Happy Thanksgiving: Napa Valley

The turkey is ready so I’m taking a break. I’m getting wise in my old age: I’m doing the turkey and hosting; everyone else is bringing the rest of our Thanksgiving dinner. The everyone else is half our family. Today is the day that we pay attention to what we are thankful for in our lives. I’m thankful for my husband of 54 years, wonderful son, two daughters-in-law and my four amazing grandkids.

This year, I’m also thankful that I have a hobby that gives me brain exercise, physical exercise and wonderful friendships. Today’s images are from a day road trip to Napa Valley with Karen B. Don’t expect me to know the names of all the wineries we visited. The vines were yellowed and some were bare already. But, they were still beautiful.

We also visited the Veterans’ Home of California in Yountville. It’s nice that some of our aging veterans get to live in a place as beautiful as this campus, supported by the country they fought for–another thing to be thankful for.

It was a full day of shooting, driving, eating, and enjoying each other’s company. Yes, I’m grateful for including photography in my life. For my followers who live outside the U.S., think about your gratitude list. After all we should live in gratitude every day, not just on Thanksgiving!



Thanksgivukkah: when Thanksgiving and Chanukah collide!

This is the first time in my lifetime that Thanksgiving falls during Chanukah, and it will probably be the last! The last time this happened was in 1888 and will not happen again until 2070. What is even more strange is the commonality of the two holidays. Thanksgiving is commemorating freedom and abundance; Chanukah is commemorating freedom and re-dedication. So, at the Sandler household, we celebrated both in our very own Thanksgivukkah dinner and candle lighting.

Also, We have a guest photographer for this post. Richard is actually getting used to having my camera with us and my taking images, so he asked if I was going to take pictures of our Thanksgivukkah get together. When I didn’t show any enthusiasm, he looked puzzled. I then explained to him that at every holiday, I’m never there–meaning, I’m always taking pictures and I’m never in them. Forget trying to get out the tripod and do a delayed timing shot. My family can’t sit still that long! When I put the images into the photo album, there are shots of everyone but me.  He decided to remedy the situation.

Here are a few images of our one and only Thanksgivukkah!