We are deeeeep into November now, and I can feel my head starting to spin with Christmas ideas. Is that happening to you? (Of course it could be the cold medicine I am taking.) I am having to quiet my brain and tell myself to stop and enjoy this time of Thanksgiving. So today let’s talk about appreciating some things of this season that God has blessed us with, and we can put off Christmas thoughts for one more week. I hope that is alright with you.
Where shall we begin?
I am thankful for the abundance of food with which we are blessed, and since I am craving a snack at the momentlet’s start with a recipe I want to try. Have you seen these? (Or better yet, have you tasted them?)
I am thinking these pecan pie cookies might be a perfect dessert for a crowd at Thanksgiving – and much easier to serve. (Although, I would still want a dab of whipped cream to top them.)
I am truly thankful for creative bloggers and books that inspire. Brains and beauty are great, but creativity is far above those on my list. (Of course having all three would be perfect. LOL) Have any of you read this book? It combines Marion’s creative blog with inspiration for making your house a home, and it is next on my reading list.
I am also thankful for creative designers who inspire, and I was super thrilled when Barbara Westbrook’s new publication – Workbook - arrived in my inbox a little over a week ago. It is jampacked with gorgeous rooms. You will want to spend all afternoon just drolling over it I know.
There is a great article about how she started this online publication here.
There are amazingly beautiful kitchens in it here.
Barbara Westbrook’s online publication reminded me a lot of this one from Nora Murphy (although Nora’s is definitely more country in feel.) You will enjoy this one too.
I am also thankful for beautiful places to visit – like The Greystone Inn on Lake Toxaway in North Carolina. We have never been there, but I am adding it to my list of “places I want to see.” Here is a link to an article from someone who did recently stay there.
atlantamagazine.com photo by Patrick Heagney
Like you, I am grateful for family, friends, and home…which also makes me grateful for the talent of creative people who inspire us to make our celebrations with family and friends even more special.
I am thankful for the wonder of nature. This was outside our bedroom earlier this week…
(There were actually 3 of them. I just wasn’t fast enough with my photography.)
and this little guy was on our leaf and pinestraw covered deck this morning!
(Obviously, our deck needs sweeping, but I am waiting until tomorrow’s predicted severe thunderstorms pass.)
I am thankful for all of you who spend time visiting here. You don’t know how much I appreciated the many many comments on my Thanksgiving decorating posts last week. You have to be the most complimentary readers in all of blogland! I did the random drawing this morning from the 237 comments from various sources, and the winning number for the Williams Sonoma pumpkin goodies was…
And that number went with this comment on the kitchen and dining room post:
Congratulations Peggy! If you read this before I have a chance to contact you, please email me your mailing address so that I can get the package out to you on Monday. And for the rest of you, don’t worry. There is another giveaway coming to you in December.
And finally, I am thankful for gorgeous music like this!
I hope your weekend is a cozy one, and if you have a long to-do list, I hope you get everything accomplished with time to spare. If I can get over this cold, I will have one last Thanksgiving decorating post for you early next week (if anyone is still thinking about that holiday!)
Until next time…