Saturday, October 11, 2008

Turkey Day coming up

It is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada.

The temperature has dropped significantly in the last week. In fact, it was only a week ago that we were enjoying the 7th day in a row of over 70F with night time temperatures staying well above freezing.

In this time that the world economy is in upheaval, I think it is good to stop and think about those things that we are thankful for ..... the blessings in our lives. Besides, it IS Thanksgiving.

I am thankful for:
  • A good man that loves me, is kind to me, and encourages me in all things
  • Children who have grown to be good, decent adults who love their Dad and Mom and each other
  • Wonderful, loving spouses for my children - people who truely add to our family dynamic
  • Five of the cutest grandchildren on earth. I'm serious....they are the cutest!
  • Another grandchild on the way.....appearing to be growing healthy in spite of his/her mommy's health problems
  • A gorgeous view out my kitchen window AND out the living room window - Sunrises in the morning, sunsets in the evening.
  • I am thankful for the changes that have been happening in my mind, especially, over the last 10 months
  • I am thankful that I have lost 35 pounds and am feeling better about myself than ever before
  • I have 2 new nephews born this last week - twin boys who look just like their daddy (my brother)
  • My father-in-law has only 3 more radiation treatments left. He has been driving 2 hours every weekday for the last 3 months to recieve treatment, then 2 hours back home. EVERY DAY.
  • My husband has a job that allows him to do the work he enjoys and still be home for 2 weeks of every month
  • My youngest son seems to be finding some direction in his life
  • Old friends
  • New "blogger friends"
  • Extended family
  • My new ipod and speaker dock that my hubby gave me for my birthday - I love having music all day long
  • A hot bath at the end of a busy day

I could probably go on, but I won't.

Our family is coming over for Turkey Day on Monday. We have told them to come early and stay late and that we will be serving breakfast, lunch, and supper. I have no plans for the breakfast or lunch as yet (I don't really expect anyone to come early enough for breakfast) but supper will be :
  • Turkey,
  • dressing,
  • sweet potatoes (with brown sugar, marshmellows, margarine, cinnamon)
  • potatoes from my garden,
  • carrots from the garden,
  • beets from the garden.
  • I am making pumpkin pies tomorrow - only because there were no ready made pies left at the grocery store today. The ready made pies are WAY cheaper and just as good, but......

I need to consider my DIL who has a gallstone (but is pregnant so they haven't wanted to do surgery) and keep as many dishes zero fat as possible. This works with my weight loss goals, of course. I also have another DIL who is vegetarian so need lots of veggies - again, works with my goals. I am hoping it is a pleasant day so the kids can play outside for the afternoon.

I have little to report in regard to weight loss, etc. I got as low as 215.8 over the last week - and stayed there for about 3 or 4 days. Today I am up to 217. I always gain a little when hubby is home - must be the feeling of security. :) Or maybe it is just that I don't DO as much when he is home - we spend more time visiting, traveling around, and just hanging out together than we do working. Tomorrow will be a work day, to dig the potatoes, carrots and beets out of the garden before the ground freezes them in permanently.

I have been doing better with the water this week, thanks to Lyn's Habit a Week challenge.

Hope I can report a successful Thanksgiving Day - no "infractions", I hope. My weakness will be the dressing and the whipped cream on the pies. Wish me luck!

Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for?


spunkysuzi said...

What wonderful things you have in your life!!
Nice sounding dinner i'll be there on time ;)

Lyn said...

Wonderful!! I am thinkful for my blogger friends too!

You sound so positive. It's nice to read about all your blessings. Happy Thanksgiving!

I finally answered your questions about the taco soup (about the chili beans and the calories) on my blog... ugh, I have let my emails and comments go unanswered for way too long this time. Sorry about that, but you know how it's been. I am doing better now :)

Be well.

~Crystal said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!! This is the first time in my life that I am not celebrating a traditional Canadian Thanksgiving and it's a bit strange!! But I love it here and wouldn't trade the sun for a cold Canadian turkey day!! LOL

What am I thankful for? My life and everything about it! I love my new Texas home and the person I share it with, my family, friends (old & new), health, weight loss this year, a new found respect for my body and what I put in it, my animals. I just have so much to be thanful for this year...I am truely blessed in every way! And it sounds like you are too!! :0)

I still find it funny that this AB girl moved to Texas, only to make another AB girl friend! Thanks for your friendship!! Weight loss has truely brought us together.

skinnyhollie said...

What a great post! We do have so much to be thankful for; it's nice to take time to put it in perspective. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

Also, thanks for following my blog!

bbubblyb said...

I can tell your blogs are going to be some of my favorites. Love the one about decluttering. Loved that you took pictures.

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Sounds like you're going to have a houseful. I love family get togethers.

Anonymous said...

What a great post! Its important to remind ourselves of what we are thankful for! i will have to remember to do that myself when its our thanksgiving in the states.

new*me said...

Thanksgiving dinner sounds yummy. We have to wait another month and a half ;)

I am thankful for a place to live, a hubby who loves me, children who bless me daily with their love, a great family and friends....especially the blogger ones, and good health that seems to be improving each day!

~TMcGee~ said...

What an encouraging post to read. :-) Your Thanksgiving get together sounds like my dream family get together! I too am thankful for the wonderful husband in my life and the two precious children that are on loan from God. The dinner sounds wonderful, thanks for letting me into your little world here on blogger. Have a great one!