Monday, November 20, 2017

A Week of Thanksgiving

Hello, Dear Friends, I hope that your weekend 
was restful on this week before Thanksgiving, 
here in America. 

My weekend started out with a horrible migraine - 
something I have suffered with since I was a young girl. 

I took this photo early in the morning, 
and it reflects how I was feeling inside my head. 

On Sunday I was feeling better and able to go to the market 
for Thanksgiving supplies. (We are going to my daughter, 
Jennie and Steve's beautiful home to celebrate with the family)
I am tasked with baking the pies :) Apple - 
 a family favorite. 

My country lane is lovely this time of year with fallen leaves 
carpeting the road. 

Come along with me and we will travel the country roads 
to see the last of the autumn leaves on our way to the market! 

I travel this road several times a week, as it is the same 
road I take to babysit my little grandson. 

I especially love this scene, as it reminds me of an old world
painting with its slanted tree and weathered barn. 

Black cottonwood and big-leaf maple turn 
a gorgeous yellow-orange this time of year. 

Luckily, there is very little traffic and the speed limit 
is slow, because I am certainly taking my eyes off the road
to soak in the scenery! 

A lone black cottonwood stands out. 
These are extremely large and fast growing trees, 
not suitable for suburban landscapes. 

Birds on a wire - these symbolize all of us at times - 
hanging on for dear life while strong winds blow. 

A pastoral scene. 

The countryside is dotted with Hawthorne trees, full 
of red berries, which the birds love. 

A red-roofed barn under moody skies. 

Foothills, fall color, and white fencing. 
Love <3

Horses living in fall beauty
as we near home. 

We arrive at the driveway gate amidst falling leaves. 

Home again. 

Late afternoon sunlight, outside the window, as we 
bring groceries inside. 

Putting away the groceries in my pantry 

I am reminded how truly blessed I am. 

My cupboards are full, I have a cozy roof over my head, 

And God's beautiful earth all around me. 

But the things I am most grateful for
are not things........

They are family. 


And sweet blogging friends like you! 

Happy Thanksgiving, Dear Friends! 



  1. Beautiful Fall landscapes,just stunning!I hope you get better soon.Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Lovely photos, love the view from your house. Sorry to hear you've been suffering from a migraine. Our daughter gets them as did her Grandmother my Mother-in-law. She has something that she injects herself with when she has one. It doesn't make the migraine go away, but it makes it bearable.

  3. Thanksgiving is not complete without pie! I know you will enjoy this holiday with your family!

  4. Karen, your photographs are so beautiful. They look like paintings! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I imagine your pies will be the hit of the day! xx

  5. Gorgeous pictures Beatrice, I am sorry to hear you suffer from migraines. I used to get them many years ago but for some reason they just went away.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy your time with the family.

    Hugs diane

  6. So sorry to hear that you suffer from migraines. My Dear and eldest son get them, too. So thankful that we have beautiful country roads to travel and that we have 4 seasons to enjoy. I am thankful for God leading us up here from California many years ago. I do hope you have a very peaceful and wonderful Thanksgiving gathering. Blessings!

  7. What a lovely post, Karen, filled with thankfulness. Your Autumn trees are still hanging on, and there's nothing like seeing a white fence on a country road. Some of these pictures look like paintings, they are so pretty. I loved the comparison with "birds on a wire." Oooo, apple pie sounds scrumptious for dinner. I'm getting over this awful cough, so it will be a quiet one this year making Cornish hens, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberries, and pumpkin pie. : ) What a wonderful saying on your pantry cupboard. Yes, so much to be thankful for today........and always. I'm grateful for your friendship throughout the years, Karen, and your sweet genuine posts.


  8. Hi Karen what wonderful pics you have taken,I am sorry you had a migraine hope you are feeling heaps better now.
    Omg what a cute pantry you have ,yes we have so much to be thankful for ,hope you have a lovely day my friend xx

  9. Wonderful autmun pictures, dear Karen! Have a Happy Thanksgiving my dear friend!
    Sending Love and Hugs and Blessings, Claudia xoxo

  10. I enjoyed your beautiful autumnal drive. Lots to be thankful for. Hope you have a happy thanksgiving with all your family and that your headache stays away. B x

  11. What wonderful scenery you drive through, so restful.
    I'm glad your migraine has subsided and I wish you and your family a joyous Thanksgiving with hugs from across the many miles xx

  12. Wonderful views, as those you share with us always are.
    I needed to google the black cottonwood. Such an interesting tree. Its Finnish name is "giant poplar". :)
    Wishing you good health, and a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! xx

  13. Hello, I have had those migraines since I was young too. There are days I feel like staying in bed and pulling the covers over my head. I love your gorgeous views, you have a lovely drive to your daughter's place. Apple pie is one of my favorites too. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Have a happy day and week ahead.

  14. Thank you for that tour. I loved see all the color. Ours here in TN is pretty much all gone, winds, rains and storms knocking the color out of the trees. I am so sorry for the migraines. I suffered for yrs with them until I went on the CPAP machine for sleep apnea. They pretty much stopped after that. They would pretty much take 2 days out of my life for one migraine. Try Peppermint on the neck and the back on the head at the base of the skull. I love apple pie. YUMMY.....course there again, I love most anything sweet!! I love your lovely home.

  15. Migraines are not nice ...

    I enjoyed all of your lovely photographs, we have so much to be thankful for, and family is so important.

    May I wish you and your family good health, and have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

    All the best Jan

  16. As much as you drive that route I can't imagine it ever being boring or taken for granted! It is such an awesome view and you are blessed to have it nearby. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  17. Dear Karen

    A beautiful posting. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

    Homespun Hugs ♥ Teri

  18. I endured regular migraines for a decade from my early 40's. They left as mysteriously as they had begun, but I have strong memories of the utter misery.
    I'm glad you are up and about again in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.
    The daylight in your photos has a very muted feel, misty and soft.

  19. Love the week also haven't started good..

  20. Dear Karen, I love visiting with you here. I have had a catch up on your news from recent posts of yours I had missed [Your SNOW!] We are so blessed to live where we do with family close by to love and be loved by. I am looking forward to seeing your latest crochet projects. Thank you for your beautiful posts...each one a gift to open and enjoy. May you and yours have a Happy Thanksgiving! xxxxxxxx

  21. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Ramblin' Man and your whole family.


  22. Happy Thanksgiving Karen! Thank you for the tour, I just love the scenery surrounding you. Oh how I would love your lane way. I suffer from migraines too, the first photo definitely reflects migraines. Hope it's completely gone now.

  23. You have such a wonderful drive that you get to enjoy when you go out, being able to drive slowly and soak it all in is a wonderful thing to have, around here it is busy traffic whenever I leave the house. You still have pretty Autumn colors to enjoy too!
    I wish you a lovely time with family!

  24. I'm glad you were feeling better and able to get out. Migraines are so painful! Beautiful photos! It still looks like there is quite a lot of colour around. The leaves are finally falling from the trees in droves and things are beginning to look a lot more bare. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  25. Dearest Karen,
    Lovely post, except your migraine of course.
    When I was younger I had lots of migraines and had to take a suppository to get rid of the pain. It worked well within 20 minutes but since I have CKD stage 3 I'm no longer allowed to take any over the counter meds. So what do you do?! Relaxing as good as you can, mainly by lying down for half an hour after first drinking lots of water. It often is a sign of dehydration and we don't pay attention to it timely until the body warns us! It helps all the time and is very simple and no side effects either.
    Yes, family is very dear and it is scary knowing that Pieter and I are all that is here on this side of the Ocean...
    Sending you hugs for a Happy Thanksgiving with your family - ENJOY!

  26. Lovely views! I do hope you do not get the migraines often. I suffered greatly with them most of my life and now rarely get one. Thank the Lord!

  27. I'm glad that you're feeling better now. You drive through beautiful countryside in order to get your food provisions. Enjoy making the apple pies to take to the Thanksgiving meal with your family. Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving.

  28. I am so sorry you had a migraine! Glad it was better in time for your Thanksgiving preparations. Our little family is coming out tomorrow to stay three days. I am very much looking forward to it! Hope yours is very blessed! Loved the beautiful Fall scenery on your post. Oh, Hawthorn trees are one of my favorites. I ought to see if I can find one next year to plant on our property. Have a great day!

  29. Fall is beautiful in your neck of the woods!! We are all so blessed....

    Suffering from migraines is the worst, I know your pain!!

    Happy Thanksgiving, I hope you have a wonderful day!!

  30. Hi precious heart!
    right now i am feeling overwhelmed by your BEAUTIFUL POST!
    such a flow of positivity shave surrounded me waving through your blog .
    your inner peace reflects through the walls of your home my dearest and your innate beauty showers from your words which touch the soul so deep.

    i am so sorry that on such nice day you suffered with ....wait i don't want to take even name of it my friend as it used to be with me for few years of youth and i felt exact like the first photo you mentioned.thank God that after marriage it lessened and later vanished but still memories of it give fright.

    i am glad that it left you soon and you were able to visit your darling daughter and baked pie for your precious family that you love MOST .
    I know such love my friend as i too love my family more than my life!

    beyond beautiful photos of travel to market ,you are so BLESSED as you live in such glorious and peaceful surroundings ,may you see many more joys of life with your family my friend!

  31. My dear, sweet Karen, what a stunning post! Your photos should be in calendars or on note cards.

    I sincerely hope you and yours had a blessed Thanksgiving. Please know that I am ever so thankful for you! Love and hugs sent your way!

  32. Thanks for the wonderful tour with so many rich landscapes and all the warmth of a loving home. Hope your headache and its after-effects have subsided.

  33. Dear Karen, such a difficult thing to endure the horrible migraines! I am thankful that it passed before Thanksgiving so that you were able to make the apple pies requested by your family. I so enjoyed the drive to market that you get to take, it is truly a gorgeous view! And your driveway is incredible, the leaves are still beautiful there! So amazing to see that! Like you, I'm thankful for slow speed limits on roads where the scenery is so incredible that you have to drive slow enough to soak it all in! I pray you had a blessed and very special time with your family, the most important reason to be thankful for, and I am so thankful that our paths have crossed in blogland :) Many hugs to you today!


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