mid-November in Southern California / the Cobb Estate, Altadena. Off the very top of Lake.
[I can’t believe I let you guys sit with that OSU/UM post for a week. Yeesh.]
I know, it’s not ‘almost’ Thanksgiving anymore. It’s hard to even think of Thanksgiving, with the holiday/Christmas rush on, seems like it came and went in a hurry! But, still, no matter where we are on the calendar, it’s good to stop and give thanks.
We just got back from a nice long trip to Yosemite (photos to follow, be patient), and so we were away (on the trail, actually) for Thanksgiving Thursday. We did get roast turkey dinner the weekend before we left, though, not to worry. And yes, pumpkin pie. I like the idea of Thanksgiving - - the idea that so many people have this craving for turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie and Dallas Cowboy football, wherever they are in the world. The other thing is that, I’m going to guess, that most people say grace. No matter who or what higher power you might believe it, it’s nice to think that we also share in a national moment of pause, of reflection, to give thanks for all that we have, all the food, all the goodness.
Things that I’m thankful for:
- The endless blues of the sunny Southern California sky and of the ocean, that, in spite of all of its moods, still holds its arms open to welcome and soothe us, without question, without fail.
- The sweet, gentle kisses of mauve at sunrise and the vibrant… sweeping… passionate embrace of gold and peach at sunset.
- The golden splendor that bathes the leaves in late afternoon.
- All the greens of the trees that never fail to stop me in my tracks, to look up and lose myself in the wonder of color and texture.
- Pancakes and scrambled eggs, chocolate-covered caramel, popcorn and Heineken beer.
- The pictures, pencils, paint and brushes that let me capture so many fleeting moments, let me tell my stories. Even though I may not record it in words, the memories of the day and my mood are locked into each painting, as each layer is added, memories stored in both the painting and my memory, slowly, stroke by stroke.
- The people in my life who hug, in person, or with warm thoughts from afar.
- Steve and Ken, who told me to just go for it already.
- The Internet, high-speed access and wireless networks. And all the people at the other end.
- And of course, my big ol’ hunky man. He just lights me up. [Sigh]
It’s hard to believe we’re a month from Christmas (oh man, my Christmas cards are SO gonna be late..). Well, I guess it's not that hard to believe. Time flies when you’re off having great adventures. Thanks for keeping me company. Let’s go out and make each day a good one.