Thursday, November 27, 2008

Giving Thanks


Today is very special for Americans.  A day we stop to give thanks.  I am thankful for this wonderful country I am  privileged to live in, for my dear family and friends, my good health and this year I must add a few more.  This year I am so very thankful for the gift of time my retirement has afforded me.  Now I am able to share my time and talents in so many ways.  I am also grateful for the friendships this blog has brought my way.  What a generous, thoughtful, caring group of friends you have become.  I am touched on a daily basis.  

Today's top photo is what we call "Indian Corn" here.  Who ever heard of Thanksgiving without some Indian corn hanging somewhere!!

Bottom photo:  Thanksgiving is a shop in the Marais district of Paris.   They have everything you could want to make your very own American Thanksgiving feast in Paris!  The store had not opened when we strolled by,  but I pressed my nose against the window and got a look inside.  They have it all and even had boxes of fat orange yams! 

What I'm nibbling this morning with my coffee:  A leftover caramel macaron that i bought last Sunday! Well it's pretty yummy and reminds me of Paris.  Anyone know if you can buy them in the US?
 Bon appetit everyone !!!

Tune du Jour is "What A Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong!



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24 comments:

Blognote said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you, my friend Virginia! We will celebrate this wit American friends here but on sunday when all their other friends whom we see on this occasion, can come to their beautiful home. Americans, Italians, Swiss, Dutch and English, all together around this 13kg turkey and other special food with jams, sweet potatoes, cakes, wine...and, of course the reading of the reason why we are there together.
I am sure you will have a great day!
Diederick

Olivier said...

hummm c'est bon le maïs cuit, j'ai découvert ça à NYC (cela se fait pas beaucoup en France). Je te souhaite une "Happy Thanksgiving"

hummm is good cooked corn, I discovered it in NYC (this is not much in France). I wish you a "Happy Thanksgiving"

Bergson said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you
I leave corn with the hens ;-)

angela said...

Have a great day, V.
As always, I love your photo.

alice said...

Happy Thanksgiving, dear Virginia! I'm thinking about what you ask me by e-mail. Your photos are really beautiful and your eye is so...yours. I'm really impressed but now I know you (just a little), I can more understand your sensitivity which shows through your lens.

Laurie said...

Ah...I knew my fellow Southern friend would have some Indian corn! Great picture and great sentiments. I'm thankful to have become friends with you, V. You're a blessing and a joy.

Tanya said...

*Happy Thanksgiving*
Interesting about the Thanksgiving store in Paris! Would have been neat to been able to buy something there for your Thanksgiving spread!

Kate said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you! May your day be both joyous and fulfilling! I got up early to make cornbread and now we're off to a local school to help deliver dinners to families who might otherwise go without. This tradition has been in effect for decades with a legion of volunteers who purchase and cook the food, fill the boxes, coordinate the addresses, and deliver the meals. When we return to our own home to have our Thanksgiving meal it will truly be a day of blessings!We give thanks for our priviliged lives.

Lori Skoog said...

Great post, and my sentiments exactly. Glad you had such a spectacular trip and enjoy traveling to Paris with you. Yes, retirement offers so much....time is the very best.
Lori

JM said...

Beautiful photo of the indian corn! I don't know how we call it here, but I remember I was very happy when I found one during harvest time at my cousins farm, when I was a kid :-)

I left you a 2nd comment on your previous post, but in case you have not read it, here it goes again:
I've sent you an e-mail as you asked, but it came back to me saying your address was unknown... Here is mine: mendonca.jats@gmail.com
Mail me.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Virginia said...

Diederick,
What a lovely celebration.Wish I could join the festivities with all of you.

Olivier and Bergson, so corn isn't a big treat in France! I would trade the corn for a nice caramel macaron right now with my cafe au lait! :)

Kate, what a wonderful project to be involved with . I may stop by and see my homeless friends at the church today before I join my family. A day to give thanks for all we have for sure.

Lori and Tanya , thanks for stopping by so faithfully.

Alice, I feel the same about you. Look forward to your good ideas for my blog. Oh and send the dimensions for that lovely scarf ( In centimeters of course-ha). I might get my daughter to sew me one!

Karen said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and all who post here. My turkey is in the oven and I sit here in my pj's to read blogs. I do feel that this is a very real community of people and what a pleasure it will be to meet some of you one day.

Then off to dress and finish the fixin's for friends who will be arriving later.

Yes, retirement a good thing.

Like JM,, I tried the e-mail link on your personal page and it didn't work..

Mine is gkgraham@earthlink.net.. I was hoping to pick your brain about Paris and any recommendations you have for my trip.

18 days.....

D said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Virginia!

Dusty Lens said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you have a wonderful celebration. May your cranberry sauce keep away from the mashed potatos! ;)

Eki Akhwan said...

The mention of Thanksgiving makes me long for the delicious roasted turkey and all its condiments(?). Oh how I miss Thanksgiving ...


Happy Thanksgiving, V!

babooshka said...

I'm a veggie- Gary's not. Turkey is the choice at Christmas here. I have always been fascinated by the pardoning of the Turkey by the President. Thanksgiving is a lovely tradition. Love the serendipitous thanksgiving image.

Virginia said...

I have eaten myself silly and there's my daughter's pumpkin pie in the fridge for later! Ahhhhh! Hope you all had as wonderful a feast as we did. I may even have a few decent photos of my granddaughters up in a tree!

Eki,
I think you mean side dishes. Condiments are more things like mustard, ketchup etc. Right??

D. Oh lordy, the game Saturday is looming over our heads like the guillotine! May the best team win.

Rambling Round said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Virginia!

marley said...

A taste of home in Paris, perfect.

Happy Thanksgiving to you V :)

Fabrizio - ikol22 said...

Happy, Happy Thanksgiving Virginia to you and to your family !!!

Guy D said...

Great shots as always. Happy US Thanksgiving.

Cheers!
Regina In Pictures

tr3nta said...

The first shot just like a postcard. Bravo.

Linda said...

I'm with you as far as the free time of retirement. Isn't it wonderful to have the luxury of time to spend as you wish? I love it.

Ming the Merciless said...

I would love to know the Thanksgiving menu at Bayou la Seine.