What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
Remember: "When God closes a door, He always opens a window!" You never know what might be out there waiting for you!

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Post Thanksgiving Post

Happy Saturday after Thanksgiving! This is also known as:
So I hope you are out there supporting your local small businesses...I know I talk about our family's "Dixie Cottage" a lot, but I am sure there are many such places across the country, where you can find wonderful handmade crafts, repurposed items and furniture, and unique items that will definitely make someone smile...especially the small business owner, when you make your purchase! LOL.

Today I am not working at our Dixie Cottage as I am still recuperating from the "bug" that got me this past week and changed our Thanksgiving plans all around. I feel better but still tend to cough, especially at night, which disrupts my sleep, and I am just very tired.  So I am still taking it easy and not doing anything I really don't have to do. And so far on one else has gotten sick, so I pray it stays that way.

Meanwhile, back to Thanksgiving...after calling my sister and her family to cancel the big dinner at our house, our kids here decided to go ahead and cook the big 20 lb. turkey and all the trimmings and brought it over to us hot and ready to eat.  My fever had broken and I felt well enough to sit up and eat, so we were able to have a small family gathering. The best part was I didn't have to lift a finger to do anything! They cooked, served, and cleaned up and divided up the leftovers so everyone would have plenty to eat for a few more days.

We did use the vintage cranberry sauce turkey dish that was given to me by our former neighbor in our previous home. It belonged to his mother and he said she always served the cranberry sauce in that dish, and so when we had invited him to Thanksgiving he brought it and gave it to me.  Sadly, since then, our friend has passed away, so now we will continue to use it in his memory.

Here's the kids, helping up their plates. I couldn't believe how much food they managed to cook on such short notice...they had everything...turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, deviled eggs, rolls, and even pies!  My daughter in love did the most of it...she's amazing!

Here's our sweet kids...Rose, Benton and Scott...

And here's them again with Daddy. Everyone was already eating when I thought about taking pictures, so that is why they look like they have their mouths full....the do! LOL

And there is my plate...I was actually hungry because I had not eaten anything hardly at all the day before, and this looked so good to me!

Right down to the pumpkin pie!

After dinner I took a nap while they cleaned everything up! Now that was sweet!
I am very very thankful for our family. They really amazed me with what they were able to accomplish on such short notice.
Oh, and the "icing on the cake" was a nice long phone conversation with our grandson Noah and his mother Nicole up in Maine later that afternoon. It was so good to get caught up with them as it has been quite a while.  That did my heart good.

So now I look around at all the Thanksgiving decorations and think about the fact that I need to put them all away (again!) and start getting ready for Christmas. But right now I don't really have the energy for that. I'm thinking maybe we will put the tree up next weekend when our son Scott comes back home for a day, so that gives me all week to work on putting stuff away slowly.
Meanwhile, we've had some fine feathered friends visiting Still Waters Pond to keep us entertained. 
Mr. and Mrs. Sand Hill Crane some frequently...

And we have different flocks of Canada Geese fly in to rest a while.

We are always so thankful for anything God provides for our enjoyment. They are a delight to our eyes!

Zephaniah 3:17
"The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”

I love that verse!

Okay, I need to go for now. Thank you all for so many wonderful comments. I am trying to get around to visiting you all as many as I can.  You are a delight to me!



  1. What a blessing Thanksgiving came to you! I hope you're feeling better now!

  2. I'm so sorry you've been sick, but I'm glad you are getting better and that you were able to eat some of that wonderful food. I also love the pictures of the cranes and geese. Take care my friend!

  3. Pam, I think next year, you need to start coughing and sniffing just before Thanksgiving. Now that everyone knows how capable Rose is... (just kidding) Looks like she pulled it off beautifully and I know it was all delicious! Please take care and get rid of that cold!! I heard Sand Hill Cranes out back a couple of days ago. I ran out with my phone, hoping to catch them. They were gone, or off between houses down the way. I just love them. You sure can't mistake their sound!! Hoping Dixie Cottage has a great day today!! xo

  4. Such an amazing Thanksgiving spread, Pamela, and so wonderful that you didn't have to lift a finger this year, especially since you weren't feeling well. Family is always a blessing! And don't feel like you have to rush Christmas as Advent is only getting started.
    Blessings, my friend!

  5. So glad that you are feeling better. Rose really is amazing! That was a wonderful Thanksgiving feast that she put together. What a blessing!

  6. Wow, Rose is indeed amazing! It's a lot of work to produce a meal like that even if one has nothing else to do ... and she has a small business to help run! So wonderful that they happily prepared a meal and brought it to share. And I'm glad to hear you are feeling so much better!

  7. I am sorry to hear you were not feeling well but what a wonderful family you have to do all that so you could be together such a blessing. Take the time to rest will keep you in prayer

  8. I am so glad you are feeling better, and I am so happy you got to talk to Noah, smiles. Wishing you a beautiful Sunday. smiles

  9. Your dinner plates looks soooo good! I'm glad you are on the mend and progressing with care as you recover. Your family is wonderful!!

  10. Your dinner sounds delicious and looks so yummy. I'm so glad you were able to celebrate with family.


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