Happy Thanksgiving!

Welcome to the 170th Tablescape Thursday!

This past weekend I began putting together a table setting for Tablescape Thursday.  On Sunday evening, as I was sitting at the computer finishing up my Metamorphosis Monday post, Max kitty walked across in front of the keyboard and onto the left side of my desk.  I picked him up to put him down on the floor since I can’t work very well with him in that spot.  Some how—still not sure how it happened–Max took some papers on the desk, along with my camera that had been sitting on the papers, to the floor with him.  The camera broke apart into two pieces, with the lens flying across the room.  Waaaaa….

The next morning I took it to a Nikon repair center and as I sit typing this Monday evening, I’m not sure when I’ll have it back.  So tempting to run out and upgrade to that Nikon D5100 I’ve lusted after–but I will resist.

Update: Wednesday evening:  I have good news and bad news.  The bad news: I found out Tuesday morning that they can’t get the part to repair my Nikon D40 for a 8-9 weeks, possibly longer.  This is due to a shortage of camera parts caused by the tsunami that hit Japan a while back and now the floods in Thailand.

Now for the good news:  resistance was futile.  I just finished charging the battery on a Nikon D5100.  I couldn’t face Thanksgiving without a camera.  Should I “thank” Max for pushing me off the fence?

No time to play with it now–there’s still cooking to be done, but I really liked the two test pics I took here in the office.  So nice having “live view” again and I think I’ll like the vari-angle monitor for taking tablescape photos.  (HERE’s a 3 minute video about this camera it if you would like to check it out.)

So, though I don’t have pictures of a new tablescape to post for this Tablescape Thursday, due to camera issues this week, I have something a whole lot better.   I pulled up last year’s Thanksgiving tablescape and as I reviewed that post, I realized this was the post with all the beautiful expressions of “thanksgiving” by you.  These beautiful words were left on Facebook last year and I included as many as I could in last year’s Tablescape Thursday post.  They are as meaningful and beautiful this year as they were when they were left last Thanksgiving. Your words say more than any post I could have written for today.

Happy Thanksgiving, dear friends!  I hope this Thanksgiving finds you surrounded by the ones you love.  And I pray the dreams and hopes you expressed last year have come to past.  What are you hoping for and dreaming of this year?  What brings you joy and comfort and fills your heart with thanksgiving today?

Originally posted on November 24, 2010

I am thankful for each day with my husband of 42 years, time spent with our children and 6 grandchildren. As well as my Mom who will be 89 this year.
We are so blessed each & every day Happy Thanksgiving to all. ~Pat~

So thankful for my continued good health as a “C” survivor for 3 years and thankful that my son has completed his middle east tour of duty and is now stationed in the United States . Let’s all pray for our servicemen who will not be able to be with their loved ones this Thanksgiving. ~Julie~

We are grateful beyond words this year that our son-in-law and father of our precious little grandchildren, who has been fighting Stage 4 Lymphoma, is now doing very well. He just has another year of chemotherapy but his Physicians are very optimistic. ~Janine~

I am thankful for my two grandchildren. Their dad will have to go back to Iraq next spring for another year and I am praying that he returns safely home to these precious children. Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow posters. ~Faye~

I’m very thankful for a good health, family and employment. I am also thankful for the opportunities that have opened up for me. ~Jackie~

I am thankful for my family, who give my life joy and meaning, every day; and for friends, who are like family, in many ways! ~Janet~

Last December 18 our family lost our home and all the contents to a house fire….years of collecting and memories. While most people would think that we lost everything..we didn’t because we have a stronger, more bonded loving family. I am thankful God has blessed me with wonderful friends and family. The support from family and friends this year has been amazing! I am blessed. ~Denise~

I am thankful for my family, God’s faithfulness in providing for our family every day, and for His salvation and loving kindness. ~Krysten~

I am so very thankful, especially this year as I am spending Thanksgiving with my wonderful parents. Their health is declining,so every minute I spend with them is a true Blessing. Thank you dear God for everything. ~Sonny~

I am thankful for family, friends, a wonderful forecast of 70 degree temp on Thanksgiving Day and for the continuing recovery of my son in law, a policeman who was injured in the line of duty one year ago today! One year ago we ate our Thanksgiving Dinner in his hospital room- this year our dining room!! ~Terry~

I am thankful for my amazing boyfriend and two dogs. Without them I wouldn’t have made it through the past two years battling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. They are my reason for living. ~Kris~

I am thankful to be planning weddings for both of my daughters-which will take place in the first six months of 2011. Our family suffered great losses in 2010, and we are all looking forward to celebrating these joyful events. ~Carol~

I am thankful for family gatherings to be able to reconnect with everyone because we are all so busy these days, but being able to take time to share a meal with family refreshes my soul! ~Barbara~

I am thankful for my family, and for my special ed children that I transport to school,they are a joy every day not just Thanksgiving. I am thankful for all the men and women in our armed forces and that God is in our lives, looking after us. ~Ann~

I am thankful for the opportunity to live in a free country. I am thankful that in this free country we celebrate a day of Thanksgiving to remember and feel grateful for all our many blessings. I’m thankful that there are men and women who have put themselves in harms way to protect our freedoms. And last but not least I am thankful for my husband and children as well as the very large extended family I am blessed to be part of. ~Cathy~

I am grateful for our Military because of their bravery – we are able to walk free. I am especially thankful and proud of my son, Michael – who is serving his country in Afghanistan. Happy Thanksgiving, baby boy – we love and miss you!!! ~Patrice~

I have so very much to be thankful for. God has blessed me with a loving family, home and many extras! 🙂 Our biggest blessing this Thanksgiving is our 1st grand baby will be spending her first Thanksgiving with us! Blessed memories will be made. ~Shelia~

I was out of work for over 9 months after being laid off. This year was very tough, but a period of tremendous personal growth. I am so thankful for my new job; my family, and my church and their support. I am so so thankful for what I have. ~Tracey~

I’m thankful that we have made it through a really tough year (house flood and a baby in the NICU). I am thankful that God pulled us through with His unfailing grace. ~Corinn~

I’m most grateful for my wonderful expanding family and most especially for my fantastic son of whom we are all very proud. He joined the army when he was just 17 and now ten years later, he is a Sargent and serving in Iraq! We are so very proud of him and grateful to all those who serve our country in such a selfless and brave way. God bless to all our service members, both on foreign soil, and here in the USA! We love and appreciate each one of you! ~Marlon~

I…..AM…..THANKFUL! There are many material things that make our lives comfortable and though I am thankful for them all, I am most thankful for the gift of love. Love allows me to reach beyond petty things and embrace those who are sometimes unlovable. And of course, even larger, love allows me to receive love an…d forgiveness when I’m rude angry or bitter. Love conquers all and makes my heart soar when I gather around the table with those near and dear to me. I’m simply amazed and thankful that so much love can even be shared with those we’ve never met via blogs, facebook and other wonderful sites. ~Donna~

I am thankful for the simple things in life.. for instances when your family wipes their feet when entering the house after you have spent all day cleaning! or the chickadees singing at the bird feeder in the morning. ~Joy~

This is my very first Thanksgiving on my own. Moved across the country this year and will be away from family. Even though I miss them I am sure grateful to be lucky enough to take on this adventure. ~Ellie~

I am thankful to God for beating metastatic melanoma cancer this year. Found a lump under my arm and found out it was cancerous. Had 7 months of chemo and surgery and 30 days of extensive radiation treatments. I am currently cancer-free and SO thankful to be alive and thankful for everyone who prayed for me! ~Faith~

I am thankful for my family and our health. Our son is deployed and I will miss him and our sweet daughter in law this holiday season. Keep our military families in your prayers. ~Anita~

This year my family and I are so very blessed and thankful that are all together for the first time in 20 years! If If ever I had to give the meaning of “Thanksgiving” I would say this is it,family love and great cooking! ~Terry~

I am thankful for my wonderful husband of 24 years and my two daughters. I have been truly blessed! Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving! ~Pam~

I am thankful for the bounty God has bestowed on us and as we share it around the table there will be laughing and talking and the making of another beautiful memory! ~Rebekah~

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Chargers: Neiman Marcus or Horchow, years ago
Dinnerware: Spode, Woodland-3 years ago; Turkey Salad plates, Spode, Woodland-this year
Turkey Tureens: Old Time Pottery, 1 year ago
Crystal: Waterford: Iced Beverage-Araglin; Crimson Hock Goblets-Lismore, 3-4 years ago
Napkin Sheaths: Pier 1, this year
Plaid Napkins under napkin sheaths: HomeGoods, 2 year ago
Napkin Rings: Pier 1, 1 year ago
Duck Knife Rests: eBay 3 years ago
Antler Flatware: eBay, last year
Stainless Flatware: Spode, Woodland, 3-4 years ago
Ruby Flash Salt Cellars: eBay, 4-5 years ago
Red Candle Holders: Hobby, Lobby 3 years ago
Small Votive Holders: Kohl’s, 3 years ago
Candles: Colonial Candle
Glitter Pine Cone Place Card Holders: Walmart, 2 year ago
Deer: Lowe’s, last year
Nandina and Cypress: from my yard

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  1. What a "fortunate" accident, Susan! I say give that kitty an extra helping of tuna fish for pushing you into that purchase. I love my Nikon D90 so I'm sure yours will work fabulously for you. I can't wait to see your NEXT tablescape.

    It was extra nice to revisit last year's though. Love all that vibrant RED & sparkle!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you & the whole family.
    Many Blessings,

  2. Kim @ Savvy Southern Style says

    Susan, your table is gorgeous of course. Thanks for hosting and have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. Glenda/MidSouth says

    Sorry about the camera. 🙁
    I still have not replaced mine that was stolen. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  4. once in a blue moon says

    i can't even tell you how many cameras my pets have broken… upgrades are always the nice offset 🙂

    wild over your mini turkey tureens, so cute. the table looks fantastic, i have learned to ONLY set the table hours before dinner, otherwise i would be livid replacing dishes out the ying yang with my naughty extra paws.

    wishing you a very happy thanksgiving and thank you for the years of hosting~

  5. Blondie's Journal says

    Your table was nothing short of spectacular! And reading all of these expressions of gratitude warms my heart immensely! Thanks you, Susan, for writing one of your best posts!

    Warm wishes for a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!


  6. Gorgeous!!!

  7. ♥ Sonny ♥ says

    I am so sorry about your broken camera but happy that you the camera you've been dreaming of.

    I so enjoyed ready all of the posts from these sweet folks.
    I am grateful for every moment I have on this earth with my loved ones and friends.

    Happiest of Thanksgivings to You and Yours.

  8. Congratulations on your camera! I do love your beautiful table and the centerpiece of fresh Nandina.

    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy your weekend.


  9. Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR says

    Susan, what a gorgeous table, as always! Thanks so much for hosting this party each week! I am glad to link up! Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. Designing Lady Jane says

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful post. It was truly heartwarming to read the stories of challenges met, blessings delivered and gratitude given. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  11. It is a blessing in disguise, Susan. Your table last years was simply stunning. Happy Thanksgiving to you all! We sure have so much to be thankful for….Christine

  12. I so love your Nandina idea for a centerpiece, it's simply beautiful!

  13. I am grateful to share time here each week. Thanks!

  14. Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) says

    Hi Susan, sometimes the unfortunate becomes the fortunate. I've been wanting to upgrade and have held off, I do not want Miss Scooter to help out in my want for new camera.
    What a beautiful table with a beautiful post, so warming to the heart. Thank you for hosting each and every week, you bring such joy to our hearts. From our home to yours Happy Thanksgiving. hugs ~lynne~

  15. FABBY'S LIVING says

    Stunning table, the center piece is gorgeous, such a talented lady you are and I count you as one of my blessings for this one year of blogging, such wonderful inspiration you are and you share every day with us. Thank you so much for everything lovely hostess.
    Happy Thanksgiving and many blessings to your son. FABBY

  16. Well I think Max knew how much you wanted a new camera, so he decided to help you. He is expecting special treats in his Christmas stocking.
    Susan, we north of your border have had our Thanksgiving, but I wish you, your family and all the posters here, a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving.
    Your tablescape is as gorgeous as I remembered it.

  17. Entertaining Women says

    Sad about your camera…and thrilled about your new Nikon! I'm enjoying my new Nikon so much…and it's so much smarter than I…lots to learn and a steep learning curve to boot. Enjoyed reading the Thanksgiving comments again. I pray that all of them have had a good year…maybe we'll hear from them again. I pray that you have a peace filled Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends. Cherry Kay

  18. martinealison says

    Un accident "heureux"!!… presque n'est-ce pas ?
    Je vous souhaite une très joyeuse Thanksgiving avec de gros bisous.

  19. Have fun the shooting photos for the holidays!

    The Dining-room is stunning:)

    Have a blessed Thanksgiving with your family…

    Thankyou for hosting another wonderful table-scape party!

    Kay Ellen

  20. Sherry@ Ties2ThePast says

    Good ole Maxie Cat!!
    Congratulations on your winning pumpkin!
    Can't wait to see what you do with the Waverly fabric!

  21. Debbie@Mountain Breaths says

    What a "fortunate" accident, Susan! Some day soon you will be thanking that kitty for the helping you make a spontaneous decision on that new purchase. I am still kicking myself for telling my husband that I did not need a new camera. He wanted to get me the Nikon D90 😉

    Thank you for taking the time to compile the comments from last year! Your dining room is lovely decked out with the reds of the upcoming holiday season.

  22. Thank you SO much for hosting each week~ it gives me so much pleasure & enjoyment! Enjoy your new camera! Wishing you & your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

  23. Susan (My Place to Yours) says

    So sorry about the camera woes, Susan. Sounds like you're going to have fun playing with your new toy, though! Happy Thanksgiving and many blessings to you and yours in the holy season ahead.

  24. Congratulations on your new camera! This table is beautiful! Hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving!


  25. Wonderful new camera!!!! Have a special Thanksgiving , blessings, Flavia

  26. Hi Susan- That's terrible about your camera! I just picked out a new Nikon for myself too! I didn't want an SLR though so I didn't go the route of the D5100. Your table from last year was beautiful and rich with tradition!
    I'm thankful to be visiting my Mom (89 yrs old) and the rest of my family. Each holiday becomes more precious as the years fly by. I'm thankful for my son and his new wife's marriage and for my daughter's new stage in life and being on her own. Most of all I'm thankful for good health!
    Happy Thanksgiving! Liz

  27. Dining Delight says

    Happy Thanksgiving Susan! Sorry about your camera but glad you were able to move on to a new one. I'm also also glad how it turned out that you reposted this 'scape from last year. Not only is the table gorgeous but the thankful notes with each view of it are so meaningful and help me remember things I'm thankful for even when our Thanksgiving (Canadian) is over.
    Hope you have a wonderful day!

  28. Kerry Rossow says

    I love Thanksgiving!What a wonderful time to reflect on our blessings!
    Thank you for hosting all of these wonderful parties!
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

  29. Really Rainey says

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Susan :0)

  30. Oh my, Susan, what a gorgeous table. Everything's beautiful and the notes of gratitude are so special.
    Enjoy your new camera and a very blessed Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  31. Valorie Hart - The Visual Vamp says

    Happy TG Susan, and thank you for hosting this wonderful event every week.
    Love to all the tablescapers out there!
    xo xo

  32. Greetings Susan!

    Just stopping by to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving and holiday season. Thank you for always hosting my 2 favorite online blog events which has truly inspired growth in my world of design.


  33. On Crooked Creek says

    Max is one adorable cat!!! One needs to embrace blessings in whatever form they may come. Have a blessed Thanksgiving, dear friend!

  34. Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads says

    Can't wait to see some photos with your new camera! I enjoyed reading this post so much as well as seeing your table from last year. I thought the nandina and the cypress from your yard were just gorgeous on your table.

  35. Good Kitty! You got mommy an early Christmas Present! ;-D

    I'm thankful for my son and his safe trip home and the time we get to spend with him. I'm grateful for my whole family and that I can spend these later years near my mom and dad.

    Happy thanksgiving!

  36. Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) says

    Hi Susan, I hope you don't get duplicate messages from me as I am having trouble publishing my comment! I purchased the d5100 this spring and have been enjoying it tremendously all summer. I also purchased an additional lens for more telephoto capability. I don't think your current Nikon lens will work with this camera (actually not sure on that) so I am very interested to see what you add for macro and telephoto. I think my favorite part of this camera is the tilting screen, which allowed me to take pictures of the baby birds in my umbrella! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Linda

  37. Kelly Marie McKee says

    Happy Thanksgiving! Congrats on the new camera. I just upgraded from a Nikon D40x to a Nikon D7000 (early Christmas present from my beloved!) So excited!

    I look forward to seeing pics from your new camera!

  38. Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you had a wonderful time with your family. I must admit, I am very jealous of your new camera. I have had a Nikon D50 for years and have been very happy with it…until my Dad bought a D5100 this year! I have been playing with it and it is so much fun. There are so many fun features and the pictures are amazing. I have to keep telling myself that my camera still works fine and that I do not need a new camera…but it is not working very well. Ha Ha.
    Enjoy your new camera and have a wonderful weekend.

  39. I love this tablescape its beautiful. I also loved reading all the "thankful" comments between the photos, what a lovely post. It has made me realise I must be more thankful for the good things that happen amongst the most difficult time of my life.

    Thank you


  40. Aksel Bratvedt says

    Oh.. its so frustrating to have a broken camera during this season when all you want to do is to take pictures of every single moment with your family. Anyway, that was a very nice table set up.It looks expensive..I love the plates with turkey prints on it! Happy Thanksgiving!

  41. Tamera Beardsley says

    Stunningly heartfelt post…but it did take a while to read… through the massive amount of tears it generated in me!

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