Thanksgiving is a time for me to slow down and be thankful for the simple abundance in my life.
I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to read my grandma’s journals several years ago. What struck me the most was how modestly they lived. As a child there was an abundance of food, family, cousins, places to have a playhouse, animals and red dirt!
The old farmhouse didn’t have indoor plumbing until the mid 1960’s. Before then we would trudge outside to the two holer. As a child I thought grandpa and grandma were lucky because at our home we only had one hole, inside!
My grandma would start before daylight peeling potatoes for mashed potatoes that would stay warm in an old crock with a plate turned upside down for the lid. Dough would be rising for dinner rolls and my job was gathering canned vegetables from the cellar.
She did this on Thanksgivings and on Sundays. Family would arrive for the day every Sunday. She never knew if 6 would show up or 26. But there was always enough food and nothing went to waste. I don’t know how she did it.
What I didn’t know was the “chicken” was really a rabbit dad shot that morning!
It was around Thanksgiving that dad made a bunk bed for my room. My little brother was outgrowing the crib and my small bedroom would not hold two twin beds. Someone gave dad 4 by 4 rough lumber that he piled into our little room. He made the sturdiest bunk bed ever!
Then using leftover paint from the garage…
…he painted it black.
My dad taught me an abundance of simple things. Most important, there was not a problem that couldn’t be solved.
We solved that problem by leaving it in the house!
On Thanksgiving weekend 3 years ago dad passed away at 76 years old. I spent the week of Thanksgiving with him at Hospice. I learned much during that week. He was surrounded with simple abundance of love and family.
When money was scarce, as a single parent to my awesome son, we still had simple and abundant Thanksgivings.
Even when the centerpiece caught fire and the freezer broke, and the pies burnt. Lesson learned; don’t place candles too close to flowers, don’t try to defrost the freezer with an ice pick and burnt pies…
Well, I’m still trying to learn that one. 🙂
You can click on the photos below to see the details of the projects in the simple abundance buffet table. Because like Mike says, “You never throw anything away and have everything you’ve ever owned.”
I spent under $26 dollars on my buffet decor…
I hope you enjoyed reading about my Simple Abundance Thanksgiving.
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?
I had the fantastic occasion to join a creative group of 24 bloggers on this Thankful at Home blog tour. Please take time to visit, comment and follow each for amazing Thanksgiving projects, stories and traditions.
Here’s the list. Now go get inspired. 🙂
Savvy Southern Style
Lilacs & Longhorns
The Inspired Room
The Crafty Woman
What Meegan Makes
Maison de Pax
Confessions of a Plate Addict
My Soulful Home
Cedar Hill Farmhouse
The Lilypad Cottage
A Little Claireification
Fresh Idea Studio
The Rustic Pig