I was inspired to do a Thanksgiving post this year by Rich Keller who wrote The Obligatory Thank You Column for the Northern Colorado Writers blog, The Writing Bug and Heidi M. Thomas who is Thankful for Books at The Blood-Red Pencil.
I'm thankful for books, too. And I share Rich's gratitude for critique groups, Kerrie Flanagan and Northern Colorado Writers who've given me so many new friends, and those who drop by my blog to see what's going on in Colorado, leave comments for my guest bloggers, and suffer through those posts about my writing life...or my cat.
But I have something special to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, and it has to do with family. From October 2012 through September 2013, three of my much loved family members faced serious health crises. I traveled back and forth between Colorado and Illinois, and Colorado and California, for months, trying to help out where I could or at least lend a little moral support.
Happily, all three of those family members survived their illnesses and are getting along fine during their continuing treatment. We are all blessed.
I have a few other things to be thankful for:
A wonderful husband, self-sufficient grown-up kids and their spouses, two darling granddaughters, a super aunt, cousins, niece and nephew, grand-nieces and -nephews. And we're only occasionally dysfunctional, so that's a blessing, too.
An amazing and much-treasured long-time friend (I met her when I moved to Indiana in 1969, so we've known each other over 40 years), a wonderful network of high school buddies I've known since 1956 (50+ years), and the good friends I've made during my working years and my writing years. Heck, I'm even in touch with a couple of my old grade school girlfriends. Let 's not even talk about how far back they go.
Miss Kitty (aka Katie Cat whose real name is Katrina)
Writing, which I love almost as much as I love reading
The opportunity to help establish and edit for the new Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers blog
Living in Northern Colorado
And finally, my own good health...if you don't count these arthritic knees. I weathered the last year pretty well for an old broad.
This year, our Thanksgiving will be quiet. I'm fixing a dinner for two with a turkey breast, my mom's traditional bread/sage stuffing, and (of course) mashed potatoes and gravy. Broccoli and cauliflower with cheese sauce. And pie with TCBY frozen yogurt. We'll watch football (hubby) and movies (me), because I only watch the Broncos and they don't play tomorrow.
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.