Thankful for Ozark Adventures

The Mechanic and I spent Thanksgiving in the Ozarks, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, to be precise. This was my third trip to NW Arkansas, the first time being right before Christmas five years ago. This time, we met up with The Mechanic’s siblings, the very same ones we’d just been to Disney World with, to spend the holiday with their father, who lives just north of the Arkansas border, in Missouri. We all congregated in a lake house on the edge of Beaver Lake.

On this trip, I was thankful for:

Thanksgiving lunch at local favorite, Myrtie May’s Cafe.

Kayaking on Beaver Lake

Meeting the Eureka Springs Working Bunnies

The beautiful rocky landscape of NW Arkansas

A return trip to Hammontree’s for grilled cheese and gourmet veggie dogs

 

And of course, spending time with The Mechanic’s family.

It’s hard to believe we are already into December, and everyone’s thoughts have turned to the holidays. Nevertheless, I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving, full of family and good food, in every and all variation of both.

 

So Much to Be Thankful For

Hard to believe it’s almost Thanksgiving but it is! This will be the first year The Mechanic and I spend in our new home, so it is an extra special year. We don’t have much planned, other than trying to cross off things from our lengthy New Home list. We did order a vegan meal from Whole Foods and we found a bottle of Straffe Hendrik Quadruple Ale, a favorite from our honeymoon visit to Bruges. Something special for a special first holiday.

Yum, Belgian beer!

We have so much to be thankful for this year: new house and new bunnies being top of the list. I’m thankful that the home buying process and subsequent move went as smoothly as they did, and I’m thankful that incorporating two new bunnies into our little family went smoothly as well. Gaston, Sullivan and Quinn are all happily enjoying each other’s company as well as their pen and free space. Our friends and families have been so excited for us, and I’m thankful as always for them. I’m also thankful, and somewhat surprised, that for the first time in my adult life, I feel connected to a community. It’s a nice feeling, belonging, and knowing neighbors. I’m thankful Arlington has turned out to be such a wonderful place to live. I’m thankful for the support of my social media “family” as well. I’ve learned so many new things and been exposed to a wider world than I would experience on my own, and I have all of you to thank for that. It’s wonderful, getting to connect virtually with people of similar hobbies, tastes and values.

Seasonal mini quilt, made by my mother. I’m so glad I finally have a good place to display it!

Most importantly, I’m thankful that I found The Mechanic. (I’m sure he’d say the same about me!) Having a partner in crime, mechanic, bike expert, newly converted bunny enthusiast dad and equally reluctant cook is amazing. And I’m so thankful. So is my bike.Whatever you do this week, I hope your Thanksgiving is full of love and laughter, and maybe some biking or sewing, and definitely some pumpkin…

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Thankful for Social Media

Many people I know, including friends younger than me (Millennials!) but not including my mother, don’t understand social media. They don’t want to be on Facebook, see no use for Twitter, and are marginally interested in Instagram. They claim that they have nothing to Tweet, nor care for the prattling of people they know, let alone people they don’t know. Blogging is too much work.

I, however, am thankful for social media. It has expanded my world more than I could have ever expected back in 2007 when I joined Facebook. I’ve reconnected with friends from my hometown, from my days of local theater, stayed connected with friends as we move around the world, stayed on top of current events, and met many people who are smart, interesting, interested in similar things, creative, talented, worldly, engaged, involved and inspiring. My interactions with them have expanded my horizons, inspired me to push my limits, and offered me opportunities to engage. I firmly believe that I bike differently and sew better because of my internet relationships.

So this Thanksgiving, while I am thankful for my family, friends, husband, health, prosperity, awesome job and work family, and safe, stable environment, I want to express my thankfulness for everyone whom I touch, frequently and infrequently, through social media. Thank you for your involvement in my life. Thank you for helping me grow.

I'm nuts about you all!

I’m nuts about you all!

Thankful for You

I have much to be thankful for this year:

Getting Married

I am thankful that not only did The Mechanic and get married this year, that we were able to celebrate with our closest family and friends. Having a small wedding meant being able to truly enjoy everyone who attended, and that made the day truly special and memorable. Wedding PhotoOur Amazing Honeymoon

Our three-week trip through Europe was such an amazing adventure, and I can’t wait to bike through Europe again! I am so thankful that we had the ability to be gone for three weeks, since it will be a while before we will have that much time off together again! Konstanz

Biking

Although I haven’t touched my road bike all year, I am still thankful for the biking I have done, and look forward to planning a few half-centuries next year. Biking is still my commute mode of choice, a lifestyle I prefer, a way to stay healthy(ier), a fun way to get around, and heck, a fun thing to style. I hope that I’ll be biking as long as I live, and I will be thankful every year I’m able to. Iladora Top 3Sewing

Even with wedding planning, the wedding and a long trip, I am very pleased with the number of sewing projects I was able to complete this year. I am thankful that I’ve picked up this hobby again, and have turned it into something useful, something that combines my love of fashion with my interest in biking. I’m thankful that I found a way to funnel my creative energies! Fake Fur_TinLizzie

Blogging

I am thankful for all of you read my blog, and comment and like posts. It’s a nice way to feel connected to a bigger thing, to feel a sense of community. When I was young, I wanted to be a writer, but grew to feel that “everything” was written about, and there was no reason for me to keep it up. Blogging has enabled me to return to that first dream, and I’m beginning to write for others. If you haven’t ready my latest post for The Discerning Cyclist, check it out, and be sure to read my tips for stylish cold weather biking on the Bike Pretty blog. Hopefully there will be more where that comes from.

YOU

We may not have ever met. We might “chat” via Twitter or this blog. We might have been friends a long time ago, friends who haven’t talked in ages. We might chat all the time, and you just like to read what I write and share in my adventures. And to my family, most of whom live far far away, and my new family, who live closer, I am so happy, thankful, and grateful to have you in my life. No matter what our relationship might be, I value it. It is part of what makes me who I am, and for that, I am thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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