Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday even though we don’t usually have big family gatherings because we’re spread all over the country. When we do, it’s always fun, but even when it’s small it’s nice. What I love is that the day is all about being grateful for what we have.
Unlike Christmas and Hanukkah, Thanksgiving isn’t as commercial. You make a meal, sit down to eat with family and friends, watch the parade, and if you’re a sports fan – cheer your favorite football teams.
I don’t have a clue about football so we watched the dog show instead. Thor, the mighty Bulldog won Best in Show. I was rooting for Daniel the Labrador Retriever. Labs hardly ever win but they’re one of the world’s nicest dogs and Daniel was gorgeous. Thor was a cutey too and it’s hard to resist a pudgy bulldog.
My chihuahuas didn’t give a hoot about Thor or Daniel and were confused that we moved the dining room table into the living room because it was the only place it would fit where people could sit down. Normally, it’s butted up against the wall by the window.
I cheated this year and didn’t cook a thing. Instead, we ordered everything from Honey Baked Ham. All I had to do was warm everything up. We had Honey Baked Roasted Turkey, (already cooked) yams, potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing and apple pie from Marie Callenders (also from Honey Baked Ham)
This isn’t a commercial for Honey Baked Ham – although it was amazing!
Doug goes there every Sunday to meet a friend for breakfast and because he’s a regular we were able to get in through the back door. Honey Baked Ham has a line a mile long on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. It was pouring rain, which is rare for Los Angeles, and we walked right in while everyone else stood in line getting soaked. I felt a little guilty about that but, Doug’s been seriously ill, so it was a big help.
At first, I thought our meal would be so-so because it was bought en masse, but it was extraordinarily good! The turkey was moist and flavorful and even the cranberry sauce was awesome! I’ve never been a big fan of cranberry sauce, but I’ve been putting the leftovers in my morning oatmeal and it’s fabulous!
My daughter couldn’t make it to dinner because she had a sore throat and didn’t want to infect anyone. So, it was just Doug and me, Doug’s daughter, and her mother, who also has health issues. My son drove in from Seattle, so my daughter and I met him and a few others for Polish food the next day. He had Thanksgiving with his girlfriend’s family.
After our Honey Baked Ham dinner and a bunch of pierogis, I won’t be checking my scale for a few days.
Being Grateful – which is what I meant for this post to be about
We had Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant last year and I thought it would be Doug’s last. He managed to make it another year even though he has the same type of cancer as Alex Trebek. So, I’m very grateful for that.
I’m also grateful for my own health. I’ll be 66 in two weeks and I’m still not taking any medication. I may not be as skinny as I’d like but I’m healthy overall.
My kids are the best! I’ve never had to worry about them even though I was a single mom for a while after my husband died.
I have a roof over my head. Apartments in Los Angeles are insanely expensive. That’s one reason we have so many homeless. I’m not sure what I’ll do if something happens to Doug, but I’ll figure it out.
My blog is doing well. It’s attracted much more traffic this year. Thank you so much to all my readers!!!!! If you’re not subscribed to my post updates yet, click here. Right now, it’s #10 in 100 Best Baby Boomer Blogs on Feedspot.
I have two funny dogs who keep me laughing. One is 15-years-old but still going strong even though I have to give him two shots a day for diabetes. The other is 12 and is the neighborhood Terrierist.
Blogging is sometimes isolating but I have good friends both online and off who are supportive.
I don’t see my brothers and sister often enough, but we get along and enjoy each other. One brother is on the opposite side of the political spectrum than the rest of us so we try to keep politics out of the conversation, occasionally butting heads
I’m grateful to be alive. Even though life can be tough sometimes, it’s still a wonderful world to live in.
What are you grateful for? Please leave a comment below.