If these are ‘days off’ how come I felt so tired at the end of the day yesterday? It was a good kind of tired though, and the day itself was filled with fun and preparations for today.
We had our first real snow yesterday. As I finished writing my blog and the sun was coming up, it was coming down pretty hard. I had to go out and put the garbage to the curb (there was LOTS due to the reorganization project!) and it looked like a winter wonderland in the woods. Even the river looked nice. I snapped a quick picture just because:
By the time we ventured out, there was pretty much on the ground. It was quite wet and slippery though and even Keith’s car seemed to have a mind of its own. We went slow though and finished our errands without incident. I thought it was beautiful, although several people were already grumbling about it. The way I look at it: We live in Canada – it is going to snow. There is little we can do to change that. (Not that I want to)
Did you ever notice that when the weather acts up that people are more talkative to each other? It seems that everyone has a story or a thought on the weather and they have no qualms about sharing it with whoever is in ear shot. I don’t mean that in a negative way at all. I think it is interesting though. It kind of brings people together.
As I went through the grocery store gathering my last few things that I will need for my dinner today, I realized that I was quite alone in my excitement over the Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving is one of the times when it is most evident to me that I am no longer living in the United States. To people here, it is just another day and everyone is going about their business as they normally would. Perhaps that is why it is so important to me to take time out to celebrate it. It makes me feel a little closer to home.
While I love being here, I can’t help but feel ‘homesick’ at times like these. I miss my children most of all and look back fondly on the memories that we have made together in the past. I look forward to the future when perhaps we can again spend our holidays together. Even if I did live close to them, it would be very difficult to get us all together on the same day. My son went back to work yesterday after being off for several weeks for his eye surgery and it seems that most of his holidays are also displaced because of the hours he has to work as a police officer. My daughter is a waitress and working while attending college, so she also is working and takes the hours as she can get them. I know it is like that for many people, with most being grateful that they have jobs at all.
I think it is kind of disgusting that so many of the large chain stores are going to be open on Thanksgiving. I usually don’t offer my opinion on things like this, but this time I am going to. I think it is bad enough that families are torn apart by members having to work insane hours or more than one job just to make ends meet. Now it appears that one can’t even have a single day to enjoy their families and relax. I can’t imagine the mom who has to make a full dinner, or travel to see family only to have to return early to start work at 10pm for the ‘early sales’. The same with the teens and young people who are just starting in the work force. To me it is just showing them how little family time is valued by their employers. It used to be that only essential services were open on what were considered the major holidays, but now it is more important for these companies to be the first in line to get your Christmas shopping dollars and they go to any lengths it seems to do so. It is quite sad.
Perhaps that is why this holiday is so important to me. I look at my life and there are so many, many things that I have to be thankful for. For those of you who read my writings here on a regular basis, you know that I think about how fortunate I am in my life just about every day. There are times when I just stop and consider all the good things in my life and I am quite overwhelmed by it, and I express it many times throughout the year. So to have an official holiday for us to reflect on our lives and the good things we have is really an important one to me. I have a lot of company here on my pink cloud that day, and people do take time to be grateful for the good in their lives. That is a good thing.
I finished lots of the cooking and preparation yesterday. I got two kinds of stuffing made, as well as some home made cranberry sauce. The turkey is thawing and looks to be a fine ‘guest of honor’. Within a few hours, the house here will have that incredible smell of roast turkey and stuffing. I think that is one of my favorite things about it.
The snow has melted for the most part and turned to rain. But that is OK. The driving will be safer for Bernie and Ellen anyway. I did get a taste of the snow to come and with it gone, I will be able to experience it all over again the next time, when it is fresh and beautiful.
I have more preparation yet to do, and I promise to take some pictures of my own cats. It seems that many of you think that my daily cat pictures are of my own crew here. I have received messages from several of you asking how I got them to pose, etc. No, I am not that creative and they are not that cooperative, but I will try to get a picture or two of them enjoying the festivities today. I am glad you like my daily pictures. I enjoy finding them and they make me smile. As far as I am concerned, you can never have too many smiles in your day, so I try to add one or two.
Focusing on the good things in your life is a wonderful way to live. While we can’t always avoid negative things, there are many times when it is possible to leave them in the background and put our attention to something more positive. Whether it is a silly cartoon or noticing something that someone did that was nice, or even looking at one of your own accomplishments with pride, it is a good and positive way to spend the day. Soon you begin to notice (and appreciate) these good things as a habit, and before you know it – you are happy. Being grateful and showing gratitude to others is a part of that.
I wish you all a wonderful day today. No matter which country you are from, take some time out to think about all the good things you have in your life. Don’t take them for granted. Appreciate them like the precious gifts they are. You will be amazed at how good it will make you feel! Happy Thanksgiving!
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
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