It’s a Girl!!!

Introducing our new granddaughter, Jordan Rose. . . Born 3-27-17 at 2:21 pm EST, 7# 5 oz, 18.75 inches long and BEAUTIFUL!!!  Mom and baby are doing fine.

With our son, Ryan.

 

Meeting her Grammie and Grampie

Josie meets her new sister tomorrow.  More pics in the days and weeks to come.

It’s Been Awhile

Yes, it has been quite a while since my last post, so let me explain.

No, I haven’t given up on blogging or stopping by to read your posts.  We’ve had an incredibly busy several months.  In early summer we decided to move – to downsize!  I know, we did that before, but we moved to a large ranch with an equally large basement that we finished.  What were we thinking!  It meant double the work, plus gave us a large storage room (yes, I said storage room, not storage closet).  So our downsize turned into an upsize.

Downsizing meant sorting out what we could conceivably take with us, a very time-consuming process.  We had to deal with what furniture to take and decide what we could live without in that large storage room.  So we sorted, threw, and donated throughout the house.  Whew! But we still had way too much STUFF! We then decided to have an online auction through www.ebth.com.  They came in and sorted, tossed, donated all that we needed to get rid of, and photographed all that could be sold. Wow! Our sale was very successful.  They sold furniture, decoratives, exercise equipment, lawn care and gardening items, and more.

Downsizing also meant we needed to sell our home, but since our new home wouldn’t be finished until mid-November, we didn’t want to move until it was completed.  We had to find the right buyer.  No moving twice.

So we moved out of our large home and into a very small home in an over 55 community on November 18th, the Friday before Thanksgiving (no basement to store STUFF, no lawn to mow, and less to clean).  Our rooms were filled with furniture and boxes piled to the ceiling.  We had paths between boxes to move around.

Now, I had two goals in mind. The first was to have everything out of the boxes and the boxes out of the house by Thanksgiving (6 days). As we unpacked, we found we were once again sorting, throwing, and donating.

The second goal was to decorate for Christmas over Thanksgiving weekend so I could do my Christmas shopping and wrapping, baking, Christmas cards, and enjoy getting to know our new neighbors at their many social events, all while having some quality time to spend with family.  Mission accomplished!

Now that everything has found a home in our house, I need to go back and sort and pitch and donate once again.  But even with all of that, I have more time for reading and blogging and checking in on various sites, that is until our new grandchild makes his/her appearance into this world on or about April 1st.

2017 promises to be a good year!

A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year To You and Your’s

I can hardly believe Christmas is upon us, especially with this unseasonably warm and rainy weather we’ve been having.  The Christmas tree, village, creche, and other decorations are up. Breads and cookies are baked. Shopping done and gifts wrapped, and food purchased ready for me to prepare on Christmas day.

My wish to you is a joyful, peaceful Christmas, and a New Year that is happy and healthy.

I will be taking a brief break, checking in occasionally, and will see you in the New Year.

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Christmas Trees Around the World

Colleen of Silver Threading is hosting Christmas Trees Around the World and I’ve decided to join in.  Be sure to click the Christmas Trees Around the World link above to go to Colleen’s blogsite and check out other entries.

What I remember most about Christmas, even more than the gorgeous Christmas trees, were the villages my family placed under the tree.

Here is a photo from 1967 of the village under our tree. My mother used some of the houses, sleigh and fence that was part of my grandmother’s village, as well as some newer houses my parents had purchased.Christmas '67

Of course, the torch was passed and I set up a village with the help of my children under our tree.  This is from 1996

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My children are grown and have villages under their own trees.  I still do a village for my grandchildren to enjoy when they visit at Christmas.  Our village for 2015.

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Our Christmas trees have evolved over the years from short with few ornaments and lots of tinsel icicles to a beautiful tree laden with ornaments from vacations, gifts from our children, ornaments that were on my Dad’s tree when he was a child, and a few from my childhood trees.

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For our first Christmas my Dad gave us a beautiful crèche that I still put out each year. Quite a few years ago I stopped putting it beneath our tree and now put it in a place of honor where it is more noticeable.IMG_1779

One can’t talk about Christmas trees without a mention of the ornaments, so I’ve included pictures of two ornaments that were passed down to my dad and eventually to me.

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I hope you enjoyed a look at our Christmas trees through the years from top to bottom.

Thank you for stopping by.

A very Merry Christmas and a healthy
and happy New Year to each of you.

2015 – VACATION

Everyone needs a break occasionally, and nothing is more relaxing than visiting beautiful seascapes, especially when a visit with family is included in your plans.

This year our vacation took Northeast with a stop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire for lunch at Sander’s Fish Market. We had tuna sandwiches made of fresh caught tuna. Never has a tuna sandwich tasted so good.  Portsmouth was an interesting city with beautiful old homes nestled along the Piscataqua River.

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Sanders Fish Market - Portsmouth NH

From Portsmouth went on to Portland, Maine. From our hotel room, we had gorgeous views of the port.  We watched as the seagulls swooped in on the fishing boats unloading the day’s catch.

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A short trip Southeast of Portland to Portland Head Lighthouse at Cape Elizabeth was a dream come true. My husband George and I love lighthouses and this one has long been our favorite.  It is more beautiful in person, but George’s photos are fantastic and they will give you a sense of the beauty that awaited us here.

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Our next destination was Bar Harbor, Maine.  Bar Harbor is a quaint seaside town with all the shops, restaurants, and cute little houses you would expect to find there.  We had a lunch of lobster rolls on the waterfront while enjoying the unusually warm weather.

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Lobster Roll in Bar Harbor, MA

Acadia National Park was spectacular! I can’t begin to describe it, so I will let George’s photos speak for themselves.

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In the photo below (an enlargement of the one above) you can see hikers making their way to the top.

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Our next stop as we headed south was Kennebunkport, Maine.  This little town offered so much in the way of souvenir shops where you can purchase George Bush memorabilia or other keepsakes.  No, we did not seek out a peek at the Bush home there.

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Our final destination, as we headed down the coast to Boston, Massachusetts (Needham, to be exact) included a stop for lunch and some shopping in my favorite town of all – Newburyport, Massachusetts. Situated near the mouth of the Merrimack River and the Atlantic Ocean, Newburyport is a picture-perfect waterfront town. Surrounding a town square are quaint shops and restaurants with a short walk to the boardwalk along the river where there are more sailboats than you could count.

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Our final stop was the best stop of all. We spent several days with our son Todd, daughter-in-law Tricia, and grandsons Tyler and Taylor. Each time we visit, we try to see different sights.  This year we went to Lexington, Massachusetts.  The towns surrounding Boston abound with historic sites, and Lexington did not disappoint us. The area is rich in Revolutionary War history.  No matter what we do or where we go while visiting, the important thing is, we have a chance to enjoy our time with family.

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Me with Tricia

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Tyler and Taylor

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Tyler and his cat Taney

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Todd and George

 

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No matter how long we visit, it is never long enough. Time flies and before we can blink, we are back home again.