Giving Thanks

Happy-Thanksgiving(((Psst, I’m in the kitchen!!)))

You know, it’s Thanksgiving today here in the US. So while you’re taking part of your morning off to check out the antics here in the Lair, I’m in my kitchen cooking. Actually, I’ve been in it most of the week, since our family dinner takes me days to prepare. So, at the moment I’m probably making Oyster stuffing for my turkey, a requirement in this household and I thought I’d tell y’all a few things I’m thankful for.

1. Bad Plumbing.

Yep, bad plumbing. Our house is nearly 50 years old and that means major plumbing issues that we’re saving $$ to repair, but in the meantime we have learned to work around it. In particular the drainpipes from the washing machine to the outside. See, the washing machine functions just fine, until it drains. Then I have to make a mad dash from whatever spot in the house I’m at to stop the washer before the water backs up into the house and all over the laundry room floor. Then I have to wait at least one full minute, two are better, turn it on , watch for the water, turn it off and repeat at least once more. Then we wait through the rinse cycle and repeat the on and off process until it kicks into the final spin.Bad_plumbing_medium

What a major PIA that is! How can I possibly be thankful for it?

Well, I’ve taken this up as extra reading time. See, I’ve set a chair near the laundry room door, and I have a book on it that I read during each time I wash a load of clothes. Of course, those 1-2 minutes wait times seem to be more like 5-10 minutes or 1-2 pages. πŸ™‚ But, I don’t feel guilty about reading during the time I should be writing, because I can’t write when the washer is going anyways!

So, yes, I’m thankful for bad plumbing.

2. Bacon.

Let me say that again. I’m thankful for BACON.

baconAbout five years ago my dear hubby, we’ll call him the Jazzman, went on a restrictive diet of his own making. One of the things he deemed not worth consumption, (along with shrimp, lobster, bread, and anything processed) was pork products. Now, I make a killer pork roast and wonderful ham. I’ve mastered porkchops that aren’t dried out and sausage in various forms, but when bacon went on the do not serve or cook or eat list, I nearly died.

But I was patient. Ordered bacon on food when I went out, occasionally cooked it when he wasn’t home, and waited.Β 

This past spring, Jazzman was doing some more reading, (always a scary thing around here), and he came to the conclusion that bacon, especially organic bacon, might be okay for us to consume.

HALLELUJAH!!

So, yes, I’m thankful for apple smoked organic bacon grilled outside and the pleasure of having it several days a week!

3. A slightly too small dining table.

Actually if you’ve seen my dining room table, (Joanie has), it’s huge, solid cherry-wood with big thick legs. I LOVE this table! It seats 8 comfortably. The problem is when the whole clan is here it gets a little crowded. 8 adults and 5 growing kids. I did the math the other day, and I think I’m gonna be one chair short. I probably should make a kids table this year, but a couple of those little ones still need to sit with parents in order to see that they eat and no mischief occurs. Well, no mischief that their dads and the Jazzman don’t start! πŸ™‚

I love having this big clan and all the little people here for the holidays. I love the passing of the food, the conversations, the laughter, even the adults wetting the tops of their crystal glasses and making humming sounds with their fingers, (the Jazzman taught them this when they were kids!) πŸ™‚ And at my house, they drink different amounts from their glasses to make harmonious chords in their rim-ringing!

Yes, I’m thankful for the slightly too small table and all the chaos at holidays and family meals!

4. Bad Weather.

Stormy-WeatherNot traumatic weather. I would never wish hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis or earthquakes on anyone, let’s be clear on that. But I do like it when there’s snow or rain in the forecast, the skies are cloudy, grey or dark. I seem to get a lot of writing done during these kind of days. Something about the charged atmosphere seems to lend to my brain’s functioning in a writing sort of way. Of course, due to the dark skies and cold weather I usually require a nap, but hey my subconscious can work out a problem with the books while my eyes rest. Right?

Hehehe, yeah, I don’t really buy that one, either!

Another reason to like cold or stormy weather. I have an excuse to make a big pot of soup. I love making soups. Chopping up a boatload of veggies, searing meat or chicken and tossing it all into the slow cooker with stock and letting it cook for hours and having a hearty meal at the end of the day is wonderful. What’s not to like about a meal that virtually cooks itself? And luckily for me Jazzman loves soups and leftovers! He’ll eat them for lunch for days.

See…bad weather, the sort I like, is another thing to be thankful for.

5. A mother who loved to read.

The four previous reasons were all sort of making the best of bad things, but not this one.Β 

write-web-copy-your-customers-will-love-reading11I grew up watching my mom take time from her day to read. She read each and every day.Β Maybe only a page or two, often half a book, but she always read. She taught me my letters and letter sounds and to read simple words before I even hit Kindergarten. When I started reading in school, she let me read to her. My books were Dick & Jane readers with simple 1-2-3 word sentences. But she listened and helped me sound out each and every word. Because of this I was always in the advanced reading classes. She took us to the library and even though there was a four-book limit for kids my age, Mom would always talk the librarian into letting me get seven or eight books, assuring her I’d read them all before I had to return them.

As I grew, I started to read chapter books. When I’d run out of them, I’d find a simple romance novel lying around. Usually a Barbara Cartland. Then I moved into bigger romances, Woodiwiss, Joanna Lindsey, Patricia Matthews. If Mom left it lying around it was fair game. Even after I married and moved out. Whenever I came home I’d see what books Mom had finished, then I’d usually take 5 or 6 of them home with me. She’s yet to forgive me for taking THE GIFT by Julie Garwood home BEFORE she read it. That was the first of Julie’s books I read. Immediately I went to the books store to get her backlist!

Because Mom and I love a lot of the same writers we exchange books and often have long conversations about books, stories and writers. She’s also my biggest supporter.

So, THANKS, MOM! I’m very grateful to have had a mother who reads!

6. Readers, including all our wonderful Bandit buddies.

I’m so thankful for readers. Y’all are wonderful! You keep us charged with the desire to produce more books. You tell us what you like, what you don’t. You challenge us to write tighter, bigger, deeper. (Uhm, let’s not go the erotic route on that last line, okay?)

a3b9af4e55b598b98cebe89a6827a400Here in the Lair we’ve come to know y’all so well. Many of you are our biggest fans. You help us welcome our friends/guests and buy many of the books we introduce to you. When the last of the Banditas launched our first books and fledgling careers we already had fans. YOU GUYS!Β 

Publishing, and indie publishing in particular, is a very scary step into the unknown. But like Indiana Jones in the third movie, we took a step of faith that looked like a huge chasm leading to our death, but instead, there was this nearly invisible bridge…our Bandit Buddies…to keep us from falling to our doom. The smiling faces we know popping up to chat with us on other blogs so we wouldn’t be Nellie-no-friends. You were the ones who bought our books and chatted them up to your friends, both in person and on line to notch up our sales. You are the ones who read our books and left honest reviews for them at Amazon, B&N and Goodreads. You are the ones who retweet our goofy tweets and sales or like and share our FB posts to all your friends.

YEP! VERY THANKFUL FOR THE BANDIT BUDDIES and ALL OUR READERS!

Β So, what are you thankful for today? Have you ever seen the bright side of something like bad plumbing? Are you thankful for bacon? Tell us a great Thanksgiving story or a story that made you thankful for something that surprised you! I’m cleaning out my office and have a bag of books from RWA National this year I think I’ll give to one reader today in thanks for being here.

Posted in , , , , , ,

Comments

61 Comments

  • Jane says:

    Happy Thanksgiving. I’m always thankful for bacon and also thankful for my family and friends and our health. No stress for me today because my cousin will do all the cooking.

    • Hey Jane! Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! Would love for someone to come cook at my house. My family might not like it, but I sure would!

      Keep that GR in line today…you know how he gets around holidays!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hahaha! Jane, I’m thankful the Rooster is with YOU today! You’ll keep him in line. Just don’t let him sneak out to the parade. Last time that happened….well, let’s say that bail was set VERY high!!

      Bwahahahah!

      (and yay for you that you’re cousin’s cooking! Grins. Wish I had a cousin that cooked. Grins.)

  • Amy Conley says:

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING to everyone! I too am in the kitchen right now, doing prep work with veggies for different dishes for later today.
    As far as being thankful for things, this year I am most thankful my hubby is going to have one last Thanksgiving with his mother and he KNOWS it’s her last Thanksgiving. While knowing this makes it somewhat easier, those same things also make it harder for him and yet he agreed for me to come to my sister’s since her hubby is out of the country,
    I am also so thankful for this site and all the regular authors and guest authors. I have read at least one of everyone’s books here and many of the guest authors also. You’ve been my own personal Calgon and taken me away to places hencefore never traveled, and for that you can’t imagine just how grateful and thankful I am. I’ve also been lucky enough to meet some of you, which for me is like meeting a favorite movie star, or catching up with an old friend I haven’t seen in years…always a good thing.
    So, THANK ALL OF YOU! Hope you have a wonderful day.

    • Hey Amy!

      It was a pleasure meeting you this summer at the Lori Foster Reader/Writer get together! Like I said above we love our readers!!

      And so sorry to hear about your MIL, but glad your hubby gets to have one last Thanksgiving together with her. And what a great man to send you to visit your sister for her holiday! Gotta love hubbys like that!

      • Amy Conley says:

        Yep, I do love him, but I did miss him today too.

        And btw, I am also thankful I had a mother who read. I know she passed on her love of reading to me and I really don’t what I’d do with myself without a book or a hundred! πŸ™‚

  • flchen1 says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Suz! Wishing you and yours a very joyful day at your too-small table crowded with love πŸ™‚ And thanks for you and all you Banditas–your books are on my list of what I’m thankful for πŸ™‚ I’ve had many hours of pleasure with your works as companions. I’m thankful too for the Lair–it’s such a warm and companionable place to get to know fellow readers and all of you.

    Oh, and we’re always thankful for bacon πŸ™‚ Our kids can chow down on that like there’s no tomorrow πŸ˜‰ Thankfully they’re still at the point in their lives where that isn’t a big issue, even if DS2 can put away a half pound by himself πŸ˜€

    Wishing everyone here in the Lair a warm and joyful day of celebrating and counting their blessings!

    • Hey Fedora!

      Your son sounds like mine. One year he went to visit his grandparents. The day he left to come home, my mom told me she thought he shouldn’t eat so much bacon. I asked how much she cooked and she said nearly a pound a day, every day he was there. OMG! I told her I cooked it three times a month and he only got four pieces those days!! HEHEHE

      We love having you and all the Bandit Buddies here in the Lair. It can be a big zany at times, but always welcoming, huh? πŸ™‚

  • Helen says:

    What a beautiful post Suz I so wish we celebrated Thanksgiving here in Australia and I am so with you on the story about your Mum mine was just the same and also the too small dining table we have the same happen here when all of the family is around and I take every chance I can to read some of the book I am loving at the time good or bad reasons LOL

    And I have to say that I am thankful for all of the wonderful stories that I have read by the Bandits loved them

    Happy Thanksgiving to you all

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Hey Helen!

      Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Everyone makes an effort to be here. There’s no gifts involved and it’s all about family and friends. There have been times throughout the years where I’ve invited a co-worker who is alone on the holiday or the kids have invited friends in and it’s just more fun!

      We’re so thankful you’ve read so many of our books and are such a fan you get others to read us!! It also makes us want to write even more books!

  • Anita H. says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to all the Americans out there celebrating. I’m Canadian so we’ve celebrated ours already and I’m still thankful now of my continued health and I still have my family around me!

    • Hey Anita!

      Happy belated Thanksgiving to you! Isn’t it great to have family close by to spend time with? I knew your holiday was in October, but I’ve always wondered, is your feast like ours with Turkey and dressing and tons of side dishes? Is there something special you serve at your meal?

      • Anita H. says:

        Hi Suzanne,

        Yes, our Thanksgiving here is a lot like yours. Gorging on tons of turkey and other yummy foods. But unlike Americans, we don’t have the Black Friday shopping frenzy the next day, we have our craziness the day after Christmas on Boxing Day. As for something special, I always like to serve some mashed sweet potatoes. Delish!

  • SecretNinja says:

    Happy thanksgiving to all the Banditas that are celebrating! I’m thankful for all my family and friends. And I’m thankful that there are so many wonderful authors that share their terrific stories with us.

    And I’m thankful for bacon!

    Ada

    • Hey Secret Ninja! (Ada)

      Another person thankful for bacon!! Whoohoo!

      And we are thankful for all the story ideas running through our brains that we can capture on paper or ereaders for y’all!

  • Maureen says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! That was a great idea to turn the tables on what you’re thankful for. I am thankful that we didn’t have the money to buy our kids everything they wanted because they have learned to value what is important and work hard for what they want.

    • Hey Maureen!

      Isn’t that great? I’m thankful we didn’t have that kind of money either. My kids know the value of hard work and a well earned dollar, too!

      Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Anna Sugden says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to all our American BB’s and to my beloved Bandita sisters! For everyone else – happy Thursday!

    I’ve had so much to be thankful for this year, but top of the list has to be the wonderful friendships I have and all the fabulous people in my life. I’m especially thankful for Doc Cambridge, who’s taught me to take something good out of every day — and who makes sure there is something good for me in every day too!

  • pjpuppymom says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Suz and to all of you who celebrate today.

    I’m very thankful for my sister-in-law and good ER docs who all did the right things when my brother had a health emergency yesterday. So thankful he’s here to enjoy this holiday!

    I’m thankful for my dogs who give me unconditional love and make me laugh every day.

    I’m thankful for a love of reading that has brought me knowledge, solace, joy and wonderful friends from all corners of the world.

    I’m thankful for sweet potatoes. ‘Nuff said. πŸ™‚

    • Hey PJ!

      Oh, I’m so glad you had good ER docs and your SIL got your brother there without a hitch and that he’s doing well today, too!

      We’ve missed having Rocky here this year. He usually parks himself in front of the oven while the turkey cooks. Apparently, though there’s a new puppy headed to our house today. It’s the Jazzman’s Christmas present from our daughter and her family. πŸ™‚ Boxer/Blue Heeler mix.

      Okay…White or yellow sweet potatoes? I love both kinds.

      • Amy Conley says:

        Have you, or anyone else tried the purple sweet potatoes? I am no a sweet potato fan myself, but my sister said they are a bit sweeter than regular sweet potatoes. She thinks they are a cross between a beet and a regular sweet potato. They are grown mostly in North Carolina by a man who waS given one by a random woman, and he liked them so much he decided to harvest them and it got them patented. (She looked them up online today to try to figure out where they may have come from, but this was the only info she could come up with.)

  • Happy Thanksgiving to all! And Suz, who wouldn’t be thankful for bacon? I usually buy the nitrate-free stuff so while not organic still better than the regular bacon. I’m thankful that I made it back from NY on Tuesday with no car issues.

    I’m also thankful for all the readers who try new authors and come back to authors they love. I’m very thankful for my pellet stove which is helping to keep the oil costs down. And I’m thankful that my kids will be with me today and I’m cooking a big turkey dinner.

    • Hey Christie!

      I’m telling you the five-year ban on bacon just about did me in! I’m thankful the Jazzman saw the error of his ways. I’m like you…who WOULDN’T be thankful for bacon?

      Hope you and your boys have a wonderful day today!!

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    I am thankful for the time I got to spend with my family, especially my brother. He was born with a rare bone disease and was in and out of hospitals from the time he was 7. In spite of all he went through he still made me laugh. Thanksgiving was one of our best days together. Turkey, football, and playing games together. He died at the age of 48, much to young, but he gave me so many precious memories that I cherish to this day. So thankful for that.

    • Hey Debbie!

      I’m thankful you got to have such a long time with him, even though it wasn’t long enough, and that you’ve had such fun memories to carry you through this holiday!

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Suz, great post.

    I’m so thankful just to be alive, have great roads on which to travel home for the holiday, safe journeys, and good family fun. :> We’re ensconsced with The Clan and cooking this morning, so it’s all going for Turkey launch at 12:30.

    I love your too-small-table. I have one of those, and I too am thankful for it. Everyone gets close, and that makes for big fun. Bwahahah!!

    I’m also thankful I don’t have to make the coffee. I’m a champ at drinking it, and stink at making it, so…

    Mostly, though, I’m thankful for all of YOU – Bandits and Buddies! YAY!!!

    • Hey Jeanne!

      Glad to know you arrived with The Clan safe and sound. Given the bad weather that rolled through the country this week, I’m thankful all my family and friends are warm, dry and safe!

      Yep, too small tables are not only fun, but I’ve learned to strategically place the kids between adults. My problem is some of the adults are as silly as the kids!! πŸ™‚

  • Laney4 says:

    I am thankful for being born with a hole in my heart that healed by 4.5 years of age. If not for that, I don’t think I would value each and every day I have (and others have) on this planet (no matter how many aches and pains we all have). I have never taken life for granted and recognize it can all be gone in a heartbeat, so to speak.

    • Hey Laney!

      WOW! Your heart problem being a blessing trumps my bad plumbing by a mile! So glad it’s healed up and you’re able to be with us here in the Lair. It does give you a unique perspective on life, doesn’t it?

      Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Sandyg265 says:

    Happy Thanksgiving. My niece is going to college in London this semester (the first time she’s been away for Thanksgiving). Even though she’s never cooked turkey before she called for directions and made two turkey breasts for all of her friends at school so they could all have Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone else brought sides.

  • Shannon says:

    This year I’m thankful my mother is still alive even though we’re making tough decisions about her future. Despite the reason, I am so grateful that all three of us siblings are going to be together for Thanksgiving for the first time in years.

    I’m filled with gratitude for the friends who have been providing support and counsel; thank God for the internet and telephone.

    I am also thankful for your books. When I was sick last year, I basically worked and collapsed. Under my electric blanket, I could travel to different places, different times, and discover happily ever afters. Now that I’m better and have rejoined real life, I miss reading voraciously. (For some reason Amazon has not sent me a glad your better card. )

    Boo and hisses on no kids table. I loved being at the kids table. Yes, trouble was such fun.

    • Hey Shannon!

      Even though it’s been hard to make your decisions, it’s good to know you still have another holiday with your mom, isn’t it? I just got done calling my Mom, (we live 1200 miles apart). She’s headed to my sister’s for the holiday, but has half the food at her house! We spent most of the conversation laughing. I swear I laugh the most with her on the phone or when I’m visiting!!

      And I’m with you, Amazon really should have sent you a Glad-You’re-Better card…or maybe a free book or two!

  • so….HAPPY THANKSGIVING, y’all!

    One giant (23.5 lb) turkey is in the oven, complete with stuffing. Another pan of stuffing is in the fridge ready to bake later. AND the JAZZMAN has just handed me a plate of bacon and eggs. (He grills them outside in the cold!)

  • Hey Secret Ninja!

    Another person thankful for bacon!! Whoohoo!

    And we are thankful for all the story ideas running through our brains that we can capture on paper or ereaders for y’all!

  • Shannon says:

    I’m being so bad to post twice, but I was thinking of your daughter making Thanksgiving dinner overseas. I am once again laughing about the turkey dinner I made for the AUC Hostel in Cairo, Egypt.

    We had come to yearn for American potatoes–especially mashed potatoes. The AUC gave me three kitchen personnel (one a French trained cook), a turkey, and other supplies. Someone with connections to the Embassy commissary bought marshmellos, jello, and canned fruit as well as Frenches Fried Onions and soup for the green bean casserole. But every single guy was like, are we going to have mashed potatoes with gravy?

    I had a constant battle with the “chef” whose English was limited. He wanted to put something into the water that I was boiling the potatoes. He then suggested that I add tomatoes and onions at another stage. I protected the purity of the potatoes with dark looks and frequent “La”s (no in Arabic). When it came time to mash the potatoes, I was having trouble. He produced a ricer which reduced them to mush. I poured in the butter and the milk and whipped. At the end, I had a wonderful creation with NO lumps. He looked at me and exclaimed in wonder with an Arabic accent–pobatoes puree!

    • LOL Shannon! I never thought of that, but they are pretty much a puree, if done right.

      The first time one of my SILs had mashed potatoes at our house, he asked my daughter where the box was.
      She asked, “What box?”
      He said, “The one for the potatoes.”
      She told him, “Mashed potatoes don’t come from a box.”
      He asked, “Where does your mom get them from then?”
      She said….”FROM POTATOES.”

      LOL

      Since then, he’s learned to make them like me and is very good at mashing and whisking them. (He’s the main cook at their house.)

  • pearl says:

    Lovely post. I am thankful for my great health and hopefully it will continue to be so. Last year I was diagnosed with breast cancer which was a shock, did the surgery, radiation and chemo and am now recovering. Celebrating all the blessings with family. Best wishes.

    • Hey Pearl!

      We’re glad you’re on the road to recovery and that the news, while devastating hasn’t kept you from enjoying life and hanging with us here in the Lair!

      Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Rita Wray says:

    I’ve read a lot about bacon lately and I’ve come to the conclusion it’s not that bad. One story was about a really old person who had eaten bacon every day. I love bacon and will continue eating it. If it was up to these do gooders we would be eating nothing but rice cakes and lettuce.

    • Hey Rita!

      Yep, I’m thinking Bacon isn’t that bad. I’ve frequently had to have the all things in moderation discussion with the Jazzman. My grandfather lived to be 99 and he had bacon and pork products quite regularly in his lifetime.

      Happy Thanksgiving!

  • diane says:

    What a wonderful year we have had. A daughter who is a delight to us and in the Spring another daughter will be born. A devoted husband and a family whose love is always there for me. I am truly thankful and grateful.

    • Hey Diane!

      Congratulations on another daughter. Our girls were only 18 months apart, as was their brother who came along 18 months after the 2nd daughter. It makes for a fun-filled, rather busy and noisy house!

      Happy Thanksgiving!

  • ellie says:

    I am thankful for the Banditas sense of humor which is evident today and all days. Your wonderful talent and books that keep me entertained and happy. What is wonderful is the ability to enjoy simple things, sunshine, blue skies and walks daily. Family surrounding me today and their love.

    • Hey Ellie!

      Thank you for your kind words and believe me when I say we love having y’all here with us every day! Walks and blue skies are wonderful things to be thankful for, too!

      Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Minna says:

    I am thankful my big crocheting project (a blanket) is very nearly done.

    • Hey Minna!

      I did one last year (2 years) for my son. It was a queen sized blanket. Man am I glad that’s done, although it was very warm when I was working on it in the winter months! Glad to hear yours is finished!!

  • bn100 says:

    for family and eating together on Thanksgiving

  • Who isn’t thankful for bacon?????? πŸ˜‰

    Wonderful post, Suz! We’re keeping it low-key this year. Even though we’re not able to travel to visit our families, the DH and I are thankful that we and our loved ones are all relatively healthy and happy and warm this season. Did I mention that I’m thankful for bacon? Yeah, had it for breakfast this very morning with awesome pancakes prepared by DH. I’m also thankful for pancakes. And syrup. πŸ™‚

    And I’m extra thankful for my wonderful Banditas and all our buds and friends and readers who visit every day and keep the Lair hopping with happiness. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

  • So, turkey is out of the oven, sides are heating up. table is set and the clan should be on their way. I’m off to make the gravy!!!

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE!!

  • Kaelee says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating today.

    I celebrated last month. Yes in Canada we have turkey or ham with all the sides and desserts as well.

    I’m thankful for books to read, the authors that write them and my ability to read them. I too had a mother who read.

    Bacon is just lovely but Canadian pigs don’t get corn to eat so our bacon tastes a bit different. I notice a different taste to pork products from the USA.

    This is another blessing from a bad thing. I’m so glad to have met up with a lot of my cousins this summer at my brother in law’s funeral. Next year I will hopefully get to visit with some of them under better conditions.

  • Dianna aka Hrdwrkdmom says:

    I am always thankful for bacon even if I did have to cut back, I am thankful I can have it at all.

    One year some time back I was very thankful my car wasn’t functioning well, had trouble starting it as I was leaving a cousin’s house after dinner…..
    you guessed it, a humongous pile up on the interstate that I would have been right in the middle of if I had just gone out hopped in my vehicle and left. The 15 minutes it took for my cousin’s husband to clean my battery terminals possible saved my life at the most and saved me major tension at the very least.

    We didn’t have turkey or ham today, apparently the grocery store I used thought maybe someone would like something else and had rib eye steaks on sale, enough of a sale that I could get 4 nice sized ones so that is what we had, and they were excellent if I do say so myself. Everyone still went to sleep later so it isn’t just turkey that does that.

  • Chelsea B. says:

    I am thankful for: Family, the escape of reading, obsessive TV shows, binging on Netflix, food (yes, bacon included), Uno battles, pop music that makes you want to dance, sunny days (we’ve had too many rainy ones), the internetz, funny pictures and amazing blogs πŸ™‚

  • Susan Sey says:

    Hey, Suz!
    Tonight I’m thankful for friends to share a meal with, the luxury of cooking & eating good food, & the fact that it’s all over now & I can put on my pajama pants & watch a movie. πŸ™‚

    Hope you’re enjoying a well-deserved rest & that other people are doing your dishes!

  • catslady says:

    I am thankful for my computer lol I’ve spent the last 3 days trying to fix a virus and with fingers crossed, it’s fixed. But then I thought it was fixed twice before so we will see. And I’m definitely thankful for my family. I’m coming down with a cold but I managed to put a nice spread out for Thanksgiving. Only 6 of us but I had enough food for double or triple that lol so lots of left overs. And books and authors, I am always, always thankful for that. And my cats πŸ™‚

  • Laurie G says:

    Several years ago we came back from a January vacation to a flooded basement. All our pipes had frozen and then burst. The water was running continually into our basement. This disaster lead to a house remodel where we converted a large laundry area into a dining room and we added on a master bathroom. It was heartbreaking having to throw out everything we had stored in the basement but looking back we gained a lot of living space.

    I’m thankful for authors who spend their time crafting beautiful stories for avid readers to enjoy.

    I’m thankful for my health and that of my family.

    I’m thankful for chocolate. It gives me a needed boost to get through my day.

    I’m gratful for ice cream . my favorite dessert.

    I’m thankful for Taste of Home recipes and recipes shared on blogs that are tasty and easy to make.

    I’m grateful for romance blogs that brighten my day!

    Thanks!

  • CateS says:

    I’m thankful for my health and that my sis didn’t share her stomach virus with me or my husband… PS bacon is not just any food… we consider it a condiment in my house!