Posted by: christinelaennec | November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Here in Aberdeen it’s an ordinary Thursday, but at our house we know it’s Thanksgiving.  I baked a pumpkin pie last night, but I’m going to repost the photo of my 2010 pumpkin pie, which came out with a heart on it:

Pumpkin pie with heart, Thanksgiving 2010.

Although this has been a tough year, I do feel extremely grateful for a number of things, chiefly the love of my family and friends.  The Dafter is still very unwell indeed – I will do an update on her for her fans before Christmas – but she is very brave and funny, and looking after her is a joy.  I’m very grateful for blogging and knitting, the two things that keep me (I’d like to think) sane.  And as I’ve said before, I can never properly express my gratitude for the wonderfully encouraging comments that have continued to flow through to me here.

Recently the Dafter said to me, “I don’t know if I can make a Christmas wish list this year, because the things that I want the most aren’t things that you can get for me – they aren’t things.”  This is a hard lesson to learn at a young age, but it really is one of the most important lessons in life.  (Rest assured, she has now thought of a few things that she would like and might even be able to do!)

I’m also grateful on a regular basis for living in Scotland.  As you can perhaps tell, I love this curious life of still being an outsider and discovering so much to share, and at the same time feeling very much at home here.  Recently someone asked where I was from, and I had that reflex reaction of thinking, “How do they know?  Oh yeah, my accent!”

So Happy Thanksgiving everyone, whether you have the day off and a big meal with family and friends, or whether it’s an ordinary day for you.



  1. Happy Thanksgiving Christine! I hope you have a lovely day. The Dafter is learning some very tough life lessons for someone of her young years, but she has an excellent family (and a beautiful cat), and lots of well-wishers throughout the blogosphere. Your pie looks amazing, by the way.

  2. Happy Thanksgiving Christine, to you and yours! I hope your day is relaxing, blessed and happy. Praying that the Dafter’s hopes and wishes will soon come true. Much love, xxx

  3. Happy Thanksgiving Thursday!
    And you really must read “Names for the Sea” by Sarah Moss re her experience of being English in Iceland 🙂

  4. Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your loved ones from all of us in wet and cold N.Wales.
    Sending warm hugs and much love, Heike xoxo

  5. Hope Thanksgiving is wonderful for you and yours. 🙂

  6. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, and may all the wishes come true, particularly the Dafters. I know exactly what you mean about not being from Scotland and living here, tis wonderful.

  7. Happy Thanksgiving, Christine! When I get to thinking about it, it’s amazing how many American friends and family I have. It’s a great day to remember what we have and to be grateful. Blessings on you and your family.

  8. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! I like your heart in a pumpkin pie. I hope this year brings better health for your daughter. It’s so hard for us when our children are going through difficulties. I know if she feels better, it will make everything else in your life feel wonderful.

  9. Happy Thanksgiving, Christine! We celebrated Thanksgiving November 8th while our family was gathered for my youngest daughter’s wedding so today we had no guests, my son-in-law had to work and we had ground turkey spaghetti for lunch 🙂 Your pumpkin heart pie looks like it was a uniquely yummy reminder of the many lovely things for which we have to be thankful, even in difficult circumstances as you and yours now are experiencing. I join my prayers with yours for healing for Dafter. xx from Gracie

  10. Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog, you are a lovely caring insightful person, and your daughter is lucky to have you on her team, all will be OK.

  11. Dear everyone,

    Thank you for all your great comments. It’s always such a pleasure to read them. The pie is under wraps until tomorrow, Saturday, and even although it doesn’t have a heart baked into it, I think it will be good!

    Lorna – thanks for your kind thoughts about the Dafter, and compliments to her support team. Yes, doesn’t she have great fans throughout the blogosphere!

    Tina – thank you very much. Her deepest wishes will come true, eventually – perhaps not all of them and in order, but I know she will regain her health. And I am pretty sure that some of the material wishes on her list will materialise at Christmastime too!

    Roobeedoo – I hadn’t heard of that book, and I will put it on my list!

    Heike – thank you, and we are sending warm hugs back.

    Kia – thank you!

    Jill – your blog is very like mine in that way, enthusiastic about Scotland.

    ajb – I think you Canadians have your Thanksgiving in October? That’s the traditional time for Thanksgiving church services here. But I still have a very soft spot in my heart for November Thanksgiving… Blessings to you and yours too.

    Marian – boy are you right about that. The days she is feeling a little bit better I am SO happy! One of the images I keep in my mind as a beacon is of her running up the stairs at the end of the day, calling out “I’m home!” Once she’s well enough to do that on a regular basis, I think I will be so blissed out every day I won’t know what to do with myself!

    Gracie – from the sounds of it, you and your family have packed a lot of celebrating in lately! Good for you. And thank you for your continued prayers.

    Fee – thank you very much for your kindness and encouragement. I’m glad you enjoy the blog. I saw your comment on ‘Brookwood Letters’ and I will keep you in my prayers. x

  12. Happy belated Thanksgiving, Christine, to you and your family! It shows how special you are to have such a grateful heart after such a difficult year. I do hope your sweet Dafter’s wishes come true and I will continue to pray for her. Blessings to you and your family. xx

  13. Sometimes I forget that you are an American! 🙂 I can’t hear your accent to remind me. 🙂 I’m glad you had pumpkin pie and got to see your son! Thank you for sharing your Scottish life with us — I am so thankful for the four years we were able to live in SCotland and it will always be very special to me. I can’t wait for our visit next summer! In the mean time, I can enjoy your pictures!

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