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Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Most of you who read me know I wish I was in New England...so yesterday for me was not my favorite sort of day.I'll just say it. It's hot out here in California.We took Buddy to Burger King for a double cheeseburger. He loves the drive-thru down in Arroyo Grande. Then we drove along the Pacific into Pismo Beach..checked out all the surfers, beach goers,and assorted dog walkers in the sand. After that we made our way to Avila Beach. Buddy loves the little playground there. I however do not. But I do it for him. People were actually laying out on the beach. On Thanksgiving. And they love it...but to tell you all the truth, it was putting me in a really bad mood.Where are the falling red maple leaves,the woodsmoke curling from chimneys,big overstuffed couches piled high with wool plaid blankets, apple cider simmering on the stovetop? It was smoothies and sunscreen here.KSBY T.V. was on early this morning. Did he just say we will reach a high of 81 degrees on Thanksgiving? He did. I heard him. 81 degrees. As I write this all the doors and windows are wide open and Buddy is panting. I may have to get the fan back out. And I wanted to put on my flannel Santa sheets today. Maybe not today.

But it is Thanksgiving..and I have alot to be grateful for. So I told John I'm done complaining.The weather should be the least of my problems... so now I feel greedy and petty for ever even saying anything. There is so much worse that 81 degrees. Way worse.So I am letting it go. I am thankful for the turkey in my refrigerator, the big sack of brown russet potatoes on my drainboard,the bakery box of rolls,the fresh green beans,the cranberries and the little carton of cream,my bag of walnuts from farmers market and the Limbertwig apples from Gopher Glen. My crock of fresh butter with sea salt.My soft warm bed upstairs,my garden, my kitty Whiskey sleeping happily in that red plaid chair,getting to take Buddy on his walk, what was left of my walnut bread to have toasted this morning with my "JOY" tea.The goldfinches tweeting at the feeder, my family....and all of you, my dear friends. I am thankful for you... Happy Thanksgiving.


  1. Such beautiful words, Kary :)

  2. This was a wonderful post! I have lived in Michigan my entire life, so I have no idea what it is like to spend fall and winter in 80 degree weather. Truth be told, I'd like to find out. I'd rather live at the ocean than the Great Lakes. But the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, I suppose. It may be that I would miss the cold and snow.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  3. Wow, 81 degrees. It's going to be 46 and windy here. Should make for an interesting day at the horse races (our plans for Thanksgiving). Hope you have a wonderful Turkey Day!

  4. There's something about Thanksgiving that makes us do this kind of inventory of gratefulness, huh. I like it that you are grateful for the simple things,
    i'm sure grateful you are my friend!

    donkey in the pines
    where the sun is shining too

  5. Julie...Me Too !

    donkey in a bathing suit....and happy

  6. Well there you go...you've just turned a beautiful day into an even more beautiful day! Enjoy the fresh air, turkey and all that you have to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving. :)

  7. I appreciate your words, oh so much. What a beautiful and thankful post.
    Is that your doggie? How adorable he is!
    Happy Thanksgiving.

  8. 81 degrees? I would love that! I'm in heaven just thinking about it?

  9. Hi Kary,
    Hoping you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    And you'd have to admit, it's not about where you are, but who you're with...true? :)
    ....although that 81 degrees is tempting.....

  10. i found your blog via a comment you left on la porte rouge...so glad to have found you!
    you sound a lot like me: wishing for cooler temperatures and a more fallish fall, but stuck in sunny california. alas!
    you have such a lovely and pretty blog!

  11. look at that adorable fluffy cat!

  12. What a beautiful park! Just what I would imagine in Cali. And I can't even BEGIN to express how much I adore that flannel-covered chair. Mmmmm.

    Thank you for your sweet comment. I have enjoyed our conversations as well. Blogland is SUCH a surprisingly warm, generous place to be. I look forward to sharing Christmas moments!

  13. Happy Thanksgiving, Kary!
    Beautiful words. How true; no need to moan and groan about insignificant things. We all have so much to be thankful for.

  14. Sounds like you need to go back to New England...California doesn't sound like it is the place for you? Still, I'd swap some of our UK weather for your weather...it is so grey and wet here!

    I see that you did a Tante Marie food course...I'm trying to work out what food course to do here in the UK and it is not easy - there is a Tante Marie school near me but I can't afford their 11 week course -only their 4 week one but they are rather keen that I do the 11 week one with regards to my ambitions to run a cafe...a bit lost on how to proceed! :-$ xxx

  15. Hi Kary..! I lived in central Florida for over 25 years and I can totally relate! Ugh...hot on the holidays is yukky...but there is so much to be thankful for...and I am thankful for you!
    Have a great holiday...I am jealous of your fresh butter with sea salt..

  16. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  17. Greetings,
    Found your blog, I see you are on the Christmas Tea list which I meant to RSVP. I shall have fun reading all the creativity of fellow bloggers.
    Fall is here in North States. The amazing thing that I took video and photograph is the birds flying south; to hear the sounds of 1,000's of birds in your yard for a few minutes amonst the trees.

    Happy Thanksgiving. I just love your dog on the plaid couch with the books on the shelf in the background looks inviting. I'll curl up right next to doggy with a cup of tea or cocoa if I'm at home, too hot for cooca in California unless it's Frozen Hot Chocolate like Serendipity.


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