If I decided to log my every thankful, we would be here all the live long day. I think, always, that time might be better spent living gratitude than writing every whip-stitch of it down. So, I'm making the choice to pen thankfuls on the inside surface of my heart, every day. I promise to press down hard when I write.
For today, I'll not attempt the unabridged list. Instead, I'll share some here-and-now, bright-burning highlights. I'm thankful that I'm spending Thanksgiving with my Family. Last year my heart was still a little fogged over. My family felt incomplete. This year, I have new wrinkles and a new tinge of weariness, but what it means is that he is still here with us, and I'll take it.
I'm thankful for unexpected surprises left on my door step.
I'm thankful for the cachepot of friends I have collected, the shiny new friendships and the weathered and worn.
I’m thankful for soft, snowy days.
Hands that still hold mine.
and answered prayers.
I'm thankful for the hope of a new story.
I'm thankful that I am much more than the sum total of all my failures.
I'm thankful that Tom & Jerry humor transcends generations.
I'm thankful for the guy at the other end of the couch.
I'm thankful for the rattle and whir of a furnace, for air scented heavy with orange, for misbehavin' hair and flannel pajama pants. for puppies, siblings, extended family members, sons, the mothership and cinnamon rolls.
Count your thankfuls.
I hope all of you have a day full of love and laughter.
And remember - press hard.
24 ounces apricot preserves
¾ cup raspberry vinegar, or ¾ cup white distilled vinegar plus 1 ½ tsp raspberry preserves
A pinch of salt
¼ tsp ground cloves
¼ cup Grand Marnier
2 bags fresh cranberries, nasty ones discarded
½ cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
1 ¼ cups dried tart cherries