Happy Thanksgiving

The United States will be officially celebrating Thanksgiving this Thursday. It’s a day for food, family, festivities and fun. George Washington proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving in 1789, but President Lincoln made it official by proclaiming the last Thursday in November as a national day of “Thanksgiving”. But it doesn’t HAVE to be celebrated the fourth Thursday in November. More and more of us who work that day or have families that are far away are declaring alternate days of Thanksgiving. Whenever you choose to celebrate, enjoy the day!

Here is a little poem for you.


Twas the night of thanksgiving, but I just couldn’t sleep
Tried counting backwards, I tried counting sheep.
The leftovers beckoned – the dark meat and white
But I fought the temptation with all of my might

Tossing and turning with anticipation
The thought of a snack became infatuation.
So, I raced to the kitchen, flung open the door
And gazed at the fridge, full of goodies galore.

I gobbled up turkey and buttered potatoes,
Pickles and carrots, beans and tomatoes.
I felt myself swelling so plump and so round,
‘Til all of a sudden, I rose off the ground.

I crashed through the ceiling, floating into the sky
With a mouthful of pudding and a handful of pie.
But, I managed to yell as I soared past the trees….
Happy eating to all; pass the cranberries, please.

May your stuffing be tasty, may your turkey be plump.
May your potatoes ‘n gravy have nary a lump,
May your yams be delicious, may your pies take the prize,
May your thanksgiving dinner stay off of your thighs.

National Tie One On Day is tomorrow! Participation is simple. Take a moment to pause in the preparation of your own meal to tie (or wrap) a loaf of bread or other baked good in an apron, tea towel, warming cover or even an oven mitt. Tuck in a note of encouragement and deliver the wrapped bundle to someone without your bounty – a neighbor, friend or family member in need of physical or spiritual sustenance, a bit of recognition or just a kind word.

In Other News:

Do you have a recipe to share? Quilting Gallery is requesting recipes for a Quilters Cookbook to be published in PDF form next month. Visit http://quiltinggallery.com/quilters-cookbook/ to submit a recipe or order the book. The same site is sponsoring a Holiday Traditions Quilt Contest. There are six fabulous prizes up for grabs. For more information, visit

Santa’s Secret Village has great games for kids and adults – check out their recipes! http://www.northpole.com/

Do you print photos on fabric? CJ Jenkins, makers of Bubble Jet Set and related products is having a sale to celebrate the redesign of their new website, http://www.cjenkinscompany.com/ If you order something on their site, enter the coupon code 11139 at time of checkout to receive ar 30% discount.

These pets are certainly grateful: http://www.cloudninerescueflights.org/

Would you like to say thanks to a soldier serving overseas? Xerox is sponsoring a site that will let you send a postcard. Visit http://letssaythanks.com/ for more information.


Last but not least, here is a Thanksgiving Funny (I may try this sometime)

A man in Phoenix calls his son in New York the day before Thanksgiving and says, “I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough. “Pop, what are you talking about?” the son screams. We can’t stand the sight of each other any longer,” the father says. “We’re sick of each other, and I’m sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her.”

Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. “Like heck they’re getting divorced,” she shouts, “I’ll take care of this,” She calls Phoenix immediately, and screams at her father, “You are NOT getting divorced. Don’t do a single thing until I get there. I’m calling my brother back, and we’ll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don’t do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?” and hangs up.

The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. “Okay,” he says, “they’re coming for Thanksgiving and paying their own way.”