Hello and Happy Thanksgiving! Hope this finds you well, enjoying a special day with friends, family and those you love on my most favorite holiday. Hope your travels were not impacted by some of the bad weather that is being felt in various pars of the country. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of all as it is exclusively about togetherness and giving thanks. This holiday is somewhat bittersweet as several things did not go according to plan. Somewhat in keeping with the theme of 2019. Many last minute changes, which threw me for a loop and had me feeling a bit down for a while. My son got a new job which meant he was unable to join us in PB, which is a first. Of course very happy for him though:) I love having all my little birdies in my nest but get that “life” gets in the way sometimes. My niece, though coming (the one who had the double lung transplant caught a small virus and her course of care requires a daily procedure). I am just grateful she is joining us and doing great otherwise!! Then my mom and dad had to cancel last minute, due to my mom’s dementia which literally breaks my heart in pieces….this is by far, the piece that had me totally unraveled. That is a whole other post but I was devastated to. know they were not joining us as I was eagerly anticipating all of us together this holiday in PB. Then on top of that, one of my best friends fathers passed away, which though he lived a long and beautiful life, the finality of saying goodbye to ones parent is one of the hardest things in life. I needed some time to regroup and just breath and focus on the things I have to be grateful for. And truly I cannot imagine a more peaceful place to do that than here in Palmetto Bluff. So after having a good cry, I understood I needed to prop myself up and focus on what I do have to be thankful for and understand that life has many many chapters and I need to be able to roll with them, whatever they may bring. There will be good times and bad, and I need to understand that while yesterday was a long day of disappointments, today will be a day of cooking, game playing, football game blaring, late afternoon post feast bike riding, and all around fun and togetherness. It will be with the ones that I love that are going to be here and missing those that are not (but am looking forward to them being at our home for Christmas)! Bikes are pumped and ready to burn off the feast we will indulge in a little later today…a great way to end the day! My heart is full with gratitude as I am thankful today for so many things- my incredible family, my health, my wonderful friends and of course my incredible readers/followers/customers!! I am grateful for the service men and women who keep our country safe and protected, I know the sacrifices they make in not being able to be with their own families and I will take any chance I can get to salute and pay respect to every one of them. I also always think about those who are not so lucky today, those who have lost loved ones, those who do not have a table to sit around or a home to welcome friends and family to. I think about those less fortunate and hope they find some joy in their day. I am also super grateful for my amazing team at work….they help my business to run like well oiled machine (almost always lol). We have a great team in place and not a day goes by that I don’t realize how lucky I am to have them. I often reflect back on how remarkable it is that my blog has brought me the good fortune of bringing so many like minded people together. I am eternally grateful for your friendship, support, kindness and for the joy you bring me literally on a daily basis. I love what I do in part thanks to you, you are the ultimate validation and I am doubly blessed to have met so many friends from all around the world! I wish for each of you, a beautiful day of togetherness spent in reflection for all the blessings we are all fortunate to count. Thank you for following along with me, many good things lie ahead! A quick peek at my more coastal/casual PB Thanksgiving table Still coming together but getting there…. Flowers always make me happy Happy Thanksgiving from our Palmetto Bluff abode to wherever you may be….. ________________________________ Thank for stopping in and again, wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones. Hold them close,put those phones down and cherish the time you have together, I know I will. Count your blessings as I surely will be doing and I do consider you to be among them! Let’s all enjoy the togetherness of the family we love, the friends we cherish and the blessings that we have. Now excuse me while I go find my stretchy pants, let’s be real….this is no day for a diet! This will be it until Sunday, thanks for stopping by. Until next time…….