36 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving

  1. Happy Thanksgiving from me and the kitties! Glad all’s well for you and your family! 🙂

  2. Give thanks to the heavens,
    Raise your joys on high.
    Give thanks to the heavens,
    With what friends be nigh.

    Give thanks through the sorrow,
    That tears may yet dry.
    Give thanks for tomorrow,
    Though time must still fly.

    Give thanks in the heartbreak,
    And hold each loved one near.
    Give thanks for the day break,
    And a new chance of cheer.

    Give thanks in the bright days,
    Lest we forget in the grim.
    Give thanks in all ways
    Even when hope still is dim.

  3. Life is a gift. We give thanks for our lives, even in a time such as this where so little can mean so much. We give thanks for friends, family, furry little critters (and scales and all the rest, too). For fantastic feasts of food, be it fancy or plain.

    For those who labor in the dark, in the cold and wet, in the burning heat, near and far to keep us fed, warm, and comfortable. For those whose boots trudge through the green hell, the blazing sands, and on the decks of ships across the seas we give thanks for those that keep us safe. For all the little people in thankless jobs invisible to the world, without whom the complex machinery of the greater economy would slow and falter, we give thanks as well.

    And for stories and those who write them, grand and exciting, warm and welcoming, terrifying and terrible, adventurous and hopeful, we give thanks as well.

    May all be blessed this day with the wit, wisdom, courage, and stamina to face whatever trials are to come, and with the perception to catch what opportunities may flit by before they disappear.

  4. Hurrah! Ours is still in the oven, since we like to do our T-Giving late … but everything else is already prepped and ready to go.
    Our heartfelt wishes for your younger son to have a lifetime of joy and rewards with his chosen!

  5. Happy Thanksgiving, Sarah.

    We had ours. Ms Sugar would like to lodge a complaint about portion sizes. She should have had her own turkey!

      1. Delicious. My beloved is honing his pudding skills. (And the pecan tree isn’t producing much this year).

  6. Happy Thanksgiving!

    I did something practical this evening. Student engineer and I installed a new faucet in kitchen. No more drips!

  7. Oh—and I very much enjoyed “Stopping for Thought.” Thanks again.

    (“Burn the Boats” was the one I thought your husband had co-written. I don’t know why; I must have mis-read the editor’s intro last time.)

  8. A bit late in the day, but I’ll throw in a “Happy Thanksgiving, everyone” as well.

    And in case anyone actually notices when I’m gone: the holiday rush is upon me and will only get worse from here, so don’t expect much commentary from me for the next 3-4 weeks. And maybe a bit longer, depending on how burnt out I feel afterwards.

  9. Happy Thanksgiving.

    We ate around 2:30 PM PST. Way smaller gatherings this year and ongoing. Our children spreading their wings with significant others, grandchildren (well nieces and nephew for us), inlaws. Christmas will be down from 30 to 5 … Thanksgiving from early adulthood of 60 – 100 to 10. Times a changing.

    1. Just the two of us this year; since Mom passed last Spring, we didn’t send the $$$ for her and the Midwest crew’s dinner. Got very bearish for dinner–salmon on the Foreman grill. Really good, and we get lots of turkey ordinarily.

      We forgot the pumpkin “pie” (no crust because gluten issues) $SPOUSE made–she said she forgot the sweetener, so it might be, er, interesting. Tonight for that.

      We’re doing find, and Kat the border collie is turning into a more-or-less adult. Waggles hand.

  10. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

    Ate over at my parents’ house. Had one brother and one sister (as well as her family) present, along with a couple of relatives from my dad’s extended family.

  11. Positive thought – on the way to pick up and drop off guest, saw several houses with multiple cars in the driveway. One place could have started a used car lot; I have no idea how they managed to fit everyone inside the house! Nice to see big family gatherings making a comeback.

    1. Looks like neighbor is having family dinner today. OTOH the two local grandchildren are in medical fields, so adjusting holiday dinners as they can.

  12. We got together by Zoom, our boys having been Californicated…Somehow, it’s not the same as sitting around the same table, playing Scrabble or Rail Baron while we wait for dinner…I need a time machine!

  13. Hope all had a Happy Thanksgiving. Below is President Lincoln’s Thanksgiving proclamation from 1853:

    Washington DC, October 3, 1863

    By the President of the United States of America.

    A Proclamation.

    The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.

    In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

    Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.

    No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

    It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

    In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

    Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth.

    By the President: Abraham Lincoln

    William H. Seward, Secretary of State

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