Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday Potpourri

As we flip our calenders tomorrow
December will be there
and some of us will smile ~ seeing week-ends full of
family and friends
gatherings and preparations


while others will panic
counting down ~ trying to figure out
how on earth they will everything get done

cards and wrapping
baking and decorating
entertaining and travelling


please sit back and remember
that the holidays are not about the stuff
it's about the feeling

it's about the love and joy on the kid's faces
of all the twinkling lights
and being surrounded by the ones you love


I have a sense of peace and calm
yes ~ my shopping is almost done
and I am on vacation as of 6:00 tonight


so I have a bit more time than I usually do
I hope to finish my decorating over the week-end
and next week I will do my baking 
and finish my shopping
and drop my cards and parcels in the mail


I feel I am ahead of the game
there will still be lots to do
but hopefully I will not stress out
but rather enjoy the calm and feeling
of having things done.

I am getting things checked off my lists
and that my friends ~ feels good.

Wishing you a week-end full of laughter
and smiles.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tickle Your Scentses

As I arrived home last night
I could smell a wood fire burning in the neighbourhood
and it made me smile

it reminded me of home
fires in the stove ~ one of Dad's small fires
which would turn the room tropical

it is smells like that which take you back
and nudges the memories forward

Estee Lauder Youth Dew
will always remind me of my Aunt Jeanne

signature scents from those that mean the world to you
White Diamonds for Mom
Shalimar for Gina...

lemon is a sign of clean

pine is for Christmas

after a rain in the Spring
it smells like worms
yes it does!

of course I could go on and on and on
but I won't

I just had to share one of the things that made me smile.

Mom's procedure went well
and she is safe and sound at home
she is a trooper!

Hope your week is going well
and I would love to hear about some of your
favourite smells....

Monday, November 26, 2012

Having the Talk

Life has a way of keeping you on your toes
that's not a bad thing however
as without the twists and turns
the ups and downs
I think that life would be pretty boring

with our parents getting older
and some of them already gone
life also has a way of bringing us full circle

to those who have been with me for awhile
know that the first of the year started with a bang
when Mom was in the hospital for almost a month
after suffering a abdominal aortic aneurysm which ruptured

before this happened and even though Dad had been gone
for 11 years ~ I did not know Mom's wishes

I know which funeral home ~ where she wants to be buried
but we talked of nothing else
did she want extreme measures ~ stuff like that

not a pleasant conversation
especially since here we are kicking off the holidays
but she is heading into the hospital for a procedure this morning
so Saturday I went over for a visit with a purpose in mind

I am happy to say that the talk went well
and my brother was also there by chance
so that was a bonus

it's great to have those open lines of communications
with those that raised us
times have changed ~ we have all grown up now
haven't we!


Busy week-end was had here
supported Small Business Saturday with some shopping
made minestone soup on Sunday

along with some Whoopie pies
with peanut butter filling ~ yum!

Hope you all had a fabulous week-end
and that the week ahead brings you joy and laughter.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Friday Potpourri

Hey there ~ happy week-end!

we have had a week of frosty foggy mornings
and sunny afternoons
great for just about anything and it is so nice
to sit on a bench on my afternoon break
and read my book

this is something that is not a normal occurence for us
in the north-east ~ in November


hoping that all my US friends had a wonderful
Thanksgiving ~ are you all full of turkey??



 this week-end the Christmas countdown will commence
I will be pulling out the decorations
and choosing what I want to put out this year


 I have a good portion of my shopping done
and my baking list is done
so I am off to buy my ingredients so I can make the things
that I can throw in the freezer to take the pressure off
closer to Christmas

 next week I will start my cards so I can get those in the mail
and my wrap center is all set up
I feel good and hope I can keep this momentum going


I want to make a big soup on Sunday
so I can make these biscuits to go with it!

so I will be here ~ making lists
and planning and decorating....

Have a wonderful week-end!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Special Day

Today I celebrate
November 20th is a very special day indeed

as 3 people that I adore
are having a birthday today!

first up is my best girl ~ my cousin ~ Gina
I love her like a sister
we are the proverbial 2 peas in a pod
and I miss her so

this is the first year in a long time
that we have not been able to see each other
busy schedules and distance have kept us apart

so today I celebrate her ~ I love you to pieces 

next up in Gordie
he is Trevor's bestie
best man in our wedding
and one of the best people I have ever met

Gordie loves the cottage ~ and can't sit still
he always has a project on the go
and enjoys a good game of crib and a drink of rye

he is a forever friend and although we don't get together as often
as we should ~ I love getting the call that he is coming for a visit

last and certainly not least
is someone that is very special to me

although I have not yet met her in person
we have known each other about 12 years or so
long before the blogging days

she is one of those people that lift me up when I am feeling down
her smile is contagious
and I love her heart

so today I raise my glass and toast these 3 beautiful hearts
that mean so much to me

I wish you all the most beautiful day ever

Lots & Lots & Lots of Love!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday Poypourri

Hey there ~ Happy Friday!


not much new here ~ keeping busy
making lists ~ Christmas prep
what to bake ~ what to cook
what to buy.....


my sweet friend opened a new shop today
is named after Kim's great aunt and everything in the shop
means something to her

head on over and why not mark something off your list while you are there!


I have today off and so far I have slept in
and had a cup of coffee

It will be an afternoon of errands though
I need to organize my thoughts and figure out where to go first


the week-end will be a mixture of nesting
and cleaning and organizing
and hopefully a little relaxing

Hope you had a great week 
and that you have a wonderful week-end.