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Thursday, November 25, 2021

So Much to Be Thankful For...Including YOU!

I can't even begin to express how much your comments have meant to me this past week. I was very down when posting my tale of health woes, and then things got worse: A torn meniscus, again, and sciatica, again, different leg than last time, though! 

At first, I was angry at myself for posting when I was down. It seemed weak, unworthy. And of course, I am weak and unworthy, yet I have the love of the Holy Trinity, and all the angels and saints! It was good to be reminded and to strike down false pride. I have such an unfortunate tendency to false pride. Ugh.

Flowers, a palm-tree, and turning leaves, all at the same time at the little park I like!

So, I've been down, but not out! In fact, the worse I feel, the more often I pray, the more often I go to Mass, and the more determination is given me to carry on! Because although I am just a shy, puny person, with no great credits to my name, I can still be an instrument of the Lord, and light my little candle to brighten someone's day, be they human or animal! 


I used to sing that song at summer camp: "It is better to light, just one little candle, than to stumble in the dark...and if everyone lit, just one little candle, what a bright world this would be!"

Thank you for "lighting a candle" for me with your kindness.

Yes, much to be thankful for this year! And every day! Yesterday I was determined to run errands, leg or no leg, so to speak. I just could not delay any longer, and be able to make Thanksgiving dinner. And God placed me to see an altercation with a disturbed man attacking a woman, and call 911. And I saw a loose dog (a chiweenie), but sadly was unable to catch him. But I did alert our wonderful local rescue that just swarms like a SWAT team when a dog is reported running loose, and I got a message he had been captured. And I found a "blow mold" (those light-up hard plastic snowmen and Santas and so forth that folks put on their porches and lawns) that I could afford! I put him (it's a snowman) in my room and had him lighted all night, I was so excited. At the thrift store where I got the snowman, I was also given a big bag of leftover Chick Fil-A cooked pieces, free! There was 8 quarts of frozen chicken in there! And I put out the trees!


This year, feeling puny, I just put up a few ornaments on the turquoise tree to make a "fiesta tree" to fit our Southwestern area.

Can you see my German good-luck pig ornament on the old-fashioned tree?

And I reread all the wonderful comments, as the icing on the cake.

I can smell my turkey in the oven, hooray! And I hope you are having a sweet day. My son decided not to visit after all, and my husband doesn't celebrate any holiday, but I hope you have someone to share the day with. And if not, know that you are not forgotten, and that all the angels and saints, bidden or not, are all around you and concerned for your happiness! And remember that God's eye is on the sparrow! 


These fine fellows wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Much love and kind regards,

Holly, The Olde Dame

 

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  1. I love your colorful decorations so pretty. I hope you enjoyed your thanksgiving , I wished your son could come with you.
    I hope your feeling a little better. I will pray for you.

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    1. THANK YOU so much for our prayers! Now that is a mood brightener! I do miss my son, but he is very different, and I pray to continue to be understanding and not condemning of his ways. He has always been very different. I hope you are holding up and feeling better, too.

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  2. I am so glad that in spite of problems you have planned a nice meal for Thanksgiving and you even put up Christmas decorations to brighten up your home. You have such a good attitude and I'm amazed at you. May God bless you richly this special day and always!!

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    1. Many thanks, GM. I was truly blessed. Am truly blessed. I don't usually have trees up before T'giving but now when I'm mobile, I'm taking advantage of those opportunities! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  3. You've been on my mind daily...I was so happy to see you posting today. We all have spirits that fall and by writing it, it helps I think. Remember, you have friends here. We send along much love & regards you YOU too.

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    1. Thank you, Anni. For a real pick-me-up, I'm going to go see your blog, as I have missed a lot of gorgeous photos!

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  4. I disagree with a statement you made. YOU ARE NOT UNWORTHY! I'm sure you said it in a moment of being tired so I forgive you. I can smell my turkey cooking too. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. Aw, that's very kind. I surely feel unworthy at times. I hope your turkey was good, mine was a bust, all smell and no taste LOL.

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  5. So happy to see you surface today, and you do sound like you have bounced back to being YOU, even though you have the new pains . Sciatica can drive a person crazy with pain. Prayers your health will get better each day. I love your two trees and they are both beatuiful and should be cheering you up each day... good idea to put the decoration in side where you can enjoy it. in the yard, its others who see it. I am thinking being able to help others on your trip out into the world lifted our spirits and theirs

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    1. The sciatica literally had me in tears today, and I no longer cry easily. It's crazy, it's just a nerve, how can it hurt??? Now I'm off for some REAL FUN, which is to see your blog and what antics you are up to!!!

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  6. Your German ornaments are delightful, Holly. Love that old-fashioned tree. Happy Thanksgiving, dear friend. I do hope that you feel better soon. Is that the church you attend? It's beautiful. And thank you for lighting a candle to brighten someone's day. Such a thoughtful and wonderful thing to do.

    ~Sheri

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    1. That is San Albino, the prettiest church in our state, in my opinion. It is not my home parish, but I like to attend there for Saturday Mass because it's lighted up and I'm a sucker for pretty lights plus their statues of the Virgin and Saints are excellent! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  7. Dear Olde Dame Holly, HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU. I'm so happy that you got so many comments on your last post to cheer you up but I was so disappointed that my comment didn't make it. Possibly, I forgot to click on "Publish" which happens sometimes.

    It's OK you let us know when you're down, blogger friends care and usually are very kind. You are right, we are never alone and I do believe that your faith is giving you strength when you need it. Divine assistance is always with us...

    Your faith is so strong and I admire your courage. I'm glad that you are finding joy in your day and that you got some free cooked frozen chicken at the thrift store. That is amazing. They must love you.

    Take care and I'll be praying for you.

    Hugs, Julia

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    1. It was very kind of the thrift store people to alert me to the free chicken pieces! I love Chick Fil-A so much! I had to laugh, it was like the loaves and the fishes, the pieces kept multiplying until I had 8 quart ziplocks filled from the bag they gave me! Thank you so much for your kind comments. Blogger does "eat" comments pretty often, annoying but at least it's still free!

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  8. I love your little decorated trees.
    Julia

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    1. Thank you, Julia. I love the tabletop size, it's one I can manage!

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  9. Your strength and faith...and strength in faith...inspire and support more of us than you are likely to imagine. My prayers and healing thoughts for you continue. The lights of Christmas always help heal the soul it seem. I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving. Wish I could smell your turkey cooking...it is one of the things I missed the most. I'm debating between grilled cheese ad corn dogs. :- ~Robin~

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    1. The turkey turned out awful, but "too bad so sad" as my niece always said, it was a very blessed day anyway. I hope your grilled cheese or corn dog turned out well, dear friend. You know you have my prayers.

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  10. Happy Thanksgiving!
    Prayers you feel better

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    1. Happy Thanksgiving and many thanks for the prayers!

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  11. Holly,
    I am so sorry to hear of all your ailments, but know that blog friends are the best listeners and you can talk to us anytime.
    How I admire your faith. I was raised Catholic, but do not have the faith you do. You truly inspire me.
    I am so sorry your son chose not to visit. Breaks my heart to hear that.
    Lovely little trees. I love blow mold pieces. I have several for Halloween and a few Santas, but no snowmen. Are we allowed to call them snowmen, I say tongue in cheek? Perhaps we need to call them snowthey or whatever the proper pronoun is...lol!
    Happy Thanksgiving, my friend. I hope your turkey was the best ever.

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    1. "Snowthey" has me laughing on the floor! Now I am going to call them Snowthey!

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    2. I am just so tired of all the political correctness BS!!!

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  12. So sorry to hear your son did not visit you. Glad you were here for the dog and able to call 911. Love your trees and those blow molds can be expensive. I get sciatica sometimes so I know the pain. It sucks. Hope you are feeling better. Janice

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  13. I have a couple of blow molds that I found at our local dump so free! I am so sorry to hear of your health issues I do hope you get relief soon. Sorry your son did not come for dinner. It was just husband and I which was fine my daughter invited us but just to many people for our liking.
    I cooked a chicken and took a long walk, watched a little tv and put up my little paper christmas houses. a productive day.
    Cathy

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  14. Happy rest of Thanksgiving. Sorry I'm so late visiting. Also sorry to read about your continued pain. I hope you find a way to relieve it.

    My home isn't really set up for a floor length tree, so, like you, I am using table top trees this year, as I have in the past. Sp glad you were able to put out two trees. I know they will lift your spirits, as did the snowman. Thanks for being you, dear. Stay safe and feel better soon, please.

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  15. Happy Thanksgiving and thank you so much for the update.
    I am happy God placed you in the path of both rescues, 911 and the dog.

    Sending love and prayers,
    Carla

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  16. So happy to see you here again. I've missed you, dear friend. I am sorry you've been going through so much physically, and I know how that affects us emotionally, etc...but I am happy you were able to persevere and keep going no matter what. God is with you..."Emmanuel", God is with us...the Advent season is beginning soon to remind us over and over again that God is with us. So do not give in to negative thoughts or people...God, Emmanuel, is with us always and forever. Glad you had a good turkey and your little trees are so cute. You are doing better than I am in decorating. I still have to take down and pack away the Pilgrims, etc., and bring out the Santas and Angels and Snowmen...but one day at a time. Not going to push it too much. Rome wasn't built in a day! Love you and hope you feel much better now.

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  17. I love your trees! Hopefully, you are back on the mend and feeling much better now.

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  18. Your trees are so beautiful and cheery! I spent Thanksgiving alone. My daughter and son-in-law went to his grandmother's for Thanksgiving. She's "getting on" in years and they thought they should go there. I had a fine time and cooked myself the whole dinner. I love Thanksgiving leftovers! I also watched cheesy Christmas movies. On the evening before, our whole family had a zoom meeting and got to see each other, though it's hard to really visit with all those folks talking, ha ha. (I have 7 children and 19 grands and we're scattered all over the country, from Maryland to Colorado and Texas to Minnesota!) Thanks so much for your good sense of humor which has given me a chuckle more than once! :) Praying for your physical challenges! Hugs!

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