A Not so Traditional, Traditional Thanksgiving

Family traditions are important to us, and we have a few, from carving the same pumpkin face year after year at Halloween, to dressing up for Christmas dinner and taking the annual family photo. Traditions bond families, and mark the passage of time in ways that our memories seem to favor.

On November 28th, we celebrate Thanksgiving. While I tend to be thankful every day, I suppose it is nice to have a single day devoted to celebrating abundance with family and friends. But, for the most part, I am ambivalent about this holiday. We don’t like forced family gatherings and prefer to visit with our relatives away from holidays. There is also the fact that we don’t like turkey and stuffing, or, most of the starchy side dishes. Basically, we’d just like to skip the holiday and move on to Christmas! I know that sounds a bit strange, but what we really enjoy is spending time together, just our little family, being our odd little selves in whatever way we choose.

We have celebrated Thanksgiving in numerous ways over the years, from big family gatherings at the homes of relatives, to just the five of us cooking Chinese food together. We did attempt to make turkey once, but that was pretty much a disaster, soooo… We all agree that we are ready for a new experience.

Chinese Thanksgiving 2017

This year we are taking a total departure from tradition and are having a ‘destination Thanksgiving.’ The destination will be preceded by a road trip up the East Coast with stops in Philadelphia, PA (family wedding) and Newport, RI (where Christmas lives). The kids will fly to Boston where we will meet them and continue on to Nantucket for five days of cold, cold, cold. I mean family time and new traditions. I’m thinking pj’s, Christmas movies and steak and lobster all day long in our cozy cottage!!

Whatever your Thanksgiving tradition, we wish you and your family joyful memories that will last a lifetime. Just be careful with that deep fried turkey! It’s the thought that counts right?

Blessed and feeling…

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Don’t Call It A Boat

Taking a cruise vacation is one of my favorite ways to travel. We have sailed ships large and small, fancy and plain, from a minimum of five nights to a whopping thirty-six nights, all over the globe. For those of you who have never tried cruising, or may have had a bad experience on your first cruise and never returned, maybe it’s time to take another look. 

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Taking a cruise vacation is one of my favorite ways to travel. We have sailed ships large and small, fancy and plain, from a minimum of five nights to a whopping thirty-six nights, all over the globe. For those of you who have never tried cruising, or may have had a bad experience on your first cruise and never returned, maybe it’s time to take another look. 

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Fall In Florida – October Recap

Sometimes writing a monthly recap reminds me that I have drifted off course, and sometimes it reassures me that all is well with my life plan. I don’t consciously set out to tick things off a list, or measure my life according to accomplishments and shortcomings, but I do have a tried and true blueprint for balance. That blueprint includes family, friends, exercise, healthy eating, me time, we time and making a contribution to community. This month was fairly balanced, but there were a few hiccups that disrupted my equilibrium for several days. All the good stuff in life and having things to look forward to help me rebound from disappointments and setbacks quickly and I am grateful for this beautiful time of life. Continue reading

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Finding Your Zen

Hi everyone, I have reluctantly abandoned Terri’s fabulous Photo Challenge this week for an opportunity to Guest Post on Right of the Middle by Min. Her blog is about finding balance within the mind, body and spirit, which is a subject I feel passionate about. Min is a very accomplished lady who has many talents and I think you will appreciate her ‘realness.’ She is also a generous and gracious host and I am honored to be her guest author this week.

In keeping with the theme of Min’s blog, I have written about my Zen; the thing that calms my mind and soothes my spirit. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that I have a lot of joy boosters in my life, but one stands out as special. Without spilling all the beans, I will simply leave you with this and hope you will hop over to Right of the Middle and check out what I shared with Min’s readers.

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Thanks, until next time. XOXO

 

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Pink Is Not My Favorite Color

If you read my post titled What’s Your Favorite Color, you already know that my favorite color is not pink. But, this week I was challenged to ‘think pink’ so here goes.

People who like pink are generally kind, sensitive, friendly and carefree. They have a warmth and softness that draws you in and keeps you near. That does not describe me at all, but I’m sure most of you have at least one ‘pink gal’ in your life.  Did you know that constant exposure to pink can have a calming effect on your nerves? It also represents sweetness and innocence and couldn’t we all use a little of that in our lives? Continue reading

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