Happy Thanksgiving 2015!

Thanksgiving 2015


Hello and welcome to the blog.  I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday.  Thanksgiving is a favorite occasion because it can be celebrated by most Americans (except certain faiths that don’t recognize holidays).  We Americans have a lot to be thankful for, particularly when the world is in such a state of turmoil.

Jen Tree 2

The Christmas tree is up extra early… Jen-Jen a.k.a “the chunky monkey” likes to climb the tree to slap its only ornament… The rest are on the garland above.

I don’t really have any special plans for Thursday other than working at Wally World from 8 AM to 3 PM – I am very grateful for that!  Why?  The “event” (early Black Friday sale) starts at 6 PM and it’s going to be a madhouse.  I don’t like crowds and the cacophony of sounds… and can avoid it all!

There are two more reasons to enjoy working the morning hours.  The Deli is cooking a big Thanksgiving dinner for all employees, all shifts – a definite plus!  Also, by working on Thursday, I qualify for a very nice employee discount at a special shopping event in early December.  The enhanced discount means a TON of catfood for the kitties, a new set of kitchen knives, canned goods, and some needed items for the camping effort. (maybe some cans of propane?)

The Thanksgiving shift is going to end at 3 PM and I’m still formulating some plans for the evening but the weather sounds pretty crappy.  It might be a good night just to sit back and be comfortable with the cats and enjoy some egg nog.   Despite the festivities, today (Wednesday) has not been without a little sadness.

Two years ago on the day before Thanksgiving, Dad passed away.  Mom died just after Thanksgiving five years ago.  While it seems like this might be a sad time (and it could be), it is also a great time to think about Mom and Dad and how good they were to my sister and I… and how much they sacrificed for their family.  There is not a day that goes by that I’m not blessed in many ways by their kindess and unselfish acts.

That’s it for now.  I pray that God will keep your families safe, well-fed, cohesive, and loving.  May we remember the many blessings every day of the year.  Take care and thanks for visiting!

Bradford, Jesse James, and kitty Jen-Jen
Jones County, Iowa

Jen Tree


About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"
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8 Responses to Happy Thanksgiving 2015!

  1. shadowmoss says:

    May you and your kitties have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.

    Shadowmoss, Bosley and Rasta (my kitties)

  2. Jo says:

    Hope you have a nice relaxing Thanksgiving once you are home with the kitties.

    • VanTrekker says:

      Thanks! Have a great one as well. I’d already made some turkey salad (with mayo, walnuts, and cranberries) and it even tastes great for breakfast. Take care and enjoy the day!

  3. Sunday says:

    God bless you!
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    We all have so much to be thankful for!

  4. Meg says:

    The local Wally World employees were trying to convince me to come in today – “It’ll be great!” But I looked through the flyer and didn’t see anything I really needed, and money is still tight – for another month or so. (Social Security starts in December! Yay!) So they will have to have their Black Friday On Thursday without me. 🙂

    The rest of the day was quiet – just how I like it. I hope yours was good too and the weather wasn’t too bad.

    • VanTrekker says:

      It was crazy busy at Wally World after I went home. Curiousity got the best of me and I popped back in for a minute… Everything of value was gone, of course. There were some bargains today but nothing worth standing outside in the rain. We’re getting a lot of rain and it’s flooding near my trailer – a good night not to camp! It was a fun Thanksgiving. I feel sorry for the folks who got soaked for a bargain or two. 😀