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Thanksgiving etc.

original oil painting gratitude

Gratitude, 8 x 8" oil on canvas board, my newest painting created in the days before Thanksgiving 2011, SOLD

Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday. Gratitude. Thankfulness. Other than the idiocy that is Black Friday and a million and one stupid commercials on TV during the Thanksgiving football games, it is the only holiday that doesn’t have relations to the retail world. It is merely and beautifully all about being THANKFUL. The only problem with this idea is that I believe we should be thankful and grateful EVERYDAY. Gratitude and thankfulness are the secret to true happiness as far as I’m concerned. This has been my secret anyway. If you’ve never tried it, you really should. Next time you feel sad, irritated, angry, any negative feeling really, start thinking of the things you are grateful for. I guarantee you will feel better almost instantly.

Now that I’m done with my gratitude rant, I’ll share my Thanksgiving. Aaron and I spent the holiday and weekend with his parents. They own a cabin up in the mountain town of Cloudcroft, New Mexico. My mother in law’s father and brothers built the cabin many years ago and it’s stayed in the family since. Cloudcroft is a small town (pop. 850) high up in the mountains (elev. 9,000′ where the cabin sits at the top of the hill) just east of Alamogordo and White Sands. One of my favorite things about going up there is that we can get several inches of snow and COLD temps (lows in the teens). If you get tired of the cold, just drive 20 minutes down the mountain to Alamogordo and you won’t need more than a light sweatshirt. Beautiful New Mexico! Gotta love it!

This was the first Thanksgiving in a looooong time that all three of our sons were not with us. This was difficult for me, but apparently the boys were all fine. At least I will have two of the boys at home for Christmas!

Now, it’s back to work for the week. Still working on cleaning out my much smaller studio, listed 4 auctions on ebay this week and I will continue to post pieces in my Etsy shop, which by the way, has a sale going on currently. 20% off everything in my shop, just use the coupon code: CYBERSHOP. Hope to get back to some daily painting tomorrow too.

One of the things I am MOST grateful for is that I am blessed to be a full time artist and have many people who have purchased and supported my art over the years. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT! I hope everyone had a great weekend! Happy holiday season to all and to all a good night! 🙂