Thanks Be …

The dreary month of November is almost over. The shorter days, longer nights and colorless landscape all make for a depressing month. However, at the end of the month of November (in the United States) is the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

live the life you love-This holiday brings people together. Families and friends hop on airplanes, drive miles across the landscape, and find ways to congregate for one special day. In some gatherings the day is about food, others celebrate sports, some focus on getting caught up and connecting over a very large meal.

This day brings young and old to the same table. Stories are shared (the same stories year after year sometimes!) and memories are made.

This is also a day to bring in the outsiders – those people with no family nearby. People new to the area. People with no place to go.

I read in the paper recently that Thanksgiving Day often has more people volunteering than recipients needing meals. The paper suggested the ‘do-gooders’ bring paper products, donate cash and sign up for weekly opportunities instead of the “Big Day.”  Inviting those people who are displaced for one reason or another is a good way to ‘do-good’ in a grand way. The benefits include a feeling of well-being, sharing some of the huge amount of food, meeting someone new, hearing new stories and seeing the world in a new way.

I always liked Thanksgiving when there were many people around. I liked the noise and chaos. I liked the abundance of mashed potatoes, corn, dark turkey meat and apple pie. I like the conversation and laughter. I believe there is something sacred when people come together.

To my family and friends near and far, to my blogging friends and online connections – I salute you and give thanks for your presence in my life.




Cold days, Warm Hearts on Thanksgiving

It’s cold here in Colorado. But it’s bearable because the sun is shining. It’s bearable because the sky is blue. It’s bearable because Thanksgiving is this week.

Lovely snowman found on the sidewalk in Estes Park, Colorado - Nov 2013

What is Thanksgiving about? I think it’s about friends checking in on each other. Families connecting. Cooking food. Making memories.

It’s not about shopping, hoarding, crowds, spending and traffic.

Call me old-fashioned but I like watching the Thanksgiving Day parade on TV. This year I plan to watch the Chicago’s 80th annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. Lots of real fun floats, bands, people and it’s closer to home.

What are your plans? If you don’t have family or friends nearby and you live in Northern Colorado, let me know and we can get together, eat turkey and make new memories!

Giving Thanks at the Inside Out Cafe

Welcome to the Inside-Out Café and Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.

A special welcome is extended you all who do not have place to gather on Thanksgiving Day. To those who may be single, divorced, widowed, students, travellers, homeless, or just alone for one reason or another.

homemade apple pieI extend a welcome to all who wish they were with family but because of death, distance, disgruntlement or other circumstances, you are alone.

On this day, in this wonderful café, I offer you a feast to remember all year long.

Let’s skip all those appetizers that fill you up and take away from the main course… our friend Tom the Turkey. Tom is filled to bursting with sausage stuffing that my momma used to make the night before each Thanksgiving.

In addition to Tom you’ll feast on tasty sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes and roast potatoes, sweet buttered corn, broccoli, and a huge salad. You can also choose from a variety of hot rolls with soft butter and set yourself down for a meal, conversation, and tons of laughter.

Once the meal is over, you’re not finished. In the next room are tables set up with games. Pick your favorite and join in. Scrabble, Monopoly, Dominos, Checkers, Poker, Gin Rummy and Hearts are the popular games but keep looking for one that you love. Stick around for a bit for the dessert wagon to roll on in.

On my dessert wagon are the basic Thanksgiving Day desserts… the ones my momma used to make. Pumpkin, Mincemeat, Apple and Lemon pies. I think I’ll also make some cherry and apple turnovers. Grab some coffee and stick around. The memories are in the making.

When the day is done, the cards are put away and the door is closed, I hope you leave with a full belly and a wide smile.

That’s my idea of Thanksgiving.