July 23, 2017

A soggy Thanksgiving Day coming

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Looks like a rainy Thanksgiving morning for some of us in Southwestern Virginia.

The Roanoke/Blacksburg National Weather Service puts the chance of wetness falling from the sky at 40 percent Thursday with some most of it  coming in the morning hours of the day of the turkey, then a almost warm afternoon with a projected high of 60 in Floyd County.

We need gain, so we can give thanks to that.  We need a break from the overnight freezing temperatures and we will get three days of that with Wednesday night’s low around 40 degrees, Thursday at 42 and Friday at 36 before dropping down to  27 Saturday night and then climbing back up to 33 Sunday and into the 40s for Monday and Tuesday.

Sunny weather for the weekend and then a few showers on Monday, more on Tuesday and Wednesday to finish out November.

For those of us without families to gather on Thanksgiving, we will look for an eatery that is serving the holiday dinner on Thursday.  Rays is a favorite spot for many on Turkey Day and Amy and I have enjoyed Thanksgiving there in recent years.

Our last “family” Thanksgiving was 2011 with my mother in her apartment in assisted living.  She died before more than two months before the holiday in 2012 and I was in the trauma unit of Carilion Roanoke Memorial on Thanksgiving Day that year, still in critical condition from a Nov. 9 motocycle encounter with a cow on U.S. 221 in Roanoke County.

Amy says I regained consciousness for a few minutes on that day and recognized her.  She calls it her Thanksgiving Day to remember.  I wish I could remember that Thanksgiving Day. It would be two weeks, the morning of Dec. 5,, when I  woke up and started remembering anything.

It would be Christmas Eve, more than two months earlier than doctors had forecast, when I would come home.  It was, in many ways, a Thanksgiving Day to celebrate.

With the Thanksgiving Day approaching in just two days, our best wishes to all for a safe and enjoyable holiday.

 

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