Monday, November 19, 2018


A Family Affair......

Sally May was Upset, Dear Readers, because the weather forecast was for bitter Cold temperatures to arrive for Thanksgiving. Sally May loved to cook and was always happiest when she shared with her whole family, and Thanksgiving was such a family affair, it was her favorite Holiday! But this year it seemed as though it would be impossible to host the family at her home. This was due to the windows in several rooms still not having been fixed!

"I'm really sorry Hon," said Chip.
 "The materials I had on order didn't arrive...." 
"I could stretch some plastic over them
 in the meantime...." he added apologetically.

"That won't be good enough..." said Sally May, annoyed.
"We can't have the Grandparents over to sit in such Cold!"
"Oh, and that reminds me" added Chip,
 "My folks decided to stay home and tend the fires.
 They're worried the pipes will freeze if they are gone too long."
"I guess I'll call Mama and tell her
 we can't have everybody here...." said Sally May.

As soon as Joanna heard from Sally May, she went to find Helen.
"Sally May and Chip will not be able to host the Dinner..." she said.
 "Their windows are still not fixed and it will be much too cold over there."
 "We can all eat over her this year...." said Helen....
 "Do we have the supplies...?" She added.
 "We'll need to get the turkey in the oven right away!
 "I'll run to the market... " said Charles.
"I'll clean the kitchen"... said Victor, 
"I know my way around the sink!"

Before long the table was cleaner than it had been in a long time!

Joanna got started with peeling the squash and potatoes....

Helen joined her as soon as she had finished her row of knitting.... 
(she didn't want to drop a stitch!)
"Let me start making the stuffing..." she said.

By the time Sally May and Chip
 and Annabelle arrived,
 the Turkey was stuffed and in the oven.

Chip and Annabelle joined Charles in the Living Room.
They knew better than to try and be in the kitchen!

Sally May didn't want to be anywhere but the kitchen....
"Tell me what needs to be done..." she said as she arrived.
"I guess I will go see if Charles needs anything..."
 said Victor, making his escape.

Charles and Chip were still just saying hello...
Victor knew just how they were feeling....
 being an in-law himself...
It was best to leave the ladies to the kitchen
 when they got started cooking!
Chip was wishing he could find a TV somewhere.... 
this was the only house he'd ever known that had no TV!
Eventually Helen came in to let them know the food was ready....!
But where was Pollyanna? 
And Arthur?

 Well, Dear Readers, Pollyanna was playing
 in her attic hideaway....
 and Arthur may have been napping!

"Did you hear someone calling..." she said?
 "Maybe we should go down now.... 
I can smell the turkey from here" said Arthur!

"Have we got everything..." said Sally May?
"I think so... " said Joanna.... 
"We can put the pies in to warm later."
"It sure smells good in here..." said Pollyanna....

"Wow!" said Victor.... "what a great bird!"
"I want some Turkey..... " said Annabelle excitedly!

"First we say Grace, darling..." said Helen.
Charles cleared his throat and said the Blessing...
"May we all give Thanks for the great blessing
 of the Bounty before us...
 And may we never forget the Great Blessing 
of a Wonderful Family to share it with!"
"Amen!" said Victor.
 "I will carve..." he added happily! 

Well, Dear Readers, I hope you all
 have a Wonderful Thanksgiving! 
And whether you are sharing it 
Early or Late, with Few or Many...
 I hope yours will be a Family Affair!
And I would like to add that I am Very Thankful
 for the Great Blogland Family of miniaturists out there 
All You who share so much with so many....
In a "Little" way, it touches me deeply!

Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you have a wonderful holiday with family and loved ones - both RL and minis.

    1. Thank you Anna! It was relatively quiet as most of the family is Far Far away! The dolls and my son and I enjoyed our feast! :):)

  2. Feliz día de acción de gracias!!!!

    1. Thank you Pilar! I have much to be Thankful for! :)

  3. Beautiful story and pictures. Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Thank you Fabiola! I had a good Thanksgiving! :)

  4. Hello Betsy,
    Happy thanksgiving! I hope you have a wonderful time and I wish you all the best.
    Big hug

    1. Thank you Giac! I had a quiet Thanksgiving and enjoyed the Feast! My Family is mostly far away so I had time for the Minis! :)

  5. Happy Thanksgiving Betsy. Have a lovely holiday with your loved ones.

    1. Thank you Drora! I had a good Thanksgiving with one son at home. I was able to talk with the rest of the Family and we are all well and Thankful! :)

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    1. Thank you Shiela! And to you Too! :)(Belatedly!)

  7. Lovely story, Betsy, I loved reading it and seeing each one of the pictures!
    I hope you will have a Happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones.
    Warm hugs, Ilona

    1. Thank you Ilona! We had a Quiet Thanksgiving, but a Thankful one! :)

  8. I'm not going to ask you anything about lilacs this week! I love your pictorial stories, and I wish you and your family a very warm and full Thanksgiving. For myself I am thankful for the wise tutelage of people like you who are willing to share their learning experiences. Oh well, and health and grandkids and such. But Thank You, Daydreamer! (Also cold, in Colrain)

    1. Thank you Martha! It was a Quiet Thanksgiving.... but that is also the stuff for Thanks! Blogland is such an amazing place full of so many generous and creative people... I am amazed and Thankful over and over again! :):)

  9. Hello, Betsy - I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day, shared with family and friends. I enjoyed reading your Thanksgiving Tale and peeking in on all those beloved characters. I, too, am so thankful for that great "Blogland Family of miniaturists" and wish you and each of them a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

    1. Thank you Marjorie! I had a Happily Quiet Thanksgiving! I am so glad there is the mini community here in Blogland to share with! It makes an enormous difference in my creative life! And I am very glad you are part of it! :):)

  10. I loved your Thanksgiving story in The Lovely Old Dollhouse! Everybody pitched in and made the dinner happen and were able to enjoy each others company even without a television! :D
    Happy Thanksgiving to you too Betsy, and to ALL the little people inside your Miniature World too! ❤️


    1. Thank you Elizabeth! I do enjoy "sharing" my mini world with all you other miniaturists out there! It makes for such a wonderful exchange of creativity and support and friendship... it has made a "World" of difference in my life! I am so glad you are part of it! :):)

  11. Lovely story. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours have a great one.
    Hugs Maria

    1. Thank you Maria! I had a quiet but lovely Thanksgiving! :)

  12. Indeed, another great holiday story.
    I sent you & Jonathan & Mandy a Thanksgiving email. I am so thankful for so many things this year!
    Lots of love,

  13. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! I'd like to give thanks for this wonderful, wonderful story!!! Sadly we don't celebrate Thanksgiving in your way (in Germany it's related to the church and for "just" giving thanks for the harvest) - it's somehow nice to have a special day to be thankful for what you have. Well, I'm really thankful for being a reader of this story seeing a wonderful family having a great time together. Okay, at first I was a little confused because I thought Chip was still in his Halloween costume… *broad-grin* And it really made me smile to learn that Arthur takes a nap while his wife is playing with miniatures… ;O) But all is well with a stuffed turkey in the end!


    1. Dear Birgit, I am Soooo Thankful you are here to share "our" kind of Thanksgiving! It is a good way to remind us that there is so much we can be thankful for.... even when the windows aren't fixed yet or the weather gets too cold! LOL! Yes, Chip has his great qualities, and one of them is being predictable....!(We won't call it unimaginative!) Someday Sally May's faith in him will be justified and the windows will be done! LOL! Seriously, I Treasure the friendship of bloggers like you who are so generous and full of Great Creative ideas! It makes my life so much more fun!!! :):):)

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  15. Happy Thanksgiving dearest Betsy! I hope it was a lovely day filled with lots of laughs and the things that make the best memories!

    1. Thank you Jodi! It was a good, if Quiet (that is good!) Thanksgiving! My family is all quite far away, so it was just my son and me with all that food! LOL! But we have lots to be Thankful for and I am always so appreciative of the Blogland mini community! It has made such a difference in my life to have other miniaturists to share with! :):)

  16. I am frightfully late but Happy Thanksgiving nonetheless.
    What a lovely family scene. I hope your day was spent with loved ones as well.

  17. Thank you Veronique! (There is no such thing as late for Thanksgiving!) LOL! I am thankful for all the miniaturists who share so freely here in Blogland! :):)