How have you been this week? Every day is a new day, isn’t it? Looking ahead I realize Thanksgiving is here all of a sudden. I can’t believe how fast this year has flown. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and I love to share it with family and friends. As I think of menus, shopping, and guests for Thanksgiving my heart hurts and goes out to those who have lost their homes in California and in some cases their lives. There are so many still missing.

I remember many years ago when I lived in Oakland, California, we lived through the Oakland Hills fire and were evacuated for 3 days. If the wind hadn’t changed late that day and the fire turned we would have lost our home too. Fortunately for us our home survived. 2500 other families weren’t as lucky. The community came together and helped the families that had to rebuild. I see that communities are coming together now as well. In times of crisis people come together. Differences are set aside. Compassion is felt and the question, “How can I help” prevails. So why bring this up now while getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving?

I feel so thankful for everyday I’m here and for the health and well-being of my family. Our children and their families still live in Northern California and although they live far from the fire the air quality is bad. Schools have closed briefly. The kids and their families are ok though and I’m thankful! Our friends in Southern California are ok including a family living in Malibu!

For 2 or 3 weeks I’ve had an urge to clear out my closet, towels, and bed linens. Still good but I don’t use them anymore. Sound familiar? Hmmm. All of a sudden it makes sense to do it now and donate what is still good to help someone who has lost everything. Our homeless and other families who are struggling can benefit from these donations as well. Groups are also looking for food donations. Financial donations are always needed and appreciated. There are many ways I can help. I am blessed with a home to live in, clothes to wear, food on the table, and so much more. There is so much to be thankful for.

Thanksgiving has always been a time for me to celebrate with family and friends. How about you? I hope your Thanksgiving is special this year and you don’t stress out too much! LOL In years past I used to provide the whole meal. Now, after I create the menu others volunteer to bring their favorites! This works out beautifully and I love it!

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