"When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault likes only in yourself," is wisdom attributed to Tecumseh, a 19th-century Shawnee leader.

Despite viral angst and economic malaise, the glass is much more than half full. Today I will choose safety over togetherness and avoid turning Turkey Day into a super-spreader event. I'll be giving thanks in my own way, reaching out to family, friends, preachers, teachers and mentors, thanking them for helping me along the way. I'm also giving thanks for quiet weather.

After a rowdy October, November has been pretty quiet: the 12th warmest at MSP and fifth warmest on record statewide, according to meteorologist Mark Seeley. The Doppler shall remain unplugged until further notice — no big storms brewing. After approaching 50F Saturday we cool off next week, before another Pacific-sweetened surge of 40s the second week of December. We may pay for this in January. One day at a time. Happy Thanksgiving!