~for menopausal brides who can find love and companionship inspite of our changing bodies, changing moods, changing… ( that would be karima and me!!)
~for all those health care providers who have given my mother some quality and dignity to her life as she enters the final life stage.
~for my sister Celeste’s quick wit and sense of humor as she helps my mother and father navigate this scary sickness part of their lives…and, yes, i will visit you in jail if you commit patricide due to my crazy Sicilian father’s antics and explosions!
~ for my husband’s patience and candor and creative handiman abilities.
~ for rice and lavender heating bags…my best friends when it comes to my numerous aches and pains
~ silk pillow cases that make my face less squished and wrinkled in the morning
my companion & love Eric – He’s a gentleman with a loving spirit.
my family-love them with all my heart.
for all God has given me
the opportunity to see/watch animals in nature
Pies! Not just the ones that taste good, but onesthat look like art.
really sharp pencils
my crazy cats, that hep me to understand things are really not “that serious”.
simple books – that make you stop & think about the basics in life. The ones that keep you grounded.
beautiful friends – like you
- Parades for every occasion. That’s NOLA, baby!
- Hotels with free wi-fi. You’d think they all have it but you would be wrong.
- Chivalrous strangers
- Duck stock
- Oysters and having them back after a frightening hiatus.
- Electric kettles
- Fig trees
- Having a washer and dryer on the GROUND FLOOR and INSIDE my house! No more creepy basements or scary sheds for me!
- Discovering the Alto Adige region of Italy and their beautiful wines
- Bayou St. John and Spanish moss
- Pumpkin spice lattes on crisp, fall days, walking the pups and kicking through delicious smelling leaves (I just came back from Denver, obviously I am not referring to New Orleans)
- Being able to walk to work (now that it is not 8,000 degrees out every day)
- Having a dog who knows when I am sad and gives me lots of kisses
- The boyfriend being a super handyman. There are many other reasons I am thankful for him but man, that walk-in closet he built me is GREAT!
- Free, spontaneous street music
- Toasted brown rice green tea
- Fresh caught fish. Again, the boyfriend delivers!
- Sounds of the streetcar
- Quiet nights and fleece pajamas
- Being able to always go home
Favorite Book: Hmm, I read a lot of duds this year. The books that were most notable include “Who Will Run Frog Hospital?””Watership Down” and “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian.”
Favorite Album: I don’t know anything about albums, when was the last time I actually bought one? Anyway, I’m liking Buika lately.
Favorite Movie: Once. I’m sure this came out a while ago but I am woefully out of date.
Favorite Meal: This is hard because I eat so damn good. I’m going with dinner at my house with my love, my New Orleans brother, my best friend, her babies, my mamma and Gregoire. Grilled oysters, drum and amberjack with chermoula and tzatziki, mustard greens, corn and potatoes, shredded beets, ginger-poached mirliton and a fig vinaigrette. Bruleed bananas foster over homemade lucuma-manjar ice cream. Good food and SO MUCH LOVE.
Favorite Wine: I’m adding this category this year. Orin Swift’s “The Prisoner”
- people who DON’T steal
- car beeps that tell you your lights are still on
- contractors who do what they are contracted to do when they are contracted to do it
- REAL books
- the public library
- good intentions (even if they’re NOT implemented; they’re still GOOD!)
- photos that keep me in touch with my grandchildren
- being in a place where we can share what we have
- our bountiful table
- YouTube for short clips that help me when I’m stuck with something (knitting instructions)
- Dances of Universal Peace
- Singing with others
- Time change: when we “fall back”
- my children’s blogs
- Preservationists who help save/restore our city’s heritage
- the ordinary
- all of YOU. My cup runneth over and over. Grazie and so much more.
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
Saying:“Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
It’s time for 2010 Thanksgiving Lists.
I know it’s been a long time but keep the list true and simple:
* things to be thankful for
* memories of 2010 (aka favourite books, movies, smells, music etc)
And yes, you won’t remember your passwords etc so if you need to just email Gordon and we’ll sort you out with your old account or a nice shiny new one.
Happy Thangsiving! Can we eat yet?