Thursday, November 26, 2009


An unusual post for me...No pictures, no stories, just a huge and sincere thanks for welcoming me into the blogging community this past year .

I have had a different kind of Thanksgiving. This is not a pity party, so not looking for comments consoling me..This is just the way it happened this year. I am ALL GOOD!. Normally, I work and decorate a home on Thanksgiving. This year it worked out to get that home done early, giving me a much needed day off. It is 5pm and I have not seen a person with the exception of Bella the dog. My husband helped out a friend and drove a sports team to Nashville.. My kids and grand kids are spending the day at the other side of their families. Remember I DO NOT cook, so it would not be smart or very tasty to come here. Parker is with his Dad. I slept until noon (much needed) and then (don't laugh) had a chicken salad sandwich from my favorite deli. I have worked on paper work and watched some football, had some great coffee,took another nap and now am going to put up another tree in MY house. I answered some long overdue emails, paid some bills, and basically have not said a word. After weeks of long hard days, making magic in other people's homes and knowing I have 2 more long weeks of the same if not more intense, the silence has not been that bad. I have read the paper and know that there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING I want or need bad enough to get up in the wee hours of the morning to stand in line for. NOTHING!!!! Those same things will be on sale again in the next few weeks and I have done most of my shopping throughout the year or online.

I had planned to write my Christmas letter today, but the words would not come, so I will do that another day.

One of the greatest additions to my life this past year has been blogging. I never dreamed I would love it so much, meet such interesting and kind people, nor find time to just "do it"! I am so thankful for all of my new friends. So on this Thanksgiving evening I AM THANKFUL!
Is everything right in my world? No
Do I have some situations that I wish were different? Yes
But I would guess that each of you would have those same answers. One thing that tree decorating always brings home to me...Trouble, sorrow and pain come to all. No matter how big and beautiful the house is on the outside, on the inside the same life problems reside.

Tomorrow I will be back to making magic, decking halls, and being TIRED, but very thankful that I can still work, have a very good job, and can bring smiles to many families. Can you believe I did an entire post without talking about my boys....Parker, Jack, Austin and Grayson...THAT'S a FIRST!


You still have time to visit my HOLIDAY BLOG and a chance to win two giveaways....really good ones....

How could I have possibly forgotten to say that I am SO THANKFUL that the VIKINGS are 9-1!
BRETT FARVE is making me SO PROUD! (and I will admit I have bragged a tad to those Brett haters)


southerninspiration said...

Well, it seems like the day is JUST what you needed. That's nice, actually. Glad you got to sleep in.

Take care,

Andrea said...

My Thanksgiving was very similar and I am all good with it.
Blessings and hugs, andrea

Jo Whitehurst said...

I so treasure any quiet alone moments **sigh**, when I can do exactly what I want, at a leisurely pace! So happy that you had some "down time", today, to recharge that energy!

And, you make the blogging world a more interesting place to hang out!

Love, hugs, and prayers, for the coming weeks! I know that they will be busy, but, I also know that prayer will make them go much more smoothly! Blessings!

Sarah said...

It's too close to finals for me to travel so we stayed home and had dinner with friends. Now it's just me and my husband and TV on DVD. Sometime quiet is good. Peace, Sarah

Jane In The Jungle said...

Sounds like a perfectly peaceful Thanksgiving for you!

Cousin B said...

I've never met anyone who can make even what "should've been" a lonely day seem like a lovely day!
You are amazing...You are right about those "needed" things being there later. enjoy your holidays....your way! thanks for such a beautiful blog!

Bacardi Mama said...

Sounds so peaceful and restful. Hope you enjoyed your alone time. I too am thankful for blogging. I've met so many wonderful people like you. Happy Thanksgiving!

Robin said...

Sounds like a perfect Thanksgiving...peaceful and just what you needed! And what a wonderful job you have! :o)


Paige said...

Some quiet time alone sounds wonderful to me. I am glad you blog too--it has been nice to discover you

Misty said...

So glad you enjoyed the peace and quiet...praying blessings will continue to abound! :)

Connie Weiss said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I wish I was home enjoying some quiet.

Glad you had such a nice day!

Debbie said...

How right you are; no matter how beautiful or big a house is it's never perfect inside. We all have our difficulties. Sometimes a day alone is great. Sorry it had to be on Thanksgiving though. But I understand what you were saying. And thank you for blog hopping and stopping by Heart Choices.

May the Lord bless you,

Kat said...

Holidays can be hard. My Thanksgiving was good, but not perfect either.

Just wanted you to know I'm thankful for YOU sweet friend!


Relyn said...

I'm with you. Blogging has been an amazing blessing in my life as well. Happy Black Friday. Are you shopping?

E @ Scottsville said...

My day was much like yours... slow morning, kids went to their dad's for the day, etc. BUT when they got back tonight, we did go see The Blind Side tonight.

Loved it!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

I'm so very glad that you experienced some alone time. Sometimes, we need that time to replenish before it gets busy again. In your case, I know that this is a very busy time for you.

Chicken salad actually sound pretty good. Still poultry just doesn't say gobble gobble!

Donetta said...

sounds like just the day you needed.

Just a little something from Judy said...

First of all, thank you for your sweet visit to my blog and the comments you shared. Secondly, thank you for sharing your heart so beautifully in this letter you wrote. In my mind, it is one of the best letters I have read, written from a mother and grandma's heart. A hearty amen, is what I felt when I finished reading it. Thirdly, the verse that you have on your top banner is one of my very favorite verses. It has carried me through many difficult situations in life. And last, I just spent the last 15 minutes of this early morning looking and reading your Christmas blog. What a truly talented lady you are! No wonder they call you and seek your artistic do beautiful work!!!!

As for a Christmas much fun would that be! So, you are a generous lady also.

Queenie Jeannie said...

I'm glad you got some much needed rest!! I like those kind of days too and don't mind being alone sometimes as well. I am a very good cook though, lol!!

I LOVE the Vikings and I'm really happy about their record this year. My husband is a Packer fan (blech!) and he loves to rub it in that we're only doing so well because of Favre, which he knows will irritate me, lol!!

Good luck in the upcoming weeks! You do beautiful work but I imagine the effort is draining.

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

Very happy that you had your welcome rest!

Thanksgiving is a state of mind not an elaborite culinary opportunity!


Linda said...

There is much to be said for a quiet day now and then. It can be food for the soul which, at times, is more important than food for our stomach. Lovely blog - thank you for stopping by My Own Velvet Room!

Jess said...

So glad you had a nice thanksgiving! And what a blessing to be off and thankful for it!

Love ya

Sassy Granny ... said...

A blessed Thanksgiving and aftermath to you, also.

Thank you for dropping by ... I love getting to know new cyber-friends. I'll be back when I have more time to meander here.

Until then, blessings,

Shelia said...

Oh, Dear One. I'm glad you've found Blogland and we've found you. You can voice your heart and we will be here for you.
Well, you did make the most of your day it seems. Nice naps and chicken salad sound very good to me.
Hope you got some great rest and you did decorate your tree.
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Pink Pearls & Muddy Sneakers said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Teresa Kline aka va.sunshine said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you, you have a wonderful looking family, I luv your name...hehehe...have a fabo weekend!

enjoy *~*

from one Teresa to another

Mo said...

Hey Grammy. Love all the trees. You do em like I like to do em... FULL and sticking out all over! I am having trouble getting motivated to pull my stuff out this year, though. I will have things strung from top to bottom of that house with two babies! Thanks for visiting my blog. Mo

Country Dreaming said...

Hi Teresa--
Just wanted to pop in and tell you "Thank you" for stopping by Dreaming. I love it when new people
stop in. This is my invitation to you to come back soon.
New friends are great!

Thanks again.


Sniffles and Smiles said...

So happy for you that you were able to "carve" out some down time this Thanksgiving!! Sending you love and best wishes for a wonderful Christmas season! ~Janine XO

Nancy Mon said...

Sounds like you had a Thanksgiving Day that you might not have wanted but needed. We did the same kind of thing, because you know I don't cook, but I finally ordered some favs of Roys for dinner. We saw Blind Side and I finished up the Holly Springs book by the Mitford author whose name escapes me now. All in all not a bad day. Stay energized for the next few weeks. Blessings!

Terra said...

You describe a few hours of quiet here, which was a blessing.
I did not shop on black Friday either; the bargains will still be there in future days.
Brett is a champion athlete. I am a life long Packers fan, so am conflicted when he plays against them, but I greatly admire Brett and his genius sports ability.
I am with you there.

Marydon Ford said...

Glad you enjoyed your holiday. Chicken salad sounds pretty good to me.

Follow me on my new blog ... had issues with the old one.

We are having a huge GIVEAWAY ending Dec. lst.
Hugs, Marydon

Farmgirl Paints said...

I hate to cook too...but I did...ugh!! Hope you had a fabulous day:)

Diana said...

I am glad you had a day to "Be still....""


Jackie said...

I too am so thankful to finally have a few hours to visit with wonderful bloggy sisters and wanted to stop by to see how Grammy Girlfriend is doing! I have just loved seeing your beautiful work over the last several weeks and marvel at your energy and passion!! I think I would have become comatose by now if I were you!!! LOL!

Have a blessed week and thanks for stopping by my site and leaving your comments!

Oh, I'm having my first give-a-way starting today and hope you'll stop by and enter!!

Sweet Blessings!

Karen said...

Hi Teresa!
Just a reminder I have you joining in for Dec Doors of Welcome. Yes?
Have a great day! Karen

Morgan said...

I love and treasure my blog friends as well, I have met such an awesome diverse group of people that I truely love even though I have never met. Blogging is awesome!
Glad you got some "YOU" time..that's always important! :)

Morgan said...

I love and treasure my blog friends as well, I have met such an awesome diverse group of people that I truely love even though I have never met. Blogging is awesome!
Glad you got some "YOU" time..that's always important! :)