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SoCS: Taking the Easy Trail on Thanksgiving Day


Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “on your/my plate.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

You don’t have to eat everything on your plate in one sitting. You can save some for later. Put it in the fridge. Maybe even the freezer. This has been a weight loss strategy for me. Sometimes it works. I tell myself I can still have the rest of the food or a second helping. I will just have it tomorrow. (Unless I go back and get it at 9pm as a bedtime snack.)

The exception may be Thanksgiving dinner which traditionally has been a time when a lot of us overeat. I certainly ate more sweets on Thursday than usual since I usually don’t eat sweets… much.

There have been plenty of times when I’ve had too much on my plate and not always food. Responsibilities taken on due to interest, a sense of obligation, or not saying no, may need to be put in the frig, the back burner, or prioritized. Delegated maybe.

We packed a lot into Thanksgiving Day in the Appalachian Mountains and drove back home to the coast on Friday. Thursday morning, we went to Linville Falls and took the short, easy trail since my knee has been bothering me. I got a stretchy sleeve to put on my knee which helped a lot, though it falls down after a while which is better than being too tight. I also wore my compression socks to help with my heel spurs. I’m very thankful I was able to hike the half mile or so to the falls and decided not to continue on to the uphill climb to get the view further along the falls. That will be next time. That hike will go in the freezer maybe for next year.

That afternoon, my son cooked practically the whole dinner of mostly vegan food, while I helped my granddaughter with a school project on temperate forests. We ate too much and then went for a walk along the nearby river trail. Then we went back to the house and had pumpkin pie, macaroons, and vegan ice cream sandwiches. Everything was delicious! My granddaughter and I set up the nativity stable made by my father many years ago and then decorated the Christmas tree. Whew! It was a busy day. But not too much. I’m thankful to have been with family in the mountains. Still, it’s good to be home!

Now, to see if I can find the photos….

In the fourth photo, do you see the profile in the rock on the right? It has bushy hair.


For more SoCS rules and posts, put Linda’s blog on your plate.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

30 thoughts on “SoCS: Taking the Easy Trail on Thanksgiving Day

  1. Sounds and looks like it was a marvelous day all around. 😊 And, holy mackerel, Marley is a really big boy!

  2. It sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving 🧡. Lovely pictures.

  3. Basking in all good things! Sounds like a perfect Thanksgiving.

  4. What a magical place to spend your Thanksgiving!

  5. You really have a beautiful family and a beautiful life!

  6. This looks and sounds wonderful.

  7. Good times, good food and nice hikes. Sounds like an all around great time.

  8. Great pictures! I know all about overeating on Thanksgiving…

  9. Seen better before enlarging there is another profile in the third picture 🙂

  10. You are a inspiration. Your photos are so beautiful. I been wanting to go vegan…and got to put more action behind my wants. I Love this post.

    • Thank you, so much Dedra. I’m glad you love the post. My journey toward becoming vegan has been a long process that started in my early 20s. For many years, I ate chicken, fish, and dairy, but no beef or pork. Seafood and cheese where hard to give up, but today, there are so many alternatives. A few years of going vegan for the 40 days of lent, and support from other vegans, helped me get to where I am now – about 95% vegan. (I don’t worry about ingredients when away from home, like in bread.) I suggest having vegan days or something like meatless Mondays. Best wishes!

      • 🤗 You’re so welcome. I appreciate you sharing your journey, and your suggestion truly helps. I’m taking heed to this and taking it one step at a time since it’s truly a lifestyle I want and my body needs. Cheese, OMG 😳 now that’s going to be hard for me I know, but knowing it’s alternate routes helps a lot. I’ve seen some ways of others who make vegan cheese and it looks scrumptious just more work, which benefits more than the work put in it. Starting off making it a once a week thing seems like a wonderful start, which I’m going to do. Thank you for your well wishes 😘😊

  11. looks like a lovely Thanksgiving! Cute doggie!

  12. Thank you for sharing your Thanksgiving and wonderful pictures!.. glad that you and family had a pleasant holiday together!.. one can have a healthy diet and still have a happy Thanksgiving with family and friends if one follows one’s heart… 🙂

    Hope your path is paved with love and happiness and until we meet again..
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

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