Thankful Morning

ThanksgivingIt is early Thanksgiving morning, and for the moment I am the only one stirring.  I’ve walked through the house thinking about how in a few more hours it will be filled with family….the daughters, their husbands and children, my sister-in-law and niece, a son-in-law’s mother, each one of whom is so special to me.  I treasure each of the moments we are able to be together.

Thanksgiving 2013The table waits in expectation,

Thanksgivingand it is the table of tradition set with very old Della Robbia dishes that come out of the cabinet for their once a year appearance.

ThanksgivingNo Thanksgiving here would be complete without the dryer hose pumpkins dancing down the middle of the table.    I wonder if they will last long enough to become part of a daughter’s Thanksgiving tradition when the day comes to transition to another table.

ThanksgivingIn the kitchen, the turkey is ready to be seasoned and roasted, cranberries wait to pop in their juice.   Cornbread dressing is ready for the oven.  It makes me think of my mother who for so many years made it and the giblet gravy.  Though I try to make it just the same it never seems quite as good to me.  When my niece awakes, she is going to make a sweet potato pie that sounds mouthwateringly good!

With each step I take around the house and as I sit here typing away, my head is filled with gratitude for all that makes my existence so comfortable.  Of course, family is at the top of the list, and today I am especially grateful for the normalcy in my life, something so many people in this world are not experiencing.  

ThanksgivingIn no small way, I also appreciate each one of you who find your way to my musings that are the threads of my existence, and your visits and comments give me reason to continue sharing.  Here’s to each one of you, and I hope you have a most wonderful day no matter where you are.


36 thoughts on “Thankful Morning

  1. Linda, I just found this. It is beautiful and I love the sentiment. I am sure you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. And here’s to a blessed Christmas and New Year!

  2. Dear Lulu,
    An absolutely beautiful post filled with love and everything good. I could feel the wholesome goodness of the day – most of all the love in your home. Happy Thanksgiving always. Sharon

    1. Thank you, Sharon, yours is a very thoughtful and much appreciated comment.

  3. Happy Thanksgiving Linda, I’m sure you had a wonderful time with your family…how lovely that you had a quiet moment for reflection before the start of a busy busy day!

    1. It was a great day as I hope yours was. Look forward to much more sharing with you.

  4. Thank you so much, Lulu! It always makes me happy to see your beautiful table setting.

  5. Love the table settings… As you, I’m so grateful for my family… They make the day extra special…

  6. Hope you had a beautiful day.

  7. I enjoyed reading about your day surrounded by family. Love your table. I have family here for four days and we are all sitting around watching football tonight. I am reading blogs mostly. It has been a blessed day.

    1. Bonnie, how lucky we are. Things have settled down a bit here and we are watching Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

  8. Sounds like you had a fun day planned!!! Your dryer hose pumpkins are adorable! I hope the day was filled with laughter and fun – a real blessing to have your family with you. A calm, normal life is surely something to be thankful for. We are blessed! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. 🙂

    1. I am not always sure life is calm and normal but that’s what makes it interesting. Kim, I’m so grateful you are a part of my blog life.

      1. I feel the same way about you. 🙂

  9. Beautiful table, Linda! Have a wonderful time with your family.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Thank you for your good wish and especially for being part of my blog experience.

  10. aah.. what a great spread you have prepared Linda.. I can almost hear the chatter around your lovely decorated set table.. happy Thanksgiving to you/r family x hugs j – ps.. I very thankful I was connected to you via our mutual friend Jeanne and that I could assist your sisterhood explore, discover, renew, relax, and be amazed at ‘my’ S E Asia. hugs x j

  11. A Wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. Linda, I look forward to transitioning from the free and nature-filled life in Maine to the urban setting in Houston. Many more Lulu’s Musings in the New Year! You are really Special!!

    1. Thank you Sherleen. Every time I see your name I smile and appreciate knowing you are there.

  12. Happy Thanksgiving, dear Linda. Your musings are so,special to me. I want to be you when I grow up!

    1. Billie, you have been such a wonderful reentry into my life, and I so appreciate your always encouraging words.

  13. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! I am thankful for your musings and for you on this beautiful day!

  14. Gorgeous table!! Sending a big Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!


  15. How lovely! As I am English I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving but reading this post makes me wish I did. Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

    1. Thanksgiving is a favorite of mine because it doesn’t have all the stress of other holidays.

    1. We had a wonderful day. Hope you did, too.

  16. Happy Thanksgiving! It looks like a wonderful feast – enjoy it!

    1. Like so many others , I over indulged. Hope you had a good day, too.

  17. Lovely table! A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  18. The settings are beautiful….drier hose pumkins…. where did that idea come from?

    1. Years ago they were made at a place where I volunteer and they are among my favorite fall items. No Thanksgiving would be complete without them on the table.

  19. Thank you for your news…..everything is so beautiful…have a wonderful day with your family.

  20. Beautiful table….Happy Thanksgiving!

  21. Your table looks lovely, Lulu. You are very blessed to enjoy the day with your family, enjoy!

    1. And you, too, Kathleen. You are one of the special ones.

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