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Giving Thanks This Day

Updated on December 14, 2012
By Norman Rockwall
By Norman Rockwall

First Thanksgiving

In this country, we set aside a day to give thanks for all we have. It's fittingly after the harvest time, since it arose from our agricultural roots and the appreciation for the abundance experienced by he first pilgrims who arrived on its shores. Those people were fleeing very harsh conditions back across the pond. They were not here for political reasons, though they had aspirations to be able to worship as they chose, which had not been easy in their previous lives. They were thankful for the native inhabitants who welcomed them and there was no intention of subduing or taking over.

They sought a chance to BE and be free to live and pursue their simple lives.

It was a cold different coast and those native inhabitants shared their abundance with these new arrivals. It was a cause for Thanksgiving and eventually that spirit would form the spirit of the celebration we now celebrate this day.

Of course - every day is a day for giving thanks. Just for LIFE! We sometimes take it for granted, along with the essentials which prolong it.


Even more, it sometimes seems, we get used to the extras that are nice to have but not essential for maintaining our lives, such as food, water, air and protection from the elements and predators. We have so much more! Good water, fresh right out of the tap at our will! Gourmet food and all the "extras"! Warm fireplaces in secure, comfortable homes, wearing comfortable nice-looking clothes on bodies bursting with health and good means of maintaining it or getting help if we have health issues. Not to mention wonderful family and friends, loyalties and mutual respect and appreciation. There is so much for which to give thanks, this and every day we are alive to enjoy it all. Even challenges are to be thanked. They give us wisdom and opportunity to both improve and to appreciate!

2009 -With family in Austin

George Jr. helping last holiday in Austin area
George Jr. helping last holiday in Austin area
My step-great-grandson, Logan, helping his maternal grandmother, Penny, with the preparations. last time (now he's 10)
My step-great-grandson, Logan, helping his maternal grandmother, Penny, with the preparations. last time (now he's 10)

Thanksgiving, 2010

I was scheduled to go with my stepson, George, Jr. to near Austin for the holiday with his two daughters and grandson and his daughter’s Mom and grandmother, and other family and friends. I’ve had the privilege of sharing holidays with these lovely people for the past two years and it’s always a treat.


But, alas, George’s slight discomfort has progressed into a severe case of sciatica, very painful and even down into his leg and knee. He says he’s walking around stooped over like an elderly man! There are no comfortable positions so he made a wise choice to forgo driving the 200 or so mile distance, trying to be cheerful, dealing with stairs and another bed, etc. -plus the return drive. I encouraged him to forego it this time! So he came up with an alternate plan.


NEW PLAN

He’s taking us out to Mignon, a lovely restaurant which serves a magnificent Thanksgiving buffet! Reservation at 3:00 o’clock. He took us there another time a few years ago. It is a real treat. Plus, I will get to meet the lady he has been dating. Her plans with her own family fell through, as well, so we’ll be happy orphans enjoying the day together.


MIGNON


I wish the best to others of my family scattered in other states, Colorado, Indiana and Florida, and friends everywhere!

I especially hope YOUR day is joyous and that you have much to be thankful for and that you have the sense of feeling it, - whether or not the day is set aside for that purpose! Every day is Thanksgiving - or should be.

So - N-Joy!

Hugs,

Nellieanna

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      Nancy Hinchliff 6 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Very nice. Wish I could be in Austin too with my daughter. But having dinner with friends in Louisville today.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Well - I understand. My own kids and theirs are all in Indiana, closer to where you are than I am, for sure! Some in Bloomington, some in Indianapolis. Eldest granddaughter has texted me a Happy Thanksgiving. LOL - What an age we live in!

      Thanks for the visit and comment, dear friend!

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      What a lovely Thanksgiving hub. Thank you, Nellieanna. I will be sharing the holiday with family, too, so it is indeed a happy Thanksgiving.

      BTW - You look absolutely gorgeous in your new photos!

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      Nellieanna your beautiful bright eyes and electric smile on red lights up this page. Your soul is illuminated as always and I want to wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. Even though your first set of plans fell through and for good reason I might add.

      The second plan looks extremely appetizing:0) Indeed a banquet buffet of great eats, with loving family and friends, what more can one be blessed with.

      So again I wish you and yours a blessed day and may we all continue to lift each other up in daily Thankfullness

      Big hugs coming your way from the Saddlerider, BTW ya think you could steal away a turkey leg and hide it,I'll be by later to Gobble it up:0)) he he he.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      bj- thank you! Glad you have lovely Thanksgiving plans! It's one of my favorite celebrations, especially for its warmth and closeness. Thank you for the compliments! Have a great day!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Ken - thank you!! You're right. I'm quite happy with the new plan, though I'll miss the other folks and they're disappointed we're not joining them. It would not be in George's best interest to attempt that trip though. This plan will put him to the test, but he'll be close to home and relief! I look forward to good Thanksgiving dinner and company!

      In fact, I rather like the idea of being close to home myself, with the bitter cold front that's moving in as I type. From the 80s the last few days, temperatures are to plummet to the 20s tonight and through the weekend for lows, with chilly "highs".

      Today started @ nearly 70 early this morning and already is down to 39 at about 11:30AM. I'm glad I turned off my outside faucets yesterday! There's wind and precip involved in the forecast too.

      I know that is small potatoes for you, you polar bear! But it's a shock to thin-blooded southerners. hehe.

      That picture in red is from last winter. I needed its hug for here.

      ;->

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      It's always a joy to read your hubs!

      Although we don't have a similar celebration here in the Philippines, the idea of thanksgiving is ever present. As you said, "Every day is Thanksgiving - or should be."

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!

      By the way, I am a fan of Norman Rockwell so I was happy to see his art work here. Thank you!

      God bless!

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      diaineaugust 6 years ago

      So wonderfully said about this holiday of thanks. We have so much, and we often forget the blessings lined up on every side of our lives. I'm glad you all found an alternate plan for festivities. My! It looked grand. Wonderful Hub. DA

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      SilverGenes 6 years ago

      If your dinner is anywhere near as wonderful as these photos look, you will be feasting indeed! I hope you have a wonderful time and that G Jr. is feeling better soon. You are so right, we have a lot to be thankful for every day - like friendship with dear Nellieanna :)

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      FloBe 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you have a wonderful day. (from your Canadian neighbor)

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      Christopher Antony Meade 6 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      At this stage your day is probably nearly over, but I hope it left you, and yours, as happy as you look in that photograph.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Jill - thank you for the lovely comments. When I was growing up, Norman Rockwell came every week on the covers of "The Saturday Evening Post" magazine. I have loved his work ever since. Happy to hear of another fan. His work is less known outside of the the US. But he always captured the essence of the scene and with a lot of love and often, humor as well.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      diaineaugust. Yes - too often in our rush, and in our hassle with tiresome details, we forget how wonderful life really is.

      It was very wise that we didn't attempt the trip to Austin, by the way. George Jr. was strained just driving here in the city. But it was a lovely feast, for sure with great company, too. Thank you for the visit to my hub!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Alexandra - all I can say at this point is OINK! What a lovely meal it was. Buffet style, so one could have whatever one wanted and go back for more. I didn't go back but was tempted to get another bowl of the scrumptious butternut squash soup! There were so many other things though, I had to save room. It was divine. George's lady friend is a delight, too.

      Yes, our friendships here are treasures. I feel that way about yours, too! Thank you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      FloBe. Thank you! It's not as cold here but we are having a 50 degree drop from yesterday!! It's our first dip into the freezing mark so far, and on the heels of folks out in shorts yesterday, it's quite a change!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Christopheranton - yes this is nearing the end of a most enjoyable day. Lovely people and great food! No need for any supper! Thank you for the sweet comments!

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      Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

      I'm freezing... glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Ahh, the fickleness of Texas weather, Ciao!!!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Br-r-r-r - you have that right!! First we're heated up by a low pressure system off the Gulf, then a huge high pressure cold front descends on us out of Canada and drops the temperatures 50 or so degrees. Well, I'm in my cuddly sweats and furry moccasins, wrapped in a fuzzy shawl. I keep the thermostat set at 68 or 69 and it's coming on frequently! But it is almost winter, so I guess we are due some. Stay warm!! Thanks for dropping by!

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      VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Nice hub! I assume the new plan to eat at Mignon turned out well.:) Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Violet Sun - It DID! The food was wonderful and the company delightful, though my poor stepson was in ongoing pain, more so at times. He enjoyed doing it, though - and fully realized it would have been horrible to try to drive to Austin and back! I really liked his lady friend and it seemed to be mutual, so that was most pleasant too. The weather turning bitterly cold was an - er - added attradtion. Here in Texas, we call a sudden drop from balmy to arctic a "Blue Norther". LOL. This is a Blue Norther, for sure! br-r-r-r/

      Hope your Thanksgiving was pleasant too! Thanks for the visit here!

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      Kera 6 years ago from USA

      So true and happy holidays.............this one is very touching and makes us stop to think.......

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      De Greek 6 years ago from UK

      So no invitation, eh? :-)

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      Merlin Fraser 6 years ago from Cotswold Hills

      I know Thanks Giving is a particularly American Holiday and I am a complete ignoramus on purely American culture so I have to ask; given what happened next, “Do Native Americans still celebrate Thanks Giving with you ?”

      Just a passing thought !

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      Sabrae 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanksgiving is a great day. I miss spending it with my family in Ohio. I spent the last two Thanksgivings at work! Got my butt kicked! LOL

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      SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      It is the day after now, and we had a delicious time with family.....love your upbeat attitude always. In a way, you provide us with a model of 'how to be.' I agree with De Greek though, an invitation would have been nice. haha

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      dramatis ppersonae. Thank you for the visit! Thanksgiving is probably one of the most - well - soul-searching of the traditional holidays, if one stops to really consider what it IS. It is very touching and thought-provoking, as you said!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      De Greek - (grin). It flew by so quickly and had so many twists and turns, I just "plumb forgot'! Nice to see you visiting my hub! Thanks

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Merlin, Thanksgiving has settled into mostly a family and close friends celebration. If one happened to have native American family members or close friends, they would be included, if they wished to be. I would gladly welcome native American friends into my family's celebration if they wished to join us and if I had the authority to invite people. Since I am somewhat of an invitee myself, that's not my choice, though. I have had quite a few native American online friends from my early days on the net, and still do have online friends of native American heritage and admire them greatly. There is a dignity and grace which is truly beautiful and stirs some humility in myself and my culture.

      As things exist, on the whole, though, they enjoy their own cultural rituals and celebrations among themselves, I would expect. There is no question that the years following the early pilgrims' and Indians' celebrating this giving of thanks together, there were other events and overwhelming injustices which hardly cemented that kind of camaraderie overall which was first enjoyed.

      In fact, well-known American actress, sometimes called the "most beautiful woman in the world", Angelina Jolie, has declared she will not even celebrate this holiday because, in her estimation, those injustices began when he pilgrims landed. She seems to suggest that the pilgrims were manipulative con-artists trying to suck in the natives. My understanding is that they were relieved & appreciative to find people here who weren't violent and who would actually welcome them to the new land. Even with the differences in beliefs, they started off in a most friendly manner and made no overt moves to undermine the natives. Many learned their languages and customs and were "brothers" in spirit, in fact.

      So that effort to withdraw in protest from the holiday doesn't seem quite accurate or justified to me and can hardly form a plank in a foundation of better understanding in this modern setting in which the native Americans are solid citizens finding their own place in a very widely varied society here and most others in it are happy for them..

      She happens to be an American who is enjoying much advantage - and visibility - from the present-day results of all of that history. I suppose that, if she chooses to try to use her advantage to discredit its foundations in hopes of correcting the injustices, that is her privilege. Certainly there should be some accountability for past injustices in all countries' speckled histories, or at least apologies & a real change of pace. She's passionate about many injustices over the world and tries to use her visibility to call attention to them.

      Anyway, I preferred to look at the facts as they are understood at the time of the First Thanksgiving as they were. No question that things got skewed after that. I am not fond of trying to build on shaky facts, either. There are plenty of real facts to look into.

      I had not planned to bring this up but your question stirred it. Sorry if it over-answered it!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh my word, GQGirl! That's a shame that you had to work and then were blamed for it too!

      I hope next year has a better outcome for you! I have had to spend some Thanksgivings - and other family holidays - not with any family, even just alone. So I can understand you feelings about it. Thanks for the visit.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Steve - hehe - well maybe I need to plan on resuming baking my own turkey next year and send out invitations! Time was, I did the whole bit. But sometimes extended families have their own ideas and one just falls into line, enjoying the good food and closeness and enjoying not having to do all the work! LOL Or maybe an invitation to go to Mignon for the buffet? LOL Thanks for visiting and for the great comments!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Such a beautiful hub,thank you for sharing with us.I loved the way you took us back to the beginning when we first came to America,depicting love between the Indian and the new arrivals.

      Best Wishes

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      Doug Turner Jr. 6 years ago

      You're a good writer. I like your prose. Glad to hear of such good tidings for your family -- and that Mignon dinner spread made me hungry!

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      daydreamer13 6 years ago

      Beautiful. Happy Thanksgiving.

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      Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Your perspective and comments are the best! You reflect what most of us want to share and enjoy. Thanks!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Always Exploring - thank you! I felt highly inspired to take a look at that first Thanksgiving.

      I've watched the movie "The Scarlet Letter" several times, set in New England when the Puritans had begun to settle in there. It depicts some of the relationships with the native Americans which had developed. Of course, it's fiction, further interpreted by film, but I can imagine there was a lot of interaction and much of it was quite mutually perceptive.

      We have much to learn from them still, I think. They were/are a culture far surpassing the Europeans in many ways. They just had not pursued an industrialized structure and surely that was partly because of their reverence for the natural. Now we are faced with all the problems of industrialization & desperately needing more understanding of the natural. Sort of ironic, isn't it?

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you Doug! Well, that Mignon feast was truly - a feast! Hope your own was every bit as yummy! I'm glad you stopped by!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Daydreamer, what a pleasure to see you! Thank you - and same to you, even if it is later. Thanksgiving is any day, right?

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Dallas - I'm so pleased to see you! Thank you for the encouraging words! Your good opinion means a lot to me! How is your Mom? Hugs to you both.

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      LateBloomer 6 years ago

      Wow Nellieanna - what pictures! Also that Mignon looks all 5 Stars!

      I'm so happy that things worked out as they did. Love, John

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      Merlin Fraser 6 years ago from Cotswold Hills

      Hi Nellieanna,

      Thanks for your wonderful and detailed response and no I don't consider you over answered the question.

      You know me I tend to go with the underdog and of late I have been studying the similarities of cultural and rituals between ancient European Pagans and Native Americans and I am amazed at the similarities up to and including the religious persecution. Hence the question.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      You have the talent Nellieanna to make us feel that we are in the same places as you , physically and mentally.

      another beautiful/awesome and up.

      I hope you had a great day.

      Take care

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      Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

      Was going to just relax and take the day in to just plain be thankful and nothing else. Turned out the neighbor insisted my son and I show for luncheon, so we did. Was a delightful afternoon.

      Thank you for your wonderful Thanksgiving sharing here. Have a beautiful Sunday and week following. :D aloha - hugs :D

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      DavePrice 6 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

      Happy Thanksgiving Nellie - I made it home Friday night for the weekend. My family send their love and thanks for the kindness you have shared with me.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      John! What a delight to find you visited my hub!!! Thank you for the thumbs up! Hope to see you soon! You're probably working hard, getting the bulletins done. Maybe you can fold them over here and watch another Jane Austen DVD with me! I'll bet I can rustle us up some supper, too.

      Note: for my Hub freinds, John (LateBloomer) is a dear friend and former neighbor who was my George's "best young friend". George had a "best old friend" too. John was a frequent visitor here and he often walked with George. He gave the eulogy for my beloved. He's a fairly new Hubber and I'm sure he would appreciate a visit. So far, he practices the bulletins he writes for the Care Center church. But he has many other interests and excellent writing skills. His Dad established the Christian Care Center and his Mom lives there now. I am due to visit it because the college librarian for whom I worked when I was 16 lives there too! I hope I don't shock her. If she remembers me at all, it was as naive teenager. heh heh.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Merlin. Thanks. I was pleased that you asked and was not sure how to reply other than what little I know, which obviously couldn't be said briefly because I don't know enough to abbreviate with clarity. LOL.

      I've NO doubt that there were concerted efforts to convert the native Americans. However, I have little doubt that those who did convert never abandoned the DEEP connections they have with nature & their own religious/philosophical/visceral unwritten beliefs. They probably wed them to the new concepts much as other peoples with ancient heritages do. In a way it may be thought of as persecution if another religion attempts to superimpose itself, although I doubt if it was experienced as such. The wisdom of the ages surely took it in with a kind of tolerant interest with a willingness to give credit where due. It's rather admirable, in fact. Like my Dad when I tried to convert him when I'd just embraced a belief when a teenager. He had a patient attitude, but had no problem setting me straight when I misquoted the scriptures, and he remained of the same well-established and personally well supported position he had. Later I came to perceive and admire it.

      The problem with the evangelistic zeal which only focuses on imparting its own thing, ignoring or discrediting that of others is that it seems to assume it is writing on a blank sheet, which is utterly unlikely. Native beliefs are probably more embedded and surely superiorly practical in application! We all could learn much from them and certainly their own deep heritage should never be ignored or overwritten.

      But these are only my impressions. I've done no real research on the facts I've assumed here. Thank YOU for returning & replying here!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Eiddwen, How kind you are! It's good to feel making a real connection! When one sits down to write, it's uncertain whether it will "speak to" readers at a visceral level, especially. It's nice to stir interest, but to reach deeper is so satisfying! Thanks for the votes and - yes - it was a lovely day! Thank you!!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Sa`ge, I'm delighted to see you visiting my hub! I've been to your site and feel I'm in touch with a most special deep soul in you! Thank you for your visit and your follow!

      Your day sounds like a lovely one, too! I'm bundled up staying warm in our sudden cold weather here in Dallas. The sun is out, though, so it looks beautiful. Shadows at this time of year in my latitude are always especially interesting. Even when the weather stays warm far into the Autumn, there is a "fall feeling" and I think the angle of the shadows contributes much to it! Frankly, though, I'm glad for the colder turn of it. I love wearing my fur-lined "Ossie" type boots and fuzzy sweats and enjoying hot beverages and foods. Thank you so much for your visit!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Dave! What a lovely turn of events for you, getting home!! I can imagine how wonderful that is for all of you!! Thank your family for me for sharing you for our little visit.

      I mentioned our brief but lovely visit to my stepson and his lady friend. I think they were a bit skeptical but I assured them that you are a perfect gentleman and someone I was happy to meet. I think they were reassured!

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your happy news, dear friend!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, what a lovely hub, and I am so pleased that you had a great Thanksgiving, we don't celebrate it over here, but I do wish we did, it would be lovely, I hope you have a great weekend, nell

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Nell. I am enjoying a pleasant weekend and hope you are, as well. Hugs.

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      Lisa HW 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Sounds like a wonderful Thanksgiving to me. My friend and her husband were planning to go to a big, extended-family, Thanksgiving "event" at a country club. There's something very nice about not having to get involved in all the cooking, and just enjoying the company, the meal, and the atmosphere. (Looking at all those clean but numerous "dressy" dishes that are waiting to be put away, but for now are still "everywhere", Thanksgiving somewhere other than home sounds pretty good to me. )

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      There are pros and cons in both kinds of celebrations, I guess. So long as it's with loving family - or even peacefully alone if that's the situation, that is what matters most.

      Thank you, Lisa HW for the pleasant visit and comments!!

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      Nellieanna, comparing to the lives of people who lived until quite recently, we, today in the Western World, are living in paradise. All the luxuries we are enjoying will surprise my grandparents out of their shoes – for most of this was not even in their dreams. Especially regarding communication and travel. Even my father, who died 20 years ago, will be stunned if he steps into this life we are enjoying now. May you have a wonderful coming year with no hardships to deal with. You are beautiful and an inspiration to all of us. Thank you for being a mother/sister/friend for us in cyberspace.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Martie, I've been missing you!

      You are so right - of course that's so! Even compared to conditions and availability in my own lifetime, we're now surrounded by luxury. When someone talks about being poor - over his iPhone and on his computer, one knows that!

      Hope yours is a wonderful year, as well, sweet Martie. From here, it's looking good! Thanks for coming by and commenting! Hugs

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Wow, that certainly was a treat and you well deserve it. It took me ages to come down here to put my little comment in. You have so many wonderful friends and I am glad that people can see what a great personality you have. It amazes me the warmth you can convey through an cold instrument like the Internet. I better put my harp away and stop singing your praises otherwise I'll be here all day. Take car and all the best.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      hello, hello -awgeewillikers! Such sweet praise. I'm happy that you persisted to get down here because no comments thread would be complete for me without yours! Thank you!

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      agaglia 6 years ago

      Nellianna,

      Thanks for a great hub. I'm glad to see that you had a great holiday. I, too enjoyed my Thanksgiving. I also loved having the day before off to clean the house and bake. It was great to take a break from work. Family is always best for me, too.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Agaglia! Dear heart - so good to see you here. Yes, it was a good holiday. I have most days "off" but I can easily remember the gift of an extra day off from work to do one's own things, including details like cleaning. And you baked too! WOW. Bet your family Thanksgiving was wonderful. I'm so glad you had the extra day off! Thank you for visiting my hub, too!!

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      denise mohan 6 years ago from California

      You are a true sweetheart, thnx for sharing

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, denise! - and you are a sweetheart for saying so! Thank you for the visit!

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      Cheri Taylor 6 years ago from New York, NY

      THIS IS AWESOME AND YOU LOOK BEAUTIFUL... YES YES..BLESS YOU NELLIEANNA! I LOVE THE PICTURES OF THE TOWN AND FOOD. LOL LOVE TO EAT AND I HOPE YOU ENJOY THE COMING HOLIDAYS. THANKS FOR SHARING THIS LOVELY HUB..

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      HFB - Thank you, dear person I'm holding my own for late 70s. LOL. Thanksgiving turned out well and I'm sure the upcoming holidays will be good as well if my sweet stepson is recovered from the sciatica. Otherwise, we'll have to see what we can do. I always feel the holidays are in my heart anyway! Hugs.

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