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With Gratitude


I am full of gratitude for the life I have been given, my family and my friends.  I am happily ensconced in this house facing the Pacific Ocean in California, just across the border from Oregon. All my children and their partners, grandchildren, Scooter and Wilfredo, my granddog are here for the Thanksgiving holiday. Above is the house we are in. The top floor, where those windows are, looks out across the ocean.

We all had harrowing drives through wind and rain to meet here. Now, it seems so worth it.

Sunset last night, after the rain stopped and the skies began to clear.

We brought Scooter with us and he has been such a great traveling companion. He was very excited when his buddy, Mark, showed up.

This morning we arose to find blue skies and set out to check out the beach and the state park across the street.


Scooter and Wilfredo are getting along quite well. Last time, he drove Wilfredo nuts!! Here is Wilfredo chillin’ with Lisa.

We are all contributing to the holiday feast. I am doing the turkey, stuffing and cranberries. Here are Mark and Jayme chopping veggies for their veggie dishes. They also made us a delicious kale frittata for breakfast.

And, best of all, here is the baby bump!!


If you have made it all the way to the end, I want to thank you for checking in on my blog on a regular basis. I am grateful for you, too.

Hope you are having a happy day.

7 Responses to “With Gratitude”

  1. Judy says:

    Great pics – as always – and I love seeing The Bump and Mark with Scooter!
    Safe travels to all as you head home.


  2. Diane D. says:

    Looks like an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving!

  3. Francoise says:

    Have a happy weekend with your family!

  4. Hilde says:

    Looks like a great Thanksgiving Gerrie! Great idea for a family getaway! I would love info on the house you are staying at 🙂 My kids are cooking too, that’s why I have time to browse your blog 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. karen says:

    Happy family time! And oh what a beautiful place!

  6. KathieB says:

    Looks like a wonderful holiday feast with all your near and dear (and one more on the way). Enjoy it all to the fullest! The Internet has been a great people-connector–I feel like I know you and your family personally. The best to you today and always.

  7. Jeannie says:

    Oh Gerrie, your holiday looks wonderful – a beautiful locale, family, and good food. Thank YOU for being such an inspirational friend and I don’t mean that just in the artist realm. You give us all the courage to be who we are, to embrace our age with dignity, and to live life to the fullest. Thank you is not an adequate phrase to express how grateful I am that I found your blog many, many years ago. Enjoy your holiday together and safe travels home. Hugs to all and again, thank you.