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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sadie’s Rules

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Everyone knows that Sadie rules the house. Jack Russells tend to do that (so I’ve heard). She knows that she is the boss. In her mind here are her rules:
1. Don’t come home smelling of other dogs.
2. You must feed me every goodie you eat.
3. Let me outside even though I just came in. There was an area that I forgot to sniff.
4. I can sleep anywhere I wish even if it means you’ll trip over me.
5. Don’t shhhh me from barking when you are on the phone. I heard a squirrel.
6. Don’t move me when I’m sleeping on your bed. There’s enough room for you on the edge.
7. Don’t think you can leave the room without me.
8. If it lands on the floor it’s mine.
9. I will use sad puppy dog eyes to get what I want.
10. If you don’t take me for a walk right away I will whine and pester you until you do.
11. I you go into the bathroom I will get up and follow you right in to see what you are doing. I want to know where you are and what you are doing every moment.
12. If you don’t want dog hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture.
13. My parents like me a lot better than most people.
12. To you I’m just a dog. To my parents I’m an adopted child.
13. I’m treated like a grandchild..I whine and I get my way.
14. You are obliged to hold and pet me the entire time during your visit.
15. It’s even better if you bring doggie treats. 

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Trophy buck

Photo: Took this picture from the kitchen about 4:30 this afternoon -- one of 3 bucks that came in before dark -- Hopw they are running the swamp in the morning!! Triple Hee - Live Action!!

Here is a buck right outside Jack’s kitchen window. Don will be looking for him tomorrow. I still don’t know how he can put a bullet in such a magnificent creature. It’s a man thing, just instinct from the days when you had to be a hunter to survive. But I still don’t condone it.

Jack Geiring

Don will be going hunting tomorrow down by Clarion with his good friend Jack Geiring. Jack lived next to me growing up and his mother was like a second mother to me. Don went down several years ago and built a hunting camp for Jack who has suffered ten heart attacks. Jack is a modern day Jeremiah Johnson living off the land. He is also a great musician. When he was younger he traveled all around the country playing piano with various bands and opening for Huey Lewis. In this video he is guest starring with his good friend and multi music awarded Phil Keaggy.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Some thoughts


Photo: <3 Alanna Chasin, aka The Dog Buddha <3Photo: When involved in communications with a negative person, just let the conversation go.  Many of your efforts may be futile.  Save your energy and efforts for those that appreciate who you are and what you have to offer.



Outside my window….the snow has stopped falling and all is tucked under a white blanket while the wind softly blows through the trees.

I am thinking….how quiet it is. Even the animals are sleeping.

I am thankful…. that I don’t have to go anywhere in the snow and can just stay in and read and play on the computer.

In the kitchen….the leftovers from Thanksgiving are in the refrigerator but after two days I think I want something other than turkey for dinner.

I am wearing…blue jeans, a thermal yellow flowered shirt, a fleece zip up and cozy moccasin slippers.

I am creating…a new video to put up on my blog today.

I am wondering…how to make a video for my class on 12-12-12.

I am hoping….that the roads will be clear on Thursday when I leave for Fredericksburg, VA to see my sister Linda.

I am looking forward to….shopping and seeing pretty things and going to a great demonstration of Christmas floral arranging using all natural greenery.

I am learning….that I can be content just staying home by myself.

Around the house…the christmas decorations are almost done.

I am pondering…how I’m going to like Direct Tv when it gets installed tomorrow.

A favorite quote for today:

November comes and November goes”With the last red berries and the first white snow.

With night coming early, and dawn coming late,
and ice in the bucket and frost by the gate.

The fires burn and the kettles sing,
and earth sinks to rest until next spring.

Clyde Watson

One of my favorite things…listening to Christmas carols as I decorate.

A few plans for the rest of the day…finish reading my book and watch a good movie.

One of my favorite pictures:


The first snow of the season

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Friday, November 23, 2012


It’s Friday again and time for Five on Friday. So here are five things that I want to get accomplished in December.
1. I want to continue my course from a few weeks ago and join Xanthe’s group in showing another time capsule.
2. I want to take the time to not hurry through Christmas preparations. I’d like evaluate how many Christmas decorations I really need and pare down.
3. When doing my Christmas baking I want to remember that I don’t need so many cookies this year that don’t get eaten.
4. Taking time to do the traditions at this time of year is important. Every year I get out the movie “The Holiday” and watch it. Along with White Christmas.
5. I will not stress out about picking out the “right” gift. And I will not overdo it this year.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving dinner 2012

Are you stuffed? What a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner we had but the best thing about it was sharing it with my husband’s step mom and my friends.
After dinner we played a few games of Five Crowns.

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Don and Rose
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Charlie and Don telling fishing stories.

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Linda, Yrsa and I and of course Sadie.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

I love this poem by Susan Branch. It really expresses how I feel about my home.

Thanksgiving isn’t just a day to eat turkey. It’s a holiday to share. I am so lucky to have good friends and family to be with on this special day. I hope that you are with your loved ones on this holiday. As I sit around the table I will be remembering all the holiday tables I have sat around with my parents, in-laws, and those who have passed away. What wonderful times they were. Say an extra “I love you” to those around you tomorrow and be so grateful for what you have.

The table is set and ready.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

how do you like the music?

How are you liking the mixpod playlist that I put on my blog? I used to always have music on my blog until I read that some readers thought it was just a nuisance. But I came across this eclectic playlist and decided to post it. The only problem is that it starts at the beginning every time someone visits. So if that bothers you just scroll down and choose a different song. There are a lot to choose from.
   My car is tucked in the garage after a trip back to the dealership to fix a slight problem. The back seat on the driver’s side did not fold down as it should. So I combined a shopping trip to Erie and then went to the garage. My appointment was scheduled for one. I asked for a loaner car to go into WAterford while it was being fixed. He wanted the car back in an hour. When I got back I was happy to see the car out front. WRONG. They hadn’t even started fixing it. Two and a half hours later the seat was fixed. We also had them put on some really snazzy mud flaps. There is nothing more boring that waiting. I did have a good book, but still..  I had to drive home in the dark and with my funky eye that isn’t always fun. I’m safe and sound now and glad to be back.
  Tomorrow the Thanksgiving preparations begin.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Have you put out your decorations yet?

Just a few more days till Thanksgiving and I’m already seeing Christmas decorations as I drive down the street. Bradford’s Christmas parade was last Friday night and the big display of holiday scenes was lit. Our downtown is one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen at Christmas. Quite a few years ago Bradford pear trees were planted all along the main street. With their white lights and the wreaths on the poles our downtown is very festive.

   With the temperatures in the fifties Don and I put out a few decorations outside. Down by the light pole we added two spiral trees and a big red ball with some greenery. Hemlock branches fill the window boxes and a wreath is on the front door. Now we have to add the lights.

Inside it is still fall for a few more days. On Friday begins the trips to the attic to bring down all the pretties. tablescape 10.12 016

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Friday, November 16, 2012


Here are five of my favorite pictures with my sisters.


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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Just some thoughts


YESSomething we all need to remember!move forwardfree as the wind...

I really like “Free as the wind”. wouldn’t it be nice to just take off like that. Drive south during this cold winter and stop wherever you like and enjoy the warmth?

Yippee, I’ve got wheels!

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Happy, happy, joy, joy…I’m back in the driving business. After two weeks of not having a car since my accident I am happy to report that there is a new 2012 Town and Country in my garage. I am in love! It’s charcoal with a dark brown/tan interior and wood trim. It has such amazing features that it will take a while to learn all of them. One thing I really liked was the Bluetooth which I used on the way home from Erie. I traveled through New York state and it is against the law to talk on a cell phone. So I called by way of Bluetooth (handless). The nice salesman at the dealership set it all up for me. I still have all the features of my former van (except the heated seats which will be missed this winter) and then some. ..(like a back up camera and changing the radio stations by just saying the number). car 11.12 001

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Monday, November 12, 2012

When do you decorate for Christmas?


When do you get out your decorations? I remember when I didn’t start decorating until after the first week of December. But each year it got earlier and earlier. I still held off until well after Thanksgiving. But this year I’m having a hard time not going up to the attic and bringing down the pretties.

Are you the person who always loves tradition and puts out the very same decorations in the same places year after year? These pictures of my boys when they were small and their letters to Santa are a must to be on display each year.

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Or do you change your decor every year? Yep, that’s me too. Each year I try out different ways of decorating. 

There was the blue and white Christmas in 2007:
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In 2009 it was a Garden Christmas:

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In 2010 black and white was the theme:

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2011 seemed to be the woodland theme:
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So what will this year bring? Each year I vow to make it a simpler Christmas with less decoration. But when I open each packed box and see those beautiful things I can’t help myself. I want everything to be out on display. Is it too soon??? I’ll try to restrain myself until next weekend.

What do you measure?

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These darling measuring bowls are from Anthropologie. The colors on them are so bright.

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I don’t bake as often as I used to but when I do I love using these to measure liquids.

What was the last thing you baked? For me it was banana nut cupcakes. I find myself using mixes instead of recipes these days. I fear that the next generation will not know how to make food from scratch.

Sunday, November 11, 2012


Yesterday I went to Erie to have lunch and see the movie “Cloud Atlas”. I came out of the theater awed and sure that Tom Hanks needs the Academy Award for his various roles in the movie. I absolutely loved it and want to see it again to catch all those intricacies and subtleties that I didn’t get the first time through. It was extremely difficult to follow the reincarnated characters through many time periods but was so well acted that you didn’t realize that the movie was almost 3 hours long. Here is a little summary:
Cloud Atlas consists of six nested stories that take the reader from the remote South Pacific in the nineteenth century to a distant, post-apocalyptic future. Each tale is revealed to be a story that is read (or observed) by the main character in the next. The first five stories are interrupted at a key moment. After the sixth story, the other five stories are returned to and closed, in reverse chronological order, and each ends with the main character reading or observing the chronologically previous work in the chain. Eventually, readers end where they started, with Adam Ewing in the nineteenth century South Pacific.

Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Action, mystery and romance weave dramatically through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future. Each member of the ensemble appears in multiple roles as the stories move through time.

Now I can’t wait to read the book.
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Saturday, November 10, 2012