“Give thanks not just on Thanksgiving day but every day of your life. Appreciate and never take for granted all that you have.”

My windshield had a layer of thin ice this morning, but it quickly melted. That freeze from last night has given way to a warm morning. It may even reach 60 degrees today. I’m going to take advantage of the warmth and switch out some books from my little library and fill the bird feeders.

My factotum, Skip, and his pal Bobby are here. They closed the deck and are now putting my Christmas lights on the fences, both front and back. I swear I heard cheering from the spawns of Satan who like chewing on the light wires. Last year I replaced four sets so you’re probably wondering why I just didn’t give up. The answer is easy. I don’t want the spawns to win.

My new outside light is a cow. He has already taken his place in the front yard. I figure not many houses will have a cow.

Last night both Henry and Jack slept on my bed together for the first time. I was surprised when I woke up. Later, Jack and Gwen had another meet and greet. I heard the hissing.

I am watching a movie called Bermuda Tentacles. A mega giant squid is pulling ships down to a cavern deep in the ocean. The floor of the cavern is littered with ships and planes. There is even a deserted city there presumably built by aliens. Now we know why vessels disappear in that area of the ocean, another mystery solved.

This week I am going to sort my Christmas gifts and start wrapping for my Colorado family. They are living right now in a winter wonderland. School closings were announced last night, ahead of the storm. My sister said she was expecting a foot or more and then storm two is due on Friday. We’ll get no snow just cold for the next couple of days.

I need to get my parade snacks: M&M’s, tangerines and mixed nuts in the shell. I have an old wooden bowl and a silver nutcracker just like the one my mother had when we were kids. It always sends me back to Thanksgiving mornings when we, my brother, my sisters and I sat in front of the TV, noshing and watching the parade. My father and his father were at the local high school game. My mother stayed in the kitchen getting dinner ready. She’d have music playing and she’d sing along. The house was filled with the aroma of the turkey baking. The kitchen windows were fogged from the heat of the oven. Dinner would be served around two. My mother always outdid herself.

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12 Comments on ““Give thanks not just on Thanksgiving day but every day of your life. Appreciate and never take for granted all that you have.””

  1. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    I remember those nut crackers and wooden salad bowls. Both were popular in the 1950s. My childhood Thanksgiving memories are similar to yours. In those days big department stores in every big city sponsored parades to welcome the holiday season. The three TV networks covered the Macy’s parade as well as one from Detroit by J.L. Hudson department store. There was another but I can’t remember which city it was in. There still are local parades but all the big family owned department stores have consolidated under a couple of brands like Dillard’s and Macy’s. Shopping trends have changed over the years and now the big box stores are feeling pressure from online stores like Amazon. I wonder what an Amazon Thanksgiving parade might look like or where it would be held. Maybe Seattle. 🙂

    Today, on Thanksgiving my wife, daughter and I watch the Macy’s parade followed by the National Dog Show. My son has no interest in either. I’m not really into football since the Cowboys stank up the place Sunday in Foxbourgh. In the past there were always predictable games. The Cowboys and the Redskins and the Lions and the Bears. Widespread rain and cold temperatures are forecast for Thursday. Anyone traveling today will have a miserable time with airports fighting snow and freezing rain from Denver across the Midwest.

    Today the weather will be cloudy with a slight chance of showers with a high in the mid seventies. We are going to the movies to see the Tom Hanks movie about Mr. Rogers.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      The wooden bowl is just for the nuts and isn’t a salad bowl. It has weird decorations. I like to put it on the table filled with nuts. Afterwards, I toss the nuts outside for the spawns.

      Plymouth had its parade last weekend. I thought about going, but it was just too cold. Three of my cousins marched with a drum corps. You don’t remember feel the cold as much when you’re marching. I remember turning the dial to watch pieces of two parades. I decided that Macy’s was the best parade so I ended up just watching it. I do much of my shopping on line, but I also like to shop at the small stores. The Brewster Book Store is one of my favorites. There are fewer bookstores than there were so I want to keep that one alive and well. I go out on small store Saturday on Rte. 6A, a beautiful road, which has wonderful small stores.

      I go out for Thanksgiving but before I go I also watch the dog show. The only football team I watch is the Patriots.

      My sister in Colorado has already had snow starting in October. Now they are bracing for two storms. My sister did all her shopping Sunday so she won’t have to worry about the snow.

      We’ll have rain on Friday.

      • Bob Cohen Says:

        Yes, I was confused about the wooden bowls. I also remember my aunt always having “candy bowls” filled with various treats, like M&Ms or nonpareils, on her coffee table.

        Although, I read most books on my iPad, I love bookstores. A small independent one opened in a shopping center near our neighborhood right across the street from a Barns&Noble in another shopping center. The Tornado decided to destroy the independent store while sparring the chain store. Hopefully, it will reopen when the building is rebuilt or replaced.

        We spent the afternoon watching the Tom Hanks movie about Mr. Rogers. Although loosely based on an article written for Esquire magazine in 1998, the movie was very well done and very entertaining. I came home and read the real article which was excellent. Here’s the URL:


      • katry Says:

        M&M’s was one of the few candies my mother bought. She’d give each of us our own bowls so we wouldn’t fight. My father loved nonpareils. I always bought him some for his Christmas stocking.

        I love roaming book stores and usually buy far more than books. I loved Borders. It had its own parking and was filled with such a variety of stuff. I always found stocking stuffers and small stuff for the kids.

        Thanks for the link. I’m glad you enjoyed the movie as I was thinking of seeing it.

      • Bob Cohen Says:

        My favorite book store is Half Price Books. It’s located in a former big box discount store chock full of used and new books as well as records, CDs and other stuff marked down in price. They have several locations around town but I can get lost in the flagship store.


      • katry Says:

        There is a used book store here which I visit once in a while. I’ve been loading my new iPad with a variety of books, and I visit the library often. I do love books.

  2. Birgit Says:

    Good to know that the Bermuda Triangle mystery is solved. Our party mile is called Bermuda Triangle too, no incidents so far but coal and slag underneath is probably not a good place to live for squids and aliens.

    A song for your cow:
    The Cow Song – Trevor Baker

    • katry Says:

      That was such a fun song. I loved it.

      Henry, if he could talk, would take umbrage with the cow being perfect.

      The movie was really bad, the sort of science fiction movie I enjoy. You’ll be happy to know that the Bermuda Triangle is no more.

  3. Rowen Says:

    The cow seems like a good addition. Moo!

  4. olof1 Says:

    Still warmish, grey, dark and rainy over here but we’ll get snow on Friday and cold temperatures during the weekend and even sunshine!!! They say we’ll have sunshib´ne for four days but I’ll be happy if we just get it on the weekend. It is hard to remember what sunshine was like but I do remember liking it 🙂 🙂

    I’m thinking of getting new lights this year but this time I won’t buy the expensive kind, they don’t last longer than the cheap one anyway. I wish I had a spruce in the garden big enough to have lights in it, the one I do have is only a foot and a half. Putting lights in that one wwould only look like one big pile thrown on the ground 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      My lights looked wonderful last night. Henry and I went out to look. I do need a couple of strands more, and I do buy inexpensive ones thinking the spawns might chew them.

      Today is dark and dreary. Rain is expected. Much of the west is getting hammered with snow. My sister now has 18 inches and more snow will add to that on Friday. We’ll get more rain Friday.

      Enjoy your day!

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