Saturday, December 27, 2008

The true meaning of Christmas..


I've hesitated posting this story, but feel that the season deserves a wonderful story about the true meaning of Christmas. My husband was home on Christmas Eve while I was at work. That is the fortunate part of the story. Just as our rural mail carrier was delivering the last of the Christmas mail, his radiator hose broke loose right at our mail box.

He came to our door and asked to use the phone and quickly tried to make the repair. Unfortunately there were few hardware stores that were open that day. So my husband hopped into his truck and headed to the closest hardware store that might be open.. it was about 7 miles away. The mail carrier had no money to pay for the hose, so my husband brought him to the store, paid for the part and helped him install the hose. He was off delivering the rest of his mail in about 2 hours.

When I came home my husband told me the story and filled my heart with pride and love for him helping out someone in need, especially on Christmas Eve.. it made it even sweeter.

So, on Friday, very unexpectedly a knock on our door came and it was our mail carrier. He had left a card for us and thanked my husband again. When we opened the card there was money, and a gift card from TGIFridays, and a note.... Thank you for your help on Wednesday, I don't thinkyou know how much I appreciate your generosity and kindness. Unfortunately you just don't see it very much anymore. If we could only have more Jim's in this world. Thank you, I wish you and your wife and family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

That is what Christmas is about...do the unexpected for those in need and not expecting anything... I love my husband for his unselfish ways.. I'm glad there is at least One Jim in this world.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve...

Well, it's about 10:00pm and the wrappings are left, there is food still to be put away and the kids have gone. What a wonderful Christmas! I love being with my family and to spend the time together and going to church and sharing gifts and conversation.




We decided to have stews for Christmas Eve dinner... simple and very easy. Bread, beef stew, lobster stew and apple pie for desserts! Yum!! Here is a pic of the lobsters before they we picked apart for the stew. They were delicious!!
My two daughters were here tonight with their partners. My husband and I love our girls and cherish when we can all get together... Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night!

Award..


I have been given the Christmas Spirit Award by Michelle over at chocolateandmarmaladetea. Michelle has the sweetest spirit, kind words always and fast become a great friend in BlogLand. This is my first award and I can't thank her enough.. She is the Spirit of Christmas.
Here are the rules: Good manners dictate thanking (and linking to) the person who gave you the award. Then simply list five things you love about Christmas and pay the meme forward by tagging as many people as you'd like to. To keep the Christmas spirit flowing, be a good sport and tag at least one person.
Here are my favorite things:
1. Family.. I love getting together with my family and talk abuot things past and remember Christmas' we had as young children

2. Decorating. I love to decorate my home with snowmen, snowmen and more snowmen! I love the colors of Christmas, traditional and non-traditional.

3. Food. All kinds. We have our family favorites, Meat Pie, pumpkin pies, cookies and candies.

4. Craft Fairs..I'm addicted. I can't even tell you how many I've been to this year.

5. Wrapping Gifts..the more elaborate the better. I love to find ways to wrap that aren't always the "norm".

Michelle, you deserved this award so much and thank you for thinking of me...


So I'm tagging the following people to the Christmas Spirit Award.






Sunday, December 21, 2008

Family






Friday I had a Christmas party at work an my husband was wonderful enough to prepare my veggie platter for the occasion. I love how he color coded the veggies in the platter,, red,green,red,green.....



I also had the pleasure of having my children, brother, sister-in-law and my sister over yesterday to celebrate Christmas. We all live far apart , but it was great to get together and relive memories and laugh and look back over the past years when we were younger and had our Christmas together.


My family loves my Cat, Bully, (aka, Bully Boy).. he is a great cat, very spoiled and loved very much. He is like a little dog... he cuddles, begs for food and loves to have his head rubbed.
We love our Bully Boy.. hope you do too!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Hot Chocolate







What could be better on a cold winter night in Maine than a cup of Hot Chocolate with whipped cream in a pretty pink cup? Nothing I can think of......enjoy!









Sunday, December 14, 2008

Love at Christmas






This time of year makes me think of Love. The love the Lord had for us so he sent his only son to become man and come to this earth and bear the sins of the World. The love I have for my husband and all he does for my family. The love for my children so that I want to make sure they never hurt and need anything. The love for my siblings and family members that when I am in need of conversation, a shoulder to cry on or just a laugh, they are there.

I came across this book at a white elephant sale at a craft fair. It's all about love. The deep unmoving, tragic, heart breaking, soul filling kind of love that seems so rare these days. It's a great book with love letters from the sender in little envelopes on pages of great lovers of our time.."The Brownings", Henry viii and Ann Boelyn, George Sands.. and many more.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Icy Friday..

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Today there is no school for my daughter and no work for me due to the Icy morning we woke to. It reminds me of 1998 when the ice storm knocked out our power for 7 days. Not that bad this time around. It is just icy and cold. We recieved a little snow, but mostly freezing rain and sleet. In Maine you only have to wait a few minutes and the weather will change. It's suppose to be up to 38-40 degrees this weekend. Ah,, the joys of winter in the Northeast. A day to stay in, wrap gifts, and craft..Pure Bliss!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas at Home.

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Well today I took some pics of my Christmas trees in my Home. I love decorations, trees and snowmen so much that I have to share them. Enjoy the trees and the decorations....
blessings to all..Tracey

Monday, December 8, 2008

Missing my Mother

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Today has a very special and sad day for me. Today would have been my Mother's 81st birthday. My mom passed away 6 1/2 years ago in August of 2002. My mother was an incredible woman who always put her children first, who cared for others, who was very funny, full of life and was loved more than you could imagine.
So today is a tribute to my mom "Lorraine" and all the reasons I still miss her terribly and wish she was here to call, see my children graduate from school, and continue to be the best mother in the world.
I do know that I'll see her on the Streets of Gold someday and we'll get to talk about everything all over again..( thank God it will be for an eterenity, I don't think we'd have enough time otherwise!) ;)

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Holiday Shopping



Well, yesterday I had to venture out and I seemed to have traveled all over central and southern Maine. I had to go to Walmart to find a bowl set that I saw on "Cherry Hill Cottage". I love Tina's house and love her ideas. She recently featured this bowl in her blog and I had to try and find it. So, at Walmart, looking like a mad woman, I found it. Only problem was there was one left and a woman was standing in front of it looking at it. She wasn't reaching for it or anything, so I said "excuse me", and snatched it up.. YEAH!! it's mine!!


I also found this great ribbon and bows yesterday as well.. great for wrapping or for crafting. I can't wait to do something with it. I have an old flour sack that I'd like to make into an apron and us the wide red ribbon on it as the waistband..we'll have to see if that works.


Had a great day, and came home with many finds.. some I can't post as I have a sister who reads the blog,,( No peeking till Christmas),,, blessings to all,..Tracey

Friday, December 5, 2008

Christmas Past

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As I'm getting ready for Christmas, I love to look back at the years gone by. I went through my family photos and my husbands, and our's together and came up with a time line of pictures from our past.
It was a lot of fun putting them together and remembering the Christmas' gone by. I lost my mom and step-dad about 6 years ago and my husband his father about 14 years ago. It will be fun for friends and our children to look back over the past years starting in 1966 with my Christmas photo from my childhood in Massachusetts with my siblings.
Hope it inspires you to bring a little of "Christmas Past" into "Christmas Present".. blessings to all,,Tracey

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Non traditional...

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Well, I finally have my non-traditional Christmas tree. I've waited a year to get out this tree and the beautiful black and white ornaments, ribbons, and vintage looking antiques. I love my tree and will put up at least two more before the holidays get here... Can't wait.. enjoy a rather different tree and hope you ideas blossom...blessings to all...Tracey

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thankfulness

Well here is a tasty treat that was on our dessert table at Thanksgiving. We enjoyed a bounty of love, laughter and food. And today marks a special day as well. Today is my daughter Jessica's birthday.. she is 24 years old. I am so blessed that I have been her mother for these past 24 years and that she has been a blessing in my life as well. It's been a great week and love my family and am truly blessed by all God has given to me.

Blessings to all...Tracey

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving Eve

Well, it's the night before Thanksgiving and my welder will be home tomorrow. Finally! It's been over 7 weeks since he was home. It seems longer. But he will be home for Thanksgiving. He flies into Portland around noon time and then off to my daughters for Dinner. It's the first year she'll be making dinner and it seems like quite a spread. All the fixins and many more. I'll try to take some pics of the food and the fun.
So, Happy Thanksgiving to all..... and blessings to all families.
Tracey

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Early Thaksgiving..

Tonight our church had a Harvest supper to celebrate Thanksgiving as a church family. It was wonderful. We had a full Turkey dinner.. (I made the turkey, whew, it was moist). Other traditional foods as well. We had great place settings with autumn tablewear, leaves, and votive candles at each table. Fall was definetly in the air. We all had thank you cards at each place setting that were there to write down the blessings that we have in our life and to share them with each other. I am blessed with my children, my husband, and a wonderful family. After a great meal and a fabulous dessert table that presented Fresh Raspberry Pie, pumpkin pie, chocolate cream pie, and assorted cookies,,, no one was left hungry.
The final touch was a door prize I picked up at a Christmas craft fair. It was a basket filled with snowman and Christmas ornaments. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful evening..
So Happy Early Thanksgiving and enjoy... Tracey

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Night Fall

Wow, the days seem so short right now. I can't believe that darkness arrives at 4:30pm. I love the evening time so much and miss the warm summer nights under the starts in the hammock, around the fire, and just enjoying the quiet that surrounds me and the warmth from the day still in the air.
November in Maine is a very beautiful time of year. One of my favorites. I love the color burst of the leaves that seem to appear overnight. I love the cracking fire that is non stop in my woodstove now that the days and nights have cooled off, and I love baking cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin smelling foods coming from my kitchen that really give the flavor and scents of autumn. The only thing I hate is the night creeping up so fast. It's day and then night has come as quick as as thief. It steals the colors, the beauty of the autumn day.
Living here is good.. but a place where daylight lasts longer would be better.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Just starting out

well this is my first time blogging. I have a home in central Maine on my husbands family acreage. We live in an old farmhouse we have been fixing up for about 21 years. It never really seems to end. I sometimes feel like we bought the "Money Pit" many years ago.
I have two daughters , 24 and 17.. and one cat and one husband.. who is away a lot. I love crafting, creating things out of reused / re-claimed items. I am forever trying to save some cash and am an avid recycler.
Just wanted to get started.. will add more soon.
Hope there is an interest out there... Tracey