Monday, December 20, 2010

Merry Christmas ~~

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men!
                                                    ~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Beautiful Heart Ornament
Schneeman Folk Art

The days are short and the last preparations
are being made to greet Christmas Day.
As I move from task to task I am ever mindful
and grateful of all our Blessings ..........
Our cozy cabin in the woods,
the warmth & comfort we enjoy from the
 fires we have burning,
the meals I have  planned,
the many desserts I have baked
and the  family & friends that are with us
always in good times & in bad.

Wishing All of You, My Dear Friends
A Blessed Merry Christmas
Filled with Love, Laughter, & Joy
May You find a renewal of Faith & Hope
May You be Surrounded by Those You Love
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 May Your Heart & Home
Be Filled with the True Spirit of Christmas
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Today December 20th is our oldest
Grand~Daughter Taylor Lynn's 10th
Birthday she was and is the Best
Christmas Present we could ever receive.
Happy Birthday My Christmas Angel.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Sending Blessings & Warm Christmas Hugs
from the Cabin ~~ Connie xox

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Good Cheer


At Christmas Play and make Good Cheer,
For Christmas comes but once a Year. 
 ~~ Thomas Tusser 

The cold as finally set in ..... we wait with anticipation
for the snow to come ... for nothings says
Christmas as a blanket of white. 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The tree is up, the greens in place and
the cabin smells delightful . 
Smells, Sights, Sounds
a magical time of year.
~~~~~~~~
Most of the shopping is done .... so now
its on to wrapping & baking two of my favorite
things to do no matter what time of year. 


I was very lucky my DH had taken out a two year
warranty on my camera so I was covered
for the last mishap ... they actually found
they couldn't fix it, so
I will received a brand new camera.
This was all done at
Best Buy with the Geek Squad.  
I'm most Happy.  :-)
I cant believe how many times I
have reach for the camera to remember
Dang I don't  have it.  
I don't claim to have any talent in  the photography
department but I do tend to see ... all around me
things  that make me think Wow, how Neat
or how Beautiful what a great photo that would make.
Plus how can anyone have Sweet Grands and
not think ..... I must have that shot. lol
I have been totally lost with out it.
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Here again are a few pics some from  my
Favorite Collection File
Country Living
&
 Country Home
The Early Years.
 I hope all your holiday preparations
are right in order and bring you
much Happiness & Joy 
for Christmas is a Season, and
a State of Mind as much as it is a Day. 
EnJoy !!
Sending you Best Holiday Wishes,
Blessings & Warm Hugs
from the Cabin ~~ Connie xox

Monday, November 22, 2010

Happy ThanksGiving ~~

"Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute,
once a year; to the honest man it comes
as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow."
- Edward Sandford Martin
 
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
Ralph Waldo Emerson ~~
1803~1882
 
We are Blessed again this year to gather
at the Cabin for our
Thanksgiving Feast along with those we love. 
I have much to be Thankful for again this year, so
I will personally and quietly gives thanks for each
new day and the joy it holds,  my wonderful memories 
that reach back as far as I can remember.  
My family & friends, the bounty that graces our table
each & every day of the year.
The newest members to join our Family this year .....
either by marriage or birth.  Our continued good health,
and the fact that this will be our 27th year
snug as bug here at the Cabin cooking & serving this
Holiday dinner we both love ...
side by side.
May this day find you surrounded by
those you love.  Wishing You & Yours
a Most Blessed Happy Thanksgiving .
Blessings & Warm Hugs from the Cabin,
Connie xox
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These photos  are from my
Favorite Collection File ~~
Country Living  the Early Years ~~

 
 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Betwixt & Between ~~

Betwixt & Between
I was gently reminded that Halloween
was over and I should be thinking
Thanksgiving with a nod to Christmas
Thanks Miss Judy :-)  Well I now find my
self Betwixt and Between .... 


My whole house looks upside down, oh
and I broke Another camera ... I tripped 
and fell with the camera in hand a big No-No
this has got to be my third digital in less than
two years .... yikes I cant live without a camera
but DH may make me .... lol 
Fingers crossed he took out the insurance
on this one when he purchased it four months ago.
I think they have a special Rider for Klutz's.
Thankfully my sister lives two roads away,
 and I went and borrowed hers.
So right now my side pictures  are for the
Christmas Season yet there will be one more post
for Harvest ~Thanksgiving. 
Possibly with out photos. :-(


Today I 'm popping in because its dark out already,
I have a glass of wine in hand .... I haven't thought
about supper and I don't know where to start to
put the cabin back to order. lol
A visit with Friends always makes
me feel Better. 
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I Wish you all  Well,  & leave you with a
few Candle ~~ Light pictures, ... Blessings & Hugs 
from the Cabin ~~ Connie xox

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Happy Veterans Day ~~



Thanks to All Who have Served,
&
All who are Serving now.
God Bless them, their Families,
and the USA. 
Warm Hugs from the Cabin ~~ xox 

"Freedom is never free." -Author Unknown
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Thursday, October 28, 2010

HapPy HalloWeen !!

The Treats are all made, and
  the Cabin  is dressed at its very 
Fallish/Halloween Best. 
We now await the little ones
to come and knock at the door. 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
A Grandmother pretends she
doesn't know you on Halloween.
~~ Erma Bombeck
 
There's a Goblin at my Window,
A Monster at my Door,
The PumPkin at my Table,
Keeps on Smiling More & More,
There's a Ghost that Haunts my Bedroom,
A Witch whose face is Green,
They use to be my Family,
Till they Dressed for Halloween.
~~ Sandra Liatsos
 
When Witches go A Riding,
and Black Cats are Seen,
the Moon Laughs & Whispers,
'tis near HalloWeen Night it Seems.
~~ Author UnKnown

 
Schneeman ~~ Art Work
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Sending Best HalloWeen Wishes
to You & Yours ~~
May your Night be Filled with
Minimal  TricKs & Maximum TreaTs
Fall Blessings & Hugs
from the Cabin ~~ Connie xox

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Thank You !!

Oh My Goodness just received the gift
box I won from Rabbit Hill Primitives.
 THANK YOU  Jenn !!!
The PumPkin is Wonderful ..... the tea lights
which I use all the time are great, and packaged
so cute ... and the  magazine woo hoo FALL,
cant wait to pour a cup of tea, sit, and read it. 
I love it all, and the way you wrapped it up. 
Its amazing .... the friends I have made in the
few years I have come to join you
all in  Blog Land....
(Thank You Again  Miss Judy ~~Cinnamon Stick)   
So  to win something
from one of the first people that reached
out to me ...... is so Special, and Fall items 
to boot .... it just doesn't get any better than that. 
Jenn the card you wrote was so touching,
and sweet....and a book mark too, so
even when I'm reading I'll think of you
my far away friend. :-) 

Thank You again for your
generosity, and friendship. 
Big Hugs to
 Lydia for "picking" me.  


I'm sorry I don't know how to link
but if you haven't done
so, please check out ......
Jenn Tavoletti's
Beautiful Creations.
at Rabbit Hill Primitives ~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
It's another gray, rainy day
here in CT a perfect day to
bake up a batch of cookies,
cook up a pot of something
warm & hearty and maybe
curl up with a good book or magazine.
What ever your day holds
I wish you the Best ~~
Sending  Blessings & Warm Hugs   
from the Cabin ~~ Connie xox
 

Saturday, October 2, 2010

HaPpy October ~~

The Rain has stopped
the Sun is out and
a Chill is in the Air. 
 Yes Yes Fall has arrived ...  woot hoot !!
Happy October !!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Sorry My Dear Cousin Jo  ...  
you missed it by a mere Week ~~ :-(


I was the Lucky Winner on
Jenn's ~~  Rabbit Hill Primitives ....
Blog Give~A~Way
I'm so Excited I await my package in the mail. 
I Never, Ever Win anything. I always say I'm
Lucky & Blessed in Love, not so much in Chance. :-) 
I have a few of Jenn's Beautiful Creations ...
so I'm anxious to receive a bit of
Fall ...... made with Love by her Hand.
Thank You Dear Friend ~~

We are busy this week-end, packing away the out door
furniture ... we will leave the back deck set up for awhile longer,
 because I love afternoon tea in the sun. 
Plus on of our last trip to PA we found a
clay  chiminea,  and evenings sitting with
a glass of wine and a fire burning outdoors 
is a slice of Heaven.
The pool will be put to rest for another year
(we're a little late with this chore)
as it has already started filling up with leaves.
I finished  cleaning all my windows inside and out,
big job ...... glad that's done.
I can now place my window lights in ... love the look.
I'm not able to keep them in all year as my friends in PA do. 
I have no real window stills so I have to rig them up.  
The windows  wont open when there in ..... so I place them
in now & turn them on through the end of January. 


We are still pretty green here in CT but I know it wont be
long before we are a blaze with color.  Ti's the Season of
PumPkins, Hay Rides, Warm Fires, Hearty Meals,
and Icouldn't be Happier.
I hope where ever you are .... you are
Healthy, Happy, Cozy
&
Enjoying the Season with those you Love.
Sending Fall Blessings
&
Hugs from the Cabin ~~ Connie xox
 
“I would rather sit on a PumPkin,
and have it all to myself,
than be crowded on a velvet cushion”
~~~ Henry David Thoreau ~~

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Happy Place ~~

Happy Tuesday Morning Friends
I'm in such a Happy Place ... my most favorite time
of year is upon us ...... the mornings have a chill in the
air, the nights are the same way ....... and during the day
when you step out in the sunshine you
warm through & through. 
For me this is the most ideal weather ..... I love
pulling on a favorite sweater, and sipping
my tea while  I peak for slight changes
in the trees that surround the cabin.
I just finished packing up the RV... we are heading back
out to Amish country in PA for a few days. 
 This trip I hope I come home with my Cinderella,
Peach & Green PumPkins ..... a nice primitive bucket,
 barrel or crock would also be fun to find. 
Love all the Goodies I stumble upon in PA !!
But mostly I love the time I get to spend
alone with my DH and the Memories I
bring back each and every visit.

"You are today where your thoughts
have brought you;
you will be tomorrow where your
thoughts take you."
~~James Lane Allen
The shop here at the Cabin is opened
by appointment ... and I thank all who have come
in to visit & purchase this Fall Season.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Cathy ~~ Thank You for my
CT green PumPkin ... your a
Doll for thinking of me, and a whiz for
finding it so early in the Season.
~~~~~~~~~~~~
If you have a few minutes to spare,
I have posted a couple of new
 pictures on my picture trail , and
have a few items up for Sale. 
I Thank all who take the time to
visit here & there and leave a comment. 
Sending Best Wishes for a Blessed
Fall Season & Hugs
from the Cabin ~~ Connie xox

Monday, August 23, 2010

Good Monday Morning ~~

Good Monday Morning ~~
The wind is blowing its dark & gray outside,
and I have a few PumPkins .... could it be
Fall is right around the corner. lol

DH & I went camping this weekend down
Lancaster way .... I had it in my head to come
home with a few PumPkins and that I did.
Bless my Husbands heart he drove, and drove till we
found a field where they were growing.




Not an easy task at this time of year,
I could have bought a cat, a dog, a goat, some tobacco
or a truck load of corn but pumpkins not so much.
(I was told they have had trouble with
pumpkins in years past so its not a sure crop.)
When we finally found a field ... we had to locate the
Farmer,  thanks to some neighbors .. we found him
a couple of large fields away.
He was an Old Order Mennonite Gentlemen around forty.
He had  seven children of varying ages ...  four boys, and
three girls, the boys were out helping him in the fields.
We asked if there was a possibility if I could purchase
a few pumpkins and he graciously said yes.
We walked right out and he
let me pick the ones I wanted.

 
We talked for a good half an hour as he was most interested
in hearing about Connecticut.
 These encounters make the trips
to PA so memorable for me.
If I believed in former lives ~~ I would say
I must have lived one or two of mine  in Pennsylvania !! :-)



The rain we had yesterday, and the rain we are getting today is most
welcome we are in desperate need of it.
I hope where ever you are you are getting just what you Need.
Blessing & Hugs from the Cabin ~~ Connie xox

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Hello ~~

What a Beautiful Week~End
The Extreme Heat & Humidity is Gone
The Windows are Open,
The Birds are Singing,
&
The Breeze is Coming in,
                                       Just Glorious.                                         



~~ Summer Thyme Tea ~~
Golden Sunshine,
Summer Weather,
Cloth on the Table,
Bouquet of Heather,
Pretty Little Tea Cups,
Earl Gray Tea,
A Sampling of Cookies,
Some Sweet Conversation,
My Two Little Dollies,
Just Taylor, Maddie & Me
I Love You Girls & The Time
We Spend Together ~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Its been awhile My Friends,
I check now, and then when I've had some
time. I trust you have all been Well & Happy.
The Time passes so swiftly from one Season
to the next. 
I'm sure we will all be "seeing" more of
each other now that we are approaching the Fall.
I know my thoughts are turning to
Pumpkins, Bittersweet, Colored Leaves
&
 The Coziness that comes with the Season.
I've seen bits & pieces showing up
on all our Favorite Blogs
&
in our Favorite Shops.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state
of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring."
George Santayana (1863 - 1952

Sending Good Thoughts,
&
Hugs from the Cabin ~~ Connie xox










Friday, May 28, 2010

Happy Memorial Day ~~

Happy Memorial Day


As we go about our Memorial Day Week-End, some
of us will take a day to Celebrate with Friends & Family.
Some of us will stay at home and relax. 
Others will use the time to catch up with chores
around our homes....inside & out.
May we each find a few minutes  to  give
Thanks & Prayer to our Military who are serving
us all around the world, and to those that gave the
Ultimate Sacrifice for our Freedom.
May God Continue to Bless the USA

~~ Kimmie's Home in NV ~~
***************************
Wishing You All  a
Happy, Warm,  & Safe
Memorial Day
May the Sun shine on your
Parades, Picnics, & Projects
Sending Warm Patriotic Hugs ~~ Connie xox

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Mothers Day ~~

To All The Great Mothers, ~~ Great Grandmothers ~~
Strong Women ~~ Good Friends ~~
God Bless You
&
Happy Mothers Day
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Today's a day for celebrating you, and for knowing the
world is a wonderful place... because you're in it.

"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother."
-- Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

"God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made Mothers."
 -- Jewish proverb


If Lilacs grow in Heaven,
Lord please pick a bunch for me,
Place them in my Mother's arms
and tell her they're from me.
Tell her I love her and miss her,
and when she turns to smile,
place a kiss upon her cheek
and hold her for awhile.
Because remembering her is easy,
I do it every day,
but there's an ache within my heart
that will never go away.
Love ya Mama
Unknown 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
To a Mother ~~ Love is Second Nature ~~~
Wishing all my Friends & Family a
Simply Beautiful Mother's Day.
Sending Warm Hugs from the Cabin ~~
Connie xox











Tuesday, April 27, 2010

April Showers ~~


April Showers ...... Bring
May Flowers ~~

Looking out my window here at the cabin the sky is dark & gray.
I just went out, and got Dukie so I know its damp out,
and the rain is falling steady.
A good day to be inside  ditzing around .....where its warm,
cozy, and the soft  flickering light of the candles
 bounce all around the room.
I have a large pot of Lentil soup cooking on the stove,
later I will bake some cheesy biscuits to go along
with the hearty dinner.
Hubby will be so happy, he loves when he comes home,
and can smell good things cooking as he removes his
boots and makes his way into the cabin.
Bless them ... Most Men are pretty easy to Please.
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All is well and good here in my little corner,
and as always I hope its the same for you my Friends.
Sending Warm Thoughts & Hugs ~~ Connie
+++++++++++++++++
As I finish this post the sun has just come out.
As they say in New England  "If you don't
like the weather just wait a few minutes it will change".
Ah ........  it gone again.  :-) 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
That best portion of a good man's life....
His little, nameless, unremembered acts
of kindness, and of love.
William Wordsworth
English poet (1770 - 1850)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Peace ~~

Good Sunday Afternoon,
Hope this finds you all well & happy.
I'm just inside after spending the day
outside here at the Cabin.
A little more yard work, with lots of sitting.
Its another Beautiful Spring day here in
Connecticut. The sky is blue the birds are
singing, and there is a slight breeze.
There is Beauty & Peace all around.
This is a view from my back screen door, 
minutes ago ...  looking out  on to the deck railing.


If you begin each day with love in your heart,
peace in your nerves, and truth in you mind,
you not only benefit by their presence
but also bring them to others, to your family
and friends & all those whom destiny draws
across your path that day.
~~ Anonymous

Yes in the poor man's garden grow
Far more than herbs & flowers ~
Kind thoughts, contentment, peace of mind,
And joy for weary hours.
~~ Mary Howitt (1804-1888)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Wishing you all Peace & Plenty
in this Spring Season ~~
Warm Hugs ~~ Connie xox

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Happy Easter ~~


Wishing you ~~~ A Happy Easter,
A Beautiful Spring,
And all the Joys
That His Blessings can bring.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
As we prepare for another Easter Sunday
I hope your little corner of the world is filled
with Sunshine, Joy & Love.
May you spend the day with plenty to eat,
 and surrounded by those you Love.
Have a Blessed Happy Easter ~~
Sending Spring Thyme Hugs
from the Cabin ~~ Connie xox

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

"The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet."
~~ James Oppenheim



Good Afternoon Friends ... I needed to make a
new post so when I signed in I didn't see my little
Irish Lass looking up at me. lol
I've been busy doing Spring clean up ... when will I
learn not to do three days in a row of yard work....my
back is in agony. I do it every year I'm so excited to
clean up and see what is sprouting....that I keep going
till I can hardly walk.
I forget I'm not as young as I use to be. :-)
I've also been busy Farming on my Farmville
Farm on Facebook, oh I swore I wouldn't get
addicted....but Yup I have !!



Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with my relatives
all around the country...love seeing my cousins grand kids,
and keeping in touch with my nieces & nephews.....but this
Farming has got me Hooked.
What a Pleasure to plant a field of Daffodils & see
them fully grown & ready to Harvest two days later. lol




Hope it is Sunny & Mild where ever you are, and that
you can get out in the fresh air & play in the dirt
if that is what you Desire.
Sending Warm Hugs from the Cabin the real one &
my Cabin of the "Farm" ~~ Connie xox
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Not sure what I have done ...but I changed backgrounds
and am now having problems posting. :-(

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Happy Saint PaTrick's Day ~~

Happy Saint Patrick's Day
~~~~~~~~~~~~
May the Luck of the Irish be with you.
May love, and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart, and home.
May good, and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace, and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons bring
the best to you, and yours.


We had our Traditional
Saint Patrick's Day Celebration
Saturday night.
Its much easier to get together on the weekend
due to the Grand-Girls school, and after school activities.
We enjoyed Ham, Cabbage, Potatoes,
& Irish Soda Bread for Dinner.
Lively Celtic Tunes played in the background.
Dessert was Shamrock Lolly Pops,
"Clover Pretzels"
Leprechaun Ice Cream Cake,
Apple Crisp,
&
Chocolate Dipped Fruit.
Its funny we enjoy this dinner so
much, and always comment why do
we only do this meal once a year.
Well maybe that's part of what makes its Special.
But no matter what we eat, its the
fact that we are all together that's
important....this year my daughter in-laws
parents where able to join us....fun for us,
and for the girls to have both sets of
Grand Parents around the table
to share, the food and the love.
Hope all is well with you & your Loved ones
as we Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day together again.
Sending Special Thoughts &
Spring Hugs from the Cabin ~~ Connie xox