A {mostly} Wordless Wednesday and My Thanksgiving Wish for You . . .

Congregating crows.

The sunset of three nights ago.  This photo doesn't come close to capturing how incredibly beautiful it was!!!
My heart is broken for the people of France.  Time will now be measured by days before 11/13 and days after 11/13 just as it is here for us with 9/11.  It truly is beyond words.
This is the other half of the beautiful chalk drawing from above.  I stumbled upon it while picking Megan up from school the other day.

My wish for you is a safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving filled with lots of good food, family and friends.

With that being said, I wanted to leave you with this quote . . .
modern day norman rockwell like painting of thanksgiving

. . . because not everybody has a Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving.  : )

Many blessings ~ Wendy


Saying Goodbye to the Little Cottage in the Woods . . .

Last Tuesday, we packed up my mom and her two dogs and all of their belongings and moved them three miles down the road to join us in our new home.  If you've been reading my blog for the last couple of years then you know just how much I loved that little cottage she lived in and, maybe even just a little bit more, I loved where it was located.

It may not have been the prettiest thing to look at from the outside due to years of wear and tear and lack of care by the landlord but, with its fireplace and lace curtains in the windows, it still had such a sense of charm.

 I'll definitely miss taking photos there.  The first photo that I ever sold was taken on the property there . . .

 a fawn that was born two years ago.

Before we said goodbye, I cut a whole bunch of bittersweet off of the bush in the front yard.  I can't wait to see how it looks on my mantel!!!  I may have to make some midnight bittersweet cutting runs up there next fall. 

 I'm not kidding!!!!!!  : )

 Happy Thursday my friends ~ Wendy


Settling In . . .

Greetings from Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY!!!  We made it and we're settling into our new house nicely.  No small feat when you've added a mother (mine) and her two dogs to the mix just three days after moving in.  The three of them will be staying in our family room until their new apartment is built in our garage.  They have a nice big room and their own bathroom.  It looks like a little studio apartment complete with her own refrigerator and cook top.  Megan has been going down to hang out with her Nana nightly.  I heard them giggling last night.  I know they're both so happy to be able to spend much more time together.  : ) 

I've also located my camera charger and a cord to load the few photos I've been taking onto the computer finally.  Right now it's more of a focus on unpacking than photo taking.  We are still a very long way from being unpacked but we're working on it every day and we've even started to decorate a little bit.  

Our new front door.
A corner of our yard.

Finnegan taking in some sun thru our dining room window. 

One of many rock walls in our neighborhood.  I just love them!!!

We woke up to a marathon running passed our house last Sunday morning which was kind of surprising considering how quiet our neighborhood is. 
These have since been cleared away.  : )
Now I'm off to do a much needed grocery shop.  It's cloudy and chilly here today and I'm in the mood to make something warm and rib sticking for dinner tonight.  I'm open to suggestions!!  : )

I also want to say how sad I am for the people of Paris and all of France.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all.  I know how much the terrorist attacks of 9/11 changed us here in the U.S.  It is a new day for you all.  Things are different but life will go on and you will all be a stronger nation because of it.  I would also like to add that not everybody in this country is happy with how our President is handling this war on terrorism  nor was everybody happy with his lack of support during the Charlie Hebdo incident.  Sometimes we are just plain baffled by his actions or, should I say, inaction.  And that's all I'm going to say on that.  I felt it just needed to be said.

Have a beautiful Wednesday ~ Wendy


Sunday Sayings . . .

I'm still here!!!  We've moved to Cornwall on Hudson and are so happy to finally be in our new home!!!  Somewhere along the way, my camera cable got misplaced and I haven't been able to load photos onto the computer.  Ugghh!!!  I'm going to have to break down and buy a new one if it's not located in the next day or two because I want to start blogging again.  So much to share!!!  : )

Have a beautiful rest of your weekend ~ Wendy


Trunk or Treating and Trick or Treating . . .

We tried our hand at "trunk or treating" for the first time last week.  If you're not familiar with this (we weren't until recently), it was created as a safer environment for kids to trick or treat in.  People open up the trunk or back of their cars and decorate them.  Compared to other trunks, ours was pretty lame.  Lol!!  Had we known they were giving out prizes for the best trunks and that people were so competitive we would've pulled out all the stops for sure. We're hoping Megan's new elementary school participates in "trunk or treating" so we can redeem ourselves next year and,  let me tell you,  we are not above hooking up a fog machine!!  : )

We also did our more traditional trick or treating on Halloween.  Megan was kind of a bust to walk around with.  She was raring to go in the beginning.  She and her little friend Michaela walked down our street and Megan crapped out before we even got to the cul-de-sac at the end of the block.  I felt so bad for Michaela but she was a trooper and took it all in stride.  I think Megan was hungry and tired and figured she had enough candy to last her for a while and that was good enough for her.  We said our goodbyes and Megan went inside and ate a big bowl of hot soup and watched Bubble Guppies and all was right with her world once again.  : )

So now it's on to a new month and the busy season of giving.  Now it's on to a new house and a new neighborhood.  We're hoping the stress will be kept to a minimum and it will be an easy transition.  I'm ready for it.  There's a possibility that we'll be moving this weekend.  Fingers crossed.  : )

Many blessings for a beautiful Monday ~ Wendy