The US celebrates Thanksgiving this Thursday. If we were having coffee today, I would tell you with excitement about several events happening this week that will keep me busy, and why I am thankful for each one.
If you like tea, I can rummage for some. But I found some fun, holiday coffees at Trader Joe’s. The coffee flavors involve pumpkin spice, cocoa and a winter blend that features cinnamon and cloves. Please place your order and let’s check them out!
If we were having coffee today I would tell you I am not teaching school this week. When I made the class schedule in early August, I planned to be vacationing in Portland, Oregon during Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, the plans fell through. Oh darn, my students are so upset. Not. I’m still grading papers, though.
For this job as a lecturer, I am thankful for the continuing opportunity to have this job and to be able to teach 35 years of recreation and leisure to university students.
On Tuesday, I am having a lunch and shopping date with a good friend, whom I have known for 35 years. We played softball back in the day together and our children are even the same ages. She is semi-retired too.
I am grateful and more than blessed for this long-lasting friendship as well as my few really close friends who live in other cities.
On Wednesday the fun begins! Our family is gathering all week to spend Thanksgiving at my dad’s place up in the mountains. My daughter arrives from the San Francisco bay area Wednesday morning, and my brother and his partner, driving from Palm Springs, arrive shortly after that. I cannot wait to see them and to show them our room addition. My other brother and his brood are driving up from San Diego today to spend the week at my dad’s place. On Wednesday afternoon we are prepping and cooking for the big event!
I am so grateful for my family and thank God for them every day.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that, on Wednesday night, our church holds its annual Thanksgiving Eve service. I always love this event, because the many extended families visiting makes it feel festive. It is not often we attend church at night with all the decorations and twinkling lights.
Our Pastor has been with our church now for 18 years. We have watched his children grow into talented adults who are involved in youth and music ministry in the church. His talented wife leads the worship team. Choir practice for the first Sunday of Advent will be right after the service. I have been at that same church since 1986 and I even have one of the original doors (see this post if you missed it).
I don’t know if I have the proper words to describe my thankfulness and gratitude for our pastor and my church family.
Thursday is the big day! There is something about Thanksgiving that I dearly love, no expectations but eating and being with our friends and loved ones. We may be getting some snow in the Sierra foothills where my father lives, so that should make things interesting for us Californians as we drive up to spend the day with them.
Here is where I give thanks for my blessings and for protecting my family during their travels.
But I also give my heartfelt “thank you” to those who serve or have served in the armed forces and can’t be with their families this year.
Friday and Saturday hold no particular plans other than hanging out with family and perhaps taking a dip in our friend’s hot tub. I don’t shop on Black Friday, although there have been some great deals at Costco on what I call “Savvy Saturday,” the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Overall, 2015 has been a huge year of change for me. I retired in December 2014, then did not teach at all until September of this year due to my pension’s policies.
I am so RIDICULOUSLY THANKFUL for my wonderful husband who, without him, I could not have retired, nor get the room addition of my dreams.
Oh, lest I forget…did I mention that I am thankful to all my blogger friends and readers who make my day with your inspiring posts and photographs? God Bless you all!
Please enjoy the gallery of autumn leaves below. Now you know why Sacramento is called “The City of Trees.”
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my next blog post after Monday’s One Word Photo Challenge wrap-up post, will be Friday for the Weekly Photo Challenge. Until then, enjoy your week and Happy Thanksgiving!
What are you thankful for this year?
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