Sunday, November 18, 2012

Like A Rock

This year 

no matter where in the world

you will be traveling




to where you 

will be seated


or preparing your feast



remember this:

there was 

there is 

and always will be

someone you love





and who loves 



because home truly is

where your heart is

in the world.



Note: I deeply apologize for possibly offending anyone who does not have a loved one near them or if you know someone who is homeless or alone. I posted this post in haste on Sunday and should have included photos to represent the entire population.  I have added additional photos. Thank you.




Ruben Rivera said...

That was a sweet Thanksgiving wish. But I have to say that as beautiful as all the pictures of architecture and nature and human love, it was those two mutts that put a smile on my face. But then again, as you well know, I'm easily amused.

PURA VIDA said...

Anita I hope you have a lovely thanksgiving lovely as the words and photos you have knit together for us, your eager fans

Bettina Bäck said...


Cintia Fumagalli said...

Happy Thanksgiving !

Greetings from Brazil.


Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

What a beautiful way to begin a Sunday!! Happy Thanksgiving, Anita! Many blessings....

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Anitaaa, what gorgeous Thanksgiving Post! And it is oh so true. I'm more than happy to be connecting with YOU again. Lots and lots of love xxxx

Karen Albert said...

Anita such lovely sentiment and I hope that all of our friends do have loved ones to spend the holiday with.
Oh and I agree with Ruben the pupsters are adorable!

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Molly The Wally said...

That is so sweet. We wish you and all your wonderful followers a happy thanksgiving. Have a wonderful day and thank you for a charming post. Have a super Sunday.
Best wishes Molly

millefeuilles said...

Oh, Anita, we all love you too. Never forget that. I love those images and, of course, your beautiful message. I am particularly struck by the lavender on the windowledge with the cosy scene inside.

I think about you almost ever day, dear artist friend.

Happy, peaceful, loving Thanksgiving to you and your husband. It is my birthday on Thursday. I turn forty four. Why, oh why, do our lives fly past so swiftly?


"Create Beauty" said...

Hello My Dear,
These images are so lovely as are the words that grace them.

Love is what brings us together on holidays (ummm, and yes, food ...)

Let Thankfulness reign!

Thankful for you,

The Dutchess said...

And a happy day to you and Ruben..lovely post my dear..:)


Anne said...

Lovely! I've copied that gorgeous photo of the stone cottage by the stream for my desktop, how I would love to live there!! Have a gorgeous joyous Thanksgiving, Anita. Your delightful blog is one of the things I am thankful for!

nannykim said...

nice post/ thanks--have a blessed week.

The enchanted home said...

I HAVE CHILLS!!!!!!!! Wow Anita, this was sooo beautiful. This is ranking as one of my all time favorites of yours. How absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. Thank going to pass it on to my mom who is a big fan of yours:)

helen tilston said...

Dearest Anita

Your images of home in all kinds of weather, including snow, which is one of my favouites, truly depict
Thanksgiving and Christmas. Wishing you and all who encounter you this week all the blessings of Thanksgiving and may the light of love always remain in your heart

Helen xx

desde my ventana said...

Thank you Anita, always great and inspiring post.
I wish you and Ruben a happy thanksgiving time



Dessa Rae said...

Oh Anita!!
Where oh where do you get all of those amazing pictures...?
Your blog posts are always a work of art...
Hope you also have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!
Dessa Rae

Down by the sea said...

That was beautiful and I love the dogs especially the westie! Have a great celebration at thanksgiving.
Sarah x

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Ma chère Anita, the message in your post is taken to heart, so many blessings no matter where one is located. To love and to be loved, there is nothing better on earth.

Your creativity abounds and I am thankful for knowing you.


YONKS said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you dear Anita. What is this overwhelming need to love and be loved. An intangible mystery for which I posses no answer. I just know it exists and feels great!
Much love. Have a restful Sunday.

Lady of the Woods said...

exquisiteness and beauty to live for...yes, 'home is where the heart is' for me too. Blessings to you and yours on Thanksgiving and every other day! I will be grateful for much of them is finding you. :D blessings, lady

Pierre BOYER said...

Great pictures...
Best regards from Paris,


FleaingFrance - French Shopping said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you to sweet Anita.

I hope that you have the most wonderful of holiday seasons.


Divine Theatre said...

I am afraid that sentiment simply is not true, my friend. At the homeless shelters where we volunteer, the nursing homes and in the prisons...these people have NO ONE. I wish it were not so. Please pray for those who truly have no one...and be grateful we are not among them.
Have a lovely Thanksgiving, Anita.



Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

Beautiful post and I too adore the sweet dogs, how adorable the little Scottish terrier is looking out the window.
Thank you for visiting me and it is always lovely to hear from you.
Wishing you and Ruben a very happy Thanksgiving day, blessings to you dear friend.

Enjoy the week and sending hugs

Createology said...

Beautifully said. Blessings Dear...

Annie said...

Beautiful pictures and wonderful message

Deborah said...

Anita this is beautiful!!!
I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving
with all your loved ones!
And my sweet friend...the westie looks JUST LIKE our westie, Willow, and the scottie here looks JUST LIKE our scottie Bella!
Its amazing!!!!
Thank you for inviting me and what a treat to see those two sweethearts~all in one post! haha
Love & hugs to you sweetie!
Thankful for you in my life!

Deborah xoxoxooxoxoxoxoxooxxo

It's me said...

I love you !! dearest know that !!!...with all my are my best friend for away...on the other site of this love love

A Tale of Two Cities said...

Headed home to Houston from London tomorrow just in time to be with the ones I love. Hope your Thanksgiving week will be bountiful!

Leslie said...

AH!! Anita! This is so true and your images are just STUNNING {love that kitchen!!} Home IS where the heart is .. we always have to keep in perspective don't we? Have a blessed Thanksgiving with YOUR loved ones.


Beauty Follower said...

Lovely pictures!

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Dear Anita -
Many thanks for another beautiful and lavish Castles, Crowns and Cottages post!! Wishing you and your family a wonderful and warm Thanksgiving!
Take care,

wendy said... FAVORITE time of year. No pressure, no strain, just LOVE LOVE LOVE.
Thanks....and GIVING...what could be better then that.
I get to spend this glorious holiday with my kids and grandkids and I am soo happy.
One must never forget, no matter where
no matter when
there is SOMEONE there to love

Lady of the Woods said...

oh Anita....that little girls eyes!! heaven! I thank you for this Thanksgiving wish to us all! Today I'm even enjoying my Whitening. I made some gorgeous pale pink Xmas ornaments...not quite finished, but they are the perfect shade of pale pink pearl! Things are looking good!
blessings, lady

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hi beautiful Anita!!!!
Another moving post with gorgeous images!!!!
LOVE the kissing photo- so classic!!!!!
Are you ready for Thanksgiving?
My parents arrive to our house on Wednesday.
The weather was gorgeous this weekend- not too cold & sunny!!!! :-)
I can hardly believe Thanksgiving is less than a week away!!!!! Crazy!!!!!
Hope you have a wonderful holiday!!!!!
Sending many hugs!!!!
Shannon :-)

Fashion-isha said...

Wow these photos are so beautiful, every single one of them. I hope you have a most wonderful Thanksgiving!

Michelle May said...

I rejoice in the voice that is friendship, love and happy wishes. I rejoice with you dear Anita! So happy and glad for your friendship. So happy and glad for your art. So excited to hang dear Jingles on my tree!
Happy Thanksgiving beautiful friend of mine!

Anonymous said...

happy mash potatoe
day to you too!!!
hugs and kisses
and don't forget
between mashing!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, lovely Anita. I took a little computer break this weekend, but it was nice to go online to this beautiful post before heading off to dreamland tonight.
Thanksgiving blessings to you too, love.

decorator to the stars said...


High Heeled Life said...

Dearest Anita wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving! Your words and photos as always are brilliant and touch the soul... xo C.(HHL)

SizzleandZoom said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you, too beautiful lady. This is a beautiful post about love!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Anita,
What a beautiful post and Thanksgiving wish for all. I am counting my blessings this year and you are among them. Blessed to have your friendship.
Bisous! Penny

hi-d said...

What a beautiful Thanksgiving post! There certainly is no place like home. I hope you and Ruben have a wonderful week.

I'd love to hear how you make your turkey sometime. I know...isn't it crazy that I've never cooked one?

I hope you had a lovely day unwinding. Thanks for stopping by. :)


Linda Carole Bloom said...

I'm not traveling far this year, but I love the sentimental thoughts in your poem, as well as all the beautiful houses. But my favorites were the doggies!

Palomasea said...

And I am so thankful for YOU.
Beautiful images, song...
Beautiful message...
Wishing you love, love, and more love, my treasured friend and sister...

Marie-Ange said...

Que ce jour d'actions de grâces soit pour toi et ta famille un vrai bonheur ...
Joyeux Thanksgiving !
Gros bisous

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

Oh Anita, the lilac tulle entwined window is divine, divine, divine!

Martina said...

Happy Thanksgiving dearest Anita! So much loveliness here - love the doggie-pix! Hope your exibition was fun and great success! Have a fabulous start to your week! xox

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

Happy Thanksgiving, to you and Ruben!
We have so much to be thankful for...
Much love to you~
Lisa xo

Nancy said...

and to you dear one.Happy Thanksgiving, and thanks for passing on the love.
xo Nancy

Martina said...

Dearest Anita, thanks for coming today! Don't say your show was a flop, if you sold 3 things - that's GREAT!
Oh, i know from prevous exibitions i've had, how difficult it is to sell SOMETHING sometimes. Especially frustrating, if so many people tell you they like your work, but so few buy. A good friend of mine just mailed me to say that she sold NOTHING at a big art show - and she does big paintings and tries to live of her art - how bad!
I had a good time for a few years, when i worked with a nice gallery in switzerland, who sold well for me. But than the guy moved to a much bigger space and went bankrupt ...Oh, the art life is NOT EASY my dear, but iit's still worth living, because - the world needs crazy people like us ;) Much Love - keep sparkling!

Sylvia said...

My dear friend,
Your massage today is timeless. We are all born with a need to be loved and never outgrow it. And when we love ourselves and others, when we are kind and respectful, we INSPIRE with such attitude. You understand all that very well and I am grateful for you.
I hope you have a really great Thanksgiving!

"Create Beauty" said...

I just watched the video.... nothing like a barbershop quartet!!!

My father was a barber.
He could play the harmonica.
He had a good voice.

But I don't think he employed all of his talents at once : )

The last time I ever let him touch my hair was when I was in Kindergarten and kids teased me about looking like a boy. Wouldn't you know this was the haircut I had for school photos....

~ Violet

Sheila said...

So beautiful, some of those pictures are real tear jerkers.
Although i have to admit i love the the westie and scotty best of all.

koralee said...

We all are blessed no matter what our situation...we can all have GOD's PEACE and that is free!
Love your post today dear one...sending you oooodles of joy is one wet one here but that is fine with me...more the cozy.
Your Thanksgiving is just around the corner!!! Enjoy your exciting to think of all the things we can be thankful for. xoxoxoox
You must let me know how your show went. xoxoxo

Ivy Clad said...

Happy, Happy Thanksgiving to you and Ruben! I hope your holiday is stuffed full of delight. You're the best!


Catherine Robinson said...

Home certainly is where the heart is, Anita...a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. How sweet of you to post your note at the end; you're such a kind lady.
Have a wonderful week.

Susan said...

Have a blessed Thanksgiving week~ Your posts could never offend, for they are full of love and caring.

Gem said...

Darling girl
Every single day I have been meaning to pop over to you and then LIFE has got in the way, which is a real shame.
This post is gorgeous and I am sure you didn't offend people at all. You can't cover every single aspect of Thanksgiving so don't beat yourself up.
I adored this post. The baby's eyes, such deep pools of wonder - enchanting.
The Scottie dog - one of my faves!
Ah it was just so poetically perfect as always.
Big love and sending you and Ruben much love.

Renae said...

Anita! morning!

This post was nice to see and feel again and again and again. i loved the pink tones everywhere. i love the emotions i feel when viewing your posts; questions, hopes, dreams, fears, faith, assurances and admiration.

have a truly memorable thanksgiving.

(i am post again on Wednesday but not again til next Monday) i need some time away from the computer and i need to hit some awesome sales.

best to you, dear! Renae

Renae said...

ooops, dang! "i will post again on Wednesday"

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Dearest Anita...I'm catching up on my blog posts this evening and it's a joy as always to visit you...Your posts are put together so beautifully...they are enchanting, thought provoking and more than anything else they are always uplifting...I love your creative soul!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and Ruben from across the pond,
Susan x
P.S I've been working hard on my new pattern and hope to be posting at the end of the week again!

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh dear,
I actually thought this would not offend anyone at all. You have expressed that everyone in the world is loved, even the homeless and abandoned. That should be expressed to them, especially at this time of year. I will tell you something - I used to do volunteer work with the homeless in my area, and I would hand out food to them and have conversation. We are so blessed to have family and places to go for this holiday, but some do not have that right now, and I feel so much for them in my heart. You love all people, every race, man, woman, and child. I just went to church today and they talked about love. You have the gift of love, and I wish the unappreciated and lonely could see your post and know that they are loved too. Maybe it will reach them through your heart. Happy Thanksgiving, dear. Oh, the girls will be coming over on Thanksgiving, and we want to browse through your etsy shop and maybe get a little something.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Karen Harvey Cox said...

Happy Thanksgiving Anita.

I hope that you art show was wonderful.


Renae said...

Anita! hi! hahahaha, you are so fun.

#1, thanks for your fun compliments. i feel REALLY good about this banner/favicon/button/ etc. I am so happy with it. thank you!!!

#2, there are 3 pic favs in this post; the close up of the baby [melts me], the child running to his fathers had for wwII [tugs at my heart] and the winter home with no disruption to the snow yet the porch light is on [who is there and are they ok?].

#3, yes we are going to my 1stdd home for Thanksgiving. we meet at noon and have a feast twice; noon at 6 pm. yay! can't wait to hug all my grandkidlets!!!

hope you have a nice holiday and that you get to spend nice hours with your husband!

love to you!

Sandra van Doorn said...

beautiful Anita, thanks for spreading love in the world! xo sandra

Tammie Lee said...

such a lovely post!!
it overflows with so many wonderful facets of life, just beautiful and heart warming.

lovely week to you~

Christel said...

Dearest Anita, and Ruben, Wishing you both a wonderful Thanksgiving, you are among my blessing this year, thank you for your friendship, and kindness. One of my favorite quotes: " to the world, you may be only one person, but to one person,.. you may be the world" Peace, Love, and Blessings, Always, Christel

Ann said...

Anita HAppy Thanksgiving...
And I believe that there is always something we can be thankful for no matter what our circumstances in life... thanks for the lovely inspiring images.

Anonymous said...

Anita, my friend, I know you have been busy with your show, and this week is busy too, but I just couldn't help but stop by after seeing your comment at Heidi's. teehee I want in on that tender turkey magic...please. ;)

Anonymous said...

Oh boy, I had not seen your note at the end. :( Sorry to hear, love. We can't please everyone, but you are one of the most compassionate and kind people I know so you have nothing to apologize for. God knows our hearts...and I can certainly see a peek of yours through His eyes.
MUAH!!!! That's a big kiss for you. Keep shining, love, and don't worry about the little foxes that spoil the vine. (details)

Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you also, Anita!!! Those parrots and that dog is too cute!!! And yes, what a gift to be loved!! :) Have a wonderful day and thank you for your kind visit!!!

Nella said...

It has always been my favourite place, dear Anita, thank you for reminding us all! Wishing you and Ruben a Happy Thanksgiving, we celebrated ours in early October here in Canada, N.xo

The French Hutch said...

A very beautiful post dear Anita! You would never offend! Wishing you and yours a Blessed and very Happy Thanksgiving.

The French Hutch

Michele said...

Hi Anita ~~~~

Happy Thanksgiving to you too and yes, Rejoice, there is so much to be thankful for.

Pearl 13.1

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Happy Happy Thanksgiving to you dear Anita...I think this is a wonderful celebration even though we don't celebrate it here...Oh, this post tugs at me....the first little doggy is just like *Paris*...oh my...Happy Thursday to you...Love Dzintra xoxo

Anonymous said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Happy Thanksgiving, my dear, Anita!! xoxo

Elizabeth Rose Stanton said...

This gorgeous and heart-felt post is the icing on my Thanksgiving cake! Have a most fabulous celebration, Anita!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh dearest that is so beautiful xoxoxoxo thank you!
I have never seen anything like that 'water spout' before..just amazing...You have a lovely Thursday...hugs Dzintra xo

Mary said...

Oh so lovely. The mix of places, faces and vintage sometime want...reminds me to keep on donating to the food bank. Want and satisfaction are close for some.

Mary said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you. M

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Thank you so much Anita for visiting and your sweet words! You have always been such a support.. Your friendship means the world to me..
Happy Thanksgiving to you and Ruben. Oh, and of course Tea Rat and Rattus... Bebe sends her love

Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet said...

DEAREST ANITA, Thank you for this wonderful post! You're such sweet soul :) I wish you and your family a very lovely and Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Big Abrazos <3

Blessed Serendipity said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Anita.


June said...

Just beautiful my dear Anita!
Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

It was so lovely of you to send Nancy the camera : )

Palomasea said...

I'm so glad you got to see a bit of what we see and feel....Anita's magic!! :))))
That is Liszt, my dear..."Liebestrau"..."Love Dream" wonderful that your dear father played it!
Love you...

Fashion-isha said...

I know I already commented on this gorgeous post but I had to come back and thank you for that amazing compliment you gave me! Actually that actress looks like my mother in law used to look! Wow, funny! Happiest Thanksgiving!

Gem said...

Dear Anita
Thank you so much for coming over to my humble old blog. It touches me that you find time in your day to actually do this.
I actually just wrote you a long comment and it deleted for some annoying reason.
What I was saying was your blog is one of my ultimate favourites. I LOVE the way you redesign it each time and I love the images you use to depict your prose. You always stoke up my imagination and that pink cottage is so dreamy.
Happy Thanksgiving. Tell me what you will be eating, wearing and what you will be doing.
Big love
Gem x x x x x

Denise said...

The 5th photo is My kind of place.I could look at it all day.My Thanks giving prayer for you is the same one for Myself.My God of all,please give our families and ourselves peace and health this day to enjoy.Amen

koralee said...


Jacqueline said...

Happy Thanksgiving morning!
Outside the fog has surrounded us as though it is saying...stay in, stay home, stay cozy in our homes.

My list is long this year as I realize every year I have had a roof over my head, someone loves me, I've had animals and humans all my life right by my side. I have power and water when so many have had none. I'm thankful beyond measure. I have nothing in this world to complain about.

May you be warm and cozy today as you reflect on blessings all around you.

Jennifer Beaudet said...

Happy Thanksgiving Anita! Such a beautiful post:)

Jade said...

What a breathtaking and joyful post´r such a great artist, my dear Anita and i looooooove the great pictures and the message!!! Thank you so much for everything and have a wonderful weekend,

Hugs Jade & Sheila

Draffin Bears said...

Happy Thanksgiving dear Anita to you and Ruben.
Wishing you a wonderful day with many blessings.


Anonymous said...

...i was thinking
of you...and wishing
you a wonderful day
of happy thoughtful i was
immersed in mine

Jade said...

Hope you had a WOOOOOONDERFUL THANKSGIVING with family and friends!!!!! I´m so sorry that I did not think about it yesterday!!!!

With love, Jade

DeniseAngela said...

Beautiful baby photo & lovely visual message! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Jeane M. said...

This post really makes me smile, wonderful. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Got my eye on your next posts.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

a most wonderful good friday morning pour toi, ma tendre amie. Anita, it's Friday!!!
Happy stepping into le Weekend, are you up to something fun?
Love xxx

Sherry "Edie" & Marie Antionette said...

Bonjour mon amie!

What a beautiful sentiment of thankfulness! Your writing is always what is in my heart but can't seem to speak in words. I hope your day was wonderful in every way. Blessings to you and Ruben! Keep creating and enjoying each day to the fullest ma belle. I am so busy preparing my special gifts for loved ones at Christmastide and will probably be working right up to the wire. What fun - what mayhem - What a time of magic!

Love & hugs to you! Sherry

A Magical Whimsy said...

As always, Anita, many profound thoughts and words here on your blog, and by far, beautiful and touching photos as well.
Thank you for the Thanksgiving well wishes, even though I am a bit late with mine!
Ah, I know the disappointment of not having many sales for a show...I've been there and done that for twenty years, which stopped in 2006 with my dear, sweet mother-in-law who must have crocheted 1,000 afghans! I made the doilies and soft sculpture cats to sell along side of her at a very special craft show in our city.
But it was always the experience of the kindred spirit with the other crafters who were present all day long, and the many lovely people who came to shop.

Lisa Farmer Designs said...

Greetings dearest Anita. I am in the process of catching up on your wonderful posts. There has been alot going on here.... too much to do, sickness, and a temperamental computer that has my nerves on end. Needless to say I have fallen behind in my visits. This is such a lovely post and a good reminder of what is important I am so glad you included our fur babies who's unconditional love we can always count on. And that house by the stream, beautiful!! I appreciate you Anita, thanks!!!

My Casa Bella said...

Anita, this was a sweet post. I agree with you, someone loves us or even if we have no one now, at one time someone loved us, at least I hope so.
My Casa Bella

Stacey said...

WOW! First off I couldn't stop staring at your header; so enigmatic and then that quote from Maya Angelou resonated with me. I continued to scroll down and just got lost in the wonderment of this post. The images, everything...WOW! I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving. XX

earthboysblog said...

I stumbled upon your blog, I began with one photos and couldn't stop looking, they are amazing.