Giving Thanks to Friends and Fillies … by Charlene Sands

untitled-me-again-cheers-for-wrtrsAccording to Wikipedia, Thanksgiving is a harvest festival and a time to give thanks and express gratitude in general. The holiday is celebrated in Canada and the United States and while it originated due to religion, it is now primarily considered a secular holiday.


While some say that the earliest Thanksgiving celebration happened in 1565 in Saint Augustine, Florida, the Thanksgiving holiday that we all have come to know has been associated with the site of the Plymouth Plantation in 1621. In Canada, the celebration occurs on the second Monday in October and in the U.S., on the fourth Thursday of November. 


As legend has it, the Thanksgiving celebration was a way for the Pilgrims to give thanks to the Indians who taught them how to grow corn, catch fish and survive brutal winters.  It was also a time to thank God for the bounty of the harvest. 


Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s a warm and cozy day where families come together to share a bountiful meal and to give thanks for all the good things in their lives.  


So today, I’m giving thanks to all of you who have come by visit me at Petticoats and Pistols through the years.  I’ll be leaving this site as a regular blogger, but I’ll be back from time to time to guest blog and fill in for our wonderful writers here. I will dearly miss every single one of you and your insights and thoughts. fh0000051


I’ve posted some favorite pictures where the Fillies at Wildflower Junction have come together for conventions and just plain old fun.  These are fond memories that will stay with me forever.  Love you, Fillies!


Note the Fillies at the San Francisco Literacy Signing, the five of us, Pat, Stacey, Pam, Kate and myself.  And then there was the High Tea we attended with our editors (around the wagon wheel).  There’s a picture of Cheryl and I (Cher in yellow, me in white) at our Dallas convention and then there’s my dear friend Tanya with hubby Tim, me with my hero, Don before the Brooks and Dunn concert.   BTW as you read this Tanya and I will have gone to the Tim McGraw concert last night. We are both huge country music fans. Go figure!


I hope you all keep reading and writing and supporting westerns!  Don’t forget to enter our Cowboy Under the Christmas Tree Contest too!








Happy Trails and Happy Reading !






 And as a parting gift I’ll be picking 3 names randomly from today’s comments to receive either a Toby Keith or Alan Jackson CD of Christmas songs and to one lucky winner, a beautiful Christmas Tote filled with signed books from me and other fabulous authors.  Check back later in the day to see who’ll win the prizes …


Giving Thanks for All of You!



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55 thoughts on “Giving Thanks to Friends and Fillies … by Charlene Sands”

  1. I hate to see you go, but I’m glad you will be back to visit. Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving.

  2. Oh wow, Charlene we hate to see you go! You will be missed! I am really glad to hear you will come back to visit us though! We all have a lot to be thankful for, with you ladies and your wonderful western books. They are my favorite read. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas and I hope the New Year a head brings great things for you.

  3. Oh Charlene, the concert was fantastic, wasn’t? (and probably will make for a P and P blog someday soon LOL.)

    I will miss you around here…it was through you I got to meet so many wonderful fillies in San Francisco.

    I thank you for being thankful for me 🙂

  4. I’m thankful for western books. They are my favorite by far. I’d love to be entered in your drawing. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. I hope that you had a FABULOUStime at your Tim McGraw concert. I love that he and Faith Hill have been able to sustain such a strong relationship amidst their “celeb” status/exposure.

    Toby Keith-I loved his song I Wanna Talk About Me! It was so catchy! I’d enjoy hearing his version of Christmas songs!! I’m not familiar with Alan Jackson or any of his songs.

    I’m sad to see you go. However, if it allows you more time and freedom to write. I’m all for it! Best wishes for a wonderful 2010!!

  6. I too would like to thank YOU for keeping up with your regular blogs and look forward to your guest blogs, albeit less often. I don’t know how authors find time to write when they have family (and are often the sandwich generation), some have full- or part-time jobs, emails, blogs, and THEN writing, editing, and putting up with all sorts of people who want a piece of you. When I think that I have a lot on my plate, I just think of you and realize I have a lot less stress in my life. I hope guest blogging alleviates some of YOUR stress.

    I think it’s cool that you’re able to attend the concerts noted above. I live 2 hours away from a big city, where it would cost about $100 to see a concert and $20 to park, and then there’s possible hotel accommodation and meals if it’s late at night. Not long ago, a very nice gentleman opened up a theatre in town and has been enticing big names to come here. Now tickets might cost between $40 and $75 each, there’s free parking across the street, and it’s five minutes from home so no hotel/food accommodations. I look forward to country stars hopefully finding their way here in the next few years. Thanks for sharing your great memories with us (and I hope to blog about mine in future years too).

  7. Charlene, you have been one of the very best things to happen to P & P. From the first email when we began to organize, you were there, rolling up your shirt sleeves, sharing ideas and ready to work, always an advocate for western romance and Wildflower Junction.

    Most of all, you were there for us, the Fillies.

    I’ve truly treasured the privilege of calling you a dear friend. Meeting you in SF was one of the highlights of my career. You’re as beautifully Italian in real life as you are in your pictures. 🙂

    Sending you heartfelt wishes for new successes in the near future. Hugs!!

  8. Charlene, you’ve been such a friend an inspiration to us all. We’ll miss you as a regular filly, but so glad you’ll be dropping back from time to time for a visit. Wishing you great success in your future endeavors.
    Many hugs

  9. Dear Tanya- I’m glad you got home safely last night! I really had a wonderful time though I won’t forget that adorable engagement or that stupid pole! Tim was fantastic as always. I think I’m going to see his movie today!(If I can talk dh into it)

    Dear Kathy -Thanks for stopping by P and P. I hope you make it a regular stop along the way!

    Dear Jennie – Wishing you much success in all you do. Thank you for your kind comments!!

  10. Western books have been my favorite books forever. They provide me with endless hours of pleasure and adventure. Thanks for your great writing and beautiful thoughts. Stay well and have a memorable Thanksgiving.

  11. Dear Laurie G – thanks for your sweet comments! Yes, that’s part of why I love Country music in general. They seem to be truly good people. Tim and Faith seemed to have beat the odds as a celebrity couple!

    Dear Laney4- You’ve been a regular poster here and I’ll miss hearing about you too. I also hope you get some great concerts in that theatre. BTW- I’m such a huge fan of McGraw I drove 2 hours last night to see him. He was 90 miles away but Tanya and I made a day of it, got there early, had dinner and then the show. Good luck with all your endeavors. Wishing you good things!

  12. Charlene, I’m thankful I got to know you better through the Fillies. Love the photos of us together in San Francisco. I’m also glad you introduced me to Tanya. 🙂

    I’m wishing you the best of luck for future success and in all your wonderful Silhouette Desires!

    Love and hugs,

  13. Dear Pam- you’re such a great friend and I love you for your kind comments. I hope “Once a Filly, always a Filly” is true because I’ll still be around the Junction, behind the scenes and keeping in touch. Truly loved being a part of this. And Thank YOU for all your hard work putting such a wonderful site together. Wishing you nothing big great success!

  14. Charlene,im so glad you came by an let us all know,you will be missed,an good luck an Happy Thanksgiving to you an your family,God Bless


  15. Hi Charlene, You will be truly missed by EVERYONE at Wildflower Junction. Loved your blogs, will always love your books! Here’s hoping your future is full of lots of bestselles and Tim McGraw concerts : )

    Love and thanks,

  16. Dear Elizabeth – so happy to have met you at the Junction! Wishing you all wonderful things in your writing career and in your personal life! I hope to see you in person one day. I always enjoyed your blogs!

  17. Charlene you are going to be missed around here how will we hear about Tim Mcgraw? Big fan here too but probably not as Loyal as you are. My daugther took me a couple years back and man he is hot especially when he is all hot. I would love to go to his concert this Feb 11th he will be here but I am thinking I will not be able to.
    Everytime I think of him I think of that big poster you have up of him and giggle.

    I am so glad you had a good time last night and hope you get to see the movie today. I am hoping to get to go and see it too.
    You will be missed very much on here it seems like a lot have come and gone and it is nice when you get to come back and see us. We are all like a big family out here even if there are 1000 of miles between us.
    Good luck and keep up the great writing. What great gifts for someone.

  18. Hi Charlene. I have enjoyed all your posts. You will be surely be missed. Wishing you the best. I love your books.

  19. Dear Kate – You’re such a dear person and good friend. It was fun to get to know you better too and I enjoyed our lunch in Hollywood that day! We have shared some great memories back in SF and other conventions. Wishing you much success in all you do!

  20. Dear Brenda – oh, you have to try to make the Tim Concert – you won’t be disappointed. (giggling here, because his jeans are still so tight) You have been such a loyal fan of P and P and I know you’ll continue to do so. I’m so happy to have met you here. Wishing you a great holiday season!

  21. Dear Vicki B – my fellow Filly. So glad you joined the herd! Thanks for your sweet words and good wishes. They are coming right back at you!
    Hope the move goes smoothly and your books sell thru the roof!

  22. I’d love to be entered in the drawing. I LOVE western books. I have read all of yours and have enjoyed very much. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  23. I love reading Westerns and I really like country music. I am an annual attendee at the huge Country Thunder concert held in Florence, AZ and I have a couple of Tim’s CD’s.
    Best wishes in your new endeavors.
    Happy Thanksgiving

  24. Your post and the lovely photos made me cry, but it’s not as though we still won’t be in touch as often as always. You will be a Filly, you just won’t be blogging on the schedule.

    We’ve shared a special connection ever since we first met online, and meeting you in person sealed the deal. You are one of the most special people in my life, and I am thankful for you and your friendship, as well.

    Cher 🙂

  25. Good luck to you in the future. I’m sure blogging takes a lot of time. Have you tried Twitter?? Tweeting seems to be the new, faster way to chat. I would LUV these CD’s!!! Thanks, Sue

  26. Charlene,

    I hate to hear that you are leaving. You will be missed alot. I have read most of your books, that I checked out from our local library. You are an excellent writer and your books take me to another place so thank you for that.

    Again Charlene thank you for sharing some wonderful post. I will always be a fan of your books so please keep them coming

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving

    Walk in harmony,

  27. You will be missed so much! I’ve enjoyed reading
    your postings, especially the sharing of family
    events. Good luck in the future, we’ll be looking
    forward to your visits!

    Pat Cochran

  28. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and the best for your health, family and writing. What an enjoyable and lovely post today. Thanks for this great place to visit and Westerns are unforgettable and special.

  29. Charlene, my heart is very sad. I’m sorry you’re leaving us, but I know roads sometime end and life takes different turns. It’s been an amazing joy to get to know you. Just know that you’re welcome to come back anytime to blog. I’m just glad that you’ll still be doing some contest stuff for us. At least we’ll have that connection.

    I wish you a very happy and joyful Thanksgiving!

  30. Hi Cathy, Joye and Pearl, QLady48 and Stephanie – Wonderful to hear all of your kind words. Thanks for supporting P and P and I hope you continue to! I’ll be around and I’ll look forward to hearing from you all!

  31. Oh Cheryl – now you made me cry! I feel the same way about you. You are a special person and I know we’ll see each other again! I might even come to Nebraska for the baseball world series one day. But we’ll always be friends on and off site. Wishing you all the best!

  32. Dear Linda – I appreciate so much your kind words. Thanks for being the special, hard-working, supportive woman you are. I’m so glad I met you and I know that we’ll meet up again. But in the meantime, I’m here, just a SEND button away!! Wishing you lots of success and friendship!

  33. Dear Charlene,

    I am going to miss you terribly. In this time of getting to know you, I have come to admire not only your work as an author, but you personally for your kindness and for your friendship.

    Wonderful blog. Wonderful pictures. I feel I’ve made a friend and for that, I thank you.

    Much love, Kay

  34. Hi Kay – thanks for your kind words. You are one of the sweetest ladies I know. Of course, we’re friends. I hope to see you more, now that you’re home again. Maybe at chapter meetings or conventions? Wishing you the best with your super Native American books!!

  35. Charlene, though we never had the opportunity to meet in person (yet!) I’ve enjoyed your posts and am grateful for all you did to make me feel comfortable and welcome when I first came on board. So glad you’re still going to be hanging around here to visit from time to time

  36. Dear Melinda, Teresa, Stephanie and Abi – Thanks for giving me your support on P and P! I’ll be around, as I said earlier, and it’ll be nice to keep in touch with all of you!! Your sweet comments warm my heart!

  37. Charlene, you will definitely be missed here! I wish you the best in your future ventures and I’m glad you’ll be visiting us from time to time.

  38. Thanks Tracy! Keep up the great blogs!! I’ll see you on the site from time to time!

    Thanks Jody F and Estella for stopping by today!
    I will be posting on the site from time to time. I’ll miss you both!

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