Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I'm thankful....

Thanksgiving traditionally has been a time for football and eating the traditional meal. I wanted to think a little about what I'm thankful for this year.

I'm thankful I live where the cows and horses outnumber the people...

...and thankful for nature because it enriches my life.

Thanks to the uncommon nature finds like this Common Grackle which appeared below the feeders last week or the Golden Crowned Kinglet (a lifer if I kept a life list) I saw on a walk down the driveway today.

Thanks for my family (especially my husband) and my friends and for my health which has held up this year.

I'm also thankful I can share my love of nature with fellow naturalists in the New River Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists and the New River Bird Club.

I'm grateful for my bees who inspire me and my beekeeper mentor who has helped me get through a second year of beekeeping.

Finally, I'm thankful to other bloggers for being a great community. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


  1. And a wonderfully Happy Thanksgiving Day to you as well.

  2. it is really nice to know others are out there that share our love for nature. love your grackle pic. he is very handsome! happy thanksgiving! jill

  3. I'm thanksful for the little views you share of the lovely place you live. Peaceful on the mountain.

  4. We are thankful for you too!!
    Happy Thanskgiving my friend! Hope you have a wonderful day!

  5. Hoping everyone has a great day-now I'm ready to start cooking!

  6. Those are awesome shots. Very serene and lovely.

  7. Hope you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving..You truly have some great things to be thankful for. I am thankful to see another person that cares so much for nature and the natural nice!

  8. hope you & your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving too. these pictures are awesome. you may want to watch those grackles now that they've found your bird feeder because they'll scare away the smaller birds. i've always preferred living in the country to the city... there's more to entertain the eye, :) hope all is well. have a great day.

  9. Wow. You have inspired me to write my own list. Thank you for sharing your list Appalachian Lady :) I share your love and appreciation of this wonderful area. I was in Milwaukee (I was born right near there)for the holiday and was so glad to be back in these rugged and lovely 'ol mountains.
    I heart mountains~
    P.S. My second collie is named aptly, Appalachian Ginger Bear (but we simply call her Ginger)!

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  11. Louvregirl--wow, I just looked over and there was your comment which was posted a minute ago. Thanks for visiting.

    Everyone--thanks for the thoughts. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend.

  12. Hi There, Thanks for coming to my blog. Please come back anytime. I don't know you but feel like I do since I was born and raised in Wise County, VA (Big Stone Gap) ... AND---many of my Bruce relatives came from Bland, VA --which is not far from Giles County. I do alot of Genealogy ---and last year, we were in Bland.

    Glad you like my old stomping grounds. My Dad worked for the railroad and I had a fabulous childhood. I live on the Cumberland Plateau in TN now --and love it here also.

    Tonight though, we need a boat... TONS of rain today!!!

    Gorgeous pictures of your area!!!

    Thanks again for coming to my blog.

  13. Beautiful Photos, thank you!