Oh Sophie, you need to start the Thanksgiving celebration and see how it progresses...Thanksgiving is always celebrated on the last Thursday in November...it wasn't exactly thanking God for leaving England, but more Thanking God for surviving the journey and for the friendly tribesmen who helped to provide food. Now adays we are thankful for many other things (which is why I say, start your own and make it grow). We have turkey with cornbread dressing, sweet potato yams, green beans and beets, yeast rolls and collard greens, pumpkin pie, apple pie, cake and this wonderful dish my daughter(inlaw) makes called peach fluff...after dinner we sit around the table and groan, then help each other to the living room where football games are enjoyed by a few and dinner cleanup for who's left, lol...the key is this...family...as many as you can fit around the table and if you need a kiddy table (for the kiddies, lol) you set that up too...ok, you have an entire year to prepare...oh, and you can have ham, too...not just turkey...and if you need a good dressing recipe, there are enough good cooks out here who will be happy to provide one!xoSandi
It's the day after Thanksgiving that could really be a killer - "Black Friday"! In the US all the stores have big sales in order to lure us in to purchase Christmas presents. I never go out. But yesterday I did. UGH! It was some kind of mass confusion everywhere! There was a line at Toys'R'Us that wrapped up and down the aisles, all the way around the store! Why did I subject myself to this you ask? Because my son's girlfriend wanted to go shopping and I'm unable to say no. =) She's a sweetie and thanks to her I am now several hunderd dollars in debt to my credit card. But I did get a whole lot of gifts purchased. Anyhow, proud of you cutting your mortgage down and I'm especially hoping that you get the opportunity to open your shop! Blessings... Polly
You are sounding so much happier this weekend now that your stress is behind you! I can just picture you in your cozy! ha ha Thanksgiving is really a day of spending it with your family and friends and enjoying eating a meal together. Since your not Betty Crocker, get an American friend to make the meal for you and then offer to bring the drinks! Voila - you've got some of the day. If you ever come to the USA, I'm sure many of us would love to have you at our tables. There's only one week left for our Dancing with the Stars! the finals are Tuesday night and I'm not sure who is going to win yet because it is so very close! Have a wonderful day!
I've always wondered about Thanksgiving too, they always seem so fun and cosy on t.v or films!Eeek, how cute is that dressing gown and such a bargain too!Have a great weekend Sophie.love Alison x
Isn't it great when you find unexpected bargains like that? Your evening sounds very relaxing. Enjoy!
Too bad about the heater. I too would be the one running for the manual! We have so much in common. I'd have it up and running in a jiffy. But, with no manual, I'd be too cheap to hire someone so I would go buy a new nightgown and warm socks! :-)Oh, yes, do start your own Thanksgiving holiday. All you need are some good standard American recipes, an empty belly to fill and a thankful heart. Easy!Happy Day, Sophie! Keep warm!xo,Melissa
The main thing with Thanksgiving is how thankful we are for our family, our health, food and etc. It's a time of traditions...being with your family, having favorite foods, football games, shopping, napping, eating again! Just a wonderful family time we so look forward to each and every year.Thanks so much for stopping by my place this morning. Pls. come back soon!bj
Hi Sophie,Love the teddy bear photo, he looks so cozy sitiing there. You'll just have to come on over to the states and celebrate with us one day. It's an excuse to eat alot of good food in a relatively short period of time. Hope your week is not so busy next week. Have a good one.
Sophie, Thanksgiving is such a marvelous time, not just because of the delicious meals, but because it is traditionally a time when all of your family memebers gather and visit together. When I was a girl all of the relatives from across 4 states would come to my Grandparents house. For me that is what makes it special, visiting loved ones that you don't get to see often.I love the spotted fleece dressing gown. I nearly paninced when you said that the heat did not come on until the temperature reached 20 degrees, I thought you were over there freezing to death! Then I realized you must be talking about Celsius....LOL, I am such a goof:)Rhonda
I just LOVE that little 'much loved' teddy in the photo? Who did he belong to? Do you know his history?
Hi Sophie, gorgeous PJ's!! We love spots and what a bargain price :) Thanks to Sandi for the low down on Thanksgiving (above) we wanted to know too and she has a fab way of explaining everything!! A least you will keep snug in those cute pj's and think of the savings in the budget!! J & J
Just think what an equivalent Cath Kidston spotty gown would cost... polka dots are polka dots whatever the pedigree or price.. I love them all!I think Spider would look very fetching in a little knitted number.. if only I could knit!Enjoy your takeaway.. I am sure it will taste even sweeter now that this week is behind you.. MichelexxP.s Thank you Sophie for your kind comments..
I love how Sandi described it all...and it would be fun for you to try it OR You could here next year and be a part of ours!! We will fill you up with all manner of stuffing and turkey and cranberries!I love getting all cosy at night. Flannel sheets and fuzzy socks and warm gowns and down comforters. It was quite chilly and damp last night so all were utilized! When I woke in the middle of the night, I found 2 cats and one dog all cosied up with Bill and me.Now THAT is cosy!Love,Sue
Hi Sophie,You are welcome to come to Thanksgiving at my house anytime!!I make lots of yummy food that I think you would enjoy! I have been getting my Christmas decor out for the last couple of days.I loved your Monica Gellar Reference. You are so funny. You do sound like you are having a very cozy weekend!Visit me again soon,Rosemary
Hi Sophie,Nothing beats a nice fluffy dressing gown and bed socks to snuggle up in when it's cold! I live on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland (the sunny state!) and it's not supposed to get cold here. But in winter it does get a bit chilly night and of course our houses are built for the heat, not the cold (no heating of any kind!) So in winter I need my snuggly warm dressing gown on and maybe even a blanket when I am watching telly.Kathy :)
Sounds like you've been provided with a nice synopsis of Thanksgiving and Black Friday...though Black Friday seems such an odd name for the biggest shopping day of the year. I think it has a negative connotation...but what do I know.:)Ahhh...Thanksgiving, in addition to all the other comments, is such a lovely day to indulge in incredible food, family, friends, and good cheer, and the best part is Christmas is just around the corner. For me, Thanksgiving commences the holiday season...time off from school; my students and I begin to get excited...and it's wonderful to be alive. I usually avoid the big department stores and malls on the Friday after Thanksgiving...opting for a favorite shop of mine where I'm sure to find a bargain or two. Now, enjoying a glass of wine, the glass one of my bargains, and have turkey soup, turkey, potatoes, carrots, Maggie, lots of pepper, simmering on the stove. Can't remember if I mentioned Mr. Silver Bell is from Great Britain.Alexandra
Well, after reading everyone else's post, I just am stopping in to say Hi!!I always enjoy visiting you!Penny
I love the dressing gown! I can see why Spider does too. Now that we are launching into Christmas time - you have to post some photos of your neighborhood! I have a dream of visiting England at Christmas time. For our Thanksgiving we eat all the usual fare: turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin and apple pies. It is a time to be thankful and be with family. It is a great holiday because you don't have to worry about giving gifts or having the house all decorated!Hugs,Karla
Your new dressing gown is lovely - I can see why Spider wants to curl up in it :-}
That robe is so cute, Love the dots and colors and I think Spider needs one too!:)Sandra Evertson
Hi Sophie, your pajamas look wonderful. I really like the colors and the polka dots. I can see why you like to get into them immediately. I have two leisure outfits, not pajamas, but they are very comfortable. I put either of them on straight away as soon as I get home from work. Evy will say, "you're getting your comfy clothes on Mommy". She knows me so well. I'm wearing my Adidas outfit now as a matter of fact :o) alliewww.mycozyhome.typepad.com
What a pretty dressing gown. No wonder Spider loves it! Two of our animals are currently curled up on mine - Toby (dog) & Purdy (cat) have arranged a truce so they can share my pink Disney dressing gown. They look so cute I can't bring myself to make them get off of it!
Hi Sophie, Glad to hear the school inspection went well. Sounds like you have a nice cozy evening ahead, with your wonderful spotted dressing gown (nightgown, in America) and your Chinese take-out. Chinese food sounds great just now, as I am so sick of turkey!xoxo,Mary
Hi again Sophie, Well I just left a comment on the differences in our heating and then I read your post about your dressing gown. That is a term I have never heard used here, they are simply night gowns!Thanksgiving means lots and lots of cooking, and eating the leftovers for days!
WOOHOO - Sophies back with her whimsical tales.Strictly is number 1, I was so glad Matt didn't go I think he is sweet and thought he would be in the dance off. What a turn to see Kelly there, I three faves what about you ?Love the new dressing gown yummy, I love tesco f & f clothes. umm and matching socks yummy.karaxxxxx
Sophie what Beautiful Velvet Chairs & I adore those Fruit Pillows. So Pretty!I Love getting deals, How fun!Angie
How cute! Bargains like this are so fun. It makes wearing it seem even better. I think you have the right idea. After all, the credit on your bills already paid for this and makes you keep the heating arranged as is just so you can get lots of use out of your cuddly and warm robe! And now Spider has even more reason to cuddle up to you which will make you even warmer. I love having a cat on my lap for warmth.How is Spider doing nowadays by the way?~~ Heidi ~~
Once again ooh lala - love the chair! It just looks so rich and romantic and perfect for your home.I think it was this post you were asking about central heat. In Texas, I think it's safe to say most homes are less (probably substantially less) than 50 years old. And I would say a majority have central heat AND air conditioning. It gets so unbearably hot here in the summer; I don't know how it converts to your system but it's just miserable. However, our winters aren't bad. My heat kicked on for the first time Thanksgiving Day. And I use it mainly to take the chill out of the air. I don't know how people can stand to live in the northern US where it gets so cold! But then, they don't understand how we can live with the heat in summer.In answer to your question about magazines, I have not received them but am excited to know they're on their way! Thanks so much!!!Jacki
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