Happy Thanksgiving to friends and family in the States….

Which brings me to this very amusing picture that my daughter Christie sent via WhatsApp last night.    When this was taken around 1980 WhatsApp and all the rest of the social media stuff was pure science fiction.

I always got up at about 5 a.m. on Thanksgiving so that I could feed the animals..and then get the turkey into the oven for a long slow cook.   Bear in mind that cooking is not my best attribute, however I did this for years and remember oh so well all the routines and traditions  that surrounded it.   My husband Bill must have taken this picture…..again long before digital cameras. Happy memories:)


This photograph was taken around the same time….although here I am doing something I feel more comfortable with……


Its hard to believe that we are now entering the festive season.    The past year seems to have melted away.

My daughter Christie will be joining me here on the 16th of December for ten days….for which I am very grateful and then next May I will spend two weeks on the farm with my son Jarrod and his partner Kendle.   Happy days indeed.

The beginning of the festive seasons means it’s time for some Christeve the Cat in the Magical Town of Crickadoon images.

Here Christeve the Cat looks down from her favourite tree at the little cottage that looks so cozy and warm…..wishing she had a home of her own…..

Note that the magical hummingbirds surround her……………


Those of us with food in the cupboard and a roof over our heads do indeed have much to be thankful for.    It’s vital that we remember all those who are not so fortunate…..

A Bientôt








25 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving to friends and family in the States….

  1. Writing to Freedom

    Happy Thanksgiving from the US Janet! I love the two photos of you and am delighted that you will have some festive family time with your children. You look so happy and radiant in those images! Hugs and stuff…

  2. Liz Grant

    Hi Janet,

    Thank you for all the lovely posts this year! I’m sorry we haven’t quite managed to get you to Norfolk for a few days…..let’s make it a New Year’s resolution!!

    I hope you have a wonderful festive season with your daughter! ……and we must keep in touch!

    Liz xx

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      HI Dear liz…yes we must see one another in Norfolk during 2020. By the way if your ears were burning during my Olhao week in October it’s because (the other Liz) was asking after you….it was a fantastic week. Hope you enjoy a lovely holiday season, and look forward to seeing you soon. Janet 🙂 XX

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Yes, this is a happy picture…and juxtaposed to the one of me about to prepare turkey, I think says it all. We women often play so many roles in life. However, after my turning point at forty, I took the right path for me. – thank goodness.:)

      1. Emma Cownie

        It’s funny how it often takes us a while to find the right path (often the path we wanted all along but didn’t allow ourselves to follow for various reasons).

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you – I find the juxtaposition of these two photographs taken of me at the same time to be so telling. I can now l look. back and see though images like these the struggle I endured during those years just to be me……

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you dear Dina….Not only did I cook the Thanksgiving feast for years but then like so many people in the States four weeks later did the whole thing again for Christmas:). Happy holiday season to you my friend and this year with the little urchin it will. be a special one. XXX

  3. Jet Eliot

    Thanks for taking us back in time with you, Janet — it’s fun to see you with smiles on your face back then too. Your painting of the cozy cottage is marvelous. Sending you lots of love and thanks for all of your inspiring messages and exquisite art over the years. And best wishes for a truly delightful time with your daughter.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      My dear Jet, Thank you for the lovely comment…and hard as it is to believe, but dear Christie spent ten wonderful days with me, and is now back in Boston. We really had a beautiful time together. I will see her in May when I visit my son and his partner in Amish country…and so not too long. I do hope that you have enjoyed a lovely holiday season and that 2020 brings with it good health, peace, love and of course an abundance of creativity. Janet X

  4. davidjrogersftw

    I love that shot of you with rosy, youthful cheeks and your memories which Im sure stir similar memories in all of us Yanks. I love your ever-present colorr that adorns your every work of art and your sweet sentiments here: all Thansgivings are innocent and pure, aren’t they? Christie arrives in two days: Diana and I are so happy for you and her. Thank for this lovely little post.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning David. Hard to believe but after ten glorious days with Christie, she is now back in Boston and I am getting my ducks in a row so that I can begin painting and writing in the new year…… I have much to be grateful for at the beginning of this new year….I am feeling physically very well and am raring to go.
      I hope, my dear friend, that the same is true for you. You and the family are very much in my thoughts….See you in 2020. Janet 🙂 X

  5. davidjrogersftw

    “Glorious days” with Christie–wonderful treasured memories. Our kids are strewn about–one in the Florida Keys, one in LA, and the girls together In San Francisco. I’m looking forward to yours and my conversations in 2020,


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