Thursday, November 11, 2010

Gratitude

Visiting a blog with the cute name of ,  I found a banner perfect for Thanksgiving.  My banner is very similar to the instructions Carol provided on her blog and was easy to make with what I had on hand.
Little wooden clothes pins are embellished and used to hold each letter in place for hanging.
I kept the edges straight but Carol used her Cricut to cut out a scalloped edge on the patterned paper that looks very nice.
Since I did not have the pretty Tulle as the one I copied, I used cotton yarn and just crocheted a long chain. 
A quick search turned up these quotes on gratitude:
God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say "thank you?"  ~William A. Ward

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts.  No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.  ~H.U. Westermayer

Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.  ~G.B. Stern

There is no such thing as gratitude unexpressed.  If it is unexpressed, it is plain, old-fashioned ingratitude.  ~Robert Braul

When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time.  Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?  ~G.K. Chesterton

The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.  ~John E. Southard

The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!  ~Henry Ward Beecher   

Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal.  It's a way to live.  ~Attributed to Jacqueline Winspear

Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.  ~Estonian Proverb

When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?  ~George Canning
     
Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe…
Hebrews 12:28 NASB

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Shaggy


Early Sunday morning

A Boy and His Dog
Edgar Guest 

A boy and his dog make a glorious pair:
No better friendship is found anywhere,
For they talk and they walk and they run and they play,
And they have their deep secrets for many a day;
And that boy has a comrade who thinks and who feels,
Who walks down the road with a dog at his heels.

He may go where he will and his dog will be there,
May revel in mud and his dog will not care;
Faithful he'll stay for the slightest command
And bark with delight at the touch of his hand;
Oh, he owns a treasure which nobody steals,
Who walks down the road with a dog at his heels.

No other can lure him away from his side;
He's proof against riches and station and pride;
Fine dress does not charm him, and flattery's breath
Is lost on the dog, for he's faithful to death;
He sees the great soul which the body conceals--
Oh, it's great to be young with a dog at your heels!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Birthdays

Our precious girls had a birthday today.
How ever did these two sweet little girls get to be... 30 years old?
Abbey and I took lunch over to Jamie's house and had a great time with her and the kids.  Of course, Jill was on our minds all day and wishing we were with her too.

Not so easy getting five little ones happy and cooperative for a photo but we tried.

I filled a tray of cheeses, crackers, apples, breadsticks, muffins and nuts and another one with cookies, brownies and chocolate.  Jamie made a delicious Rachel Ray recipe for Ginger-Soy Carrot Soup.
Jill and family will be down from up-state New York for Thanksgiving and I will be taking photos of her and her family then.  Miss you so much, guys!
Jamie & Jill ~ just as sweet on the inside as on the outside

Not-Just-for Thanksgiving Cranberry Shortbread ~ TWD

A really delicious pick this week for our weekly baking from
Dorie Greenspan's
Baking: From My Home to Yours
A shortbread bottom crust with a tart and sweet cranberry filling is topped with another layer of shortbread.
YUM!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Hydrangea Blossoms

I finally got out to cut the remainder of the blossoms from the hydrangea bushes.  It has been cold and we have had a few frosts so I didn't want to wait any longer.
The bushes didn't do as well as they usually do, probably because of the very hot and dry summer we had.
Though fewer, the flowers are still beautiful.
As they dry their vibrant colors will soften to gentle heather tones.

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