In a week devoted to thanksgiving, I have much to be grateful for.  Oddly enough, one of the things I’m grateful for is the fact that I took some “offline” time.  After Tuesday, I didn’t blog, Twitter or Facebook.  I’m ready to dive back in now, but it was nice to just live in the physical world for a while.  I’m sure I’ll do that again around Christmas, and maybe for a few days every month just for a “cleanse” so to speak.  With me, the allure of reading blogs, Twitter, etc., while immensely educational in a lot of ways, can also be a bit addictive.  Nice to get some balance back.

Quotes on Gratitude

“Nothing purchased can come close to the renewed sense of gratitude for having family and friends.” — Courtland Milloy

“I do not think of all the misery, but of the glory that remains. Go outside into the fields, nature and the sun, go out and seek happiness in yourself and in God. Think of the beauty that again and again discharges itself within and without you and be happy.” — Anne Frank

“Heap high the board with plenteous cheer and gather to the feast, And toast the sturdy Pilgrim band whose courage never ceased.” — Alice W. Brotherton

Gratitude List for the week ending November 27

1. For our table

2. For our turkey

3. For homemade cranberry sauce, hand-grooved to make it look canned 🙂

4. For my expert turkey-carving husband

5.  For my whole family, near and far

6.  For pumpkin and chocolate pie

7.  Leftovers!

8.  For a quiet weekend of reading and watching movies

9.  For the Harry Potter series – finally finished re-reading the books.  What a joy to get immersed in Rowling’s world again.

10.  A warm dog to snuggle.

What are you grateful for this week?

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  1. Miss you when you’re not around in the virtual world – but love it when you post your Gratitude Sunday blog as it always echoes exactly what I’m thinking and feeling. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours xx

  2. Like you, I took a mini-vacation from blogging to enjoy Thanksgiving and my nieces’ extended visit. I scheduled my posts for Thurday to Sunday ahead of time and just checked comments once a day before bed.

    We had a wonderful Thanksgiving . . . vegan, except for the Apple Pie and ice cream.

    After my sister and her husband left, we spent the rest of the weekend playing games, watching movies, running on the beach, and attending an outdoor concert with Jess (17) and Sam (14) . . .

    I would have been thankful for #7 . . . but J&S have healthy appetites. 😉

    • Actually, at this point I’d be thankful to NOT have any more leftovers. Going to make soup soon..

      You have amazing organizational skills. I have never scheduled my posts ahead of time. I might break out into hives if I even tried – lol.

  3. What a beautiful table! I haven’t seen a properly set Thanksgiving table in a long time. Our thanksgivings are SO big we have to do buffet style and sit wherever we can find a spot.

    I’m thankful for your friendship and skilled critiques, Julie!!

    • Same to you Megan. And you can’t see the folding chairs we used on the opposite side of the table, but they’re there! Buffet style is awesome too. It’s all about food and family.

  4. This is making me grateful that I’m English, I couldn’t cope with such a tradition with both our families in the UK while we are in Canada. Thanksgiving isn’t the same without family. Beautiful turkey btw. You sound like you’ve had a lovely week Julie. Take care

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