The past few days were a little abnormal for me and I was too exhausted to post daily, but I have been working on this map the past few evenings when I got home. It took me several days to assemble all the sketches of family members.
I wanted to do a map submission for “They Draw and Travel” for the Thanksgiving holiday. My original idea morphed into the current situation we have wih the Pandemic. Many families around the country are celebrating Thanksgiving a whole new way. In some areas, La Niña has made it unseasonably warm and may be one of the bright spots of 2020. La Niña actually helps those living in the northern tier of the US to set up tents outside and to do Thanksgiving en plein air, sort of like the First Thanksgiving. Southern US may be business as usual because the temps usually enable dinner outside….unless it rains.
Those with families in other parts of the county have opted not to travel and will do Thanksgiving via Zoom or Facetime or some other sort of video conferencing.
However you celebrate this year, 2020 is definitely not normal.
This map reflects my family and how we are spread out across the Eastern Seaboard. The ones closer to each other may celebrate together. I know some family members are doing the tent thing. Florida weather has broken to the cooler temps which enables us to open windows.
Your family “map” may be similar to mine. Or yours may be bi-coastal or central, southwest or more West Coast. Wherever you are, 2020 is definitely going to be Thanksgiving 2.0.
I upgraded my First Thanksgiving design to add “menus” and then submitted it for posting to They Draw and Cook. I haven’t posted there in a long time and I originally intended to do a map but it segued into a Feast. I am still wanting to do the map.
Researching foods for the first Thanksgiving feast got me to thinking how grateful I am in this shell shocking year. We moved to Florida a year ago. We were getting settled after our first holiday season in Florida when whispers of a virus started coming from China. We Americans used to scratch our heads about the visitors from other countries who were wearing masks. Now we are thinking that wasn’t such a bad idea.
Life with masks are an inconvenience but if it means a little more freedom, I’m in. Things aren’t as we planned, but we’re making the best of it.
Here is one of this morning’s sketches. I loved her hat. The reference photo is from the SKTCHY app. When I posted the sketch, I told Linda I loved the hat. She said she liked it too but wound up buying a different one. I liked that I could be part of her shopping trip.
(I almost left the poor little witch and her kitty in pilgrim land).
The little witch was able to return from early America with the help of a witch who’s been dodging Salem witch hunters. The little witch used her historical knowledge of the time period to give the early American witch some useful information about heading to some place much better for her long term health.
Upon returning, Thanksgiving was in full swing with all the witches celebrating. Kitty managed to “acquire” a full turkey leg.
The season of the Witch is winding down. The witches are now preparing for Winter Solstice celebrations along with Christmas. They are making bayberry candles with good luck spells to sell to people who want to burn them on Christmas. They are blessing tree farms so that the warmth of the trees bring love and warmth to the people who bring them into their homes to decorate. They are making bunches of greens and other natural items to sell that bring harmony, health and happiness into homes for the holidays.
The little witch and kitty will be busy during the holiday season.
At least kitty gets to have this quiet moment to enjoy her turkey leg.
Kitty (Cleopatra), Chloe and Mack (her Chihuahua surrogates) wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
I am thankful that my mother is in a safe place and she was able to bring her cats. She still had days where she wants to go back to her house. She needs supervised care but for the most part she is happy there. She has people to interact with which she didn’t have living alone and this time of year, when it is cold, she would have been locked away from the world. Now she can walk down the hall and socialize. She likes her kitty cards.
Thanksgiving isn’t just an American holiday. Everyone can stop and take a day to spend with family, enjoy a good meal and give thanks for what they have. My mom will be spending hers with my sister.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! Enjoy your family and friends today!