It’s Thanksgiving Eve, and I’m sure many of you are in the throes of house cleaning and menu planning (or the alternate: packing and traveling) at the moment. Completely understandable. Tomorrow, though, I hope you find a quiet moment to say thanks to those who have helped you over the past year. Even though I may not be sitting down to a turkey dinner tomorrow (at the time of writing, our plans are up in the air) I know my successes over the past four and a half months are due mostly to the help of others. I’ve been lucky enough to meet some amazingly kind people, both in the UK and the US, and I’d like to take this moment to thank them.**
So, here goes:
Bridie: thank you for being one of the first to welcome me to London, for chairs (so important!), for coffee, for Paris. xx (and thanks to Ben, too!) // Sarah: your home decor + all-things-UK advice has been invaluable, but I’m even happier that we’ve become friends. // Christine: for knowing exactly who-what-wear (yes, I meant “wear”) I need to see // Rita: for 11th-hour picture hanging + problem solving extraordinaire // Neal: for a Twitter feed that never fails to turn my day around // Katy: for always remembering to check in + see how things are going // Jo: for enduring awful London traffic to be my plus-one for a shop party // Peggy/Amy/Chelsea/Sally/Allison/ Chelsea/Rori/Maybelle/Cindy/Liz/Jennifer/Jenny: thanks for your love, emails, texts and cheers from the US. you have quelled many an unsettled moment + continue to support me as I explore life as an expat.
And finally, a big Heart of the Home thank you to artist Susan Branch. I’m a huge fan of Susan’s charming illustrations and stories, shared at her blog and in her many books. I’m also a huge fan of Susan the person. A Fine Romance, her latest book, tells of Susan’s love of England in travel diary form so convincingly (and is illustrated so delightfully) that whenever I need a pick-me-up concerning my own (mis)adventures, all I have to do is pull the book off the shelf and read a page or two (preferably while drinking a “Peah Cidah”) and all is better in my world. If you have even the slightest interest in England, you need this book. (It makes a great gift, too, but don’t wait, because it keeps selling out!)
** I realize this exercise is fraught with the potential for disaster: akin to the Oscar winner who forgets to thank his wife. Please know: even if your name is not on this list, if we’ve connected in the past 12 months I’m thankful for it, and thinking of you over this holiday.
image credits: book cover from amazon.com; excerpts from vineyardstories.com (publisher’s site)