I was having lunch with my brother yesterday and we were talking about the fact that somehow we seem to go from Halloween straight to Christmas.  How did that happen?  Thanksgiving was always a big holiday with my family.  Mom would actually begin the day before getting some things, like all the makings for dressing, ready for the BIG day.  Unless you lived very far away everyone came home for Thanksgiving.    It was the gathering of the clan. My Mom was the best cook I have ever known.  We would have turkey with dressing, cranberry salad, sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes, green beans, fruit salad, scalloped oysters salmon salad and top it all off with dessert.  She would make a yellow cake with caramel icing and pumpkin pie.  It was all made from scratch. I have lots of wonderful memories of these times.  One of my favorites was after Mom finished mixing the ingredients for the dressing by hand she would call me into the kitchen and I would eat the raw dressing from her hands.  That was when it was its best.  I can taste it now.  Those smells will always be with me.

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, and whomever your are with, gives thanks for all you have.  Many, many years ago a man named Voltaire said, “Appreciation is a wonderful thing;  it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”  Happy Thanksgiving.  Melanie