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50 Precious Things

On this day, November 26, here in America, we celebrate Thanksgiving.  It is a special, national holiday in which we all take the time to embrace all that we have for which we are thankful. Here is a list (which could be much longer) of 50 odds and ends in my life for which I am HUGELY grateful .  .  .  . 1.  My Family 2.  My Mom 3.  My dear friends all over the country (especially the ones in Seattle, Charlotte, and Nashville) and all over the world (especially folks in the Philippines and in the UK) 4.  Every Filipino dish imaginable (especially the one with pig's blood.  It's my favorite.) 5.  My Piano 6.  My ability to play the piano and all my music completely by memory 7.  Oreo and Buttercup 8.  My computer and internet 9.  All of the books I've ever read 10.  My vintage Roland JD-800 keyboard synthesizer with all of the kooky sounds it makes 11.  Balthazar--my cute black Toyota Corolla (has great gas mileage and is a smooth ride) 12.  The Golden Girls 13.  Cookies and Cream Ice Cream 14.  Macadamia Nut/white chocolate cookies 15.  Sushi 17.  Beethoven 18.  The art of Egon Schiele 19.  Tuna 20.  Madonna's ENTIRE music catalogue 21.  Hugs from my niece and nephews 22.  Dinners, lunch, brunch with friends 23.  Memories of growing up on a little green island in the middle of a big blue ocean far far away 24.  My first full album of music (Seahorses) 25.  Chop sticks (I carry a pair everywhere I go for whenever my sushi cravings get the best of me) 26.  My wardrobe of vintage clothes 27.  My small collection of foreign films 28.  My record player and all of the cool vinyl records I own 29.  All of my artwork (which is mostly in storage these days) 30.  Spam (the food, that is) 31.  Bacon (yummy) 32.  Everything Chris Van Allsburg has ever written or illustrated 33.  Eggs and the countless ways they can be cooked 34.  The small YMCA gym near my house 35.  The really big lake near my house 36.  Shoes 37.  My knitting 38.  HGTV 39.  Nashville's Belcourt Theater 40.  Four Seasons (especially Fall and Winter) 41.  Flossing 42.  Laughter 43.  Coffee 44.  Being a performer 45.  Peanut Butter 46.  Peaches 47.  Dancing 48.  Quiet moments lost in thought 49.  The time my family had with my nephew Baby Kit 50.  This blog where pianos roam .  .  . Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! -g

Favorite Things Friday – Thanksgiving

On Zen Wednesday

Back when I was a kid, Thanksgiving was my most unfavorite of holidays. I mean….boring. Aside from getting time off school, it was a bunch of adults sitting around eating turkey, no presents, no costumes, no real fun of any kind. Yawn. Fast forward to adulthood and I gotta say…Thanksgiving has now become one of my very favorite days. It’s a time to gather together with family and friends, eat fabulous food and just be thankful for all the wonderful things in our lives without all the stress and pressure that sometimes accompanies Christmas. Dear Thanksgiving, I am sorry I maligned you for so long and to make up for it, here are the things I am happy about, or grateful for, when it comes to Thanksgiving:

1.Gratitude – At its core, Thanksgiving is a gratitude ritual. We gather together to reflect back on the year, count our blessings and give thanks for the good stuff in our lives. What a marvelous, life-affirming tradition.

2.Family – Thanksgiving is a pretty low-key, relaxed kinda deal that focuses on getting the family together and I really dig that. And when I say family, I am including close friends because in my mind…friends are the family you choose for yourself. (Looking forward to seeing mom, dad and the nephews!)

3.Giving – I really like that the energy around Thanksgiving is one of giving and sharing. People have potlucks, bring wine, share what they’re grateful for…it’s not overly commercialized or focused on buying/receiving. This is probably why most retail stores jump straight from Halloween to Christmas with their displays, because there’s not a lot of money to be made off giving and being thankful, but that’s what I love about it.

4.Good Eats – Okay, I admit I am a bit of a foodie, and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the awesome food that accompanies Thanksgiving. I especially like how all the traditional family recipes make an appearance on this day, the ones that remind you of grandma or childhood. It’s comfort food at its highest level.

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