What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food?
I like a full beige plate with a touch of orange and gravy on top of the turkey, stuffing and potatoes. It’s the combination that I enjoy. If I was going to single out one item it would be the candied yams with marshmallows on top. Bottom left photo.
What’s the happiest Thanksgiving memory of your childhood?
I have no memories of Thanksgiving in my childhood. It took my mom a while to catch on to the holiday after immigrating from Persia. In my teens and college years there was always a Russian Baptist Church conference held on Thanksgiving weekend and the conference rotated from the Russian Baptist church in Los Angeles, Hollywood and Sacramento. There was a full church meal for Thanksgiving during the conference. I’m thinking we had a few Thanksgivings at my sister Vera’s house. Our very first Thanksgiving as a married couple everyone was out of town and we had no where to go so we went to a restaurant. That was weird. We had a few Thanksgivings at Dear’s parents’ home. The first turkey I helped prepare was when I was pregnant with our first son and we were in Arrowhead at Dear’s brother and sister-in-law’s home. That broke the ice and we eventually hosted Thanksgiving consistently at our house. When we moved to Washington State we had a couple members of my family fly up every Thanksgiving weekend to spend with us.
Who is the most consistently grateful person you know?
I would have to say our daughter-in-law, Laura.
If you could thank one person today—near or far, living or dead—for their influence on your life, who would that person be?
I’m going to say my little babushka Vera. All my personal memories of her are positive. She lived with one hand and never let that hinder her and she prayed consistently for all of us. She embroidered with only one hand and I treasure the things she made for me. She would tell us not to go out at night because nothing good happens in the dark. Ha! I’ve used that admonition more then once.
Who’s one person you’ve never thanked for their contribution to your life, but would like to?
Mrs. Nicolaus, my 1st and 2nd grade teacher. She was someone who believed in me and was kind and encouraging. She also recommended I skip a grade which I did. I think it was 2nd grade that I skipped but maybe it was 3rd grade since I have no memory of my third grade teacher. Top photo ellen b. is on the top row on the right. In the bottom photo I’m the second from the left with the curly hairdo.
Tell us something random about your Thanksgiving week.
I was on the phone yesterday for my Medicare supplement plan that seems to have fallen through the cracks and I noticed that the deductions were not being taken out of our checking account. For some reason I was dropped as of November 1st. Oops, no Bueno. I think we got it straightened out now and I’ll have coverage again on December 1st. Yikes.
Thank you to Terri for Wednesday Medley.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my American Friends!
Last Sunday we traveled north to Canada for a get-together with friends. These are the barns I took photos of on the way.
Doesn’t the side of this barn look like a face?
I’m linking up with Tom the Backroads Traveller for Barn Collective.
We had a relatively quiet weekend which is very nice once in a while. Our sermon this morning was on ingratitude and why we should practice gratitude in our lives. “Gratitude unleashes God’s love in our lives”. It is important to verbalize your gratitude.
Thank you for all who visit my blog and take the time to comment. I appreciate your observations and kind words!
How did your weekend go?
Early this morning on this first day of May I wandered around our yard and clicked away…
So full, so lush, so many shades of green to enjoy.
Our state flower is the Rhododendron and some of our bushes are blooming.
The soft pink Rose Bud Azaleas bloom later than the bright ones in the next photo.
I’ll give my lilac blooms till Sunday to completely open up and then I’ll bring them inside to enjoy their fragrance.
Thankful today and joining Susanne’s Fave Five to say…
Thank you Lord for Spring flowers and the month of May.
Thank you Lord for a yard that I can enjoy your creation in.
Thank you Lord for a home I can relax in.
Thank you Lord for friends and family and the peace we share.
Thank you Lord that you are the same yesterday, today and forever and we don’t have to fear the ups and downs of our culture.
What are you looking forward to in the Merry Month of May?!
…there are still favorites. Things to be thankful for that shine through no matter what. I’m joining Susanne at Living to Tell the Story for Friday’s Fave Five.
1. January is a big birthday month at our house. Joshua’s birthday was on Sunday. We celebrated earlier in the month and the photo above was part of our celebration. Our Son Dan’s birthday was on the 16th and his girlfriend’s birthday was on the 15th. This year we celebrated Dan from afar while he celebrated in Eastern Washington. My brother Tim celebrated his birthday and our niece Hope will celebrate her birthday on Saturday. We love to celebrate our loved ones and that’s my first favorite this week.
2. My dear old pop has been having a hard time with a lot of shoulder pain and when he’s in so much pain he misses my mom even more. I was happy to see this photo of him with my niece Melissa enjoying a meal out and looking so alive and pain free. He has been feeling better and the pain with medication has been more manageable. I’m so thankful my father’s pain has been relieved.
3. We’ve been in quite a foggy overcast pattern here in the Puget Sound area. The afternoons where the sun finally broke through were another favorite of mine this week.
4. An early morning walk with Dear on Saturday was a blessing. It’s always good to get out and get some exercise in the Winter when we tend to want to stay inside and be couch potatoes. We were treated to some Eagle sightings.
5. Another favorite is visiting my bloggy friends each week. This week one of my favorite posts was this one from Gumbo Lily. I love seeing how other people live in different environments than my own and thrive “Day by Day”.
What were your favorites this week?
Update: I posted this last night and this morning I woke up to beautiful clear skies and amazing sunshine! Woohoo!
…and continues through November!
For those who are curious about such things, our Thanksgiving meal was very traditional. Turkey, stuffing, yams (with brown sugar, butter, and marshmallows), mashed potatoes, gravy, and rolls. Being concerned about our lack of green on our plates my sister Lana contributed a lovely green soup which consisted of pureed sauteed in onion spinach, asparagus, broccoli, zucchini, and jalapeno. It was delicious and we were happy that the green requirement was met. Pumpkin and Razzleberry pie with whipped cream for dessert and some lovely beverages all along the way…
He Giveth More Grace
He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength as our labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials His multiplied peace.
When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.
His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.
Words: Annie J. Flint, (1866-1932).
…to have to rake all these leaves.
I am grateful for 4 distinct seasons. Growing up in southern California I didn’t get the joy of seasons like I do in the Pacific Northwest. The fall colors, the crisp mornings, the crunch of our first frost. These are all enjoyed by me.
We took down the patio covers so they wouldn’t be destroyed in high winds and snow later in the winter. They probably won’t go back up till next May.
While I’m typing here, Dear is out blowing all the leaves into one big pile. Our yard waste bins, 4 of them, are all full already. After the yard waste is collected tomorrow I’ll work on filling the bins back up from the big pile Dear is building right now.
This post does have something in common with Steve’s Grace Challenge post today on being thankful in your work.
What are you thankful or grateful for today?
He would do the same for you!
Thanks so much for all your prayers for my dad, Moisi. He came through his surgery well and will be coming home Tuesday morning. Several of us “kids” were at the hospital all day hanging out together. We got to pray over him before he went into surgery. He’ll be in a lot of pain for a while but when everything heals up he should have some good relief from some heartburn issues that have been bothering him for a long time. I really appreciate my blogging community that responds to the needs of our cyberspace community! Blessings on all of you…
Photobucket is holding my photos hostage from 2007-2015 and replacing them with an ugly black and grey squares demanding money to release them, so frustrating.