Hello from my second lockdown to yours! It’s Thanksgiving week and it looks and feels a lot different than previous years. But you know what? There’s still pie. And there will be turkey and stuffing and it will be a very small quiet day but it’s a year of lowered (lowest?) expectations. I’m not traveling. I don’t feel good about getting on a plane yet. But amidst all of these unbelievable events of 2020, I find myself more grateful than ever.
For me, the southern Oregon fires this summer were the biggest wake up call of all. The very close proximity, the unimaginable loss and the aftermath in this community has put everything into perspective and I can honestly say, this is the year I am incredibly thankful for a good cup of coffee in my own home on my own schedule. So there’s no big Thanksgiving dinner? Ok. Everyone I know is healthy and safe and doing their own version of a revised 2020 holidays. Not every year is a confetti throw.
Because it’s been less hectic, no meal planning, shopping, place setting, house cleaning (phew!) and all the things that go with entertaining, I’ve had extra time to do solo things that bring me equal but different joy. I’m sending out more mail. Painting things I might not have experimented with. Walking longer trails with Bella. Reading more books and learning more skills from YouTube, Skillshare and online classes. You can do all those things with pie!!
Happy Thanksgiving, friends! If this year finds you feeling meh…it will pass, promise. Grateful for you and this community of readers, writers and artists. xo
PS. No particular Black Friday or Cyber Monday sale but as many of you know, I do include extra extra goodies in every order placed on my website. That is a true joy for me! Holiday Cards and Holiday Fancy Envelopes are available. Stickers too. Free shipping, usually goes out within 1-2 days. Fast! xo