Sadhvi Sez: Giving Thanks

Sakshi the Chestnut Roaster
Sakshi the Chestnut Roaster

Being married to a chestnut roaster who’s been making people happy for many years now means we don’t have a big get-together with friends and family on Thanksgiving Day (since he’s working!).  Not having children or family that live close by is the other reason why there is no big gathering.

With everyone else being occupied with Thanksgiving, I feel like I am playing hooky from life.  I secretly love that feeling, and am grateful that it’s possible.

It’s been a busy week, with just about every type of bad weather you can think of — constant heavy rain, extremely high winds, bone-chlling cold, and today, thankfully, weather that they have in heaven every single day — the bluest skies with lots of sun and no wind with mild temperatures.  We did wake up to snow, but having the sun shine made it all right with me!

While driving home everything felt so mellow.  The streets were almost empty, and there was a feeling of peace and calm.

When I got home I took our dog “Bello” for a long walk, and met an older couple who are familiar in the way people are when you say hello while passing them a dozen times or so in the last 10 years.  For some reason I laughed out loud when I saw them.  They stopped and asked me how I was, and I said, “Good”.  They told me it’s the first time there has ever been snow on Thanksgiving since they could remember.  I asked them how they were, and they said, “Good. I mean, we’re still walking!”.  Which made me smile, because it’s so true.

I got back home, fed the chickens and the rabbits, and then started cooking dinner for us.  When he got home, we sat down to eat and we both said we thought it was the best meal we ever had.

I don’t know what is happening, but I am feeling so grateful these days.  I think I even realize how special it is to be alive.  I must be getting older.  The next thing you know is that I will start to act wise.  I will let you know when that happens!

“Gratitude is the wine for the soul. Go on. Get drunk.”
— Rumi



About Sadhvi

Sadhvi's trying to find the balance in life over 50 without having any surgery, taking any pills, or killing anyone. She doesn't want to look or feel the way she felt when she was 20 or 30. Trusting that everything is really OK unless you think about it helps her make it through each day. Also realizing that nothing can be done, and, that nothing matters really helps. Gardening (and weeding), poppies and flowers, painting on things, baking, and sharing on Oops50 helps to make it all right too.

13 thoughts on “Sadhvi Sez: Giving Thanks

  1. Love that Chestnut Roaster – he’s looking great. Yes Sadhvi we are very lucky to have each other even though we are far apart, but close in heart. I remember all those Thanksgiving days with your Grandparents in Clearfield and then the ones we had in N Olmsted. It is these memories that make us smile when we sit in silent on the back porch steps taking in the sounds of nature – Love you

  2. Nice picture of Sakshi and story from your soul on a sunny day! I finally got clear on a message for Hannukah (today’s the third day)—May your light shine longer than you ever expected it to!


  3. So happy that you thought of me Anado! You know being a member from 1976-1980 (before the Ranch), and our meeting in Prague will always be special to me. And yes, I will organize the food…pierogi’s, stuffed cabbage, and yes, there will be kolachi for everyone!

  4. Love you Sadhvi…this is beautiful writing…I am trying to get together a reunion of the 1986 East German Women’s Swim Team…would you be able to cook the meals for that event? Get back to me on that……

  5. Loved this Sadhvi. Echoed much of our day yesterday – moments of quiet, the bright sun reflecting off the remains of the snow, a brisk walk in the woods over near you, a nice simple meal with just the two of us, a warm house… so much to be grateful for!

  6. Loved this post! I also don’t do anything for Thanksgiving except to sleep in and watch movies all day…I love checking out from the norm too.

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