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My Monday posts have been about other people for nearly the whole year.  I did my first “Influencing Me” post in January this year, from there they have evolved and become my popular posts.  I don’t know if I should be upset or happy that people seem to prefer other peoples photos to mine, so I have always just gone with the flow.  If people like the posts, I’m happy to keep doing them, and they will continue in 2014.

I had thought that my Christmas posts would stop last week, but I received a couple of submissions for my Christmas Around the World posts and decided to post them here for my last Monday post for 2013.

Marsha from Marsha Lee sent me some photos from an office party she went to.  She said this about her photos “We went to an office Christmas party on Thursday…

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I wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas and for those who do not celebrate the birth of our Christ  a very Happy Holiday Season to you as well. 

I remember the days of our family home on Christmas morning.  We, the three of us children,  were so very lucky to have what was waiting under our tree, be it real or the metal one with that colorful wheel.  We never knew of the struggle or the monies spent for months to follow, to pay for it all. Life is simple through the eyes of a child or that is how it seemed when I was a kid. I was blessed with a Mom and Dad. A roof over our heads and a wonderful feast laid out on the kitchen table. 

For many years Thanksgiving was spent up here in New Hampshire with my Mother’s side of the family where all would come together as one and give thanks for what we had.  Back then I never gave thought of what others went through to pull it off.  They worked hard each and every day and lived within their means.  We had mini Christmas  that weekend as well because usually Dad would take us to his parents house for Christmas school break.

Dad worked all day and then worked on the car he would load up with presents which we never knew were ours, see what I mean about simple times. We were children who spent the days outside playing after school never giving a thought as too what the parents had going on.  No wonder they were stressed, I see that now. The car was packed with gifts for grandparents and us then in went all the clothes we would all need for a road trip to Nana and Grandpa’s.  You see I have since learned by trucking it was 660 miles each way.  With three rambunctious children and our dog Teddy. We made this journey from Massachusetts to Pennsylvania most Christmas holidays. Maybe that is where I found the love for the road.  Staying awake with Daddy driving in the middle of what I now know was blizzards, helping him keep track of the white line on the edge of the road.  He had his whole family with him in our old car with a piece of plywood on the folded down seat for us all to sleep.  Daddy never did and I am sure Mom tried to always stay awake so Daddy could as she was his company, on this journey.  So today with the saved tree from the dump with no gifts under it, I remain thankful for all I have ever had for it is more than many others never did. 

With Daddy gone and grandparents too as well as all but two Aunts and 2 Uncles my family now three brothers and my Mom, we no longer have those times together.  That is what I miss the most as this holiday nears FAMILY. 

Today I am thankful and grateful for all of you I follow and to those who follow me, for we are a family of sorts.  Sharing joy and happiness. Wonderful things to bake and make. We are there as well when sadness hurts so bad.  Thanks everyone for yet another year spent with you.

Peace On Earth Good Will To Men

 

XO

 

Christmas Memories

Daily Prompt: Memories of Holidays Past
What is your very favorite holiday? Recount the specific memory or memories that have made that holiday special to you.

Christmas Memories

Christmas used to be so special when I was a little girl growing up with my two brothers.  We had the best tree Dad could find but one year we truly had a very cool tree.  I never knew my parents were cool, I mean really COOL. Yes it was the sixties and that Christmas we saw them set up a funky metal tree.  It came with a color wheel.  Do you know what I mean?  This was something that ran on electricity and had different colored film on it and it would turn our tree Blue then Red I can’t remember all the colors on the wheel but I can tell you our tree was very different compared to the other homes.  I am sure my parents were not hippies but I think without us maybe they could have been.  Now as I am old I wonder where all those items that fill my memory banks went.  They never had a yard sale but the dump was less than three miles away.  This year as a tribute to my beautiful family trees, from long ago that sadly made its way to the landfill, we got our tree this summer from our dump!  She is gorgeous!  White and pre-lit.  I strung a few pearl roping’s and two strands of fake icicles, a few Red and Gold glass balls and 3 ornaments I made when I was 11.  Sequins and beads pushed into Styrofoam shapes.  I helped make a beautiful tree skirt back then too. I helped Mom for hours on a few of them she gave as gifts.  I have one that rests under my tree this year.  Yes the one from the dump. You see I am making a new memory with pieces from the past.  I sure wish we had found a metal tree and color wheel though but the hunt is on!

Merry Christmas to all those who celebrate this holiday as well

PEACE ON EARTH

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Here is a link so you do not think I am really NUTS lol

http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2013/history-lessons-the-aluminum-christmas-tree/

Resting Up

Tonight I am resting up for what they say will be a doozy. Some say 5 inches and others say 12 inches of white fluffy snow will blanket our yard by morning now if you know me I will hope for the 5 inches.

Tonight I went and met up with two of the other members of our garden club for a decadent treat at a new place in town.  It was worth every penny!  It was funny to leave the house without my boyfriend and my little girl JT but to put my hair up and put a clean outfit on and take off into the snowy night felt like the old days.

I made more jewelry today as I got up each hour to throw out more seed for the Doves, Juncos, Cardinals, sparrows, nuthatches etc. as the little finches hogged the feeders all day hardly letting a seed get by them and dropping to the ground.  As I worked on my pieces and watched them frantically eat and eat I knew we going to get nailed by this storm.  squirrels’ had been here till 3 PM then they went to their nests.  Wonder where all my beautiful birds will spend the night I surly hope in the dense forest behind the house.  It was a balmy 16 degrees at 5 PM tonight and only getting colder from that point on.  When I woke this morning it was 0 degrees.  Sadly winter is upon us yes it will be pretty to look at and I promise you will see some photos as you know me. They will not be perfect but they will tell the REAL STORY.

My shoulder is feeling OK as I had yet another shot on Wednesday.  I have an appointment with surgeon to have bicep repaired when I call uncle or spring is on our doorstep you see winter is here and my home and yard require more than just one set of hands and legs to keep it clear and safe. I think I taught my doctor something I hope he remembers for many years to come that not everyone has the money to pay others to do all that needs to be done. I left in tears with him saying he would worry about me on the roof but that he now understood more about the kind of woman I was. I do not shirk responsibilities hurt or healthy.

Back to fun stuff want to see?

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I also took out a tree skirt I made as a teenager yes it is ancient and some ornaments I did back then.  Perfect night for it belly full of yummy cake snow falling an inch per hour or maybe a little more and the dog at my feet as I write this post.  When I come in from shoveling tomorrow morning I will upload some photos for you to see.

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Yes I was into sequins back in the 70’s

Have a wonderful night.

Peace.

Garden Club Fundraising really is hard.

There are now four of us in the club and they work full time.

So I try to do too much.  Then I get overwhelmed and it is no longer FUN.

See FUN and making a difference was all I was after.

Guess all the shoulder pain has been getting me down as well but saw the surgeon the other night he is letting me have 6 more weeks of home exercises to see if I can free up the left one.  I may take another shot and get through a winter of nasty snow shoveling then let him go in and clean out the junk it is somewhat odd though as I am a righty!

So back to the club and all I have been able to do of late.

I wrote a few press releases for local publications one came off the press this past week the next hopefully will be in Thursday’s edition.  I have an Ad running on our local cable channel I have satellite so I can not see how it looks.  One of the woman who works in our town hall office made me up flyers and offered to add some to the desk where people who stopped in would see them and hopefully support our efforts.

You see we are taking orders for gorgeous Poinsettia.  Three sizes. From ones that would be pretty decorating a staircase in your home for the holidays or huge beauties for atop a piano or in a foyer.  Then a medium size as well for hostess gifts or does everyone just expect wine these days.  I am not a drinker but pretty, live plants, now that is a different story!   We are only offering traditional RED ones.   They can go to Wal-Mart or a local garden shop for all the other varieties they will need to finish off their  home or businesses.  The plants will sell for $5.00, $10.00, 18.00.  Under $20.00 for a gift of true beauty I thought would be easy to sell.
Maybe it is just not easy for one or four to get the word out.  No matter how many times I post the photos and the prices the question is always HOW MUCH?  Did I say I am so glad it is the season to REST!  Well gardening outside will be placed on hold till spring in these parts.

We have a Facebook Page maybe you can LIKE it for me Epping Garden Club.  I need feedback and you are all so terrific at that maybe I am doing it all wrong.

I have also been making items for the Holiday Fair I signed up to do.  Funny I swore them off.  Wish me LUCK!

So with selling photos, making things and finding home for stunning plants will be keeping me busy and freeing up the frozen shoulder to avoid surgery. After seeing the doctor I stopped into Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford New Hampshire to see how the plants were coming along.  Here is the fun part sharing with you.

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This last one I took is also being offered in all my stores as a Holiday Card, as it is very cheerful. Maybe I should go get my plants now and fill up the house with color as all I have now are those SPIDER PLANTS!

Pretty Pink and Reds

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We came across this beautiful site on Christmas Day
Stand right out PINK

I see Deer browsing the tops of what I call Lichen really not sure yet what this is I must look it up unless you know.

It was one of many gifts I got. Today these are under a foot of heavy wet SNOW

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One of our Pair of Cardinals I know you can see the pretty Red male can you find her?

Oh and do you notice the SNOW lol

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PRESENTS

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Nasty bone JT’s Daddy got her how could she think about eating it!   She not kissing me after

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Wrapped for her to be surprised

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Another toy …………SHE Will LOVE IT

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For the cat

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treats for JT

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Curious  with the smells coming out of the bag

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Light awful photo bad but she was so cute opening her bone

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The toy wrapped up made a noise and she was all about it

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She did not need another toy Time to wash her toys  and donate to dogs not so lucky

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Opening her last gift

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Cat AFTER CATNIP

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Watching the birds outside

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Watching me trying to get a perfect shot of her pretty face

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I would say they both had  a beautiful Christmas with us.  We left the cat home before we went out into the woods she was in no condition
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Hope you had a nice day too

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Have A Holly Jolly Christmas

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I bought these two plants for my parents and placed them into the ground as tiny plants in 2000 twelve years later they are shoulder height on me and need to be pruned but every time I want to Mom says “Then I won’t have flowers or berries for the birds.”   Gee even I Trim MINE

 

Holly is one of those plants that make you think of Christmas

Have a Very Merry Christmas

Peace and Love

Eunice

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PPG Wintergarden was all decked out for the holidays. A giant Christmas tree dominates the middle of the space.

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The tree is surrounded by trains and a gingerbread village.

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The perimeter of the room had life-sized Santas and more gingerbread villages on display.

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Although it was quiet during my visit, the stage was ready for musical performers.

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Look for the PPG Santas and PPG Gingerbread next.

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Deck The Walls

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Paying HOMAGE TO THE TREE with out cutting one down :) just pick up the broken limbs
Merry Christmas

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Love Christmas trees but don’t have the space or time to take care of a real one? Deck your walls instead! Below are some unique and neat ideas. There’s still time…

Images roundup from my Pinterest board, Holiday.

Click on image for source. 

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I may consider doing this next yr. Would you?

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Christmas With Grandma

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I remember my first Christmas adventure with Grandma.  I was just a kid.

I remember tearing across town on my bike to visit her on the day my big sister dropped the bomb:  “There is no  Santa Claus,” she jeered.  “Even dummies know that!”

My Grandma was not the gushy kind, never had been.  I fled to her that day because I knew she would be straight with me.  I knew Grandma always told the truth, and I knew that the truth always went down a whole lot easier when swallowed with one of her “world-famous” cinnamon buns.  I knew  they were world-famous, because Grandma said so.  It had to be true.

Grandma was home, and the buns were still warm.  Between bites, I told her everything.  She was ready for me. “No Santa Claus?”…

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A FAT LITTLE PINE TREE

Fat Little Christmas Tree

Fat Little Tree

 

As I walk along this road I pass this fat little tree

I think it is so beautifully natural

Not a perfect shape but so very healthy siting there posing for me

Who else will see this beautiful tree sitting alone along the road

It is surrounded by wildflowers to keep it company but I want it to have more.

The fact that this is a  real Christmas Tree

Like the ones we decorate here each year

I want it to have a STAR up upon the tippy top

I shall see if I can fit a trip in before snows would prevent me from getting to the top of this path

I will gather  natural materials to make it with

I think I will add things for the birds to eat

This little star will keep them fed and warm maybe for a night or three

I hope the storms are kind this winter

For when spring comes I will once again walk to the top

To see this Fat Little Pine Tree

With maybe a little less of me

 

Peace & Love

To each of you

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas

Christmas

We got news that on Thanksgiving a little boy was born to Ron’s Stepson and his wife.  He was very early and so very small, just 2 pounds.  He will spend his first Christmas in the hospital surrounded by loving parents and friends.  Say a little prayer if you have the minute that it will take, as he and the others in this ward could really use a few extras.
Thank You so much.

I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas.  I hope you will be with family and friends or at the very least doing something you enjoy doing. We will spend it walking the beach if it is not 20 degrees by then lol or maybe a stream bed, laid en with Yellow Gold.

We have a lot to be thankful for today as well.
JT is still on medications but has been getting her fur back, filling in for the nasty winter ahead.  I would run away to Florida to see my friends and family but fleas are crazy in those parts and she is so allergic to them now.  Maybe when I can’t take winter anymore in these parts I will see if the family wants to take an 11 hour ride to warmer temps along the VA coast lol.

What ever we do or where ever we go,  be sure we will be thinking about all of you.

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