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Thanksgiving Day – Random Photos And Memories!

Updated: Nov 26, 2020 @ Written: November 27, 2014

thanksgiving day turkey and us
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Friends for life! Thanksgiving day…1995 thereabouts.

This will be our eighth Thanksgiving away from my friends in the States. I have decided to just keep adding tidbits to the post as the years pass.

I feel a bit nostalgic about it. Memories abound! Every year, my best friend would fly in from Bermuda. I met her in college many many moons ago :-). I will not date myself by saying how many..haha! She was one year ahead of me, and after graduation, she moved back home. Since Bermuda is a British colony, they do not celebrate Thanksgiving. We then decided that would be a perfect time to celebrate together.

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Los Angeles Thanksgiving Day:

I remember we would have friends over, people who either didn’t celebrate it (foreigners) or friends who couldn’t go back home for whatever reason. Each year the number grew. Our first one was about 5 of us. I remember the biggest number of people we had was 30, l think that was in 1998!. My friend was always a trooper though, she would cook for all of us, and loved it. My job was to drive her to the grocery store and complain.

I hate shopping with a passion, while she loved to compare the yams, pie ingredients etc. It was always so much fun. A day to hang out, drink, and eat entirely too much. My housemates always loved to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade. I hated that too! What a surprise. New Year’s parade l liked, but not that one.

Thanksgiving photo with turkey
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My best friend – She visited yearly for thanksgiving! 24 years straight..this has to be like 1993 because that was the old floors

This year, l am thankful for a lot of things. The big one being that we are alive and in good health. Since losing my sister, life seems so much more precious to me. It has given me a whole new perspective on everything, and l often find myself saying a little prayer for small things. I read this somewhere and l think it is quite appropriate:

It’s a wise man who lives with money in the bank. It’s a fool who dies that way” – French proverb

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I’m not saying one should go out and blow all their money of course. I am just saying sometimes we focus so much on saving, that we forget to enjoy the fruits of our labor. As a childless by choice couple, we have chosen to stop and smell the roses. I am thankful that we are able to do so, thanks to frugal living.

Sure, we got derailed with some horrible events including my sister’s medical bills, as she had no coverage to speak of…but c’est la vie. The horrible stock market crash seemed to suck the juice out of us in so many ways, as it did a whole lot of others, but a huge and valuable lesson was learned! I have told all nieces and nephews to expect zip..nada..zilch..lol! :-). We’re gonna blow it all… haha!

My 2 house mates - my very first house. Owned 50% with the fellow on the left! Our new checker floors!
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My two housemates – my very first house, owned 50% with the fellow on the left! Our new checker floors! Next year, we are planning to meet up at his place in Palm Springs for thanksgiving.

 

I am guessing 2005..
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I am guessing 2005 with friends cooking up a big feast. I miss so many things about that house, including my collection of Bauerware pottery.

 

My favorite was her stuffing. I have no clue what made it so delicious. Turkey, l can do without!
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My favourite was her stuffing. I have no clue what made it so delicious. Turkey, l can do without!

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This for sure was 2006, our last thanksgiving in L.A. There is my dearly departed and very much missed pooch, Lucky..
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This for sure was 2006, our last thanksgiving in L.A. There is my dearly departed and very much missed pooch, Lucky…

Palm Springs Thanksgiving Day:

Fast forward to our last visit to the States in 2016. We celebrated Thanksgiving day with my former housemates who live in Palm Springs now. It was wonderful. Once again, my best friend flew in from Bermuda and former coworkers came for dinner. It was just like old times and it’s true what they say. The family doesn’t always have to be blood relatives. Looking back now, I can´t believe it has already been four years!

3 amigas posing on thanksgiving day
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Back together again. On the right is our South African friend of yikes… 31 years! :-).

 

Thanksgiving turkey
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One of the two turkeys we were about to eat on Thanksgiving Day.

 

backyard in Palm Springs
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Our friend’s husband making sure everything is set up just right. He is OCD like that. One of the things about no longer living together is having someone to clean up after me :-). The weather was perfect too, and Fede even went for a swim in the heated pool afterwards.

 

4 people posing with turkey plate in hand
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We had an amazing time in Palm Springs and it’s one of the only few places l would consider living in if we ever moved back to the states.

Valencia Thanksgiving Day:

Last year, we spent Thanksgiving Day with new friends here in Valencia. Our host and hostess made turkey, stuffing, ham and so much more. It was another wonderful day. With everyone being so far away from home, it was nice to bond with fellow immigrants in our new home base.

turkey and stuffing on table
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Lots and lots of food consumed!

 

shot of crowd at thanksgiving lunch from the top
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It was a really awesome time with new friends from all over.

 

Ham on thanksgiving day
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The ham was delicious!

 

guy and girl thumbs up
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They both gave it a thumbs up :-).

 

woman with pink shirt and green skirt
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I did too! Good thing my skirt expanded with my waist :-).

 

the chef on right in purple shirt and girl
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The chef and host is on the right. He made everything from scratch :-).

 

Woman in front o round table with slaw and potatoes
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Our hostess for the Thanksgiving meal :-).

 

They are trying to start that Black Friday crap over here! :-( :-( :-( . I hope it doesn't catch on!
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Black Friday crap is now alive and well covered over here! 🙁 🙁 🙁 . I had hoped it wouldn’t catch on! The world is upside down :-).

Thanksgiving Day Lately:

Since then, we have pretty much let go of celebrating Thanksgiving. We stay home and make a special seafood pasta with scallops (which costs a lot here when you compare it to other seafood). This year though, it’s a margarita lunch with friends. Yeah! I’m okay with that being a new tradition in lieu of turkey.

Just like in the states, we are now constantly bombarded by Black Friday Sales. I find it almost comical as it is literally everywhere, and on everything, including real estate! :-). I´ve seen Black November, Black Day, Black Week. They slap it on everything, but at least for the first time, I am seeing actual discounts, not like a 5% discount like in the previous years.

I had ruled out visiting the states for this year, thanks to the shenanigans that were happening there. Now though, I have renewed hope that things will take a turn for the better, and so we just might visit, and maybe celebrate turkey day with my adopted families again. That’s what l miss. The people.

So, today, on thanksgiving day, l give thanks for all the good things l have in my life… family, friends, and you. Have a happy and wonderful thanksgiving!!! What are you thankful for?

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24 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Day – Random Photos And Memories!”

  1. What nice memories you have. What happened to the tradition? Do you still see your friend from Bermuda? That is so funny about the Black Friday in Spain. They do it in Puerto Rico too. It’s a mad house there but they play music in the parking lots while people are making lines outside. They call it Viernes Negro. It’s like a big ole’ party. I like watching the mad house on twitter from the comfort of my home. Ha! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  2. She is her mother’s keeper..lol! It got broken after the 22 years because her mom got sick, and she wasn’t able to make it. Then we had 5 more straight years before she was unable to make it ( her brother’s wedding). I haven’t seen her in the almost 2 years that we moved to Europe. The ticket prices have been horrendous. Her mom is now 92 and frail. We hope to both be in Palm Springs next year for turkey day 🙂 . It’s the longest time l haven’t seen her, but we play words daily and chat often. Happy Thanksgiving to you too .

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  3. It’s nice that you have such great memories. Romania needs a holiday like Thanksgiving, the moments you spend with your best friends and family are certainly priceless. And I would personally love to taste a delicious turkey stuffing too 😛

    On the other hand, Romania has adopted Black Friday. But because this is Romania and companies are hungry for profits, they rush to “celebrate” it and it was on the 21st. Ha. 🙂

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    • Oh..I can believe this Black Friday BS is catching on!!!! 🙁 🙁 . Here, it started yesterday, and goes till the end of the month. It sucks! It has however been raining buckets so hopefully so sales for them..lol! Yeah, it is nice to have such wonderful memories. Most of the people are still friends that l have known over 20 years and much much longer..it was always nice for everyone to get together since we were mostly all foreigners. I should have paid attention to her making the stuffing. It was always the best part with the freshly made cranberry sauce. That and the fresh baked apple pie.. Heaven in a bowl.. 🙂

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  4. Great photos and great memories!

    Black Friday caught on for the first time properly this year in the UK. All the websites were down all day, and fights broke out in stores all around the country. It seems that we’ve just taken the worst bits from the US Black Friday tradition and imported them to the UK.

    Its horrible to see people fighting over sub-standard TVs, that the shops wanted rid off anyway, just because they were £199 down to £169. Really sad.

    On a brighter note, where is the photo taken from your cover picture?

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    • How upsetting to see that Black Friday has taken hold in the U.K!!!! Amazing that it’s always the worst parts that catch on. I just don’t understand the greed and must have(even on credit) attitude of people, and it seems to get worse as time goes by sadly 🙁 . The picture is the fort in Marseilles, as you leave the Vieux Port going towards the Chateau D’if. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a good weekend!

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      • I thought so. I cjust couldn’t see la nôtre-dame in the background. I have just come back to the UK having lived and worked in Marseille for the past two years. I absolutely adore the city! Were you there on holiday?

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        • Good catch! Yeah..the view was more to the left towards that absolutely lovely church and museum. How lucky that you got to live there for 2 years! We were on holiday unfortunately. I could definitely see myself living there, we loved it. I have just never understood why people say it’s dangerous etc. A few friends tried to talk us out of going…as if 🙂 . We never felt unsafe. I would certainly visit again. Would you ever move back? Sounds like you would.. I love..love London too though..

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  5. Great pictures and great memories. That’s so great that your friend came every Thanksgiving for so many years! I agree with you – I’m not into the Thanksgiving parade. I don’t think I’m much of a parade person at all, actually. So…when you come for Thanksgiving in Palm Springs, I could only hope that you’d come through L.A., and if so, let’s meet up! 🙂

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    • Thanks Dana. For sure, we would swing by L.A, there are a few friends to see and a couple of “moms” – friends’ moms that l adopted and would spend Christmas holidays with..lol! I would love to meet up then, unless of course if you guys visit Spain first (open invite 🙂 ). I like the New Year parade because l like seeing what amazing things they can do with flowers. It took me a while to get into it, but eventually did…thanks to my housemate’s cousin who would visit from Jersey yearly to go watch the parade live..

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  6. Fun throwback photos! Your Thanksgivings look as if they’re exploding with love and joy. This year my husband and I went out for a splurge on sushi. Whatever works, right? 🙂

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    • Yes they were full of joy and love. Most have been friends for over 2 decades. I would so love to gorge on sushi, love it..love it..love it.. My husband made oxtail risotto. I am so lucky his mum taught him how to cook, l have restaurant quality food daily. Mmm..sushi and stuffing would be a nice combo! Have a lovely rest of the weekend.

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  7. Its a tough one regarding safety. The half of the city south and east to the train station is amazing and one of the most beautiful and charismatic cities I’ve ever visited. However, to the north and west of the station is rough – I mean we barely visited it at all other that for essentials and with good reason!!

    The city has changed a lot since this photo. In 2012, it won European Capital of Culture and they spent a lot renovating the place. For example, to the left of the port in this photo is a new museum (la Mucem) which is absolutely lovely.

    Yeah, we would definitely consider moving back to the South of France, but when we are a little bit older and therefore we would probably live in a small village in Provence or on the coast a little further east of Marseille.

    If you want some good memories reignited from your holiday, check out…

    10 free things to do in Marseille

    …which is an article I wrote while I was living there with a lot of photos of the best places to visit for free. Enjoy!! 🙂

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    • Our visit was about 11 months ago, so we were able to check out La MuCEM , unfortunately it was closing time, so it was a rush..very interesting place…and all those levels. I felt like we walked 3 miles in there. I would love to return at some point and see more of it. Thanks for that link. We got to see a few of them on our visit.

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  8. What a lovely post kemkem. Gosh! You must have had so much fun witg your housemates and all. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Britain or Germany but I have loads of American friends so we usually celebrate with them. Quite frankly, most Germans can’t really tell whether we’re from the UK or the USA so that’s perfectly alright although Black Friday is creeping over here too but it’s not really catching on LOL! Thank goodness!

    What are I thankful for? I’m thankful for the health of my husband, my son, and my brothers. I’m thankful for being a European and living the life that I want to live and I’m thankful for being alive and well and getting invited to other Thanksgiving celebrations! YOLO right! In fact, last years’ party was great. We must have been at least about 30-40 people all going and coming and because most of our friends are artists, there was singing, playing instruments, and performing. It was crazy! We’re going to a late Thanksgiving Party on Friday. 🙂

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    • Thanks! It was a lot of fun, and really good memories. How nice to have all those artsy friends to spend time with. Bet you had a lot of fun as well. Nothing like have good times with friends! How nice to hear that Black Friday is not catching on 🙂 . You are right, YOLO! Say hello to the music producer and the tall young gentleman for me. Have a great time at the late Thanksgiving party!!!

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  9. Missing you and Thanksgiving dinner this year. I spent the day at work!! Many Bermudians celebrate Thanksgiving and enjoy Black Friday shopping (written with a shudder !!) but Christmas is more of an occasion here. Turkey and that special stuffing will make an appearance!!
    Mom is 96 now.
    I have to plan a trip to visit you. Have to renew both of my passports first though!
    It was lovely seeing old pictures from our more youthful days.
    Love to you and Fede!

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    • It still feels weird not to have Thanksgiving day together after so many years of never fails. Such great memories..remember the clogged drain like 2 hours before the guest arrived on Blair Street?. :-). I have a feeling that Black Friday is not going away anytime soon around here, and in fact in all of Europe anytime soon, which is kind of sad :-(. I almost wrote to get the recipe for that stuffing, but then it involved so much cooking and l was like.. No!!! Hahaha!

      She looks awesome for 96 though which is fantastic :-). Give her my love! Thanks for reminding me about the passport renewal. I need mine done very quickly, or l will be in for a rude awakening. I am already pushing it with just one page free. Glad you liked reminiscing with the photos. Big hugs and much love and besos!!!

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  10. Sushi as appetizer then stuffing!

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  11. Loved seeing all this – I love the older photos! Those were the best times for sure and I absolutely love the type of clothes we used to wear back then 🙂 And last year’s ham… that looked yummy for sure!

    I guess that in 2020, the celebrations all over the world were tuned down a lot but probably next year it will be a blast, with the entire world in full recovery.

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    • Thanks, C. They were certainly good times indeed and l have wonderful memories still. Haha! Yeah… the fashion was something else, and l hope they never come back :-). 2020 has been an insane year for everyone. Let´s hope by next year all this would be a distant memory and we can all get going and be together again. A nice recovery that l am looking forward to.

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  12. Kemkem, I love all the traditions behind these celebration. So many lovely memories here with your friends, it is lovely to look back and I also really enjoyed all the photos. Black Friday has been very annoying with many TV advertising and nuisance emails sent, I don’t get it. We are still in lockdown here, so I think people are going a bit mad on the comfort buying of stuff you don’t actually need. Keep well 😄

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    • Thanksgiving was the only major holiday l was into back in the states. I do have so many awesome memories and l am so happy that we’ve all been able to stay in touch. Black Friday has indeed become a beast here too. I was just reading the news and seeing the insane crowds out shopping at the malls for this BS. I had really hoped it wouldn´t take in this part of the world, but wrong l am :-(. Thanks for reading Gilda.

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