So we text and I paint and pray for him night and day ❤
Our snow has just about disappeared here in southeastern New Hampshire but there is word out tonight some flakes will be in the air this week ahead.
Our garden club sold over $1,000 worth of Poinsettias and Wreaths and a few Kissing Balls as well. The last order will go to a church here in town on Thursday so they can get their alter ready for the Twelve Days of Christmas. We will make between $300/$400 for our effort and make the town that much prettier this spring.
My girl(JT) has been put on meds to help with her pain I also and taking her for gentle walks to help with our ongoing weight loss plan. 🙂
Trying to get into the holiday spirit by getting out and doing things with others in town and making an effort to get dressed and show up no matter what so many gone from the family table this year as many of you it is not easy.
I have been adding cards to a local shop here in town where I teach too and making some art to tuck into Christmas Cards for family and friends.
Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas.
I forgot I am not supposed to paint boring scenes with everything the same height I will rectify that in the future. 🙂
Pats won again I am a happy lady.
It is now Christmas Eve here in NH and places are closing up early for workers to have time with their own families which is nice to see. Besides sending out cards I did nothing for this holiday since mom died last Thanksgiving I really just spend the holidays here at home with boyfriend and the dog and cat. I like having no extra stress as it is a sad time already. I did keep the wild birds fed during our ice storm and today before the snow begins to fall. They say we will have 4 to 8 inches I hope for 0 🙂
Less than 90 days left till spring I will keep reminding myself.
I will spend time cleaning out old paperwork, donating clothes/coats and giving away many items I no longer have the need for as it is a good time to purge and I have a whole week to make a dent it in before the New Year.
I am trying to decide if I should build a new home(without stairs) or redo this home so it flows better and a large storage room can replace where the bathroom now sits 4 stairs down. My knee is good but I know I will need replacements down the road so why not plan now. Also have to lose weight and remain focused so I can do more as I get older.
I will continue to paint and take photos and in January I also begin to teach watercolor basics. I can not wait to share the magic.
Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas can not wait to hear what you all did.
I want to wish all of you who celebrate the birth of Christ at this time each year, a very Merry Christmas. To all those who follow another religion may you find Peace On Earth in your daily travels.
Here is what I painted for my Mom, now today in between all the cooking I will try to mat it as well as frame it for her.
What are you doing to celebrate?
Can you believe here in New England we will be enjoying spring and even close to summertime temps. You know each day winter stays away I am a happy lady not having to shovel the roof but reality shall arrive soon I am sure as you have all had some horrible weather to deal with. Stay safe as you gather with loved ones and I will see you in the New Year!
Peace to all of you
Well we woke early to let JT open her gifts and then we got ourselves ready for the half hour ride to my brothers. I made a 10″ Cheese Cake, with a home made cranberry sauce topping, just enough to swirl into the top a letter M, either for our last name or MERRY lol. Sorry no photos I promise next time I will.
JT started to open this first gift and had the same look on her face as I did as a child upon opening CLOTHES on Christmas lol
This better be a toy or you will have to call Santa back!
Wait for it 🙂
I throw it raise the camera and try to capture my toss before I capture her catch
Hope you had a wonderful day and a beautiful Boxing Day as well to my visitors who celebrate it that way 🙂
Take care of yourselves
The New Year is getting close!
I will be busy wrapping and baking today for our family gathering tomorrow.
Church tonight but not at midnight just the fact I am going is a miracle, so long ago I just stopped making the time. Mind you I never stopped praying or giving thanks but this will be an odd but beautiful evening of wonderful music and uplifting words I am sure. One of the members of the garden club asked me if I would like to go with her and I said yes. 🙂
Please remember our families are made up of many personalities and as you come together or spend it alone know you truly are not alone and that no family is like the TV SITCOMS, that is just writers wanting a perfect family as well 🙂 we see how the actors truly are not who they portrayed, so keep it real and try to have a wonderful holiday.
I will be with my family for the first time in 10 years and though I am worried, I was mostly saddened as I shopped for the perfect gifts for them because I do not know them anymore. People change, tastes change and even their needs change. I felt like I was shopping for strangers and that hurt, which sadly I did not think I would feel these emotions when I am so happy to be included. Mind you they no longer know me either do they. Some of you know more about me than my family ever will. You have read the stories saw the pictures and know who I am and I am glad you are there, you will continue to be the presents in my life 🙂
Stay safe in this crazy world of ours, hold those you love tightly because we all know we are not promised a tomorrow.
Peace On Earth for you all
Heading out for some inspiration but wanted to share what I have been working on while I await my boyfriends surgery on the 14th. Please say a little prayer he will come out of this OK He has blocked Corroded arteries(neck) he doesn’t smoke but has type 2 diabetes and loves French Fries 😦 I am hoping when he writes out his power of attorney to me as well as a will this week it becomes real and he changes his diet 🙂
So I paint now to de-stress
Hugs and Love
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
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 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
Here is a link so you do not think I am really NUTS lol
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?
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.
Yes I was into sequins back in the 70’s
Have a wonderful night.
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.
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!
Nasty bone JT’s Daddy got her how could she think about eating it! She not kissing me after
Wrapped for her to be surprised
Another toy …………SHE Will LOVE IT
For the cat
treats for JT
Curious with the smells coming out of the bag
Light awful photo bad but she was so cute opening her bone
The toy wrapped up made a noise and she was all about it
She did not need another toy Time to wash her toys and donate to dogs not so lucky
Opening her last gift
Cat AFTER CATNIP
Watching the birds outside
Watching me trying to get a perfect shot of her pretty face
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
Hope you had a nice day too
PPG Wintergarden was all decked out for the holidays. A giant Christmas tree dominates the middle of the space.
The tree is surrounded by trains and a gingerbread village.
The perimeter of the room had life-sized Santas and more gingerbread villages on display.
Although it was quiet during my visit, the stage was ready for musical performers.
Paying HOMAGE TO THE TREE with out cutting one down 🙂 just pick up the broken limbs
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.
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I may consider doing this next yr. Would you?
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?” she snorted….”Ridiculous! Don’t believe it. That rumor has been going around for years, and…
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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
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.