Home Made Apple Pie
Home Made Apple Pie
Home Made Apple Pie

This is a glimpse at the simplicity of managing life’s expectations. The family was all sitting around visiting. I said “I’m writing a Thanksgiving post about what I’m thankful for.” Out-of-the-blue, Big Daddy announces, “I’m thankful I haven’t had my first heart attack.” You can imagine he’s a pretty happy guy most of the time. Motivational Speaker to presidents and Firewalker Tony Robbins says essentially if you aren’t happy everyday lower the bar. It makes sense.  I guess “Big Daddy” has a fairly manageable level of expectations. Tony says “every day that he learns something new is a good day.” Since I learn something new every day and I am glad Big Daddy has not had his first and especially his last heart attack I am on track to have a Tony Robbins kind of life without having to pay a bazillion dollars to walk on hot coals with Tony and Oprah, who also happens to be a big fan of Tony’s. Another fan of Tony’s is marketing guru Chris Brogan. Knowing these simple truths could save me a trip to the hospital like some of  the “fire-walkers,” that have attended Tony’s seminars and perhaps didn’t have the right mind-set to walk on hot coals, or cool shoes, ;).  Another seminar attendee declared that his philosophy is “everyday above ground is a good day.” You see, its all a matter of prospective.

Bloom Where You Are Planted
Bloom Where You Are Planted
The Carousel at Stonebriar Mall, Frisco, Texas
Mother, Grandmother, me
Mother, Grandmother, me. Three generations #ThrowbackThursday

I’m Thankful for Moms

Here’s why. My mom taught me the most wonderful things about the holidays, like starting early and cooking every kind of pie and filling the house with the most wonderful cooking smells imaginable. She taught me how to make corn bread in a cast iron skillet and that the way to a man’s heart really is through his stomach. This is probably why Big Daddy is concerned about having is first heart attack. Mom also taught me you can solve almost every kind of problem by getting in the kitchen and cooking something wonderful.

Apple Pie | Yellow Roses | Chrysanthemums
Apple Pie | Yellow Roses | Chrysanthemums

Apple pie is simply the most wonderful feel good food on the planet. I can resist almost any desert except warm apple pie. My sister-in-law actually traveled from Wisconsin to Texas just to have my homemade apple pie that’s just like my mother used to make. The wine shown in the picture, The Show, is a Cabernet Sauvignon that the wine steward at Whole Foods Plano, said was one of their best selling Cabs. Looking at the cowboy on the label reminds me that this is not my first #ThanksgivingFeast rodeo. 🙂erik_W13

Babies and Puppies
Babies and Puppies
Gabi with Puppy
Gabi with Puppy

Babies, children and their laughter make a house a home. Anyone that sees a child and a puppy together know what joy is.

Rose Garden Look of Fall
Rose Garden Look of Fall

“Even a stone, and more easily a flower or a bird, could show you the way back to God, to the Source, to yourself. When you look at it or hold it & let it be without imposing a word of mental label on it, a sense of awe, of wonder, arises within you. Its essence silently communicates itself to you and reflects your own essence back to you.” ~ Eckhart Tolle


As Nick Kellet, Founder of Listly says “statistics prove people love lists.” I’ve started an interactive list for you to add what you are thankful for including a link to a picture on the Web if available. You can also vote up and down those items listed by clicking arrows on the left up or down votes.

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Things To Be Thankful For

Thanksgiving 2014 List of the Things you are Most Thankful For

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Carousels and Little Girls

I'm Thankful for Carousels and Little Girls

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Apple Pie

Apple Pie warm from the oven

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Little Boys and Puppies

I love little Boys and Puppies

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Moms | Grandmothers | Babies

I am Thankful for Moms Grandmothers and babies

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Little Girls and Puppies

I am thankful for Little Girls and Puppies

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Beautiful Girls and Puppies

I'm thankful for beautiful sweet girls and puppies

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Fudge | Cookies | White Roses

I'm thankful for Fudge and white roses and butter ball cookies


Fresh Powder Snow

Nov 28, 2013 by Nick Kellet
Fresh Powder Snow
Happy Thanksgiving from my neighbor’s pet turkeys George Washington and his brother Harry. I bet George and Harry are glad they are pet turkeys. 🙂
Pet Turkeys George Washington and his Brother Harry on my Neighbor's rescue farm
Pet Turkeys, George Washington and his Brother Harry on my neighbor’s goat, alpaca and animal rescue farm
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2 thoughts on “I’m Thankful for Mom, Apple Pie & Roses”

    1. Hi Teresa,
      Apple pie is my favorite too. And I made two of them. Now I have had some and this has to be one of the best I ever made.I hope you and Mr. G. had a wonderful holiday and had some time with that new grand-baby.
      Gaga and Big Daddy
      p.s. Yes I was shocked at his heart attack statement 🙂

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