Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello my friends. I had planned to post earlier but my son was having his own computer "issues". He says his computer doesn't like a "driver" he added so he had to baby it for awhile and then fix the problem. It is finally working right, just in time for me to send out a hi' to everyone this evening. He is celebrating his birthday with some of his friends who are back in town for Thanksgiving.

We had a very nice albeit quiet Thanksgiving dinner as well as birthday celebration. I was up very early this morning to put the turkey in the oven (we like to have our big meal around lunch time). Stephanie called not long after that and asked me to put the phone to her brother's ear while she sang (loudly) Happy Birthday to You. He was not amused but she and I got quite the giggle from it. He went back to sleep for a few more hours. :)

While peeling potatoes, I sat in the Living Room and watched a Thanksgiving episode of The Beverly, really. I love the two episodes where they go to Hooterville for Thanksgiving and the other for Christmas. At the end of this one I was watching, they hold hands (they are at the hotel from Petticoat Junction) and Jed is asked to "say Grace" and he is thanking the Lord for the blessings He has given them. They don't make TV like that, anymore. (In the evenings, I basically just watch NCIS now, perhaps 24 when it finally starts.)

I'm amazed at how many people have found Coffee Tea Books and Me lately. As I've mentioned before, I don't have a counter (I watch it too often and it distracts me). I know I have a lot of "friends" and I am thankful today for each one of you. It usually looks a tad bit different... as in more pictures and such... and I usually post more. Hopefully, I'll have my computer back soon.

Tomorrow I'll begin decorating the house for Christmas. I'll start with putting up the small artificial tree (a long cry from the days when I had a big artificial tree in the Family Room and a big "real" tree in the formal Living Room of our BIG house). I'm very happy with my small-ish house in the forest, though. I was just sharing with a woman yesterday how we came to this house (the story is in Laying My Issac Down in the Favorites on the side bar).

So... this will also be the season of new traditions and I'm very excited to see how the vintage ornaments look. The only thing I've done so far is to put my "winter" red plaid place mats on the dining table when I took off the off white linen tablecloth to put in the laundry (sigh... spots of gravy soaking before laundering it tomorrow).

My husband is reading two magazines I had purchased at a garage sale this last Spring. They are from 1961 (hmmm... called Young Homemaker or something like that) and he's going down memory lane. Although a woman's magazine, it takes him back to his teen years. I started doing the math and realized these young homemakers would be nearing their 50th anniversary in a few years! Tempus does fugit...

After finishing the Joel Rosenberg books, I have seen him interviewed each day on Kay Arthur's show (this week). They really were fun books to read, his writing getting better with each one. I know my husband liked the last one a lot (The Copper Scroll) but my favorite was The Ezekiel Option. Kay Arthur stated that she rarely does anything on her show other than straight Bible teaching but others had encouraged her to read The Ezekiel Option and a couple of her good friends highly recommended Rosenberg as a person.

In his interview, he said he always wondered what the geo-political scenario would look like when certain Bible prophecies were coming true (in this case, the alliance of Russia and Iran coming against Israel). I remember reading the first few Last Behind books and thinking they were uh... interesting... but not exactly the way I would see such a scenario. I find Rosenberg's books to be much more realistic. Perhaps that is why I couldn't put them down!

Has anyone read the new Jan Karon book, yet? I can't wait to read it. I may have to use all of my December allowance and buy it. Unfortunately, I'm not using it much for Starbucks since they raised their prices again, I just can't justify more than one delicious latte' a month! I'm off now to make some hot chocolate and add some Chocolate Mint Truffle to it (International Delight Coffee Creamer)... yum. We had some snow this morning and it put me in the hot chocolate mood! :)

Once again, I hope you are having a very blessed Thanksgiving my friends. Life isn't perfect (this past year so many have experienced a loss... death of a loved one, death of a dear pet like my Storm Girl, divorce, miscarriage, illness, a child moved away, a parent had to go to a nursing home, etc.).

There is only One who is a rock, a true foundation, the Alpha and Omega, the never changing Lord, Yeshua, Messiah... Jesus. He takes hold of all that is broken and puts it together to form a masterpiece of beauty. How can we be anything but thankful, even if we don't see all that is Beautiful, yet. We will... He promised.


DebD said...

I was just heading off to bed and just had to check Bloglines. What a lovely way to end my day, by reading your blog.

I'm glad you had a sweet day. Happy Birthday to your son.

Terri said...

Glad your Thanksgiving turned out so nicely. Doesn't seem like it should be Monday, now, though? LOL

God bless.

Niki RuralWritings said...

I've just rec'd the new Jan Karon book from the library, only a few pages in, but all the usual magic is there!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Heather L. said...

I enjoyed hearing about your day. We had a special Thanksgiving with all the family and some friends who are like family. I think the highlight was the time when we sat around with coffee and tea and each shared something we were thankful for. There were more tears than we expected as there have been harder trials this year than we wanted, but the tears were from God's goodness in carrying us through.

A note on the Starbucks latte -- a friend who will go un-named(a "Certified Starbucks Barista") suggests asking for a regular latte, with whipcream (the cream should be free) and adding a pump of Pumpkin Spice syrup (I think this costs about 30 cents). This should bring you out 50 cents cheaper than ordering a straight pumpkin spice latte. (unless you have a particularly ornery cashier)

the feathered nest said...

Ohh that was a good tip a commenter left about Starbucks. I'll try that next time!

Wonderful that you had a nice Thanksgiving. Ours was fairly small and quiet too.


s.j.simon said...

lol. did you know that chocolate was banned in switzerland for many years. read this

Mimi said...

I too had a wonderful thanksgiving... we went over across the state to visit with our oldest daughter and her lovely family and what a wonderful time we had... I am thinking of getting the Jan Karon book for my daughter for Christmas.. as she loves them...

Suze said...

I just finished the new Jan Karon book - I'd like to mail it to you, if you'd like. I won't read it again, and although I LOVED it, I don't need it on my shelf. Let me know if you are interest - it would be a gift, of course. You need to save your money for pumpkin spice lattes, if at all possible. Just email me at - I'll be happy to send it, pay for shipping, etc.....consider it a Christmas gift - that is, if you are interested.

Sara said...

Hello, I haven't been by your blog in a while but just want to say thank you for the Joel Rosenberg book recommendations...I've always been interested in that topic but haven't yet tried his novels. I tried reading a couple of the "Left Behind" but I did not like them at all.

Yes, Jan Karon's newest is very wonderful! It's a very southern sort of story, and a little different than her former ones, but very very very good. I loved it! Couldn't put it down, and read it in one day.

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

No, I haven't read the new Jan Karon book, but I'm hoping that my mom does soon so I can borrow it. LOL!

I love your blog. I love your easy way of conversation.

Have a nice weekend getting your Christmas decorations at the ready.

Patty said...

wonderful post