Thanksgiving, the Things I’m Thankful For and Some I’d Like to be Thankful For—and a Giveaway!

Kathleen with Lefty, Millie and Maggie

Kathleen with Lefty, Millie and Maggie

Kathleen Delaney, author of Murder Half-Baked and other books, retired from real estate to pursue writing full time. She’s here today with her thoughts on what Thanksgiving means to her and what she’s thankful for.

Murder by Syllabub, fifth in the Ellen McKenzie series, is available in bookstores now. PureBred Dead, the first in a new series, will be out in the spring of 2015.

It’s that time again. The holiday are upon us. We know because Wal Mart is decked out in green and red, has been since before Halloween. The grocery ads are already advertising bargain prices on turkeys and telling us to stock up on cans of green beans, cranberries and pumpkin pie mix as well as gift wrap and cellophane tape. We will no sooner have made the leftover turkey into soup or white bean chili then it will be time to prepare for the next round of festivities. Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, no matter which one you celebrate they all have one thing in common. Family. And that is the first thing on my list of things I’m thankful for. Family.

I have five grown children and we are scattered across the US so holidays are not as they were a number of years ago. Time was we had 30-40 people for Thanksgiving. My children and latertheir partners, the first of the grandchildren, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and any friends who were at loose ends, they all came along with their dogs and covered dishes and we feasted, laughed, argues politics, chased children, and did dishes. It was great.

The grandparents and many of the aunts and uncles are gone now. The dogs are new ones and not used to so many people. We have split into smaller groups as our families have extended and getting together requires plane tickets. However two of my children and their families will be with me this year and we’ll keep the phone lines hot that day as we share some of the fun with the others, even if we can’t share the pumpkin pie.

We’re still a tight family, and for that, I give thanks.

I’m grateful for my dogs and for my old cat. Sounds pretty silly, but every one of them needed a home, a safe place to sleep (which seems to be my bed) enough to eat and someone they could trust. I am grateful I have been able to provide that for them.

I’m grateful for books. My house overflows with them. There have been some exceptionally good ones out this year, and because of the library system and my local bookstore, I have been privileged to read many. I’m also grateful I have five books of my own in print, or available electronically. We live in a great age when we can keep our books alive for new people to read and hopefully enjoy. I’m grateful so many of them are in libraries, and look forward to Purebred Dead, the first in a new series’ to be released this summe, and to seeing it in libraries and on bookshop shelves. That is a thrill it is not possible to describe. I’m grateful for a wonderful agent, a great publisher and editor, and the many friends I’ve made through Sisters in Crime and other writing adventures.

Murder Half BakedI believe the first Thanksgiving was held because the pilgrims were giving thanks they had enough food to get them through the winter without starving to death. A good thing to be thankful for. Unfortunately, more than many people can give thanks for all over the world, in this country and in my very own town. I hope and pray someday everyone can truthfully say they are thankful they are no longer hungry, thirsty, or have no place to live. It’s not a lot to wish for. Or, maybe it is.

It’s time to start making the grocery list, and making sure the budget includes a few extra items for those that won’t be at my table, and then it will be time to start getting ready for Santa. I love to cook, and it’s a darn good thing. I think we’ll start with Christmas cookies, right after Thanksgiving is over, and as soon as the tree is up. My grandkids are really good at decorating them, trees and cookies. Rudolph always gets an extra special red nose and Frosty’s hat comes in many colors.

In the meantime, I’m going to try to get the next chapter of the next book done. Time is going to get a little crowded pretty soon now.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.



To enter the drawing for a print copy of
Murder Half-Baked by Kathleen Delaney,
leave a comment below. The winning name
will be drawn Friday evening, November 21st.
This drawing is open to residents of the US.

24 thoughts on “Thanksgiving, the Things I’m Thankful For and Some I’d Like to be Thankful For—and a Giveaway!

    • Kathleen,
      I’m grateful for many things this Thanksgiving, and one of them is that you have joined our Atlanta chapter of Sisters in Crime! You are already a huge asset and will be even more valuable in the months to come. Thank You!


  1. It will just be my husband and I but what a perfect holiday — we’re both truly thankful for every single day we wake for another day! Thanks for sharing with us, good luck on your new book!


  2. Kathleen, what a beautiful post about the things you’re thankful for and the things and people we should remember all year long, not just during the holidays. As people grow up and move away, it’s hard to spend time with them like we once did. That makes the moments we do spend together even more special. Thanks so much for the reminder!


  3. You started me making a mental list of what I’m thankful for. First, that I have a little extra to give to charity. Second, that I don’t have to cook a turkey because I’ve never managed to get everything timed out right. Third, that the friends who are coming for dinner would rather have pasta.


  4. I am so thankful for all God has blessed me with in my life. My parents who provided me with a childhood although not perfect was better than most. My husband and children who are gifts from God for sure. A home and food to keep me warm and content. Friends who accept me for who I am. Doctors and medical facilities to care for my illness. As you can see I have a lot to be thankful for.


  5. I enjoyed your comments especially regarding retail.
    As regards family, I have my Mom 87, one aunt and about 2/3s of my cousins. As an only child also unmarried the scope is small.

    Thank you for sharing. I would love to win. Books fill many voids.
    Happy Thanksgiving!


  6. Your family holidays sound like what ours once were. But, now, people are spread around the country and travel is not always easy. I live with 2 rescued Boxers, and I understand about a warm place to sleep and plenty of food to eat. I think life offers us gifts – and at times those gifts are in the form of rescued furry friends. The series sounds terrific. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.


  7. I’m thankful for children, grandchildren and my present dogs and cat. I was told years ago I was allergic to dogs and cats, but ignored the doctors. My children and grandchildren have them and Bill and I have rescued dogs and cats for years. Allergies are a minor irritation to the unconditional love of a dog or cat. Happy Thanksgiving!


  8. Thank you all for your wonderful comments. Half-Baked is set during the holiday season, although more Christmas then Thanksgiving but I don’t think that matters. It’s all about sharing, and boy, did poor Ellen share that Christmas. More than she had ever expected. Hope whoever wins it enjoys the book, and have a great day, whether you have a houseful or share with a couple of 4 legged friends.


  9. Happy Thanksgiving! I’m thankful for lots of serious things, but also for my children and husband putting up with me reading and reading for hours on end when I find a great mystery book!


  10. I am thankful to be back in the same town as my family. It was very hard being away while I was working on my career. Happy Thanksgiving to all, and a good book to read too.


  11. I keep hearing about this author. I think that’s a good thing for her. I’ve got more family than I can handle coming for Thanksgiving. It will just be my husband and myself for Christmas, but that’s good too. Murder Half Baked sound really interesting. Thank you.


  12. I am thankful for all the authors who keep me entertained with their clever imaginations. Always thankful for authors who give opportunity to win a book for reading & review. Hope to get lucky & win but thankful for another creative book.


  13. I’m grateful for my two wonderful children and my eight wonderful grandchildren. I’m thankful that my 92 year-old-mother is still with us to celebrate Thanksgiving with us.

    Murder Half-Baked sounds really good and I would be thrilled if I won a signed copy!


  14. Just now getting to read this fully.
    I’m glad to see you still keep caring for our furry ones.
    What would we do without them?
    Thanksgiving was wonderful here. My daughter and son-in-law from Dawsonville, GA came. Plus, Kevin’s daddy from Virginia joined us. He also came back for Christmas and we are thankful to have him and that he doesn’t have to spend the holidays alone.
    Ann Crotzer’s PET scan was not good and it breaks my heart. She has fought the fight but I don’t know if she can beat it this time. Josh and family had a Santa in front of their house this year.
    My email with the cover of your next book didn’t come to me. Could you resend when possible?
    I’m giving the program on Herbs for garden club Tuesday so heading to my desk to write that up.
    Take care and do write when you can (to me that is!)…….
    Blessings, and all the best for a wonderful 2015. Lynda


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