Some Random Photos and Lots of Gratitude . . .

All of my chickens are home to roost for the next six weeks.  Connor arrived home, dirty laundry in tow, about an hour ago.  I hugged him a little tighter than usual.  The other night, at 2:15 in the morning, my cell phone rang.  He was calling to tell me he had been involved in a car accident.  His phone kept cutting off and all I could hear was his voice saying "Mom!!"  After what seemed like a lifetime, he texted to say he had been in an accident but he was okay.  He had decided to leave ahead of the impending snow storm where he goes to school in Plattsburgh, NY and drive to his girlfriend's college in Rhode Island to stay with her for a few days while she was finishing up her semester at school.  While on the Massachusetts Turnpike, he was driving behind an 18 wheeler who suddenly put on its brakes on a very icy road.  He was forced to swerve since he couldn't stop in time.  He spun around and hit the guardrail under an overpass.  His car was totaled but, by the Grace of God, he was uninjured.  His Guardian Angels were riding in that car with him.  Not a doubt in my mind.

Dinner plans and Christmas tree shopping tonight.  I'm looking forward to taking some photos.  I've been lacking in that department lately!!  : (

Many blessings for a happy Tuesday ~ Wendy


A New Teenager and a Belated Sunday Saying . . .

This month of December is coming and going so quickly.  I've been battling bronchitis for a couple of weeks. My cough is much better but my energy level is taking its sweet time to return.  Not exactly the best time of the year for this but slow and steady still crosses the finish line, doesn't it?  : )

 On a brighter note . . .

We have a new teenager in the house!!  Brendan turned thirteen on December 11th.  We had an early celebration at Nana's house with the cousins last weekend, complete with Sunday dinner and ice cream cake.  For his birthday dinner on the 11th, he requested  linguini with clam sauce, Texas Toast and caesar salad.  That's my boy!!  Lol!!  For dessert, he requested a chocolate layer cake with sprinkles on top. 

Tomorrow night we have our third celebration at Red Lobster.  Every year, this is his restaurant of choice for his birthday.  We don't mind.  Have you ever tried their cheesy biscuits??  YUM!!!!  Connor will be home from college tomorrow so the whole family will be together.  This makes my heart smile!!!!  : )

On a different note, last week a friend of mine posted a quote on Facebook that was an "aha moment" for me.

I wanted to post this yesterday for the Sunday Saying.  Better late than never, right?  After all, slow and steady still crosses the finish line.  : )

Many blessings for a peaceful Monday ~ Wendy


This Moment . . .

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
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Finnegan.  : )

 Many blessings for a wonderful weekend ~ Wendy


Autumn into Winter . . .

With the turn of a page, the calendar is saying winter.  Mother Nature isn't giving up autumn without a fight though.  It's in the low 50's here in New York.  Bright blue skies prevail and the couple of inches of snow that fell the day before Thanksgiving are mostly just a memory now. 

This morning I cut up my pumpkins and threw them into the yard for the wildlife to eat.  I started to take down the autumnal (I LOVE that word!!!)  bits and bobs and then I looked in my hall closet for the easy access Christmas ones.  Most are packed away upstairs until decorating goes into full swing.  Hopefully, this will be in the next couple of days while my honey is off from work. 

Just a few things on the window sills so far . . .

. . . and a strand of vintage jingle bells in the bathroom.

I'd really like to cut down our own tree this year but we wouldn't be able to do that until December 13th due to schedules around here.  I thought about giving in and visiting our favorite roadside stand again so we could have our tree up earlier until yesterday when my oldest son told me he was upset with us that we got our tree and decorated it without him last year.  Who'd a thought it?!!?  Lol!!  So now I'm torn but thinking December 13th might be okay since he won't be home from college until then.  Those of you who have older children are probably familiar with how they sometimes go thru a phase where things like decorating Christmas trees and carving pumpkins aren't at the top of their list of fun things to do anymore.  Then, just like that, it becomes fun again.  I think this has a lot to do with maturity and tradition.  I've always told the boys and now my daughter how important family and traditions are.  I love that he's coming back around with this again and I'll be sure to put aside a box of his special ornaments just for him to put on the tree. : )

I'm also vowing here to keep the next few weeks leading up to Christmas simple.  I vow to stay within my budget and to not be wrapping presents still at 1 am on Christmas Eve.  I vow to have some sense of organization for a change.  From my mouth to God's ears!!  : )

Many blessings for a wonderful Monday ~ Wendy


First Snow and Other Things . . .

While much of the northeast is in the midst of a holiday nor'easter, our part of New York has barely two inches even after it's been snowing for the last six hours. Megan saw the first snowflake of the season and couldn't wait to go outside and play.  She tried to build a snowman but there just wasn't enough snow yet. 

Brendan joined her and thought it would be funny if they threw snowballs at me while I took these photos out the dining room window.  BRATS!!!  : )

And then, just like that, she was done.

I think the allure of hot cocoa with marshmallows was just too much for her!!  : )

I wish you all a happy and healthy and safe Thanksgiving with your loved ones.  I, for one, have so much to be grateful for and hope you feel the same.  The last couple of weeks around here have been a series of beginnings and endings.  Reflection and hope.  Love and light.  I'm not the same person I was a couple of weeks ago and I am thankful for the lessons I have learned and the people who have been put into my life.  I've also had to say goodbye to a wonderful friend who passed a week and a half ago from cancer.  His words to me were so profound and the bravery he had in the face of death was a true testament to who he was.  Never, ever to be forgotten.

My friend and his daughter.

Many blessings to you ~ Wendy


This Moment . . .

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
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Our football player, Brendan!!  : )

Many blessings for a happy Friday and a beautiful weekend ~ Wendy