We had a quiet Thanksgiving of soup and homemade pumpkin pie. Cate and I made these "thankful cards" inspired by this photo I saw at Beauty That Moves. We could have made more autumnal colors but it was our first attempt at making watercolor paper. Cate was thankful for mommy, daddy, Si, sunshine, birds, trees and the library. That's my girl. I was thankful for my family, my husband's continued employment, a warm home, our good health, the Goodwill, the library (of course) and all of you and the experiences that you share especially the ones that enrich our lives. Thank you.
Being an introvert with the goal of simple living, Black Friday shopping does not appeal to me in the least. One environmental statement I try and make is to buy second hand as often as possible. I made one trip out on Friday and that was to visit the Goodwill. My dh took the children to the zoo and I had a blissful hour shopping the Goodwill at 40% off. I came home with new jeans for Cate and me, a handful of books, some new running clothes, glasses from Crate & Barrel, a dress up magnet doll kit (which kept Cate busy for a while) and (best of all) a set of wooden bowls and the matching serving bowl. I've wanted a set like this for some time but wouldn't think of buying them. Now if only I could manage to eat all our meals from these bowls.
If you follow Lilymouse, you might know that I very much enjoy Sarah's blog design, her poetic lists, changing banner photos, and such. I've appreciated the discussion about blogrolls. Like so many I've taken down my blogroll and replaced it with Google Reader. As suggested by Melissa I find it is a great way to share the blogs I read without leaving anyone out. The only problem I see is that you have to write a post worth sharing in order to show up as a Shared Item. No pressure or anything. On another blog related note, I'm trying to write a list like Sarah's on my sidebar, not as poetic but a small glimpse into my daily life. Here's another blog issue, if you only read posts in Google Reader you don't see all the goodness of a blog's sidebars. I'm wondering if readers would like to see more book lists in my sidebar. I know I appreciate them. Do you like them? Are they worth it? Perhaps not today, but some day soon, click out of Google Reader and explore the sidebars. You just might discover something nice.