Time to be Thankful

Once again, I’m writing the blog early because my IT Gal will be headed out of town over the long weekend.

I was laid low by vertigo over the last few days. I’ve had vertigo before, but this one sent me to bed where the lighted light switch insisted on zooming around the room. Very disquieting.

Yes, pride goeth before the fall. My 10,000 steps a day took a real hit. In the course of four days I didn’t top 7500 total! But I’m way better today. WAAAAAY better!

As of last night the now thrice edited manuscript for Credible Threat went to New York where, as of yesterday, I have a new editor. When you’ve been writing as long as I have, those things happen, but it’s never happened to me before on the very day I was submitting a manuscript. That was almost as disquieting as the magic flying light switch. And by the way, I may have been sick, but I didn’t have the day off. I wasn’t well enough to walk, but I could still type and did. With a pre-Thanksgiving deadline, I was in a blackout as far as sick leave is concerned.

Yesterday I was somewhat better. Today I feel completely better, and the light switch is staying put. So in terms of being thankful, that’s pretty high on the list.

We just spent some time watching the weather channel. Yes, it looks like we’re in for some weather here, too, but not anything like what the rest of the country is getting. And if you’re somewhere in that nationwide batch of awful weather, I hope you and your loved ones are safe. We have one set of kids traveling over Snoqualmie Pass for Thanksgiving, and I know I’ll worry about them until they’re here and then I’ll worry until they’re safely home. Moms are like that.

Our Thanksgiving supplies are in the house. Pumpkin pies and fresh cranberry jelly are on the to-do list for today. Tomorrow it will be bringing the turkey.

So what am I thankful for? Let’s see:

Having a husband who looked after me when I wasn’t in the best of shape.
Kids who care enough to come for dinner.
Being well enough to cook for them.
Knowing that the larder is full of all the things needed for that dinner.
Having kids and grand-kids who all pitch in to help clean up afterwards.
Having a warm house with music playing in the background.
Having two dogs cuddled up on the hassock in front of our two side-by-side chairs.

But here’s the real bottom line, the life I live now is made possible by my readers—all of them. That goes for DTRs, e-book readers, library readers, and yes, used book readers, too, because those passed along books often lead to brand new readers.

And I’m also thankful for the camaraderie of my faithful blog readers who stay in touch and let me know that there are real people out there on the other side of my computer screen.

Now let’s go start baking.