Happy Thanksgiving, my friends ….

Hi, friends and readers:

Sometimes we get so caught up in our problems (real or perceived) that we fail to appreciate all the blessings life bestows upon us, and that’s a shame.

One thing I like about Thanksgiving is it gives us a day to focus on all the positives in our lives. Things like good health, friendships, family, and living in peace.

In my case, I could not ask much more from life. I have everything a guy could want. (Okay, I don’t have a boyfriend right now, but I’m working on that.) I’m so lucky in so many respects, so you won’t hear any complaints from me. 🙂

Last night, after drinking a couple of beers on my observation deck, I descended to my patio to construct a blaze in my fire pit. The evening was beautiful: clear sky, minimal wind, and a temperature around 65 degrees F.

While sitting by the fire, I had nice phone conversations with my sister (my only sibling) and one of my former German exchange students who I spent ten days with this summer, touring northern Italy. The conversations by the fire pit made me realize how lucky I am to have people in my life who care about me. This morning, I sent text messages to all the people in my life who are important to me, to let them know how much I appreciate their love and friendship. I’ve already heard back from most all of them, and that alone has made my Thanksgiving special.

Okay, most people think an ideal Thanksgiving involves gathering with a whole bunch of family members around a table loaded with turkey, side dishes and apple pie. But that’s not how I am celebrating this year, as I am single and don’t have any family nearby. Most of my neighbors are out of town, visiting relatives, so it’s kind of quiet here today. But this afternoon I am preparing one of my favorite casseroles, along with a batch of garlic bread. I will drive into the city to spend the evening with one of my oldest and closest friends who has no family. He’s making a nice salad and preparing a blaze in his fire pit, and we will enjoy a fine Thanksgiving dinner together. Honestly, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends.

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