Happy Thanksgiving!!

Wanted to give a little update and wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving! The photo above, taken a few weeks ago, shows the beautiful autumn yellow colors in the vineyard next door to us.

Dad continues to heal and is doing physical therapy. He sees the surgeon again next week to see whether things are healing well enough without surgery. He is having trouble moving the arm in some directions in PT, and we don’t know yet if that issue will work itself out or if his arm will require repair. He’s still wearing a brace and sling.

My fears about fire season unfortunately were not unfounded. The Butte County fire to the north of us is the most destructive fire we’ve ever had in CA, even worse than last year’s fires here in Sonoma and Napa. Our hearts go out to the people who have lost homes and loved ones. We finally have rain here and that should help put an end to this year’s fire season as well as clear out the horrible smoke that had engulfed our area.

We’re having a nice family Thanksgiving today with my brother and his family. I’ve not seen my nieces in almost a year, so this is a treat. One is a sophomore at UC Berkeley and the other is a sophomore in high school.

We continue to see the deer families regularly. Yesterday, six deer visited to graze and I got a video of several of them popping over our fence (they are amazing jumpers!).

Hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  1. Hi Laurie,
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I think of you often and hope you are feeling better. I really hope your father improves without surgery!

    My heart goes out to the victims of those tragic fires. Just watching the news and seeing the cars drive down roads surrounded by fire took my breath away! I cannot imagine the fear and sadness!!

    I love to watch deer too!. We are in the process of moving so that we can bring our horse home with us. Last week, we saw deer and turkey on the property. I can hardly wait to take pictures of these lovely creatures!!

    Blessings to you!!

    1. Thanks, CathyB! Yes, it was terrifying to see those videos that people took while driving out of the fire! So scary.

      Sounds like you are moving to a fun rural spot with lots of wildlife. Hope your move goes well! Moving is stressful, especially this time of year. Good luck — hope love your new place when you get settled in!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving Laurie! Thank you for sharing your warmth with us. I always have a big smile on my face when reading your posts for the warm and caring person you are. I hope your dad gets better. Hugs from cold Philly!

    1. Thanks, Old Herbaceous! We had light rain earlier, some heavier rain this evening, and more on the way. Very much needed. Yes, it is good to see Dad is healing (it takes longer at 87, but he’s making progress!). Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

  3. Dear Laurie,

    I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving with family. We had a wonderful day with our close friends and their family and were thrilled to get some rain in the end of the day. Let’s hope it is a beginning of a normal rainy season for all of us.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Happy happy Thanksgiving! Best wishes to your father at next week’s appointment.

    The fires were really terrible 🙁 I live in the South Bay, and the air has been horrible even all the way down here–nothing compared to the trauma those closer to the fires have been enduring, but still difficult for us. Like Undina, I’m so grateful for the rain and for the dramatic improvement in air quality.

  5. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and happy to hear that your dad is healing and hope the doctor visit went well. 87, God bless!!!

    1. Thanks, Brigitte! Dad’s x-rays looked good but it’s not all the way healed yet so it needs more time. He will keep going with PT and see doctor again in 6 weeks. Hope you have a lovely holiday season!

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