The Thanksgiving holiday is an American tradition I think we would all do well to adopt. I don't necessarily mean the whole overeating of turkey and pumpkin pie bit - let's face it in less than a month we'll already be eating our own body weight in turkey!
But the spirit of the occasion is something we could all take time to sit back and think about, and in spite of whatever situation we find ourselves in, it is great to remember the good things we have.
After horror of losing my mum, it's hard to be thankful for anything. But I am thankful, for the facts that I had her in my life for the time I did, that she made my dad so happy and that she gave me four wonderful sisters, and, indirectly, a niece and nephew I adore.
I'm also thankful for the doctor who happened across her accident in the minutes after it happened, who stopped and helped my mum and stayed with her in the ambulance as far as the first hospital so she wasn't alone.
And, strange as this may seem, I'm thankful the other person involved wasn't more hurt.
This quilt is the first proper one I made - it's not necessarily colours I would now choose, but it was made from bunting I made for her 60th birthday party. I had to find a pattern I could cut from 19" isoceles triangles! Each square was hand-pieced, then all machined together and I hand quilted it. I have a wonderful photo of it, gracing a bed in her home, with a message telling me she would treasure it forever. It took me two years, and she deserved every single second I spent on it.
I'm also thankful for my other family and friends, who have been the most amazing support over the last few days. I don't know how I would have got through it without them. I also really appreciate all the lovely messages I had from people all over the world, many of whom I've never met but who read this blog, wishing mum well, and keeping her in their prayers.
And, lastly, I'm very thankful for my lovely partner, Patrick, and Daisy and Bella, my furry child substitutes / book ends, who've looked after me brilliantly, and let's face it, are the perfect excuse for gratuitous dog photos.
So, what are you all thankful for?