This Thanksgiving day I am thankful.

I am so thankful and blessed to be living my dream.

And every day…..every single day… blessings spill over….tumbling and turning and swirling and twirling into the crisp cool country air.


So today….I want to pause and give thanks and count a few of my blessings.



So here…in no particular order are 12 thankful thoughts I had today as I was driving the winding Kentucky roads:


1.  I’m thankful that we have salamanders and the people that love them that live here at thistlewood.

2.  I’m thankful the salamanders stay outside.

3.  I’m thankful for international harvesters and hay trucks and the hay that covers the road and the cows that eat the hay.

4.  I didn’t realize how thankful I was for piles of hay and harvesters and barns and cows until we drove in New York City.  Yikes 🙂


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5.  I’m thankful for Pinterest and washers and soap bubbles….and stinky socks.

6.  I’m thankful for Wal-Mart that has bags of nice new clean white socks when you just can’t seem to get the gray ones clean.

7.  I’m thankful for the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and that Kim seems to have gotten herself together and Lisa has a new home and Brandy got her cast off and that the new housewife who used to be a model and now is married to a famous song-writer has joined the show.  I think she will keep it interesting.

8.  I’m thankful that when I’m not watching the Housewives of various cities all over the country…..the Hallmark channel and my hero, Larry Levinson, have a never-ending stream of a little sappy….always sweet…..Christmas movies.



9.  I’m thankful for this blog and I wish I could put myself up for adoption into their family.

10.  I am thankful for all the pilgrims and the settlers and the Shakers and the Quakers and the adventurers and so many people who suffered such hardship to establish this incredible nation.

11.   I am thankful that Christmas comes right after Thanksgiving and that I am sleeping in and shopping on-line on Black Friday.


12.   And I am thankful for you.


Sitting here…..having pumpkin spiced latte or sparkling water or tea or diet coke…..with me.

Do you have any idea the incredible blessing you are to me?


Your words, your encouragement, your honesty, your generosity and your smiles.

Your smiles (and an occasional chortle or two) are the best.

So thank you my wonderful friends…..

…..and have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving.  🙂


PS  Today I love thankfulness and turkey and family and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade…..but tomorrow….seriously….I am ALL about the Christmas decorating!  Hope to see you then!



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  1. Image for Susan Susan

    I'm thankful for your blog and how you always bring a smile to my face when I read it. Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. Susan

  2. Image for Sarah@20 State Sarah@20 State

    Happy Thanksgiving and thank you...for sharing your words and thoughts and humour, you just make my day.

  3. Image for Karen Karen

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, and I look forward to seeing your Christmas decor. Thanks for the smiles and laughs! Karen

  4. Image for Bethanie Henry Bethanie Henry

    Im thankful for your admit to watching the Housewives of Everywhere (that's me) just proves you're real. What is it with those shows?! Thank you for your amazing and brilliant ideas, and your sense of humor. I get you. :) Happy Thanksgiving....cant wait to see your Christmas decorations...I'd like to be a fly on your wall, watching it all!!

    1. Image for Gina Gina

      So good to know there are housewives watchers out there! I get chastised for watching them by my husband, but somehow he knows all their names and stories! ;)

  5. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! And I am thankful to have stumbled onto your blog, because you have given me more ideas, giggles and laughs with my morning coffee!! ;)

  6. Image for Peggy Peggy

    Happy Thanksgiving! I am currently sitting here watching as the sky turns golden through the fog strewn fields. Grateful that my husband hasn't had to deploy in years now, for the cup of coffee he just brought me, for friends who opened their home to us so that we could share the day with them, for family who are all hundreds of miles away, for a son who has a job in this precarious economy even if he does have to work today, thankful that he has a job to go to no matter how few hours he is given, and thankful for you my friend, we have never met in person but that doesn't change the fact. Have a wonderful day and year to come!!

  7. Image for Amy W. Amy W.

    What a beautiful blog to wake up to and read this morning! I feel truly blessed that the internet could bring me a huge blessing such as your blog into the comfort of my home, while I'm wearing my scruffy robe sipping on a hot beverage enjoying the quiet sun-arising in the sky, while the rest of the family is still slumbering respectably in their beds! This Thanksgiving I am giving Thanks for all of the inspiration you have brought into my world! Wishing you the best celebration eva!!!

  8. Image for Gretchen Gretchen

    Karianne...I am thankful that I got to MEET you this year. I'm so glad too for Kim. I should have known that you would be a fan of the same show that I love. Enjoy your day with your family!

  9. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    As I count my incredible blessings this year, I am so happy that one of them is you...thank you for the joy you bring to all of us!!.... In-between cooking today, I am decorating away!....Have a wonderful day of blessings with your family!!!!

  10. Image for Michele Michele

    Happy Thanksgiving to one sweet lady! I am so th ankful to have this blog world and to "link" to so many wonderful people, honestly I never feel lonely anymore. Huge hugs, Kari Anne!

  11. Image for Linda Adams Linda Adams

    Happy Thanksgiving Karianne! Did you say you were cooking a turkey? Whatever you make I'm sure you will have a wonderful day with your sweet family. I'm thankful for much and I am thankful to have met you. Joyous wishes, Linda

  12. Image for Pinky Pinky

    I am thankful, among MANY blessings, for YOU and your humor and heart and soul and writig and creativity and SMILE!!!!!!!!!!! Your posts always make me smile and feel calm. Wishing you a BEAUTIFUL day!!!!! XO

  13. Image for Janet Janet

    I am so Thankful for you and the beautiful (and funny!) blog that you write. Thank you for sharing your wonderful GIFT of creative blogging. Have a blessed Thanksgiving and NOTHING has calories in it today so ENJOY! :)

  14. Image for Marian Marian

    Karianne, You telepathic woman! I AM sitting here having a Diet Coke with you! And I am thankful that you chose to become my friend and see the humor of it all when I had my messy house melt down after seeing your amazingly lovely home. Your comment that day will remain at the top of my "most exciting blog moments ever" list. I have so enjoyed reading Thistlewood Farms and getting to know you bettter, one day at a time. May your turkey be juicy and may your shopping provide everything you want for what you have to spend. (That's the best Thanksgiving weekend blessing I can think of.) Marian

  15. Image for Betsy(@coastal-colors) Betsy(@coastal-colors)

    Happy Thanksgiving! I'm thankful to know you and read your lovely blog! May your Thanksgiving be filled with many wonderful blessings!

  16. Image for Vanessa Vanessa

    Consider yourself officially apart of our family sister Karianne...wait...that sounds more like we are sister wives or something. LOL! You know how much we cherish you and your friendship and I'm so thankful you are in my life. You are a constant source of encouragement, support and hilarity. This blogging world, and MY world, wouldn't be the same without you and we hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving day! Love, Vanessa

  17. Image for Linda @ it all started with paint Linda @ it all started with paint

    I'm thankful the turkey's on the grill, everything is ready to go with a quick warming or nuking ... and that I'm showered and squeaky clean! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving day and please be sure to extend an extra special "thank you" to my biggest fan! :)

  18. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    thankful for you too; I enjoy reading about your little part of the world. :) And later when the hubs has recovered from his feasting, we're getting the Christmas stuff down so tomorrow I can decorate for Christmas too. Ah, I love this time of year. Can't wait to share it with you! Happy Thanksgiving!

  19. Image for Gwen Gwen

    Ah yes. I wrote blessings from The Lord today in my black socks which by the way do not show dirt!!! And I also thanked God for the ways I am wonderfully made by Him---a friend taught me to do this one, its harder!! But daily I thank Him for creating me--kind of like we create projects--what if they could talk and only griped how we missed a spot of paint over here? And all the while it was how we'd created that piece to be--you know, chippy paint look and makes it more beautiful than's like that with God? Do I hurt Him when I criticize how He made me when He declares me His loving child? So I'm learning slowly to be thankful for me as God made ears, my nose is good etc Happy Thanksgiving and the photos are gorgeous. What beauty in your photos! Thank you!"

  20. Image for laurie laurie

    Oh are such a blessing in my life and I am SO grateful to have met you here in blogland! You inspire me to no end. You always bring a smile to my face. You write like no body else I know. And your sweet, fun, loving personality just sparkles through your blog. Thank God for you, my friend! You are truly loved in blogland!!!! xoox laurie

  21. Image for Angela Recker Angela Recker

    I'm thankful for family & friends, Thanksgiving Day parades & my faith in God. And I'm thankful for YOU & the beauty you share with us. You are living MY dream too!

  22. Image for Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads

    So thankful that I've met and gotten to know such wonderful blog friends like you! Your photos and creativity are so inspiring, but it's your humor that I truly love the best. Hope you have had a wonderful day, and there is NO way I'd get out in that mess tomorrow!

  23. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Life is good and I'm thankful for my life that has been filled with so many blessings. Thank you for sharing with us your amazing talents. You make my day with your heartfelt posts. I have to share, when my husband and I were getting the turkey ready earlier today, he said do you remember the time you cooked the bird upside down and we thought all the meat was gone? We had a good laugh and I thought of you and some of your adventures in cooking. Happy Thanksgiving!

  24. Image for tara tara

    Hi. I'm Tara and I also watch Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Atlanta and Orange County. I occasionally watch New Jersey, if I want to watch the real crazies. :) love your thankful list....

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