This Thanksgiving was hard. I have experienced a lot of losses this year, including the unexpected loss of my older sister just 1 week ago. My mom and I made the usual over-abundance of food, over-cleaned the house, and put on brave faces for our guests...but it wasn't easy. It's hard to feel thankful for what you have when the things you loved are suddenly gone.
Maybe instead of pretending to be thankful for everything in my life, which feels pretty crappy at the moment, I should make a concrete list of the exact things, both tangible and intangible, for which I am thankful at this very moment. Here they are, in no particular order.
1. Coffee - I would barely function without it.
2. My sewing machine - I would be a much crabbier person without my creative outlet.
3. Fabric - see #2
4. My mom - I would be a basketcase most of the time without her.
5. My friends
6. Apple - the company, not the fruit. I have an unhealthy attachment to my laptop and iPhone.
7. Color - I am not afraid of bright colors. If the predominant color in your life is beige, you need help.
8. Sugar - see #1
9. Childhood memories and mementos - for example, the oddly comforting presence of your sister's favorite stuffed animal.
10. My niece - Maggie is a burst of sunlight, a ball of energy, and a barrel of monkeys - all in the shape of a two year old girl.
Since this is a sewing and crafting blog, I will wrap up by saying that I will always regret not making a quilt for my sister. I hunted around and found some fabrics in colors (favorite color = yellow) and designs she might have liked.