HOMES have taken on an entirely new meaning this year, haven’t they? Back in February, HOME was the place we came back to after a long day at work. For some of us, that’s still the case but for most of us, HOME is so much more. It has become more to us than just shelter.. Perhaps the word refuge best describes the word HOME in 2020? It’s where we find comfort, surrounded by the people we love and where we can finally relax. While there are still many challenges ahead of us, I thought it would be good to focus on how many ways we can be Thankful for HOME.

Thankful HOME. What does that mean to you? For me, from the challenges of Covid to the opportunity to be present in my own life here in Tampa with my husband, I am thankful everyday that I am here at HOME. My new business is making changes in new and exciting ways (more about that in the new year).In the present, I am making new connections while keeping some of the existing, and continue to build from  the many, many years of my retail & design business!  And I am thankful! I am also learning new skills, taking new risks, and growing my love of all things HOME in a new way that is not limited and is becoming clearer and clearer every day. Have you found that you, too, have discovered some new joys in your life during these last months? Have you retired, sold a home, bought a new home, remodeled your home? We are seeing so many projects this year, and we are Thankful for each of them. 

As we look to November and December and the upcoming Holidays, I continue to be thankful for being able to connect with my children and family. I, shamefully, am looking forward to being a ‘normal’ person this Thanksgiving week at HOME! This will be my first Holiday season in 11 years where the worry of a retail store will not limit my attention to my people that surround me. I hope you will understand. Yes, I will miss the holiday decorating of the store, but guess what? I am able to still decorate homes for the Holidays, including my own! 

With Thanksgiving just a few short weeks away, and looking very different from our past celebrations, I thought I would take a moment and talk about what and HOW we are doing things different this year. First, Thanksgiving is going to be spread over the course of a few days so that we can gather in smaller, safer ways. For me, that means more quality time with individuals versus a large single gathering. It means more intimate connections. And isn’t that what we all need this year? More one on one time with our peeps? I know I do! And the upside- more Stuffing! There will be physical spacing for our meals as well…more about that in our newsletter this month. 

The annual Turkey trot, goes virtual- Yep, I am still making the kids and hubby run/walk with me this year (and yes- they are just finding this out right now as they read this), the best part- they don’t have to get up early if they don’t want to- you are welcome Catherine and Davis! Last year, the gentlemen started a new tradition and went golfing after their run and while we will continue that tradition, we are adding in an extra round so we ladies can play as well. I would much rather cook a thanksgiving day meal than play golf, however my darling enjoys a round together at least once a year. From there it is off to eat, and I do enjoy eating! 

How about you? Are you embracing the traditions with modifications or are you throwing in the towel and trying something completely different? Are you making new recipes? I am working on mastering a little bread baking this year with the help of Catherine- the master baker in our home- I think it has something to do with that precision thinking that she is so good at! The other new recipe I am trying is an Apple/Pecan bourbon pie…yep can’t wait to dig into that one!  I’m thinking vanilla whipped cream on top…

I also have to admit that as much as I miss the cooler days of Fall in Illinois,  I am thoroughly embracing the warmer weather that the Tampa area offers. And while we don’t have the changing of colors in our trees, I have some awesome friends that have sent me photos to remind me of all that is wonderful in the north- and I am Thankful for them…and for all of YOU that have hung out with me through this year of change. It’s been an amazing ride and one that I know we will talk about for years to come. 

So, as we adventure through the Holiday season of 2020 I hope that you will take a moment to be Thankful and enjoy all the goodness that life is trying to offer each and every one of us. Keeping ourselves positive and thankful is the easiest way to ensure that we seek the good in this crazy thing called LIFE.

And I will always be thankful for YOU.