Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Over the River

Over the river and thru the wood,
To grandfather's house we go;
The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh,
Thru the white and drifted snow, oh!

Over the river and thru the wood,
Oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes and bites the nose,
As over the ground we go.

Over the river and thru the wood,
To have a first-rate play;
Oh, hear the bell ring, "Ting-a-ling-ling!"
Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day-ay!

Over the river and thru the wood,
Trot fast my dapple gray!
Spring over the ground,
Like a hunting hound!
For this is Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river and through the wood,
And straight through the barnyard gate.
We seem to go extremely slow
It is so hard to wait!

Over the river and through the wood --
Now Grandmother's cap I spy!
Hurrah for fun! Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!

Written By: Lydia Maria Child

Going to see my husband's parents! Downloaded this song to the iPod so the kids can learn it:)

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving remembering how the Lord has blessed over this past year. I might even get to open a birthday gift or two:)

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Thanksgiving Decorations

Every year I haul out two big boxes of Thanksgiving decorations. Even the boxes that contain my harvest decorations are meaningful to me. Many years ago, my husband's grandma sent us a box of grapefruit from Florida where she lived. It was a heavy duty box with a sturdy hinged lid...too good to throw away. It now houses many loved items for autumn and it makes me think of her whenever I see it whether it be while decorating the house for fall or during the year where it smiles at me from the shelf.

Most people have a few items on their Christmas tree that were carefully created by a child during a Preschool or Sunday School class. I have those, but I can't throw anything away (remember the box mentioned above), so I also have turkeys lovingly assembled by chubby little hands during Sunday school and "maize" napkin holders.

I also have a small collection of antique turkey salt and pepper shakers and pilgrim figures. My mom and dad started picking them up for me at garage sales. My mom is THE champion garage-saler, but that is another post in itself.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Thanksgiving is coming! Thanksgiving is coming!

I'm excited that Thanksgiving is coming! I love Thanksgiving! My birthday is in very early December. When I was a child, we always celebrated my birthday on Thanksgiving because all the grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, and cousins were already at our house. People came and stayed all day. What could be more fun than turkey and stuffing as your birthday meal topped off with pumpkin pie AND birthday cake? Let's not forget the presents!

What are your favorite Thanksgiving memories?

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

It's Snowing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's the first snow of the year and my little kids wanted to go outside and catch snowflakes on their tongues! Remember that childhood innocence?

My husband doesn't want pics of our kids faces on the internet, so bear with all the pictures of their backs:)

Monday, November 5, 2007

Saturday, November 3, 2007

On My Kitchen Counter

I love this area of my kitchen counter. I know that a Kitchen Aid mixer is very utilitarian and not necessarily decorative, but I love the way it looks. Mine happens to be really old. Our elderly neighbor was breaking up house keeping to go into a nursing home and I bought it at her auction. She told me that she had baked many good cookies with that mixer.

*A white ceramic pumpkin purchased this year from Target.
*A "depression-glass green" dish.
*Mums from a friend.
*A Mary Engelbeit calendar page framed in a silver frame by my oldest daughter for me for Christmas that says, "Home is where the Heart is."

The Blissful

Penny at Lavender Hills Studio left me a comment on my Oreo post. On Friday, I visited her blog to thank her for visiting my blog. Peggy was on her way to Melissa's at the Inspired Room for a Satellite party in honor of Abby at The Blissful and her holiday open house in Canton, Ohio.

I found Abby's blog about two weeks ago through the rabbit trail that is blog reading from McMaster & Storm who I heard about from Heather Bullard at Present Past Collection. I now read Abby’s blog whenever I get the chance to blog surf.

While I had not yet visited the actual physical Blissful in real life, it was on my list of things to do. When I got to Melissa's party at the Inspired Room on Friday night, I decided that Saturday would be the day! I called my wonderful husband at work and planned our “date”. He’s a wonderful guy!! The conversation went something like this, “Umm, honey, I, umm, know this is going to sound crazy, but, umm, I found this place on the internet? I’ve been reading this girl’s blog and she, ummm, is having an open house this weekend, and ummm, I’m wondering if you could, ummm, take me?

On the way to the store, I wondered what you say to a “blog personality?” How do I let her know that I’m a big fan of her blog without seeming like a stalker?

I saw the sign and got all giddy. It’s such a surreal experience to see these things on the computer and then to ACTUALLY see them in real life. BTW, the roof looks great;)

My husband now knows that I am a crazy person, because I jumped out of the van with a camera in my hand and started taking pictures of the exterior of the store. He said, “You brought your camera?” Now I ask you, can you visit a place that you’ve read about in blogland and NOT blog about it?

We entered the store and I hid my camera in my purse. I’m still new to blogging and I wasn’t sure of the etiquette. I didn’t want to take pics of the interior and post them on my blog. Those belong to Abby.


Let me tell you, Abby is a sweet heart! I became totally tongue tied when I met her...kind of like when you have an opportunity to talk to one of the “popular kids” in school. Here was a real live blogger and a business owner to boot! Someone I had only come in contact with in my pajamas over a cup of coffee. I told her that I was here because I had “attended” Melissa's "party" last night. She gave me a great big hug and thanked me for coming. I akwardly asked if my husband could take a picture of the two of us together. I also passed on the message that Melissa sent her love.


The store is amazing. The pictures I’ve seen around don’t do it justice. Abby has an incredible flair. So much so, that even my husband noticed;) Everything looks hand chosen, loved, and perfectly placed. It’s definitely a place that I will want to visit again! Everyone is in for a treat when her wares become available online.

I broused for awhile and chose some wonderful things. Abby checked me out and packaged everything so beautifully! I felt like I was getting a gift. She asked me if I’d been blogging long. I explained that I was really just starting. I visit many blogs and when I comment, I feel that it’s nice to have a place that others can visit.


Isn't this the cutest little snowman? I have a Christmas garland that I hang around my back window that is only snowmen. This little guy will be on there soon.

A bird soap because I couldn't resist.
ETA...Abby very sweetly wrote me to let me know that this is not a soap, but actually an eraser. I'm still chuckling to myself about that. I should say, though, that when I found this cute little bird, it was only moments after I had entered the store and I was still "star struck." I think my faculties have now come back:)

Eiffel Tower Soap still in the plastic for my BFF. Again...actually an eraser;)

I also have a garland for my glass birds. I bought this glitter bird to add to that collection.

A mercury glass bird just because.

A Paris notepad for my BFF.

To finish up, I'd also like to quote Abby and say Thank you, Jesus, for giving us a reason to celebrate..."

Dear Abby, we wish you a successful holiday season. Thank you for the wonderful shopping experience.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Have you heard of this store?

I love blogland! I just found out about The Blissful and I'm thinking I need to grab my BFF and run right over there this weekend!