November 23, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving 2012

Home made cranberry sauce

Home made cranberry sauce

These days I was actually supposed to be on a big trip all the way down south.

But (my) life frequently makes unexpected turns and instead of enjoying the touristy environment of the Key West, I cooked the complete turkey dinner at home, went to a Thanksgiving party the next day, and worked on some fun projects on the third day. Lots of fun, and the holidays are not even over yet! 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving

Home made Thanksgiving centerpiece

Home made Thanksgiving centerpiece

This is my favorite time of the year, and Thanksgiving has been my favorite holiday ever since I made my first stuffed turkey that hasn’t thawed all the way by the time I put it in the oven – and our entire first-Thanksgiving-meal almost turned into a disaster… lol

But there’s more to this season than having a feast, getting together, celebrating and having some time off. In my world, giving thanks feels like the most important thing to do, every day. It’s something that always makes me feel good. Feeling thankful is elevating and inspiring – and makes the whole world look better – as Melody Beattie describes it wonderfully in the quote below:

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

Dining room ready for Thanksgiving dinner

Dining room ready for Thanksgiving dinner

~ Fred De Witt Van Amburgh
None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.

I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving, no matter if you spent it all alone, with friends or family, no matter if you cooked your meal or enjoyed the festive food creations by someone else. It’s important to be happy and appreciation is one of the fastest, easiest paths to happiness.

Delicious homemade pastries

Delicious homemade pastries

History in a quote

Here’s a quote that lists all the most important facts about the history of Thanksgiving and Pilgrims, in two sentences:

~ H. U. Westermayer
The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.

Amazing, isn’t it?

Advent time

Sunday after Thanksgiving also marks the beginning of the Advent time, four weeks before Christmas time, also called a quiet anticipation in Christian/Catholic tradition. My family has never been big on traditions but I find making and enjoying an Advent Wreath or Advent Crown very satisfying.

I don’t know if you’re familiar with the Advent wreath (circle is a symbol of eternal life) and the four candles on it. The first candle is supposed to be lit on this coming Sunday. A week later, two candles get lit and so on.

For years I’ve been making an Advent wreath, using all the traditional, natural materials, like spruce and fir limbs, pine cones, walnuts (or their shells), chestnuts, dried citrus etc. It looked nice on the kitchen table and I enjoyed burning the candles during the Sunday lunch time.

Then I haven’t made one in years until a few days ago someone from Slovenia reminded me it was time to make one. So I went on a quest and gathered all kinds of natural materials around my yard, having no clue how much of anything I might need or what my new Advent Wreath might look like once finished.

It all turned out good. There are still trees and bushes growing outside my house – I didn’t chop them all down. And on my kitchen floor there’s still plenty of stuff to make a few more Advent wreaths that I’m planning to give as gifts. And the best part is, my own (first try) wreath on the dining room table looks good enough that I’m willing to share its picture here… 🙂

Advent Wreath

Advent Wreath

Maybe that inspires you to make one, too. There’s still time!

Slovenian American Club news

And the latest from Spring Hill Slovenian American Club, some reminders for all of those who are spending the cold winter days in Florida.

Facebook page

I have a request. If you have an account on Facebook, please go and give a like to Slovenian American Club’s Facebook page by clicking here.

Thank you in advance!! 🙂

Upcoming events and other info

  • The next board meeting is on December 5, 2012, at 2 PM. Everyone is welcome, including all of those with helpful ideas and potential new members.
  • Our next dance event is on Sunday, December 23, 2012, from 2 to 6 PM. Dedicated to America’s Polka King FRANK YANKOVIC, that afternoon will feature his music, provided live by Bob Kravos and Bob Turcola, two great accordionists, and our in-house-drummer Ron Heringes. You might even hear the sound of solovox, just like Frankie was using it.
    At that pre-Christmas event attendees will have a chance to win one of the door prizes. Some of them were donated by Ida Yankovic.
    The tickets can still be purchased in advance at:
    Everyone is welcome, including the musicians with instruments to join the jam session when the band takes a break.
    This will be a great intro party for a merry Christmas and New Year’s season. Hope to see you there, along with your friends – for ‘the happiest music this side of heaven‘…
  • Our traditional New Year’s Day Dance – WELCOME 2013  – will once again happen on January 1, from 2 to 6 PM. Music by Bob Turcola Orchestra. More details next time.
  • Cash bar and food available at all of our dances.
  • For groups of 6 or more, call 727-753-9631 to reserve a table of your choice.
  • New members are welcome. Single membership for 2013 is $15 and $25 for a couple.
  • For the complete schedule of events in season 2012/13 click here.

I hope I didn’t forget to mention anything important.

Feeling truly thankful for each and ever one of you being a part of my life,
from my heart,



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