In 48 hours, I'll have a 21-lb. turkey in the oven, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will be on t.v. and we'll be getting ready for a houseful of family for Thanksgiving dinner. Between now and then I have a list of stuff to do that's as long as my arm. Good thing my kids are home. I can put them to work. (Hey, they should be thankful they weren't born on a farm, they'd be picking . . . something right now. You can tell, I wasn't born on a farm either.)
I'm going to take a few days off from NaBloPoMo. It's my party and I'll blog -- or not -- if I want to;) And even though I won't be writing for the Giving Thanks Challenge, I'll be feeling very thankful this week, because that's what having my family around me tends to do. Except for when they all start fighting and throwing punches across the table. I'm kidding.
My gratitude today is for you, my blogging friends. Like so many of us who blog, I started mine for a variety of reasons. But the one that often keeps me going is the group of people I've met through our blogs. It's become a network of friendship and encouragement and learning. For some of us, what started out as leaving comments for one another, turned into exchanging e-mails and snail mail. I've had the pleasure of meeting two new friends in person and it was like we'd known each other for years. Other bloggers have inspired me to try new projects and recipes, and yet another's challenge got me off my duff to take a writing class that I've put off for far too long. And I like to think that in some small way I've helped inspire someone else out there, too.
So, to you my blogging buddies, I'm grateful. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and may your turkey turn out just right and your stuffing never be soggy. Unless you like it that way. It's all a matter of personal preference.