Thanksgiving has always been a family affair for me. I remember my mom hosting Thanksgiving dinner (really, more like a late lunch) for what seems like forever. Even when I went off to college, I always came back for Thanksgiving. Luckily, I was within driving distance and didn’t have to deal with high airfares. When I moved to San Diego, I hosted Thanksgiving dinner once, just after moving into my new condo. My dinner table was a bunch of empty Ikea furniture boxes.
Sometimes, Travis and I can arrange to take a Christmas trip, but we always spend Thanksgiving with my family. It’s just one of those things we never question.
This year, we’re hosting dinner at our house. We’re a smaller group now – just my parents, my sister, and her boyfriend. It seems a little silly to consciously be thankful on this one day, but I suppose it’s better than never acknowledging it.
So, here is my list of thankful things and thoughts:
- All the lovely thoughts and comments about our sweet kitty.
- All the years (12 is a lot!) I had with that cat and how she was always the same, sweet, friendly cat no matter who I added to her household.
- My family – no matter what, you can always count on your family.
- Our friends, the ones we get to see all the time and the ones who live farther away.
- Including the one I’ve known the longest and the crazy fact that we (practically) live next door to each other, just as we planned all those years ago.
- All the online food people I’ve gotten to meet this year. How fun!
- Our dogs, even though they’re shedding like crazy right now. Don’t they know they need those coats for the cold weather?
- Our chickens, for the constant entertainment they’ve provided. And, one day, for their eggs.
- Our house, which is a home. It also lets us entertain, unwind, and enjoy our space.
- My new kitchen! I love it, and it was just barely worth all the time and energy we put into it.
- The Mira Mesa Trader Joe’s, which is easier for me to get to, plus it’s bigger and they have better food samples.
- My job, which I still enjoy and am grateful to have.
- Of course, I am grateful for Travis. He understands me better than I think and makes me happier than I thought I could be. He treats me well, puts up with my dogs, and he loved my cat. What more could a girl ask for?
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families. I hope your bellies are full of tasty foods and decadent desserts. I know ours will be.
p.s. – If you are able, please consider donating to the Food 4 Kids program. I’m sure those kids would be very thankful.