Yes, indeed, I am most thankful for many things this year.
It is now 2:45 PST and I have eaten the sumptuous meal I planned and executed according to that plan, albeit having rushed it to fruition a bit sooner than I planned. Let’s face it, you can’t smell roasting turkey for three hours plus and not want to get at tasting it! I won’t go into the menu since I posted it earlier on Facebook, but suffice it to say I enjoyed everything anyone could imagine for the feast day
Being a Type A personality, and getting up at 5:30 AM it was almost impossible to wait the day through to get at dinner. I originally planned to eat around 4:00 PM. I did everything I could in advance of actually cooking everything and it was still too early. I even managed to start the turkey earlier than planned (by mistake, actually), but that turned out to be fortuitous because it allowed dinner to come earlier.
In my defense, I do not believe the food was any less tasty to have been on the table early. However, If I had guests, I am afraid they might not have been as comfortable with my scurrying around as I would have liked them to be.
A good Riesling wine before, during and after dinner made everything better I am sure, at least it seemed that way. Maybe that’s what wine is all about. Hmmmm. Of course, not having someone to converse with over dinner was a disappointment, but I have always been a good conversationalist with myself!. No matter what the subject I can guide it my way satisfactorily and no one has to be defensive.
But to the point of this blather: I truly am thankful for so many things. A year ago and for several years prior to that time, I had no agenda for living. I existed. Sure, I did all right. I always have. But I really didn’t care much about anything. Then came the opportunity make a move, something someone in my position at my age probably would not normally do. I bought a manufactured home and moved from my home territory of Beaverton to the more rural community of Dallas, Oregon, just west of Salem. It has been like a rebirth to me. I suddenly had reasons to do things that I could not do in an apartment. I was no longer feeling home bound and I managed to get out and explore my surroundings. Not everyone could understand what in the wor\ld I was doing with such a choice, but even that did not matter any more. I was, am living again!
I am thankful for my family, my son and daughter and their families. I am now a great grandfather and it is unbelievable to experience that, especially since in my own mind I am still a young adult!
I am thankful for friends, near and far. Some friends have been in my life for many years. Others are of more recent connections. All are special to me even though I am terrible when it comes to doing the little things that most friends do with and for each other. Believe me, no slight is intended.
I am grateful to have been able to care for myself and my needs to the extent that I have. Economically, I am grateful to be experiencing the developing security that comes with an expanding economy. I believe my security comes from believing in a Providence that cares for its creation and I try to be conscious of my part in having the faith that will guide my decisions as long as I am in this dimension, I know that I have a responsibility to act positively and be sensitive to any guidance that comes from any source.
So, my friends, these are some of my reasons for loving to live today and for being grateful for all of the good that comes my way, especially in the form of family and friends. Love to you all!