Thursday, November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving Wishes!

Happy Thanksgiving from our home to yours!

I'm going to try to keep this as short as possible so I can enjoy our little Thanksgiving on the mountain as much as possible, with as little computer work as possible!

Our plan this year - so different than most - is to focus on SIMPLICITY.

We are planning Japanese hibachi on the Blackstone grill with steak, shrimp, veggies and fried rice.

I am excited.  Preparation is nearly nothing - the rice was made yesterday.  The remaining prep work is just slicing and dicing.

And yes, there will be pumpkin pie - 

I'm looking forward to much movie watching accompanied by more hand stitching.

The plan is to queue up Hillbilly Elegy on Netflix, followed by a binge of something or other.

My brother Scott and I have a plan to video chat with Dad since we can't be together this year.  Scott is in Idaho, Dad is in Arizona, and of course I am the furthest away in Virginia.  But it will be good to see their smiling faces and hear their voices regardless.

I hope that your holiday is peaceful, uneventful, safe and secure.

And may we wish Thanksgiving 2020 a fond farewell through the rear window as we leave it in the history books.

Kicking off Mystery Season with a SewPad Special!
For those wanting to get a jump on arm chair Black Friday shopping -

I wanted to let you know that my friends at SewPad are offering FREE PRIORITY SHIPPING on SewPad orders within the USA using coupon code PEACE at checkout!

I have received emails from several folks raving over how much they loved the SewPads they ordered previously.  Some were waiting for another "free shipping" opportunity to order for husbands and more. Now is your chance!

Mystery Season brings hours, days and weeks of anticipated clues and sewing! It can cause back/hip discomfort.

We all know that quilting is a sedentary sport - and we need to take care of ourselves, so we can keep on quilting longer free from pain.

Earlier in the year we shared info on these medical grade seat cushions that are life changing for me.

This thing is a miracle. It is such a wonderful addition to my sewing studio and will cut down on my Chiropractic visits saving me money in the long run.
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Code MUST be used to take advantage of FREE PRIORITY SHIPPING.

Sale ends midnight on Monday, November 29, 2020 and is also limited to stock on hand so hurry! (If they sell out, the sale ends, so don't wait!)

Orders must be shipped to a USA address.  International shipping not available, as these weigh in at at 4 1/2 lbs of ultimate seating comfort!

This is the time to be thinking of your holiday gift-giving to quilting family members and friends.

But remember - it's not just for sewing!  Try it in the car for long trips.  When we get back to life and can attend sporting events - think of bringing it for bleacher seating.

Your body will thank you!

The last pattern sale of 2020!

Starting this morning, and running through Monday and ending Tuesday morning.  All Digital Patterns in the Quiltville Store are 25% off using coupon code DIGITAL25 at checkout.

My checkout page has a new layout!

To use the coupon code - click where it says REDEEM YOUR COUPON under the the total. Enter the coupon code DIGITAL25 on the box that opens up.

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Please read this page first before you download, if you don't know where to find your downloaded files.

This has been on my mind -

This is something that has been in my thoughts for all of November as people post things that they are grateful for, hash-tagging things with gratitude, etc. (for once I'm kind of glad that Instagram has blocked recent tag reading here in the USA - but does anyone know when "recent" will be back on?)⁣
For those who are grateful and not hurting, that's wonderful.

For those who find themselves isolated, hurting, disenfranchised, financially strapped - I just want to reach out and let you know that you aren't alone.⁣
You don't have to "suck it up" and find SOMETHING to be grateful for when you aren't feeling it.⁣
Your pain is valid. Your loneliness is valid. Your fear is valid. Your thoughts are valid - you are valid just as you are.⁣
It's okay to allow yourself to feel these things. They are normal, natural responses to what is going on around you.

The important thing is that we do not set up camp and stay there forever. You'll move on when the time is right for you.⁣

And I guess I am asking that those who are effusing their abundant gratitude for innumerable blessings all over the place, please take note of those who may be a little bit sensitive through these difficult times and feeling a bit less than. Lift them if you can.

It's not that sharing of abundant blessings and your gratitude for them is bad - it's just that it can cause someone else to feel less worthy, less blessed, left behind.

I think you can get my message and what I'm trying to say here.

And just to bring some giggles to the table:

"May your stuffing be tasty. May your turkey be plump. ⁣
May your potatoes and gravy have nary a lump. ⁣
May your yams be delicious and your pies take the prize, and may your Thanksgiving dinner stay off of your thighs!” —Anonymous.
To all of us in the USA - Have a memorable and safe Thanksgiving so that we can look back next year, grateful to gather and never live through this kind of weird hard year again!⁣
I'll catch you here tomorrow morning for Grassy Creek, Part 1!

Much love -



  1. I hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving, lots of family chat is so nice with modern technology when we can’t be together.
    Stay safe
    Love and quilty hugs
    Anne xx

  2. Happy Thanksgiving, can't wait tell tomorrow

  3. Happy thanksgiving and many blessings, thank you for all you do for us.

  4. I want to especially thank you for the saying about not feeling that your pain is less than someone elses just because it is different.

  5. looking forward to the mystery =^}} thank you for hosting this party again!

  6. Happy Thanksgiving Bonnie. I'm greatful to have found you a few years ago. Our family rarely gets together for Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving day so it really isn't much different this year other than not getting together for pizza on Saturday. A Zoom meeting with my daughters is on deck this afternoon. Blessings to you and your family.

  7. A peaceful and safe Thanksgiving to all. Bonnie a special thanks for all things you do.

  8. Bonnie, we’re having steak,shrimp, and veggies,too. I miss my family (we always host), but I’m glad fora different menu.

  9. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Bonnie! Have a great day! Enjoy!!!

  10. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours

  11. Thank you, Bonnie. You give and share so much of your talents with all of us. May you have a peaceful, pleasant, quiet day of Thanksgiving.

  12. Thank you, Bonnie. You give and share so much to all of us. May you have a peaceful, pleasant, quiet Thanksgiving.

  13. i mention it frequently,but thereisn't a more apt time, i'm thankful to you for your contribution to my life, in so many ways, simply by being who you are and sharing yourownsweetself. Prayers & Blessings go out to all who share my morning coffee on the blog and those who don't!!! Love your furry supervisors, and lovely photos, as well as descriptions of the area... you are a very satisfying quilting fried. Thank you, Bonnie... see ya' on the morrow for GC #1. Cats in Carlsbad CA

  14. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Dave. I know from previous year's posts that you go hunting for "pearl sized onions" for your special guest. I too am not having a family get-together and like you no turkey but I did bake pumpkin pies. I guess need comfort foods. Onward to 2021 and a virus free world. Terry in So. Calif.

  15. Happy Thanksgiving!
    One more sleep to the mystery... so exciting!

  16. Hope you and your family are safe and healthy and that you all have a happy Thanksgiving! I am grateful for your generosity and am looking forward to this years Mystery Quilt.❤

  17. Happy Thanksgiving Bonnie. I am so grateful for your blog. Enjoy your peaceful Thanksgiving. Better days are ahead. Hope my friend and I get down to your part of Virginia next year.

  18. Thank you for being you!

  19. It's just the two of us this year for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Very different than having everyone here and house company for 4 days. There will be pie involved. There will be a call ahead pecan pie pick up from the back of my car. I will actually start the mystery on time this year! We watched Hillbilly Elegy last night. Lots of rough language but the bonds of love between family is very touching. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

  20. A very Happy Thanksgiving to you but can't help but miss the search for Pearl Onions!

  21. Happy Thanksgiving! So excited for tomorrow!

  22. Happy Thanksgiving! I will be with a friend and her son. We have kept our bubble bereen the 3 of us. This is the last “first” event since my husband died 12/6/19. I'm so happy to have the mystery to look foward to. I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving, no matter how you celebrate.

  23. Happy Thanksgiving, Bonnie, to you and all your family, including your fur babies, and hoping that Jason’s return travel back to Oregon was without incident. We are so blessed with your daily blogs (albeit media free Sunday) providing us with fun, laughs, and keeping our spirits up during such difficult times. Looking forward to Grassy Creek tomorrow!

  24. Happy Thanksgiving Bonnie, I am sooo thankful for you. Your posts and shares are truly things that I look forward to each day and have been one way I’ve kept some semblance of sanity through this bizarre year.
    Hugs to you! Machell

  25. Thank you Bonnie. Beautifully said! Looking forward to the first clue (still have to locate my tub of grays later today). Can't wait for some much anticipated sewing time!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  26. Happy Thanksgiving!! Our dinner will be different too! Regardless of what we all eat or how our Thanksgiving pans out there's still lots to be thankful for and if it's just another day, we have MYSTERY tomorrow! Thank you Bonnie for helping others navigate the holidays! Cheers! ~Merri

  27. I am thankful for family, quiet and simplicity of 2020. It has made me love what I have and believe it or not, made our family closer because we are constantly checking in on each other. Thank you, Bonnie, for your positive reminders. We will be having a yummy pot roast. One more sleep! Squee!!!

  28. Happy Thanksgiving to our American family and friends. As our Dr. Bonnie Henry says, "Stay safe and be kind to one another." And remember, a few extra calories will be gone in a flash with the frenzy of cutting and sewing tomorrow. On your mark, get ready .......

  29. Bonnie, Thank you for putting a voice to the valid feelings that so many of us are having this year. Happy Thanksgiving to you and the Hubster!!

  30. Happy Thanksgiving from Canada! Read this post with tears. Thank you!

  31. Love my Sew Pad! I'm on my second one because my daughter also loved it and took it home with her. Counting the hours to Grassy Creek!

  32. Thank you Bonnie K Hunter. The thankful and being made to feel out of place for not having overwhelming thankfulness can be an issue, especially for individuals suffering with depression.
    I hope to keep up with the Grassy Creek, but the husband is having fits on every move I make in life and 65 is a difficult age to make an even more difficult choice. Enough said.

  33. So looking forward to tomorrow! Thank you for doing the mystery! Happy Thanksgiving. Linda

  34. Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for all you do for us. ❤️

  35. Thank you for your message to be sensitive to the feelings of others! Great reminder. May you experience peace amidst all the challenges we face. Blessings.

  36. Happy Thanksgiving!

  37. The dinner is over, the dishes are done and I'm ready to put my feet up. Loved your post and am so looking forward to the morning and Grassy Creek Clue #1. The bright spot in 2020. Love and Blessings to you and your family.

  38. Happy Thanksgiving. I am grateful to have blogs like yours to read and for inspiration. Looking forward to Clue 1.

  39. I just wanted to say that I really appreciated your post addressing how public focus on being thankful or expressing gratitude can make somone having a difficult time feel. It's not that expressing things things are bad in and of themselves but with the way that social media can paint an idealized picture of peoples lives and by comparidon make you feel as if your own isn't as good, so too can the expressions of gratitude or happy holiday stories make people feel more lonely, more isolated and if they are struggling that they are somehow at fault. We do need to remember those who are having a difficult time and let them know their pain is real, that they don't have to pretend to be happy, and that they are not alone in this situation. Our country is still struggling with the pandemic, people are still hurting due to lost jobs, lost loved ones and other hardships of life. We who are blessed need to reach out to those who are in need and one way is to be sensitive to their feelings. Thank-you for saying this so well. Thank-you for encouraging thoughtful behaviors from this community and I am so looking forward to the enjoyable quilty destraction of the unfolding mystery quilt project.


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