Sometimes I’m an Absolute Ingrate. But I Have Lots to Be Thankful For!

It’s true. Sometimes I take things for granted and never truly express my thanks.


Yes way!  I should express my thanks rather than keep silent about it!

Bonaparte tells me that I’m more French than he is because of my never-ending talent for complaining about everything. And I guess he’s right—but I am a very thankful person. I just don’t express it constantly.finally-a-bitmoji-that-is-angry-and-cross-eyed

Why do people take so long to move their cars when the light turns green? Why do people talk on their cell phones on the grocery store line? I don’t want to hear their private conversations.  How come people spend five freakin’ minutes to LEAVE a parking spot?  Why do I complain?

And today, on this day of Thanksgiving I am thankful for

Good health!

I am thankful that…

My three children will not be spending Thanksgiving alone.  Both boys will be working at 30 Rock—and afterward they are having Thanksgiving dinner with each other at a restaurant. I am so thankful that my sons love each other and truly enjoy spending time with each other. I feel I did such a great job instilling the fact that the kids will always have each other.

My daughter will be spending Thanksgiving with friends in her new city.


My three little kiddles! My purpose in life.  My gems!  I am thankful for them–every day, every minute, every second!And they will all be home for Christmas.

I have a job!

After almost two years of unemployment and emotional distress over worrying that I would never again be employed, I found a position at a stable and enjoyable business.


Need a lease on a truck or equipment?  Give us a call and our great sales team will take good care of you! I’ve never been so thankful or happy to be handing this out!!

I have the willpower to take control of my body in the form of losing weight.


For the creation of toppers and wigs and hair extensions to disguise my self-inflicted hair loss


My newest addition from Uni-wigs. Well worth the money. I’m thankful!

That I have the privilege to vote—and that I voted for a woman. I am thankful that my vote counted to give her the popular win over the most vile human who is now other people’s president elect because #heisnotmypresident.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  takes part in a Center for American Progress roundtable discussion on "Expanding Opportunities in America's Urban Areas" in Washington.

I am thankful that I was able to, as a woman, voice my opinion and vote for a woman for president #imstillwithher

I have freedom of speech. I prove it all the time with my written words.

I am once again, a home owner.  I had my home taken away from me during my divorce.  I am so thankful and grateful for Chateau Bonaparte!!

I am able to travel.  Trust me—each time I fly to France, I arrive bruised because of the constant pinching I do to myself!!  I never take my travels for granted.

For Main Line Animal Rescue because they allowed us to adopt Chippy—or is it the other way around?


Chippy has zero respect for me. THIS is the look I receive when I tell him to get off my white sofa. I am thankful for him.

I am thankful for my children.  They are my gems, my jewels and my purpose in life.

I have a wonderful man who believes in me and is my rock. I am thankful for Bonaparte!

For Bazooka Bubblegum. It sates my cravings for food and it makes the best bubbles ever!


And sometimes I’ll stuff three pieces into my big mouth just to get jumbo bubbles!

I am also incredibly thankful that I have my circle of friends who read and enjoy this blog—it’s a smallish circle—and we all get along very well. We agree. We disagree. We laugh with each other and we cry with each other. We feel each other and we relate to each other. And I thank you so very much!

Bonaparte and I will have a quiet dinner together. Neither of us likes turkey, so it’s already planned to have a small roast chicken.  And rather than spend the day cooking, I need to do my roots. So I’ll be working on making my hair look nice.


The table is set for two. Lemon Roast Chicken, Brussels Sprouts, and home made Cranberry Sauce. ….and…


Yes! Wine time–not WHINE time! Today I’m grateful and thankful!

The house is pretty-much decorated for Christmas with the exception of the Poinsettias, the wreaths and the tree. All of which will be gotten when we arrive back to the States.


I started the bannisters. The lights are now on and so’s the ribbon!

Hey. Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!!!! Enjoy your families and friends and football and the great meals that you will be gathered for!



Here’s a beautiful song by The Kinks. “Days”..because the song thanks! Ray Davies looks so hot in this video!!

About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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27 Responses to Sometimes I’m an Absolute Ingrate. But I Have Lots to Be Thankful For!

  1. hipchick66 says:

    It’s a quiet and lonely day here, but I’m keeping warm with memories. I am so thankful for you and our friendship, and for all the writing you do and share. Enjoy your day with B and Chippy! Xoxo

    • Catherine says:

      Lori. I’m thankful for you–my very first follower and friend!! It’s a quiet day here tooThe sky actually looks like it could snow a bit but I think it’s too warm!!! Enjoy the rest of your day!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  2. Gastradamus says:

    Catherine your photo looks like an animated version of Elain Bennis from Seinfeld. We love it, would be very thankful if you shared your thoughts on Miss Scarlet. It s gaining ground, but we need the feedback from one of our Originals.

    • Catherine says:

      Thanks Gassy! Wow! Haven’t heard from you in a long time. Yeah. I commented on your vote post! It won’t be my last!! XOXOXOXOXXOXO #ididnotvoteforthatevilman

  3. Momcat says:

    Catherine: Happy Thanksgiving! Up here (in Canada) we’ve already done the turkey thang(back in October) You are correct that we need to be thankful more often and out loud. There is so much sadness going on in the world and so many unknowns…if nothing else we can be grateful for this moment, right now. When the chips are down count the ones you have!
    Two years ago my oldest took a drug over dose and landed in the ICU for three days I wasn’t in the mood to be grateful…but I realised that even if the worse scenario occurred I could still give thanks for so many things, the fantastic medical team, the love of strangers and family,..and especially for him for choosing me to be his Mom even if I didn’t know what the future would bring.
    Well he is fine now, it’s still a journey for us all but God I am eternally grateful to see that face come through the door..even if it’s headed straight for the fridge:)
    Best to you and your family

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Momcat. I’m so glad that your oldest is fine now. Many, including those I knew, never recovered from their OD’s. It’s horrifying. We do need to be more thankful..and even be thankful for the setbacks. Honestly, if I hadn’t lost my home, I don’t think I would be as grateful to have a home as I do now!! XOXOXOXOXO!!! Best to you my Canadian buddyroo!

  4. Mary says:

    Happy holidays from a grateful follower of a great blog

  5. mrsicarus says:

    And thanks for you, Catherine, for making me laugh so often. Have a great Thanksgiving x

  6. Deb says:

    Love the table decor!

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your followers. I feel as though I’ve found a group of like-minded and/or open-minded people who can share the ups and downs of life. Here’s to the mid-term and 2020 elections!

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Elizabeth! Happy Thanksgiving to you too my friend! Oh..this IS a great group–isn’t it. And you are definitely a part of the circle! Oh..please. I am going to work my ass off for that mid-term election #trumpwillneverbemypresident

  8. Something I wish we Europeans could import from Americans as well is actually Thanksgiving! To me it seems to be a wonderful holiday, at least how it’s celebrated today.

    But perhaps you could explain to me why you (general you) pull it together with Christmas? It is supposed to be two separate holidays if I understood it correctly?

    Just like you I’ve had my ups and downs in life, but one thing I’ve learnt is, no matter how hard things might seem there is always something to be grateful over, no matter how small it might be!

    I think I am going to start importing Thanksgiving all by myself and celebrate with family and friends, this year it might be a bit late, but there is always another year around the corner 😉

    Plenty of hugs

    • Catherine says:

      Happy EuropeanThanksGiving! I think the closeness in calendar time pulls Thanksgiving and Christmas together. For some T.G is the favored holiday. For others, Christmas is. I love Christmas because it truly is family time for me. The chicken is roasting in the oven now. (Bonaparte and I am not fans of turkey). The Brussels Sprouts are blanched and we will enjoy our little meal with an aperitif and appetizers!
      Best to you my friend and thank you for your hugs!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  9. Bridget says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! We are having a quiet day, as both of us have terrible colds. But we have our house, our food, our kitties, and each other so it’s all good.

    I’m SO glad I found your blog-I feel like you are a friend!

    • Catherine says:

      Right Bridget? It’s the little things that count and sometimes a quiet holiday is just the remedy for a cold!! We ARE friends!!! XOXOXOXOXO!! Enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving day!

  10. Jenny says:

    Enjoy your quiet and peaceful Thanksgiving and your holiday in France. Your children are beautiful and they all inherited your beautiful hair. Hopefully they treat it well so they keep it into old age.

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Jenny. Thank you!! Thank you also for the compliments to my children. Yes. They all have a great head of hair..and unlike me, who’s lost most of it, I hope they keep it on their heads! LOL!! XOXOXOXOXO!!!

  11. irene says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Catherine, love your posts and your photos.

  12. vadalia says:

    Loved your Thanksgiving column.

  13. Hi Catherine. Early this morning I wrote a really long comment and somehow it’s gone awol!!! Anyhow if you get two comments from me it just means I love you twice as much!! I hope you had a lovely quiet Thanksgiving Day, and that your flight and time in France goes well and thank YOU for being such a wonderful writer and friend. Lots of love to you and yours over the holidays, Pennyxxxx

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Penny! Hmmmmmm…I wonder where that other comment went? WP is weird like that sometimes!! We had a lovely Thanksgiving day and now we are prepping for the trip. I wish it was a longer one but any time in Paris is fine with me. #jamaistrump

  14. robjodiefilogomo says:

    We do live a blessed life—even if it’s never perfect (which is probably a good thing)
    Happy T-day and beyond!

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