Saturday, December 31, 2011

HaPpy New Year !!

"Ring out the Old, Ring in the New,
Ring Happy Bells, across the Snow:
The Year is Going, Let him Go;
Ring out the False, Ring in the True"
~~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Here at the Cabin we are all settled in ...
The Fire is laid, the Pickins are made ...
Candles are place in each room as we wait for dark.
It's our Tradition to stay in on New Years Eve
and Enjoy a quiet evening as we
Ring in the New Year
May you Celebrate with those you Love,
in a way that makes you Happy & Keeps you Safe.
This is where I Sit When you Come
to Visit me .... or I go to Visit You.
I Thank each of you who stopped by in 2011.
I appreciate your visit and comments more
than you will ever know.
As we raise our glasses tonight I toast to
All of You My Family & Friends
May God Bless Us All and The New Year Coming.
Peace, Health, Happiness & Joy be Yours in 2012
And God May we Please have a little Snow.
Sending Love & Warm Happy Hugs
from the Cabin ~~ Connie xox 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and May God Bless
Us Everyone. ~~ Charles Dickens

Here at the Cabin we are all ready
we have spiffed, wrapped, & baked.
Our youngest son Tommy is home
for the holidays and we couldn't be Happier.
Let the Merriment Begin ........
Wishing All of You,  My Dear Friends & Family
A Blessed Merry Christmas
Filled with Love, Laughter, Joy & Peace
May You find A renewal of Faith & Hope
May You be Surrounded by Those You Love
May Your Heart & Home  Be Filled 
with the True Spirit of Christmas
Sending Love & Warm Hugs
from the Cabin ~~ Connie xoxox

Monday, November 28, 2011

Life is Good !!

Life is Good ......
"The happiest moments of my life
have been the times which I have
passed at home in the bosom
of my Family"
~~ Thomas Jefferson
Oh how I concur.

~~~  Friends are Wonderful  ~~~
Family ~~ Life's Blessings  


Newly purchased this year

Scented Pillar with LED Light 
The Cinnamon Stick
Hereford, PA
It's been a  busy few weeks at the
cabin and at the  shop.
Decorating for Christmas ....
what fun that is ....  a bit of green
here and there ...... some holly,
juniper berries and winter berries.
make the every
day look so festive.
Small Antiques, Candles  and Christmas Sprays,
have all been going home with
Friends and Family. 
I am so very Thankful to
everyone who has visited and purchased.
It allows me to continue my passion.
With the decorating done, its now
on to shopping, wrapping, baking
visits with friends, quiet times
in front of a roaring fire, a few 
of our favorite Christmas movies
and trying to be in the Moment.
I hope you are enjoying all the Season 
has to offer .... for it passes so quickly.
"He is the happiest,
be he King or Peasant,
who finds Peace in his Home"
Sending Blessings & Warm Hugs
from the Cabin ~~ Connie xox

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy ThanksGiving ~~

The day is cold and gray .... but as always its toasty warm
and cozy here inside the Cabin.
I'm up early today doing my regular chores,
just now sitting with a cup of tea before
I start my holiday prep.

My List is made and I will check off each task as
I finish on my way towards Thanksgiving Day.
The crowd has grown bigger, and
our solutions is to turn the family room
into a tavern room with three separate tables. 
We may not be able to sit at one
table but at least we are all in the same room,
as we share grace and this traditional meal. 
Yesterday I made table arrangements for each
table, and created my turkey butters.
(Jenn as you requested ) 

Today I will bake what I can in advance,
pumpkin pie, chocolate chip bars, cheese cake,
and chocolate cake. 
I plan on chopping  vegetables
for my stuffing , and will choose napkins
and dishes for each table. 
I so Love this Holiday ...
(no gifts involved and lots of baking)
Apple Pie made & baked
the day of.
I know how Blessed we are
and I Thank God each and every day,
for our Friends, Family, Food, Home 
our Health, and our Country.
May the day find you 
surrounded by those you Love
all in good health ....
Sharing Good Food & Good Times.
Wishing You & Yours a
Blessed Happy Thanksgiving !!
As Always I Thank You for stopping by
to read or leave a comment.
Sending Warm Thankful Hugs
from the Cabin ~~ Connie xox

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Christmas 2011 ~~~

Hello All ~~ I hope all is well with you & yours
If you take the time to read my post today I hope you
will forgive my standing on the proverbial soap box.
As a small business owner and the wife of a small
business owner this is a near and dear subject to me
Our friends and family all own their own business
Carpenter, Electrician, Mason, Mechanic, Lawn Service,
Tree Surgeon, Heating & Cooling, Welder, Plumber,
Site Contractor .... Hairdresser, Antique Dealer,
Nursery & Garden Center, Country Shop
 the list goes on & on .......
just about everyone I know is struggling.
We are Blessed in many ways but finding
times harder than  we have ever had to face.
I received the following in an email, plus I added
a few of my own thoughts  ~~~~~~~~~~~~
Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition
As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories
are kicking into high gear to provide Americans
with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods --
merchandise that has been produced
at the expense of American labor.
This year will be different.
This year Americans will give the gift of genuine
concern for other Americans. There is no longer an
excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be
found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!

It's time to think outside the box, people.
Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box,
wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?
Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut.
How about gift certificates from your
local American hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who
are thinking about some health improvement.
Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed?
Small, American owned detail shops and
car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate
or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who
think nothing of plonking down the
Benjamin's on a Chinese made flat-screen?
Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like
his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for
the summer, or driveway plowed
all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants --
all offering gift certificates.
And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort,
what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint.
Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains --
this is about supporting your home town Americans
with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or
motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW
I can find some young guy who is struggling to
get his repair business up and running.

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom?
Mom would LOVE the services of a local
cleaning lady for a day. Or a gift certificate
to a local nursery for her Spring Flowers.
How about a few meals delivered
by a local cater.

OK, you were looking for something more personal.
Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves,
hats & gloves. 
They make jewelry, and pottery and
beautiful wooden boxes, samplers & game boards,
dolls, cards, & Santa's.
Plan your holiday outings at local, owner
operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip.
And, how about going out to see a play or
ballet at your hometown theater.
Books are another wonderful gift ..... plenty are
printer right here in America along with magazines
& calenders or give a  gift certificates
to a local Book Store.

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.
Go see a local comedian and share a few laughs
with your friends.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy
another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house?
When you buy a five dollar string of light,
about fifty cents stays in the community.
If you have those kinds of bucks to burn,
leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining
American pockets so that China can build another glittering city.

Christmas is now about caring about the US,
encouraging American small businesses to keep
plugging away to follow their dreams.
And, when we care about other Americans,
we care about our communities,
and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.

THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.

Forward this to everyone on your mailing list -- post it to discussion
groups -- throw up a post on Craigslist
in the Rants and Raves section in your city --
send it to the editor of your local paper
and radio stations, and TV news departments.
We all need to Help!
I Thank You for your Time ...
I will now throw another log
on the fire and pour my self a
glass of Sharpe Hill
Ballet of Angles made right here in CT.

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

Monday, October 24, 2011

Signs of the Season

The Signs of the Season are all around us.
The trees still have some color, the grass is
still green ...  littered with dry leaves,
the bittersweet is every where you look,
and smoke rises from both our chimneys.
Can't say it enough ~~~~ I Love the Fall !!


We take time from our chores for some Neat TreaTs
Hot Chocolate & Cider Donuts.
Donuts are just outside of the camera view
but believe me they were Yummmy !!

 This years Wood Supply
Thank You PoP, you work so hard
to keep us warm.
In my opinion nothing is warmer than
the heat generated from a wood fire. 
Plus the wonderful ambiance a
crackling fire brings to the Cabin.
I am Blessed !!

 The Remaining Leaves

Fresh Cut Rose-Hips
What I can't show you are the
scrapes & scars from the thorns. lol
I know it will be well worth it when my baskets
are full for the Christmas Season.
 My Grands at the Halloween Party !!
Gypsy & a Disney Character
(I forget which one... sorry Dolly)
Grand on the Right
Lagoona Blue
from Monster High
related to a character from the
Little Mermaid
just saying ..... keeping real

Today the 24th  is also a 
Special Day in my Family.
It is our oldest son
 Heath's  Birthday,
My Bestest Cousin Josie's
very "Special" Birthday.
(me & all my best girlfriends turned 60 this year)
Yikes ..... it's even tough to type lol
We celebrated last night because of
the girls school & dance schedule.
But I wanted to say it one more time
Happy Birthday Heath
Happy Birthday Jo 
God Bless You Both
We Love you !! 


**** Trick or TreaT ****
All My Friends !!
Hope all is well in your little corner
of the world.
Sending Blessings & Warm Hugs
from the Cabin ~~ Connie xox

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Favorite Time of the Year

Happy Fall .... Happy First Day of October !!
It's gloomy & chilly here in the woods ...... cleaning
out the wood stove and carrying some wood up to
the back deck, is on the agenda this day. 

We know soon we will be lighting a fire
early mornings & late evenings to
keep away the chill. 
DH has been splitting wood for weeks ....
thinks we should be all set for winter.

The cabin has had fall decorations out since my last
trip to PA.   We came back with a truck load ... unfortunately
I have had to rid so many .... must be due to all the
rain we have had. 
Some of the Best  didn't last three days past
my setting them around outside. :-(
We have had our share of company these last few
weeks .... a Surprise visit from
my brother, my nephew &
my great nephew who live in
Long Island & upstate NY
so much  Fun to sit,  catch up and laugh
around the kitchen table with Family. 
Good for the Soul !! I am Blessed !!
Next was a visit from Janet & Don
of winterwillowprimitives in VA
Janet and I have been Blog friends for
the past four years and it was so
nice to finally meet in person.
She is so sweet and we enjoyed the visit greatly.
She gifted me with one of her sweet pinkeeps I love it to
pieces ...... she also brought goodies for me that she sells
on her website, one was a small redware plate that
I just can't seem to capture in a photo.
All of it was Wonderful ...  the Gifts made
from Heart & Hand are Treasured.
Thank You so much Janet !!!

This week my Dear friend Anita
(aunt daisy's in EmmausPA)
came to spend a few days at the cabin .... just pure
"Girl Time" and boy how we both needed it. 
The weather was gloomy outside but the
laughs & chatter brightened the inside.
Its amazing how much talking two Friends
can do and really not say much, at least
that's what we told Paul. 
We only paused to eat & drink when
necessary lol
Amy my Dear you were missed ..... (((hugs)))
Anita also came bearing gifts ..... I'm getting totally spoiled,
and how my friends know me ..... I received the new Judy
Condon Book "Holidays at a Country Home" which
can be purchase at her store. I haven't put it down yet. 

She  also made me a Sweet bag of Dried Lemons
she knows  my love of "naturals" and boy do
they fit the bill ... look great & smell wonderful.
a trip through aunt daisy's will net
you things you wont see anywhere else. !!!
I promise you will love it.
Thank You so much Anita !!!

Its the special time of year ...
time for candles, fires,
good hearty meals, apple crisp,
pumpkin bread & pumpkin fudge.
Colored leaves, brisk walks, lap blankets 
cozy socks, and extra hugs.
 I couldn't be happier .... I Love the Fall !!!
I hope all is well with you & yours 
I thank you for stopping by when time allows. 
I know I enjoy my time visiting with you.

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

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Good Bye Irene !!!

Good Bye Irene ~~
She came in with lots of rain, and fierce wind.
We lost our power but thankfully hubby had the
generator up, and going in no time at all.

This keeps the freezer & refrigerator going
and we can use our well water.

We were well prepared with all
the notice we received.
Also all the battery candles I have
made each and every room
look so warm & cozy.

Our power has now been restored.
Over seven hundred thousand still
with out power in CT.
Untold amounts up and down the East Coast.
Keeping all the crews out there
working in my prayers.
In the daylight we assessed the damage here
on the property and down our road. 
We did loose a few trees in the yard, and
had a few down across the road
but all in all no serious damage.

We are Thankful and considering
ourselves very Lucky & Blessed.
Same with all our Family that is scattered
all over CT, NY, and NJ.
Hope you & yours are all well & safe.
Sending Good Thoughts,
Blessings & Hugs
from the Cabin ~~ Connie xox

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Three Little PumPkins ~~

"Three Little PumPkins sittin on a fence
trying to make a Dollar out of ninety nine cents. "

Yup got my first real PumPkins of the Season
last Saturday ... right down the road a piece.
Normally cant find any in CT this early but
our neighbor/farm stand guy Tom got them in just for
me ...... almost cause an accident as I screamed
STOP to hubby when I spotted them.
We usually head to PA early Sept
to find my first pickins  but boy am I  happy
to see these cute little orange orbs
sittin in my kitchen. 
I know alot of you aren't ready
yet .... but I so Love the Fall and all
that comes with it.

Today we went down for some fresh picked corn
and he gifted me with this Beauty .....
(the only one he had)
Can ya believe the size of the stalk,
and look at the deep grooves, and I love the tall shape.
I was Giddy I was so Excited, he was way too busy to
give me the scoop ( variety & where it was grown).
As soon as I can I will bring him down some home-made
TreaT ....  Thank him again,  and get the story.


I am counting down the days for a camping 
trip to PA.  Fingers crossed I can make the
Fall Open Houses at my favorite shops.
Visit with my Friends, Purchase some Treasures
and come back with lots of Inspiration & Memories.
Wishing you all the Best of what
Summer has left to offer ~~
Blessings & Hugs from the Cabin ~~ Connie xox

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

HaPpy Summer ~~

Happy Summer Friends & Family ~~
No words of Wisdom ... lol or even any Big Doin's
here at the Cabin ...... just checking in to say
Hey & Hope all is Well.

Its such a Beautiful Time of Year ... Lush & Green,
we are just about cocooned here at the Cabin.
A wall of Green surrounds us and one
could almost think we are here alone
in the woods in the 1700's. 
Some days we only see each other
  God's creatures that wander
by looking for food & water.
We are just back from  five days in my other favorite part of
the country ..... a Wonderful visit to PA
smack dab in Amish Country. 
We stopped in to see my Favorite
Shop Owners who also happen to be my Friends.
Go there Guys you will Love them & their Stores.
aunt daisy's ..... Emmaus, PA
Cinnamon Stick .... Hereford, PA
Getting a little Flack from them  that
I hadn't posted in awhile. :-)
Hugs to Anita, & Judy.
I am very much enjoying Summer on my back deck,
ahh the lazy, hazy, days of Summer.
Sunshine,   Lollipops and Rainbows ....
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
and an occasional
Gin & Tonic out in the fresh air.
I have my Grand Girls Monday & Tuesday
during  School Vacation so  there will be lots
of laughs & fun times.
Also have my Great Nephew on Tuesday's
he's 14 mths old and a bundle of Pure Boy ....
such Fun, and the girls
dote on their cousin ... "The Little Prince" !!
I am Blessed to spend Time  & make Memories
with these liitle ones.
EnJoy this Season  .... As  it,  Like so many
Good Things pass so Swiftly

As always I hope where ever you are ....
you & yours are
Well, Happy & Healthy.
Sending You Blessings & Hugs from the Cabin ~~ Connie xox