Happy Thanksgiving!

In a completely unrealistic rendering of the first Thanksgiving, my Pilgrim ancestor, Priscila Mullins, serves a roast turkey to Indian guests while her soon-to-be husband, John Alden, stands ready to serve one of the side dishes.

In just a short while we’ll be heading over to Moreton-in-Marsh station one last time to catch a train to Gatwick Airport. We’ll be up in the air for most of the day, but that doesn’t mean Brett and I won’t be thinking of and thankful for the many blessings in our lives, including family, friends, and those of you who continue to check in with us here at The Occasional Nomads.

Thanksgiving has long been my favorite holiday. Besides the food and being together with friends and family, it’s a time to reflect and express gratitude for the many positive things that exist in our lives, the great memories we’ve made, and the people who are a part of our lives in ways both big and small.

Wishing you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving Day!

10 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving!

  1. Happy Thanksgiving! It is really blustery here. Be prepared for some bumps when you hint the US. We will wave to you as you fly over Delaware. Safe Travels.

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    1. We upgraded our seats to Premium, a Thanksgiving treat and early Christmas present. It’s worth it for the footrests alone, but we also didn’t have to pay $$$ for our overweight luggage so that helped lower the overall cost, which wasn’t actually that bad for an upgrade. We’re getting ready to take off so time to switch to airplane mode. Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  2. Oh, wonderful! A gift like this is so awesome! Thank you again for your lovely wishes and have a smooth ride back to this side of the world. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

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      1. Such good news! Wow sounds as if you prepared for the worst but in the end all went okay!

        By now hope you are somewhere warm & on the way to unwinding from the journey and enjoying home.

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  3. That’s fantastic news re your NOT overweight bags plus your upgrading to Premium. For such a long journey you two are worth it.. if not now when!?!

    Our Thanksgiving was a beautiful day of sunshine. But I was up and working at 6 am. My DH helped and all was ready before 1 pm. I tried a recipe by Vivian Howard, A Chef’s Life on PBS. It was Butter Turkey and it was the best, most moist I have ever had. That will be on the menu for many years.

    I hope you two got a taste of Thanksgiving food while on the long journey back to Portland. And rest, lots of rest!

    Was the flight full or not so—thus enabling passengers to have room to spread out?

    It is exciting to think of your homecoming with the girls as well as your enjoyment of the upcoming holiday season. Welcome back!!

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    1. The flight home ended up being full, but with our upgraded seats we had a very comfortable flight back to the U.S. and were able to get some sleep. We were served roast turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy for our main meal, although instead of cranberry sauce we got stewed plums. That was sort of weird, but still good. Otherwise we ate food we picked up before boarding.

      We’re glad to be back, although adjusting to the new time zone is difficult. At least the sun is out!

      It sounds like you enjoyed a good Thanksgiving, and the butter turkey sounds interesting – I’m filing the recipe away for the chance we’re every together again with our family for Thanksgiving (hard to do with everyone so spread out).

      We’ll move into our longer-term Portland lodging on Sunday, and then start getting ready for Christmas and the girls’ arrivals. I can’t wait to have them all with us again.

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  4. GM, well it is the day after Thanksgiving, a day for sales and leftovers!

    Although the leftover food is calling to me the sales are not. I recall your take on saving and paying off debt from your Portland days before your move to Hawaii. I also read other blogs on deleting debt all of which helped me to move forward. I owe a big thanks to the honesty & great suggestions from your blog and others. So on this day after Thanksgiving I am also saying thanks fir sharing so others can learn and benefit.

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    1. No sales for us this year either – we did our Christmas shopping in England (which is why our bags were heavy) and I’m too tired to shop anyway! We got roast turkey for our dinner on the plane, but I miss not having leftovers.

      We pretty much drained our travel fund account with this trip home – time to start saving again for more travel in the future. Our trip to being debt free was a real effort, but we learned a lot along the way, and it’s so nice to hear our journey helped others as well.

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