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Giving Thanks

Once again Canadians arrive at the day where we all take stock of our year and lives and expound on what we are thankful for. At the dinner table, this process may become trite or overly emotional, depending on the state of the thankful. At its worst, it is a chore, but at its best, it can be uplifting.

Take us, for example. We are not long back from a 23 day trip covering 4,825 km, 4 ferry trips to and from Vancouver Island, 4 trips up and down the Coquihalla Highway and Yellowhead, 4 one night stays in Kamloops, 4 nights with Fada on the Island, 7 nights with our family at PLB in Jasper, 3 nights in Vancouver and ending up with 4 nights in an ocean front apartment in Sooke, British Columbia. Until this trip, our lives during the pandemic had been very small.

In short, we have much to be thankful for and we know it and fully appreciate it, as we hunker down to outlast the long winter in our own home.

Many are not this lucky. Some have lost jobs, health or loved ones to Covid. Others may still be waiting for the days of family togetherness, like we did for 15 long months. I urge you to stay the course and keep the faith.

Giving Thanks

Thanks for the partner who walks with me

through forests green and by shining sea.

Thanks for the time spent with family

walking, talking, smiling, laughing free.

Thanks for “Prissy” who got us all there

crammed to the hilt, but with room to spare.

Benji’s coming? We need one more chair.

Now a complete family affair.

Thanks for weather unusually nice

allowing travel, out and back twice,

and a detailed plan, that while concise,

allowed for some changes in a trice.

Thanks for the work, all pulling your weight

making our time together so great.

Most of all, thanks for keeping the faith,

our time together was worth the wait.

Oh, and yes, there will be posts, but for now, a few teaser photos………

Family tree on Pyramid Bench, Jasper National Park
Kayaking on Patricia Lake, Jasper National Park
Amid the fall colours near Cottonwood Slough, Jasper National Park
Biking near the Athabasca Rive, Jasper National Park
Hiking in East Sooke Park, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Hiking in East Sooke Park, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

37 thoughts on “Giving Thanks

    1. Thanks Scott. It was a good one. After a 10 hour drive yesterday, we are finally home. No turkey today, but a great salad to make up for our diet over the last 3 weeks. Thanks for reading Scott. I am 5 chapters into your Mind the Shadows and will continue as time permits. Interesting read, glad you put it back up. Allan

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  1. Allan what a wonderful time with family. What an amazing trip. The pictures are great. I love the family picture at the end and your poetry was beautiful about the love of a partner and family. ❤️🤗hugs and love to your family. Your friend Joni

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    1. That means a lot coming from you Joni. Thank you so much. Yup, time with family is worth all the effort it takes to make it happen. My Patty had a dream a year ago and I was so glad we were able to make it happen. Thanks Joni, for reading, your love and hugs and for your friendship. Hope your week is going well. Allan ❤🤗

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      1. It is Allan. I am so glad you all made it work. It is a blessing. Such a lovely post every word. You are so welcome Allan you are my talented friend. I am grateful also for our friendship and again so happy you and your wife got together with family. Family is a gift. Sending love, hugs and hope your week is great as well. Love Joni 🤗❤️💕

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    1. Thanks Leighton, on all counts. So many times, we simply whinge about all that is wrong or bad in our lives. I choose to concentrate on what is good and this trip certainly spelled that out for me. Thanks for reading. Hope all is well. Allan

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  2. Amazingly Everyday there is a reason to be thankful. & then there are Exceptional Days…. These photos & sentiments have captured the exceptional days!!!

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    1. If we only took the time to stop struggling for more riches, we would see how rich we already are,. Gratitude (and I know you know what I mean) is the attitude. Love to you both. Allan 🤗


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