Thursday, December 29, 2011

A very Happy New Year to all and may this year be filled with New Projects, New Recipes and New Found Passions.... Good Luck ... Tracey!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas to all... .Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas whether with friends or family. If you are celebrating alone.. this wish goes out to you for a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A little Christmas in my Home

A Snowman Christmas Tree and the Nativity Manger

A Mantle full of Snowmen!!

A collection of Santa's, some vintage, some new!

Snowmen up close.....

Even More Snowmen...love my collections!!!

Here's hoping you enjoy decorating your home this holiday and enjoy a very Blessed and wonderful Christmas... Peace and Goodwill to all!!
Merry Christmas, Love, Tracey

Friday, December 2, 2011

A Busy Season

With Thanksgiving over and Christmas in about 23 days.. this is a busy season. Throw in two jobs that have you out of the house from 8:30 till about 10:30 at nights..it gets even busier!!! I will try to post after the middle of the month, but for the next few weeks I'm very busy working two jobs. I know that the end result will be a great trip to Las Vegas in April with my daughters, so I'm just focusing on that! I try to read and catch up on what everyone else is doing and love reading all your blogs.. you make my life happier!!! I will try and add some pics of my decorated house, because it has been fully decorated since the day after Thanksgiving because I knew I wouldn't have time after that due to my schedule.
So enjoy the month of December and know that I'm reading each and everyone of  my blogs I follow... love to hear about your happenings.. have a greet weekend ahead!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

A Thankful Heart

I can't believe it's already Thanksgiving!! Where does the time go??? I think it's moving faster now that I'm getting older. But, I didn't want to let the day get away from me with saying how Thankful I am to be able to have such great friends in this Blog World. I love reading each persons post on their blog and love getting comments from all of you!! I truly feel blessed by this experience and am so happy that I can come to my computer each morning and take a glimpse into your world and share in your experiences. I love it!! I am Thankful this year for a lot of things....my husband, my children, having a job, and having wonderful friends like you all!!!
Have a great Thanksgiving all..... Enjoy your day and Thank you!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A Vacation Dilemma

This spring I will be traveling to Las Vega for my 50th birthday. Well, I should be. I'm suppose to go with my two daughters, but no one seems to be saving any money at this point. So, I'm thinking about changing my plans. Not exactly.
With going to Vegas in the springtime, my husband and I are trying to decide where to go next fall. Our original plan is to go to Italy for a 9 day vacation. I'm getting cold feet about it with all the unrest in Europe and their money situation. So I'm trying to decide if I want to stay here in the United States and do something else. Like go to Hawaii,,, Alaska.

.or somewhere in the 48. Big decisions to come up with. I love to travel and love to explore different places. I've always wanted to go to Italy, but like I said, not sure if this is the time to do it. Any suggestions???



Anyone been someplace that they loved and wished everyone could see it?? I'd love your input on this Dilemma.
As for Vegas.. I think even if my daughters can't come up with the money.. my husband and I will go to enjoy my milestone Birthday!


Have a great Wednesday!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veteran's Day

November 11, 2011... It's Veteran's Day. A day to honor those who served and continue to serve our country with military duty. This has always been a special day for me. My father and step-father were both Veterans of WW2, Korean War and Vietnam. They both served over 20 years in the military and deserved to be honored. There influence encouraged me to join the military as well. I served in the Coast Guard and loved the time I served. My husband has also continued to serve as well. He is in the Maine Army National Guard and has served for over 27 years and has done a tour in Iraq. Our military sacrifices a lot and the families of them do too. I am proud to have served my country and to support my soldier who continues to serve.

Happy Veteran's Day to all the Military Personnel out there!!

Monday, November 7, 2011

A New Enjoyment

If you haven't heard Adele yet, you need to run and purchase this CD or download to your IPhone, IPod, or anything else that you can obtain music on. Her voice is sultry, throaty and beautiful. Her words to the music are moving, and heartfelt. I love this CD and I think you will too!!!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

An Empty house,,,again..

Well, my oldest daughter left for Florida today. She will be staying with my sister who is undergoing radiation therapy for breast cancer. I am so pleased that my daughter felt pulled to go and be with my sister during this difficult time. So, that leaves me home with my husband in an empty house for two months. I miss my daughter already. She was always around to play Jeopardy at night, watch Glee on Tuesday's and bake for her. I love my alone time with my husband, but having her around is a blessing.
My youngest daughter is going through a difficult time with her boyfriend. Not going to go into details, but this is a very delicate time in their relationship and all I can do is ask for prayer. I know that God has great things in store for her, and this may not be the young man he has in mind. I ask to give her strength to get her through this time and for her to help see past the present to a future filled with His love.
So today I ask for prayer.... for my daughters and that God direct their lives.
Thank you.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Winter has Come to Maine

It's October 30th and yes, we have snow! It started last night and continues this morning with lots of wind and cold!! How could this be? It's only October and yet it looks and feels like January outside. A freak weather system and the right combination brought this wintery mix to Maine very early.
My Lilac bush broken apart... winter mess!

My backyard and wood cart topped with snow!
I think I may have to go snowshoeing just to feel better about this whole thing, Or better yet, sit in front of my wood stove, cocoa in hand watching scary movies and then football... Yes, Winter has arrived in Maine.. a little too early for me this year! How's your weather??

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Winter around the Corner

Well, it's October 27th and yes, we are having snow this morning. Does that mean winter is right around the corner?? In Maine, not sure. The funny thing about the weather here is that it can snow today and the weekend could be warm and sunny. (Well..sunny and not as cold anyway).
Does the change of seasons affect you?? I know that it does for me. In the late fall and winter I love to be home. Getting out of the house can be a chore for me. When the sun goes down.. and it goes down early here, I want to be snuggled in my house in front of my woodstove and just cocoon.
This is bad for me. I need to get out, socialize, exercise and keep my mood elevated. I haven't exercised in about two weeks. I feel terrible!! I have gained back weight that I've worked so hard at losing and just feel BLAH!
I need to push myself and overcome this feeling of not wanting to leave my house and go swim, hike, and take my dog for her walk. How difficult is that???? Pretty difficult right now.
I am going to make the effort to get myself out after work today. Swim today and Book Club tonight. I hope I can continue to really push and remember that it is for my own good.
How do you spend your winters?? How do you motivate yourself when there is no motivation to be found?? I'd love to hear your comments.. As for now. I'm going to catch up on my blog reading, go to work and then swim after that.. we'll see how today goes... one moment at a time!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sundays....

Sunday is the day of the Lord.. that we know. I love going to church to renewed and revived for the upcoming week. To be filled with the spirit to help me get through whatever comes my way during the next seven days.
But, for me Sundays also mean,
FOOTBALL... Love Football. Coming from Maine I am a New England Patriot fan,


But love all the games on Sunday and even Saturday College Football..

It also means comfort food.. this only can come in the fall and pre-winter of the year. I love chowders, Chili, breads, apple pies, muffins, ETC..... you know that you gotta love all things autumn.



So, this is just a reminder that God provides all things wonderful.. and I don't think he minds me enjoying a day of Football and Food on HIS day.. Thank you Lord for all you Provide~

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Halloween Decor

A Halloween Mantel... spoooooooky!!!

Just some Halloween Pics to start the Season!!!
Pumpkin Heads and a Trick or Treat bag turned art work

Everyone needs a Witches Hat!!! .. Now... where is my broom???????

Monday, October 10, 2011

Camera???

Okay, so this is where my Halloween Decoration post should have been...but my husband took my camera~!! Why, you ask??? Because he has gone to Northern Maine Moose Hunting... Yeah, Moose hunting.



I guess he wanted to be able to take beautiful pictures of the moose in Northern Maine..No, he wants to take a picture of the Moose they get. Not sure how I feel about this. He has never gone Moose hunting in the past and I think this has been a Bucket List item for him.. So I'm happy about his getting a dream to come true, but I don't think I can really get excited about this one.
So, as soon as he gets back, I'll have my Halloween post and I promise, NO pictures of the Moose... I feel too sad about that.. Have a great Monday everyone!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Been away too long!!

I know that I've been trying to stay on top of my blog and making regular posts.. well, September got away from me and that is history. Here it is October 9th and I'm finally back on track! I've been working a couple of jobs and with the holidays up and coming, this hasnt' been a priority for me. Trying to have a schedule has been difficult. I've allowed other things to get in my way and really haven't taken the time for myself or for what I love to do.. which is read other people's blogs, craft in my craft room, cook, bake and read. NO... these past few weeks have been filled with working, sleeping and eating. Yup that's about it. So,, my priorities for this month are to keep up with my blog, read other's blogs, make my Thanksgiving cards, shop for stocking stuffers, bake a little more and read, read, read!
If you are having trouble trying to stay on top of things, I feel your pain. Thanks for sticking with me and I'll be posting pictures of my Halloween Decor very soon..(Tomorrow)... take care all and thank you again to all my loyal followers!!!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday,,,,,whew!!!

Well, this has been a long week and am I glad it's over! I've been training for my new job at the LL Bean call center and haven't gone to bed before midnight all week.. then it's getting up in the morning and heading to my "real" job and doing it all over again.
Well, I am finally going to swim again this morning.Get some exercise and head to work. We are going "LIVE" tonight, which means taking real phone calls. A little nervous, but alas.. I'll do my best. I think I'll need to do a little shopping over the weekend to get some of this nervous energy out and do something nice for me.
Oops!!! My Battery popped out!! Need to buy Energizers next time!!
So, it's been a long, long week, but it's finally over and I can't wait for the weekend to catch up on all my blog reads and post something a little more interesting.. have a great day and enjoy!!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Personal Request

If I could get you all to pray for my sister I would appreciate it. She is going in tomorrow for a breast biopsy to check out an area that has changed since her last mammogram. She lives 1500 miles away from me, so it's very hard to have her go though this with no family around. So I ask you all to pray for Diane, as she is very nervous and anxious about this procedure. Thank you in advance for all your prayers.
Tracey

Monday, September 12, 2011

Wedding Day



One of my best friends got married on Saturday, September 10th... She was my maid of honor back in 1984 when I married my husband. We have always tried to stay in touch with each other. She is that kind of friend that if you don't see in a while, you can pick up right where you left off... That, I consider, is a very special friend. I was able to enjoy her special day with her on Saturday and just wanted to share a few pics of that day
Cheryl and Paul Dube!! Make their entrance
A delicious Wedding cake,,, the bottom tier, Strawberry!
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A remembrance table of those passed away. A great way to include those who have passed on

The Reception

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9-11-11

A moment of Silence to Remember those whose lives forever changed on this day... and those of us who continue to live in Freedom because our Military Members continue to serve... Blessings to you all!

Friday, September 9, 2011

A Fun Filled Day...

A great day with my daughter and a special little girl.. Two of my favorite people..A photo journal of part of our day;
Kiera and Jess



Kiera and a Sheep making friends.

Tracey and Kiera... holding a bunny

Merrry-Go-Round with Aunty Jess
Meeting a calf
My plate of pilaf and Spanikopita at the Greek Festival


Greek Dancer at the Festival

Thursday, September 8, 2011

A Busy Weekend Ahead

This coming weekend is going to be very busy for this girl.. Every year we have a Greek Festival in the city of Lewiston and it's this weekend...
Oh how I love the Greek pastry, the music and Sambuca... It's going to be a good time. But wait...there is also the Litchfield Fair! Yeah, a real old fashion country fair. Why is it everything taste better from a little truck with a deep fryer!


How delicious! Animals, 4-H competitions, Craft exhibits and more. I'm not done yet...I have a wedding to go to as well. One of my best and long time friends is getting marrried on Saturday. She had been my maid of honor when my husband and I got married back in the day. I am so anxious to see her happy and enjoy her special day with her.
So,,, that will wrap up my weekend.. Oh, and I have to work on Sunday.. but I love how busy this time of year can be. I'm looking forward to each of these events and I'll post pictures after the fact on Sunday or Monday.. Everyone enjoy your day and come back for the pics!!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sunday..Labor Day Weekend...



I'm sure that most people have this weekend off...not me. I work at a hospital and have to work. But I'll tell you that I 'm just happy to have a job and especially the one I have. There are so many people out there struggling to make ends meet and looking for work, that I'm very thankful that I have one. I suppose this Labor Day weekend, it's about being thankful to have work for me, my husband and my two girls. Thankful that I get to get up, go to work and get a paycheck. God has been very good to my family and I try never to forget how fortunate we are that we have what we have.

I did enjoy a day off yesterday with my husband. We cleaned up our yard, watched some college football and enjoyed a fire last night eating some delicious s'mores with our daughter and her boyfriend.
 Oh, how lucky we are to enjoy the life that God has provided for us... Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend and please stay Safe!!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Pictures of Mt Katahdin in Maine

The Mountain

My husband on the hike to the top!
A great view while heading to the top!

At the top of Mt. Katahdin and the end of the Appalachian Trail

War Wounds from climbing!