On Thanks

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We cooked the bird over the weekend when my sister was in town so thanksgiving is already done in Maryland. I've been cooped up in my childhood bedroom and am really excited for tomorrow, not too much fussing in the kitchen, just an apple tart and some roasted vegetables. We have cold turkey for days.

A thanksgiving without the crammed kitchen will be a relief for a change, a long walk in the afternoon and maybe a campfire at night. Some time to actually reflect on gratitude and not dirty dishes. When you are driven, thanks don't always come easily. What's next instead of a little pause for celebration. But I'm trying to actively acknowledge these things. Parents who are healthy, supportive, creative and damn funny. A sister who is gentle and ridiculously talented. A boyfriend who is improbably handsome, thoughtful and appreciative of crazy girls. A family house that is glorious beyond words. True friends. An old black pick-up that I adore. More opportunities for work than I can possibly handle. A cat that is daily becoming less of an asshole. Flowers, always. And you, still with me after 5 years.

35 comments:

  1. That cat would be super jealous of all that cold turkey, if he only knew.

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  2. While I haven't been along for the whole 5 years I am with you and always thankful to see your posts. Such lovely pictures, such a sweet "voice".

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  3. hahaha my favourite part is: "A cat that is daily becoming less of an asshole."

    but also... thank YOU for reminding us all that despite how busy we are, we should always pause to say thanks.
    :)

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  4. happy turkey day lovely lady!
    you are such a blessing. so glad to be following along on your ride : )

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  5. Happy Thanksgiving, Amy. It is always a special gift to see a post from you. All the best......

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  6. Sounds heavenly...exactly what the perfect thanksgiving should be like. I hope you enjoy it to the fullest. I've enjoyed the past years with you and look forward to reading and hearing more about your beautiful life....

    Sarah

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  7. Keep up the good work, Ames. It's great to have you around. Be well.

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  8. Your day sounds wonderful! We (in Mexico City) are doing it up big this year for a gent who is teaching at my brother's school as it is his first Thanksgiving outside of the US and away from his family. I am in charge of the roasted vegetables as well as setting the table and I am hoping to channel you as I go pick out flowers at the market on my way home from work. I have some oxblood dahlias (in November!) and some orange ones so that seems like an appropriate start, we'll see what treasures the market stands hold. Thank you for sharing glimpses of your life and work, your blog is one of my strongest sources of inspiration.

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  9. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Amy. It is such a joy to have found your blog. The flowers and the photography are always enchanting and inspiring.

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  10. Happy Thanksgiving to you Amy. Australia does not observe this day as you do in the States. I REALLY think we ought to. :-) xx

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  11. Your image is lovely and Happy Thanksgiving doll! I love having such a silent house on the holidays being the youngest of four and aunt of eight nephews and one niece and cousin of so many our holiday gathering could be so filled with noise. So I am glad to go to the function and leave. That way my Jason and I can relax and see a film or whatever it is we choose to do with the rest of our day. I love the non -chaos!

    Chao
    Poppie

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  12. Thank you for such a great post. I am driven and keep saying yes to so many jobs that I don't know how I get them finished but I do. your blog is my break in the week, I am thankful for that. Keep up the great work and Happy Thanksgiving!

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  13. Your blog is incredible. Beautiful pictures, kind words, and a family history to die for, my gut drops in anticipation of each new post! I am ever so thankful I found you blog, and that you do what you, and live a life of dreams. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  14. Love all of those reasons to be thankful :)

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  15. Beautiful collection of leaves!

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  16. ...Ah, a lil' turkey makes one less of an asshole. A tip regarding the cat. ;o)

    ...I think we all can find gratitude if we just look hard enough. And you dear, are blessed.

    ...Happy Thanksgiving!

    ...Bless you. :o)

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  17. happy thanksgiving! the photo is beautiful.

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  18. thank you, amy, for the meaningful & timely sentiment. i too am always excited to see posts from you with your photos of your stunning creations. happy thanksgiving from NH!

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  19. Beautiful - happy thanksgiving. I love your ways.

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  20. What beautiful thanks these are :)

    xoxo missdottidee.blogspot.com

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  21. Your leaves are beautiful.

    Also, as always, you cheer me on. Thank you.

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  22. Just returning after our own gatherings and goings-on. Thankful for the beauty you bring (virtually) to my life, Amy. Blessings!

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  23. And a great 5 years it's been; I find myself keeping an eye out for vintage Emerson t-shirts/sweaters every time I go shopping at a thrift store to this day. It's been a pleasure to read your updates from the beginning, so thank you for sharing.

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    1. And I am thankful for you and the escapes that you create for me! Keep doing what you're doing!

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    2. And I am thankful for you and the escapes that you create for me! Keep doing what you're doing!

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  24. Don't remember how I found you-- yes I do-- Design Sponge! So very very verrrrrrry thankful for the simplicity and tranquility and loveliness you inspire all year!

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  26. A beautiful post Amy, grateful for having this experience with you :)

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  27. Lovely post Amy! I'm not American and I don't celebrate Thanksgiving but it sounds great! Btw, I'm a new blogger who would really appreciate some tips from a pro like yourself if you have the time.

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  28. thank you for the meaningful words! such a lovely photograph of leaves, i adore all of the color!

    lindsey louise

    hellomrrabbit.blogspot.com

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