Touching Thankful

You may see this as a way of abdicating my daily post responsibilities. However, I’ve been reading this blog for quite some time; I share some of the same trials and tribulations, and I find reading today’s post, I share similarities in gratitude. Please read her blog!

The Silence Between Counts

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough ― Oprah Winfrey

With the passing of another New England Thanksgiving, I am looking back on a year of firsts and pleasures. I am looking back on a year of endings and tragic occurrences. I am looking back and I’m finding that I am appreciative this year.

I am thankful for my life, as it is and how it has been.

I am thankful for a husband who gives more than he could ever promise, for a warm puppy to cuddle with, and a brother who creates laughter in the darkest times. I am thankful for friends who push me to be silly, nephews who say all the right things, and nieces that appreciate dancing. I am thankful for a father who taught me to…

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No Need for Black Friday!

bennysI love living, literally, down the street from Benny’s Store For those of you who don’t live in Rhode Island, or nearby Connecticut and Massachusetts border towns, you will not recognize the name.  Rhode Islanders know the store, which opened here in Providence in 1924, as a neighborhood fixture in many towns.  According to the information you can find on-line, the store began as an automotive supply and hardware store.  It’s changed over the years and while you can still buy tires and have them mounted at the store, you can also find SO much other stuff there.  Case in point, I went Christmas shopping there this morning for gifts for my grandchildren.

sale flyerToys and games were anywhere from 30 to 50% off, a great sale for sure, but toys there are always  a much lower price than anywhere else I shop.  As I entered the store I was promptly greeted and asked if I would be interested in the layaway program for my purchases.  While my answer was “no, thank you” to the employee, it reminded me of how many times my mother used the [again] popular way of ensuring there was plenty to open on Christmas morning.

layawayThe practice of paying for things a bit at a time before bringing them home, according to the magical internet, was popularized during the Great Depression and lasted as a common practice well into the 1980’s. As a kid I didn’t understand the value of layaway for a family as big as ours, but many a winter coat and bicycle (among other things) was bought as a result of first being on layaway.  I am thrilled it’s made a comeback!  Benny’s has never stopped offering layaway; and if our grandchildren were still living with us, I bet I’d have bikes on layaway at this point.

I walked away this morning well within my budget with Legos, board games, art supplies, Crayola crayon sets, and puzzles; enough for each child to have at least five wrapped gifts that will be sent FedEx in a week or so.  Black Friday…no need for such things when you live in Rhode Island and better yet, near a  Benny’s.  Thanks, Benny’s!!

Thanksgiving, Briefly

Our Hosts
Our Hosts for 25 Years
Sue and Paul
Meme and Lily 2
Meme and Lily

The same for a quarter century,

We gather at Sue and Paul’s.

We eat, we talk, the boys go for a walk,

And a grand time is had by all!

Sharing vino

enjoying dinnerCarol and Nan

Aunt Judy and Lily

Ready to EatUncle Phil and Liam


15 pounds of carrots, done!

Every year for more than a few, the evening before Thanksgiving some of us girls gather for a gab-fest, glass of wine, and listening to the Sound of Music soundtrack.  Our purpose for getting together is to peel the vegetables for Thanksgiving dinner.  How many  pounds of potatoes and carrots are peeled depends entirely on how many people are expected.  How much wine we drink while peeling….depends entirely on how much we have to talk about; or as it turns out tonight, how tired we are–we didn’t drink tonight for fear of falling asleep while peeling!

This year, one of the bigger in recent years, there will be thirty people for dinner.  For the most part everyone at the table is somehow related to one and other; if not by blood, by the fact that for the past twenty-five years the dining table at Linden Street, is where Thanksgiving happens.   Sue and Paul are lovely and brilliant hosts.  Conversation is lively and engaging, and there is at least one full dessert for each person who has a seat.

As the blessing is said, we’re reminded of the sorrows, joys, challenges and successes of the previous year.  This year there is so much to be grateful for and it is difficult to pick just one.  So, I’ll pick two that I know as a family we are grateful for this year!!  Liam and Lilyanna!

liam walk
Liam makes great “strides” in school!
Miss Lily
Sandra and AJ welcome Lily to the family!

Eight Years Ago, Today

This might be one of the easiest blog posts I’ve done over the 115 days I’ve been posting.  Today is my wedding anniversary.  I got married eight years ago, I was 42 years old (yes, that makes me 50 this year).

We shared our wedding day with everyone in this picture.  More than just that one day, I can honestly say that many if not all, of these people, have in some way played a role in the life Steve and I have created as a married couple.  For their love on the day we married and the support they’ve shown us for the past 2,920 days, THANK YOU!

Wedding Day Clan2

Daily Prompt: Simply Irresistible

Daily Prompt:  Simply Irresistible

Anything ice cream, but when it sits on top of chocolate bread pudding, well…

Haiku, Can You? Happy Anniversary, Too!

writing-challengesHaiku is the weekly writing challenge at the Daily Post at Word Press.  Seventeen syllables to express a thought, completely, in three lines–five, seven, five.  While typically, a poem such as this is meant for describing nature, I’m putting my own spin on the challenge.  I don’t think I’ve written haiku since high school, however, in honor of my 8th wedding anniversary, which is tomorrow, I wish to thank my husband.  I love you Steve!

steve at yankee


the kissI knew little of

Commitment to another

Then, came my husband.