How many speeches do you hear at awards time that begin with "I would like to thank the Academy...," followed by a long list of people and usually ending with "and of course, my dear family..."
Well, at this season of giving thanks I thought it was time for a little list of my own. And it does NOT begin with the Academy! (But guess who it will end with!)
So this year I would like to thank....
My docs and dentist who have had their work cut out for themselves with me this year.
My up-north neighbor Jim, who does more than a person should for his neighbors (and not just me) and accepts nothing for it.
The wonderful people, online and off, who have bought art from The Marmelade Gypsy this year. (Some of you have asked about purchasing art or cards. Visit the Gypsy Caravan 2022 link on the menu bar above for details and available inventory! And thank you!)
My physical therapists. They can't do miracles -- but they sure try!
My late friend Dick Hill for sharing his love of life to the very end and changing the lives of so many during his final months.
|Photo: Jeff Boerger from a self-portrait by Dick Hill|
My neighbor Rosie who is always bringing me fresh veggies from her garden.
My friends who share their streaming passwords with me. And all my other local friends who share so much fun and support!
The politicians who bravely support truth and democracy -- sometimes against all odds.
The people of Ukraine for showing us what real bravery and fighting for democracy is all about.
My wonderful visiting vet who a) comes to the house and b) can actually cut Lizzie's talons.
The Queen. Because she just was wonderful and the end of an era.
All the people who are working hard to help all of us around the world understand that high prices, anticipated cold winters, escalating heating prices and so much more are part of what happens and that they will, in time, end. And thanks to those vaccine makers and docs and nurses we never meet but who help keep us safe.
The person(s) responsible for getting out my Social Security and retirement fund checks on schedule (and for that matter, those who have paid into social security past and present so we can have that to help us in these times.)
The peacemakers and diplomats who have to negotiate wars, climate issues and challenges on the home front. But mostly, the peacemakers. We need more of them -- or to listen to those we have.
My blog friends who visit, comment, boost me up, give support and whose blogs inspire me and make me smile.
My local, distant and non-blog friends who have not only listened at the tough times but have provided joy, good times, creative ideas, road trips, laughter, and fun. You are so amazing.
Carson and Cam, who make me laugh.
Kevin, Molly, Greg and all the cousins who are my family. And to the friends who are the family I choose for myself.
And Rick. He's had a tough year himself and I haven't exactly been easy. He has never wavered.
I am grateful. More than you know.
Happy Thanksgiving to you.