"I started photographing my domestic world and writing not just about what I had made,
but why I made it, examining the thoughts that accompany creativity and the act of making."
Jane Brocket from The Gentle Art of Domesticity p. 189 UK edition

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Week!

 As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday...
 Jason and Mary posted this birth announcement photo of themselves with Sarah on facebook!  We are so thankful that Sarah has safely arrived and has already been decked out with a crocheted hat that G'ma Bev lovingly crocheted with a pretty pink flower on it :)
 We are in the midst of our first big cold snap of the Fall, so I took a photo of the last blossoms on one of the hanging fuchsia plants and brought in most of the geranium plants from the window box to winter inside.
 When I looked at this photo on the computer I laughed when I saw my plastic snowman on the windowsill :)  Rosie had dunked him in my indoor fountain and Mary and I rescued him.  He had been hanging out in a bowl and then one day I perched him on the windowsill to supervise our activities.  Down to the right of the flower pot you can see the last of the sun gold cherry tomatoes I picked to ripen inside...the plant has since been thoroughly frost bitten.
 Last Friday was clear and bright and I got this photo after swimming with Teresa in the pool at the gym off of Burnside and Civic Drive at around 3:30PM.  It still amazes me to see Mt. Hood...from any angle!
 By the time I was almost home after shopping the light had changed so much when I stopped at the corner of Waybill and Orient Drive to take this photo.  You photographer bloggers continue to bring my attention to the difference that light makes in our photos...and I am thinking of your observations more frequently as I point and shoot :)
 Sunday morning at the corner of 212 and 232nd I stopped to get this view of Mt. Hood at about 11:00AM...in a different light setting.
 Then look what I saw as I drove by our pond!  Not only is the pond full of water, but we have some visiting wood ducks!
 As usual they hear me and my zoom lens and swim away leaving me with some interesting views of their tail feathers.
 Last year I started knitting this pumpkin with Taci and I finished knitting it the other day, but still have not felted it.  It will be the first project that I have intentionally felted and I will post the results...eventually. Taci has started a new project for her Etsy shop.  She is selling kits for, and finished, kitchen towels to seasonally decorate our kitchens.  I have bought a kit...I love her designs.
So the pumpkin I have yet to felt is nestled in a basket with the pumpkins and squash I crocheted a few years ago...
and I am nestled with my family and full of thanks as I look at Molly holding her baby doll and Hayley holding her new little sister, Sarah, and my oldest daughter in her Mama Bear T-shirt supervising and Joy taking it all in.  They are protected in the shadows in this photo as they learn more about loving each other.  I loved seeing them and the light coming through our ironed leaves hanging in the window. Sweet and precious times.... I'm wishing you sweet and precious times. Will you tell me some of your stories of happy thanksgiving?



  1. *C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S*!* to your family for the happiness of a new healthy baby girl! I'm so excited for you all and I hope to be able to meet her in person very soon! I think I better go shopping in my craft studio (yarn hoard) for some pink yarn to make Miss Sarah a pair of booties! I am sure this will be a wonderful Thanksgiving with so much for you all to be thankful for.

    *H*A*P*P*Y* *T*H*A*N*K*S*G*I*V*I*N*G*!*!*

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. Congrats to you and your family!!:) Lovely pictures of surroundings and so nice to see kids in your family having cozy time with each other:)

  3. Congratulations, a new baby girl is certainly something to be thankful for. It was wonderful to see the family together. Happy Thanksgiving.

  4. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving, Gracie. I loved seeing the pictures of your beautiful, warm home and the family. I wish you all a blessed holiday season. Pat xx

  5. Happy Thanksgiving Gracie, it is lovely to see water in your pond!
    Today is my husband's last day at work, having lost his job due to economic cuts. He has been paid three weeks of November monies but that is all...... even so, we have a lot to be thankful for

  6. Happy Thanksgiving dear Gracie. And congratulations on a sweet new baby girl added to your household! She certainly is coming into a home full of love and happiness. Thank you for the pictures of Mount Hood it's particularly beautiful right now with its new Coat of snow. The ducks look very happy that you have water in your pond again. Enjoy your day tomorrow with your family.
    Blessings, Betsy

  7. Congratulations for the new member of your family! It is amazing how Mount Hood has become covered over the last few weeks! Wishing you a your family a Happy Thanksgiving. Sarah x

    1. Hi Gracie, I don't know how I missed registering that your new grand daughter was called Sarah! Of course I would say it is a lovely name! Is it a popular name in America? It used to be popular when I was a child but it seems to have gone out of fashion! Sarah x

  8. Awww so sweet. Congrats on your new little Grandbaby. :) Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. :)

  9. How awesome congratulations ☺☺ my only daughter is Sarah ♥ also happy thanks giving and beautiful photo's Gracie and as you know I love seeing Mt Hood xoxo

  10. A new baby!!! So much to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your beautiful family Gracie.

  11. Congrats to your family on the safe and timely arrival of Baby Sarah! May she blessed always. LOVED your first photo of your pond--lovely! We were up your way this past Sunday, checking in on your wonderful mountain and also some feathered ones. You are SO very blessed to live in that beautiful area:)
    Wishing you and yours a very blessed and joy-filled Thanksgiving!
    PS: Still totally in love with your autumn leaves! I keep adding to my collection--thank you again for inspiring me:)

  12. Happy Thanksgiving to you! Congratulations on the most precious gift of your new granddaughter! And thanks for posting those photos of Mt. Hood. Yes, each one has its own special lighting.
    I am thankful for the connections we have made in my community. Each day I see the development of those friendships and am thankful.

  13. Such a sweet new baby!! Congratulations to your family! And wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.
    Helen xox

  14. Congratulations to all on the arrival of that adorable little one. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Gracie. Hugs Anne x

  15. Your home looks warm and cozy with your fireplace glowing! I enjoyed your photos of Mt. Hood. Congratulations to Jason, Mary, and all the family on the new addition! Blessings to you and yours, and I hope you had a very wonderful Thanksgiving!

  16. Happy Thanksgiving Gracie and thanks for your love last week, Jo x

  17. Sarah is beautiful, congratulations! I hope you and your family had a lovely Thanksgiving together. We sure did too. Take care and have a good weekend.

  18. How wonderful :-) a beautiful new baby girl to bring more joy to the family. Happy Thanksgiving, Gracie!

  19. Lovely to read this. Congratulations to you all.

  20. Newness of life! Joy of Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for. So happy for you, my dear Gracie and wishing you God's blessings as you observe Mom Mary and her chicks. Hugs to Mary and the girls. xxx ooo JoAnn

  21. A baby girl! What a sweetheart. Congratulations. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday.

  22. Congrats to everyone on the newest addition to the family. I just love the mountains. The ones outside our hotel while visiting my oldest son in Colorado over the summer always looked different depending on the light. Happy holidays!!

  23. Congratulations on the newest member of your family! What a wonderful addition to be thankful for! Glad you had a happy Thanksgiving! We had a lovely time with family as usual--and plenty of good food!


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