Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Woke Up To Winter~

It was no surprise to wake up this morning to snow on the ground....we knew it was coming as part of the big storm hitting the mid-West.
I thought how different the landscape can change in just a few hours from green grass to the white snow.....
This snowfall did not last long....not even long enough to take a quick picture. By noon it was mostly melted and gone...but, to the West it is dark and I am sure the rest of the storm will be catching up with us....
This is the time of year when one storm after another rolls in off the Pacific and building to lots of snow by the time it reaches us....I am just so glad we do not live on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for as beautiful as it is, they get so much snow. I am not a winter time, snow loving gal!
I am working on a pillow and a tea cozy and this is the perfect weather to stay inside and gardens to worry about or trim to paint or any of the other spring and summer pursuits that while a pleasure to do, take so much time away from creating.
I hope all of you that are like me and winter bound, are having a cozy day, too.

Here are a few more pictures of our trip to Chazy, NY. One of my favorite places to visit....of course, my daughter and her four have something to do with this!!! :-)

I love the roof lines of our daughters house and that wonderful deck wraps around the back of her pretty home. Her home was built during the Revolutionary War and her old barn, in the next picture, is said to have hidden our soldiers during the war. It is in sad shape and will be torn down shortly...the back wall completely caved in one day when her husband just kicked it. It was a stroke of real luck that it did not cave in on him!

A striking difference between the ancient barn and the new van.....

Of course, thru the years, the house has been redone and updated. She could not stand the brown tiled bathroom as it was when they purchased the house....they gutted it completely and here it is today....simply charming with the antique claw foot tub to relax in...note the pretty candle chandelier above the tub.

I found these bars of soap for her.....How well I remember both....

Now to find a couple for my bath, in the same like new condition....

Well, I need to go and get busy.....
Keep warm and cozy!

Friday, December 4, 2009


Happy,Happy Pink Saturday! I am so glad you stopped by and be sure and go to Beverly of How Sweet The Sound... to visit this Saturday's blogs all about pink and memories....Thank you Beverly for hosting this looked forward to weekly event!

We had the most delightful time with our daughter and her precious four in Chazy, NY! She is an amazing cook and so Thanksgiving dinner was to die over! H1n1 complicated with pneumonia did not slow this girl down much....I helped with what I was "allowed" to prepare as she is truly a gourmet cook. Cooking is her creative outlet and she does it deliciously and with ease! Thank you, dear daughter, for a Thanksgiving to remember! (Click on the picture to see my youngest beauty.)

And, playing soccer with her team in Plattsburg, NY...they made her the goalie because she was not up to the running, yet.

And, her daughter, Allie who plays often with her and is on her schools team.

I have lots of pictures to share with you from our trip, but today, I will share the "dreaded bridges" over the St. Lawrence River/Seaway, first. If you read the post before we went to NY, you know I am deathly afraid of those old, rusty and narrow and extremely high bridges! But....I have to tell you that the view from the top is spectacular!!!!

The approach is UP HILL and over all the water and you can see the covered span in the distance....that part is over land. Strange! (Click on the pictures to see them better) On the other side of the bridge, and not in these pictures, you can see the locks that the ships slide into to get to the different level of the river....

Beverly has planned for the next three Pink Saturday's to have different little stories about our special holidays and memories.
Here is the first one from me.....
Growing up in Omaha, Nebraska, holidays were always highly anticipated events. My Mom was an artist and she was very creative and so whether it was the Fourth Of July or a birthday the house was decorated with touches for that event.
Since this week is a memory of any holiday, I am going to share with you May Day at our home.
On the first of May, when I was growing up, my Mom would get out colored paper, scissors, crayons, paper doilies and anything else that might inspire her. She would show me how to make pretty pastel baskets and tussie mussies from the construction paper and then we would decorate them with the cutest cut out flowers....she was amazing with scissors and with what seemed a few snips, would create a pretty dimensional posie and leaves. Needless to say I was fascinated with all she could make and my attempts were far from I had in my young mind, but it was such fun and perfection was not what the day was about!
After the table was covered in these cute baskets, some square, some cones and all with handles and little hand written notes wishing the recipiants a Happy May Day, we would go out to the gardens and pick sweet spring flowers. We had Lilly Of The Valley and Lilacs, which were my favorites as well as all the other spring flowers. I do not remember how we kept the flowers fresh in the baskets, but we filled them full and they were a delight! I loved them.....after they were full, we would go and hang them on neighbors doors and when we would return, there would be many baskets at our door.
As I got older, the tradition of making and filling pretty baskets to leave on friends doors faded away. I am so sorry my children did not have the fun of doing this, but by the 60's, where we lived no one ever celebrated May Day.

I realize now, more than ever, that seeing such happy wonderful traditions come to an end is really a sad thing. :-( This one, in particular, as it was so nice for many reasons and kept you connected to your neighbors and friends in a sweet way!

One more thing to share with you....I just have to show you this darling teapot I found in an antique store in Plattsburg. The bottom says Japan and you can tell by the crazing and the wear on the bottom edge, this is quite old. It is in pristine condition other than that...Isn't her face just beautiful? I purchased it to sell, but.....

I know this post got to be quite long, so thank you for hanging in there and do come back soon as I will have more pictures on from our happy trip to NY.
Warm, Fuzzy Hugs,
PS Here are two things I did get made this week and they are on my EBAY
A Panne Velvet Pin Cushion with ribbon embroidery and other pretty touches..

And, a cute pillow with a glittered vintage image of an old world Santa...