Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Another Anniversary Is Upon Us

The years - too numerous to count!
For me, a dozen roses, a watch, and a $100 winning scratch lottery ticket! 
For Tom, a watch and his tickets were all losers!  :)
( not a pretty background but running out of clear spaces in this house! )

 I had the idea to get us each our own little 6" cake from our favorite and famous dairy & bakery, Wright's Dairy Farm! He likes marble and I like yellow. I chose different colors for the roses. Oh, so good!  :)
December 10, 1966
( Yup, we're old now! )
Picture was taken at the small reception at my home in the doorway of the little telephone cubbyhole before we headed out to spend the night in Providence. The next morning we starting driving to Belleville, IL where Tom was to start serving in the Army as an MP.  We were looking around for an apartment and I started crying because I didn't like the first town we were in, (what a great start) but in Belleville we found a 3rd floor furnished apartment in a beautiful Victorian where the owners rented apartments to mostly military families stationed out of Scott AFB. 
We lived there for 18 months and moved back to RI when his service time was over.

Monday, December 9, 2019

It's Looking Like Christmas

The coffee table is getting crowded!
Went to Scituate Nursery for the poinsettia and added angel figurines I used to sell in my art & gift shop.
Ordered snow globes for gifts and kept this one for a new decoration. 
~ Wreaths ~
Between Garage Doors
On the door of the attached room on the right side of the garage.
The front door is hidden by tall shrubs so we just keep a twig "all season" wreath on it.
Our poor shed - needs paint in the Spring but will hang a wreath on it
anyway - for tradition's sake. 
Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Having FUN Getting Ready For Christmas

Had fun wrapping the past two days.
Still have to find boxes for shipping to friends far away. 
And then UPS arrived today with this!
Yup! A glockenspiel.
I put the stand together myself and this is the only place for it right now but may move it into another room. The keys "tinkle" when you strike them...I was surprised the sound sustains.  Having fun playing Christmas carols one note at a time!  :) (Oh yes, and some "Queen" songs, of course!) Closer to Christmas I'm going to sit with it outside at night and play carols to see if the neighbors will come out to see where the sound of bells is coming from!  (haha)

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The Second Round - First Snow

We got 4" more overnight with 2 hours of this stuff to go!  I was able to use the broom today to clear a path to the table to feed the birds & squirrels.
The sun will be out tomorrow or Thursday and will start melting this.  Too early for the 1st storm of the season.  Lots of work cleaning up and keeping up with the clearing so we can do what we have to do on the deck and to get the cars out so we can get to the road. 
From the front door - should have trimmed the shrubs in the fall, but this is always my favorite view after it snows.  :) 

Monday, December 2, 2019

First Snow

Oh well, winter has begun.
We got 4" overnight and have been plowed out already, but the snow is heavy and I could only shovel a path to the deck table for the bird seed and nuts for the "wild ones." 
What is falling now is freezing on contact and 3" more expected today before it's "outta" here!
Looks like we're losing our gypsy wagon to age and a takeover by wisteria!  The red overhang fell down. Now I have to decide whether to leave it as is for the animals and birds to use  for shelter or have it dismantled. Then I have to decide if I dismantle it if I want to keep the big metal wheels and undercarriage or get rid of the whole thing.  Decisions...decisions.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Signs of the Season

This is what I did today!  This is just a dent in what I still have to wrap, but I love it! 
It's snowing this December 1st.
It will turn to sleet and rain and back to snow tomorrow before it ends Tuesday afternoon.  Joy!

Some Days

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving 2019

Our American Holiday that consists of (for our tradition) is the following:
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade at 9 am.
Big turkey dinner at noon, but I don't eat meat, so...
National Dog Show at noon.
First football game at 1 pm. (keep remote handy)
Second football game at 4:30 pm.
A light supper.
"Love Actually" movie at 8 pm. 
A great Thanksgiving has begun.
 A grateful thank you to all who visit my blog, too!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

My First Ukulele

I needed something new in my life so I decided to learn to play a new instrument - I have a like for Hawaiian culture so after seeing many beautiful and colorful ukuleles I chose this "rainbow" design and love it! Now I just have to learn how to tune it and let the playing begin!  :)
It's a "Balnna" ukulele - love it!!
To be continued...I'm waiting for the other new instrument I ordered.
A Glockenspiel!!!  :) 

Sunday, November 24, 2019

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

It's a nice rainy cozy Sunday, so before football started for the day I decided to decorate for Christmas! 
My Jim Shore Santa for the coffee table is hiding. He may be busy making toys - I'll find him somewhere.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Deer Found Relocated Pumpkins

So, two little deer found and are eating at the pumpkins behind the back fence!  Yum!!
Squirrel is eating seeds on the deck table like a little vacuum cleaner!!  :) 
All is well and normal at my house.  :)

Monday, November 18, 2019

The Pumpkin Saga - Final Chapter

Enough Is Enough!
Today was Moving Day for the critter's food/houses!  Someone attacked the big pumpkin on the sidewalk and just making a mess - I can't look at the sidewalk this way anymore.  
The 3 big ones were moved behind the back yard fence.  They are in plain sight and can be found easily - the critters are back there under the pines all the time.  The small pumpkins are inside the small fence where squirrels can squeeze in there and have at it!!  :)  

And now my sidewalk is clean again and ready for shoveling whenever it decides to snow! 
I will now have to find another subject to photograph and write about. 

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Pumpkin Carving Saga - Day 2

I was looking out the living room window to see what I could see regarding the pumpkins and noticed shavings in front of a big pumpkin in front of one of the two gargoyle benches! I went out with my camera not knowing what I would find, and here it is. :)  My golf cart can be seen through the bushes parked in front of the sidewalk where yesterday's pumpkin carving still stands unchanged. :)  
A much smaller round hole makes me think that the chipmunk who lives here did this handy work! 
It's the perfect size for him to fit and gain access inside!  :) 
Each day will be an adventure, I guess for me as well as the one doing the work and eating his finds!  :)  The gargoyle below is named, "Ludwig." 
I have to add that having this new phone with a camera that takes a good quality picture is so much fun and am so happy to have it to post pictures on my blog and on FB.  Love the instant sharing it allows!  Happy Sunday!!

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Pumpkin Carving By Resident Squirrel

So, one or more of the squirrels who eat seeds and nuts on the deck table every day finally had an appetite for pumpkin today!  A bit late for pumpkin carving for Halloween, but amusing to say the least! :)  It was a squirrel because he was seen with his head inside the pumpkin!  Gotcha!  :) 
The eyes are perfect!!  :)  The birds will also be happy to eat the seeds, not to mention there are several and larger pumpkins in the yard, so they have their veggies for some time to come...maybe to next Thursday which is Thanksgiving Day when pumpkins are the veggie of the day to eat and used for decoration.  I will take a wild guess that there will be more pictures to come as long as the carver continues to carve!  :) 

Thursday, November 14, 2019

nelson - just once more - ricky nelson remembered - cape girardeau, MO. ...

I should be seeing their show today but I gave my tickets away because the venue isn't for me. I would be very uncomfortable. I feel there will come another time when Matthew & Gunnar Nelson will pass through again and I will have the amazing pleasure of being in their presence and loving their songs. I'll be there in Spirit this afternoon!