Happy Thanksgiving Today and Every Day

Ann H Gabhart Ann's Posts, One Writer's Journal

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! I hope you have a wonderful day with some great food shared with some people you love. And that you get to take a nap after dinner. I read the other day that naps enhance our creativity. Maybe that’s why I’ve been struggling with my new idea – not enough naps. Darrell would say so. He’s a long time advocate of a daily nap and feels deprived if his schedule doesn’t allow a snooze in the afternoon.

I sent out a newsletter last night and of course, forgot something I wanted to include. I’m doing a new give-away with an autographed copy of Virginia Smith’s Stuck in the Middle. Her next Sister series book, Age Before Beauty, will be out in February, so this will be your chance to win her book and get it read before then. I’ll be doing the drawing on New Year’s Day. The winner will also win his or her choice of an autographed copy of one of my books. Just send me an e-mail or leave a comment here before the end of the year to be entered.

I also included a Groucho Marx quote that doesn’t have anything to do with Thanksgiving, but it’s fun. “Outside of a dog, a book is your best friend, and inside a dog, it’s too dark to read.” I decided that makes me smile because I can see the power of words and how if you arrange them just so you can take the reader by surprise. Hope you are often pleasantly taken by surprise by whatever you’re reading.

I also hope you have much to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving weekend. I certainly do with my beautiful family, my praying church family, good health, my place to live with its fields and woods, the Lord’s blessings and grace, the want to and ability to write, editors who like my books, even more – readers who want to read my books, and friends who take the time to read my wool-gathering in the midst of their busy days. Too many blessings to count them all, but what would be the blessings you would count on this day? Could you do a Top Ten list? That would still leave out a lot, wouldn’t it?

Here are some more seasonal quotes about Thanksgiving for you to ponder and enjoy.

  • “If we meet someone who owes us thanks, we right away remember that. But how often do we meet someone to whom we owe thanks without remembering that?”– Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  • “Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road.” – John Henry Jowett
  • “Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.”- E.P. Powell

Enjoy the day and if you go shopping tomorrow, watch out for runaway shopping carts.