Giving Thanks

It feels like just yesterday, the kids and I were settling in back at our house after a summer spent in the sand and surf. Now, all of a sudden, we’re bundling up and staring down the holidays.

Where’d the time go?

Tomorrow’s dinner is already in production. Two side dishes are made. A third is prepped to cook tomorrow just before our big Thanksgiving meal. I’ll be up and going bright and early tomorrow to get everything else ready. Thanksgiving is nearly here.

That’s really kind of hard to believe.

This year, more than ever, I am filled with so much gratitude. I am grateful for our summers spent by the sea, and our days filled with laughter and joy. I am grateful for my friends and family. Their support and confidence in me is a great buoying force. I am grateful for my home, my work, my husband and my children. I am so lucky. And I am grateful for my two crazy beagles, who make me giggle often.

Beyond all this, I am grateful that my friends and family were largely spared by Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy. Yes, Sandy knocked out power (and for many, water) for days and days. But we’re all ok — and that’s what matters.

And on an even broader scale, I am so grateful for Sarah’s Cucina Bella and all its readers. It’s amazing to know that you are on the other side of the screen, reading and even sometimes responding. Thank you.

I am so grateful.

Have a wonderful, happy, relaxed Thanksgiving.

Now I leave you with some fun facts related to Thanksgiving:

  • 254 million: Turkeys expected to be raised in the US in 2012 — up two percent from 2011.
  • 768 million: Forecasted cranberry production in the US in 2012. Wisconsin is expected to be the top producer of cranberries this year, followed by Massachusetts.
  • 2.7 billion pounds: Total of sweet potatoes produced in major sweet potato growing states. North Carolina grows the most.

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service


  1. says

    It is crazy how fast the year goes by, it can be so frustrating! I’m glad to have friends and family to spend the day with though, and look forward to sharing your random agriculture stats with others :-p

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