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November 24, 2020

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So Much To Be Grateful For

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If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get. —Frank A. Clark

Granted this past year hasn’t been all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows.  I can’t begin to tell you how many times our plans changed.  The number of attractions that were closed forcing us to go in a different direction.  Our path this past year has been one of numerous twists and turns.  In addition we’ve had a few possiblities to deal with along the way.  It’s called the price of purchasing an old diesel pusher and making it your own.

Yet, when I hear over and over again the staggering number of Americans who have lost their lives to COVID-19.  When I read of how this pandemic is sweeping across our land showing no mercy to anyone.  When I see on the news each night the long lines of families  in desperate need waiting to receive enough food for just another meal.  When I read of the untold number of individuals out of work and struggling to just get by.  As well as wondering if they are going to be evicted from their homes.  When I hear of all this. . . .

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: We are two of the most blessed and fortunate people in the world.

We, truly, have so much to be grateful for.  I have a wonderful wife who I fall in love with all over again each day.  We have a wonderful relationship that grows ever deeper with each passing day.

Our family is healthy and our kids – though grown and gone – provide just enough excitement to keep our lives from growing dull.

I have a sister who means everything to me.  We don’t always agree with one another but my life would be so empty without her in it.  I look forward to our daily phone calls.

Our home – we call her Elvira – is a rig we are proud of.  She has offered us any number of possiblities this past year.  Slowly, ever so slowly she is becoming what we envisioned she would be.  She provides a secure shelter for us and takes us to such wonderful places all across this great country we call America.

Time and again when we have found ourselves in a pinch someone, somewhere always comes through to give us a hand.

I can’t forget the many new people I’ve met through this blog.  There is Max and Hoag, Betty and Dan, to name just two couples.  Their blogs, their pictures, their comments light up my life and through their blogs they take me to so many new and wonderful places that I have not been able to get to on my own.

I big shout out also goes to  all the hard working men and women around the world that are working so hard to create vaccines, new treatments, and all forms of technology that have helped make our lives that much easier, and kept our communities close during this time apart.

I could go on and on but you get the idea.  If you look hard enough, if you just stop long enough to see past the problems, you’ll find I’m sure that you have been blessed as well.

No matter where you are or how you’re able to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, I hope you find ways to connect with loved ones and appreciate what we do have in these difficult times. Even though sometimes you have to look a little harder, there are always things to be thankful for. As always, Ms Barbara and I are also so thankful that all who read our blog are part of our extended family.

We wish you a very happy and safe Thanksgiving.




  1. 🦃 Gobble! Gobble! Happy Thanksgiving! We are blessed also because we have our health, I still have my mother, we have a roof over our head, food on the table and God loving and forgiving us. Our meal will be a quiet one, then delivery of food to my brother, a visit to the cemetery and a window visit with Mom. Have a blessed day.


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