Thursday, November 26, 2009

thank you

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into
enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order,
confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a
home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past,
brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
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Melody Beattie
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Lots of love
to all my wonderful bloggy readers.
Your friendship means the world to me.
Thank you, for all your encouragement,
love and support. You are the best.
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Happy Thanksgiving
to you and yours.
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Fondly,
willow

92 comments:

  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones, Willow!

    I am grateful that you opened your world to us with your blog!

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  2. You are welcomed dear heart!

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  3. Makes me miss my Melanie Beattie. I always loan my favorite books and don't get them back. In fact, that is one of my favorite quotes and one that I have found to be true. Happy Thanksgiving, Willow.

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  4. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! I'm very thankful for you! xo

    Is that cornbread and sausage stuffing I smell? :)

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  5. This is my son's favorite holiday because it transcends all our differences and leaves no one out.

    Happy thanksgiving to you.

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  6. Those are the most wonderful words, Willow -- yours AND Beattie's. I have a little lump in my throat, and it's not the pecan tassie I just sampled.

    Happiest of happy days to you.
    Bee xx

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  7. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Willow with family, friends and manor memories.

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  8. Happy Thanksgiving! I am not having goat head, btw. Or goat tongue, or any other nasty goat pieces.

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  9. Happy Day to you and your family Willow. And thank you for being here in blogland.

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  10. Happy Turkey Day, to you and your family from me and Patty.

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  11. Enjoy your Thanksgiving, Willow!

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  12. Willow my dear, that goes both ways...have a wonderful Thanksgiving, I hope you have the family assembled again like last year.
    If you want your funnybone tickled, pop over to my site for a moment.

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  13. Ah, but it is I who should be thanking you.

    I have learned so much since I began coming here. Poetry, classic film, art history . . . and the ghost stories.

    Have a glorious Thanksgiving, my bloggy friend.

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  14. How can I NOT be thankful for someone who quotes Melody Beattie?

    Have a great day.

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  15. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  16. And the same to you and yours Willow. From Alan and Family.

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  17. You have added a whole lot of spice and substance to our world as well. Thanks for sharing, for connecting, for being your friendly self to each and everyone of us.

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  18. Happy Thanksgiving, Willow.

    Blogging friends are the best in the world and you are one of them.

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  19. best wishes and best thoughts to you and yours on turkey day and every day, ladywillow! namaste' - jenean

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  20. How could we not love all that you teach us? Lovely films, poetry and the like. It is always a delight to visit here and learn something new. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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  21. willow . . . gratitude, thanks, and blessings are winging their way across lake ontario and down towards the manor from your friend in south central ontario!!! steven

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  22. Same to you, Willow. Have a wonderful, loving Thanksgiving!

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  23. Happy Thanksgiving Willow!You are a lovely woman!

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  24. Have a lovely Thanksgiving, Willow and thank you for sharing your self and your world with us. I'm full of giraffitude gratitude!

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  25. thank you for inspiring us each day with your words and your pics...happy thanksgiving willow!

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  26. I have to be honest... I'm dying with curiosity about what Thanksgiving is like at the Manor. I'm imaging all sorts of splendid things to feed your soul as well as your tummy. Can't wait to hear about it, and see pictures as well.

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  27. And the happiest of Thanksgivings to you and yours!

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  28. Tonight as I dream
    With my head upon my pillow'
    Thankful I will be
    To have a friend like Willow!

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!

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  29. Beattie's words resonate.

    Happy Thanksgiving Willow.

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  30. I imagine the Manor will be smelling wonderful for the holiday. You are so special and I have missed reading your posts. I must catch up. I pray you have a great Turkey Day! I hope you get the wishbone!

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  31. I've asked a few Native Americans I know who live in your area to visit and share the moment. Be prepared to play lacrosse after the meal.

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  32. lovely post -- have a wonderful willow thanksgiving!

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  33. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone at the Manor!

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  34. And of course Willow ditto to you completely. I hope you have a marvelous time. Don't stay away too long! :)

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  35. Great quote. How true. I'm hoping that you have a truly thankful day. I think in general we need to pause and reflect on the "giving" part of the day. Thank YOU for giving of yourself. I appreciate your effort, love, kindness, and the time it takes to compose your page.

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  36. Thank you Willow, it is my pleasure to visit you here in blogland.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and friends!
    Mary Ann

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  37. Thank you, too, willow. Happy Thanksgivings to you! I wonder if Mr WT will be cooking goat's head for Thanksgiving? :-)

    Greetings from London.

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  38. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Willow, and all at the manor.

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  39. Thanks for the reminder of what true gratitude will produce.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  40. Fab post, of course.

    You know how people have their lists of places they want to go before they die? I was thinking this morning that Thanksgiving at Willow Manor could definitely be added to the list.

    Have a GREAT Thanksgiving, Willow!

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  41. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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  42. AND to you and YOURS as well dear Willow!!
    Hope your holiday weekend is VERY special!

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  43. Happy thanksgiving to you too, Willow! :) I hope it's a wonderful one.

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  44. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family as well, Willow. I know I have lots to be thankful for. It's a good time for family, and a good time for reflection, too...

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  45. Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow. May your day be rich and warm and satisfying.

    And may someone else volunteer to do the clean up for you.

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  46. Oh beauty,
    that header picture,
    this is you!!!! I am floored.
    Beeeautiful!

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  47. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

    Since I have to work tomorrow night, we're having our official Turkey-Day Dinner on Saturday night, instead.

    It's not the date or the geography, it's the thought that counts, right?

    8-)

    - M

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  48. I love your attitude of gratitude! We are all sooo blessed and I am thankful for that everyday. But it is nice to have a special day set aside to emphasize our thankfulness. Enjoy your day with the family!
    By the way...I love your header picture! Is it you? Because the resemblance is striking.

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  49. Happy Thanksgiving to you too Willow and to all your family.

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  50. Merisi and LadyCat, thank you. It's John Singer Sargent's "Madam Errazuriz". I must have posed for Mr. Sargent in another life, huh?

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  51. Beautiful Willow! And love the Zhivago hat pic :) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and HUGS to ya!

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  52. That masthead painting is a spitting image of you! How clever. Love it.

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  53. this is lovely and so much more inspiring than what i managed to post this day...ah well, we can't all be brilliant and beautiful :)

    and is that a different banner? it seems different but since i am new in these parts, i am not sure...happy T-day to you♥

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  54. It is a pleasure to read you, to know you, and good to say Thanks, to you, Willow!
    Gratitude makes us kinder...

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  55. Happy Thanksgiving to you, willow. I bet your little blog cabin will smell wonderful.

    Pass the goats head.

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  56. I am always in awe of the friendships made through the lowly blog and am so grateful for each and every one of them...I am rich beyond!!!

    Have a wonderfully thankful day Willow...

    sharon

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  57. Just popping to say Happy Thanksgiving, Willow. I hope I am around next year (blog--wise, I mean) to wish you another Happy Thanksgiving.

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  58. Happy Thanksgiving! Have a wonderful day!

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  59. Lovely quote on gratitude by Ms. Beattie. Just wish more people had a clue about what it means..... Hope you have a great Thanksgiving.

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  60. heartfelt "you're welcome" and the same sentiment right back to you, willow!

    you look stunning in your dr. zhivago hat! seriously!!

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  61. Oh, i see I didn't actually wish you a happy thanksgiving. I'm quite sure it will be just that and the food? WEll, incredible if your side bar items are any indication.

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  62. Hope you are delegating to blazes dear Willow! Enjoy the day with all your precious ones. Thank you for the wonder & beauty you bring to The Hedge each day.
    Millie ^_^

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  63. Lovely post. Blessings on you and your loved ones this Thanksgiving day, Willow.

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  64. Willow, you are on my list of new blessings for 2009. You have added so many bright thoughts, ideas, warm laughter, and insights to our home! Oh, yes YOU are known here!

    "May God bless & keep you always,
    May your wishes all come true,
    My you always do for others,
    And let others do for you,
    May you build your ladder
    to the stars
    And climb on every rung...
    And may you stay forever young."

    Bob Dylan

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  65. I Hope Your Thanksgiving Was Good.Great Words Willow.

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  66. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Willow! Thanks for the rich, and comforting place that is Willow Manor :)

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  67. Happy thanksgiving, sweet Willow! I am very glad to have discovered your place on the interwebs!

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  68. Happy Thanksgiving to you,WT, and the rest of your lovely family..Many blessings...the Sargeant is exquisite...So like you...

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  69. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone at the Manor today! We all have so much to be thankful for, least of all those we counts as our friends. Have a wonderful day.

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  70. The very best to you and
    may you have a wonderful day and Meal. Big hug to you.

    Yvonne

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  71. And a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family too, willow.

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  72. Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family and those close to you.

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  73. giving thanks to the discovery of willow manor this year! thanks for all the beauty you share with your humble readers!

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  74. Enjoy your holiday. Cornbread and sausage stuffing??? Yummers.

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  75. Happy Thanksgiving! I know we can be assured that your loved ones are being fed exquisitely today. :)

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  76. Here's wishing everyone at the manor a warm and joyful Thanksgiving!

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  77. Hope your Thanksgiving has been wonderful. Imagine your lovely Willow Manor filled to the brim with wonderful aromas and luscious things to eat for the gathering of your family and friends. You are such an inspiration to us all.

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  78. belated Happy Thanksgiving - sorry to be late. Your blog is looking very snazzy, W.

    x

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  79. a belated happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Willow!

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  80. HAPPY thanksgiving-- the day after Thanksgiving-- I am just catching up and so happy holidays instead :-)

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  81. Ciao, I hope you had a great time. :) Have a nice and relaxing week end as well.

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  82. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.

    Your new masthead looks exactly like the lovely French actressJuliette Binoche.

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  83. I trust that you and yours enjoyed a wonderful holiday full of laughter and delicious food.

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  84. your dinner (on sidebar sounds fabulous--especially the pie!

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  85. I'm a few days late but hope your holiday has been wonderful. From looking at your menu in the sidebar, I can see you had a feast! Thanks for the movie recommendation, too. It sounds like my kind of evening.

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  86. Happy Thanksgiving and THANKS for you being YOU, Daaaaling!
    The Bach

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― O. Henry (and me)