On Voting and Thankfulness

Hi and Happy Monday.  Tomorrow as you probably know is an election day.  I for one will be glad when it is done since I am tired of all of the negative ads.  It is just entirely too much.

Did you vote already or will you tomorrow?  Please let me know and please vote. I voted early with my family.  Our son helped me cast the ballot and that was cool.  I want him to know the importance of voting and what an honor it is.

Perhaps this picture should say, I am voting tomorrow.  If you haven’t already, please do.  And, when you do vote, please don’t do it out of fear or being afraid of something awful happening if the other side wins.  Please be informed and knowledgeable on what the candidates stand for.  After all, they all have to find a way to work together for the betterment of all of us.

This is the time to make your views known.  This is the time to have a say in how our country moves forward.  This is the time to be part of our democracy and the land of the free and the home of the brave.

In entirely other news, this Thanksgiving, I am writing about a variety of things that I am thankful for.  Each day, I am to share something that I am thankful for as listed on a photo of 30 Days of Thankfulness.  It is a good time to reflect on what I appreciate and find meaning in.  And, I hope to carry it on to other months as well.

My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.  I love the day for food, fellowship and giving thanks. My family and friends enjoy a wonderful circle of prayers, thanksgiving, love, and great food. We talk, laugh, share stories, enjoy great recipes and family favorites, and sometimes cry.

I look forward to Thanksgiving each year and wish it now wasn’t being left to the wayside by the rush to Christmas. This drawing is one by Ian from years ago. One of the turkey hand drawings.

November 5 — Place — Today the place I am most thankful for is my family’s beach house.  I have so many amazing memories of that small cottage.  I have been going since I was a baby and Kirk and I have taken Ian many times since he was a baby. It is small in size but very large in love and family and friends.

This place has been full of songs, Grandpa’s stories, Grandma’s hugs and love, precious time with cousins, siblings, parents, aunts and uncles, outside showers, meals on the porch gathered around the table, sleeping on the floor, long conversations, lots of laughs, and some tears as well.

One of my cousins recently passed away and last year an aunt also died.  I have so many fond and lovely memories of both of them at this beach house.  I cherish them and all of the time spent with my loved ones.  I am so very thankful to have this place for our family to gather.

November 4 — Favorite Snack — This depends on the time of year that I am in.  In the summer, I like something light or cool — like nuts and dried fruit, a popsicle, a cold beer, or an ice cream cone.  During the fall, however, my favorite snack is a slice of pumpkin bread with a slice of sharp cheddar cheese and a cold glass of milk. Yum!!!

I am thankful for the mix of flavors of sweet and savory, the texture and the milk to wash it down with. I am thankful that I can enjoy such delicious food. My mother has a great recipe for the bread that I will need to find and make.  It may be an odd combination but it is one that I like.  I also like having it for breakfast.  What is your favorite snack?

November 3 — Cozy Place — For this I am thankful for my comfy couch in our living/family room.  I love to sit under a warm blanket during this time of year.  I enjoy sitting there to read, watch television, visit with my family, and take a nap.  I feel very comfortable there. It is my spot.

I am thankful and happy to have a house that is our home, with running water, a place to do laundry, prepare meals, and park our car out of the elements.  This is also a place to enjoy pancakes made in the kitchen and eaten at the table with the family in our pajamas. I am truly blessed to share this home with my two best guys.

I wonder what the next day’s thankfulness items will be about?  I am not sure but I cannot wait.  Here’s to giving thanks!

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Have You Voted Yet? Today Is The Day

Hi and happy Tuesday. Primary election Tuesday that is. May 1st as well often called May Day. Have you voted today or in early voting? I hope so. I did during early voting and am glad that I did.

Ian came with us to vote and helped choose the candidates.  He enjoys the process and is interested in knowing what happens. I am hoping it will stay important to him as he gets older.  After all, elections are the time when we can have our voice heard and vote for those we agree with.

Each vote counts and each vote matters.  May we choose wisely.  May we think about who we want to run the offices that are up for election.  We will be voting again in November for the mid-term Congressional races. That will be interesting and I hope not too ugly.

As a song in the musical Hamilton states, “Winning is easy, governing is harder.”  May we remember that and help elect those who will do right by us.  I don’t know about you but I am thrilled to live in a country where I get to help decide those who lead us and provide essential tasks for us. My hope is that they will continue to do so with honor.

If you have questions about voting, please contact your local Election Commission Office. They can tell you where to vote and who is on the ballot, or refer you to that information.  And when you go, please remember your Voter ID card and Photo ID.  That is what was required at our precinct.

A few quotes about elections and voting:

  • “Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.” ~ Sydney J. Harris
  • “A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won’t cross the street to vote in a national election.” ~ Bill Vaughan
  • “Politicians and diapers should be changed frequently and all for the same reason.” ~ José Maria de Eça de Queiroz
  • “The politicians were talking themselves red, white and blue in the face.” ~ Clare Boothe Luce
  • “People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people. Of course, that is not true. Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote – a very different thing.” ~ Walter H. Judd

Be Sure To Vote!

Voting0003For many states in the country, today, March 1st is Super Tuesday.  My state is one of those.

I voted this morning at my son’s school and am glad that I did.  In this roller coaster of an election year, it is so very important for each citizen who has registered to vote to show up and cast a ballot.

I won’t share how I voted, but I do encourage you to vote.  Not what you think someone else wants you to do or who you think you should vote for, but what you have truly decided for yourself.

Before voting I talked with a boy in Ian’s class.  He mentioned that his grandmother was voting today and I said I was too.  He said he didn’t think it mattered if people voted and he wasn’t sure if he would when he was older.  I told him that I hope that he does vote when he is old enough.  I also said that each vote does matter.

Contrary to what the polls say, anyone can win an election primary.  Each person should vote and have his or her voice heard.  If not, the person or persons we don’t like could be elected.  They could even if we do vote so we may as well have a say and be part of the decision.  After all, decisions are made by those who show up.

My prayer is that we as a nation will vote for someone who can move us forward and help us realize that America will continue being as great as it always is.  My prayer is also that we vote for someone who is not a bully and respects others.

And, I hope that whoever is eventually elected will realize that he or she will be the President of all Americans, not just those they agree with or like.  I also hope that those elected to Congress will be more willing to work with the new President than they have with President Obama.  Setting out to help the elected official fail is something that I hope and pray that we will not see again.

If President Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neil could figure out a way to work together, why can’t those across the aisle today do the same?  After all, we are first and foremost Americans.