It might not feel like it all day every day, but I have so much to be thankful for this year (especially when compared to how things were going for pretty much everyone this time last year!) I’m safe, and healthy- something I’m especially grateful for given the recent scare I talked about in previous posts!- I’m still working and financially stable, and my friends and family are still making it through this pandemic relatively unscathed.
For those reasons and so much more, I consider myself to be blessed- and when it comes time to enjoy tomorrow’s Thanksgiving meal with my loved ones (our first “normal” Thanksgiving since 2019!) I know I’m going to feel humbled and grateful.
It’s been a crazy couple of weeks for me leading up to tomorrow’s holiday and the subsequent Christmas season- but with a now confirmed clean bill of health and my gradual return to my routine with a newfound appreciation for life, as cliché as that might sound- I’ve been looking forward to all the planning, parties, gift shopping/wrapping and even the craziness that comes with all of it. It feels like everything is in motion again- although I’ve got a little catching up to do since I took a break to focus on self-care for a bit!
This past weekend was, I think, one of the last “low-key” ones I’ll have until the end of 2021. Although I did a little last-minute shopping and tidying up for tomorrow- I also spent some time in the Berkshires marveling at the views, bundling up in the very brisk weather and enjoying a fantastic brunch at a New Orleans-inspired café/general store in Charelemont- Wells Provisions.
Given my tentative plans to visit New Orleans at some point in 2022 (a trip that was delayed by COVID in early 2020)– the atmosphere, the music played and the Cajun spices of the food I tried during my quick stop were a much-welcomed treat and very different from the type of dining I’m used to in and around the Pioneer Valley. I’m looking forward to returning for more after New Years when I’ll have a little more free time again!
I hope that those of you who are celebrating tomorrow’s holiday- whether with family or on your own- take the time to think about the things you’re thankful for. I hope you’re all safe, and healthy, and happy- and that you have a beautiful day filled with good memories and even better food!
See you all on Friday!