Thanksgiving Day — Set Aside to Praise God

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One of my favorite holidays is Thanksgiving Day.  I love to get together with my extended family, enjoy a big feast, play games and catch up on how everyone is doing, and to praise God for blessing us in so many ways.

It is my prayer that God will grant each of you lovely Readers a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving.

Psalm 95:1-5
1 Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before Him with thanksgiving
and extol Him with music and song.
3 For the Lord is the great God,
the great King above all gods.
4 In His hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to Him.
5 The sea is His, for He made it,
and His hands formed the dry land.

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Thanksgiving Proclamation

“Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789.

“By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me ‘to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:’

“Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation…

“Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.”

(Please see http://www.heritage.org/initiatives/first-principles/primary-sources/washingtons-thanksgiving-proclamation for complete text.)

Note: The pictures on today’s post came from several lovely eBay sellers. I am linking back to their items to thank them for sharing!

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Wood magnet from a “cardstock COPY of either a vintage trade card, postcard or a copy of an actual photo from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. Each image has been attached to a 1/4″ wood backing and then distressed and sealed with a no shine matte finish.” Seller: myfathershouse4.

Snoopy Brooch Pin
Seller: broochpinner

“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving DVD
Seller: naturalOne

Peanuts Giving Thanks Thanksgiving Snoopy figurine by Lenox; New in Box
Seller: nanu5

Charlie Brown and Snoopy Thanksgiving Figurine by Hallmark
Seller: katperson14

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P.S. Be sure to go see the new Charlie Brown movie in the theaters. It really is a good movie without the usual insipid potty jokes that are in many of the kid movies of today. It’s true-to-form, and I think Charles Schulz would be really proud. I laughed so hard at some of Snoopy’s antics, and I really liked the winding phone cords attached to the telephones and the real typewriter that Snoopy used.
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Magnolia Antique Gallery, Part I

Reflection Selfie at Magnolia Antique Gallery.

Reflection Selfie at Magnolia Antique Gallery.

Magnolia Antique Gallery is one of the antique shops that I visited last Friday.

Located in Fayetteville, Tennessee, the gallery specializes in fine American, European and Asian furniture from the early 17th – mid 20th century.

I met the friendly owners, Sharon and Colin, who were kind enough to allow me to take photos for thewritesteph.com.  Colin gave me a tour of  the antiques that are housed on the three floors of the 15,000 square foot building, built in 1894.

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"Antique stained glass windows from a church in England."

“Antique stained glass windows from a church in England.”

"Black Forest carved wall clock circa 1880 with high-quality French movement that runs 14 days on a winding..."

“Black Forest carved wall clock circa 1880 with high-quality French movement that runs 14 days on a winding…”

The old elevator in Magnolia Antique Gallery.

The old elevator in Magnolia Antique Gallery.

The top of the old elevator.

The top of the old elevator.

Stairway from the mezzanine to the 3rd floor.

Taking the stairs.

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Look for Magnolia Antique Gallery, Part II in an up-coming blog, and be sure to keep watching for more posts about the Fayetteville antique shops that I visited!

In Search of an Antique Typewriter

OldBarnTNNov15Last Friday I had a nice break to run to Fayetteville, TN to go antique shopping. Specifically, I was looking for an antique or vintage typewriter to use on business cards that I plan to make up.

The irony is that I needed business cards to give to my freelance writing contacts. At the same time, I’m having to significantly reduce my writing work load so that I can have more time to homeschool and work at selling our house!

On the way to Fayetteville, I pass several of these little signs.  Reminds me of my unincorporated hometown of Jachin, Alabama.

On the way to Fayetteville, I pass several of these little signs. Reminds me of my unincorporated hometown of Jachin, Alabama.

Anyway, the little road trip to Fayetteville at least gave me a break from my usual juggling of work and allowed me a little time to be creative.

You all would love Fayetteville, that is, if you enjoy antique-ing. You can park in one place and shop all day. This weekend is a great time to go because they are having their 23rd Annual Host of Christmas Past. The festivities start tomorrow, November 13th.

I was thrilled to find a very reasonably priced vintage typewriter (circa 1930-40) at a very good price! I’m going to find some way to incorporate it into my blog! So excited!

Salute to our veterans.

Salute to our veterans.

Old farmhouse, on the way to Fayetteville.

Old farmhouse, on the way to Fayetteville.

View of Fayetteville toward the courthouse square.

View of Fayetteville toward the courthouse square.

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Look for more posts on Fayetteville soon. I plan to feature several of the antique shops that I visited, especially His and Hers Antiques, where I found my terrific typewriter!

Please feel free to use my photographs…I just ask that you please link back to my site. HisAndHersTypewriter

“Look, dog, they set back the time!”

Black Forest carved wall clock, Magnolia Antique Gallery.

Black Forest carved wall clock, Magnolia Antique Gallery.

Well, it’s almost been a week since the most wonderful time of the year: Fall Back Time!

That means that everyone gets an extra hour of sleep, a good thing, especially since it happened on Halloween night…a night of epic trick-or-treating with the kids. So much fun!

We actually made it to early worship services the next day!

Beautiful fall leaves as Madison Public Library.

Beautiful fall leaves as Madison Public Library.

Then again, everyone has to get re-acclimated to the later time. I’m getting hungry for dinner at 4:30 p.m.

I’m not the only one. Try to explain Daylight Savings Time to our two furry family members.

It’s not so bad for our dainty little lady dog, Snuggles. It’s a completely different story for our big black lab, Spike.

Spike starts getting hungry (or at least acting hungry) at 4:30 p.m. every day.

Poor thing, on Monday we were out of dog food and waiting for Lefty to bring home dog food after work. Spike was whimpering and “knocking” on our door at 3:30.1FallBack2015

“Look, dog,” I said, “They set the time back, and you’re going to have to get used to it.” It wasn’t like I could feed him early because the doggy cupboard was bare.

Lefty got home and we fed our pups.

It’s about 5:00 on Friday evening, and Spike is starting to complain. I’d better go take care of him before I post this!

BTW, I soon will be posting about my fun trip to Fayetteville, TN. It’s like antique store paradise! The clock in the above photo is from Magnolia Antique Gallery. Can’t wait for you to see all of the pics that I took!

P.S. I just fed the pups, and Spike is happy, happy, happy! (Snuggles couldn’t care less.)

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