Travel, Food, and Slices of Life

This Year


This year…….even though my three children will not be at my Thanksgiving table I feel blessed with the company, a full gathering of intelligent people who will provide stimulating conversation and appreciative noises about the food.

This year……even though I still do not have a job despite applying to over 30 in the past year I feel blessed because we still have enough with a warm well maintained shelter and food for sustenance.blessings jar

This year….even though we have aging bodies and diminishing vision and hearing I feel blessed because we are able to move and do and enjoy life fully.

This year…..even though we live in a time of divisiveness where it seems to be more important to be the loudest one making a point I feel blessed because we have the freedom of speech and we can wait until the windbags finish their rant and then speak softly and sanely to those who can listen.

This year……even though people who can afford to make better choices are eating chemicals that cause them to get sick and then having to spend time and money trying to get well I feel blessed because I woke up to this about five years ago and the “six month experiment” has worked and we do feel better than we did then.blessings

This year……even though I rarely see people walking the walk I feel blessed because I surround myself with people who make the effort.

Thank you for being part of my life.


Author: GoingPlaces Can-Do Zero Waste

I moved to McMinnville a few years ago and was impressed with its friendliness and the beauty of the surrounding countryside. I write several blogs. GoingPlacesLivingLife is my personal blog related to travel, food and just general thoughts. Can-Do Real Food tells about my business processing local produce from small farms and preserving it by canning and dehydrating. The concept of Zero Waste appeals to me because we can truly reduce what gets tossed into the landfill with very small changes in our lifestyle. Join us.

12 thoughts on “This Year

  1. always count you among my many blessings…love to you and Graham

  2. So very much to be thankful for… wishing you more!

  3. ‘Don’t worry, be grateful’ is my post for this week and your inspiring post is a living example! Happy Thanksgiving to a grateful soul from this grateful soul.

  4. So very grateful to be living closer to you and Graham! So very grateful to be your Sister! Have a wonderful day!

    • So glad you are nearby…..by offering to work you are giving the gift of gathering to others who may not be so fortunate to be able to feast together often. See you Saturday for THAT adventure!

  5. Thanks for the reminder of the things many of us share, and are thankful for. Although my youngest sister passed away last Sat., I feel thankful for her life and the good times we had growing up. I reminds me to take better care of myself , and to spread unconditional love to those around me. “Hope springs eternal in the human breast”, regardless of the current political and social unrest.

    • Telling you she is there with you may seem like empty words, but I believe it. I believe in a spirit that stays with love. I believe in a spirit that allows you to find moments of joy in this raw and recent loss. I believe in your ability to know that the blessing of her passing is the release from the pain and the solace in that. Hope you have a day surrounded with love.

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