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I am thankful this holiday for:

  • The fresh, young, organic turkey in my refrigerator. I am hopeful I don’t cook the s$(* out of it on the day of thanks.
  • The cabinet full of oils, vinegars and spices that will make this feast my signature culinary gift. Had I not lost my job, taken up beekeeping and found my current path, I would not be so confident to host a “Schaefer Thanksgiving” after the years of Jeff’s amazing meals.
  • The wisdom that has gotten us all, as a family, to this stage of evolution. Adult children make parenting seem quaint and outmoded. Sharing their joys and struggles from new heights is humbling.
  • The time I spend every week just shutting out my world and visiting with the family I found through Hospice volunteering. For the time I sit watching beautiful brown cows and he smiles and say, “Ruminate!” in his gravely accent. For the meals we share, his beautiful wife orchestrating  the rhythm of the farm he loves, keeping it alive around him.
  • Pandora! What an amazing evolution that we have gone from vinyl records to an application that learns what we want to hear and provides an ongoing orchestra of artists?
  • A home to clean, moving chachkies around and remembering where they fit into my life. A garage full of wood to warm my home; the price of which was merely my sweat, sore muscles, and a small amount of blood from sprinters.
  • A ride in the woods. A walk down the road, the love of a dog. Well, I view it as love but she is much more reserved about emotion…


If it takes a holiday to remind me to be thankful, so be it!

I am thankful for a sturdy camera, a patient computer, and the time to see and write it all down. This is all I ever wanted in life, it just took a while to learn to do it.


14 comments on “Thanks

  1. Touring NH says:

    A wonderful “Thankful List”. Enjoy your day and everything on your list!

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    1. Thank you Laura. Hope your day is full of love and family!


  2. Congratulations on your wonderful wisdom. Perhaps a benefit of life after 60???!

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    1. Certainly wisdom comes with age and experience, Susan. Thank you and warm wishes to you and yours for the holidays!

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  3. julieallyn says:

    Your last line says it all. Happy Thanksgiving, Martha. I count your friendship as one of my blessings. I wish you well now and always.

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    1. Thank you Julie! Your friendship and support warm my heart. Happy Turkey Day my friend!!

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  4. Jim Gann says:

    Have Happy Times and Thanks for all we have and had. Enjoy!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Jim! Happy Thanksgiving to you, Susan and Jack!


  5. Have a great Thanksgiving Martha!

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    1. Thank you Allen. Warm wishes to you too!

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  6. cheryl622014 says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! We are celebrating with an American friend, also called Martha, tomorrow. I have a potato dish to take which may be rather hit and miss after dental treatment…I know I know I must be very thankful for dentists, painkillers and antibiotics.. what are chachkies just out of curiosity?

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    1. Thanks Cheryl. Chachkies is the yiddish term for knick-knacks, stuff, dust-collectors. One of my favorites!

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  7. Marie Keates says:

    We don’t have thanksgiving here but your list makes me wish we did.

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    1. Though I feel it has lost all the original meaning, it is still my favorite holiday…no gifts involved!

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