Thankful at Thanksgiving – from Türkiye


Wednesday 26 November, 2014 by Uncle Spike

It’s that time of year again when three things happen.

One – over half my readers disappear to gorge on home-cooked grub.

Two – misuse of the Turkey tag/topic on WP hits an all-time high.

Three – time to consider what we are thankful for.

I’m not American, and I live on the wrong side of the pond to qualify. But I do have a smattering of relatives over yonder way, plus, with readers in the States generating over half my blog traffic, I feel a certain kinship… So yeah, all in all, I reckon it’s ok to join in for Thanksgiving 🙂




As for being thankful, here’s a personal few reasons for my 2014.


  • I’m thankful that the civil wars that still rage on two of our borders have not spilled over the line.


  • I’m thankful for the support and encouragement of my wife as my personal health drive continues. Won’t ever fight off middle-age, but starting to feel the benefit at least (above photo was a very rare treat, honest!)


  • I’m thankful for how proud our son makes me feel; always challenging me to be the type of dad he deserves.


  • I’m thankful for my blogger friends. Seriously. The blog has grown so much this past year, and I’ve gained so many new blogger friends in the process, many of whom I’m now in regular contact with.


To all my State-side followers, add-hoc readers and passers by, may I wish you all a safe and peaceful Thanksgiving from Clan Spike, here in Türkiye.


21 thoughts on “Thankful at Thanksgiving – from Türkiye

  1. That’s because of Thanksgiving that I missed several of your posts! I swear it’s because of the mashed potatoes and the pumpkin pie!

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  2. Older But Wiser says:

    Having sent Thanksgiving greetings to my family in the US, I now add my Thanks for the family in Turkey and England, they all add to the feeling of well being and gratitude, spread a little love wherever you can and whenever you can, friendships are very precious, and what you give, often gets returned with interest.


  3. Happy thanksgiving to you and all the family. Choir rehearsal tonight then late party yay.

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  4. Wonderful post Spike, thank you.

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  5. vanbraman says:

    Hmm, but if we use the tag Hindi then we will probably upset the bloggers from India 🙂


  6. atureaud says:

    Hi Uncle Spike😊
    It’s been a wonderful year , I would even put it out there and dare say:
    it’s been more fabulous than 2013!
    Getting to follow your blog is one of those I am thankful for, I have learned much and continue to discover more!
    this featured photo is DELISH !
    Blessings to you and your family😊
    Wishing you the best of health too!


  7. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too. Being thankful for all our blessings should not be limited to just the US 🙂


  8. Happy Thanksgiving Uncle Spike! I am thankful to have spent two months traveling around Türkiye – the country with the kindest and most grateful people I have ever met!!!!


  9. orples says:

    Thanksgiving blessings are being sent back to you and yours, Uncle Spike. Don’t tell your wife, but Olivia sent you a kiss. I told her not to be so flirty, to now avail. No worries, I won’t tell on her—or you. 🙂

    By the way, could you be e-mail a piece of that lovely pie/strudel (?). It looks sooo good! Yum!;)

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  10. I just feel so sorry for all those poor turkeys!

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  11. suej says:

    Lovely, uplifting post, Spike….I’m with you in being grateful for blogger friends 😀

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  12. Sue Slaght says:

    What a wonderful post Spike! Here in Canada we celebrated Thanksgiving last month. Like you I have so very much to be grateful for, including this surprising world of new friends in the blogosphere. 🙂

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  13. dayphoto says:

    Happy Day Thanks…we all need to stop and reflect and give thanks (daily) but if that can’t be done once a year.

    It’s been nice getting to know you and getting to know Turkey! I’m also thankful that the wars are not where you live or here where I live.



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