Life Is Good
My New York-resident children have left; the good china and crystal have been put away; and just the smell of my turkey soup cooking (using what's left of the turkey scraps and carcass) is reminding me of the Thanksgiving holiday.
It was a great weekend, filled with the company of family and friends, of delicious foods and spirits. I feel particularly blessed this year. In years past, we struggled with job-related issues. My husband, Abe -- a marketing executive who has spent a good portion of his career concentrating in financial services businesses -- suffered bouts of unemployment due to the recession and other factors. My career luckily weathered the recession. But when work in the pipeline started to dry up, I worried whether new business would come my way.
Fortunately, since April, Abe has been working for an advertising agency in Boston. Advertising is Abe's passion and the area where he first started in the business world. It's made him (and ME) very happy to be working in an environment that he loves and a job where he thrives.
I'm happy and grateful to say that my business is better than ever (one reason I haven't been current with the blog), and I am working on some of my best projects to date, including:
- Two new-construction mirror-image townhouses in Newton. Sisters, one in her late twenties and the other about thirty, are buying these homes, and I'm doing both of them. Each house has four bedrooms, four and a half baths, a two-car garage and full basement. The best part of this project is that the girls have different tastes -- one is new-trad and the other a bit edgy -- so each house poses interesting design challenges for me and will end up with unique looks.
- A house in Wellesley.
- Four bathroom renovations, two in a house in Chestnut Hill and two in a house in Natick.
We are also blessed that two of our children are or will be working in jobs that that they aimed for in college. Our oldest daughter works in public relations for an agency that specializes in cosmetics and high-end personal-care brands. And our son, who recently graduated college, will be headed to a Hollywood talent agency to start work in its talent-agent training program. I'm glad that I still have one at home: my youngest. She's a high-school senior waiting to hear about college admissions.
There is an old Yiddish expression that comes to mind at times like these: to not give something a "kenahora." It's said when we're talking about good things that are happening . . . to avoid tempting the evil eye and reversing our good fortune. It's what I feel writing this post (ie., that I might put a jinx on things). But, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, it's the blessings that we've received this year in contrast to years past, that make me feel especially grateful. I hope that you too have been blessed with good fortune to share and appreciate this holiday season.