Or should I say,

I imagine this turkey is happy that he lives at the zoo and not on a turkey farm 😉

Believe it or not, I haven’t even begun to get ready for tomorrow’s meal, which is at our house.
I have to set the tables, bake pumpkin bread, a pumpkin cake and I am trying a new cranberry tartlet recipe.

The past few years, we have spent Thanksgiving at our house and every year, my husband makes his famous mashed potatoes.

And my father-in-law would carve the turkey…
Last year, Thanksgiving was extra special because my father-in-law had must been diagnosed with ALS.  His diagnosis gave us a greater appreciation of how precious our remaining time together was.
This year, we are not having turkey or mashed potatoes.  We are doing something different, just for this year.  We are having ham, my mother’s cheesy scalloped potatoes, green bean casserole, my grandmother-in-law’s famous stuffing and rolls.
Right now, I am kind of enjoying the prospect of only having to heat up a ham instead of preparing a turkey 🙂
This Thanksgiving, I have much to be thankful for…
– a wonderful husband and children
– my family that lives nearby
– my garden

– opportunities to help people learn how to grow a beautiful garden


– my second oldest sister and her family just moved to Arizona from California AND they live just 6 houses down the street from us!

– and the greatest blessing of all, was the birth of my granddaughter, Lily 3 weeks ago….

I could just hold her all day long….

My wish for you is that you will enjoy a special Thanksgiving.

God Bless!
Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

5 replies
  1. FlowerLady
    FlowerLady says:

    Dear Noelle ~ What a lovely post. It will be nice for you to not have to fix the turkey. Enjoy the ham and the rest of the goodies too. It all sounds good to me.

    Love your new little grandbaby.

    Have a lovely day tomorrow with your family.

    Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady


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