Thankful for my glass

After a 5 hour road trip yesterday I was nearly too tired to make the cheese ball.  Until youngest boy reminded me that this is, after all, the official start of the cheese ball season.  So they are made and desserts will be prepped today.  We’ll gather with friends later tonight for easy eats and a raucous visit.  A cozy sleep and this cook will be up early to stuff the bird and play with the Grands. I’ll have two little kitchen helpers to saute and stir – while chatting and giggling and checking on the boys and football.

A gentle reminder from a friend that time of year is difficult for many. Not everyone enjoys a close family or a host of good friends and, for some, the holidays can bring intense loneliness and sadness.  Loved ones who have passed on are missed more than ever.   So on this Thanksgiving Eve I say this – “Go where you’re celebrated, not just where you’re tolerated.”

Set aside the “how it’s supposed to be,” and the “melon collie” and if you’d like a warm & noisy seat at our Holiday table please consider this is your virtual invite.



I'm thankful.

I’m thankful.

I’m happy to have a glass and am willing to share it – Happy Franksgiving everyone!

 An Emjayandthem(C) photo

Our dog Frankie. An Emjayandthem(C) photo


Ephesians 5:20 – Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord.

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20 thoughts on “Thankful for my glass

  1. Have a very Blessed Thanksgiving.

  2. Happy Cheese Ball season, MJ!

    This post is a great reminder of how it really should be on the holidays. It doesn’t have to look like Norman Rockwell’s idea of Thanksgiving. It doesn’t have to have all of the expected people. There just needs to be love and acceptance. This message came at the perfect time for me, as I’m at home frantically trying to ensure everything will be perfect for Thanksgiving at our house. I’m going to relax a little and remember to let be whatever will be!

    Hope your Thanksgiving is as wonderful as it seems to be shaping up to be.

    • I remembered you are having the crew to your house and I know that can be pretty frantic — hopefully there are some sweet moments in there just for you, too!

      Happy Thanksgiving 🙂 MJ

  3. Your glass is definitely full. Have a wonderful and safe holiday in your travels. Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the grands, and yes, may the “cheese ball season,” begin. 🙂 You’re funny.

  4. jude

    Lovely post Marilyn. Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. I often write about my exercise ladies. Most are older than 65 and most have families. Some don’t. There is one woman in particular who I admire. No local family at all but she has established rituals and routines for the holidays that are fun and involve others like her. In fact, sometimes I think I’d like to join her raucous group especially for New Year’s Eve! Enjoy your holiday with the family and make a cheeseball for me! (I may make one closer to the end of the year).

    • She sounds like a hoot — I like her choices – filling up her times with routines that bring her joy. You’re right – the New Year’s sounds great 🙂


  6. HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU TOO M.J.! And thank you for the smiles. 🙂

  7. Wishing you an enjoyable Thanksgiving as you get to spend it w/ your grand kids and family. I can totally imagine what it must be like around the MJ house tomorrow…maybe something a little bit like this 😉 :

  8. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving, MJ. I’m so thankful to have you among my blogging friends!

  9. Another warm, friendly and lovely reminder of what this season is supposed to be about. Great blog. Happy thanksgiving friend

    PS…melon collie…cracked me UP!! 😉

  10. One couldn’t stay melon collie with that photo! lol Hope you had a Happy Franksgiving!

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