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Countdown to Thanksgiving

on November 6, 2012

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m very lucky to be heading over to New York this week to catch up with our American family. I’m especially excited about this trip because I’m also visiting Boston (where I’ve never been before) and I’ll be with our family for Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving – we celebrate it with our family here and it’s got all the trimmings of Christmas, but with none of the pressure of gifts or rushing to join other families. Just a great excuse to get together and eat too much turkey and stuffing and desserts. Brilliant. Although it’s generally pretty warm in Sydney in November, so I’m really looking forward to a northern hemisphere Thanksgiving – hopefully the turkey/stuffing/desserts program is the same, just with an open fire crackling instead of the hum of air conditioning.

And even though it’s not about gifts, I’ve bought some festive treats from Etsy – they’re little polymer reminders that we need to count our blessings and give thanks for the great things in our lives. Made by Amy Giacomelli of SkyeArt in Colorado, these are pumpkins with a message.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day crappy stuff – bills to pay, people getting sick, jobs wearing us down, people being freaking annoying, rainy days, late buses, difficult homework, shoe sales where size 7.5 always sells out too fast, neighbours who spy through the windows, cholesterol, car troubles, money troubles, boy/girl troubles…

So I’m hoping that these little pumpkins will sit there all year ’round as a reminder to stop and notice the good stuff. Like Sour Cherry Slurpees, family and friends, magpies who nest near your apartment but don’t attack you, solving cryptic crossword clues, funny work mates, ice cream on a hot day, smiles from strangers as you pass them on the street, gardenias blooming in the garden. Things like that.

Hope you can look around and find many things to give thanks for too – with or without the little pumpkins as reminders.

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5 responses to “Countdown to Thanksgiving

  1. Jacarandas and mangoes, my Sydney blog buddies, of course – LM & the pooch, health and happiness, rosellas in the trees, chocolate… travel safe, Sparks

    • Cate says:

      Yes! I was just looking at the beautiful jacarandas this morning! And before Christmas, we three will add ‘catching up for a drink with Sydney blog buddies’ to our ‘give thanks’ list… 😉

      • Jacaranda’s, Magnolia’s, Mr BCD who hides out in the sculptures by the sea, and (touch wood good health)…. of course the winning lotto ticket tonight and the dodgy Melbourne cup choices I made coming up trumps would be cool too…

        Enjoy your trip, hopefully will see you when you get back.

  2. Ross says:

    ‘Like Sour Cherry Slurpees’….. love it. Please stop mentioning them, i’m desperate to try the new flavour. Kids have it so good these days (Spot the aging 34yr old), it was only Coke, Fanta or possibly purple grape flavour when i was a kid. Ahhh, good times, …….. off to google the closest 7-Eleven to Belrose.

  3. MJH says:

    You will LOVE Boston Cate !!!! Trust me.

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