Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Some thoughts on the season.....

I've been reading a lot of blogs in the last couple of days, and there seems to be a definite consensus that the world has gone nuts, and there is way too much spending and hoarding of stuff in preparation for Christmas.

And I agree!

And I recently saw on a blog somewhere, or maybe pinterest, (I don't know!)......this wonderful quote.....

Gratitude turns what we have into enough.

Wonderful......right!?!  It pretty much sums it right up!  Be grateful, you little punk, because you have enough!  (Ok......I might have insinuated that I was talking to a teenager......and probably shaking my finger a time or two, as well!  I must have been having a flashback to the 80's, when our house was full of teenagers!)

But it just seems like no one is satisfied anymore......with anything!  As though being satisfied is a negative thing.  Everyone seems to think they need bigger, better, more......and I just don't understand why there isn't at least a moment of feeling happy about what you have, rather than thinking of the next thing to have.

And sure, I'm guilty of having way too many 13x9 pans, a freezer full of hoarded cranberries, and more than 1 rotary cutter in my sewing room.  But I've never stood in line at midnight on Thanksgiving to pay for an item that is going to be improved upon in less than 6 months!  What are these people thinking!?!  And how can it be possible that there will be people hurt in the crush of getting in the doors, and fights in the parking lots, and all sorts of bedlam......and yet it is promoted and advertised to death!  I just don't have any understanding of it!  I mean.....come on..... it's just stuff!

But.......if going out on Black Friday is your form of entertainment, then definitely have fun with it!  But please be careful, because you are out there with a bunch of lunatics!  And I worry about you!

And if staying home warm and safe, and eating leftover candied yams is your thing.....then yay, I'll be joining you.....in spirit.....and with a spoon!  :o)

And I'm leaving you with this little list of things I'm truly grateful for this Thanksgiving.......

1.   My son will coming home from Bahrain in December.  :o)
2.   My husband is 2 years cancer free.  :o)
3.   I don't have to work anymore.  :o)
4.   I have enough fabric in my stash to last 6 lifetimes.  :o)
5.   Someone brilliant invented a pill so I can still eat ice cream.  :o)
6.   I have great blogger friends who inspire and encourage me, and I am a better person for it! :o)

Giving thanks to you all!

Have a wonderful holiday!  Eat lots of pie!



  1. Regan,

    So much to be thankful for....a great reminder to us all. Thanks.

    Now, about that pill that lets you keep eating ice cream....


  2. This is a fabulous post!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  3. GREAT POST....just made me smile...
    friday will be spent at home I am not going out with those crazies either!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  4. Giving Thanks too Regan.
    Looks like you have a fabulous list!!

  5. AMEN! Great post, I absolutely agree wholeheartedly! Happy turkey Day!

  6. I totally agree! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

  7. Hi Regan,

    Great post! I'm giving thanks for many things this year, especially our growing friendship. So nice to start the day with you on our walks. Happy Thanksgiving to you and John.

  8. This is perfect, Regan! I totally love this post and agree 100% with it! I'm really thankful your son will be home, too. And about your husband! And that I have such wonderful blogging friends, too.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. Awesome post!
    I am grateful for people like you who remind us all of the important thing we have to be grateful for

  10. Regan, your post made me smile. I totally agree, and I love the sentiment about gratitude. Thanks for sharing. My children will be here for the first time in 6 years - with my 3 grandchildren. I am blessed. Thanks for sharing.

  11. I will be home Friday quilting --on my birthday!!
    I am feeling pretty guilty about my 5 9x13 pans right now, but they sure come in handy for funeral casseroles and reception cakes. Now, should we talk about my dozen bread pans and pie plates? : )

  12. Regan, your post made me laugh this morning !
    Every word could have been said by me...all so true. ;)
    "Enough fabric for 6 lifetimes" ! lol (maybe 7)
    and more projects than I can finish in a lifetime. ;)
    This inspires me to think about my own list of things to be thankful for.

  13. I was attempting to write something like this this morning. But I got stuck and it's still in draft.
    You took the words right out of my mouth!

    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday Regan!
    May you eat lots of pie, candied yams and lose 5lbs while doing it all. :-)

  14. Great post Regan. Love your list of things you're grateful for. Lane

  15. I have to totally agree--"the world is too much with us, getting and spending..." to grab an old quote (from I don't recall where...)I could never stand the Black Friday so-called deals that you HAVE to have. I am grateful for another year with Mom (93!!), and a celebration of our family coming on Saturday this year....have a really calm and happy holiday...Julierose P.S. I am cleaning my stash on Black Friday--figure that name really applies to that activity!! ROTFLOL :--))

  16. Regan, You make me laugh so much!! I agree with you wholeheartedly. Thanks giving is such a great reminder to be thankful for what we have.

  17. yes, lots to be thankful for.... what is that icecream pill???? does it work for all desserts?????

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  19. Clever, clever girl! Three cheers from the end of the dirt road! And about those cranberries...if I never buy another bag, I should be good for a very long time. :) Love that quote though - I couldn't have said it better. Now if we could just get that onto billboards everywhere.

  20. I like that quote! What a nice list of gratitudes!
    Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!

  21. Tried to leave comment last evening, but couldn't ....so glad I decided to check your blog! Thanks for your Very inspiring thoughts, Regan! We should all make such a list! And keep it handy at all times!

  22. Regan what a beautiful post... it is such a commercial world that we live in.
    Not having a wage come in, I can really relate to that quote..
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family..

  23. Your list of things to be thankful for are perfect! And BTW I totally agree, people are nuts, but it's not their fault. It's this crazy North American credit/hyper consumer culture which promotes dis-satisfaction with the simple things in life. Too bad we can't all revert back to the "good old days" ;)

  24. I agree! I recently saw something that said, "Imagine if you woke tomorrow with only the things you were thankful for today."

  25. Those people out there WANT to be in the throes..Different strokes..not for me. I was home watching movies and sipping wine with dearest son.. :D

  26. I enjoyed the sentiments in your post. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in NZ but we still see this crazy behaviour. Thinking about what we do have rather than what we don't have is something we should all do more often.

  27. I, too, marvel at the lunacy that is Black Friday. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I just wouldn't want to mar the day by giving into the crazy consumerism. I want that day just to be thankful for what I have. I got my Thanksgiving wish to have my grandma come to the annual family gathering at my house. What more could I ask for? Sounds like you have some wonderful things to be thankful for, too. Life is good.

  28. Such a great post Regan! And I adore your grateful list...especially the first 2.