Thursday, November 3, 2011


Just got in the house from doing my weekly yard chores. The lawns are mowed and the front planter is on its way to being cleared out and ready for winter pansies. I work until I fill our green barrel and then I am done.
Hard work just clears your head and really does release the good juices in us. Though I am filthy and on my way to a shower, I am happy and content. Rain is supposed to be on the way so yard chores are done and I can stay in and be cozy tomorrow.

Ever thankful that I have food to eat and my kids have never gone to bed hungry. My mother went to bed hungry many a time as a child so she made sure we never did. I am so thankful my kids have never had to either. It might get a little slim around here between trips but there is always food for the making.

 Thankful my 13 yr.old will indulge her little sister and play dolls with her. It warms my heart when I see this scene.

I divided my Dutch Iris bulbs. I love how every year they give me more and more. These were originally in the yard from our old house. Now I have about 60-70 bloom every year.

Linking to:
The Charm of Home
Potpourri Friday
Inspiration Friday
Common Ground


  1. A lovely post. We usually do not need to look far to find something for which to be thankful. I love the picture of your two beautiful girls playing together. Bonnie

  2. It's awesome how this month helps remind us what we are grateful for. Loved your post, and your girls are darling!

  3. Yes, we do have much to be thankful for! You are lucky to have siblings who get along. I did too, and I have such good memories of their childhoods.

  4. I agree on being thankful for food, etc. Loved the photo of your girls playing together!

  5. Hello,

    I always enjoy your posts! Love your girls, they are gorgeous!
    Do you exchange cuttings or plants with your neihghbors? I used to do that when I lived in a house. It saves money and everyone got to enjoy a nice perennial garden.


  6. What great things to be thankful for! Love the photo of your two girls together. Great big sister.

  7. So true...we are grateful to always have food, even when we are "out of everything" there is something to fill our tummies! Love the picture of the girls!! I too feel it very medicinal to do yard work!! I haven't divided my irises yet, but maybe after the rain when the earth is soft I will do mine!!

  8. Beautiful post ! Thanks for sharing,Joann

  9. Your post is sweet and thoughtful! Things to be thankful for are very close at hand.

    Thanks for linking your lovely post to Potpourri Friday!

  10. Thanks Elaine, we have lots to be thankful for and just need to stop and do so everyday. Thanks for reminding ME! Have a wonderful weekend and -- GET SOME REST!

  11. You must have a wonderful 13 year old, that she will play with her little sister. That warms my heart and I don't even know you guys!
    We all have so much to be thankful for, though,don't we.
    Hugs, cindy

  12. No matter how bad our situation may be or how bad or day may be going...there's always at least one thing to be thankful for.
    I love your irises by the way. My m-i-l loved irises and had many different varieties. Unfortunately, many who passed down their country road loved them too and thought they were free for the taking...seriously!!!

  13. What a beautiful post Elaine. What a nice reminder to be thankful for what we have and a clean yard before the rain starts is an added blessing. See you Saturday! Patty

  14. Great great post! You have reminded me not to take things for granted.

  15. Agree with others that was a lovely post, and thanks for reminding me that I do have many things to be thankful for! Blessings to you!

  16. So many things to be grateful for :)

    Makes it hard to feel sorry for ourselves, when we look around and recognize all of our many blessings.

    Have a happy, and blessed weekend.

  17. What a lovely post Elaine! There is a lot to be thankful for. My middle and my youngest are 10 years apart and the teen will still play with the 6 yr.old. It is nice they can still have that!:)
    Thank you for linking it up with Home Sweet Home!