Thankful Thursday 28 November 2019 | Thanksgiving Edition

Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers! Happy Thankful Thursday to all!

I am thankful for my family and family because I am truly loved. I am grateful for the love we show one another. I’m also thankful to have  a roof over my head, food on the table, water, and two jobs. I may not be monetarily wealthy, but I am wealthy in all other aspects. I am truly blessed.

Aunt Linda and Uncle Joey moved to Florida; Josh and Jason are the two that remained in our area, but Josh went down to Florida for the holidays. Jason thought he had to work at Wegmans today, he didn’t, and we had him over for Thanksgiving dinner.

What a lovely Thanksgiving! Before he arrived, dad lit the fireplace and we all sat together, the Boy included, and bonded as a family. I decided to scrapbook a little and Jason came at four. We enjoyed the fire and I loved chatting with Jason about music and travel. I’m so grateful he joined us and I’m grateful for a lovely day.


I also worked on a piece for the Farmer’s Almanac’s essay contest. The prompt for the contest is: “What worn-out possession is dearest to you, and why?” Here is my essay; I feel good about it and I submitted it to the website already. I am a winner, and I am eternally grateful for the belated gift I was given on 4 January 2000.

It’s January 4, 2000, and I just finished my first day back to fourth grade after a fun Christmas break. I couldn’t wait to visit Nan and tell her all about my day.


“I have a surprise for you!” She excitedly called out as I walked through the door.


“Oh?” I looked puzzled, but nonetheless excited. I followed Nan upstairs and she led me to her hallway closet. I am puzzled at this point and she laughed at my expression.


“Remember something you wanted for Christmas?” I was thinking about my list, I received everything I wanted for Christmas. “Well, I was cleaning today and came across this Sears bag. I opened it and I saw something yellow.” Nan handed me the bag. I quickly opened the bag and to my delight, I grabbed a giant stuffed Pikachu out. My wish came true! I hugged Nan tightly; I added him to the bear collection on my bed.


Nan died on January 25, 2013. After her passing, I hugged Pikachu tightly; the grief was too much to bear. Pikachu still lays on my bed, almost twenty years later. He is well-loved, just like the love Nan showed to me.

What are you grateful for today? I hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday, dear readers!

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Creator of the Happiness Box Project Initiative, a project where you write your happiness or gratitude each day, then open the box in the New Year. The Initiative is to teach joy and gratitude, to pass it on to others.

3 thoughts on “Thankful Thursday 28 November 2019 | Thanksgiving Edition”

  1. Happy Thanksgiving Dear Friend! It sounds like you are having a lovely day surrounded by wonderful people. I am sorry about the loss of your Nan glad you have Pikachu to cheer you up.
    I am thankful for my health, my relationship, family, friends, this blogging community, and this place I call home.
    Thanksgiving has been very relaxing which is nice. I hope you will enjoy the long weekend!

    ❤ Alana


    1. Thank you! Jason left about an hour ago, dad went to bed, mom is relaxing by the fire, and now I’m about to sit down and write my Thanksgiving card for the Happiness Box. I’m pooped, but not exhausted yet and I want to get that in before I do fall asleep.

      I’m glad you had such a peaceful day. They are always the best! Have a great long weekend too.

      ❤ Jessica

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  2. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    I am verklempt to know (and see) that you had such a nice Thanksgiving with your family, including the kitty. I can’t even remember what it is like to sit by a roaring fire for warmth on a cold day. Mrs. Shady and I were on the road much of the day yesterday zigzagging across the state. We arrived home late and exhausted. I decided to sleep on your post. I hope I didn’t get it wrinkled. 🙂 Now that I am fresh and rested and awakening from my own turkey coma, I can tell you that I am thankful to have your faithful friendship over the years. I am also thankful that we had safe travels yesterday. The traffic was surprisingly light for a holiday and we had the best weather in the nation, perfect blue sky, warm but not hot temps and a refreshing breeze – just perfect.

    I enjoyed your essay entry and hope you win. Nan meant a great deal to you. I can picture your happy face the day she surprised you with that Pokémon creature. You will treasure it always along with memories of Nan, a woman you loved and who continues to influence and inspire you to this day.

    Have a safe and happy weekend, dear friend JM!


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