November Gratitude and An Amaryllis Reminder!

AUTHOR: | POSTED: November 2, 2012 | COMMENTS: 6 Comments

Carolyn Savage

And so it begins.

My two favorite months of the year.  Why?  The holidays, of course.   It seems that as soon as our last treat is passed out, and the jack-0-lanterns have burned out, I’m ready to take on the business and warmth of Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

Yesterday I vacated our home of the Halloween decor in favor to a few pilgrims and turkeys.  I’d been saving my points from a rewards program and finally accrued enough to splurge on this gorgeous ceramic turkey from Pottery Barn!  I’d been eyeing for a few years. 


The crowning glory of the month is Thanksgiving.   It’s such a special holiday where we  reunite with the cousins, aunts and uncles that we adore so much.  We cook and we eat. 

A dinner like no other!

 Then we cook and eat some more. 

The best part?  The laughs.  

We belly laugh over stories that we’ve heard hundreds of times.  We celebrate milestones–this year there’s an engagement and a new baby on the way (uh…different people…just clarifying!).  The younger ones rack out in sleeping bags, the line for the bathroom is constant, but I feel so blessed to have this kind of time with my family.  I absolutely cannot wait! 

Of course, my holiday prep to-do list is gargantuan.  First up is a task that I don’t always remember to complete.  This year I’m on top of it.  Yay me!  You see, I absolutely adore amaryllis bulbs. 

About $5-7 a bulb. Much cheaper than a poinsettia!

The bright red flowers are so pretty during December, but in order to enjoy them, you have to get the bulbs going now!  The other day I was tearing through Meijer and noticed the bulbs  on an endcap.  I scooped up a few and planted them this morning. 

You’ll need a bulb, river stone, a glass container, and a plant stake for later!

 The entire process took two minutes.  For more information on how to plant your bulb perfectly, watch the one minute video below!  


I think the thing I love most about amaryllis is that they sit on my window sill and with every centimeter of growth, I’m reminded of the fun that’s about to come.  Anticipation of Christmas is the best part. 

 I’m so grateful for my cyber friends and loved ones.  You truly have no idea how all of you continue to be such a huge part of our happy ending.  This past week, our local ABC affiliate ran a story about just that…our gratitude.  I think Sean’s giggles are the best part. Breaking News, Weather and Sports

I hope you all have a blessed weekend.  Play in some leaves…


… be grateful for your homes and loved ones,  and please, hold all of those suffering in your prayers right now. 



6 Comments on “ November Gratitude and An Amaryllis Reminder! ”

  • Melissa | November 2nd, 2012 10:52 am

    Beautiful post!! I love the turkey!!

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  • lynda crossman | November 4th, 2012 8:12 pm

    HI! how big is your turkey it looks huge in the picture but I was wondering if that is the way it is cropped or it really is huge….Love your festive spirit.. I like all that too. Love the girls outfit playing in the leaves… here in FL I have plenty of leaves but not so great for the colorful pictures… keep up the good work..If by chance I miss you for thanksgiving I hope you and enjoys great times together. 🙂

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  • Carolyn Savage | November 5th, 2012 7:35 pm

    Lynda…It is huge. Bigger than I realized when I bought it in the store. They had it displayed in the center of a dining room table. It looked beautiful. When they wrapped it and I started to carry it to my car (our Pottery Barn is in the middle of a mall so I had a bit of a walk) I almost didn’t make it.

    Anyways, I’d say it’s about 16 inches tall and 16 inches long.

    Sean said it freaked him out! LOL!

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  • Marion Downing (Facebook Comment) | November 5th, 2012 7:31 pm

    Marion Downing I love hearing your voices. Much better than 2D pictures and Sean’s giggles are so funny when he talked about being tired (that’s how all prents feel :D). The part I really love is watching MK running around so full of life and happily showing off for the camera (what a personality).

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  • Angela Bonner (Facebook Comment) | November 5th, 2012 7:32 pm

    I loved this! beautiful pictures and a great viedo

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  • Jesabes | November 7th, 2012 9:37 am

    Those amaryllis are gorgeous! I wish my cat could be talked into leaving them alone, but I’m sure she’d eat away as it grew so nothing much ever came of it:(

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