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127 Responses to THANKSGIVING

  1. mary spring says:

    … feeling much gratitude this morning, Susan and Joe and all you friends out there…”Happy Thanksgiving” and thanks for all you do !!..(love the violin music).. with love,as always..

  2. sbranch says:

    Couldn’t let this day go by without expressing how grateful I am to have my Girlfriends!♥ It’s been another wonderful year. xoxo

  3. Linda Petersen says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Susan, Joe, & all the Girlfriends !
    I am so grateful for all the Blessings I have been given & so Thankful you are safe on the journey back home. Have been thinking of you & praying for everyone trying to join their families. I’m sure the Guardian angels have been working overtime~~~!


  4. Love the post and all your work………Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Enjoy, A fan, Francine.

  5. Bettina says:

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a big, big THANK YOU for all your nice work. I just got your wonderful book “Fine Rom.”, what a great book (lot’s of inspiration also for my own journals and photo albums).

    And also a big hug to all your girl friends from this lovely blog.

    Take care and best regards from the other side of the planet.

  6. mari1017 says:

    Dear Susan and Joe – what a heartfelt, beautiful post to open on Thanksgiving morning – the very happiest of Thanksgivings to you both and your loved ones and all the girlfriends! Your posts, your writings, your art and tweets have been such a blessing to me during a very difficult year. Yet, we have so much for which to be thankful. Enjoy your day – God is good! ♥♥♥

  7. Elaine says:

    Beautiful ! Have a Happy and safe Thanksgiving !

  8. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Happy Thanksgiving greetings Susan and Joe from Florida! That storm you chased? Well it finally came east enough and south enough that we have morning temps at 36 degrees=D!!!! It has been a doozey of a storm but I am happy to hear that you are having a wonderful trip home complete with stops at amazing antique stores, local restaurants, and new vistas from the van!

    I was so excited that you posted about the Indian contributions to those first Plymouth settlers. It seems like we only remember them for their help and support on Thanksgiving when they played such an important role in exploring this huge vast land of America, including the incredible journey of Lewis and Clark! When I was young, I remember checking out a book from the library about the Indians and Thanksgiving and reading it late Thanksgiving afternoon in front of the fire in our living room. It stuck in my mind so deeply about the good things we learned and shared with them, and I always tried to keep that in the forethought when reading about Indian massacres in our early history. It all makes you wish you could rewrite how the story went and make it more like the book I read by chance one Thanksgiving over 50 years ago.

    Wagons Ho! Going East and we have to make the ferry on time with the tide!!

  9. Lori says:

    Wishing you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving. Can’t wait for you to get home!
    Love the George Herbert Thanksgiving blessing….I think we will use that as our prayer this year…. may we all be blessed with a grateful heart 🙂

  10. Dinahsoar says:

    Blessings to you, Joe, and all of your family–critters included! Hurrah, it’s Thanksgiving Day!!

  11. Carrie says:

    Dear Susan,

    May there be a downpour, particularly today, of serendipitous showers that will add even more sweetness and spice to your flavorful and rich journey. Happiest of Thanksgivings to you!

    All the best to you and your man,

  12. Barb says:

    A Happy Thanksgiving to you and Joe. May you have traveling mercies and enjoy the rest of the time on the road back to Marthas Vineyard. May God keep you safe.

  13. sherrill says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Susan and Joe!
    Loved your blog today….is the photo of Chief Seattle?
    I’ve always had such respect for the American Indian. We owe them a debt we can never repay.
    Safe journey~~~ Sherrill

  14. Kathy George says:

    Susan and Joe, wishing you both a wonderful Thanksgiving. This post is such an inspiration, as you are. I hope you find a great place for your dinner with all the fixings. 🙂 Safe travels, next Home Sweet Home.

  15. shelley from Home says:

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving so thankful for girlfriends. Safe trip Susan and Joe. Much Love, Shelley

  16. Susan P. says:

    Good Thanksgiving Morning…..My day has started with this beautiful music and the lovely thoughts and prayers you have posted. In California I am sitting here with a SUNRISE befitting this day. The Liquid Amber’s leaves are dancing their way to the ground hundreds of them are floating down with this brilliant sunrise behind them. I am thankful for all my blessings….and like I have said before..your post and your words and art and books have been a GREAT BLESSING IN MY LIFE. THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN TO US YOUR “GIRLFRIENDS” Love, Susan P

  17. Katherine in Lemon Grove (San Diego) says:

    Thank you for the touching post about the Native American’s role in our history. I couldn’t read it for long with the “musica” playing. It brought tears, so beautiful. We have so much to be thankful for and so glad we set aside a day to remember to count our blessings. It’s one of the best reasons for a holiday isn’t it?
    It was so nice to meet you & Joe at the SLO ROTP! Hope someday make it out to your neck of the woods! David grew up in Mass. & Conn. so we plan to visit soon so he can show me around. Long-time fan here of your blog/website! Thank you for keeping my creative side inspired. Best wishes that your return home is smooth sailing. *smoochies* to the kitties! (Do they give you the cold shoulder upon return or get all crazy with “I’m so glad you’re back” squiggles?) 🙂
    To All the Girlfriends: “Thank you for being a friend!” (insert goldengirls theme music)… I learn so much from all of you in these comments section! ♥♥♥

  18. Barb from Ohio says:

    Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving! I have your angel chimes going on my coffee table, a fire in the fireplace and listening to your musica. Quiet snow covered Thanksgiving morning here, husband puttering in the basement, daughter still snoozing upstairs. Soon I’ll go make the sage-chestnut stuffing for the turkey, it’s a combination of my mom’s and mother in law’s recipes, both of them are gone now but I’ll remember them as I make it. Pies, apple and pumpkin, baked yesterday, sweet potatoes soaking in their syrupy sauce waiting to be baked a little more this afternoon.
    I thought I’d check your blog and found this wonderful newThanksgiving post from you reminding me of the origin and true meaning of Thanksgiving which sometimes gets lost in all the hustle and bustle of planning and cooking the big meal. I have so much to be thankful for, a loving family, warm home, food on my table. Most days I take this all for granted, until I’m reminded that many are not as fortunate. I pray that everyone will find something to be thankful for on this day no matter where they are or their circumstances. Hope you and Joe are having a great Thanksgiving wherever you are and know that I am very thankful for you and your amazing talents, beautiful artwork, wit, and wisdom you have shared with all of us over the years. You make our lives a little brighter, our hearts a little lighter with your encouraging blogs and unique perspectives on so many things. Thanks so much for sharing with us and have a blessed, peaceful Thanksgiving!

  19. Judy says:

    One of the things I’m thankful for this year is having discovered your wonderful book (I’ve read it 3 times already) and your delightful blog. Both are awesome!

    Hope you and Joe have a lovely Thanksgiving and that the rest of your drive home is safe and free of snow and ice! I’m sure that Jack and Girl will be thrilled to see you.

  20. Cathy from Golden Co says:

    Love that you are always thinking of us! I woke up to the aroma of Turkey baking in the oven. Wish I could send that smell your way! HAPPY THANKSGIVING dear ones.

  21. Toni from Sylvania OH says:

    Happy, Blessed Thanksgiving…Susan, Joe and all the girlfriends. The violin music is SO hauntingly beautiful…just really moved my heart and soul. Have a wonderful day, where ever you may be and God’s speed to all who have or are reaching their loved ones this most grateful day of our lives. Toni and Jim xoxoxo

  22. Mary Anne Helms says:

    Happy Thanksgiving wherever you are today. This was a lovely message for today. Please keep us in touch with your progress on the road. It is a beautiful cold sunny day in the east. Drive carefully and I hope you find a decent meal today. Thanksgiving greetings from New Jersey. x

  23. Diane from Poulsbo, WA says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! ….and THANK YOU for your beautiful blog. This one is very touching about our special holiday, and the ones that have made it possible all these years! Have a wonderful day to you and your family ….and to all of the Girlfriends! 🙂

  24. Carla says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Susan and Joe! Also, thank you for sharing so much of YOU and your beautiful outlook on life with us Girlfriends! Have a beautiful day!

  25. Ricki says:

    Dearest Susan,

    I don’t quite know how to express this but felt you should know what I sense when I see your posts and wonderful musica but most of all your love for “the girlfriends”. You say you are childless but I don’t think that is exactly true. You have the ability to reach the inner heart of all of us…that place where a child still lives. You have helped me over the past few years as I have dealt with losing my loved so loved husband. You have brought me laughter and comfort. I cherish the pictures of all the girlfriends and Joe and the wonderful bookshops which need our support these days. While I am certainly thankful for my family and many blessings I am sincerely thankful for you and Joe. Thank you for sincerely loving all of us. Ricki

  26. Debbie Sowards says:

    Happy Happy Thanksgiving! Love this post…music is beautiful and moved me when I looked at the post. Reminds us of how much we have to be thankful for–all the past sacrifices made to provide for us the freedoms and joys we have. God bless you and Joe and your kitties.

  27. Debs OBrien says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Day Blessings Susan, Joe, the Girlfriends, and all who have hosted Susan and Joe so warmly and graciously on their epic coast to coast crossing and return.

    Thinking of you all today! Enjoy your feasts, enjoy your family and friends.

    Waving from Across The Pond xoxo

  28. Gina says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Susan and Joe! May your drive home be safe and worry free on this special day. I miss hearing from you from your cozy, lovely, and wonderful home on Martha’s Vineyard. I can’t wait to see how you will decorate for Christmas – always inspiring and beautiful to see. I have picked up December’s Yankee Magazine and am thrilled to see your beautiful home decorated for last year’s holidays! Seeing it made me look forward to decorating my own home this year – what an inspiration! Happy Turkey Day to all of you all over this great country in which we live… God Bless!

  29. viv says:

    Thanks to you for adding your own special beauty to our lives.

  30. Cindy Tuning says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Susan,Joe and all the Girlfriends and thank you for making this world seem like a smaller more manageable place.Your Grandma’s stuffing recipe is in the oven, all the sides and turkey cooking right on schedule and it’s snowing the biggest most beautiful flakes outside right now. The Godfather is on AMC and I’m in Heaven !! Don’t worry..later tonight it’ll be “It’s A Wonderful Life” and me with a cup of hot chocolate ,whipped cream and sprinkles. Life is good on this Park Ave. in Western NY!!!

  31. Annette McD says:

    Living in the Pacific Northwest all my life, I grew up reading the writings of Chief Seattle; thank-you for sharing that beautiful passage with us. True then, true now; his writings are timeless. Happy Thanksgiving.

  32. Ruthie P says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Sue and Joe…PLEASE safe travels….you are loved!!!!! I am thankful for my family,my dog aaaaaand YOU!
    BTW…how do I send pictures to you.I have an ADORABLE one of you entering the book signing at the Learned Owl in Ohio.You are carrying Petey and you look just like one of your paintings,cute,cute,cute!!!! xoxoxo Ruthie P.

  33. Carol Maurer~~~~ Kennewick, Wa says:

    Good morning to you Susan and to all girlfriends on this Thanksgiving Day!! I just got onto your blog and low and behold there were 2 posts waiting for me to read! You see, yesterday was our Thanksgiving Day…. my daughter and grandkids (2) and boyfriend of my granddaughters were here…. first time to be with actual family in 16 years! Oh what fun we had…. reminiscing of other Thanksgiving years when we were all together and remembering ones favorite food, etc. My grandson and the boyfriend of my granddaughter helped Frank get down most of the Christmas boxes for me. A big help they were as Frank’s arthritus seems to have exploded in his hands…. it’s the cold weather that we’re experiencing.

    I’m glad that you and Joe are taking your time getting home. I know how anxious you are to get home and be with the kitties and start decorating for Christmas, but being safe is what’s important when traveling. We’ve been keeping up with the wintery storm on the news. I have relatives living in Upper State NY right on the St. Lawrence River and also in NH…. thinking of them with this storm.

    Take care and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

    Carol M

  34. Deb from Dixie says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Susan, Joe and to all the girlfriends!
    Wishing you all a Thanksgiving filled with blessings … Whether at home or on the road, during good times and challenging times…. I am grateful for this bonded tribe of girlfriends.
    The sharing, the support, the laughter, the comfort in life’s little yet so important things.
    Susan thank you for bringing us all together… and always giving us food for thought as well as the spirit!
    So from Mom ( who will be 93 tomorrow) and is a girlfriend at heart, and from me….
    Thanksgiving hugs!

  35. Sandra Mailey says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! What a joy it was to click into the blog this morning – not expecting anything new – to find a lovely holiday post. Have a wonderful day and an equally wonderful trip home.

  36. connie sue says:

    That was such a lovely post! Happy Thanksgiving to you and Joe and Girl Kitty, Jack, Petey and Felted jack! Love the music, gave me a chance to slow down, breathe easy and enjoy the calm before all my Guests arrive!

    Big Hug!
    Connie Sue

  37. Rosanne Murphy (Oregon) says:

    This beautiful, haunting music reminds me of something my son said when he was very small: “Mommy, sometimes I can feel beautiful music all the way to my heart.” Tears of gratitude today for the abundance of love and family, friends, kitties, and home sweet home. Blessings to all.

  38. Becky in the mountains of West Virginia says:

    Love your Thanksgiving posting and the photo of Cheif Crazy Horse.

  39. Nina says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Susan & Jo and to all the girlfriends out there from the other side of the pond! Wishing you both a safe journey home xxxx

  40. Debra Gibbs says:

    Happy Turkey Day, Susan and Joe! I am grateful for you being in my world….

  41. Julia says:

    Thanksgiving blessings to all of my blog girlfriends and especially for
    Susan and Joe as you travel onward to your island home. Look forward to
    hearing about your Thanksgiving dinner and about your homecoming.

  42. if God always allows me to have a grateful heart, He’ll have given me the desire of my heart. so glad you and Joe are home safe and sound but, I’ll warrant, not as glad as Girl and Jack.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  43. Joan McCusler says:

    Susan…Happy Thanksgiving to you and Joe, out on the road…and sharing your thoughts this Blessed Day…I am grateful for you and for your thoughts shared…we can all be grateful today…you bring Joy to my heart…thank you…xoxo Joan

  44. Joan Ramseyer says:

    Susan…..I am sorry you must spend Thanksgiving on the road, but I know you are making the best of it and it will be all the sweeter when you get to the island. It is snowing in Western Michigan and I thought of the song: “Over the river and through the woods, to grandmother’s house we go. The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through the white and drifted snow.” We are cozy and snug with our children and five grandchildren and dinner will be on the table soon. I did the pie baking this morning and made the stuffing from my mother’s recipe. My husband is doing the turkey and rest of the meal
    and it all smell delicious. Wishing you all the best and safe travels the rest of the way home.

  45. Linda Pintarell says:

    Sending Thanksgiving blessings to Sue and Joe and all the girlfriends from San Diego. My little group will be arriving shortly and I am blessed to have this circle of friends in my life. My prayer for you is that you enjoy this special day wherever you are and that the road toward your homestead is safe and clear – the kitties await you!

  46. Rhonda D. says:

    A beautiful post today Susan. A great reminder of the reason we celebrate Thanksgiving. I hope this day finds you and Joe warm and cozy somewhere, a wonderful Thanksgiving meal to enjoy, and perfect surroundings to contemplate all you have to be thankful for. God is sooo good. Thank you so much for all you do for all of us “the Girlfriends.” It is an amazing meeting of the hearts…a great place to learn, share, help each other, love, pray, and unwind with our tea. From a truly thankful heart, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. xoxo

  47. Angel M. Giovinazzo says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Susan and Joe! Loved reading your blog these past months on your cross country book signing tour. Get home safe. God Bless you. Xoxo Angel

  48. Jane F. says:

    Dear Susan: Loved your words about the Indians in the woods of New England. I would feel the same thing as a child when I played in the thinly wooded “lot” next to our home. I pretended I was a Woodland Indian fixing my food by an imaginary fire, and loving the beauty of the tree, grass and woods. It reminds me of the Elves of Middle Earth gliding silently through the Shire on their way to the Grey Havens to board ships that will take them to the Blessed Realm. Hauntingly almost painfully beautiful. There IS a land not yet visited! I also loved the quote by Chief Seattle. Thank you for you beautiful reminders and uplifters of the soul. Many blessings as you journey East, each mile closer to home and MV. So glad you gave of your time to visit all of us this summer. Can’t wait to see what happens next!

  49. Denise from Winnipeg , Canada says:

    Thankful for your blog such a cheery and time slowing down moment…
    to savour each time I visit . The knock at my door yesterday was the postman with my BEAUTIFUL wall calender, it made my day ! And yes I did sneek a peek at all the lovely art work and meaningful words ! cant wait for Jan 1st

    Safe travels back Home 🙂

  50. paulie says:

    Counting the blessings for this awesome day with family and wishing you Susan and Joe the warmest of wishes on this holiday along with same to all the girlfriends out there. Safe journey home to all who are travelers ! Will be thrilled to hear you are back on MV safe and sound Susan and Joe. You are in our prayers!

  51. Jeanette says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you both!!
    Hope your day was simply wonderful. We can certainly count our many blessings wherever we are! Can’t wait to hear about your adventures to-date!
    Sweet dreams, hope your tummies are full and your heart overflowing knowing how grateful we are for YOU!!
    Much love,

  52. Karen C says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Hope you and Joe had a wonderful day. Glad to hear that your travels have been safe! Hope your journey home continues that way. Enjoyed your post today on Thanksgiving, it was a real treat. God bless you and yours. Enjoy your homecoming this weekend!

  53. A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and Joe. Looking forward to saying hi at Titcombs bookstore on Dec.7.

  54. Gail says:

    All the Pilgrim’s Thanksgiving is better known, the real First Thanksgiving celebration in the “New World” was in my home state of Virginia, 1619 at Berkley Plantation.

  55. Julie (Omaha) says:

    Happy, Happy and thankful, thankful for this wonderful, cozy, and heartfelt blog! For you, Susan, Joe and all the girlfriends!!!

  56. Mary Pat says:

    Oh, Susan! The little Thanksgiving prayer really touched my heart! Thank you! Love on Thanksgiving Day to you and Joe! Hurry home! Massachusetts misses you!

  57. Happy Thanksgiving dear Susan!

    I’ve been missing from your blog but you’ve been ever present in heart. It’s been a wonderful year sharing with you and All the girlfriends here and on Twitter.

    A Fine Romance has journeyed far uniting all of us in ways we could have never imagined.

    I couldn’t miss giving thanks to YOU today! Here it comes… “Thank You Susan!”

    Continued safe travels as you continue home…over the rivers and through the woods… Joe knows the way to guide your AFR “sleigh” through all that drifting snow 🙂

    Georgie from NJ

  58. Penny Harrison from Oceanside, CA says:

    Thank you for the wonderful wisdom of Chief Seattle – and especially for all your beautiful watercolors and pictures in your posts, they always lift my spirits and bring a smile to my face – it’s a very special gift: to bring a smile to someone! Hope you and Joe have a great Thanksgiving Day today!

  59. Janet in Rochester says:

    10 pm – home after spending the day with my brothers & sisters and their spouses and kids & my hosting SIL’s mom and brother too. A wonderful wonderful meal, and drinks, games, talk and laughter. On the way home, the cold deep darkness festive with brightly Christmas-lit homes. Leftovers safely stashed away in the fridge, kitchen cleaned up, hot mug of tea and a slice of gifted gingerbread to throttle down with. And now the surprise of another post so soon. Such beautiful music [slow solo violins always make me cry] and in reading your words and all the Girlfriend comments so far, it sound like we HAVE been given the gift of grateful hearts. How lucky we are to KNOW how lucky we are. Hope your day was as wonderful!! Travel safe! ❤️

  60. Anna, Camano Island,WA says:

    That was a lovely Thanksgiving post, you find the most beautiful quotes – as well as all the beautiful things you write from your own heart. You certainly have been blessed with many gifts and I thank you for sharing yourself so freely with everyone. Happy Thanksgiving to you and all the ladies (and gentlemen) who follow your blog. Having a grateful heart is a blessing in itself.

  61. Gaynor says:


    As this Thanksgiving draws to a close, I am grateful for so many things especially snuggling with my boys on the couch this evening. I spoke to Nina (From England who was at the book signing on Martha’s Vineyard- not sure if you remember?) this morning and she wished she was here celebrating the American way! Funny how life is……………… so many times I miss England and the things about home and Nina wishes she were here – but as true Girlfriends when we meet up the miles just melt away. Don’t get to visit here as often as I would like, but it truly makes me smile when I do.

    Happy Thanksgiving – off the to farm to chop down our tree tomorrow 🙂

    Gaynor (in a cold Connecticut)

  62. Lisa Jorgensen says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and Joe, hope you had a delicious dinner somewhere.
    All of us are praying for your safe trip home, looks like it’s working. Very soon you will be hugging Jack and Girl Kitty. Take Care!

  63. Linda says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and Joe! It was sunny but cold here in Idaho but warm in our home. We opted for tuna on toast to save a turkey today and it was delicious. Mom came a little out of her dementia today and oohhhed and awwed over the Macy’s parade and even shared some giggles..she will be 98 in 3 weeks!! Hurry home to your kitties…I am sure they are missing you alot!! Thanks for remembering the Indians….I would love a copy of that photo via Pinterest…is it possible for you to put it on your Pinterest board that I follow? Safe travels home……. Linda from Idaho

  64. Carol D. in Sierra Madre, CA says:

    What a nice way to end a happy Thanksgiving day – with a beautiful post from you, Susan. You always do such a great job putting just the right words and art together to make your blog the best out there. Thank you.

  65. Rebecca Randle says:

    I am thankful for YOU, Susan Branch. In a world that can be harsh and cruel, you are an oasis of peace, joy, creativity and light… a symbol of how beautiful and precious everyday life can be. Blessings to you and yours this day and all days… and safe journey home.

  66. Rebecca Randle says:

    PS– Seeing the picture of the native American up there next to your childhood picture, you remind me a bit of Laura Ingalls Wilder. : )

  67. judi says:

    A most thankful day yesterday with family and friends. Grateful for you and all the “friends”. Guys here up at 5:30 a.m. to leave for golf at 6:00 a.m. and the temps, ha, a “chilly” 61 degrees – cool for the tropics ….I’m lovin’ it!

    Everyone have a fabulous Friday! Happy trails Sue & Joe xoxoxo judi

  68. Becky from Lockport, Illinois says:

    Beautiful post…it is 4:30 am and so quiet in this wonderful house…safe travels to you and Joe!

  69. Suzanne says:

    I’m thankful that you are heading home! Hope you and Joe had a nice Thanksgiving (on the road?) and have a safe trip home. E. Longmeadow, MA

  70. Carilyn Wolski says:

    Hello Susan! What a beautiful Thanksgiving Day post! Glad you and Joe are safe, healthy, and alive!!!!!! Praying for your safe arrival home soon!!! Wondering if you will have to “re-introduce” yourself to Jack and Girl Kitty when you open your door and see them for the first time since August? Will you bring them a souvenier? (Sunday is my 14th Advent Tea I will be hosting in my cozy little bungalow. Twelve will attend. I have oddles of things to accomplish by Sunday, 12 noon. I’m pretty much organized, but still get butterflies until all of the ladies have tea cups in hand. Then I relax and enjoy! Last week I had to calm my nerves and found myself starting to read A Fine Romance (with a cup of tea, of course) for the second time! It just takes me away!!!! Take care!

    • Julia says:

      What will you be serving? I like having my girlfriends over
      and since I’ve moved (last month) to my cozy cottage at the
      muddy little island I will have a Christmas tea also. I did it
      last year but it won’t be as big as yours. There are only 8
      of us on this sandy little road. I know yours will be a success
      and I hope I can pull mine off, too, since I’m not quite moved
      in. Let us know how it goes.

      • Carilyn Wolski says:

        Hi Julia! Well, my Tea went smoothly!!!! I served scones, cucumber (open face) sandwiches, tiny ham rolls, Ribbon Candy, Butter Balls (cookies), Apple Bread, and served the tea from my mother’s vintage silver tea set, which she received as a gift for her 25th Silver Wedding Anniversary to my father so many years ago! I polish it once a year, one week prior to the tea……usually having to wipe away the tear drops that fall…..all good ones, though. It’s a blessing to have the set to share with others! I set out my collection of tea cups, too, which they love to pick their favorites to use. My Advent wreath sits on the table, and most of my decorations include the purple and pink colors of the season. Every guest receives a little gift that I’ve handmade, as a remembrance of the day! We pray the Rosary before the teapot whistles, then I serve the tea! It’s a very relaxing/peaceful afternoon for them just to enjoy “doing nothing” before the busy Christmas season! My “gift” to them has become an Advent tradition!!!! Good Luck Julia on your Tea for eight…..island style!!!! Please let me know how your’s turned out too, as I”m interested on how others put on their Teas. Learning is perpetual !!!

  71. Jackie P says:

    What a glorious photograph . . . do you know which group this Indian belonged to? Magical beyond belief . . . never seen anything like it.

    • sbranch says:

      I’ve had it for a long time and I don’t know where it came from, but I thought the same thing, How beautiful!

      • Shannon (Pennsylvania) says:

        Love the picture, love the quote from Chief Seattle, love the made me listen to Ashokan Farewell again, and that always makes me cry. Thank you for the picture, quote, and music…perfect. Absolutely touches the center of my soul. Safe travels, sweet friend. You’re almost home!

    • Pat Mofjeld of St. Paul, MN says:

      Gee, I noticed the lack of arrowpoints, too. Maybe these are the arrows that are shot with the tips lit! LOL!!! Jack, did you have a good Thanksgiving?

      • Jack says:

        Yes Pat ,we really did –to begin , all the turkey dinner was ” picked up ” at 9:00AM from dele at Safeway –. 12 pound bird , corn bread dressing , mashed potatoes ,super good gravy and pumpkin pie ! There were four of us .
        Jeanie’s son from here locally , my son Brad from Durango, Co. and three dogs ……..there was plenty for all and sooo good !
        I noticed the dogs didn’t quite finish their Champagne , however …..all told , we would certainly go that route again . Total cost for this dinner ? $49.00 Turkey had
        to be baked additional 2 hours and it was as juicy and tender as any we have ever had
        We were able to reheat everything in the oven for the dinner at two PM and good to
        go -no big prep clean-up ,

  72. Angie(Tink!) says:

    ❄⛄❄⛄❄⛄ Good Morning Sweet Sue Tis The Day After Thanksgiving! I’m Still Stuffed 😉 You would Be so Proud of Me Sue I Twirled In My Kitchen for Hours & Truly Created The Yummiest Thanksgiving Ever! Your Corn~Pudding Turned Out Perfect! I Had Your Autumn Book in My Kitchen & I Hugged it Tightly & said a Little Prayer for You & Joe to Get HOME Safely! Saturday Or Sunday! Yay! Home Again Home Again Jiggity~Jig! 🙂 Yay! So Where Did You & Joe End Up Eating Turkey? Tell Us Please! Herbster is Still Thanking Me for a Scrumptious Feast… 😉 Okie Dokie Sweet Sue Now The Holidays are in Full Swing…You Know I Shall “Be An Elf” All Season! I Love You Sweet Sue… Warm Hugzzz & ALWAYS Holiday Pixie~Dust! Make a Wish! xoxo Poof! ❄⛄❄⛄❄⛄

  73. Ricki says:

    Girlfriends are praying Susan and Joe home.

  74. Cindy Tuning says:

    Don’t be sad. You’re almost home and you’ll do it up extra big for Christmas!!!

  75. Sara McKeefer says:

    Beautiful, Susan, simply beautiful.

    We, who lovingly call this country home, are connected by a history that includes our own story. The lifeblood of this great nation courses through the veins of those who treasure its history and appreciate the sacrifice of all those who persevered in spite of incredible hardship. From the shore that welcomed the first of us to the one where you grew up, this land and its people, despite some painful bumps in the road, has far exceeded the dreams and expectations of those who first called it home. Thank you, Susan, for helping us to see the ‘sweet’ in this land of liberty.

  76. Diana - Highland, IL says:

    GORGEOUS POST!! Coming in the day after Thanksgiving, but am carrying on in the spirit!!… LOVED, LOVED this post and the music was just gorgeous.. hope all is well with you and Joe and that you are still on your happy way home!!.. Thankful for sooo very much and am especially thankful for you and your work, and the meeting of all the Girlfriends!! HAPPY DAYS ahead for all!!

  77. Kathie says:

    We hope you’re snug and warm where ever you are. We’re having freezing rain – my favorite (NOT)! Well, it’s that time of year, isn’t ? Snow is on its way, I hope. A good time to snuggle up and put a few stitches in a quilt. Stay warm and safe, you two.

  78. Marcia in Brazil says:

    Dear Susan,
    I finished reading A Fine Romance today. Thank you for the lovely tour of England. Jane Austen and Beatrix Potter are my favorite authors. I was thrilled to peek into their homes.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  79. pat addison (cave junction,OR) says:

    good afternoon Susan, hello girlfriends. hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, I know we did. just dropped in to say hello, been cooking all week and today I took a break so I am busy with laundry. and taking care of the barnyard crew as always. and yes they had a nice Thanksgiving, a little extra feed and some treats like veggie scraps and peelings made them all very happy. tonight is leftover night, just as soon as I can scoot to the store for some cream of mushroom soup, milk and some frozen mixed veggies. it will be good, honest it will, just ran out of ingredients so I need to run to the store. hope you all are enjoying a nice day after Thanksgiving, and no I refuse to participate in black Thursday/Friday shopping sorry but this time of year I avoid the stores like the flu!!! you all have a great day, and a great weekend. have a safe trip home Susan, will be thinking of you. hugs …. 🙂

  80. Susan (in VA) says:

    I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving, Susan. Be safe as you make your way back home. I can’t wait to see pictures of your homecoming with Jack and Girl.

  81. We’ve only been away from home a week but I can honestly say there is no place like home. Just unpacked the suitcases and brewed myself a cup of lavender tea as I pulled on my flannel jammies and headed upstairs for an afternoon nap. We had a wonderful visit with our kids in Kansas which included a pie making party where about ten Girlfriends made more than twenty pies to take home for their Thanksgiving feasts. Lots of wine and laughter while everyone worked together to make the perfect pie crust and filling. It reminded me of an old time quilting bee – women of all ages (three generations) with a single purpose. Great memory!

  82. Nellie says:

    Happy “day after,” Susan! I hope you are having safe travels, wherever you and Joe are at this point.

    We have had a really good Thanksgiving here, with two of our daughters, a son-in-law, and our two grandchildren in from out-of-town. We were able to enjoy Thanksgiving night dinner with our daughter and son-in-law who are an hour away, different from our past years when we hosted everyone here.

    Perhaps you are very near home by now, depending on how many stops you may have made at antique shops. I have some favorites in this area.:-)

    Thank you so much for taking us along on this cross-country trip.

    xo Nellie

  83. Pat Johnson from Paso Robles, CA says:

    It is the day after Thanksgiving and I am still thankful for my family, friends & all of the BFFs. No I did not go shopping today. I reflected on my life – early days with family, my children, my grandchildren and my great-grandson. I am blessed!! And, yes, I missed my Fred. All in all it was a good day. Today I moved forward a little bit more and considered the future a little bit more. This thing called “life” is amazing when you get right down to it. And the sun will come out tomorrow…….. Drive with care & I am sure you look forward to HOME! God bless you both – we have spent an amazing year together!! XXXXOOOO Pat

    • sondra fox says:

      Pat, How long does it take to get over a husband passing? I know, no one knows, plus everyone’s different. I have this constant pain in my stomach. I don’t get hungry anymore, & I just can’t believe my husband’s really gone. (Sandy from Chihuahua Flats)

  84. Marysol says:

    Are we there yet? 🙂

    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  85. Pam Fortune says:

    Hi Susan
    A belated message hoping you and Joe and all the girlfriends had a happy thanksgiving celebration. I have just enjoyed catching up with the last few blogs as I have been in hospital again. I went to convalesce in Scotland with Fleur and ended up in hospital. So I am taking life very slowly at the moment. I loved reading your entertaining stories and very grateful for them. I was talking to a friend yesterday and we both didn’t know the roots of thanksgiving. We both thought it might have started with the Pilgrim Fathers but now we have the answers thanks to your blog. After your long journey I hope you and Joe are having a relaxing time back in your beautiful home and enjoying your two treasures.

  86. judi says:

    I feel it in my “bones” this a.m. – you are THERE!

  87. Karen Carpenter says:

    Hi Susan, Happy thanksgiving. Looks like you two are having fun! Well one of my gorlfriends sent this to me yesterday. I got books for my “traveling girlfriends” in Grand Rapids when you came here. Well here is her response to me about it and photo!

    “I just finished reading this perfectly perfect journal. I just had to savor it as long as possible. I can’t stand that it is finished. Thanks Karen for your sweet thoughtfullness in gifting it to us.

    I think we should invite Susan to join our traveling group, she would fit right in!”

    She a delightful photo you will love but I can’t seem to upload here. I may have to figure out different way to send.

  88. Margot in Virginia Beach says:

    Here’s to grateful hearts!!! Thank you for the history lesson.

  89. Happy belated Thanksgiving to you and yours! thank you so much for sharing your cross-country trip! I also want to tell you how very much I am enjoying reading “Home for Christmas!” I am savoring every magical moment of this wonderful old book!!!

  90. KarenP (Wisconsin) says:

    Beautiful!!! So thankful for you and the joy bring to our lives with your sweetness! Happy belated Thanksgiving! xo

  91. Kirsten from So. Cal. says:

    What a beautiful Thanksgiving post, Susan! Thanks for taking the time for us! Safe trip home!

  92. Marcy says:

    I am so thankful, among other things, for this delightful blog
    and the uplifting, shiny light it brings to my life. My hubby and I have
    just finished your utterly charming book, and like others,
    it has greatly inspired us(especially me!)to take a chance on our own adventure.
    Travel safely home to your cozy Vineyard home and God bless
    you and Joe. xoxo

  93. Eileen Heidenheimer says:

    Oh, Susan – didn’t you just love Pleasant Hill? My sister and I visited this marvelous place in the spring of 2012 – a long-held dream come true for us. We’d love to return during the holiday season in the future and, perhaps, stay in the inn. On the same trip, we visited the town of Berea, a mecca of local arts and crafts and a true college town, where the students work in lieu of tuition. The Lexington area is just chock full of wonderful possibilities.

  94. Laurie Walt says:

    Hi girlfriend! Do you know that I have called my best friend of forty something years girlfriend for years? I now call my granddaughters and even my great Dane girlfriend! It is a special word reserved for only the most important people! Amazon actually sent me a recommendation! It was A Fine Romance!!!! Of course I already have it and love it, but I thought it was cool that they recommended it! I am not surprised- just happy!

  95. Helen says:

    As we think of being thankful, I want to send you a thank you for all the beauty you have added to my life all these years. Love the new book as much as your first! Safe travels and if you get the chance be sure to swing through Lancaster County.

  96. Sheila says:

    Love reading about your adventures..where do I find your list of favorite Xmas movies? Thank you! Safe travels

    • sbranch says:

      Under ABOUT ME at the top of the blog, the drop-down has favorite movies. You’ll find them there, although I’ve never really put them into groups, such as Xmas Movies. Although, honestly, any of the old movies would be wonderful for the holiday season. Christmas in Connecticut with Barbara Stanwyck, Mrs. Miniver, Miracle on 34th Street (the one with Maureen O’Hara and Natalie Wood), The Quiet Man, It’s a Wonderful Life, Bachelor Mother with Ginger Rogers and David Niven, Holiday Inn, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Fly Away Home, Love Actually … too many to mention … and of course The Bishop’s Wife.

  97. Audrianne Hill says:

    Love the saying by Chief Seattle. I often feel the spirits of the past leading me forward or at least by my side during these days. Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving…I’m sure you did as where Joe is, there lies your happiness!

  98. Diana Hartman says:

    Hi Girlfriend…. I couldn’t let a day go by without telling you how much I enjoy your blog. I laugh soo much. I enjoyed your pics. of Kentucky . I can’t wait to see what Dec. bring. Keep them coming. By the way I’m going to read A Fine Romance for the 2nd time. Thank you for making me happy.

  99. Michele says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! :0)

  100. Pat Heenan says:

    Thanks for all the wonderful emails and letters…have saved several them.
    From Cape Cod to NH…have used your books, and given several away as gifts.
    Especially maiden name was the book struck with me for sure.
    Thanks again, Happy Thanksgiving and a Very Merry Christmas..

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