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