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Happy Thanksgiving!

I have so much to be thankful for this year.

Granted cancer and a pandemic are definitely not something anyone would be thankful for but because of a bunch of awesome essential people I am still here and I am thankful for that.

I am thankful for my husband. He was my primary caregiver through all the chemo side effects and took me to most of my appointments. Because of COVID, he has been working from home and his employer was very accommodating which enabled him to be here when I needed him.

I am thankful for my kids and grandkids, pitching in wherever they could. Helping with personal care, taking me to appointments, cleaning the house, picking me up off the floor (chemo had me fainting for a few days), and just calling or visiting to make me smile.

I am thankful for all my friends and extended family who kept me in their thoughts and prayers and sent messages on Facebook that gave me so much strength.

I am thankful for the fantastic Great Escapes bloggers that kept all the book tours going without missing a beat when I needed days off or was recovering.

I am thankful for the doctors, nurses, and others at the Waupun and Fond du Lac Hospitals who took care of me when I had my chemo port put in, the breast surgery, and when I was hospitalized due to the chemo side effects.

I am beyond thankful for all the angels at the Agnesian Cancer Center. They walked me through a terrifying time. From the minute I heard the words, “You have Breast Cancer” my life has been crazy with fear and worry. Everyone that took care of me was amazing. From the person who met us each day at the door, to the nurses, rad techs, doctors, counselors, nutritionists, and receptionists I was truly blessed. Facing this during a pandemic could have been really hard. I would have loved to have family right by my side but that wasn’t an option. The people at Agnesian made it so much easier.

I am also thankful for YOU! The readers of this blog who have stuck by me during my absence earlier this year and my erratic posting since my return. Hopefully, by the new year, I will be back on track. 

I know this year Thanksgiving is different for all of us due to COVID 19. I am hopeful that we will be able to gather with friends and families again soon. Until then, wear your masks, wash your hands often, socially distance, read some good books, and stay safe. We are all in this together and together we can get through it. 


Happy Thanksgiving!



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Happy Thanksgiving!


Mr. Dollycas is preparing our feast but like last year Daughter #1 is working, and Daughter #2 is working part of the day too. Son #2 has a well deserved day off and I have promised and have been looking forward to being away from the computer for the day. Dinner will be served later this afternoon and the rest of the day will be spent relaxing with maybe just a little bit of Christmas shopping. 

I hope you are enjoying a relaxing day with your family too! 

Happy Thanksgiving from our home to yours!




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Happy Thanksgiving!

Another quiet Thanksgiving for us. There will definitely be turkey, sides, and pumpkin pie. Daughter #1 will be working and then she and her family will be with the other set of grandparents. Daughter #2 is working for part of the day. She and Son #2 will be here for dinner. The major thing is that I am spending today totally away from the computer. Reading, relaxing and a little parade watching may be all I do today and that is just fine with me.

I hope you are having a relaxing day too whether spending it with friends and family or just having a quiet day like me. Just be sure to leave room for pie, lots and lots of pie! 

Happy Thanksgiving
From The Caswell’s

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Happy Thanksgiving!


In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

Today people gather with family and friends watching parades and football and feasting on delectable food. For my family it is a quiet day. Mr. Dollycas with be cooking with assistance of our youngest daughter. Our oldest daughter and grandsons will be celebrating with her boyfriend’s family. Our granddaughter will be with her mom and her family. So it will just be the four of us. My daughter and I will be probably curled up with a good book. My youngest son and husband will be alternating between football and movies. For me it will be a much needed day away from this computer. All of us will have Kris on out minds. Without him, holidays are so different. More somber with a longing that he was still here with us. It is the 2nd time we have done the holidays without him but these days the pain can be the same as it was immediately after his death. I think that is why we just do our own things because together looking around the room without him in it is just too hard to accept. We all have our ways of coping but it is so hard on these big holidays we tend to stay apart to protect out hearts. 

We will be okay. We want you to have a happy day, filled with family, love, and laughter. Cherish your time together. Leave the rocky political controversies at the door and just enjoy each other company and make some good memories! And of course eat lots of turkey, mashed potatoes and squash and pie! Lots and lots of pie!! 

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

The Caswells