Words and Wishes!

“Mom, I love my new bed!”

Copper feels grateful for his new bed. He has three now spread throughout the house. So, as Thanksgiving Day inches closer, what are you grateful for? And don’t we all agree that showing gratitude isn’t just for this one day of the year; it’s for all year round. Let’s face it, watching the news gets depressing. The pandemic is still with us, people have lost their lives to this virus, fires raged in the summer, taking with them human lives and homes. Hurricanes landed causing devastation beyond our imagination. I feel like every day the news reporter tells us about another fatal shooting. Lives have been upended in the most horrific ways, and I’ve only scratched the surface. Still, if we dig deep enough, we can always find something to be grateful for.

Besides my family and Copper, I am grateful for the rain we’ve had, definite cause for a happy dance! We’re still heading into our 3rd drought year, but everything is green right now. Even the weeds are green for which I am grateful! We pray for more rainfall this winter so we can hear Mother Earth sigh once again.

I love the quiet early mornings when Copper and I go for our walks. We get to watch the sunrise and listen to the silence. The air is cool and crisp and wonderful!

I miss the long, light evenings from the summer, but hubby and I break out the candles for the long, dark nights. The coziness wraps us up in its warmth. It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway. It’s heartbreaking to see so many people living on the street or in their campers and vans. Having a roof over our head is not something to take lightly.

During this season, I love the smells of sweet and spicy, the baking of pumpkin bread, pumpkin pies, and pumpkin cookies. Hello, Pumpkin! And who doesn’t love the wardrobe changing of the leaves on the trees? Those rich, warm reds, golds, and yellows. I’m thankful for my bookcase that is bursting at the seams. So many books make me happy! I don’t know what I’d do if paperbacks and hardcovers became obsolete. I love the feel of the pages and the smooth covers.

Earlier this year, I did a post about Gratitude and the list I shared had a beginning, but it didn’t have an ending. Isn’t that something to be thankful for?! I’m writing this on the fly without any intense editing, so please forgive any errors. Lastly, thank you for your continued support and friendship in this world of blogging. And a Big Thank You to those of you who have bought my book, More than Coffee, and to those who have written fabulous reviews.

My family, Copper, and I wish you all a very warm and loving Thanksgiving!
~Lauren ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿงก

43 thoughts on “Words and Wishes!

  1. So much to be thankful for and yes, gratitude is for everyday. Happy Thanksgiving, everyday, my dear Lauren and ah, Copper looks very happy in his new bed.
    Here’s to goodness and… more rains!
    ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿค—

    1. Thanks for your lovely words and wishes, Marina. Funny story, I bought that bed, thinking it would be big enough. And it is, but only because he curls, scoots, and stretches in all the needed ways to fit. ๐Ÿ™‚ He seems to love it, along with the other beds in our room and the family room. Anyway, yes, let’s also hope for more rain. I am reveling in all the greenery, almost forgetting what it looked like! Love and hugs, dear friend. โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

      1. A ha ha…. exactly what happened with a bed I bought for Hera!!!!
        I’ve been enjoying reading your book!!!!
        Many hugs and wishes for a perfect Wednesday!
        โค๐Ÿค—โค๐Ÿค—โค๐Ÿค—โค๐Ÿค—โค๐Ÿค—โค

      2. So, you understand about the bed, Marina. ๐Ÿ™‚ Luckily, it has worked out and he loves it. Did Hera’s bed work out, too? Oh, you brought a smile, knowing you are reading my book. I hope you enjoy it to the end! Thank you so much, my friend. Many hugs for a wonderful weekend ahead.
        ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿงก

      3. Oh, yes it worked out just fine and she loves spending lots of hours dreaming in it (when she’s not on the sofa with mom & dad!).
        I’m loving the read!!!!
        You too, my dearest friend!
        ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’•

      4. Great to know that our puppies are loved and content. And great about the book, too! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ’—

    1. I’m sure it is, especially for those who have lost loved ones. But you’re right about a positive mind frame, though it’s not always easy to maintain. Thanks for sharing, Ian!

  2. There is so much suffering in this world. Lauren, I’m one lucky duck!
    I have so much to be thankful for.
    HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you and yours!
    …and I posted my review of “More Than Coffee”!

    1. I know you are, Resa, and I feel the same. And thank you for the wishes, too! Sometimes, though, I feel guilty for feeling happy when so many are suffering. And oh my gosh, I didn’t get the email, but it’s probably because of the time difference. So, I’ll pop over. Thank you in advance! Hugs! ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿฅฐ

  3. Ahh, Copper’s bed. โค I love your thoughts and 'Yay', for your son coming home for Thanksgiving. Much love and Happy Thanksgiving to you all. You are special, Lauren. โค xXx โค

    1. Oh, Jane, thank you for your beautiful words and wishes. You have warmed my heart, dear friend, and you are special, too! Big hugs and Happy Thanksgiving! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚

  4. Lauren, a beautiful post on thankfulness and gratitude! I too toast to the wonderful community here and all the friendships and support! Ahh … I see you too enjoy the cosiness indoors this time of year – I love candles in the evening. Have a fabulous Thanksgiving and relax with those books – I’ve always been so grateful for them, the gift of reading, sight – can’t imagine anything else. hugs xx โค๏ธ

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment and wishes, Annika. I’m glad my thoughts resonated with you. And yes, sight! Great point, to be able to see the beauty around us, along with reading those terrific books. So much to be thankful for, right? Hugs to you also and have a wonderful celebration! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚โค๏ธ

  5. Judie donovan

    So wonderful to read Lauren. Your words say so much and flow. Enjoying your latest book even just the comments on your blog! Love you, Judie

    1. Aww, Judie, thank you for your beautiful words. I’m so glad you enjoyed this post about gratitude; I know you feel grateful, too, and are always smiling, looking for the good in life. Love you back, dear friend, and Happy Thanksgiving! xo

  6. Happy Thanksgiving to you Lauren and your loved ones!
    What a lovely post, that reminds us that there is always something to be grateful for.
    I love this season of lights and leaves turning brown, red, gold. It’s getting cold but as you say, we have a roof and this is a real blessing.
    Love flying to you accross the ocean.

    1. Thank you for the wishes, Marie, and for your lovely comment. I’m glad you enjoy this season, too, with the vivid colors and coziness. And the roof over our head! Sending love and hugs to you, too, and wishing you a lovely weekend! ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿงก

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