Giving Thanks

17 thoughts on “Giving Thanks”

  1. Happy Thanksgiving, Beth. I just started reading a book about the Azores, called ‘The Tenth Island’. Any plans to visit the Azores?


    1. Yes, as a matter of fact! Won and I have been talking about when we might go. We’re thinking it may have to wait until we are vaccinated in the new year. We talked about going before Christmas, but I think that wouldn’t be prudent. We can hardly wait and have heard that Feb/Mar can be great times to see the Azores. If not then, April for sure!! I hope you were able to spend the day with your daughter who lives nearby. Stay safe, Ann!


  2. Dear Beth,

    My wife, Pam, and I are planning on moving to Cascais mid-2021. We now live in Dallas, TX. We are anxious to learn as much as possible about life in Portugal and were delighted to learn of your blog post. We have two fur babies that will be making the journey with us so pictures of your lovely Sweet Pea are endearing.

    We look forward to receiving more posts about your journey and experiences.




    1. Hi Mark! It’s so nice to connect with you. I am truly delighted to know you and Pam are enjoying my blog posts. I hope you find them fun and informative (I typically post every Friday). I can completely relate to where you are in your planning process and know how difficult it can be to be patient as the process moves forward. You’ve certainly picked a beautiful location in Cascais. We live just next door in Monte Estoril and love, love, love it here. Of course, we love Portugal as a whole too. 🙂 Please feel free to reach out with any specific questions in the coming months; Won and I are happy to help in any way possible. When the time gets closer to moving, I would be happy to put you in touch with Marta Alegria, the Keller Williams real estate person who helped us find our apartment. She is great, speaks English, and goes beyond the basics (she went with us to get our water, electricity, etc. set up). If you don’t have it already on your phones, you might want to download WhatsApp. Most people use that messaging app here in Europe and it’s the best way to chat with her. Take care and please stay safe.


      1. I am delighting in reading your blog. We start our NIF, bank and location search in March. May I have your real estate agents’ information? Thank you so much for all the dreams and encouragement and openness…


      2. Hi Sandi, I’m so happy to know you are enjoying my posts and that you have found them informative and helpful! I would like to recommend Camilla Hirsch of Housesmart. Have you downloaded Whatsapp on your phone? It is the way nearly everyone here communicates. If you have, then I can contact you privately and connect you both that way. Alternately I can connect you to her via email. You will love Camilla (I guarantee it). I hope you continue to find my posts useful. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. Oh…and you will fall in love with Portugal. It is a truly magical. 💚


  3. Really enjoying your blog Beth. So grateful Sweet Pea is ok and you guys are having such a great time.
    I do like the new hair cut too.
    Love and hugs to you both!


    1. Thanks, Jeanne! Sweet Pea is nearly back to normal so we are very happy about that. My hair has actually grown out a bit, and I’m debating letting it grow through the winter and the cutting it short again in the spring. It’s kind of fun since my hair was long for so many years. Sending my love to you and the “little family.” I saw that you were all together for Thanksgiving. Sending my love to all.


  4. Great post Beth. Even now, we DO have so much to be thankful for. I’m thankful to be a member of the Thomas family. Looking forward to when we can all be together again.


    1. Yesterday’s call (as always) was fun and a bit chaotic so it was hard to really get a chance to appropriately express our happiness for you and Steve. I’m already looking forward to your party next year. It will be fun to celebrate – in person! Welcome to the family!!


    1. Thank you!! I’m so pleased that you are enjoying it. I love writing it. I am happy to report that Sweet Pea has fully recovered. No more unpleasantness. We’ve noticed a marked increase in her playfulness too, which makes me wonder how long she wasn’t feeling well. Poor little thing. 😦 It’s good to see her back to her stubborn, funny, little self. I hope you are staying safe and healthy and WARM! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Susan!


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