This has been a hard week. Maybe you do or don’t know but I lost my mom a few months ago and, unfortunately, my mother-in-law isn’t’ well (not Covid related) and these first holidays are going to be hard. This week I would usually be making pies and rolls with my mom for Thanksgiving dinner. I’m still making the pies, but it won’t be the same. I have never made the rolls on my own, so I won’t be trying those when other people will be eating them… It doesn’t help that Covid is, as with many families, making it hard if not impossible to gather together. In spite of all that, I have a lot to be thankful for and I think if you really think about it, you do too.

Health is #1

Number one and most importantly, my family is healthy, and right now, that is something we can all be thankful for. Health. Don’t take it for granted, mask up, and stay safe.

Plants Make Me Happy

This may sound weird to many of you, but I am thankful for my plants. They have been a good distraction for me and many of my plants are starting to flower and that makes me so happy. Many of us could use a bit of happy right now. You should get some plants if you don’t have any.

African violet

‘Amour Elite’ African violet flowers

Holiday Plants

My holiday cactus are blooming and I bought a poinsettia in a color I love and so did my mom. I always bought her one.

Peach poinsettia

I love this peach poinsettia and mom loved them, too.

Life Goes On

My ‘Jungle Boogie’ Philodendron has a dead leaf but it’s okay because it is pushing out new growth and a new leaf is taking its place. LIfe goes on.

Family Heirloom

I am also thankful for my mom’s fern. I have had it for a couple of years since she moved out of her home to my brother’s. You can read more about my heirloom fern here. She cared for this plant all her married life and it is a special plant.

1957 fern

My Mom’s 1957 bridal shower fern

A sign

Sunday was a particularly bad day for me- church hymns (Zoom), Christmas songs, Thanksgiving week, memories. Need I say more. I pretty much cried all day. I was sitting in my sunroom and a particularly persistent plant kept brushing against my head every time I moved in my chair. I finally turned around to brush it away and look at the leaf that was “bothering” me. A heart. I’m not a person who usually believes in signs, but this was just too obvious and it literally took my breath away.

I hope you have a good rest of the week. I also hope you have a peaceful day on Thanksgiving whether you can be with family or not. This year has been a struggle, but if we look, I know we can all find something to be thankful for, no matter our circumstances.

Have a great week and find the joy.

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