Giving Thanks for Thanksgiving

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This weekend is Thanksgiving in Canada.    Our day to give thanks.

Now, I’m as thankful for my good health and the health of my family as the next guy, but I’m also thankful for the other things.  The little things.  Like Ikea.  So today I have for you a list of those things that make me smile.  The things that I am thankful for.


mason jars

the sound of my cats snoring

fresh eggs

realizing somebody else already emptied the dishwasher

good television

bad television

Starbucks coffee

the perfect pillow

Ruffles and Helluvagood dip



That new B complex Jamieson vitamin that allows you to grow 3″ in any direction you want within 3 weeks

Getting a surprise cheque from the government in the mailbox

a crackling fire

putting on p’jamas fresh out of the dryer

getting flowers

giving flowers

waking up and realizing it’s Sunday

Sunday night roast beef dinner

good books

Cheez Whiz – the blue egg laying chicken

pumpkin spice scented candles


Running into someone I haven’t seen in a long time at the grocery store and successfully avoiding them by hiding behind the paper towels.

fresh bread

rubber boots

my favourite jeans

battery  operated pencil sharpeners – whirrrrrrrr

leftover stuffing, turkey and pie

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in Canada, happy weekend to everyone else.   I’ll be over to secretly put your pjamas in the dryer and empty your dishwasher later.


  1. Marti says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Karen! I hope this year finds you with more than ever (and more readers than ever) to be thankful for!

    • Karen says:

      Thx. Marti! It is currently 12:30 at night and I’m scrounging through my basement trying to find my mercury glass pumpkins. It’s pretty impossible to host a Thanksgiving Dinner without those. ~ k!

      • Marti says:

        Ok, I am determined to get some of those in the next year or two. (Need to light in one spot first.) I love the look of mercury glass and if I have to buy the glass pumpkins and “mercury” them myself, I will.

        Looking forward to your holiday posts.

        • Shauna says:

          oooh, have you seen on pinterest how to easily make ‘mercury glass’ by spray painting silver onto glass then misting it with water.

          Perhaps Karen has already done this post. Perhaps what I saw on pinterest was from Karen. I don’t know, but it’s cool;)

  2. mel says:

    happy thanks to you karen. you never miss to crack me up – every day!

  3. Marina says:

    Thanks to you, for posting this amazing blog.
    In my country ( I live in Barcelona, Spain)we don’t have this kind of celebration. I would like to have Thanksgiving too because I think it’s very important to be grateful for the little or big things that the life give us.
    Happy Thanksgiving, Karen!

    • Pat says:


      You should indeed have a holiday like Thanksgiving! It is my favourite of the entire year. It’s all about the food, friends and being grateful for what we have. In Canada, a wonderfully non-denomiational, non-ethnocentric, secular holiday with good vibes. All holidays should be like this. The Canadian holiday is tied to the harvest. Can you start your own traditon in Spain?

  4. Jen says:

    One of my favorite weekends!…..although it’s been freezing the last 2 days…the forecast is almost summer like for the weekend. I really don’t like to sweat while I’m making my turkey. And no sign of any rain…which means I can’t wear my new Bogs!….got them 2 days ago…I’ll send a pic soon! xo

  5. Brenda j says:

    Karen your Thanksgiving List is marveloussss Dahhling and so are you!! I enjoy and look forward to your blog more than you could possibly know.
    Due to spending many ++ days/nights in bed – not by choice, but by severe Fibromyalgia,Chronic Fatigue, and a couple new knees due to Osteo….reading and watching your blog always gives me a laugh or something to think about doing. I did say “think” about doing.
    I find it’s just wonderful to follow the fun [and frustrations] of a real-life, honest to goodness, Toronto celeb.
    Keep on bloggin’ “Chicken-Woman” and have a WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING.

  6. cred says:

    Ruffles & Helluva Good Dip- here, here for that!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Kate says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    We don’t have Thanksgiving in Australia so our family gives thanks every Christmas instead. Thanksgiving is a pretty great idea for a holiday.

  8. Janet says:

    Thank you Karen, Hope you have a great Thanksgiving.I hope to make the aprons this weekend, church bazaar coming up, they need donations. They can be my guinea pigs.
    Take care


  9. Alicia says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂 Hoping to hit up a fall fair, but I live in Kitchener, so first on the list is Oktoberfest!

  10. marilyn says:

    i too have a long list of things i am grateful for, and one of those things is the art of doing stuff and Karen!! happy turkey day and practise that gobble…it needs work. lol

  11. Amanda says:

    I do the grocery store/paper towel thing too. Hate smalltalk. I am thankful for knowing how to avoid smalltalk.

  12. Barbara says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

    but ummm……I’m still waiting for my dishwasher to be emptied….

  13. Emi says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Karen to you and all of yours. I am very thankful for your blog and look forward to reading it every day. Thank you for being there everyday and never failing to inspire, educate, Make green with envy, make us laugh so hard that liquids get spewed, and sometimes just to provide some beautiful pictures or some food for thought, or recipes for real food. You are AWESOME.

  14. Liz S. says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Karen! Thank you for all that you do and all that you have taught us to do.

  15. Happy Thanksgiving, Karen! I hope you have pictures of your feast to share next week! I also like to make random thankfulness lists- and puppies, sunshine, and air conditioning are on it every time 🙂

  16. Kathe says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Since Mr. B is a transplanted Canadian I always do 2 Thanksgivings. One to honor his heritage and one for the U.S. T-day. Double the cooking/ decorating fun! Check out my tribute to Canadian T-day here:

  17. ruth says:

    An elegant list of blessings! Happy Thanksgiving Karen!

  18. Amy in StL says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Karen! I bought some spiced pumpkin body wash and body lotion from Bath and Body works this year and it smells amazing all day long. Oddly though, I find I’m craving pumpkin pie a lot.

    Also, does Diet Coke know they didn’t make your list this year? 🙂

  19. Nancy says:

    Although it is not time for our Thanksgiving..I too am grateful that I stumbled upon your blog and for you sharing all of the wonderful, crazy things that you give me a daily are such a genuine don’t re-do things until they are perfect but you let us share in your mistakes and enjoy a laugh from them by showing that you are as human as the rest of us…Thanks Karen and have a fun weekend!!!

  20. Ashlyn says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!! 🙂

  21. Ginny says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a wonderful day filled with fun, family and good food (which I hope you don’t have to prepare all by yourself!).

  22. Ann says:

    I LOVE Helluvagood Dip. I can’t get it in California. Please eat many tubs of it for me. 🙁

  23. Chau says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Karen. I would like to thank you for all the LOL or giggle moments through out the year from reading your blog. You probably hear this all the time but I’d say it any way: You’re awesome!

  24. kate says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too! Am looking forward to a weekend with family and friends and loads o’ wonderful high fat food…hope your weekend is splendid!

  25. Yasmin says:

    I just love this post!

  26. Lucy says:

    I’ll add my “ditto” to your list and all the comments, but will also get schmaltzy for a second and say reading about your Thanksgiving reminds me that I shouldn’t wait until the US Thanksgiving to give thanks. We all have much to be thankful for everyday. If nothing else, we can be thankful we have a computer to access this blog and all the other stuff that’s available to us. That said, I’m going to go have some of the Dreyer’s Pumpkin Pie ice cream that’s also in my freezer this time of year and is one of the many things I’m thankful for. You can leave me off your list to unload my dishwasher later cuz I often eat right out of the pan or carton or container, usually while in my jammies I’ve just taken from the dryer. Enjoy your feast and all who are partaking of it with you.

  27. Neal says:

    Jammies in the dryer – my favorite!

  28. sheri says:

    Oh, you are right, a kitty snoring is lovely. Especially if they are super-soft.

  29. Happy Thanksgiving! Do you have any traditions that are uniquely Canadian? I like your list. The smallest things in life make me the happiest.

  30. karenagain says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Karen. Thanks for your blog and all it has taught me since I found you. I have made your spaghetti and meatball recipe at least half a dozen times to rave reviews. My driveway was nearly destroyed by a huge oil spill that my daughter tried to get rid of with the hose (making it cover the whole driveway) but kitty litter and Dawn saved the day. I’ve grown my own sprouts but not butterflies. My neices will be making butter tomorrow and one day I will make cheese. I’m sorry but I’m glad someone besides myself understands the horror of centipedes (thanks walmart plants).

    Have a great long weekend. I am thankful for The Art of Doing Stuff.

  31. Nic says:

    Thanksgiving for me is over a month away, but I tried your pumpkin puree method, this weekend, so the vibes must be seeping over the border (I live in Michigan about 15 minutes away from the Detroit Windsor Tunnel).
    Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  32. Shauna says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, it’s being grateful for the silly little things that make life big!! Hope you have an amazing weekend!!

  33. mary c says:

    WHEEEE! So freakin’ excited to go home to warm jammers. Thanks, awesome lady.

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