Happy Thanksgiving America 2010

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Yes, it’s one day late, but hey, Thanksgiving is about giving thanks and having family time, so I didn’t blog. I will today, however, tell you about ours.

Thanksgiving is the singularly unique American holiday. Nearly everyone has an independence day and all the religious holidays, but Thanksgiving is born from a story at the start of our nation and it’s one of my favorite holidays. Stepping aside of all the commercialism and political commentary, this is a special holiday where families gather and give thanks for all they have. It’s as simple as that folks. Stop for one day, eat together, and be grateful for everything we have in our lives.

I got to work on the preparations the day before and one of the important steps is to fill the bird feeders. By this time in the year, we figure the bears are hibernating and now it’s safe to feed the birds again. Plus, I grew up on a farm and old habits die hard – the humans don’t eat until the animals are fed. The birds were swooping in the trees and making all kinds of noise as I got out the parts and pieces of the feeders and the girls filled them.

Bird Feeders in Colorado

It’s been cold in Colorado and they must have been hungry. Max loves watching all the birds swoop and dive and cluster in the trees when we fill the feeders.

Max watching us fill the bird feeders

This little guy stopped by to stand on the ice on the pond …

Max watching us fill the bird feeders

As we are putting dishes I’d prepped the day before into the oven and making tea, it’s time to watch the Thanksgiving Parade …

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

My guy spent all morning smoking a brisket on the back patio:

Smoking a brisket

When the parade ended:

Santa in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

we all had to decide if we liked this Santa. I thought he was a great Santa. Then, it was time to set the table.

Thanksgiving Table

While we were having our dinner, we knew our little outside family was doing just fine. 😉

Backyard deer in Colorado

What am I grateful for this year? Some of the usual, and some new things.

  • I am grateful I’m NOT a pioneer woman and I get to enjoy dishwashers, kitchen aid mixers, food processors, ovens, and hot showers.
  • I am grateful for my Mother and Father, who gave me a great childhood and a college education.
  • I am grateful for my husband who, although he works too many hours, tries really hard to be there for me. And he does make things sweet and lovely.
  • I am grateful for my daughters who have grown into lovely, smart, wise young women who are moving their way into the world with grace and kindness.
  • I am grateful to have a job that I (most of the time) like a whole lot.
  • I am grateful to have made a home in Colorado.
  • I am grateful for my friends and sisters too numerous to name and who would probably rather remain anonymous to this blog – I thank each of you for your honesty and your kindness. You are each amazing to me.
  • I am grateful for knitting that it gives me a creative outlet for my endless fidgeting.

… and today, when it’s only 20 degrees Farenheit outside, I am so grateful for heat.

Thanksgiving flowers

I hope your Thanksgiving was beautiful and happy.

fourteenergirl Written by:

A mother, sister, wife, and daughter who writes, knits, hikes, and practices yoga on the west coast. Loves a zippy chardonnay or a tart margarita!

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