Thankful Thanksgiving Thursday

I am thankful for Steve, family, friends, a home, food on the table and clothes to wear.  We are rich indeed.

Today, I am particularly thankful for our ancestors.  Those that came and settled this land and made America what it is.  Whether the ancestry is American Indian and Irish (like Steve), or mostly English, Irish and Russian (like mine), or any other diverse mix…… we all share the same freedoms.

Today I am celebrating, and thankful for, the freedom of religion.   While not religious, I am spiritual.  I don’t attend an organized religious institution or church.   I have in the past, but choose not to now.

My family is an interesting mix of religions.   From my grandparents….. who were Catholic and  Orthodox Jewish on Dad’s side, and Christian Science and Quaker on Mom’s side…… to parents, siblings, spouses and nieces and nephews who are/were:  Agnostic, Atheist, Baptist, Buhdist, Catholic, Community Church, Episcopalian, Methodist, Mormon, Presbyterian, Unitarian, United Church of Christ, and who knows what else!  I also live in the part of the country where Mennonites and Amish are neighbors.

Because I have lived with, and been exposed to,  all of these religions, I have learned tolerance, above all else.  So, as we go into the holiday season, remember that religious freedom is something we value as a nation.   Regardless of what religion you are or not, enjoy the season as you see fit!  I would love to hear any of your traditions too.

Thanksgiving tradition with Steve means he cooks, I have most the day off.  I get the sweet potatoes ready for the oven, open a can of olives, a can of cranberry sauce, and my work is done!  (well, until it is time to do dishes)  He does all the rest. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy.  He enjoys it, I let him do it.  Don’t want to spoil his fun! More importantly, this tradition is important to him, even though it is just 2 of us to prepare the meal for.  He always makes enough for about 12, so guess what we will be eating for days to come??


The official countdown for quilts to quilt before Christmas…….14.  Steve should finish one today.  A few are small so he may be able to do 2 in a day once or twice.  One is custom, that is a couple days.  Hmm….. think we can make it!

Oh, and in that same time frame, we move all the furniture from room to room to get ready for my new machine. I think we will do that Saturday.  Any volunteers to move furniture?  Delivery date is Dec. 6.  Who is counting???

Any of you going shopping tomorrow?  NO WAY that I am.  I hate that crowded craziness.  If you go because you enjoy it, or it is “sport” to you…. well, have fun.  If you go for the bargains and need the bargains….. well, good luck.  Don’t call me for those 4 am bargains.  I will be sleeping!


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. carlafibers
    Nov 22, 2007 @ 15:02:41

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!


  2. Vicki W
    Nov 22, 2007 @ 20:53:39

    I wouldn’t go shopping tomorrow even if all the crap were free! LOL! Actually, I probably won’t do much shopping at the mall at all. Why bother when there’s the internet and the UPS truck. My husband also does all of the Thanksgiving (and every day) cooking. It makes it taste all the better!
    Happy Thanksgiving and contiued countdown to the new arrival!


  3. wendysquilting
    Nov 22, 2007 @ 22:32:24

    Happy Thanksgiving Gayle and Steve!! and I”m also thankful for you and your friendship 🙂


  4. myolivebranch
    Nov 23, 2007 @ 07:58:40

    Happy thanksgiving gayle and steve!


  5. AllenQuilts
    Nov 23, 2007 @ 10:40:42

    Nope, not shopping today (as I’m reading this Friday morning). I can’t even stand the idea of it. Anyways, it’s too cold outside. It is currently in the 20’s here. Great day to stay inside and play with fabric!


  6. Jan Thompson
    Nov 23, 2007 @ 11:42:00

    No shopping here either, Gayle. Just relaxing, writing Christmas cards, and doing a little Christmas sewing. I am a VERY traditional gal when it comes to “traditions”!


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