Happy (Belated) Thanksgiving!

I hope all of you had a blessed and happy Thanksgiving. I had a really nice week with family and friends, which of course, are the best reasons to be grateful in life. My son’s class went on a field trip that week to the CA Science Center, and I always enjoy having a day out with the kids. For the holiday itself, we went to a dear friend’s house. She and her family are our California family, and her house is always filled with warmth and laughter and good Chilean food. I am so grateful to have to have her and her family in my life. It was also nice to have a little extra downtime, which of course, I had no trouble filling with knitting.

Here are a few highlights from the week.

Divers feeding the fish at the CA Science Center
Divers feeding the fish at the CA Science Center

I’ve been to the Science Center many times, but my son’s field trip was the first time we’ve had the good luck of seeing the divers feeding the fish. I’m happy I was able to get some photos without reflections on the aquarium glass.

Sunset in Burbank
Sunset in Burbank

We went to get some sushi one evening and I was stepping out of the car just in time to get a beautiful shot of the sun setting over downtown Burbank.

Bonita and Midnight - note the little kitty paw hugging the other kitty
Bonita and Midnight – note the little kitty paw hugging the other kitty

Nothing like two cats cuddling with each other on my daughter’s bed to make me feel like all is right.

Pisco sour at Thanksgiving
Pisco sour at Thanksgiving

My favorite Chilean drink to toast Thanksgiving. But you have to know a Chilean to get one because pisco isn’t available in the United States. I think we should all petition to get it made available! 🙂

Just a tiny little part of a delicious Thanksgiving feast
Just a tiny little part of a delicious Thanksgiving feast

We did not have the traditional turkey and stuffing. Aside from all the delicious appetizers which were a meal by themselves, we had salmon and rice and empanadas. Life is good!

I hope your holiday was filled with warmth, good food and people you feel grateful for too! Blessings!

Gratitude

Even though this is the week during the year we are supposed to focus on being grateful, I have to admit I haven’t particularly felt grateful this week. Both of my kids have had stomach flu, so I’ve pretty much spent the week helping them recover from that. There are other things this week stressing me out as well, and let’s be honest, life is full of stuff that just does not generate grateful, happy thoughts. Today, while we are all home recovering, I happened to be catching up on some of my yarn-y reading, aka Vogue Knitting, Interweave, etc., and came across a number of inspiring, charitable knitters and organizations that craft for people in need. Reading about these people who are going through way worse things than I ever have, and the kindness of those who are working to help them, made me feel much more grateful. My life is indeed good, even if a particular week is not. In celebration of Thanksgiving, and of cultivating gratitude year-round, here’s a list of people and/or companies who are doing good in the world. I hope you enjoy browsing this list and feel grateful and inspired to help also! Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

  1. Debbie Macomber and World Vision’s Knit for Kids is perhaps the most well-known, but worthy of support nonetheless. Debbie seems like the patron saint of charitable knitters, and if you haven’t read her books, you should definitely relax a few hours after your turkey and enjoy one!
  2. More than 50% of the employees at Skeino are challenged. This is a group of people who are often overlooked, and Skeino aims to give them a place in society and a way to make a living. And they’re doing a good job – the Arabella Shawl is gorgeous!
  3. This generous soul gives free patterns and information on knitting chemo hats.
  4. Ancient Arts Fibre donates to a cause particularly close to my heart – helping stray animals. I have two rescue cats, and as any animal lover knows, for every two you take in and adopt, there are 200 more that still need help. Dog lovers, they donate to help stray dogs too. And I do think it’s just plain cool to dye yarn based on cats and dogs – who doesn’t want a skein of Meow or Woof Yarn?!
  5. Ten places that need crocheted items.