Home for Thanksgiving

My Neighborhood
The view down the street from my new home on the day we fell in love with it. Today, the Sycamore leaves are golden and crisp and falling like the rain.

Dear Reader:

So much has happened since I last wrote. But, I must start by wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving, if it’s a holiday that you celebrate. If not, well…everyday is a day to be grateful. It goes without saying that I’m most blessed by the people in my life: husband, daughter, friends and neighbors.

But this year, I’m thinking about my home. I moved from Carmel, California to our state’s capital Sacramento on November 7th. I began unpacking boxes just as the fires broke out in Paradise which is a mere 88 miles from my new neighborhood.

As of today, nearly 14,000 people have lost their homes. As I work my way through each box to create a beautiful, functional, relaxing environment, I can’t help but think of those people who have no place to gather today.

I’ve always been a homebody who dreamed of living in beautiful spaces. When I was a teenager, I’d spend my hard-earned babysitting dollars on books and magazines. In addition to Tiger Beat, I’d often purchase a copy of Architectural Digest or House Beautiful. I’ve been blessed to live in several wonderful neighborhoods and my husband and I are poised to begin another adventure in a lovely 100-year-old home in a bustling area of town.

I’m so grateful for the roof over my head and so sorry for the victims of California’s fires. I hope you are happy, warm and snug in your home tonight.



12 thoughts on “Home for Thanksgiving

  1. It is lovely to hear from you, Michele – I popped over to your site yesterday because I realised I hadn’t read a post for a while! Your new neighbourhood (and those beautiful trees) looks lovely. It has been awful watching the news footage of Paradise, and my heart goes out to all who have been affected.

    1. Thanks for thinking of me Ali. I know, I keep saying it: but, I love the Brits! Little things like “popping over!” That’s not an American expression and I find it so charming!

  2. Good to know you are settling well into your new home. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, No celebration here but I, too, am grateful for all that I enjoy and love.

    1. Thank you! I truly love celebrating…EVERYTHING! But, I’ve always loved the idea of a day solely devoted to the idea of being grateful. Hope all goes well in your corner of the world.

  3. Happy to hear you’ve made the transition to your new home. Thanksgiving gives me time to pause and reflect on God’s goodness. Praying for those who are experiencing difficult times. Glad to receive your post. Thankful you’re back!

  4. Happy to hear you are safe and settled! Tv news about California fire were frightening, I feel so sorry for the victims and their families…..
    Wish you happy unpacking and hope you’ll share a pic or two from your new home 😉
    Hugs, Tamara

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