Happy Thanksgiving!

Thankful

I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving and a holiday season to come that is full of fabulous food, terrific times, loads of laughs, fun fellowship and lots of love all round.

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Am I Prepared for Thanksgiving?

Before I move on with today’s topic, I wanted to express my thanks to those that are coming to my site to read my various Thanksgiving related posts.  As I looked through the search terms yesterday, there is no doubt what is on the minds of so many right now, and that is Thanksgiving food preparations.

Search terms

I hope that my ideas have been helpful to those of you that have read them.  It seems that I will be taking my own advice this year, too, as we have decided to dine at home again instead of dining out, and I’m quite happy about that, too.

I started my own food preparations yesterday and baked a big pan of cornbread for the dressing last night so that it would have time to thoroughly dry out by Thursday morning.  As it baked, I decided to quickly check my Facebook page to see how my friends were faring with their own holiday preparations.

The first post that showed up, however, was anything but fun holiday happenings.  It was an update post from a friend’s page concerning her little grandson that is extremely ill and has recently been transferred to a large hospital in another city for more specialized treatment.  I think it is safe to say that while so many of us are supporting this precious little one with our prayers, he may not make it.  We’re going to keep bombarding God with our prayers anyway.  He is in very capable medical hands now as well.

What has struck me and literally brings tears to my eyes every time I read a new update from the family is how faithful they are and how willingly they are opening up and sharing their heart with hundreds of us each day.  Thanksgiving meal preparations are not on their agenda right now, but Thanksgiving has been in their hearts every single day from the very beginning.

Let me just say that one more time… mostly for my own benefit… because it hit me like a ton of bricks last night.

Thanksgiving has been in their hearts every single day from the very beginning.

God never ceases to amaze me how he speaks at times.  My friends are already prepared for Thanksgiving.  They are living it on a daily basis in the midst of a struggle that few of us can even imagine.  I am so humbled by their faith, and now I must ask myself if I am also prepared for Thanksgiving, not only this week but every single day in the future.

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. — 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

“…give thanks *in* *all* *circumstances*…

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Twas the Sunday Before Thanksgiving

Twas the Sunday before Thanksgiving, when all through the town
Not a creature was stirring, but oh, they did frown.
Mother Nature surprised them with a blanket of white
As they slept snug in their beds on that cold autumn night.

Sleet, ice and snow fell all over the land
So dry and parched and windblown with sand.
A few stockings were hung by some others with care
But St. Nick said it was too early for him to be there.

We arose from our slumber with a bit of a fright
And wondered what would happen when dark turned to light.
We surely had plans for this day yet to be,
But  icy roads and freezing temps changed our plans, you see.

Over coffee and breakfast, we discussed what to do
And decided that one thing was most definitely true.
This day would not be what we hoped it would be,
But perhaps be a good day to put up the tree.

So out came the tree from the attic above
And soon followed by the many ornaments we love.
Music was played on the sound system nearby
And we enjoyed the afternoon, which surely did fly.

Memory upon memory made its way back to mind
Of past years, kids and pets, and people so kind.
At the end of the day, we proclaimed just how great
It was to have had such a nice snowy break.

God always knows for us what is best,
  When we need a day for some peace and some rest.
So when snow once again finds its way to my door,
I will look forward to that snowy day all the more!  😉

Snow Dog
Someone loves eating the snow!

Snowy greetings to one and all!

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Freezing Friday

Baby, it’s cooooold outside!

Chill factor has dropped 66 degrees in 14 hours
Winter has arrived with a fury

The temperature has dropped 53 degrees and the chill factor has dropped 66 degrees in about 18 hours.  The front first hit with a typical haboob around 2:15 pm yesterday, although it wasn’t too bad as compared to others we’ve had over the past couple of years during the drought.  I was finishing my errands just before it came through, and it was pretty neat to watch it come in from the north.  The weather isn’t going to warm up until Monday or Tuesday, so we will be below freezing for an extended period and nothing is going to melt off.  We need every drop of moisture we can get, but it looks like we will have some icy roads to deal with before it is all over.

Yesterday afternoon, I brought home almost all of the food from the RV that we were planning to take on our camping trip, so it’s nice that we already have our weekend meals planned out and didn’t have to fight the crowds at the grocery store yesterday afternoon before the storm moved in.  That is certainly something to be grateful for, as the lines were pretty long and even made the news yesterday.

We have tickets to go see Catching Fire this afternoon, and I hope the road conditions hold out long enough for us to go see it and not have to try again another time.  I’ve read all three books, so I know what happens, but my son is coming along, and he has not read this book yet.  He is usually the one who has already read the book before the movie and enjoys watching my reaction as the one who is learning the story for the first time, so it will be fun to be the one to watch his reaction for a change.  Catching Fire is a pretty intense and emotional book, and it sounds like the movie is going to stick very close to the storyline.  The ending of this book is just… well, go and see it for yourself.  I will try to come back and share some thoughts after seeing the movie in another post, but I won’t be a bit surprised if this movie is better than the first one.

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Early Winter

The forecast for the weekend ahead finally deteriorated enough yesterday evening that we pretty much had no choice but to cancel our camping trip that we had planned.  This just did not look good at all for traveling in the RV on Thursday and returning on Sunday.

Forecast at our destination
Forecast at our destination
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Forecast for our area

I am very, very grateful that we were not already on the road and had time to make this decision before getting stuck out in this weather, which will be our first big arctic front of the season and one that is coming earlier than normal.  We all really wanted to go, since our son was coming along with us this time, but it was just not to be, I guess.  This would not have been our first time out in snowy weather, but we have never been faced with driving on slick roads, something I am not a fan of.  At.  All.  The only wreck I’ve ever been involved in was on slick roads, and I want to avoid that in the future if I can.

We may have another opportunity to go camping next weekend after our Thanksgiving meal with family, and it now looks like my husband will be off for two weeks after Christmas, too.  So, there are other options in the not-too-distant future to go out again.

I’m headed out later this morning to go to the RV storage place and unload all of the food in the refrigerator that I don’t want to freeze.  We are just going to leave everything else, including our clothes that were already loaded, just in case we can go next week.

The other positive thing about the cancelled trip is that we can go see Catching Fire tomorrow on opening day!  The Hunger Games series is one of the best book series that I’ve ever read, and I loved the first movie a lot.  I have a Goodreads widget on my site toward the bottom left, that shows the most recent books that I’ve read, too.  Widgets are so handy and fun!  😉

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