Thursday, November 28, 2013

Words - A Reason for Thanksgiving


"Words are only postage stamps delivering the object for you to unwrap." ~George Bernard Shaw

Since I let Wednesday slip away without posting last night, I'm writing this early on Thanksgiving morning. So of course, it is about being thankful. I have so many blessings to count, that I could write them down all day and then nobody would get to eat those mashed potatoes or macaroni and cheese I need to cook. The turkey is in the oven and I made the cranberry sauce and chess cake last night. Stay tuned for my very simple chess cake recipe - as long as you're not dieting. :)

But last night as I got ready to go to bed I was thinking about what I could have written if I hadn't forgotten it was Wednesday night and the thought came to me that I was thankful for words. I am so very thankful that I have been given, in some small measure at least, a gift for words. I like words. I like to put them together to make a story. I like reading the way other people put them together to make stories. I like hearing people speak those words to tell a story. I like the sound of words when you read a story aloud to a child whether the words are ones in the dictionary or some arrangement of letters that make up nonsensical words for fun. 

A Big Dream

I am so thankful that I have been able to live my childhood dream of being a writer. That was such a big dream for a little girl growing up on a tobacco farm who had never even met anyone who was a writer. It was such a big dream that even after I had several books published I had a hard time claiming the title of writer out loud. It was as if I thought it might vanish if I became too sure of it. Last Sunday at church we were being thankful for our beautiful fellowship hall that seemed an impossible dream for our little church when we first thought about building it. But now it's built and paid for and a blessing to our church. There's no dream too big for our Lord. 

So that's how it was with that little farm girl who did become a writer with the help of the Lord. Now all these many years of writing later, I can say, without hesitation, I am a writer. I have been blessed by the characters who have come to life in my imagination. And I have been blessed by the readers who have also let my characters come to life in their imaginations. Words are a writer's tool. And I am thankful for those tools. 

"Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for." ~Ray Bradbury

A Simple Recipe Everybody Likes

Now here's that Chess Cake recipe:

1 C butter or margarine
2 C brown sugar, packed
1 C granulated sugar
4 eggs
2 C self-rising flour
1 C chopped pecans

Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs and flour and then the nuts. Bake in a 13 x 9 inch dish at 350 degrees until lightly brown - approximately 35 minutes. Slice into squares and enjoy. 

Now to Announce the Winner

Melanie Backus is the winner of Jan Watson's autographed novels, Skip Rock Shallows and Tattler's Branch. I'll be in touch, Melanie. Thanks to all of you who commented on Jan's post and on the ones since. A special thanks to those of you who have offered encouraging words and shared your own journeys down the hard path of caring for a loved one with dementia. I'm thankful for each of you. 

Happy Thanksgiving!!


  1. Ann, I'm thankful that your dream of becoming a writer became possible! Enjoyed this post and the yummy recipe of Chess Cake..I must try it!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

    Judy B

    1. Hope you have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving too, Judy. Always fun to see your comments. I appreciate your kind words. See I said I was thankful for words!

  2. HAPPY THANKSGIVING Ann. I too love words they have always held a fascination for me. You truly have been blessed with a talent for stringing them together to paint a picture and tell a story. Thank you for sharing your talent.
    Hoping you have a day blessed with family, friends , and good food.

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words. I do love stringing those words together. :) Hope you had a blessed and happy day.

  3. "Happy Thanksgiving", from Ga to Ky, we are having colder weather but are missing the snow....enjoy yours and the day.

    Paula O

    1. The snow was just a dusting, Paula, but it was so cold it stuck around until this afternoon. Now it's mostly gone. Hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving Day.

  4. Ann, thank you so much for your giveaway and the delicious recipe. I can't wait to try it. Happy Thanksgiving! Melanie

    1. Fun to have you as a winner, Melanie. I know you'll enjoy Jan's books. I'll get them in the mail to you next week. The chess cake is pretty plain, but I have never had it anywhere that people didn't love it.

  5. Have you tried Chess Bars, Ann? A family favorite - uses yellow cake mix, cream cheese, sugar, etc..

    Thankful that the Lord chose to use you to bless us through your gift of words!

    1. I have made those chess bars, Bonnie. I always liked the lemon ones, but it's been a while since I made it so not sure if I used a cake mix or something else. I like these plain chess bars better and they are super easy to make.

      I appreciate your kind words and always enjoy your comments here and on Facebook.


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