Even better than eating the touriére on the night before Thanksgiving is having a leftover piece the next morning for breakfast, with a dollop of cranberry sauce on the side. The Thanksgiving Day parade has to be on the tv, whether you watch it or not. Once all that happens, we have achieved holiday.

We’re not having dinner until six tonight so a bit of a lazy day. We’re on Hallmark movie number one. Still have to do some cooking but feeling pretty casual. I do miss my Thanksgiving family of friends.

A year ago today was the last time I saw Nick Rudd. I was so glad he joined us for Thanksgiving. I’ve told this story before, but it still makes me smile. Nick was sitting in the living room and Teri was coming in and saw the Amy Rigby book on the mantel. She commented that she thought it was an old picture of me. I laughed and told her I was flattered. Then I looked at Nick, and said, “But I had my moments, didn’t I Nick?” He gave his quick smile and laugh which always made his beautiful eyes light up, and said slowly, “You sure did, you sure did.” I laughed too and It was a little moment of long friendship and love between us all wrapped up right there.

This Thanksgiving I am immensely thankful for the love I have felt from my family and friends, and particularly for the love and kindness I was given by those I lost this year: Nick and David Olney, I will love you forever. Thank you for being part of my life.

Happy Thanksgiving all.