Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Give Thanks: My Perfect Table

When I close my eyes...

I picture my perfect Thanksgiving Table.

It is beautifully set, very big, filled with food and surrounded by family.

When my daughter was little, we always had both sides of our family to our home. I would wake at 2am and start the turkey, then on to making pies, and rolls, and the veggies. Then to the table settings, and lots and lots of dish washing, all by hand. I would put a borrowed card table next to my dining room table so that we could all sit together. But that didn't matter, it was a perfect table.

22 years later when we moved to Gatlin Court, I was blessed with a large formal dining room. I could set my table days in advance, and I had a dishwasher, still my favorite appliance, to help with the clean up. Gatlin Court was a big house, so Thanksgiving Day was always Thanksgiving Days, family came early and stayed till Sunday morning. That Thanksgiving table was busy, it fed us breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, then turned into a game table at night. Not only was that table a perfect table, it was in a perfect house, one filled with people all year long.

I am so grateful for all those years.
I am grateful for a year of rest, time to reflect and time to heal.
I am also grateful for my forgiveness, family, friends, food, and natures beauty.

I built this year's Thanksgiving table from things around my home. I wanted each piece to reflect my gratitude for just some of the many blessings that I have received.

I began with my husband's Bible from his childhood. It was most important, and I wanted it laid open to the 23rd Psalm. I then added the ceramic pumpkins purchased on a mother/daughter shopping trip to Hobby Lobby three years ago. Next was a sunflower stem to represent natures beauty.  Then a candle filled with corn and beans to represent food for our family, and a flame to show my gratitude for a safe, warm home. I walked around my home and found a few smaller photos of good times with family and friends, some whom have passed. I also found this crystal plaque given to me from a dear friend reminding me of the importance of celebrating our friendships. I then laid some of my written prayers from my prayer jar across the bottom of the Bible. I felt this represented my need for all of the above, and my faith in prayer.

This is this year's perfect table.

I give Thanks for so much.
I hope you have enjoyed your visit and that your coming days will be filled with joy.

I am so grateful to be a part of the 
Give Thanks Tablescape blog tour. 
This is my first one and I am so excited. 
Katherine over at 
has so givingly sponsored this tour 
and I want to say a BIG THANK YOU 
to her for her help and assistance. 
I love her blog! 
Hop over there and enjoy!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday

Joining Sandy
over at
Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

Welcome to my blog, Gee Dazee,
named after a little lady named Grandma Daisy.
Outside my window: The weather is beautiful, the sun is shining and making our lake look like diamonds this morning. The leaves have all blown off the trees opening up our views across the land. 

Looking around my house: A normal Monday, cat toys scattered about, evidence that we have a kitten calling our house home; the Thanksgiving table is set, and the grocery list is on the counter.

I'm listening: to Joel Osteen's sermon. I record them so I can watch them anytime I want. It is a good way for me to start my day.

Todays Verse: John 15: 1 and 2: "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful." This verse has special meaning for me this week.

My menu this week: Tonight we will have sausage and kraut, a meal we don't have often but sounds good today. It is easy, quick and full of flavor. I like to add applesauce to it after eating it at the German Festival in September. It adds a second flavor and makes it a bit mellow. Last week the store had nice Cauliflower heads, so there is left-over Cheese Cauliflower soup for my lunch.  The rest of the week is up for grabs. Turkey and ham is on the menu Thursday. 

My favorite blog post this past week: Aunt Ruthies Sugar Pie Farm House I love her blog and especially her youtube videos. Her recipe for Butter Crunch Pumpkin Bars sounds delicious.

On my to-do-list: Keep up my bike riding, I am averaging 4 miles a day. Thanks to my spine doctors for getting me back on my feet, now I am doing my part by doing a daily tai chi session and riding my bike. I will need to stay with my daily journaling, it is helping me track triggers that may cause a fibromyalgia flare, keep me focused on a healthier diet, and I enjoy the creativity that bullet journaling offers me.  I am also participating in a link up with Katie over at Katherines Corner "Give Thanks Tablescape blog tour". I have been working on my Thanksgiving Table and I will share it on the 22nd. Hope you will come by and take a look.

On my mind: reminiscing. My Uncle was moved to hospice care yesterday. I pray for him and his children, grandchildren, may they find peace and strength. Thanksgiving is a time for me to list everything I have been grateful for the past year. I keep a daily gratitude journal and there seems to never be enough space to list everything. I am most grateful for my life that has lasted longer than I thought it would. Everyday is a blessing. Everyday that is pain free is a bonus!

From my camera: a photo from the winter of 2015, 14 inches of snow. We loved it, and I hope we get another one this year! It was beautiful!

Winter snow in 2015

Thank you for stopping by.
I hope you have a great week!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday

Joining Sandy
over at
Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

Welcome to my blog, Gee Dazee,
named after a little lady named Grandma Daisy.

Outside my window:
It has been a beautiful fall day, it was a cloudy morning with steam rising from the pond, a partly sunny afternoon and a yellow sun setting as I write now.

My back yard.

Looking around the house:
I see cat toys scattered across the floor and flour dust on the cabinet from baking pie crust cinnamon rolls for my mom and brother this morning.

I'm listening:
to the evening weather on one of our local tv stations. We recently changed to a new cable/internet providers. We are enjoying checking out lots of  new channels.

My menu this week:
will include a Salad. And coffee with my new creamer International Delight Caramel. The cat will eat well with many different flavors of her food. As you can see, I have no plan this week.

We are traveling for a couple of days and our allergies have been so bad, we just aren't hungry. We did make it to the store today for necessities like cat food and coffee creamer.

On my to do list:
Have some fun. No big projects this week. The house is still pretty clean, laundry is done (at least for today), and the flower and garden beds are ready for winter. We will travel a couple of days this week and we are looking forward to seeing everyone.

I'll be sending out some cards this week to some dear friends, hoping to make them smile and remind them how important they are to me. One is for a 20th wedding anniversary, and the other a thank you to a dear friend, we also have a birthday coming up this next week.

I do plan to spend one day shopping and having lunch with a girlfriend. We are planning on going to a few mexican grocery stores and perhaps the Amish Store to stock up on some delicious items to be given for Christmas Party Gifts. Their pickled beets are delicious.

On my mind:
Pain, this past week I've had a flair and my joints are not happy. Sleep has been interrupted, if at all. I know it will get better and I am grateful for the time to slow down.

Does anyone know how Claudia over at Claudias page is doing? I have prayed for her and I am hoping that she has found comfort and strength.

I'm using ipiccy for my photos right now, the free version. I miss Picmonkey but it was so slow. Maybe I will eventually figure out how to fix that and I can return. But for now, ipiccy is doing fine.  I also have done some fun things in Pizap, they have some great clip art.

From my camera:

Friends celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary.
Sunset in my front yard.

Thank you for coming by!