Thanksgiving is getting to be less and less of a big day around here. As family fragments and rearranges, and partners change, the bloom is off the rose, so to speak. To be fair, I was never passionate about turkey. A day of gorging has not been a great pleasure for quite a while. It used to be the day to see people I didn’t see the of the rest of the year, but that has fizzled.

Thanksgiving is a huge meal my son is preparing and we are invited to share. And that’s good. I wish it felt like it meant more. I’m trying to dredge up a bit more enthusiasm. My holiday spirit seems to have gone walkabout.


Keeping this reality in mind, here are Cee’s questions for the week:

What are you grateful for — about:

Your home life?

That I’ve got Garry and he has me. And the dogs. We have a home and I’m grateful for it.




Your family?

What few remnants of family remain, I’m grateful we are still in touch and on good terms.


Your blogging community?

So many smart, talented people! Love you all!

Your city or immediate area in which you live?



Keep the rivers flowing, the flowers growing. May the woods and fields thrive and there be a spring after the long winter is done.

The regional area in which you live?


New Englanders. Can’t fool them. We knew who was a fraud, who was real. We may have some harsh weather to deal with, but we don’t have a lot of fools.

The country where you live?

Let me put a pin in this one for the moment. I’m terribly disappointed in my country. And sad. We are supposed to be the nation that other nations admire and look up to. Guess not any more, eh? I hope we find our way back to ourselves.



I’m here. Not dead yet!

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

These days, I’m just glad to have survived last week and made it into this one.


Grateful for the lovely weather last week. I’ll get back to you on next week. And other things.


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18 replies

  1. Very grateful for family, friends near and far and the lovely fall weather we’ve enjoyed in Maine too. So many blessings and yet so many concerns, especially about our future as a nation.


    • This has been a painful political jolt to many of us. We’re just trying to not get crazy and see how things actually come together. Right now, we are all just guessing. I’m hoping it won’t be as bad as I fear.


  2. I try to do that Thanks thing every day. Just travel around a bit and you’ll get what I mean.

    Meanwhile your country seem to almost be on the brink of civil war. (Again?)
    There is a movement to try to reverse the vote. Let’s hope someone is wise to stop that. Because half the people voted for Trump.
    The violence you’ve seen so far will seem like nothing.


    • The people who think the vote will be reversed are living in a fool’s paradise. That has never happened and never will happen. We aren’t on the brink of war, either. Don’t believe the stuff you read on Facebook. It’s fake news.


      • I don’t know anything about fake news. I do know what I see.
        I do have a facebook page though. I look at it about 3 times a year.


        • We are not on the brink of civil war, not even close. Not at all. I don’t know where you are getting that information but it is absolutely untrue. There is nothing factual to support that and no evidence anywhere that would make me think we are on the verge of anything except a lot of people disappointed in the outcome of an election — and this is not the first nor will it be the last time this occurs in our history. I’m not happy with the result, but no one is taking up arms. There are no troops, government or civilian. Absolutely nothing at all, not here or anywhere in the country. I don’t know what you are seeing, but protests are business as usual. Meanwhile, there is zero chance of the election being overturned. I’m sure there will be plenty of protests and depending on what happens, quite possibly a lot. But that’s not unusual in this country. We have a long, proud history of civil disobedience.


  3. Your photos are fabulous as always Marilyn. Thanks for sharing.


  4. So glad to see you Marilyn! Feeling connected again. Keep the rivers flowing and flowers growing… Amen !


  5. Great answers and nice pictures. Since I went vegetarian, Thanksgiving has lost much of its appeal. I hope you have a good one though.


    • My son is doing the honors this year. So it’s lamb (which we almost never eat) and ham which we recognize only as sandwich meat. Vegetarian seems the way to go. I’m just too old and habit-bound to change that much — and too tired to make the big switch and relearn how to cook. At least there’s no big bird this year.

      The symbolic nature of this holiday is off-putting, especially right now when I’m not feeling that sense of warm, fuzzy gratitude. At least I know there won’t be any big political battle en famille. Two gay guys hosting, one clueless millennial and her equally clueless mom, plus Garry and I who just want to go home to the dogs and a warm television 🙂

      Happy Thanksgiving! And, as Charles Durning said in “Home for the Holidays,” “Before we know it, it will be fucking Christmas.”

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  6. Lots of interesting facts about you. I still look up to your country even now.

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  7. A good entry. I could not do this one. I had a problem with the idea of it. We do not have thanksgiving, just have to pay our taxes and hope that those in charge do the right thing, which is not always the case. I began to write something, but gave it up because it somehow did not seem right. I am just thankful to be here and able to do my own thing.


    • I was trying not to sound like Scrooge in the Dickens story. The holidays are no longer a joy. More of a pain in the butt. It seems to be true for almost all our same-age friends. These holidays are really for families with kids — who have the money and the room to celebrate. Which doesn’t describe you or me or anyone our age. Some people still put in the effort, but the idea just makes me tired thinking about it. I’m SO glad my son is “doing the holiday.” I don’t think I’d survive a home invasion this year.

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      • We’re now the “old people”, and I think the magic of the day is gone with all of the old folks I remember from my youth.

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