Thoughts for Thanksgiving

Dear Kids,

Special wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m grateful for so many things – and your loyalty is one of them. I truly appreciate that you take a little time from your busy schedules to check in here . . .

Sir Beads and I will be celebrating turkey day with our extended family. We’re especially excited that our oldest daughter, who lives overseas, will be able to spend the holiday with us this year! Pumpkin pie (our favorite dessert) will be on the menu for sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thought you might like the following Thanksgiving quotes – some funny, some heart-warming, some profound.

Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.
~Native American Saying

The thing I’m most thankful for right now is elastic waistbands.
~Author Unknown

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Football half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence. ~Erma Bombeck

All that we behold is full of blessings.
~William Wordsworth

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~Thornton Wilder

Hugs for all,


Thankful Indeed


My mother has often said that Thanksgiving is the best holiday – even better than Christmas – because the focus is simply on a wonderful meal with family.

The day is not preceded by weeks of “getting ready”.
There are no cards to write, gifts to buy, decorations to install, or packages to wrap – so you are less weary when the festivities begin. With Thanksgiving, you get the love and good food aspects of Christmas – but are much less frazzled by all the preparations. Mum does have a point! (How come I never realized how smart she is, when I was growing up?) ๐Ÿ˜‰


But while we’re on the subject, I would add that there’s nothing more heartwarming than when your offspring take on some of the holiday responsibilities. Our younger daughter hosted Thanksgiving at her house this year. She did a marvelous job. Everything was delicious and the ambiance was so warm and cozy!

This photo was taken right before we sat down to eat. The plates looked quite different moments later, as we feasted on turkey, potatoes, gravy, stuffing, squash, green beans, fresh baked bread, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie! Fortunately, there are still a few leftovers!

I’d love to hear about your day, too. ๐Ÿ˜€


Things to Love About Thanksgiving


In the spirit of some holiday fun, here are:

Crystal’s Top 5 Things to Love About Thanksgiving

1. The incredible aroma wafting through the house as the meal is prepared!

2. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade โ€“ so comforting to have it on in the background while bustling in the kitchen. Itโ€™s been part of Thanksgiving in my home since I was a little kid!

3. Pumpkin Pie!!!!! In general, I could live without desserts if I had to. Sure, I like them, but it’s the main part of any meal that I enjoy most. However, I am CRAZY about Pumpkin Pie!

4. Itโ€™s a long weekend! (Hope it is for you, too.)

5. Leftovers! Is there anything better than a turkey sandwich the day after Thanksgiving? Well, maybe a turkey sandwich that’s made with a little stuffing and cranberry sauce!


Sweet Kids,
I’m thankful for you! May those who celebrate Thanksgiving have a day filled with love, serenity, and lots of good food. And may all of us have a great weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

See you on Monday!


Show and Tell Tuesday

Greetings Kids!

Welcome to the Thanksgiving Week edition of Show and Tell Tuesday. Today we have a special treat. Kelly has sent in photos of her home all decorated for the season. ๐Ÿ™‚

First, here’s a view of her breakfast nook. Isn’t it festive? She loves the “turkey pumpkin” and I can see why. “Gobble till you wobble” – too cute!

Her shelves are also dressed for autumn! I have a feeling they’ll be sporting some Christmas decorations pretty soon ๐Ÿ˜‰

I love this photo! Kelly has adorned her fireplace with gorgeous touches of fall color. Did you know that she enjoys gathering leaves at this time of year and then dipping them in paraffin to preserve them?

Thanks so much Kelly! You’ve put us throroughly in the mood. Bring on the stuffing and pumpkin pie! ๐Ÿ˜€

(If there should be any stockings hanging at that fireplace in the next month . . . it would be fun to see a photo. )


More pictures next Tuesday! If you havenโ€™t already – please consider sending one of your photos, too! Hey, even if you have sent one, we’d love to see anything else you’d like to share!



Happy Thanksgiving

I‘m thankful for many things this holiday season. In addition to my family and friends, there’s a special group of people for whom I am very grateful . . .


If you are reading this post, you are one of that group! I appreciate your support and your comments, and I feel very fortunate that you come here to visit, time and again. You add so much.

I‘ll be thinking of all of you tomorrow and I wish you a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€