Sunday, November 27, 2011



Living With Thanksgiving began three years ago with my daughter's help and my first post was my Thanksgiving Table. It has been an incredible journey meeting people with similar interests, learning how to make pictures, writing and styling my blog and most of all the challenge of technology. I still do not have that down but do want to learn. With each  new follower I felt a sense of excitement that someone would be interested in viewing things I liked! Would you believe I have not had a giveaway? I am close to the traditional 100 followers so I am having a giveaway to celebrate on December 11, 2011. James Farmer has written a new book, "A Time to Plant" just recently published. James is a talented young man you may have seen on the Today Show and in Southern Living magazine recently. Read about him here on his blog and  view his tablescape he shared on the Today Show. Now, I have tried to make a blog button and failed so....... if someone out there can talk me through it that would be great. Otherwise just copy and paste the picture below on your sidebar  and tell me in a comment you did that for one chance to win the giveaway. For another entry tell me why you started your blog and something meaningful to you about blogging. For the third chance to win consider following my blog or tell me you are already a follower. I am excited about sharing a book I would like to own with the winner on December 11, 2011.

This is James tablescape he did for the Today Show.

Looking forward to hearing from you!  Bonnie

P.S.  I had a great time meeting Lana from Lana Austin Motif this weekend. It is raining at my house! So happy...We need rain badly!  

Monday, November 21, 2011

A Special Friend's Thanksgiving Table


I think her fruit centerpiece is stunning!

My friend's table begins in the fall with pumpkins and as Thanksgiving approaches several turkeys are added. Later the table is set for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with family.

Her faux bittersweet is so real looking you have to touch it up close to tell it is not real. She and I wish we could find some more as nice as this. She bought it years ago in Alaska!

Her pretty pilgrims added to the table celebrate the tradition of remembering America's first Thanksgiving.

I love the lace and embroidered platemats and grapevine napkin rings.

Beautiful vintage plates I believe belonged to her grandmother.

This is the buffet in the dining room.

Another variation. I like them both.

 Other vignettes around the house.

Don't those pies look good?

The kitchen bar is festive too!

This is the prettiest fall wreath I have ever seen.

I am thankful for my special friend. She always answers the phone with a lift in her voice and is glad to hear from me. A friend that lifts you up and supports you is a GREAT BLESSING! I appreciate her letting me share her home with you.

I wish all of you a very happy and blessed day on Thursday. May you have travel mercies if you are on the rode and enjoy and cherish the time with your families this Thanksgiving. My blessings are too numerous to count but I am grateful for all God has richly provided. An added blessing for me is that I will get to meet a fellow blogger many of you know, Lana Austin. Visit her special blog here and remember her as her husband is deployed.

Linking to Tablescape Thursday.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Vignettes from Virginia


My daughter-in-law's parents home in Virginia should be on the tour of homes. Everywhere you look are lovely and interesting vignettes. I couldn't resist snapping pictures to share with you. They are not the best photographs because we were talking and visiting but I know you will enjoy Johanna's creative flair and great eye. So many antique and vintage things that add so much charm and richness. There are toys in the background and nothing was staged- just as it was with a house full of company and a baby playing!

I don't mind slipping in another shot of our little grandson even if he had a runny nose.

Johanna, don't kill me about the pantry shot but you looked so cute in your "red cowgirl boots."  Anyway, your pantry was impressively organized too! Thank you Joe and Johanna for a wonderful visit. We had so much fun! There was never a dull moment and we talked and talked. Wouldn't you love to see their home decorated for Christmas?

After being gone for seven days I am very busy catching up. If I have not visited your blog I will as soon as I can. How does everyone keep up?

I am so honored by Lana Austin @Lana Austin Motif to be in the company of other great bloggers she has honored with the Versatile Blogger Award. View her beautiful blog here. Please pray for her husband, Tom recently deployed to Afghanistan. You can read her moving tribute to him and others deployed titled Afghanistan on her sidebar.

Joining Wow us WednesdaysTabletop TuesdayVintage FridayPotpourri Friday and Seasonal Sundays.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Veteran's Day at Williamsburg


My husband and I have been traveling for the last seven days. It has been a delightful week each day full of good times with family and friends starting in Alabama then to Washington D.C., and several places in Virginia.  We are in North Carolina tonight on our way home.  I hope to post later about touring Monticello, Mount Vernon and great countryside inbetween. The scenery has been spectacular! This is the prettiest fall I can remember! We have feasted on such glorious colors. God has painted a masterpiece of rich vibrant reds, oranges, and  yellow leaves on rolling hills and on tree lined streets.  These pictures were made in Williamsburg, Virginia yesterday. Crazy to start backward posting about our trip!

This is our little grandson strolling down main street at Williamsburg "his way."He isn't walking yet but he can lean on his locomotion and walk. Isn't he the cutest thing?

 Fur hats are so warm on a cold day.  My daughter-in-law and her parents.

  We are so  blessed to have a beautiful and wonderful daughter-in-law. Her parents couldn't be better either. We were the recipients of their kind hospitality. Our active duty son was pulling duty on Veterans Day. We missed having him with us.

 It was a beautiful sunny day but quite cold and windy. Hot apple cider and gingerbread cake never tasted so good!

Thank you veterans for your service to our country. Thank you military personnel that are separated from your families and are serving in dangerous places.  Thank you spouses and children who are separated from your spouses and parents. Thank all of you who are associated with the armed forces and for the sacrifices you make. We are grateful and appreciate you.

Linking to Seasonal SundaysOutdoor Wednesdays and Wow Us Wednesday.

I hope to visit your blogs soon. Would you believe I have nearly 500 posts in my google reader unread!!!!!