I love this time of year. November brings a sort of stillness and quiet, animals settling in for the winter, people slowing down. (Well. . . they speed back up in December, but then they slow down!)

As Thanksgiving nears, I tend to focus my gratitude in part on seasonal blessings. Focusing is a good thing; it keeps me from going on and on. . . and on and on.

I am grateful for. . .

  • leaves that change from yellow and flame-colored to old gold and bronze maple
  • mist and wind and early morning rain
  • songs about such, like “In the Early Morning Rain”

  • a warm, dry place to sleep
  • fires, candles, blankets, quilts. Oh, and flannel anything (shirts, PJs), sweatshirts when they are new and soft, slipper socks



  • tomato-based anything: chili, spaghetti, my mother’s vegetable soup
  • reading in bed, especially mysteries
  • family coming from out of town to be together
  • my mother, age 86, and my dad, age 87
  • my wonderful husband and Ben and Gary, our sons – loved, loved, loved everyday
  • spiritual blessings
  • seeing compassion and love, bravery and care
  • hope. . .for more of these, for all creatures great and small
  • hope. . . to do better, be better

And last but not least. . . anything pumpkin flavored: pies, muffins, bread, donuts (yes, I found them this year), lattes, soup. . .

“Hurrah for the fun, is the pudding done?                                                                              Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!”                                                                                                       (from “The New-England Boy’s Song about Thanksgiving Day” by Lydia Marie Child)





About Dixie Minor

A wife, mother, former Teacher, and the author of Winter Wish
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17 Responses to Grateful

  1. LOL! I love your love for pumpkin anything! (Don’t care for pumpkin myself, but on you, it’s cute.) And I love that you love your Mom’s soup! It sounds yummy! 🙂 Happy November! ❤

  2. bkpyett says:

    Lovely post and I wish you a wonderful Thanks Giving Day!

  3. This makes me smile, Dixie. Thanks for the cheer.

    • Dixie Minor says:

      Thank you so much, Maggie. It may be easier for me to enjoy cozy things in cold weather as our cold weather is not really that cold right now-unlike yours! Such beauty in the places where it gets so much colder than here. . . with the snow and lakes and rocks. . But, cold! And snow plows and shovels!

  4. Good morning, Dixie! I cannot tell you how much I loved this post. And I adore Gordon Lightfoot — especially this song. Thank you so much for such a beautiful message and wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving.

  5. Dixie Minor says:

    Thank you so much, Barbara! I do love Gordon Lightfoot. I have several of his CDs and have played them to death. I love that song about the winter night and the one about the railroads. (I guess I’m not so good with titles! ) 😉 Thank you, and happy November to you.

  6. M-R says:

    What a totally decent person you are, Dixie !

  7. Dixie Minor says:

    Hi, Patty, thank you! See you SOON! ❤

  8. dwdendy says:

    I am grateful for you!!

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