This November, I'm thankful for the big things and for the little things. Most importantly, I'm thankful for my awesome husband/co-writer Tit Elingtin, my family, having a warm house and food, clean water, being able to read and write, having had the chance to go to school and freedom of speech. I'm thankful whenever someone reads one of my books. I’m grateful to live within walking distance of a library.
I'm grateful to live in the U.S., where various religious groups coexist peacefully most of the time. I was raised Catholic (it didn't stick), sometimes attend Episcopalian (Church of England) services, have one Jewish grandmother, observe the Pagan wheel of the year, revere a variety of goddesses and love Shiva. I cherish being free to practice the religious traditions that are meaningful to me. I cherish learning from a wide variety of philosophies and traditions.
At the risk of being labeled a crazy cat lady writer, I’m also thankful for my feline familiar, James the cat:
His face looks a little bit like a butterfly.
Every year at Thanksgiving time, I also like to take time to be grateful for the little things that make life so pleasant and interesting. There are many of them, so I could go on and on. In the interest of avoiding endless rambling, I decided to share just ten of my many, many favorite things. In no particular order, they are:
1 - Playing in the park with my nieces
2 - The music of Lady Gaga. It works well with many kinds of video, including the Powerpuff Girls.
3 - The Vampire Diaries Season 3. Pretty much anything with vampires, really. Or werewolves.
4 - Wuthering Heights (and its vampire version, Wuthering Bites).
5 - Green tea with pomegranate, pumpkin spice latte, and other hot beverages that make winter a little easier to take.
6 - Dark chocolate-covered cherries. Dark chocolate in general. Milk chocolate, occasionally.
7 - Draft Guinness
8 - The Simpsons. Maybe it’s because there’s a little bit of brainy, opinionated, nature-loving Lisa Simpson in me, but I like to have my near-daily Simpsons fix. Except on Saturday; that’s when I watch Futurama.
9 - The river view out my kitchen window, and the sound of the not-too-distant waterfall.
10 - Anything and everything having to do with my #1 celebrity crush, Christian Bale.
Have a blessed and peaceful Thanksgiving, and may you have many things to be grateful for. In case you don't visit my blog again next month, I'll say it now: have a wonderful Winter Solstice, a happy Hanukkah and a merry Christ(ian Bale)mas.
Now it's your turn. What's one thing you're thankful for?
Guinness photo by Aaron Keys, public domain image.