Happy Thanksgiving!

This is a candid shot of my granddaughter and hubby, taken last week.  They were watching TV:

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David and I will be celebrating Thanksgiving at my nephew Travis and his bride Shanna’s home in Kahaluu.  It’s potluck so I am bringing stuffing, a fruit salad and a pie.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone.  As we rarely drive to the windward side of the island, it will be a treat for us.

The house across the street was on fire the other night and is considered a total loss.  The damage is estimated at $330,000.  Because the fire swept through the house so quickly, the family of four barely escaped.  There were no working smoke detectors to alert them sooner.  No one knows what started the fire, and the cause is still under investigation.

We are so thankful that our house is still intact.  We do have a smoke detector in the hall near the bedrooms, which is monitored 24/7 by a security alarm company.  If there is a fire, we can easily jump out of the windows, as our house is on one floor ground level.

We give thanks for our many blessings.  So should you.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

14 Responses to “Happy Thanksgiving!”

  1. Beatrice P. Boyd Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yiur family as well, Gigi. You are right that we do have many blessings to be thankful for. Sorry to read about the neighbor’s loss.

  2. Olga Says:

    How scary to see a fire so close, and how sad for the home owners.

    I am thankful for my many blessing. I know I have a rich life and I try to be grateful every day.

    Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. Jan Says:

    We are required to have smoke detectors in working order in apartments, thank goodness. Sorry to hear of your neighbor’s loss, but I’m glad everyone got out safely. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your wonderful family! 🙂

  4. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    I am thankful to have met many friends on the Internet, especially you and Denise at our get together here in Washington DC. Happy Thanksgiving to you and David and have a great time at your relative’s home.

  5. Cathy Says:

    It’s not mandatory (except in certain circumstances) but highly recommended here to have smoke detectors. It is sad your neighbours had to learn the hard way, they certainly will have mixed feelings over this special holiday.
    Enjoy your time with your family Gigi
    Cathy

  6. Joanne Noragon Says:

    I have a friend who had her house remodelled. That night her husband went back downstairs for the smoke detector and put it back up. Then the house burned, but they got out. Never be without one. Happy thanksgiving.

  7. Christine Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! So scary about the fire.

  8. mary jane s. Says:

    I love your blog, happy turkey day..no smoke detectors, they don’t cost much and the carbon dioxide detecters not that much either..Just a little precaution can save a person from a lot of misery, will pray anonymously that this family finds a reason to be happy and healthy, one door closes and a window opens up..it really does, one can replace a home one cannot replace a life!

  9. Linda Reeder Says:

    How tragic for that family and how frightening for your neighborhood! Enjoy your celebration of thankfulness.

  10. mageb Says:

    I am so sorry about that family’s loss. We are mandated to have a smoke alarm and a CO2 alarms everywhere. We have one in each room, one on the stairs to the garage, but none in the bathrooms. They are cheap at Home Depot.

  11. Musings Says:

    We saw that fire on the news. So sad. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. We are celebrating on Sunday. 🙂

  12. DeniseinVA Says:

    I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Gigi. Sorry to hear of your neighbors fire. Great photo of David and Julia.

  13. Granny Annie Says:

    Happy that you and David were not affected by the neighbor’s fire. Love the pic of Julia and David in front of the TV. Two zombies. LOL

  14. dkzody Says:

    So sad for your neighbors. I hate the idea of a fire in the house. There was a fire in our neighborhood, on the next block over, last week. They had a kitchen fire the night before and didn’t call the fire dept thinking they had put it out. The firemen said any time you have a fire, you should call them so they can make sure it’s out. Hope your neighbors have good insurance and can get the house quickly rebuilt.

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