Saturday, November 17, 2012

Thanksgiving is Upon Us–Seasonal Sundays # 126

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Welcome to Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper.With Thanksgiving just a few days away, it is a time that we all stop to reflect on just how fortunate we are.

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In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, those of us on the Eastern Seaboard seem to have just that much more to be thankful of.

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It is interesting that in this day  when every industry seems to be finding technological ways of accomplishing much, and we seem to get caught up in the tide that machines can accomplish all…

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…that when disaster strikes you realize just how important humans are.

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It is individuals who have taken their time to donate and volunteer and just help each other.

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I live in suburbia with my neighbors so close to me, but weeks can go by without me seeing them, let alone chatting with them.

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During our ten days without power we saw a whole lot more of our neighbors. We stopped, we chatted, we borrowed outlets to power our gadgets we can’t seem to live without, we borrowed refrigerator space,we did loads of laundry in someone else’s laundry room while sharing a cup of tea in between loads, we shared meals.

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I am thankful for my neighbors, friends and family who reached out to us during the storm. I am thankful for being a part of a community that has gone forth and shared of themselves.

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I hope that you have a blessed Thanksgiving.

- The Tablescaper

43 comments:

Mary said...

We have so much to be thankful for. Thanks for hosting and wishing you & your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Thanks for hosting! I'm glad you stayed safe during Hurricane Sandy. Greetings from Australia ~Pernilla

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Alma, how right you are! It is such a blessing to have human interaction at a time when life is out of kilter. I'm thankful your family had minimal problems -- and thankful for all of you who are reaching beyond yourselves to help those worse off! Happy Thanksgiving.

Barbara F. said...

A very special, and perhaps a little somber, Thanksgiving this year for some of us. Lots to be thankful for, too. xo

Pat said...

We've been without power during ice storms for over a week. It is amazing what you can think of to "get by". We were lucky to have a wood burning fireplace.However we were on a well, so no power no water. Again, we were lucky during the times we had snow to melt for sponge baths. The kids thought of these times as an adventure. That was way back when.:-)

We are taking the house off the market at the end of the month. With the Parkinson's diagnosis, we decided we needed some time to see how that is going along. Our agent thought it would be a good idea to start over at the end of winter. We are happy to do that. So we shall see what happens. The market is all but dried up here and no one buys a house over Christmas anyway.

We have doctor appointments week after next and the week after that we really need to take care of some things at the lake. So we decided, since we are having Thanksgiving out, with the kids, we would just do a little decorating. Not going all out this year. It's been a very interesting year at our house.LOL Ahh...the golden years.

Lisa said...

Glad you made it through the storm ok, and were blessed by community.
Lisa

Entertaining Women said...

I love the scripture, 1 Thessalonians 5:18..."Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." How beautiful is your testimony of new and renewed friendships that have been brought about because of such devastation. Certainly an occasion for giving thanks. Thanks for hosting us midst the chaos, and Happy Thanksgiving. Cherry Kay

FABBY'S LIVING said...

I feel fortunate all year round and thank my Lord as much as I can. I'm so happy that, like you, my family and friends were safe from hurricane Sandy up north in NY and NJ. We almost lost our house here 18 years ago when a den broke and our gorgeous home was under 30 meters of water for a month, before the water finally came out...so I know the perils people that have lost material things are still going through, but we were blessed everyone was safe. Thank you for hosting dear friend. Have a blessed Sunday.
FABBY

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

I am so glad to know that your life is returning to normal. It's amazing when things like a hurricane happens, we all realize what is most important in our lives. The simple "how are you doing," even to a stranger can mean the world to them. Caring is a wonderful thing.

Thanks so much for hosting and I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Sam

Moni - Zuhaus at Home said...

Thank you for hosting - Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Nici - Posed Perfection said...

Thank you for hosting. If there is a silver lining to what you all went through in the wake of Sandy, I think you hit the nail right on the head....people helping people, spending time with neighbors, sharing one another's burdens. Hope that your Thanksgiving holiday will be the best one yet.
Blessings,
Nici

Nici - Posed Perfection said...

Thank you for hosting. If there is a silver lining to what you all went through in the wake of Sandy, I think you hit the nail right on the head....people helping people, spending time with neighbors, sharing one another's burdens. Hope that your Thanksgiving holiday will be the best one yet.
Blessings,
Nici

Cindy Adkins said...

A very thought-provoking post. Yes, we have much for which to be thankful. I'm sure those ten days without power was quite an experience. I heard other stories of how neighbors came together, all helping each other. Some said it reminded them of when they were young and neighbors all knew each other and spent more time together, sharing and socializing. Thank you for hosting and have a wonderful holiday.
Cindy

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Thankful that your family is safe. Thanks for hosting and wishing you & your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

kitty said...

I'm sure you have a new appreciation for friends, family and even strangers. We all have much to be thankful for. Here's wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Laurie Ritchey said...

You are so right. There is much to give thanks for. How wonderful that your neighborhood came together and helped each other. I know there are many on the East coast, who are still hurting. You are all in my prayers. Your photos were so pretty. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. laurie

Denise said...

So very well said! Machines are great for what they are, but as humans, we really can't do without one another. I'm so glad you and your family didn't experience serious losses; we all have much to be thankful for.

Thank you for hosting every week, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Denise at Forest Manor

Sarah said...

You have a beautiful, positive approach. We all have so much for which to be thankful. I'm hopeful that your life will soon begin to return to normal, but we all know that this devastating storm has changed much.
Thinking of you......Sarah

The French Hutch said...

So many were touched by Hurricane Sandy and are still without basic survival needs. Homes, food, clothing, and electricity. As we go about preparing for Thanksgiving, let us remember those affected and help any way we can. I'm so happy to know you are getting back to routine and looking forward to Thanksgiving.
Blessings to you and yours and your wonderful community. Happy Thanksgiving.

~Emily
The French Hutch

MM said...

Very nice post!
Thank you for the party.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for hosting!!
Those of us who live in the eastern seaboard and made it through the Hurricane without losing our homes or our loved ones have much to be very thankful for this Thanksgiving!
i hope you have a wonderful holiday with those that you love!

Hugs,
Debbie

AshTreeCottage said...

In times of crisis we are reminded of just how dependent we are on one another. We are also reminded that it is the very simplest of things that are so important and that we cherish our family and friends above all else. I am thankful that you and your family survived safely and to pray for those who have suffered loss.

Big Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Sonia said...

How wonderful that you and your neighbors were able to come together during this time. It is amazing we were without power for three days during an ice storm and everyone was helping each other. We all have so much to be thankful for and we shouldn't ever take it for granted! Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures and being such a gracious hostess!
Miss Bloomers

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I had friends that had their houses destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in Breezy Point and Belle Harbor, Queens, but we all reached out to help them and their neighbors. So many strangers have been so generous and helpful..it's been such a heartwarming thing to experience. I had no damage so I have much to be thankful for.

Have a very blessed Thanksgiving!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I had friends that had their houses destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in Breezy Point and Belle Harbor, Queens, but we all reached out to help them and their neighbors. So many strangers have been so generous and helpful..it's been such a heartwarming thing to experience. I had no damage so I have much to be thankful for.

Have a very blessed Thanksgiving!

Dining Delight said...

Your beautiful pics tell a wonderful story of thankfulness and your words convey the depth of your emotion in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. My heat felt thoughts and prayers have been with you and those who have suffered her aftermath.

DD

Jann Olson said...

Such a beautiful reminder of how blessed we all are! I think disasters happen in life so that we may all come together. Thanks for hosting.
Hugs,
Jann

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Your photos are so beautiful, as usual. It is amazing how people can come together in time of need. Like you say, we may not have even met our neighbors but they will be there when needed. I just read in our morning paper that 3 of our PG&E neighbors that live in our little town just got back from spending time,helping on the east coast. That's what neighbors are for..Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thanks for hosting..Happy Weekend..Judy

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

It is amazing how people pull together in difficult situations! Thanks for hosting and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Cottage and Broome said...

You are right there is even more to be thankful for this year. My daughter lives in Brooklyn and came thru the storm ok. It was hard to be half way across the country and watch thing unfold worrying if she would be alright. Glad you made it thru with the support of your neighbors. Thanks you for hosting, have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Laura

Shelia said...

This is a wonderful post and you're most certainly right - it takes us helping each other. We went through hurricane Ike four years ago, I'm sure I've told you, and that's exactly what we did. We fed, we housed, we prayed, we did all we could.
Bless you and thank you for hosting your party and I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Linda Primmer said...

Thank you for hosting. Your post is so truthful, regarding giving thanks. human interaction is so important.
We all have so much to be thankful for. Have a beautiful Thanksgiving with your loved ones and friends.

Scribbler said...

Isn't' it funny how the more "connected" we become electronically, the more disconnected we become from real people? It is so true that we don't interact with our neighbors anymore, unless there is a disaster, and then we all seem to pull together, because, I think, it is a survival instinct, going back to the time we lived in tribes.

Thank goodness you and your family are OK, and that your lives are more or less back to normal. But none of you will ever forget what Sandy was, and how it impacted your world.

Thank you for hosting, and for such a thoughtful post.

ETS

Ann Krucek said...

I am glad some good came out of the disaster you have been through. It makes us all sit back and count our blessings. Thanks so much for keeping afloat through the storm and continuing to host this place of sharing!
Have a wonderful Thanksving!

Alycia Nichols said...

I have no doubt in my mind that you and many, many others on the East coast have SO much for which to be more thankful than usual this year. I wish you all a blessed, peaceful and joyful Thanksgiving holiday!

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

I appreciated what you had to say in your post today. You are right--it is good to be part of a community and know your neighbors and get together and say hi. We have amazing neighbors who have been there for us when help was needed, and we do our best to do the same for them as well when we can. I do wish you a very happy Thanksgiving! I also love the turkey plate in your last photo--beautiful with the feathers in the mirror.

Erin~Just*Grand said...

Thanks for hosting the Party. There is so much lovely inspiration here!

Sue said...

a very lovely written post....it's nice to have your neighbors there when you need them....I don't see mine very much as we all sit behind gates....but it's funny I e-mail my next door neighbor all day long....we write back and forth all day instead of just walking outside and talking over the fence....I guess that's where the world is headed....everything is done with technology instead of face to face contact....so glad you all helped each other during the disaster...

Patty (Patty's Pretty Things) said...

Sounds like you have fantastic neighbors. I love to hear stories like yours. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Bellenza Wedding Bistro said...

Such a wonderful account of your supportive community! Truly, there is always something to be thankful for!

Sherry said...

So glad all worked out. How nice someone had a working laundry room! I could imagine grilling on the grill a lot. Thank you for hosting!
Sherry

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

What a beautiful post. We have much to be thankful for! Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Nancy @ Nancy's Daily Dish said...

What a sweet post! Definitely much to be thankful for! Glad you and your family are okay~

nancy