Happy Thanksgiving!

 Today I’m enjoying a most appreciated day off.  I thought I’d share one of my vintage Thanksgiving postcards.  I love the farm scene with the turkeys on this card.
Thanksgiving Card Front

Reading the back of the card is almost as much fun as looking at the pretty designs on the front.  It looks like this one was mailed on November 27 at 2 pm.

Thanksgiving Card Back

Haven’t written for lack of time.  Home won _____ on the interest of ____ money.  Wish I could take Thanksgiving dinner with you.  Come to see us.  You ought to see our baby.  She is a little darling.  I think she looks like Ma.  Lovingly, Aunt Nannie

Let me know if you can decipher the missing words.
Nannie was my great-grandmother’s aunt.  The “little darling” is Bessie, my great-grandmother’s sister.  Nannie raised Bessie after her mother died.  Mrs. Geo Funk (Willye) is Bessie’s older sister.  Aunt Fannie, another sister of Willye and Bessie, raised my grandmother after her mother was hospitalized (permanently).  I inherited these cards from my grandmother who inherited them from her Aunt Willye.
I’m looking forward to seeing family tomorrow and to eating one of my mom’s delicious meals.  We are shopping on Friday with my aunt and cousin.  We aren’t crazy “Black Friday” shoppers and shop for the most part at small, locally owned stores.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


  1. I think it says “Home now living on the interest off my money.”

    Happy Thanksgiving, Paula and Mr. SP!

  2. iSavortheWeekend says:

    What I would give to have some old correspondence from my mother and her sisters. I never really got to know my any of my grandparents from both sides, you’re so fortunate. Happy Thanksgiving, enjoy your time off and have fun on black friday.

  3. How cool! Anything vintage is so interesting, but since these have the family connection they are even better! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving =)

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving 2010! 

Today I give thanks for my wonderful family, for my health, and for our friends.  I’m looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving for the first time on Walnut Avenue. 

I wish each and every one of you a safe and enjoyable day.

Just for fun, I looked at some of my old pictures and found two to share.

This was Mama’s Thanksgiving centerpiece a few years ago.  The bowl was also used for a wedding reception centerpiece when Mama and Daddy were married in 1968.  The pewter cups were gifts Mama received at school for various achievements.

Who is looking forward to this??


  1. Enjoy your day at Walnut Ave. Paula. Please tell your mama Happy Thanksgiving and give her a hug for me.

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you too Paula!

  3. Manuela@TPOH says:

    Have a wonderful day and eat lots of good food!


  4. Looks delish! Such a pretty bird!

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Happy Thanksgiving


Have a wonderful day celebrating with those you love.  We will be spending the day at my Mom’s farm.  This will be our last Thanksgiving on the farm as next year Mama will be living on Walnut Avenue.  Speaking of Walnut Avenue, Mama and I will work on the house tomorrow.

I have so much for which to be grateful, but I can’t help but be a little sad when I think of those who won’t be with us today:  my dad, my brother, my grandparents, and my mother-in-law.  I am very grateful for the family I do have, especially my wonderful husband and my sweet Mama.  I am also grateful for my health, great friends, our jobs, and for the beauty of Virginia.

Enjoy the day!

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  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you! xoxo


  2. Viva La Fashion says:

    happy thanksgiving! i love this time of year. 🙂

  3. Blondie's Journal says:

    Have a wonderful day, Paula!! And remember…you have that beautiful piece of land to be thankful for!!

    Enjoy the long weekend!


  4. I hope that you had a very happy Thanksgiving!

    You are so right — the beauty of Virginia is definitely something to be thankful for!

  5. I hope that you had a very happy Thanksgiving!

    You are so right — the beauty of Virginia is definitely something to be thankful for!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

First, I’d like to thank you for the kind comments left to Mr. SP and to me over the past week. You never expect to suddenly lose a loved one. We are trying to watch out for his dad and make sure that he is ok by himself.

For the first time in 39 years, I won’t be celebrating Thanksgiving at either my grandmother or my mother’s home. My mom expected to be the hostess for Thanksgiving, but her oven had other plans. A part was ordered for the oven, it came and was installed, but the oven is still not behaving correctly. Mama is loading her car with all of the food that she’s purchased and headed to my house to cook. It is going to be fun cooking together in my kitchen instead of hers. I feel so bad that she can’t have the meal at her home, but at least we have a plan B.

I found out yesterday afternoon that we would be celebrating here, so the first thing that I did was make a centerpiece and set the table. For the centerpiece, I had to use what I had. There was no time for flower shopping! I used Snapdragon, Carnations, Verbena Bonaris, Rosemary, Boxwood, and dried Hydrangea. The container is one of my grandmother’s pressed glass serving bowls. The doily underneath was hand made by a relative, but I’m not sure who did it. I would guess that it is from the 1920’s or 30’s.

I decided to use the silver that I inherited from my grandmother instead of my set. It actually belonged to the aunt that raised my grandmother and was a Christmas gift from my uncle. The card is still in the box! I also used a few pieces of engraved silver that belonged to Mr. SP’s grandparents. Would you believe that this was in a fishing box? Mr. SP’s grandfather had three silver plated forks and knives in his tackle box. He was prepared to eat while fishing! When I discovered these pieces, they were black with tarnish. I was amazed at the pretty detail when I polished them. Mr. SP and his dad will use the silverware from the tackle box and the rest of us will use my great-great aunt’s silver.

This is the gift card from “Uncle Dodie” that is still in the silver box. Dodie is a shortened form of his last name which was German. It is interesting that he spelled Aunt Fannie’s name as “Fannye”.

There won’t be many of us around the table today. We will always miss my dad, my brother, and now my mother in law. I am very thankful for the family that I do have and intend to really enjoy the day in their company. I am especially looking forward to having Mama here with me.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving!


  1. Happy Thanksgiving-sounds like everyone will have a wonderful time at your beautiful home.

  2. How wonderful that you have your mom to cook with, even though things are a bit different today. I hope for you and your family that it is a wonderful day. Your table looks spectacular for pulling it together at the last minute! LOVE that arrangement you made!! happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Your table is so pretty. Love your china and how special to have family heirlooms in use!

  4. Virginia Living says:

    I have the same china pattern! I love it. Where did you get your background for your blog?

  5. You set a very pretty table. I love your china and silver. Good job on the arrangement! *thumbs up*

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