Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thankful on Thanksgiving

Often, when I wake up in the morning, even before trying to get out of bed, I can tell if I'm going to have a good day or a bad day, so after yesterday, which was so awful, it was great to wake up this morning and know that I was going to be much stronger. In fact, a little while ago, I just walked from the bedroom to my chair, without needing to stop, or to hold onto anyone, and not getting really short of breath--a dramatic change from yesterday.

I'm still hoping to get dressed, but even if I have to sit at the table in my robe it will still be really enjoyable. Thanksgiving dinner preparations are going on all around me--Marty, Donna, and Ann are all working hard--and Donna has added a number of additional items to my basic menu, so there is going to be lots and lots of food.

Some things got cooked yesterday and just need to be reheated, but I'm really kind of out of the loop as far as the details are concerned. I know Donna used my recipe for cranberry sauce, which she showed me the other day, and I think the stuffing got made yesterday too (we are cooking the turkey unstuffed). Yesterday poor Ann got stuck with the job of peeling all the tiny little onions that will be made into creamed onions, using a really easy recipe from "Microwave Gourmet" that I have made every Thanksgiving for years.

I got really teary and emotional this morning, which I think is just a release of tension after the awfulness of yesterday. I always try to keep my emotions close to the surface, so I just let the tears flow. I am so grateful for feeling better today, and I am looking forward to sitting at the table and being with people I care about, and who care about me, sharing a meal and all the good feelings that go along with it.


  1. Dear Judi,

    Wishing you an enjoyable holiday and wishing the same to all of your friends and fans who care about you and are reading your blog. You continue to be an inspiration!

    Sending love,

  2. Hi Judi,
    How could you possibly think others would think you are complaining. My God, I think you are so brave and my heart bleeds for you.
    Thinking of you a lot.
    A hug
    Wilma Boevink

  3. This is the first time I have commented on this blog, and hopefully it will be the last. Just to be very clear to anyone who might be confused, I am NOT the person making the "anonymous" comments. I do not know for sure who is, although I have my suspicions. I have asked my mother to stop referring to me on this blog and, so far, she has respected my wishes. I ask only that others do the same.


  4. Hi Judi,
    Good to hear you were feeling better yesterday.
    Hope you enjoyed dinner.

  5. Really beautiful post. Thanksgiving and Christmas are always the two times of the year when I'm the most thankful. Cherish your friends, family, and loved ones during these wonderful occasions.

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