. For today’s Ten on Tuesday, the prompt is “things I’m thankful for right now” – so, in no particular order…

If Nantucket Cranberry Pie is being made, it must be Thanksgiving...

If Nantucket Cranberry Pie is being made, it must be Thanksgiving…

Vacation Days – combined with the company holidays, they allow me to be down here in the ‘Ville for a full week with the family…

Wifi & Email – Even though I’m on vacation, I still need to have a bit of connection to work for some projects that I’m driving…thankfully email can be accessed & dealt with from anywhere..

Church Family Thanksgiving – Our church here in the ‘Ville has a lovely tradition for the Sunday before Thanksgiving where instead of a “traditional” service we pause to reflect on the Thanksgivings in our lives and enjoy a Thanksgiving meal together. The whole event has us seated around round tables in the sanctuary and sharing together…

Family Time – Last week, a friend at work asked what all the family was going to do while I was home – when I commented that we didn’t necessarily have a lot planned but we can be happy all sitting in the living room lost in books with mugs of good coffee, she commented that she wanted to do that…

A Kindle filled with good books – Our schedule (or lack of it), for the week means plenty of time to plow through several titles…so far, 3 books have been finished since I left PA on Saturday…

A Packers win – a bit silly, for sure…but it was fun to cheer on the game with the whole family on Sunday afternoon…seeing my sister respond to some plays was especially humorous – no emojis in our standard game-time texting can quite convey her passion at some moments…

Operation Christmas Child – On Sunday afternoon, Mom, Rebecca & I shopped for and filled shoeboxes for 4 children. I’m thankful that Mom & Dad instilled in us from an early age the importance of helping others…

Social media – Honestly, this is a love/hate relationship…but I’m thankful for how I’ve been able to reconnect with high school friends in recent years – and the opportunity to see them when I’m home in the ‘Ville…

Desserts for breakfast – Growing up, it was always a treat when Mom made baked apples for dessert…because most of the time it meant that we would have dessert for breakfast the next day. These days, a new tradition is leftover Nantucket Cranberry Pie for breakfast on Thanksgiving Monday since I now make a double batch of this “new fave” treat to take to church Thanksgiving on Sunday…

Air Travel – Yes, sometimes this can be quite frustrating…but it makes living far away from family more bearable when I can easily catch a flight home for holidays and other times…

As we pause this week, what are you most thankful for right now? 

4 Comments

  1. I LOVE Nantucket Cranberry Pie! I was chopping cranberries last Sunday for cranberry-orange relish and took the opportunity to make one then, so now I’m enjoying a piece for breakfast. I’m sure I’ll have to make another one later this week. Happy Thanksgiving with family!

  2. A wonderful list, perfect for the season. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Great list!

    And, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from another PA resident 🙂

  4. What a happy list! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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