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Monday, November 19, 2012

Feeling Thankful on Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving approaches, I start to consider just what it is that I have been most thankful for during the past year. It’s a yearly ritual for me, begun during my years in college. Home was too far away to visit every year, and I missed my family a lot during the holidays. Thinking of all the things worth being thankful for helped me out. Now it is tradition for me to sit and think about the year’s many gifts.

The past year was a tumultuous one at best, beginning with graduating college. I subsequently moved to a town I had never even heard of before, Sandpoint, Idaho. It is way up in northern Idaho, just about to Canada, and every bit as cold as it sounds, especially since I moved there in December. I had a friend in college who moved near Sandpoint as a teacher, and we moved in together to help each other pay the bills. Hence, my great northern adventure began. I got a job, moved my cat into our new apartment, and started working on life in the real world.

I have found that the most wonderful thing about the past year is the acquaintances I have made here in my new home. I have been blessed with a great group of friends, and the people around here are very kind. The weather here is grey more often than not, but when summer hits, you better look out! Blue skies, temperatures that are positively perfect for swimming, lakes everywhere, hiking, recreation, everywhere you look, it’s just fabulous. Winter is dreary, like I said, but living at the bottom of a ski resort makes up for it. I tried out skiing for the first time, and it was very fun once my friends managed to coax me down the bunny hill. All in all, it has been a year of new beginnings, fabulous friends, pleasant people, and a view that is to die for. These are the things that I am most thankful for this year.

Summer is officially gone- we saw our first snow storm last week- and I will miss it. But here’s to cups of hot chocolate, snowmen, ski hills and holiday parties!! Every season has something to offer around here. What are you thankful for this year? Leave a comment or drop us a line on Facebook or Twitter. I would love to hear from you. Enjoy your holiday season, I know I will.

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