Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thankful - 2011 Edition

As I hunker down indoors, taking shelter from what I refer to as Hurricane November, the wind and rain are pelting the Northwest. Soon it will be time to put on the elastic pants and partake of the feast of Thanksgiving, to be followed immediately by the cardiac exercise known as Black Friday. Like many others this time of year, I am also taking a few moments and reflecting on the things I am thankful for this year. They include, but are not limited to:

My two beautiful daughters, whom I have managed to drag from one corner of Oregon to the other, and they have ridden along happily. Okay, maybe not happily the whole time, but, with minimal whining from the back seat. Their pleasant moods may have resulted from some form of bribery on my part. In any event, they are two of the best travel companions I could ever have!!

Two of my favorite pictures of my girls from our travels this year!

My health. Well, most of it at least. Despite the fact I may sample a little bit too much Oregon wine and beer from time to time, and stuff my face with pork at every opportunity, I somehow still manage to make it to the top of hiking trails from time to time to see some magnificent things.

Ramona Falls - My favorite hike this year!

The 25th Birthday of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act. Not just this year, but every year I am thankful that this natural treasure has been preserved for my children, and their children in the (very, very, very distant) future to come.

There could have been a housing development here.

My favorite camera lens. I would truly be lost without it. While camera bodies have come and gone, it has been my trusty companion. Through it, I have viewed the beauty of the Northwest and my children laughing and playing in the outdoors. With it, I have captured images of memories I have made with my family.

Last, but not least, my great friends and family. You know who you are. You are the ones that constantly support me in all my endeavors. You listen to me complain, or brag a little about that great little adventure I went on. You look at all my images and tell me how beautiful they are, and also throw a little constructive criticism when I need it. You come by my blog, and leave great comments that reassure me someone is actually reading the stuff my brain is spouting out. I am thankful for every single one of you, every single day and don’t you forget it!!

Yes - I am looking at you!!

With that, I will end my once a year, mushy and sappy ramblings. I hope you all have a great holiday in which you fill your belly with tasty treats!

What are you thankful for this year?

1 comment:

  1. And a wonderfully mushy post it was. :) Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
    Nancy P