Fri-Yay Family Funday

I hope you all found some grateful moments during the Thanksgiving holiday even if it was changed up from your usual gatherings. Staying open to what is and finding blessings and gratitude as we accept change creates more abundance in our lives, even in difficult times.

Everyone was disappointed that we wouldn’t be hosting in the usual way with all of us gathered together with all of the grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins. I even told my daughter not to fly in from New York because CDC said it wasn’t safe to do so. She was agahst thinking I didn’t want her. “Of course I want you I told her, it’s just well you know, COVID”. She got tested and booked her flight at an obscutre time, with a flight with few people, and here she is in all her glory, and thankfully she didn’t listen to us. We couldn’t be happier.

So here we are, under one roof with just the 6 of us, and it’s the first time in over 35 years that we haven’t hosted Thanksgiving, and it was heaven on earth. Not that we don’t LOVE our family and we did miss them but each of the kids made something they wanted to try that was different and we didn’t have to rush and clean up before everyone brought more stuff, only to clean up again later. The usual pressure was lifted and everyone fended for themselves and we had an amazing day. It’s my favorite of the holidays because there are no gifts except each other which is the best gift of all. We did our usual ornament exchange where we pick numbers and steal, which is always a fun game.

Cheers to All in Celebration, wisdom, beauty, radience, inspiration and grace (the names on our glasses). I highly reccommend ordering these awesome clear plasitc stickers for your glasses. I even wash them and they don’t come off.

This year in honor of giving back to the earth and our recent tree that fell along with 3 lemon trees dying, we bought 2 trees to plant together in ceremony during the weekend. We will infuse the dirt with all of our love and energy with the intention of it yielding lots of lemons and make lemonade out of this year, kissing 2020 goodbye, not a minute too soon.

Everyone was suppose to write a poem to share but of course, I was the only one that did. ๐Ÿคฃ A few of our word press friends participate in d’Verse poetry and I never have time to entertain it but Dwight encouraged me, so I took a stab at it (thanks Dwight). I wrote the instructions of the poetry below.


Gracefully open up your heart
Gather seeds of yester-years
Giving thanks for those to come
Grow in joy and always love
Grounding and rooting to earthย 
Grow wise from your ancestors
Go in peace, and share your light


Foundation on which we standย 
Finding solace in each other
Figuring out who you are
Fights to learn to give and take
Fables told rich historyย 
Friends at best, respect no lessย 
Forever lives in our hearts

Today at dโ€™Verse Laura introduced us to a form of poetry called Pleiades. We must pick a ONE-WORD TITLE ย then write a SEVEN-LINE poem of SEVEN SYLLABLES ย whereby each line begins with the FIRST LETTER of your title. Join us at:ย https://dversepoets.comย Then click on the Mr. Linkey box and read other poems.

Enjoy your friday and have a great weekend, whatever you do.
As always, I appreciate your visit. Please like (if you do of course), comment and or share if inclined.

Love, gratitude, health and abundance,



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129 thoughts on “Fri-Yay Family Funday

    1. Thanks Ero!!! lol!!! fab forearms and I think they will more importantly, make good digging hands to help with the tree… hee hee. Awww glad you liked it! xo thanks for your visit. โค๏ธhave a lovely weekend. ๐Ÿค— Cindy

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  1. That’s a wonderful read Cindy. ๐Ÿ’• Look at you, full of energy and I love you in this pic! ๐Ÿ˜ The poem is beyond beautiful, love the flow and it’s full of wise words. โค๏ธโค๏ธ

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  2. Cindy, I love the two poems. So beautiful and warm. โค Planting trees is hope for the future and a wonderful Thanksgiving activity, especially this year. Wonderful post! โค I have been under the weather and didn't feel up to fixing dinner yesterday, but Robert and I worked together. His support and understanding made it a wonderful Thanksgiving…the best in our six years together! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Oh thanks so much Cheyrl!!!
      I really appreciate that! It sure is and the symbolism is so important. I really appreciate your nice words.
      Oh Iโ€™m so sorry to hear that but glad that you enjoyed the day and Robert! What a gift!! ๐Ÿ’•โค๏ธ๐Ÿ enjoy your weekend! ๐Ÿ’•

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    1. Oh, thanks so much Amit!!! You ended up in spam.. grrrr…but glad you’re here and I found you. I’m so glad you liked them and let me know. Thanks for the accloades.. ๐Ÿ‘ โค๏ธCindy back at you! โค๏ธ

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  3. Oh Cindy, so great that you had a Happy Thanksgiving with your closest family. And so wonderful to see you at dVerse. I found this prompt so hard, and you totally rocked it ๐ŸŽธ have a wonderful weekend and thank you for spreading positivity ๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  4. Oh yes, you were all together โค how awesome!! Forever living in our โค this entire post felt like a hug from you and your family Cindy๐Ÿฅฐ Cheers to you all, enjoy your special time together ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸŽ‡๐ŸŽ†

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      1. Thank you so much Navin and hope you have been back to par and enjoying as well!
        I agree with you.. It is such a gift.! Glad you liked my poems. โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ™

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  5. This is a beautiful read, Cindy.

    You see, family is everything. I am glad that your daughter disobeyed you๐Ÿ˜. It’s a blessing to have a family that cares and shares no matter the prevailing situation. Love breaks barriers and build bridges.

    Covid has taught us that life can be lived and enjoyed with less stress ๐Ÿ˜‰, being thanksgiving without constant cleaning and cooking is a boon too.

    I am delighted that you also shared poetry and also blessed the earth with a tree. Our gratitude to God is reflected in how we give our best not just to fellow humans but to nature.

    Thank you for sharing your exquisite experience, it’s refreshing to read this.
    Be blessed and stay safe.


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    1. What a beautiful commemt Adeleke! Thanks fopr visiting and your kind share! YOU are so RIGHT!! I’m glad she didn’t either. I am truly honored they want to share time with us which is the gift.

      I do love the less stress and the boon is totally everyone pitching in as family.
      I’m glad you liked my poetry too.

      That is so lovely said and yes, we must show up on every level to be our most divine light and truth to reflect God’s grace.
      You are so welcome and and I truly appreciate you kind visit and heartfelt share.

      Have a beautiful weekend! โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ™ Cindy


  6. A wonderful piece with great photos and verses! So beautiful, Cindy!!! Thanks so much for sharing your Thanksgiving with us! So happy to see the joy of your family at Thanksgiving, My Dear!
    xoxox ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ˜

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  7. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones, Cindy.

    โ€œAlthough Thanksgiving comes but once a year, every day should be a day of Thanks. Among all the challenges that we face as people with hearing loss there are certainly brighter moments in every day โ€“ moments that deserve to be recorded in our Gratitude Journal.โ€
    โ€“ Monique Hammond

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  8. What a wonderful way to celebrate thanksgiving especially in this difficult COVID year.
    Happy you were able to have all of your family together each making their own special dish
    to share . So much fun having everyone in the kitchen creating food sharing their love for each other telling stories of other thanksgivingโ€™s etc. kudos to you for making that happen in your own special way. The pictures depict a very loving family grateful for each otherโ€™s friendship .
    A lovely tribute to loving always your poems are beautiful.
    Sending prayers for all of you a healthy and safe holiday season๐Ÿ’•

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    1. Thank you so much Marlene!!! Yes, life continues to change and evolve and we have to go woth the flow. It was awesome to see they had tricks up their sleeve and contribute in an adult way since no one else would be cooking! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving g as well and Iโ€™m glad you
      Liked my poems.
      Live and hugs to a special friend! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿฅฐ Cindy

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  9. Family is indeed always and must be of foremost importance in our lives, it’s so good to hear you all happy and blessed. Also, soo good as you said that your daughter didn’t listened to youโค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š And your poems, they are so beautifully, wisely penned Cindy, just loved them and of course there you are, sooo beautiful โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿค—
    Have a happy and blessed family Sunday ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜˜

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  10. What an excellent way to celebrate thanksgiving in these turbulent times Cindy. Loved how each family member contributed something to the pot and everything looked so good. Loved your poem as well. The gift of giving is something very few can afford and give. You of all people have it in plenty. Thank you so much for this warm post. Hope you had an excellent thanksgiving. ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡

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    1. Thank you and glad you could find the warmth and meaning in my attempt at creating a ceremony with the family. Thanks, happy to hear you liked my poems.. You are so welcome and I always look forward to your kind words and warmth that light my heart.. Glad you’re back! It was awesome and happy karthikai deepam! โค๏ธ Cindy

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  11. Happy Thanksgiving in Arrears Cindy. Yes, family is an integral part of society and your poem is so enjoyable as usual.

    I’m most happy to hear that you’re planting replacement trees. It’s great news and I hope more people learn from this act of kindness to mother nature.

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    1. Thank you Ero! It is so important and Iโ€™m blessed we have strong family ties. I hope you are doing well.
      Thank you it is truly such an important way to give back and happy you notice that…


  12. What an amazing and wonderful story. Yea!!! I love that. It isnโ€™t about food, it is about being thankful and sounds like the perfect opportunity for that. So glad you had this opportunity. Love โค๏ธ Joni

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  13. Wow Cindy….I hope you get an abundant harvest….lots of lemonade for you๐ŸŽ€๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐ŸŽ€๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿน…
    Those glass stickers are gorgeous…..I love the idea….๐Ÿฅ‚
    Both of your poems were so lovely…..I learned something new today. I never heard of Pleiades…..both the topics are so dear to me and you did full justice to them both….
    Hugs and love

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    1. Fingers crossed and thanks for the blessings of abundance for lemonade!!!
      They are fun to use and everyone always picks what that they want. I close my eyes to see what calls me… they are really fun; glad you liked them.
      Oh Iโ€™m so happy you liked the poems so much! Thank you! I hadnโ€™t heard of that either. It is fun to learn new things. Lots of love to you and thanks for your kind words and visit! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜

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      1. It’s like I can drink my feelings/mood….or at least convey it…..๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿท….
        Fun indeed… to try it out sometime ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ’ญ๐Ÿ˜Š

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