So much to be thankful for – Thanksgiving 2016


Here it is again – one of my two favorite Holidays in my adopted country – Thanksgiving. (The other one is Halloween, but you probably knew that already.) I guess it would be easy to just focus on the food, but I always like to take a moment and write down all the things I have to be grateful for. I suppose this is something we all should do more often, but hey – here is an entire day set aside for gratitude, so here it is – not necessarily in any particular order:

  • The goofballs that make up my family. The kids are growing up to be quite wonderful young men, and my husband is the sharpest mind, and the kindest, most patient soul I know. Every time I see him, I smile. My mother is coming for a visit next week, and I honestly can’t wait. The rest of my extended family live a world away, and I don’t see them often enough, but I’m entirely to blame for that. I’m the one that moved.


  • Our health. Endlessly grateful that there are no major problems with any of us, and that, if something were to happen, a doctors-visit isn’t going to break the bank. Sadly, I also have reason to be grateful that our insurance isn’t going to go away when the newly elected republicans drag Obama Care over the coals. Jeez, I’m still in pained disbelief over what we allowed to happen.
  • Friends – what would I do without them? They ground me, laugh and cry with me, stretch my perceptions, and teach me new things. And I constantly marvel at the wide reaching range of talents represented by them. They make my life richer.
  • We have a roof over our heads and food on our table. Driving by the ragged tents lining one of our city’s sidewalks during a downpour, drives that privilege home, time and time again.
The boys set the table.

The boys set the table. 

  • Grateful that I have options. Especially once decades worth of civil rights developments are swiftly dismantled by the administration elect. I know the more honorable thing to do would be to stay and work toward stalling the destruction, and curbing the pending devastation of society, but good grief – the idea of leaving can be so tempting. Again, I am grateful to have that option, even if I don’t exercise it. Yet.
  • I’m glad that I can tell the difference between a Muslim terrorist, and a Christian supremacist. Guess what? There is no difference!
  • I’m thankful that I live in a state whose voting majority go blue. For all Oregon’s faults, this is a definite bonus – even if the areas outside the city limits are as red as Idaho.
  • Another bonus I cherish is that it rains here. We’ve had torrential downpours for most of the day, today. Sure, it’s dark and awfully wet, but considering the alternative, I love it!
  • I’m so grateful for my big, soft, orange tabby. How is it that I can love that punkish gardening pal of mine so much?
So much to love.

Here he is snoozing – a much deserved nap after cavorting around outside.

  • The flowers that Anissa gave me were the prettiest thing on our table this year. Thanks, Anissa!
Such pretty flowers!

Such pretty flowers!


  • Forever thankful for the comic genius that is my husband. He’ll make me laugh until one of us dies.
  • On that note, I’m also happy that I have the ability to  laugh in the face of adversity.
  • And always, always, I am happy that I can go outside. Whether to the artifice of a garden, or a visit to Nature herself doesn’t matter. It always soothes and heals. Don’t know about you, but I’m going to need a lot of that green therapy over the next few years.


About annamadeit

Born and raised in Sweden, my aesthetics and outlook on life are strongly shaped by a culture rich in history and tradition. I care a great deal about environmental responsibility, and my aesthetic reflects the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia. I was trained as an architect at the University of Cincinnati and as a color specialist at the Scandinavian Colour Institute in Stockholm. I'm obsessed with plants and gardens, and aim to take my skill set a step further by designing gardens as well as interiors. As someone so aptly said: " Architecture is the skin that separates the exterior from the interior". So true - you can't successfully focus on one without incorporating the other. I'm also an avid cook, and I love to ski. In addition, I put time and efforts into trying to rectify things that I feel are wrong in my immediate community. As you will see, The Creative Flux will touch on all these things, and more. For sure, it's all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blog!
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18 Responses to So much to be thankful for – Thanksgiving 2016

  1. An excellent list! I’m grateful for the sense of activism that is already swelling within this country. Perhaps this was the catalyst needed for those too complacent or lazy to get off their butts and vote.

  2. Thanks for sharing your heartfelt blessings. We tried to put the current political situation aside for the day but didn’t altogether succeed and my dreams last night were populated by small Hispanic children carrying signs in a march for social justice. I’m off to complete some green therapy now.

  3. rickii says:

    Those boys set a mean table…and they are charming, to boot.

  4. bergstromskan says:

    And I can’t wait to visit this home of Fun and Love-and for green therapy

  5. Alison says:

    Have a good time when your mom visits! And Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Chris Maciel says:

    Another great post….thanks for the optimism you display. Yes, there will always be problems that won’t go away but there are always small, daily things to do to maintain a balance. The gardening, yes!

    • annamadeit says:

      Do I display optimism? I sure don’t feel like I am… More like seeking comfort in my immediate surroundings. Honestly, Chris – most of the time I feel like such a Negative Nancy. I’m glad you don’t think I come across that way. 🙂

  7. Peter Herpst says:

    Much to be thankful for! Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!

  8. hb says:

    An excellent list. Almost all of those are mine as well. Wish I had gotten a bouquet like that! It’s beautiful.

    • annamadeit says:

      You know, it had some longevity too. It’s a little drier in some spots, but most of the flowers still look beautiful. I’m very grateful to my friend! 🙂

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