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

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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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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