2021 I AM THANKFUL

In many ways this year has sucked. The search for a house took too long, and we seem to have hired a shady realtor (now fired, thank G-d) which means we’re keeping the house off the market for a couple of months, and putting it up again early spring-ish. As a good-bye he somehow got our email and phone numbers out there, so we have scammers and flippers bothering us (dealing with that.)

Because of trips back and forth, the new house remains in boxes, and it’s hard to clean/organize. And I haven’t written in months, just through lack of time.

Worse, I lost so many friends this year (only two to COVID) that I keep forgetting one, when I try to list them. Yes, it’s my age too, okay? But it still hurts.

Seeing my country under occupation by enemies mostly internal (but controlled by eternal) has also not been a barrel of laughs.

Also Thanksgiving is now a complicated holiday. Thanksgiving is when we moved to Colorado. It was this family’s personal Passover, because life in Colorado was much better than before, in every possible way. Now we had to move away, so it’s a slightly sad Holiday.

HOWEVER to think of it this way would ignore the mountain of good things that happened.

First and foremost, when I hit the wall financially, I asked for help and was overwhelmed. You guys came through (which allows us to wait a couple of months, circumvent scuzzy realtor, and not sell the house at bargain basement prices, after all the work and money we put into it) and helped us financially. But more importantly you showed me far more people read me and give a hang about what I do and if I’m in trouble than I ever knew.

This is literally mind-changing and it’s bearing fruit in how I structure my life and time in the future.

Other things? Sure. I have the best husband in the world, and we survived our time apart (but not happily)

The boys are both well and pursuing their lives, though yet at different levels.

We found a house we love. Needs some improvements, but what doesn’t? And once the house in Colorado sells we should be able to do those fairly easily and make it even more optimal as a writer’s home. And once we stop traveling back and forth to deal with other house, I will be productive.

The neighborhood is great, there is a wonderful park to walk in, and it’s an easy drive from stuff I enjoy.

Best of all, the auto-immune is almost wholly gone: I actually don’t have an eczema patch anywhere in my body for the first time in 28 years, at least.

And despite everything, and this long Valley Forge of ours, our flag is still there. People are starting to resist and fight back. And once Americans do that, nothing stops us. I am very thankful the lot of you mugs let me join the Freedom Gang, the most amazing nation the word has ever known.

Oh, and where we are allows us to range over most of the country on an at most 2 day drive, which means cons, and far-flung huns dinners have become possible. Also vacations where we “travel in elephants” (The Heinlein short story.) Why yes, I DO want to see the world’s largest ball of twine. It’s a very American thing. And fun.

Oh, yes, and I have ideas for books, and other things I have wanted to do forever.

For all this, but mostly for my family, my friends and this community, I am thankful.

I have been blessed beyond anything I deserve or could have imagined.

For that I thank the Author, and every one of you.

122 thoughts on “2021 I AM THANKFUL

  1. Feeling very thankful myself. Take care, everybody, and for those of you who are into it: God Bless us every one!

    Cause from now till 2022 it’s Christmas and no one can tell me otherwise.

  2. I’m grateful and thankful in so many ways, not the least of which is this group of yours, Sarah, of which I finally feel a part.

    Blessings all.

    Oh, and if you want to remind yourself that Americans are the greatest creatures on God’s Green Earth, watch this 21 minute episode from Bill Whittle and his two friends. It’s breathtaking, in a good way that makes your heart feel too big: https://rumble.com/vpqe7u-adventures-with-purpose-scuba-team-looks-for-underwater-junk-finds-long-mis.html

    1. Ask if us should listen to Bill Whittle’s “America’s Forgotten Heroes”podcast. It’s awesome. We are descended from heroes and we should remember that!

    2. Thank you for posting that. I’m glad I watched it. I agree with Bill Whittle that America is blessed by having people who do this.

    3. That makes two of us who are thankful for the group and who feel like a real part of the community this year. It’s helped me so much with fighting my black dog in particular.

    4. Makes 3 of us. Watched the video, then went down the rabbit hole watching another Bill Wittle videos … Thank you for posting this video on the people who can say “not my job”, but don’t, instead say “I am the one here” or “I can do this for others”.

    5. These kinds of stories are always great. I forget what I was reading recently where it was mentioned how dozens of people will turn out to search for a lost hiker, even though a lot of the time, one or more of the searchers wind up as bad off or worse before the search ends.

  3. As exasperating, frustrating, and irritated as I so often find you my fine digital niece, I am most thankful that you are a part of my life. Who else would ever put up with my bitching, complaining, and nagging after all?
    Terribly pleased at how things are shaping up for you after, damn how many years has it been of one chitshow after another?
    Now Marsh just needs to find him a good woman and everything will be on track.

  4. Happy Thanksgiving to you. It’s not been a completely successful year…but, when has it ever been? We’re still above ground, the world still spins, and there’s time to fix things and make them better.

  5. Yep. 2021 has been . . . interesting. As a historian, I like quiet, dull times better, thank you. I’m thankful that things are going as well as they are, and that people are seeing past the illusions and propaganda and are responding with the American Salute aka Hawaiian Peace Sign. (And that i have a boss who tolerates my eccentricities, and readers who do the same, and for friends IRL and on-line, and that the roof at Redquarters no longer leaks.)

    1. The Hawaiian Peace Sign… That’s a new one to me. Love it! Will definitely be using it (the euphemism; the middle finger gets plenty of air time these days).

  6. Auto immune better? Hallelujah! That’s news to celebrate!

    That’s a goal I’m working towards with my children. Apparently we get to move to make that happen too.

  7. Life is hard. God is good. I have much to be thankful for, and high on the list are online communities of USAians, like this. I mostly lurk, but my spirits are nourished by our good hostess’ posts and the thoughtful commenters additions.

    Happy Thanksgiving one and all.

    1. My sentiments are the same. Lurked here off and on for years, only recently started leaving the occasional comment.

      For Sarah’s insights, good cheer, and good sense, and for the multitude of intelligent, well-informed, and kindly folks here, I am most thankful. I don’t get to interact personally with USAians in my daily life, so time spent here is vital in recharging the batteries and reminding me that I’m not actually alone.

    2. Apropos of your handle, back in college in the ’80s I was submitting questions for our every-semester trivia contest, and I was appalled that nobody else knew the name of Piglet’s uncle.

  8. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

    Actually have two Turkey Days this year. Tonight at the VFW post, and Saturday with the family (moved to then due to family travels).

    Thankful to be able to do both, and for knowing that there are a lot more misfits out there like me that aim to misbehave.

  9. I am thankful to know that you are doing better. (HUGS!) 

    I’m also thankful for my family, although I probably do a better job to show them this … 😉

  10. Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to “recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

    Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

    And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

  11. I had flippers and “investors” pinging me for a full month after the former house sold. I suppose they scrape free sites for information.

    1. This is not free. *sshole put our number and email on a site for realtors, along with information (like not counting finished basement and one bathroom) that has them estimating us at 100k cheaper. Ask me how happy I am.

        1. I suspect there’s a realtor regulating board. Would be a pity if his escapades got reported to them, and perhaps even more if said realtor gets featured in a novel.

          1. A certain author I once met was mightily displeased with her treatment by the literature department of a nearby university. That cured her of a case of writer’s block, and the villain of her next mystery novel (serial numbers filed off) was a professor of literature. Author’s revenge.

            1. Back when I was still selling used books on the Amazon Marketplace, I had an Incredibly Picky Customer not only want to return a book on the basis of incredibly picayune flaws (some of which I couldn’t even see), but also sent the book back along with a number of lead fishing weights and expect me to reimburse the entire cost of his shipping, along with the original shipping and the price of the book. I used his name for a relatively minor goon who comes to an incredibly horrific end in a cosmic horror story. Very satisfying.

              1. Confutus and Leigh,

                Author’s privilege works both ways. I met my wife in a creative writing class in college and fictionally described meeting her in a hard-boiled detective pastiche I wrote, modeling the detective’s client after her with, “My thoughts were interrupted by the creak of my door delicately swinging open. What was behind it looked even more delicate, but she swooped into my office like a lighted stick of TNT rolling towards a munitions depot. This dame had ‘handle with care’ written all over her.” She recognized herself :).

                Also created a villain for one story modeled after a certain lothario-esque editor who later would found his eponymous online publishing company, and described him well enough that a friend who was victim of one of his passes recognized him.

          1. Yep, that’s about all you can do.

            Of course, I suspect that only “Registered Realtors” can change the listings. 😦

      1. Check to see which bundler he’s working with. Bet he’s hooked up with someone who’s reselling to black rock. I have a nephew at Citadel and that’s what he was talking about over dinner today. It’s much easier for the institutions to buy blocks than one at a time so local “investors” are pooling and then reselling. The locals need to scalp the purchase price to cover the carry.

        Happy thanksgiving.

    2. We sold ours nearly two years ago and we still get occasional calls.
      For that matter, my dad died in 2017 and we still get calls about his house.

      1. Oh, some of these people make vultures look cuddly. We had one show up at the funeral home and try to pitch my grandmother on selling their farm AT THE FSCKING VISITATION for grandfather! He left lots faster than he slithered in.

  12. You know, life is good. It really is. I have food in the fridge, and freezer, and deep freezer, and pantry. I have a house overhead that has no major construction projects needed. I have a husband who loves me. I have friends, both close by and distant. I have a Day job that I actually enjoy, and it’s still challenging. I have enough clothes that I can’t get them all to fit in the dresser, enough shoes I have to make a thoughtful decision about what to wear… And that’s before we even get into getting two books out this year, and a third coming in an anthology.

    As my husband once said, “Relax, love, Calm Down. It’s a good day! No one’s shooting at you!”

    Over and above that? Many of my friends are in a better state now than they were last year. Some of them moved away, some moved closer, but they have jobs they like and places they like, and their family is doing well. Some are still in transition, looking for a job, or a better job, but at least they’re mentally doing well, and they have goals and plans and aren’t stuck in the suck. Yeah, I’m pretty thankful about where we’re at, right now.

    1. I used to say that at the day job (as in 24hrs a day job). Nobody shooting at me? Haven’t had to clean up blood or other bodily fluids? Haven’t been assaulted by humans or animals? Haven’t been stabbed or run over? It’s looking like a good day so far!

      Said while working in the freezing rain, in a puddle up to my knees, with live current inches away from my face and navigating sharp objects in order to complete the repair… Yep, could be worse!

      …My coworkers may or may not have begun to have suspicions about my sanity somewhere around that point.

      1. Lineman? I’m also thankful for those who keep the electricity flowing so that I can participate in this community; rarely even thinking about the near-miracle that is (purposefully ambiguous reference).

  13. May all of you be surrounded by people you love and feast on goodwill today, the most American of holidays. I have the best family and a huge turkey in the oven. I am grateful for so much in this world, and I include all of you. Happy Thanksgiving!

  14. Why yes, I DO want to see the world’s largest ball of twine. It’s a very American thing. And fun.

    Oooh, if you get a chance, the World’s Largest Truckstop is SERIOUSLY nice– we went there the first time because, as so many of these stories start, I lost my temper and even though it was OBVIOUSLY going to be terrible it would at least be able to handle some 50′ of I-haven’t-hauled-a-trailer-in-years, unlike the prior 4 gas stations.

    It’s awesome.

    Now a standard stop on road trips going that way.

    The people are nice, the decorations are interesting and well designed for visitors of all types, the prices are reasonable and the restrooms are gold standard. One of these days we’ll make it to the trucking museum next to it!

    1. I second that recommendation. It was my first stop in Iowa on my Western vacation this past September. If I wasn’t already behind schedule I’d have spent more time.

    2. If you ever get to Iowa (and the wonderful truck stop!) I would be pleased to host you and yours to a delightful mid-western meal at some sort of exotic place like “Pizza Ranch” so, come on down!

    3. Haven’t been to this one (we don’t get that far east), but having dealt with stations, in locations of “they should know better”, that can’t accommodate *40′ setup, we appreciated and frequented any station that could accommodate us. Boy do we have stories. Normally getting in wasn’t the problem. But getting out? OMG. And others pulling in. Even had one say “Just backup” …. Umm. Not a chance. Not even if we had a tow camera at the back (which we never got around to installing).

      * Truck & Trailer, so the rig did bend somewhat at 18′ where the two met. I don’t have a clue how these stations handled 45’+ motorhomes.

  15. Today is a much better Thanksgiving than this time last year, and I’m very glad to be able to sit around the table together with family for a truly excellent spread.

    May these festivities and Christmas fortify us and give us strength for the cold, dark winter that is coming. And may we come through it to a bright new spring of freedom and prosperity afterward, however long it takes to get there.

  16. 2021 has been way too interesting a year. I got a touch of the feverish somethings a couple of days ago, but this morning, the fever broke and I’m game to stay up for hours at a time. (No idea what it was; main symptom was a fever running between 99.0 and 102.1)

    OTOH, my knee is more-or-less up to snuff (for a decidedly low grade of snuff–it was damaged beforehand), $NEW_PUPPY is learning the rules of the household, and occasionally obeys them, and right now it’s a quiet day in Flyover County, one of the vast areas of red in a blue-infested Oregon.

    And I’m glad to have been a small part of the fundraiser. Thanks for what you do and are, Sarah!

    1. I now have a pretty good guess as to what’s going on. Apparently, the fever was a side complication of a plumbing issue that reared up at the same time. Time to get an appointment with the appropriate MD. Sigh.

      It’s a pain growing old, but I prefer it to the alternative.

    1. No offense, but I’ll let other people find the gators. I’ll wait up on the bank with the quick-clot stuff and paramedics on speed-dial. 😛

      1. You will notice that I’m about five feet above the water, behind a fence. I took the picture at about mile twelve of a thirty mile ride this morning. I do wish I could figure out how to actually post the picture instead of the link.

          1. They’re not much easier to detect while standing there. About five feet off frame is another one, maybe a bit bigger at about 6 feet, only the eyes and nostrils above water. About thirty feet over were two more at about 2 feet hiding behind a tree, I wasn’t about to try to swing closer to the water to get pictures of them.

  17. Sarah, I’m giving thanks for your voice of hope and sanity. For the USA, and our Founding Fathers, and the extraordinary wisdom that went into our Constitution, which has faced challenges its human authors could not have forseen. And for many other things more personal, which I’ll talk of elsewhere.

  18. I am thankful to have gotten some health concerns dealt with, some debts paid off, and to finally be finished with the majority of the wreckage left by Family Drama and… everything. I need to get a steady income and I’m tired, but I just finished getting Oni the Lonely to the point I can send it out to beta. (After Thanksgiving!) Hopefully inspiration will come back and let me write the other two books I know it needs.

  19. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

    I am Thankful that you say(post) things that I am thinking.

    Also Thankful that you write such enjoyable and entertaining stories.

    1. I can only add :Ditto” to that; I’ve enjoyed all your work since I discovered it a few years back, and I’ve lurked on this blog since I found *it*. Keep it up, and stay sane and as healthy as possible; the world needs more people like you.

  20. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I get to be with my side of the family this year and am blessed. And I get to be home and not overseas, which is just as much a blessing. God is good.

  21. As we move from the Thanksgiving season to the Christmas season where the Christian world honors the Prince of Peace, I find that I am at long last at peace with myself. Of all the things I might be grateful for, this heads the list.

      1. Eh. Difference in quality rather than quantity. We all have our own flavors of weird.

        Just so long as there is to be no maple syrup on french toast. That’s just… wrong, folks.

        1. No, no, it’s no cinnamon on French toast.

          Don’t ask me why. I like French toast, I like cinnamon on/in a lot of other things, but that particular combination is just revolting.

        2. I think I used to like that.

          The uncertainty is that I don’t recall what the syrup at Denny’s was supposed to be. It’s been over twenty years, I think.

        3. Nope. GF bread is too expensive/time consuming to make to use for French toast, and I’m one of those who really have to avoid gluten. (Mulls over the concept of French Tortillas. Threat or menace?)

          OTOH, when I could eat French toast, I’d use cinnamon and maple(ish) syrup. Must have been my Midwest upbringing. 🙂

            1. $SPOUSE is flat out allergic to gluten, so anything with wheat in it (looks at kibble containers) causes problems. I might get away with low gluten wheat, but for domestic bliss, I ain’t gonna try. 🙂

              1. $SPOUSE bakes with various gluten-free flours, using xanthan gum to play the gluten role. Rice, tapioca, potato, sorghum, and corn starch all play roles in the breads she makes. (See the Bette Hagman cookbooks for the intimate details.)

                Most of the quirkier ingredients are available, either at the restaurant supply or at the large independent grocer. If sufficiently desperate, Bob’s Red Bill or Arrowhead are online sources, though we usually get the same stuff cheaper at the local outlets.

  22. May this Thanksgiving find you well in body and mind, fellow Huns. May there be tasty leftovers for days, happy cats and silly friends, loving family and naps after dinnertime. May the gratitude and fellowship of this day strengthen you for whatever trials the world sends your way, and may Himself grant we meet our troubles well!

  23. I am grateful for a beautiful wife who understands me. Two sons of exceptional talent and `gentleness. A nation greater than any has been in the history of the Earth.
    God is merciful, giving me blessing I don’t deserve; but he gives them anyway. Let us be thankful.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

  24. Sarah and family – Colorado is poorer for your leaving, but richer for your having been here.
    Best wishes for health and happiness in your new home.
    Thanks for your books, your rants, your humor, and your encouragement.
    God bless all who love Truth, Justice, and the American Way —

    1. There is no place for her in the Colorado that has been corrupted by the Left. Some day, it may be reclaimed as a home for USAians, but for now it’s enemy territory.

  25. Belated Happy Thanksgiving to all!

    Among lots of other people, I’m very grateful for this rowdy crew, for you Sarah for inspiring this crew, and thankful for you and Cedar inspiring me to write. I do need to f’in finish book #3, but I’m planning that for after the move (which happens on Monday!)

    Happy to hear your eczema is cleared up. My eczema started clearing up with two days in Texas, but came back when we got back to Philly. I’m hopeful that when we get back to Texas on Wednesday it will start going away for good.

  26. I think your many commenters are just the tip of the iceberg, girl. Most of your readers are probably under the surface. I’ve been reading you for years and owe you a lot! You are one of the blessings we’re thankful for all the time. Keep on keeping on! And good luck to you all.

  27. A bit late on the Happy Thanksgiving wishes, but I hope everyone had a good one! It was just a good lunch with me and the fuzzies and a long walk to burn off as much of it as I could. It’s definitely been quite a year for me, too…It definitely hasn’t been fun dealing with the political crap you mentioned but it did turn out to be a good one in terms of personal growth for me. Actually getting in gear when it came to my physical health was a huge thing and deciding to stop lurking and join both this community and ILOH’s Hunters has been a huge boost to my mental health as well. Seeing how things are noticeably beginning to shift against the regime has helped, too. Let’s hope things continue in a good direction for all of us here. And as I mentioned before, I was happy to help contribute to your fundraiser. You and the community here have done too much for me not to.

  28. I gave up on trying to get people to do something about the invaders of our country. I tried for so many years, I did all I could do myself. I’m too old and disabled and in pain to physically go out there and take it back. I just can’t believe that our entire military is corrupt and made up the Q stuff to keep us from fighting back. It was absolutely the military that did it, for good or evil is still unknown. I still hold a sliver of hope that there really is something going on behind the scenes. If there isn’t, well… We are all screwed.

    We are also moving. The housing market is absolutely insane right now where I live because everyone is escaping their garbage states to ours which is apparently the freest in the nation, according to the lady I spoke to on Thanksgiving here in our hotel who was escaping from Wisconsin. We cannot find a decently priced house, even after getting a crazy amount for our own it still wasn’t enough to get another! Rentals are also insane, over 2k a month for ALL 3BRs out here, apts, condos, homes, all over 2k. We can’t just move to a different area, hubby is a mailman and must stay here.

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