Thursday, November 22, 2007

City Views, Country Dreams

Happy Thanksgiving from New York.

It is now Thanksgiving evening, not at all the same idea as the eve of Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving in the United States is a holiday begun to commemorate a day very early in our country's history. Some say the first thanksgiving was in Massachusetts. Some in my native Virginia say no way, we were there first.

In any case, giving thanks for our blessings, and for our daily survival is never a bad idea.

Today I can give thanks for several immediate blessings.

First is that the strong cold symptons that were attacking my bio system on Tuesday night now seem to be in abeyance. Yes, I do have a sniffle now and then, but no fever or threat of germ/virus entrenchment.

Second is that I can even communicate tonight, since this morning I spent lots of minutes on the phone with a geographically distant person on a computer helpline. My computer was on life support, and its life was supported. Cheers to global resources.

I am still somewhat concerned about what has recently caused more problems than I have previously ever experienced on the computer. But for now, glad to be with you.

Usually on Thanksgiving, I will take the two block walk over to the edge of Central Park to see some of the famous Thanksgiving Day parade. It is always fun to see the reactions in the faces of the watching children to the progression of bands, floats, and huge balloons. Today, I stayed home and made sure to banish my cold. Those folks who did get to see the parade pass by were lucky in the weather, no rain, no sleet, no snow. Moderate temperature.

My day was spent working on more of my watercolor painted Christmas cards, and taking in lots of liquids.

Lucky me ... tomorrow I have also scheduled as a day off, so if I do feel ever better, it will be a great opportunity to get out and about. This is such a glorious time of year in New York, that there really is never enough time to enjoy all that is on offer.

(I am still on the hunt for shoes/boots, and that hunting trip alone could take a week.) Maybe it is better to just let the perfect pair of footwear to find me.

Hoping that this will actually get posted, as I am still typing and clicking without my prior confidence in the system.

Pleasant dreams to all.


  1. Yes, Frances, it got posted. Lovely to hear about your day, and do hope that both you and the computer continue to thrive.

  2. And a belated Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  3. It is a great idea to give thanks - reminds us of how lucky we are. glad you are on the mend.

  4. Hello Frances. It is such a good idea to give thanks for the things we are lucky enough to have in our lives; thank you for the reminder. I hope you continue to feel better and can enjoy your day off in the great outdoors. Are we going to see some of your cards? They must be lovely xx

  5. I think Thanksgiving sounds a lovely time and I wish we had it here, or the equivalent. We should all give thanks for our blessings.

  6. A rather late Happy thanksgiving. As for th boots, stop looking and they will come to you. I never go out shopping for clothes now, too much disappointment that way. I buy clothes and footwear when I see something that takes my fancy, is my colour, suits my style. It always turns up eventually.

  7. Another belated 'Happy Thanksgiving'. I suppose the nearest we get is our late summer / early autumn Harvest Festivals - and that's good too, giving thanks for the earth's abundance.

  8. Hello Frances, I am just finding my way around the blogs and learning who everyone is. I am going to enjoy reading about your life which is so different to mine at the moment. I am definately a country girl but have enjoyed living in two cities when I was younger Bologna and Vienna. I have fond memories of my brief city life.

  9. I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving, Frances. I have read many blogs from across the pond these past couple of days and have enjoyed hearing about this very special day from you all.

    Enjoy your days off.
    Crystal xx

  10. Hello Frances,

    It seems there is so much we need to give thanks for. Some simple, some huge. Sometimes just the sight of a perfect bloom on the rose bush framing my window, or the colour of the sky, or the kind, brown eye of my darling Josh.

    Hope your pc woes are behind you and so glad the beastly cold is!


  11. I'm late, but I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It always sounds like the best sort of holiday.