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!

November 2012: It’s all good!

November snow on the ground in ColoradoYippee to one and all! It’s November and there are many things to be thankful for:


You see, since Colorado was a swing state we were inundated with ads. During commercial breaks we would see a minimum of ten political ads. That would be EACH commercial break. Crazy nuts, wasteful amount of money and painful to watch. 2012 Election Debate #3: Finally Over


A big thanks for our veterans. For those who stepped up and served. And special thanks to the military families who have their own world of issues and challenges to deal with. Veterans: May Peace Be With You Today


Two long time dear friends are arriving for a visit. One will leave just before Thanksgiving – the other will arrive just after. The sweet thing about long time friends is you don’t have to explain things. They know. They were there. And best of all, they still are. Our Time is Limited: Find Joy Bubbles


Yesterday was cold and snowy. The roads were icy. It was gloomy. Today — sunny, bright, blue skies, and dry roads for travel. Blue Skies and Unrest.


Thanksgiving Day (here in the US) is a holiday dedicated to spending time with family and friends and giving thanks for all our riches. What are you doing for Thanksgiving this year? Will you be with family or friends? Will you be traveling? Will you be hiking, skiing, hunting or something else? Some people have wonderful traditions and others are in limbo, longing to make good memories, wishing they could find that place to belong, hoping this will be the year when everything changes.  What will it look like for you? Thanksgiving: A Day Like No Other


The No Comfort Zone Weekly Challenge that I started in January 2012 (it seems like yesterday) is winding down and I continue to put myself out there and read different genre books, take classes, learn new job skills and each time I feel discomfort, I smile. The challenges keep coming my way and it’s all good. NO Comfort Zone 2012 Weekly Challenge.


There are so many wonderful blogs out there and I don’t get to them on a regular basis. Life keeps getting in the way!


Our Time is Limited: Find Joy Bubbles

I love this quote from Steve Jobs. Our time is limited and therefore it’s good that we make a point of finding the joy bubbles in each and every day. Not just the big days like Thanksgiving but the small kernels that fall to the ground on a moment to  moment basis.

One kernel that I give myself is laughter. I’m always laughing and it’s usually at something silly that I’ve done, said, forgotten to do or failed to remember. I also like to tell others about the silly things I did and in the retelling, I continue to laugh. What else is there?

Until we go easy on ourselves, enjoy our own company and relax – everything will be an uphill battle.

Best of all, when we lighten up and laugh as a first response – everything feels easier.

Laughter as a response… what a lovely idea!

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I hope there’s a smile on your face right about now!


Thanksgiving: A Day Like No Other

In the United States we celebrate Thanksgiving Day on the last Thursday of November. That’s less than a week away.

Give thanks bannerGrowing up, it was always a favorite time for me because of all the food (turkey is my favorite), my mom made pies (this was a ‘holiday-only’ treat), lots of family gathered and there was a festive feeling in the air. When the meal was over, the table was cleared and the poker games began. The laughter, yelling and cigarette smoke are in my memory cells.

Moving away from that scene was hard on me. I adored the large gathering of people and I missed that aspect because my clan numbered 4 instead of 24. It never felt right cooking a big turkey (yes, my favorite) for 4.

Over the years my clan has dwindled and I’ve been warmly invited into a new brood – one with lots of noise, people and hugs. And guess what I miss? Cooking that big turkey (uh huh, my favorite). I want to have my own celebration – with friends coming by and bringing food. I want to have the noise and festive atmosphere – right here.

So, if you’re around with no place to go – make a pie and bring it by.

I’ll warm you up a plate and save you a chair.

And we can share our words of gratitude together.


July 4th: Full of Thanksgiving

Flags waving at Stanley Hotel - Estes Park, Colorado
Flags waving at Stanley Hotel - Estes Park, Colorado

The 4th of July weekend is similar to Thanksgiving. It’s a time to gather with family and friends. It’s a time to play games, walk your dog, blow off fireworks, wash your car, talk loud and fly your flag.

It’s a time to sing patriotic songs, watch Yankee Doodle Boy with James Cagney and go to a parade.

It’s a great time to mow your lawn, fix your sprinklers, paint your cupboards and weed your garden. (If you have time left over, let me know and I’ll fix you up with a whole  slew of new weeds!)

What do you do to celebrate?

I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy
A Yankee Doodle, do or die
A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam
Born on the Fourth of July

I’ve got a Yankee Doodle sweetheart
She’s my Yankee Doodle joy
Yankee Doodle came to London
Just to ride the ponies
I am the Yankee Doodle Boy