Right now I imagine you are deep in the midst of Thanksgiving preparations and likely steeling your nerves. Whether it’s for the last (hopefully) trip to the grocery store before you start roasting the bird (like Ellen) or the long trip over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house (like me), the day before Thanksgiving is most often rife with stress, especially if you are the mom. We don’t want to divert you from your appointed tasks, so we will be brief.
The Gracious Posse is our labor of love, and today is the perfect time to count down our Top Ten Posse Blessings of the last 12 months.
10. Getting to share with you the wonderful happenings in RVA like the upcoming development of the Low Line
9. Learning from you and the greater blogging world. We do not profess to have all the answers. In fact, you rescue us more times than you know.
This darling watercolor rescued my boring Thanksgiving table last year. One of my favorite bloggers, former House Beautiful editor Frances Schultz, had featured this Pumpkin-headed Pilgrim and emailed a copy of the full painting to me. With the magic of picmonkey.com, I cropped the picture, added the names of my dinner companions and printed them on deckled watercolor paper.
Frances graciously allowed us to share this with you in hopes that it may help you finish setting your own table.
We celebrate inspired living with practical style, but our corollary should be . . .
After all, whether local or on-line, it takes a posse.
8. Securing gracious invitations arranged by our posse into the homes of this year’s talented Artists in Residence, Meredith Kittrell,
and Annegret Massey.
7. Being welcomed into posse homes for features like A Gentleman’s Farm, Pops of Orange Complement This Blue and White Sunroom, Making a Garden Wish List from Garden Week Flower Arrangements, Accessibility with Style, Dana Gibson’s “Twig” Design is Worthy of a Sneak Peak into a Recently Renovated River House, Designing Around an Aquarium, and, of course, our Mermaid in Residence.
Thanks Jim, Denise, dNa, fMb, sFl and jBr.
5. Going back to school with this year’s Educators in Residence, Carol Quillen at Davidson College
and Cathy McGehee at Foxcroft School.
4. Raising money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation with your #ThinkPink Instagram and Facebook pictures. Here’s one that we missed in the shuffle from our dear college friend, kMt, who threw a #ThinkPink luncheon for her posse in Texas.
3. Being mentioned in the July issue of R·Home magazine.
2. Reading your comments, whether they endorse what we’ve said or gently correct our mistakes. They truly make our day!
1. Being stopped around town and told how much you love The Gracious Posse and that you look forward to reading the latest post every morning.
Your words, whether written or spoken, are so much a part of the blessings we will be counting this Thanksgiving and inspire us in so many ways. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and wish you the most gracious of Thanksgivings with family and friends. May it be filled with peace, joy and and second helpings of counted blessings.
November 26, 2014