“I’m thankful for every moment.”

Thanksgiving is the least adorned holiday of them all. We don’t buy each other presents or decorate the house. There are no new outfits in spring colors. The highlight of the day is dinner and being together around the table as a family related by blood or friendship. Of all the holidays, it is the one in which we share so much in common. Traditional dishes unique to each family are served but so are turkey and mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy and all those pies. It is the time for us to remember the people we love who are no longer with us and to appreciate the ones who are. We give thanks for the good in our lives, the food on our tables and the glory of every day. We talk together and laugh together at dinner. We pass the rolls, the green bean casserole and the canned cranberry sauce with the ribbing. We eat until we can eat no more, but we leave plenty of leftovers. They are one of the best parts of thanksgiving. We finish by doing some cleaning up then relaxing in the living room until we have some room for dessert.

On Thanksgiving my sisters, who live far away, and I are connected not just by family but also by tradition: by my mother’s squash dish, a recipe she got from her sister, which was on our Thanksgiving table very year. It was passed to us and now had passed to a third generation. My mother’s recipe for stuffing fills all our turkeys. As for the pies: my mother made apple pie for my father. He always ate it with a slab of cheddar. The Lemon meringue was my favorite. Blueberry rounded out the pie selection.

I have baked my traditional offering: a chocolate cream pie, requested every year. Coincidentally my sister made one. It is not uncommon we are in the same wave length.

This morning I will watch the parade, the same as I have done as long I can remember. I’ll talk to my sisters to wish them a Happy Thanksgiving. I won’t dress fancy for Thanksgiving, none of us really do. I’ll sit with my friends and enjoy every part of the day.Β I am thankful for the life I have been lucky enough to live, for the people I love and the people who love me.Β 

I am thankful for all of you, my Coffee family.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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33 Comments on ““I’m thankful for every moment.””

  1. Bill & Peg Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving from the North Country. We will have 13-14 for dinner later–Peg has been cooking for days. She says it is a lot of work but I think she actually loves it. I told her it is hard work just for me to watch her cook–she has no idea….

    We hope to see you soon, either before or shortly after the holidays. Luv to Gracie.

    • katry Says:

      Happy Thanksgiving! I bet that the food will be scrumptious!

      I used to wear myself out cooking and baking, but I too loved it though there were never as many people.

      I can’t wait until you visit! Either time is fine though after the holidays might be a bit better as I won’t have lists of stuff to do.

      Gracie can’t wait!!

  2. Pat Says:

    It isn’t Thanksgiving without Alice’s Restaurant , especially the original version. Much thanks to you and everyone here on Coffee !
    Here is a new Thanksgiving song -out this year- titled “Thanksgiving” by Stephen Kellogg.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Pat

      Nothing more fun Than Alice’s Restaurant!

      I found the download for this and now have it in my Thanksgiving file. I’m so happy to have no songs to play on the holidays.

      Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. olof1 Says:

    Thaksgiving is not a holiday for my family. Most of them hate each other and tries their best to avoid ever meeting anyone else in the family, ever πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ There was almost a fight the day my grandmother died πŸ™‚
    I wouldn’t mind the food though, right now it would be nice with some apple pie πŸ™‚

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    • katry Says:

      That’s horrible! Even though my brother and I used to fight we managed to behave on the holidays. Today we would have been watching the parade and having a great time. The house would be filled with best smell of the turkey cooking.

      You would love the food of Thanksgiving!

    • Bob Says:

      Why should we have to spend time with family members we hate? The only thing we may have in common with them is shared DNA. Spend the time with friends instead of family if your family members don’t like each other. Be thankful for the good things we all have including the freedom to not see or speak to the relatives you don’t like.

  4. Birgit Says:

    Thanks for blogging and happy Turkey-Day to you all!
    I always wondered why the bird has the same name as the country and now -thanks to internet- I’ve read that they are actually somehow connected, though it’s based on a mistake.

  5. Cuidado Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, Kat. Your Coffee family (I speak for all) are thankful for you! Don’t eat too much pie. We want you ready with the blog tomorrow. My heartfelt appreciation to you.

  6. Hedley Says:

    And through the sleet and snow we travelled down I94 to join family in Chicago. Matthew Stafford is about ready to sling the ball at Calvin and SUH will stuff Flynn. I have been walking to prepare for a full attack on the turkey after the match

    A Happy and safe travels weekend to the KTCC family and especially to you Kat. You are appreciated.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I wish you the best of Thanksgivings: good company, good food and an embarrassment of goals!

      Thank you! That’s warms my heart!

  7. Bob Says:

    I wish a wonderful Thanksgiving day to everyone. Although the Holiday has it’s roots in religion, it’s a totally sectarian Holiday that people everywhere can celebrate in their own way. Ours is the Macy’s parade, football and Chinese buffet with Turkey and stuffing.

    And with a little luck maybe the Cowboys might figure out how to win two games in a row. πŸ™‚

    • katry Says:

      I thought it had its roots on Plymouth and was for giving thanks for the harvest. The religion part was they had left Europe for religious freedom, but I don’t believe it was a a part of the feast, not with the Indians as guests.

      It is the holiday when we all share more traditions than at any other holiday.

      Good luck to your cowboys!

      • Bob Says:

        Actually you are correct for the modern Thanksgiving. However, the Puritans were strong believers in the Old Testament and a harvest thanksgiving is very similar idea as the Jewish holiday of Sukkoth.

        The Chinese buffet had all the Thanksgiving food except cranberry sauce. I basically stayed with the Chinese fare.

      • katry Says:

        I haven’t had Chinese food in a long while and would have been tempted at that buffet.

        Thanksgiving then is a mishmash!

  8. splendid Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to each and everyone of you, Spending a bit of time with you all makes me very grateful for all the wonderful people in my life!
    I hope each of you feels that warm and happy feeling today! xoxoxoox

    • katry Says:

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

      I too am grateful for all my Coffee friends many of whom, like you, have been with me for years.

      Enjoy all the wonders of the day!

  9. Annie Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Kat!
    We don’t have Thanksgiving here, but I will be thinking of you & the whole Coffee family who are celebrating.

    Love to you all.

    • katry Says:

      Thank you, Annie.

      The house is filled with the wonderful scent of that turkey. We are code to dinner, and I can’t wait!!

      I’m sending love to you and the rest of the Coffee family.

  10. Beto Says:

    To Kat,
    Perhaps the luckiest person on the planet.

    I got a wild hair and added a baked Mac’N’Cheese to today’s menu
    It was a surprise everyone made much over
    Now I know why my Mom cooked for a week twice a year….
    the adulation

    • katry Says:

      I won’t argue-I do feel like the luckiest person.

      My friends yummed their way through my chocolate cream pie. I too loved the adulation!

  11. herb rice Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Kat.
    This is my first thanksgiving spent away from family. I have moved to Alaska for retirement and am enjoying today with new friends. We have a huge king salmon in the oven baking.Thank you for your blog.

    • katry Says:

      I think family comes in so many different varieties and I count my friends as family, and today you might just feel the same way.

      You are welcome and thanks for always dropping by to visit.

  12. greg mpls Says:

    thankful that this little coffee shop in space exists. friendly people, great coffee! thanks. kat

  13. Caryn Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Day, Kat.
    The same to all the KTCC friends who stop by even if Thanksgiving is not part of your tradition.
    Enjoy the food and the company (and the leftovers πŸ™‚ )

  14. im6 Says:

    I’m late, but wanted to say hi and that I hope you had a good Thanksgiving. The day left me fat and happy and very, very sleepy. Amazing how tired you can get doing nothing! Seemed wrong, however, to not stop by and wish KTCC the best and thank you for being such a good friend. Now I have to try to keep my ears and mind open a bit longer to pay close attention to that Stephen Kellogg song. Initial reaction is that it’s amazing. The holiday season has begun!

    • katry Says:

      I was the same and fell asleep before 9 and just woke up at 4 having slept the night away.

      Coffee brought you to me and I thank you also for your friendship!

      I figure this is the start of something big for Stephen Kellogg.

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