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Hay everyone!

I hope all of you have a great day and get to eat all you want.

Susan

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Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Happy Thanksgiving !

This will be the first Thanksgiving in a very long time that I will be able to relax and just enjoy the meal ..

I am thankful for this forum and all of you

To all I wish much joy and much health today and every day .

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Happy Thanksgiving to all! Enjoy your gluten free fixin's.

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Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate, and to those who don't - give thanks for all the good things in your life anyway. No matter how bad things get sometimes, there really ARE so many good things in ALL our lives to be thankful for. Realizing this makes for a happy life.

Right now I am one hurting unit. My jaw is so sore and swollen I can barely get my mouth open. I won't be going anywhere to eat today. But I just had friends in for coffee, I'll be at the shop putting up my tree for Black Friday, and then I'll go home to my nice warm house and my sweet little cat. I'm thankful for the friends, I'm thankful that I own my own business, I'm thankful for my home in the beautiful Black Hills, and I'm thankful for my kitty companion.

Among SO MANY other things.

Yep, I am one VERY happy person! :):D:wub:

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Oh, Bartfull, your life sounds wonderful! I, too, am nursing a swollen jaw. I don't know what I was thinking when I scheduled a dental appointment only two days before Thanksgiving! Even so, I intend to eat as much as I can. I've been on an anti-cancer diet for three months that includes no meat....and I'm salivating at the thought of eating some turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy. (Gravy--yay!!!!) These are soft things, so I'm hoping it won't hurt too much to eat them.

You and I appear to be thankful for almost identical things. I'm thankful for my sweet little cottage near the marina where I can feel cozy with my four kitties. What a beautiful day it is here in Northern California--sunny and warm. I hope your Thanksgiving proves as delightful as you have planned it to be--Happy Thanksgiving from one very happy person to another!

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