Thanksgiving

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Thankful for Games


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I just discovered a new game, and I adore it. The game is called Iota, and it’s box is smaller than my hand 🙂 So yeah. Easy storage. But tons of fun. We played it with the young adults in our world over Thanksgiving, and it became even more fun.

Mollie, Hudi, Chris (and me) playing Iota.
Mollie, Hudi, Chris (and me) playing Iota. 

Iota is kind of a cross between Scrabble and Dominoes. When played with adult rules, it’s surprisingly tricky. But it can be played with little kids, too. With rule variations.

Last time Chris and I played alone, it took almost an hour. You have to think of colors, numbers and shapes. Can’t have more than four in a line, and each card has to either be all the same in those arenas or all different.

We actually had a bit of a hard time with the rules at first, but Mollie is an expert Googler, and found help. I am pretty sure this is the site she found with great instructions. We also used a spreadsheet on the computer for keeping score. 

Iota card game in action.
Make sure each set of four is all the same or all different. Surprisingly tricky.

Playing games is really fun. But it’s difficult to find one everybody appreciates, and one that can be played in a short period of time or a long one. So far, Iota seems to be a winner.

**For the month of November each year, I try to focus on something I’m thankful for each day. It is the month that holds Thanksgiving where I live, after all. Focusing on the positive and remembering the little things that make life great is something I should do more often. If you want to see some blogs I’m thankful for, check out my main site, Word Quilt.

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Thankful for Breaks


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I’m six “thanks” behind for the month, and I’m thankful that it’s okay 🙂 There’s one of the six, haha. There have been many thanks over the past few days, but I was busy living life and enjoying time with family and didn’t have as much time to write. So this is a six-in-one post to get myself back on track.

I am thankful for:

One:

As noted, the ability to take breaks from work and writing to be with family.

Two:

Finishing a 11.5 hr workday on Tuesday to find the dishwasher loaded with the Christmas mugs from the year prior — so they would be all set for our holiday celebrations with the kids, who were arriving that night.

Christmas mug and decorations.

Three:

Listening to my mother-in-law playing hymns on the keyboard. She also plays the organ in church, and I love hearing her at home as well.

Mom playing the organ.

Four:

Having Star come to visit. She lives with the kids now, and it’s great to see her so happy with them, but it’s fun having here back here, too.

Five:

Video Calling. Zoom, Skype, Facetime, Facebook Video, whatever. It just makes the holidays and other times all the more fabulous when you can actually see your loved ones even though they live across the country or world.

Six:

Gutenberg. Yes, I know this one is not everyone’s favorite, but I personally love blogging with the new WordPress block editor. I find it a LOT easier to organize my thoughts and portray them on the page as I visualize them in my head.

**For the month of November each year, I try to focus on something I’m thankful for each day. It is the month that holds Thanksgiving where I live, after all. Focusing on the positive and remembering the little things that make life great is something I should do more often. If you want to see some blogs I’m thankful for, check out my main site, Word Quilt.

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Thankful for Sleep


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Last night the wind was howling, and the snow was swirling, as I tucked into my cozy bed for sleep. Since I’m on vacation this week, I didn’t worry about having to get up and do anything so I didn’t start my next day for another 10.5 hrs. Pure bliss.

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And the best part? Now I’m blogging in front of a fireplace movie, looking out at the snow and the trees, and the setting is lulling me to sleep once again. Nap time. Catch you tomorrow… 😉

**For the month of November each year, I try to focus on something I’m thankful for each day. It is the month that holds Thanksgiving where I live, after all. Focusing on the positive and remembering the little things that make life great is something I should do more often. If you want to see some blogs I’m thankful for, check out my main site, Word Quilt.

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Smart Designs


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My room on my last work trip was one of my favorites. The bed was super comfy, I had a lovely view of Orlando, and the design was pretty cool.

Although there were no labels anywhere, the room was set for accessibility. While I’m grateful that at this stage in my life, I don’t need the benches in the bathroom and such (as I have had to have in the past), I have to admit that I found the design worthy of images.

Having a bathroom one can hose down to clean is so smart. Yeah, I understand it’s built that way to help people in wheelchairs, but it’s still brilliant. And my favorite part? A closet right there in the bathroom.

My guess is that it wouldn’t be a great option in a home where things could mildew, but for traveling, when one doesn’t stay in one spot too long, it’s fantastic. Every time I showered, I opened my closet so my clothes could get some “ironing.”

I haven’t been that wrinkle-free in a long while. 🙂

And the coffee? It not only made great-tasting hotel coffee (usually I have to double up on the coffee bags to get a decent cup), but it made two at once. Or one. It was kind of a new experience for me, and I didn’t know if two would spew out if I set it to one, so I used two cups, but it was true to its advertising. Only one filled.

If Chris had been there, we could have enjoyed our coffee at the same time. So lovely.

Love it when people put just a bit more thought into the design of something.

**For the month of November each year, I try to focus on something I’m thankful for each day. It is the month that holds Thanksgiving where I live, after all. Focusing on the positive and remembering the little things that make life great is something I should do more often. If you want to see some blogs I’m thankful for, check out my main site, Word Quilt.

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Bright Colors on Autumn Walks


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An Autumn Walk

Especially when blue sky is reflected in the water at my feet.

**For the month of November each year, I try to focus on something I’m thankful for each day. It is the month that holds Thanksgiving where I live, after all. Focusing on the positive and remembering the little things that make life great is something I should do more often. If you want to see some blogs I’m thankful for, check out my main site, Word Quilt.

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Thankful for Days Focused on Thanks


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Day 23/30 – Right?!?! When things get stressful it’s so nice to force yourself to step back and remember how fortunate you are. Days like today (US Thanksgiving) force us to do that.

For me, this has been a dream time off so far. I stayed in my pajamas watching Netflix until early afternoon yesterday then hung out with Chris and the the young adults in the house all afternoon (and Ollie, of course). Mom loves to cook and was busy in the kitchen wrangling a mammoth turkey into the oven (with a bit of help from Chris). (Spoiler, it was perfection in the mouth today! And smelled amazing both yesterday and today).

Then Chris and I headed out to dance class and some Christmas shopping. We drove slowly and just enjoyed watching snow fairies fall while we yakked and listened to music.

Today I woke up relatively early and started turning our Halloween pumpkin into a Thanksgiving pie (achievement unlocked). I also steamed some cauliflower (faux potatoes) and some sweet potatoes. Chris made me a holiday coffee (I’ll leave that one up to your imagination), and I headed upstairs to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV until it kicked off the Christmas holiday season. I grew up on Long Island, and that parade is an intrinsic part of my holiday experience. Chris isn’t as into it, but humors me. I often watch it alone, but this year Mollie, Bri, Mom and Hudi joined me (Zeb came in later and Chris randomly showed up). It all made me feel so happy.

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After that was over we settled in for a lovely traditional dinner. During that time we learned a bit more about Mom’s past and got to hear Mollie and Bri’s family traditions. We had a break between the meal and dessert, during which Mollie and Bri took time to call their families, and I got a surprise call from my son — who was sitting across the table from me 😉

CJ and Lauren Factetimed us — a highlight in the day — and my sisters and brothers-in law also Facetimed. I so love technology. We had screens sharing experiences so the family in Ct spoke with us in northern NY as well as our family in Utah. What more can a person want?

Zeb and Bri headed off for work (they are doing temporary seasonal work nearby and have to brace for Black Friday), and we began cleanup. Star helped, to her great delight.

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As we did so, we reminisced about generations past and about our own holiday experiences. We are at a time of massive transition in our family as our progeny take flight. Yet it’s super cool to see the family bonds stretch the boundaries of tradition, creating holes  in experiences of the past that are no longer applicable or possible while keeping the lines of love strong.

I am one super blessed lady.

  • For November (the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving in the US), I’m trying to blog about something for which I’m thankful for each day of the month.