Happy Holiday

The Thinking Cowgirl

A Dahlia From The Thinking Cowgirl’s Garden.

Today is Thanksgiving Day in the US.

Families gather at the Thanksgiving table.

It is the busiest holiday of the year

as families travel

Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house.

I visited an English farm today.

The Thinking Cowgirl’s farm.

I came away with this flower plucked from her garden.

Thank you, Sarah.

May each of you find beauty and joy in the gardens of Β others today.




The New England Boy’s Song About Thanksgiving Day

58 Comments on “Happy Holiday

  1. The dahlia is gorgeous! Rather belated but warm holiday wishes to you and George! Hope you had a grand time πŸ™‚


    • Hi, Madhu! I’m happy to see you. I haven’t visited in such a long time. I can’ remember the last post! Oh, dear. I think of you all the time. I’m coming to visit. Now. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the warm wishes!


    • Hi, Lynda! I just found the kitty. πŸ™‚ And read about the porch stove. Good grief! I have a commercial patio heater that’s taller than my head and puts out enough heat to keep me warm on the porch even in really cold weather. Cooking? I don’t cook indoors even. Chuckle… I also just found “People I Used to Know”. I read the last two posts, and I am very interested to read more. I don’t know how I missed that blog. You are just full of surprises. I haven’t visited in such a long time that I don’t know whether you actually live on the farmlet now? I have to go back to find out what’s happened with the kitchen. The last time I was there, you were down to the wide boards underneath generations of wall cover and considering opening up to the dining room. Wow, I’ve been away for too long! Thanks for stopping by. Your visit reminded me. πŸ™‚


      • George, this rebuilding of the Mtn. Farmlet is sort of like watching a soap opera on TV… you can watch and drop back in a month later and find that nothing much has happened in the past 20 episodes. LOL! However, I do try to keep things interesting and fun by going adventuring and taking lots of photos each time we work up there.

        I hope you aren’t too shocked at the PIUTK blog. I don’t post often, but from time to time a story wants telling, and then I share it.


        • Shocked? At my age? Chuckle… If I haven’t heard it already, I’d simply wonder how I missed it! πŸ™‚

          Some stories just need telling. Yes. And you do it in a dispassionate way that is compelling. You write well. I am enjoying the stories!


          • Thank you, George. My favorites are the one you read, Loving Words, and It Begins with the End. The latter was horrifically hard to write. Oh, and of course the one about my geese is a dearly loved memory.

            I have another that is simmering and wanting out, but in it’s own time, which is soon enough. πŸ˜‰


    • Ah, thank you, Joshi. It’s from Serendipity’s garden. Her photographs are all superb. I enjoy them so much. πŸ™‚ Happy Holidays to you!


  2. George! Thanks for sharing Sarah’s Dahlia. The photograph made my heart sing on this cold gloomy day here in Atlanta. I haven’t had much time for blogging and I’ve missed you and my other blogging friends. I will be sure to check out the cowgirl’s blog garden. Glad you had a fabulous Thanksgiving!! xoxox


  3. I always loved that song. I think Thanksgiving has grown increasingly more hectic since everyone pushes the next holiday right up into the collar of this one.


    • Linda! I just saw this! Thank you for visiting and staying to chat. Yes, I saw two women rolling around fighting on the floor of one of the big box retail outlets yesterday (on TV). I cannot imagine such a thing. I don’t shop. Well, I do shop online … too much! Last night as I went for my coffee, I noticed that half the houses in my little neighborhood already had fancy Christmas lights all over the place. Gone are the days when Dad took the kids out to the woods to chop down a tree. And that was a few days before Christmas. Decorating the tree was a day before Christmas party for us kids. Oh well, life goes on. And at a mighty fast pace too! πŸ™‚


    • Oh, thanks you, Paula. You’re to sweet! I hope you had a good Thanksgiving too. I just saw two women on the floor of a department store fighting on Black Friday. On TV, of course, since I never shop in the real world. What a wonderful holiday in the US… Chuckle… πŸ™‚


    • Thanks, Alex! I thought about you yesterday when I heard about ISON passing too close to the sun. I’m getting really bad about visiting… It’s the Mad Cow… I hope you had a good Thanksgiving too.

      Yes, Sarah’s photographs of her flowers and the farm and the cows are always really good. Check out her farm. Thanks for stopping by! See you soon, I swear! πŸ™‚


    • It is spectacular. I plucked it from Sarah’s Blog garden. (Her photo) The photos there of the farm are wonderful, European countryside from long ago … so it seems. The ancient stone house, the cows grazing in the garden. It’s a wonderful place to visit, Richard.

      Thanks for the good wishes! I had a fine Thanksgiving Day!


  4. The best of Thanksgiving wishes to you as well George. I must admit to being just a little bit embarrassed … I thought the piece was a Christmas song … thanks for setting me straight! D


    • Ah, my sweet Farmer Boy! You made it to Granny’s house for Thanksgiving! I was thinking about you today when I went for my iced coffee. I am so far behind on my visits to the farm that I’ll never catch up. But, I don’t forget you and Joanna. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It was quiet here with the animals. The kids went to the ranch in Freer with Jeremy’s parents. I enjoyed the day of quiet. My turkey dinner was a really nice, fresh turkey sandwich from the convenience store around the corner. Nice folks there. And I always enjoy visiting with the kids at Mickey D’s when I go for coffee. Visit Sarah’s blog. They have a farm that they operate with the same philosophy that you and Joanna do. I think you’d enjoy it. Sarah is such a nice person too. Thanks for stopping in to visit! πŸ™‚

      By the way, “Over the River and Through the Woods” was originally written for Thanksgiving, but was later sung as the Christmas song that we know today.


      • I did take a quick tour around Sarah’s place and it made me just a little bit sad … it made me MISS MY COWS … and thought her Herefords were beautiful. It is OK that I miss my my Devon girls and the big bull Duke? Whether it’s OK or not … I do. Anyway I’m glad you found the day relaxing … ours was anything but … but I guess that’s the way Joanna likes it! We had a telephone visit from our eldest who has moved to Switzerland! Yikes. But, life goes on and we make the best of it – right! Say ‘Night Night’ to the birds. D


        • Switzerland is a long way from the farm, but you can visit. I suppose. You really do need to find more Devons. Maybe just for companions? That’s what our longhorns are. Good fer’ nuthin’ critters to feed through the winters. πŸ™‚ We should have what we enjoy. Period. Everything doesn’t have to make sense, does it? Chuckle… I feed lots of stuff based on that philosophy!


    • By the way, “over the river and through the woods” was written as a Thanksgiving song, but it was later converted to the Christmas song that we know today. The wording was changed to “Grandmother’s house”.


  5. How nice to see the flowers. Wishing you a very happy holiday for you and your loved ones. Yours is a holiday I love and respect. A very special holiday.


    • Thank you for the good wishes, Shimon. Thanksgiving is a time of reflection and gratitude. I think that is the appeal for many people here. It is the most traveled holiday with the record number of telephone calls, I think. People live too far away from family and friends. It is good to go home again. Sarah writes the most interesting blog about the farm where they are raising a special breed of cattle that are almost extinct, I think. Her photography of the countryside and of the ancient stone house where they live is beautiful. You might be interested in what they are doing there. The photos of the farm look like painting of old English or European villages. Have a good weekend. When do you move?


    • Ah, Colline. I am thankful for friends like you who do not forget about me even when I am delinquent! I appreciate your visit and the good wishes. Enjoy your holiday too! πŸ™‚


    • Thank you, Nia. I am in the midst of visiting Baku with you. What wonderful photographs of the city! And one lone cat. I smiled about that. If there is a cat anywhere about, you’ll find it. Thank you for always coming to see me even when I am delinquent in my visits to Istanbul. Enjoy your visit in Baku! πŸ™‚


  6. Happy Thanksgiving to you too. I’m in 100 degree weather and will dive again tomorrow. It is indeed a strange holiday for me when I’m used to the cold gray skies of wintery NY. All the best to you.


    • One hundred degrees. Ah, it almost sounds good. It’s chilly here, but I didn’t notice anyone freezing at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It appeared that the weather was nice. I bet it does feel strange to you having Thanksgiving in KSA. When are you going to return?

      Have fun diving. And be careful. Thanks for the good wishes, Victor!


  7. I would have SWORN that said “to Grandmother’s house we go!!!” In any case, I’m about to expire but I have some yummy food in the oven, etc…..I HOPE! I wish you were here with all your cute critters! Happy Thanksgiving!!! We all have much to be thankful for. I’m thankful to have had a creative, generous sister who has supported me in all kinds of ill winds!. Not to mention your offspring and her precious son (and cute husband). I hope we can come back soon so the grandchildren will have the unique experience of getting to know you. They LOVED the visit…we all did !!!


    • Yes, the revised Christmas version does say “Grandmother’s House”. This is the old, original one. I know dinner was wonderful. Your dinners always are. It was so good to see everybody. You and AH look really good. I was delighted with the children too. They are such pretty, nice children. You have to come more often. Since I don’t “travel” anymore as the 0ld Folks say… Thanks for the good wishes!


    • Thanks, Mak. Happy Thanksgiving to you too. That farm is something out of history. Visit it if you haven’t. Their story is interesting and a happy one. Positive stuff. πŸ™‚



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