The downhill vacation slide has begun: Cook dinner something you may consider for Thanksgiving dinner! Begin early with Christmas playing cards to place them on sale! Order Christmas items that should be shipped quickly! Determine what to provide to everybody else, together with the canines! Begin with the Christmas kitchen! Work on future blogs about good Christmas books for canine lovers and avoiding canine stress over the vacations! Be cheerful and stuffed with happiness!
Or, the one necessary factor: To thank. Be grateful. Have fun Thanksgiving. That’s what I’m specializing in right this moment, and I’ll let the nice and cozy mild of gratitude shine inside me all year long. I hope you’ll be a part of me in celebrating the true and exquisite spirit of this week’s holidays: giving thanks.
First and at all times I’m grateful for my husband, accomplice, pal, lover and man with the best eyebrows ever, Jim Billings. Right here is a photograph just lately taken by a couple of weeks in the past steve dahlgren, an amazing native photographer who makes a speciality of canines however is not too unhealthy at utilizing us bipeds as topics both:
We simply turned 74 collectively (Born on the identical day, similar yr. Sure, actually.) And I am grateful on daily basis of my life that we discovered one another twenty-two years in the past.
I’m grateful for the household. Just some days in the past I made the final minute choice to fly to San Antonio to attend the launch of my oldest sister’s new guide and her eightieth party. Wendy Barker is an acclaimed poet and inventive writing instructor, and I’m overjoyed and proud to be her sister. I drove out at 6:30am on Friday morning and met my niece Wendy Piatt (and singer). candy love), who additionally flew in (from LA, additionally on the final minute, no small matter), flew house at 5:31 am Saturday morning. It was magical. Right here they’re each earlier than Wendy reads:
And from Jim’s facet of the household, right here is granddaughter Quinne at a Halloween get together we acquired to attend with son Shane, daughter-in-law Rachael and grandchildren Taylor and Quinne in upstate New York:
And naturally, the members of the family who symbolize why I began this weblog in 2008, Skip and Maggie (photograph additionally by Steve Dahlgren):
Watching you play is the very best a part of my day. (Okay, going to mattress at night time — did I point out I am 74? — is an in depth second.) I’ve no phrases to say how a lot I really like Maggie’s expressive face. If any canine had a humorousness, it was her.
There’s a lot extra. a lot However I’ve to get going right this moment, work on my novel, do some boring however necessary tech stuff, work with the canines, and interview somebody for my December twelfth put up. Though it is laborious to cease, I will go away you with simply two extra photographs.
You might keep in mind that we gave Nellie a brand new house, the proper cat as a result of we could not give her the life she deserved. I miss her on daily basis. Each single day. And I’m grateful that she is in such an ideal house and is so blissful. I might be grateful to associates Bonita and Fredericka for taking her again so long as I stay.
That is what we get in return: A stream of lovely birds at our feeding stations all through the day. They are going to spoil me, however they carry me pleasure all day lengthy. Tits, Nuthatches, Tufted Tits, Downy WPs, Furry WPs, Pink-bellied WPs, Pigeons, Finches, Blue Jays, Sparrows and who is aware of will shock us in winter. This is a white-breasted nuthatch and downy feminine at her favourite feeding spot.
It is time, at all times one other thanks: you, pricey readers, who encourage, problem and delight me each week. I want I had an image of you all!!!
I hope you’ve gotten the time to affix me, and let our worldwide, dog-loving village know what you are grateful for. Even just a bit factor. I’ll learn the whole lot you write time and again.
With love and gratitude,