Friday, November 26, 2010

Simple Thanks......

(spanish moss from Silke and my wooden flowers from the Tulip Poplar)
I am still sluggish from eating myself into a happy stupor yesterday, and it was a very simple meal. Gary and I gave up the huge dinners after my folks passed, in favor of more reasonable and less taxing meals. 
And neither of us have missed it a bit.
And with the economy in our area, we also have a very real sense of what *enough* is, and how much more it is than many can enjoy.
It is the quality of sitting in our country home, in the peace and quiet, taking time before the meal for silent thanks~~for so much~~to remember those who have less, and ask for guidance on how we can be part of an instrument of help.
Still though, simple as it was, I feel like an over-plump piggie this morning because I just over did it, period. (I cannot resist pie.....)
Things we love; Cajun roast duck, crawfish stuffing, a huge pot of fresh greens seasoned with excellent bacon, cranberry chutney and fresh peach pie. Add a bottle of Eiswein to the mix and a couple of candles, my favorite grey and blue German pitcher that had been mothers, my grandmothers dishes and a good time was had by both of us.
Today I refuse to leave the house. It is back to the studio and work time~~I take no part in the ridiculous madness called Black Friday. I prefer the beautiful sunny Friday right here at Casa Lockard! The birds singing, the leisure of sleeping in a bit and then slowly easing myself back into a work mode.
And maybe a bit of exercise, to make that duck run away!
Of course, there is still pie in the fridge....
Hope your day was exceedingly blessed and wonderful!



Linda Moran said...

Absolutely wonderful!! Glad your day was a nice, quiet, great thankful one. We spend Thanksgiving with our second family in town - a wonderful mix of people who also come over and join in - lots of wonderful conversation, children to see grown up, new books to share.....lots of very basic, simple things. As Alex, the 11-year old said in his toast, Thank you God for air and water and this food and everyone here.
Have a productive day, Annie dear!!! Love, Linda

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Linda,

Yes, that's kind of how I feel---I am thankful for everything, no matter how small. Sounds like you had a good day too!!!
Plus, I didn't have that many dishes, so it was even better! :D
Been working on the wall hanging.....looking good!


marianne said...

sounds like a wonderful thanksgiving day! and the meal sounds anything but simple! have fun in your studio today- mine beckons tomorrow-

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Trust me--it was simple! I refuse to do the fancy stuff anymore, and I enjoy so much more than I used to.
Hope you enjoy your studio time~~!!!
(it feels like a great relief!)


Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

I thought of wonderful people like you Anne that make this world such a joy to live in. You have brought me such laughter which is a powerful gift which is often taken to lightly. You have made me laugh on days when I just wanted to be depressed and sad. Thanks so much for being a friend.
I so appreciate you. Hope that you and Hubby and the handsome feathered men had a wonderful Thanksgiving together. You are the best!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Thank you Vanessa~~I think I derive an enjoyment from you art that transports me to childhood---the cares of the days melt and the delight of a new story book is felt, or a fresh box of Crayolas!
And laughter, my friend, is the best gift of all!!! (trust me--I get that opportunity to either laugh/cry every time I strip to get in the tub! LOL!!!)
We had a wonderful day here....with and without feathers!


Georgina said...

Sounds like you had a wonderfully peaceful TG. My mother and I drove up to my brother's in Las Cruces, NM and had a great spread there. I didn't over eat since I had already prepared my family TG meal Monday...Ian and Vern left on Tues....Ian to his dad's and Vern to Houston to spend with his kids and grands, leaving me here with a fridge full of turkey leftovers +, so I was quite over it by yesterday!! LOL

I too am going to forgo that madness too, but I always do anyway...morons were lining up yesterday at Best Buy by 2:30 p.m. and when I returned home from dropping my mother off, they were now lining up at Target!! My mother's maid told her it took her 1 1/2 hours to cross from Juarez, Mex. to El Paso...she said all these people were coming here for the big sales...she was extremely upset having to sit on the bridge for all that length of time and gas! Just hope all the drug lords and their arsenal stayed in Juarez!!

I'll be heading to the studio later today...just going to chill till the muse hits me...with a 2'x4'!! LOL

Loves ya,

studio lolo said...

Sounds "simply" divine ;)

My niece cooked a delicious dinner and sent some leftovers home with us. I just had turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans and cranberry sauce for lunch. I didn't overeat yesterday and this little lunch hit the spot.

I don't need one day a year to be thankful. I try to be thankful every day, in every small way.

Simple abundance and gratitude.
I know you get that!


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Georgina,

Sounds like you are set for food for a goodly while! The one thing I like about the duck? Squat for leftovers! The carcass will be boiled with broth and strained out to use in gumbo.....which I might make Sunday.
I cannot believe people; What do you get when you mix stupidity with greed??? Black Friday at 2:30 a.m.
Have a good time in your studio; hope your muse is there waiting on you!


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Lolo,

Yes, indeed, I DO get that!
Every time I step into the studio, or take a photo of a beautiful sunrise, or just tinker with things here, I am grateful. It is indeed a more than *one day a year* sentiment.
DH and I just finished off the peach pie.....Alas, poor Peach Pie, I knew him well! LOL!!!
Glad you had a good day!


Terra said...

Hi Anne, your Thanksgiving sounds ideal, and ours had the same happy tones, as our adult sons joined us for a traditional feast.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi Terra,

Glad you had a nice day too; I really like the laid back quiet with good food and just being able to relax.
I think we need more days to relax and be thankful.....


Jan said...

Lovely table, lovely thoughts you have written. Hope your day is just as lovely today and that you are having a productive, satisfying work session. Enjoy your leftovers!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Jan,

It was a very nice day but boy--I forget each time how rich duck is and was a bit on the miserable side when I woke this morning! ;)
Gotten work done in the studio, so today has been a good day. Thinking about taking it easy the rest of the day and then trying to talk DH into watching a movie tonight.
And maybe start a new knitting project for when I am resting in the evening......maybe......maybe not! LOL!!


yoborobo said...

Hey Ann! I had pecan pie for lunch. LOL! I think I will eat lettuce leaves for a few weeks to make up for it. Your table setting is beautiful. I love that blue and white. :) Glad you two had a lovely day together! xox Pam

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Oooooooo----I love pecan pie!!!! (I love pie. End of story!)
That was a healthy lunch because you had nuts, the grain family, eggs, and the main ingredient for happy artists; SUGAR!!!!
I usually get out the fancy dishes, but this time I thought, you know, I like that blue.....
We had a nice day, and I've actually gotten studio work done too!
Good all around~~for all of us!


daylily (Queenmothermamaw) said...

Loved your telling of your Thanksgiving. So full of the greatest things in life, simple love and togetherness. I hate the idea of Black Friday. Never been there or done that. Love you gal.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Peggy,

DH did Black Friday ONE TIME. Got up at the crack of dawn--or well before--to get to Best Buy to try and get the camera I use now. He waited in a mass of rude and unruly people, got in the store, found the camera they had advertised wasn't even THERE (while they tried to sell him something else! there's the catch!) so he was home as I was getting up and mad as a wet hen! He got on the internet and ordered the camera cheaper than they had the *sale* price in store...where it wasn't.........
It's all hooey.
Hope you had a wonderful day!


Sophia said...

Sorry my wishes are late, but glad you had a good day. Even when I dont get here to leave a comment, I am ALWAYS thinking of you. You're one of the best bloggie friends I have. Hugs!!

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