This cold weather thing was never my, uh, “thing”, but now that it’s snowing, well, I think I may be caving just a little. After all, I AM inside with a hot cup of tea. Another day, it would be coffee, but I’ve got a bit of that special gift of the season – a cold.

Anyway, tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, and for the first time in three years, it actually FEELS like it. While I am definitely a fan of the warmer climate I’ve been living in, there is something about the Thanksgiving and Christmas season that never quite felt like the real deal. So, I’m plucking up my courage {and putting on a few extra layers} and vowing to relish this wonder known as the changing seasons.

The truth is, I already am! A few weeks ago, I found myself not only getting out in the crisp weather to rake leaves, but also allowing myself to be “buried alive” in the pile by two willing helpers. And then, there are things like pumpkins, handfulls of fallen leaves that have been pressed and preserved, baren branches in a jar and CANDLES that just scream “cozy fall day”. Yep, the season is sucking me in…

This is the mantle above my fridges. Yes, you read that correctly. I have two tiny fridges that live inside of a HUGE old fireplace. It’s cool and quirky and I love it.


Everything you see on the mantle I either already owned, was free, or I picked up for pocket change at a thrift store. It doesn’t take much to make me happy. I even got to enjoy my crafty side with some buttons, a glue-gun and an old frame I had stashed away. {Thanks to the sisters who helped me hover over the cauldron of buttons so I could pick out just the right ones. ;) }


Back to the topic at hand – Thanksgiving Day. It’s tomorrow. Not only is my fridge holding a large batch of mashed potatoes to prove it, but, I’ve also got a dinner date with my family tomorrow. The weather is cool {ok – freezing}, and I can guarantee I’ll eat something made with pumpkin, the ladies will discuss Black Friday, and my dad will let fly at least ONE of his “Dad-isms” at some point. {“No pain, no gain, so eat till it hurts”, maybe?} I’ll probably wear something brown and sweater-y. Over the weekend, I’ll turn on Christmas music and begin decorating. These things just make sense, and despite how much I would love to share a special meal with my “borrowed” family in sun-shiny Ghana, it’s good to be able to do it this way again.


What makes Thanksgiving feel “normal” to you? Whatever it is, I hope you enjoy it to the fullest. And don’t forget to put on some thankfulness, like our little tree up there. :)


Written by: Juanita

One Response to “Cold Weather Convert?”

  1. I so identify with you on it not being quite the same! I love that you are having fun and getting into it!!! Have a great time with family and friends. I am thankful that the missionaries always include us in thier big Thanksgiving meal because the Dominicans don’t have the holiday Thanksgiving. Twill be nice that Kara is here this year too. Happy Thanksgiving!!!!