Happy Thanksgiving

This year Thanksgiving looks different for most of us. My husband works every other year on Thanksgiving, and I usually join him for a special lunch at the retirement community where he works.

There are so many lovely people who live there, and I get to visit with them. One special lady tells me stories of living in France around the time of World War II. She and her mother ran down a street and finally escaped the Nazis riding a bicycle. Later she was on the first ship of war brides to leave Europe and come to the United States.

Some residents share my love of reading. Master garderners live here and have created masterpieces at their homes. Many take vacations around the world. One lady and I share a birthday in common, and she turned one hundred this year and invited me to her birthday celebration.

Other years we visit our family. Many years we hosted Thanksgiving at our home. After eating, we played football outside then other games inside, and then we’d eat again. I don’t know about you, but the second meal always tasted the best because there was less stress.

This year Tim will go to work, and Heinz and I will stay home. Weather permitting, we’ll go for a walk on the beach and visit our families long distance.

I’m so thankful for you my friends and family. Wherever you are, I hope you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving wherever you are.

How I work From Home

I’ve had a few people ask me how I work from home this year. I try to treat each day like a work day. I get up, talk to my husband, eat a little breakfast while watching the news, and then I spend time doing my devotionals.

The thing I’ve done differently is meeting with my critique group for thirty minutes before I begin writing. There are five of us and we share concerns about our lives and our writing. We encourage each other, and we laugh. Then we are off to start our day.

Sharee Stover, Connie Queen, and Sherrinda Ketchersid are with me in this picture. Rhonda Herren Starnes is also part of our group.

I feel more productive when I’m dressed. Even if it’s shorts and a T-shirt, I’m dressed. Sometimes I listen to music playing softly in the background.

Heinz ‘encourages’ me to take him outside throughout the day, but I try to stay focused until it’s time to fix supper.

Do you work from home? What’s your day look like?