A Thankful Thanksgiving

by Katy on November 27, 2014 · 7 comments

Today I am thankful for:

  • The health and wellbeing of my family and friends.
  • Food, shelter and clean water.
  • One very reliable automobile.
  • That I have everything I need, and lack for nothing.
  • My job as an RN that pays well enough to work part time while still earning a living wage.
  • A functional kitchen that while is not magazine-worthy, can still handle a full day of baking and Thanksgiving prep. (Even though we’re not hosting today, I did make six pies, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, our dinner, plus a huge batch of chopped garlic yesterday.)
  • Library audiobooks to download. I went through a Janet Ivanovich and an Agatha Christie yesterday!
  • Delicious pumpkin pies, which were made using the puree from this year’s jack-o-lanterns.
  • Wonderful readers who support one another and step up when any of us are in need with advice or even a pity haircut.
  • My neighborhood and culture where I never have to worry about the safety of my sons.
  • Both of my next-door-neighbors who both get non-consumerism and are happy to lend, borrow and support one another. (No Joneses here!)
  • Ridiculously selfish kitty cats who show us love when their bowls are empty.
  • My patients who put their trust in me when it’s time to bring a new life into the world.
  • Portland’s thriving second hand market. Whether it’s Goodwill or a free pile. I’m almost always able to buy used without any extra effort.
  • Living in an era of modern medicine.
  • Electricity, natural gas and central heating.
  • The love and support of my family.

Happy Thanksgiving, fellow non-consumers!

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Angie November 27, 2014 at 10:48 am

Great list, Katy. I’m grateful for you and the wonderful community of NCA-ers you’ve catalyzed. Here’s to a thriftier future; it’s going to help save the planet!


Emily @ Simple Cheap Mom November 27, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Thanks for the list, it helps keep things in perspective with shopping day right around the corner.


Grace November 27, 2014 at 5:07 pm

As I’m recovering from surgery, I’m grateful for people like you in the nursing profession who provide such great care in our hospitals!


Jessica November 27, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Katy, I love that you are thankful for your patients’ trust. L&D nurses are rock stars!


Katy November 27, 2014 at 11:22 pm

Damn straight!


Betsey November 28, 2014 at 6:49 am

I am grateful for my 95 year old mother and her lovely friends whom I hosted at my house yesterday for dinner.


Monica November 28, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Lovely, thank you for sharing your list with us. I am so glad I have your blog in my life. Thank YOU!


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