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Thankfulness Phases

Count your blessings and accomplishments, and wear warm socks

Count your blessings and accomplishments, and wear warm socks.

As Thanksgiving approaches, I find myself thinking about the different kinds of thankfulness I’ve experienced throughout my life, and, as it turns out, it has really gone in phases. When I was a teenager, I engaged in a whole lot of “why me?” thinking, and as a result I had to look to my accomplishments and my hard work whenever I wanted to feel a sense of true gratitude. This is to say, my life felt like way too much of a mess for me to count my blessings, so I counted my persistence, lofty goals, and other traits within me as things I was thankful for instead of counting things in my external world…

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Sweet Nothings

Thanks and Quiet

Wishing you a couple quiet, lazy mornings like this amidst the buzzing of holidays

Wishing you a couple quiet, lazy mornings like this amidst the buzzing of holidays

My thoughts have been very noisy of late, and as a result this blog has been exceptionally quiet. Despite this current proclivity for silence, I wanted to drop you dears a line and say how grateful I am for the role that this blog and you have played in the past few years of my life. I hope to be returning to a more regular posting schedule soon, but until then I wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving. I will be spending the holiday with my husband’s family and am over-the-moon with excitement about meeting my baby niece for the first time in just a few hours… Do you have any big plans, or will a reflective silence be more your style on this gratitude-filled day? Leave a comment.

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Sweet Nothings

Overfloweth

Last week felt as crazy as this zigzag-painted crosswalk in the Houston Museum District

I spent Thanksgiving week in the Houston Museum District, where my days were stuffed with sculpture gardens, family gatherings, wedding celebrations, and lots of food. I’ll be honest and admit that I was overwhelmed by all the new people and platters surrounding me at first, and I devoted a lot more time to feeling gluttonous and dizzy than to feeling grateful. However, I eventually snapped out of my introverted delirium when I learned that The Laine List had just honored this site with the Kathryn Ingrid Creativity Award. There’s nothing like a little love and recognition from out of the blue to make a gal overflow with gratitude, after all, and I continued feeling thankful all week for the many amazing people out there who choose to make my words a part of their busy days. It is such an privilege to share my stories and musings with you, dear readers, whether you drop by this site anonymously, leave comments, or give me awards. While this connection with you is one of my favorite things about blogging, I’ll be completely honest once again and tell you that connecting with people couldn’t have been farther from my mind when starting this site…

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Thank You

Harper's Bazar Thanksgiving image from 1984

On this day of eating too much, watching football games, and giving thanks, I am overflowing with gratitude for all the loving presences in my life. I am so thankful for my husband and family who make my hours sweeter, my friends and colleagues who challenge me to push myself, and all the kindred spirits out here in the blogging world who have shown such unflinching support for my writing over the past year. Thank you, dear readers, for being the amazing souls you are! I wish you and yours the happiest of Thanksgivings. Leave a comment.

Image from Old Fashioned Holidays via Pinterest.

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Love, Sweet Nothings

Longhorn Lovin’

Brown and white longhorn coming in for a smooch in Lost Pines, TX

Six years ago I never would have guessed that I’d spend my Thanksgivings being serenaded by country bands and trekking through cow dung, but now I wouldn’t have it any other way. We spent the holiday at a sprawling lodge in Lost Pines, TX, so our days were filled with crackling fires, livestock, frolicking children and dogs galore. There were wagon rides, goat races and s’mores at bedtime, and there was even a cold front that made this New England girl feel close to home. It was my sixth Thanksgiving in Texas, and all the festivities at the lodge made it abundantly apparent that we weren’t in Massachusetts anymore…Instead of pilgrims there were cowboys, and instead of toasts about Plymouth Rock people clinked glasses to the Alamo. To top this all off it was my second time spending turkey day with my boyfriend’s family, which imbued our week with a whole other layer of newfound traditions.

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Movies and TV

Thank You, Television

Television set in an abandoned farm house, courtesy of  Flickr

On this day devoted to family gatherings and giving thanks for the people we love, I also like to contemplate the simple pleasures that brighten my rainy hours yet tend to slip by my daily notice. Since I’ve been a bit down on television shows of late, I figured I’d take this opportunity to share some of the TV gems on the air currently that I’m actually grateful for. Sure, I’m thankful for fresh honeycomb, my snoring puppy, and friends and family, but I tell them every day (yes, I even verbalize this sentiment to honeycombs). Current TV shows, on the other hand, have been catching lots of flack in my daily conversations, so here’s my ode to the unsung heroes of the small-screen that sweeten my weeks. My favorite TV shows on the air right now are as follows…

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Art and Architecture, Kitsch Fixes

Kitsch Fix #10: An Immovable Feast

Makings of a plaster-cast feast atop the former Whole Foods parking garage in Austin, TX

I kept an eye out for Thanksgiving-themed kitsch to share with you today, but was uninspired by the paltry selection of sequined turkeys I saw. Instead, I figure this array of plaster-cast foodstuffs is the next best thing. They were once a landmark for the flagship Whole Foods store in Austin, TX, but when Whole Foods changed locations these perishables and the garage they sit atop shifted ownership as well…

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