“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”

Today is a beautiful day, just chilly enough. The sun is bright and sharp. The leaves flutter a bit then the limbs swing back and forth when the breeze becomes a wind. I’m watching the parade.

My sister and I spoke this morning, and we remembered our mother waking up early to get the turkey in the oven. Why it was so early neither one of us remember. While my mother was in the kitchen, we were all sitting in front of the TV watching the parade. The snacks every year were the same: M&M’s, tangerines and mixed nuts. We used a silver set to crack then pick out the nuts. Years ago I bought a set exactly the same. I fill it with nuts and put the bowl, the crackers and the picks on my dining room table. Tangerines were the best as they were so easy to peel. Only seeds marred their perfection. The M&M’s were first to go. My father always went with my grandfather to the football game. It was Stoneham versus Reading. My father had no connection to the high school. He never went there and neither did any of us. It was football which drew him.

When the parade was finished, my dad took over the TV. He watched football until my mother called him to the table. We stayed in the kitchen until we set the table. We had turkey, gravy, sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole and another vegetable or two. The cranberry sauce was always the one from the can. The sauce had can ridges which gave it a bit of a decoration. I always wondered why it was called a sauce when the cranberry was jellied. My father ate quickly, all the better to get back to his games. We lingered far more, just sitting and talking. Clean-up didn’t take long. After that were the pies: apple, my dad’s favorite always eaten with a chunk of cheese, blueberry and lemon meringue. By then it was late afternoon. Supper, if we had any room for more food, was leftovers, usually a hot turkey sandwich, the meat bathed in gravy. That meal was the official end of Thanksgiving.

I have so many things to be thankful for a whole day is not enough. I am thankful for family, for the connections between my sisters and me. I have been blessed with the best of friends, my other family, and I am thankful for them. I am also thankful for my Coffee friends. When I started this, I never thought people I hadn’t ever met would become such close friends. Most of all, I am thankful for the joy and wonder of each new day.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!


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18 Comments on ““Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.””

  1. Bob Says:

    I am thankful for my spouse and my kids. I’m thankful for each and every day I get to spend with them and my work family. I’m also thankful for your blog and the folks who contribute posts.

    Our family thanksgiving day was similar to the day you described. My mother cooked while we watched the Macy’s parade. Football followed until it was time for an early dinner. The NFL always seemed to showcase the Detroit Lions vs.the Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys vs. the Washington Redskins. Right now my daughter and I are watching the parade followed by the National Dog show. The Cowboys will play at 3:30 local time.

    Today is spectacular with clear skies, light breeze and a high of 70 degrees. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone on this blog.

    • katry Says:

      Your thankfuls are just perfect! The people in my world deserve thanks each and every day! That includes you!

      I am now watching the dog show. They should have picked the boxer. It was beautiful. Boxers have this wonderful look when they are standing tall. The ears used to be up but now the ears are mostly left floppy.

      I think we all grew up with much the same sort of Thanksgiving Day. Even today, I figure the day must still revolve around family and dinner for most people. That is what should be.

      Today is a bit chilly, but it is beautiful!

      Happy Thanksgiving, Bob!

  2. olof1 Says:

    Mostly raining here but a few moments of sun were given too us as well and a really strong wind too. We were able to take two short walks today so I’m not complaining πŸ™‚

    Have I told You the store when my mother bought a Turkey? Why she of all women would buy one is more than I can understand but she did and she had it in the freezer until the day we were supposed to cook it.

    I don’t know why she thought a fully grown turkey would fit in our rather small gas oven either because it was at least twice as big as the oven πŸ™‚ She did try to cut it in half already when it was frozen but had very little success, unless one counts that removing the skin here and there was a good thing πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    One can come a long way with an ax but I wouldn’t say it was evenly cut in half πŸ™‚ My mother, as You know by now, have very little knowledge of cooking anything so she tossed the better part of the turkey in the oven, still rather much frozen. The rest she started to fry in a pan. It was a dinner to remember and I guess I should say we all should be thankful that we still are alive πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Some parts of the oven cooked half was actually edible but none of us dared to try the parts closest to the bones since they were more or less raw πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ The pan fried parts were a bit burned but that was at least something that could be removed. Are You surprised that she not too long after this turkey massacre did the same thing with a very big goose? πŸ™‚

    Happy Thanks Giving!


    • katry Says:

      It was chilly all day today and more so after the sun went down. The sun stayed around all day but didn’t do much good.

      Your mother and that turkey is quite the story. I figure you need to be familiar with a turkey before you cook it. It takes a log time to defrost a turkey. You need to allow about 24 hours for each 4 to 5 pounds of frozen turkey you plan to thaw in the fridge. There is a quicker way. You thaw breast side down, in an unopened wrapper, with enough cold water to cover your turkey completely. You have to change water every 30 minute, and if turkey cannot be completely covered, rotate every 30 minutes to keep the turkey chilled. Estimated minimum thawing time is about 30 minutes per lb.

      A goose is actually more difficult to cook than a turkey. I guess you do have to say that at least your mother was adventurous.

      Have a great day!

  3. Birgit Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, dear Americans,
    and thanks for your blog, Kat!

  4. Hedley Says:

    I wish the KTCC family a very Happy Thanksgiving

  5. Rowen Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. im6 Says:

    Howdy to Kat and all the Coffee Crew. I’m too stuffed and sleepy to say much. Just returned home from a wonderful gathering at my cousin’s house with three generations of family and assorted others. We ate at a loooooong banquet table in the back yard under the trees and the sun. Nice enough for eating, but no one braved the pool. My cousin outdid himself this year. He must eat gluten free and I think he’s finally gotten it down how to prepare everything so no one can tell the difference. Hope everyone had a terrific day whether your country celebrates Thanksgiving or not. It’s a great idea which every country should adopt!

    • katry Says:

      I don’t know which to envy: the company, the food or the weather.

      We always got together when my mother was alive, but now we are a bit scattered though we do stay connected. I spoke to both my sisters this morning. Each was immersed in making dinner.

      My friends and I went out to dinner. The meal was delicious as well as the conversation. The restaurant was filled. I was surprised at how popular out to dinner has become on Thanksgiving.

      I’m glad you had such a wonderful Thanksgiving. Being stuffed and sleepy is a perfect ending to today!

  7. splendidone Says:

    Happy belated Thanksgiving Kat! I’m thankful for so many wonderful people in my life and you are high on that list. You brighten my day.

  8. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I hope your Thanksgiving Day was full of warmth and love and lots of excellent food. πŸ™‚

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Caryn

      It was a wonderful day. The food was wonderful, and there was plenty of it. We watched the sunset from our table. We chatted all through dinner.

      I hope yours too was tasty and wonderful.

  9. sprite Says:

    Belated wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

    • katry Says:

      Many thanks, sprite.

      It was a wonderful meal at a restaurant by the ocean. The plate was loaded with wonderfully tasting Thanksgiving regulars.

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