Thursday, November 12, 2009

"Reasons for Thanksgiving"

To have food enough and a place to dwell,
To have work to do and to do it well,

To find the comfort when things go wrong
In a bit of prayer or a snatch of song,

To know good books and share their worth,
To plant bright flowers in rich brown earth,

To have true friends--this is living
And reason enough for Thanksgiving.

~Edith Shaw Butler

Dear Friends,

Thank you for coming by today~It seems there are lots of garlic lovers out there, after all! It's a rather blustery day today, with snow in the forecast. Thankfully yesterday we were able to go outside for a little art time,

as well as taking a peek at what is happening around the garden.

A few of our plant friends are bravely staying green in the cold, including:


Red Clover


Blue Hyssop


And Cinquefoil

And the pussy willows are already preparing for next spring!

But what's this? It looks like a pussy of a different sort has been investigating the gopher mounds in the garden!

Now we would like to leave you with another poem to help us thank all of you for your continued friendship, and all the many blessings that we share.

Thankfulness is an attribute,
A quality of life,
Which can make existence sweeter
And lighten every strife.
To appreciate is golden;
To say so is divine,
And thankfulness should come each day,
Not wait for special time.
Thanksgiving Day is every day;
November brings it near,
Remembering with grateful hearts
The blessings of all year.

~Mary A. Barnard




  1. Helps us to remember what we are truly thankful for.

  2. Thanks again! As usual, it has been a very uplifting experience, coming around here.

  3. Dear Marqueta, I enjoyed your post very much. Sidewalk chalk -- an inexpensive joy for children and adults alike! And what would we do if nothing stayed green through the winter? I am enjoying the things that are staying green here as well.

    Hugs on this wintry Friday,

  4. What a lovely post! It has been rather chilly here - but I am thankful for the days we can play outside too. It looks like you had lots of fun playing with the chalk!

    I enjoyed your quotes! Very lovely!!

    Hope all is well with you! I'll be sending a letter your way soon!

  5. Los dias son tan cortos y plas plantas se estan preparando para dormir en el invierno.

    Gracias por hacernos recordar exactamente porque tenemos el dia de Accion de Gracias!

    Con mucho carino,


  6. How nice to see green in the garden this time of year!

  7. You are very blessed, what is Cinquefoil ?? I have never heard of it. xoxoxo Clarice

  8. Marqueta!
    I am thankful to know such a sweet spirit as yours- even if it be by way of blog world :)

    I loved the poems- I might have to share one over at my blog sometime .

    Do have a beautiful week.

    love and blessings to you and your family.

  9. LOVELY~
    what a beautiful 'thankful'

    Love~ Jen

  10. Thank you for sharing these lovely poems and the pictures of the resources that God made available right outside our door.
    Warm wishes.

  11. I somehow missed this post lol! but I am not surprised with how upside down things are for us right now ~Looks like a fun day outside I love it when the air is cooler and has a slight crisp feel to it!! Beautiful pictures of the plants getting ready for winter you almost expect them to have scarves and mittens on hehe! ~Lovely Thankful Post ;D ~Blessings Heather

  12. You have such lovely posts!
    I love the photos ~ I remember my daughter loved to draw with chalk!!
    Brings back wonderful memories, they grow up so fast!
    I have so much to be thankful for, everyday is a blessing.

  13. dear mama,
    but I am thankful for a good mama and for a good papa i love you and i like you.

  14. Such sweet pictures Marqueta, but my immediate thought was that your little 'pavement artist' couldn't trace the little fellow and take it away as we did with the 'little wall girl' all those years ago!!!!! Much too large!!


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