Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. ~Aesop


This is my first Thanksgiving in Blog-Land and I got to thinking about how grateful I am for all of you.

Through you I see myself in new ways ...



In different ways ...



No subject is too much ...



Or too little ...



I love when we put our heads together ...



And lovingly share ...



You give me the strength to hang on ...



You remind me to be kinder and gentler with myself and with others ...



You inspire my nurturing spirit ...



And remind me that we are all more the same than we are different ...



So at the risk of being overly sentimental I hope you all know that I say ...



And on Thanksgiving or any other day as well remember that ...




MAY YOU ALL HAVE ENOUGH PLUS A WEE BIT MORE

65 comments:

Aileni said...

Happy Thanksgiving from Donegal.

Farmer*swife said...

This was great! I love the picture analogies!

Happy Thanksgiving and thankfulness to you too!

:-)

Leighann said...

I smiled throughout this entire post, but smiled the most at the end. *giggle*

Happy Thanksgiving doll!

Dianne said...

Aileni - and Happy Thanksgiving from New Jersey!! :)

Farmer*s Wife - glad you enjoyed - I hope you and the Farmer and all the Farming Kidlets have a wonderful time - don't cook and clean too much :)

Leighann - ya know me, I can't let it get too serious plus that last shot was the closest I could find to a reasonable facsimile of the family
Love ya kid!!

Hilary said...

Awww too cute!

Have a great one, Dianne.. and have a second helping for me. ;)

Anndi said...

I've decided to celebrate your Thanksgiving cause, hey! I'm home anyway!

I'm thankful for you too, my darling and funny friend.

SMOOOOOOOCH and HUGS! (those are germ free BTW, I sprayed them with germ-b-gone first)

Kay said...

Oh wow… the cute factor just shot WAY up!

I love love love these pics!

Thank you for reading my blog as well! And also thank you for writing such a fun blog yourself. I always enjoy my visit!

Melli said...

Really? You've only been around for a year? (or less) WOW! So... what got you started? Do tell! And yea... fellow bloggers is MUCH to be grateful for! Some of my very BEST "in person" friends are people I met through blogging! And some will just remain fellow bloggers forever... but they've opened my world, nonetheless! Have a FABULOUS Thanksgiving Dianne!

Daryl said...

Its totally mutual!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your's from all of us at my place including the Moo Duo

:-Daryl

bobbie said...

Fun one!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Sylvia K said...

Oh, yes! a fun one and I've only been at blogging for less than six months and wonder how I ever survived all these years without it, without all the wonderful people I've met through blogging! This was fun, thanks and have a great Thanksgiving!

Rob (Inukshuk Adventure) said...

Now this post had a different feel! I like the sentiment though and it was fun. Happy Thanksgiving!

Tammy said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Raven said...

That was wonderful! Back atcha! I hope you have a wonderful, wonderful Thanksgiving!

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi Dianne! This was great. I love the pictures with the sentimental words. I was starting to get all teary eyed. lol - then in true Dianne fashion, you made me laugh my ass off.

Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family and friends. Lisa

Shelly said...

Loved this! Happy Thanksgiving missy, keep on being your outrageous self - I love it here.

Mrs. C said...

"Thanks for not sucking as a friend?" Yeah, I've had a lot of those IRL. LOL

Don't you ever wonder how we had conversations or met new people before blogs? My husband comes home and checks my blog to see what his family did that day, with pictures. Yes. He does.

You sure have a lot of buddies for this being your first Thanksgiving on the blogs!! WOW!

kenju said...

I am most grateful for my blogging buddies! Have a happy Thanksgiving!

fermicat said...

Bravo! Love the photo essay. Especially that tiny gecko, which is adorable.

CG said...

Bless you...I was getting all sentimental and then I saw the end!! So funny. Happy Thanksgiving and I'm thankful you're my blogfriend :)

Jeff B said...

You are a complete nut!

Have a very happy Thanksgiving.

Deborah Godin said...

You da best! Here's an e-hug >ouf< for you!!

Dianne said...

hilary - thanks!! I don't need any encouragement when it comes to seconds
Hugs to Benny!

Anndi - if anyone deserves 2 Thanksgivings it's you and Kidlet too. Enjoy and eat and eat.

kay - I love when people tell me they enjoy visiting!! thanks :)

melli - I've always enjoyed writing and photography and people kept telling me I should blog but I got that mixed up with message boards. With the exception of 1 or 2 places message boards are a nightmare!! Just endless spewing into space. So I would write and photograph just for me and the friends who would be patient enough to read or look. then someone pointed out to me what a blog really was LOL
and I was off and running
I count you as one of the joys of blogging. I always think of you as you are in your header photo.

daryl - thanks :)
I bet the Moo Duo must be thrilled with a holiday that centers around poultry rather than meat ;)

bobbie - thanks :)
fun is good

sylvia - It is great!! I know I would never have survived the election without people like you. If I had to talk to my family and neighbors only my head would have exploded.

rob - I think you should celebrate tomorrow too, just like Anndi is doing. Just eat a lot and blame it on me ;)

tammy - and to you and your family :)

raven - I'm going to see a lot of people I haven't seen since the summer so it will be good, hugs raven :)

lisa - always leave em laughing - I think Bette Midler said that. I meant the mushy stuff too lol

shelly - one of these days we are going to party barn up close and in person!!

mrs C - especially since I work at home!! this became my water cooler, my lunch hour
as for all the friends - I am very lucky!! what can I say - they just can't resist my charms
have a great day tomorrow - hugs to the family.

kenju - and you're a good buddy to have. Happy Turkey Lady!!

fermicat - he is a cutie, so fragile - he made me cry a bit
enjoy all your guests and tell Silvio to hang in there - it will all be over before he knows it

CG - sentimental and then just plain mental - that's me!
hugs lady.
celebrate the day you got rid of us lololololol

Jeff - why Yes! Yes! I Am!!
and you love it
hug to you and Lisa and the boys

Mimi Lenox said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you! May your day be filled with blessings and love.

Queen-Size funny bone said...

We do all that! Happy Turkey day.

Pagan Sphinx said...

You are just too fecking cool for words, dear Di!

Wonderful. I really loved this and I saw my own gratitude reflected in your words. Thank you.

Love,
Gina

Dianne said...

mimi - I wish the same for you!

queen size funny bone - yes we all do!

pagan - you're pretty fecking cool yourself ya know
hugs to all - especially the SG girls and SG1's wife.

Cherie said...

Those have got to be about the cutest pictures, EVER! Happy Thanksgiving!

ramblingwoods said...

Cute post....Have a very Happy Thanksgiving...

Ron said...

OMG...Dianne!!!

What a FREAKING FABULOUS POST!!!

Beautiful sentiment blended with your hysterical humor!

I especially loved the photo of the bunny and cat!!

TOO DAMN CUTE!

Well...can I say just how THANKFUL and BLESSED I feel in knowing you?

Truly I do!

Thank you for sharing your talents, your voice, and your HEART!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!!

And I'll be thinking of you while I'm sipping my red wine!

Cheerfully,
Michael Myers

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh, Indeed, Indeed! Such a wonderful way to illustrate your words....!

And It really bothers me that the word "sentimental" went from being a really great word of positive feelings, to being a dirty word! WRONG! I LOVE 'sentimental' and am old enough to remember how it was viewed before the world got so cynical....And I say...Bring "Sentimental" on, BIGTIME!! (LOL!)

A Very Very Happy Thanksgiving to you, my dear Dianne....And, I love those people at your 'table'....lol!

Mrs. C said...

HEEEEYY... I work at home, too! Wow, it's like we're twins or something. Sorta. Best to you and yours tomorrow, too.

Dianne said...

cherie - they are pretty sweet :)
have a great day

rambling - have a great one :)

ron - I adore you!!
have a wonderful day, I will raise a glass or 12 to you my friend

oldold lady of the hills - have a wonderful holiday weekend

mrs C - well yeah, sorta LOL
hugs to all

Maithri said...

Dianne,

You are too cool!!!!

Love this post... specially that happy family pic at the end and the one of the cat and the rabbit...

Theres a quote by Meister Eckhart which i try to remind myself of every now and then...

"If the only prayer you ever say, is 'thank you', that will be enough."

Today I am thankful for you,

For the smile you have put in my heart,

With love, Maithri

gabrielle said...

You are a breath of sanity. I am so glad that I found you and this zany creative tender blogging community.
Infinite blessings and happy thanksgiving to you.

the walking man said...

What time do we eat?

Seriously you are the best Dianne.

Dianne said...

maithri - you made me tear up - and I'm in the middle of making stuffing!!
thank you :)

gabrielle - zany creative tender - wonderful words :)
my love to you and I hope your husband has a peaceful day where he can set his work woes aside

mark - 2PM is the official time but the hooligans come and go all day round here
it's just 7:30 and already my neighbor has been here twice for celery and heavy cream
you're pretty 'best' yourself :)

Micky-T said...

That was the best!!!!!!
Fabulous job!
Have a great Thanksgiving.

Cheesy said...

May your day be peace-filled and full of grins!

Dianne said...

micky - you too!! thanks
hugs to the wifey and the dog
and watch your shoulder :)

cheesy - thanks - same to you :)

Pagan Sphinx said...

Love you, Di! I love the Buddhist image with "thank you friends". Definitely.

Dianne said...

love you too Pagan! I have so many people of - uh - different moods coming over that I am practicing my Zen now lol

Roger said...

How cool is that, that last one's got me chuckling. Have a great Thanksgiving Di! I am very thankful to have met you! :D

Patti said...

Hi Dianne! This post is making me smile this morning. You have a wonderful sense of the zany in life.

I love all the photos. I wish you all the best on Thanksgiving.

If that last picture is any indication, I also wish you a safe holiday. :o)

Shelly said...

You're on! I'd love to have you..and Bobbie, Carletta, Quilly, Melli...hmmm...who else?
Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving!

Linda Reeder said...

Yours is the best Thanksgiving post yet!
Thank you for being my blog buddy.

Dianne said...

roger - feel the same about you Marlboro Man ;)

patti - zany keeps me sane ;)

shelly - cool!! we'll rent a bus and all travel together!!

linda - thank you! very happy we met up here :)

Anndi said...

Happy Thanksgiving and feasting! Enjoy the warmth of family and friends.

Sparkling Red said...

It's not Thanksgiving in Canada, but I give thanks anyway - for you! :-)

Enjoy the day.

Dr.John said...

That was as nice a Thanksgiving Post as I have read. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.

Karen said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Linda said...

What a fantastic Thanksgiving post! Just loved the pictures and the sentiments that went along with them.

Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving day!

Lu' said...

Happy Thanksgiving. I enjoyed the pictures. I think I liked the little lizzard best.

storyteller said...

What a clever photo story post ... purrfect for the day ;--)
Happy Thanksgiving Day!
Hugs and blessings,

Bob-kat said...

As a Brit I don't celebrate Thanksgiving but I am thankful for 'meeting' you in Blogland :)

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Love the pics!

Dianne said...

anndi - I hope you enjoyed your self declared Thanksgiving as much as we enjoyed ours :)

sparkling - thanks!! we had a great day.

dr. john - glad you enjoyed :)
we had a great day, hope you did too

karen - I pictured you baking dozens and doznes of pies ;)

linda - thanks!! we did have a great one, take it easy - I know you're working like crazy this weekend.

lu' - I liked him too :)

storyteller - thank you.

bob-kat - I'm so glad to have met you too!! thanks.

Casdok said...

You found some great photos there!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Dianne said...

Casdock - thanks - searching for them was a labor of love.

pink dogwood said...

I missed this post earlier - this is really great :)

Dianne said...

pink - thanks!! glad you found it and enjoyed :)

Ivanhoe said...

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving :o)

Spartacus said...

Pardon me for the trouble I'm having wrapping around this being your first Thanksgiving in the blogosphere. May you enjoy many more. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Askew To You said...

Thank you! That was wonderful. That picture with the baby putting her forehead against the dog's head - oh my goodness. That was so sweet.

Dianne said...

ivanhoe - I did!! and I hope you did too :)

spartacus - yep, I just a youngin' in the blog land lol
I hope your holiday was a good one.

askew - thanks, babies and animals - 2 of my most favorite things

Diane Mandy said...

What a lovely post. Sorry I missed it on the day you posted it! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Dianne!