What Thanksgiving Is To Me


I’m busy in the kitchen this Thanksgiving morning so I’m reposting this Thanksgiving blog from a few years back . Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Originally posted on Moonlight Reflections:

Thanksgiving is….

  • memories of my parents who are no longer here to celebrate this day with me and realizing how richly blessed I was to have them for parents.  I’m thankful they established Thanksgiving Day traditions when I was growing up, and that my sisters and I are continuing on with those traditions today.  The table seems empty without them but they live on forever in my heart.   
  • watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade every Thanksgiving morning.
  • being thankful for both my sons being able to come home for Thanksgiving (one almost didn’t get to come, but he is home)! 
  • being thankful that my husband doesn’t have to work this year on this day, and feeling very grateful for all those in the medical profession and other helping professions who do have to work and be away from their families on Thanksgiving.
  • a set of vintage Gurley Thanksgiving candles that make me smile every year.  My…

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Fire in the Sky

It was for the most part a rainy day here but cleared in the late afternoon to give us a spectacular sunset.  God’s glory in all it’s magnificence!






Gail ♥

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Monday’s Question

Question: What’s your favorite– pie or cake?  What kind?  

My Answer:  I’m partial to pie, although I like both.  My favorite kind of pie, without a doubt, is pumpkin pie.  I love it.

What about you?


Gail ♥

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On Waiting and Learning to Be Patient

I guess there’s not too many people who enjoy waiting.  Waiting is a part of life that is inescapable.   We’ve all had to wait at doctor’s offices, in grocery store lines, at the post office, and to be seated in restaurants.  But some people handle it better than others.




I remember one time being in my doctor’s office waiting room where I had been waiting for about 20 minutes.  A man walked in, signed in, and then sat down just across from where I was sitting.  I couldn’t help but notice that he was quite fidgety– so much so that I found it hard to concentrate on the book I was reading.  He crossed his legs, then uncrossed them (and repeated this maneuver countless times).  He repeatedly checked his watch.  He would pick up a magazine, glance at the cover and then toss it aside.  A minute or two later he would do the same thing with a different magazine.  He picked at his clothes.  He sighed.  After waiting less than 10 minutes, I could tell his patience was wearing thin.  He walked up to the receptionist and asked how much longer his wait was going to be.  He did not try to hide his displeasure or his anger.  Up until then, I had tried giving him the benefit of the doubt by telling myself that he might have had a medical issue causing him some discomfort where he felt he just couldn’t wait.  But after observing his behavior with the receptionist, I came to the conclusion that he was just one of those people who didn’t wait well.  There was a time in my life when I did not handle waiting well either.

I’ve learned in my many years on this earth that patience and waiting go hand in hand.  If one does not possess patience, one will not handle waiting with ease.   Merriam-Webster defines the word patient as:  able to remain calm and not become annoyed when waiting for a long time or when dealing with problems or difficult people.  Patience is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. I’m slowly letting this trait be developed in my life.




In this world, we will all have trials and tribulations, whether we are Christians or not. We will all go through difficult times and we will all become angry and frustrated with people and situations.  I will be the first to admit that I am not always the most patient person when I’m going through difficult times.  I pray to God but sometimes I am not always patient in waiting for Him to work things out according to His will.  I turn things over to Him but then before I realize it, I’ve snatched them right back.  And as much as I am ashamed to have to admit this, I often have to re-hand him my problems over and over and over.  I don’t always like waiting for answers and it’s part of my stubborn pride that makes me want fast and quick answers to life’s problems.  But in my heart I know that God always knows best and He will never be late with His answers to me.  God never makes mistakes!

Earlier this year, I completed a bible study of the book of James.  It taught that we must always rejoice when we find ourselves going through trials and tribulations.  Yep, I had to do a double take and read that one again!  It taught that God’s way is always the right way and that we all need to practice humility and know that God will always work things out for good.  And trust me, I’ve learned lately that it is not an easy thing to do– to rejoice during one’s trials.  It’s the opposite of what I tend to want to do (whine, gripe, and complain).



I need to learn to be patient and wait on God, even when it seems he has somehow not heard my prayers.  Even when it seems that he’s taking extra long in answering my prayers and even when I get an answer totally different from the answer I wanted.  I need to stomp out my pride and learn humility in waiting, for waiting will always be a part of life.

How well do you wait?

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.  Isaiah 40:31

Gail ♥

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Monday’s Question

Question:  What’s the last book you read and what did you think?

My Answer:  The Martian by Andy Weir.

The Martian

This book was recommended to me by my oldest son who, as an aerospace engineer, was understandably intrigued by it.  And rightfully so.  He said there was a lot of hype over this book in Huntsville, AL which is home to the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.  While I am not usually into Science Fiction, this book sounded like it would be very good.  And it was.  Who wouldn’t be curious about an astronaut who was mistaken for dead and stranded on Mars by his fellow astronauts, and then has to learn how to survive on what little resources he has while hoping a rescue is imminent?  I liked this book and it was very obvious to me that Andrew Weir is quite brilliant.  The research he had to have done just to accomplish writing this book is impressive.  And like the movie (which was also very good), it made me laugh.  Having said all that, the one big turn-off for me in this book was the profanity used.  It came close to ruining it for me.  A friend of mine, who is reading the book now, told me last night that she wished the author didn’t feel the need for the bad language because it adds nothing to the story.  I couldn’t agree more.

Gail ♥


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Covered Bridges in Parke County, Indiana

A few weeks ago, my sisters and I traveled to Indiana to attend its annual Covered Bridge Festival.  No strangers to Indiana as our dad was born and raised there, we’d visited there many times during our childhood and beyond.  Who knew that Parke County, Indiana is the Covered Bridge Capital of the World?  I sure didn’t.  This festival is a big deal folks.  It always starts on the second Friday in October and runs for 10 consecutive days. Thousands (and I mean thousands) flock to this area annually.  The main attractions are 31 historic covered bridges.  In my 56 years on this earth, I can’t say that I had ever seen a covered bridge in person much less walked or driven across one.







We were only there for 2 days and saw approximately 12 covered bridges and two of the festivals.  It was interesting to read the history of the bridges, walk across the old boards, and gaze out the windows of the bridges to see the surrounding landscapes.  Some bridges were drive thru and others you had to park and could walk over.  The people we met at the festivals were all so nice and welcoming and there were lots of arts and crafts to see and purchase and good food to eat.











Indiana’s most popular covered bridge is Bridgeton.  It has an interesting history and was burned down in 2005 and rebuilt by the community in 2006.  You can even see actual pictures of the fire on site.  It is interesting to tour the mill which is still in operation and you can buy many of the products made right there in the mill.

There are five different color-coded bridge tour driving routes with free maps and color-coded signs pointing the way.  Some of the roads are narrow and winding and almost all are paved.  You can see some beautiful farm country on the driving routes.  It was very peaceful and serene.  All total, if you added up the mileage from all the five bridge tour routes, it would be 161 miles, so it’s quite a bit of driving.  Obviously, we couldn’t see all the bridges in the few days we were there.  But what we did see, we enjoyed immensely.  I would indeed go back again.

Gail ♥

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Blasts From the Past

I must be the most sentimental and sappy person on the face of this earth.  I can see things from my childhood that bring back happy memories and next thing I know, I’m grabbing for the tissues.  I mean, when’s the last time you teared up over a bottle of vintage shampoo?  I rest my case.

These are things that I remember during my earlier years and that I wish were still available today.  Maybe I’m dating myself but if you’re old enough when these products were around,  maybe you’ll remember them too.

1. Body on Tap Shampoo


This shampoo was made in the 70s by Bristol-Myers and was actually made with real beer. I remember it being a very thick and sudsy shampoo and loved the way it cleaned my hair.

2.  Lemon- Up Shampoo 

lemon up shampoo and conditioner

This shampoo was made with the juice of real lemons.  Talk about smelling good!  I loved this stuff and I don’t know why it was taken off the market.  And the marketing design on the bottle was pretty clever, don’t you think?

3.  Heaven Sent Perfume

Heaven Sent perfume

This is my all-time favorite perfume scent.  It is still around but was reformulated in the 1990s by Dana and doesn’t smell the same as the original Heaven Sent made by Helena Rubinstein.  This was so popular among the girls in my neighborhood in the 1970s.

4.  White Go-Go boots from the 1960s

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photo from etsy.com

I was on cloud 9 the day my mother bought me a pair of white Go-Go boots.  I was in the 5th grade.  My girlfriend had a pair and we thought we were hot stuff.   The original Go-Go boots came to the mid-calf and were short heeled.  I only recall them being white but I think when they came out again in the 90s, they came in different colors and had higher heels.  Surprisingly, these things were very comfortable!

5.  Seven-Up Candy bars


Why oh why they ever stopped making these I’ll never understand but they were retired in 1979.  They were made with 7 different sections all containing a different flavor.  There was cherry, coconut, caramel, fudge, jelly, maple, and Brazil nut.  They came in milk chocolate (brown wrapper) and dark chocolate (black wrapper).  These were such a treat!

6.  Green apple perfume

It seemed people either loved this stuff or hated it.  I loved it.  My mother hated it.  I kept the empty decorative bottle for the longest time.

7.  Ride-A-Roos

photo credit: eBay.com

photo credit: eBay.com

This is way up on my list as one of my favorite toys.  These things were amazingly strong and could withstand a lot of “torture.”  Mine survived all kinds of terrain not to mention all the neighborhood kids.

I could go on and on but I’ll stop for now.  Do you remember any of these things?

Gail ♥

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