Sunday, December 28, 2008

More Christmas Photos!

The table was set.

Decorations were around!

Loads & loads of presents!

And breaks inbetween watching BJP's shows.

Hugs & hugs too from Uncle!

Lots of playing w/BJP's new toys!

Aunti M teaching BJP no such nice things!

Oh ah.....

Getting the compter ready to play a game....

Watching the Choo Choo!

Ooopps, Choo Choo fell off the tracks!

At home on Christmas nite opening gifts w/ATW, BC, Mom & me.

At home on Christmas nite opening gifts w/ATW, BC, Mom & me.

Even CC(little-one) got involved w/the unwrapping of gifts!

Neptune supervised.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

2008--Merry Merry Christmas

Christmas morning @ The Stone's!!

The 2nd picture of My Family!!!!
More pictures to come!!!!

"The Kids"


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Winter Warlock!

Santa Claus Is Coming TO Town, Yet another favorite!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Eight Things


Dale at Fetching Frances (and they have already fetched her home!) tagged us to this Crazy Eights List. DH and I will complete the list together so if it looks a bit "opposites" in the same list that's us!
Read the bottom of this post as we tagged Eight Bloggy Friends!!

Eight Favorite TV Shows:
What Not to Wear (TLC);
American Idol (our DD sings and got us hooked during the first season);
Anything on Food Network (except Paula Deen's Party... she's going too far on that show!); my favorite is Barefoot Contessa; DH's is Throwdown with Bobby Flay;
Rick Steves' Europe Through the Backdoor;
NFL Football;
and MY all time FAV is any NASCAR Race!!!
Now me:Nascar, Houston Animal Cops , Little People Big World, Kate & Jon plus+ 8, 17 and counting, Dateline, Sex Change Hospital, The Hills

Eight Things I look Forward to:
Alyzabeth being FULLY potty trained;
Alyzabeth wearing her wedding pearls;
My retirement (less than five years and counting!);
First Christmas with Alyzabeth, her older brother Justin and sister Leaa plus the two grands - we're all together!!
Cousin Hilary's 50th Celebration in NH, February 2010, snow skiing and lots of winter fun!;
The Inauguration;
Economic recovery and
Living debt free.
Now Me:Getting medically better in the new year, Going to FL to see my neice AA, seeing ATW complete college, Changing careers, Being w/BJP, Swimming in the lake during the summers, Living debt free.

Eight Things on My Wish List:A GREEN World;
Living with Global Peace;
Our investments to recover (economic recovery AND growth);
Winning the Florida Lotto;
A Return Trip to China;
A Summer Vacation in Europe with all the Kids;
Live long enough to dance at AA's Wedding (we are older than dirt!);
Protection, love, health and well being for all Children around the World, living in a World with no orphans.
Now my turn: Geting a garage door opener, purchasing new appliances, Winning any lottery, Peace in the world, being involved w/a man that really cares, Getting healthy, A trip around the world, To be able to adopt.

Eight Things We Did Yesterday:Christmas Shopping;
Told AA we love her, hugged her and hugged her again;
Bathed AA in bubble bath;
Did laundry;
Spoke to on the phone: Pam, Gloria, my Mom and Carolyn;
Ate homemade chocolate sheet cake at Christa's 22nd Birthday Party (all the family was there and had a few birthday wishes for Cathy too);
Met Pam & Kenny at the park to see the lighted Christmas Trees;
Met Carolyn to get her cat, Daisey, we will babysit over the Christmas holiday while she flies home to see family in Maine.
My turn:Snow plowed, Shoveled, Played w/my blog, Made a new friend & chatting w/this person, Re-connected w/2 friends from HS, Got into the attic to try & organize, Played w/Sampson in the snow, Spent time w/ATW & BC.

Eight Favorite Restaurants:
Blue Grotto;
Moon River Pizzeria;
The Tasting Room; Tapas & Wine Bar (St. Augustine); We also like Cafe 11, Gypsy Cab and A1A all in St. Augustine;
Red's Eats (Wiscasset, Maine);
Cinque Terre (Portland, Maine);
Hickory Log BBQ (Dexter, Missouri).
My favorite places:The Great Lost Bear, The Sedgely House, Applebee's, Tortilla Flats, Margarita's, Red's Ice Cream, Harmon's Hamburgers, Ri-Ra's.

Eight Friends we are Tagging (If you have already been tagged, let me know):
Catherine's Chatter;
Born in Our Hearts;
My sister at The Maine Event;
Ladybugs and Dragonflies;
Our China Travel Bud's at Sophie's Stories;
The Rizzo's in Florida at Sunflowers and Ladybugs (Sophia Joy);
Another Florida Family at LayDFrog (I think she has done a dozen "meme" but not this one!);
The Christopher Family, When Love Takes you in, Waiting for Lynn Marie.
Tagging, I don't do that, well as of yet......

If you want to read some lists, we love how Vivian writes about daughter Kerri. Check out her blog!
If you haven't been tagged and would like to post this meme, let me know and I will link you.
Have fun!!

M & M

My Favorite Christmas Commercial

White Christmas

It's A Wonderful Life

Wonderful memories!!!


Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer

One of my all time favorite Christmas movie.

Snoopy vs The Red Barron

One of my favorite cartoons when I was growing up

Sunday, December 21, 2008

More Christmas traditions

This in one of many Christmas catus' from my Grandmother E-E. When I moved here 7 + years ago, I inherited many of these, already having some of my own. This is one of her plants.

This plant has several blossoms ready to bloom.......

I am collecting Christmas houses & these are some of them. Haven't gotten any new this year, but will afterwards w/the great after Christmas sales!

Here are more, they are scattered throughout my home. I do have a spot big enough for them all, but that would mean dismantling my bookshelves! That's a lot of work. Is that was Christmas is about? Work??

Another tradition, was these little red stocking that E-E made & then, in earlier years, would put lifesavers in them & then wrap a certain denomination of cash around it for the immediate family. In later years she would put a used pill bottle w/this money in it. She was clever. She & Papa would also wrap our gifts in different boxes that these gifts originally came in too keep us all guessing!

She also made an assortment of ornaments for her tree.

My sister in Florida, also is very crafty & clever, she too, has made several different ornaments over the years & gave some to the family.

This is my original stocking, at one point, like when I was 2 months old, this stocking was bigger than me. So in 1987, when ATW was almost 4 months old, I gave it to him.

I am trying to "grow-up" and have some pattern in my life. I am liking the colors of green/gold/brown for Christmas decorations. I have picked up a few, including these stockings.

These are a few of the new colors.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

December 21, 2006

"Ba-Hum_Bug" would be the words I would hear from my Dad, with a smile too.
Two years ago today he started his new journey & passed from my family onto his family from time past.

Here is to EWC & his heritage!!!
Dad lives on with My Mom and his three daughters.

Dad always loved Christmas. For Dad, I will continue to Love Christmas too, however, Christmas will never be the same.

I miss this famous words from him & Ba-Hum-Bug. I miss doing our stockings in the morning.
I miss the huge camera lites he would use to video us all in years past.
I miss the "you shouldn't have" when he opens your gift.
I miss him tossing the rolls from one end of the table to the other. In years past that was done by Dad & Papa, mostly @ Thanksgiving, but still remembered @ Christmas.
I miss his jokes with me.
I miss him even yelling at me to smarten up.
I miss seeing him plow. I miss seeing him clearing off a place on the frozen lake so we could skate. And then hear him curse to try & get the snowblower back up the hill.
I miss seeing him play cribbage w/my son & all the language that followed if he lost to ATW.
I miss sitting w/him & just talking about nothing or even topics that were important. I would run to him for advice about boys, cars, everything. His soft soothing laid back voice always made me feel special & I don't feel that anymore.
I know he is watching me & laughing @ Mom & I as we try to do what he did. Between things breaking down or anything that fails, I know he is teaching me to be strong & smart. But I know he is laughing too!!!!!

I miss him as a person and all that he was to others and as an individual & all he stood for.
I just miss my Dad.

My sister in Florida also mentioned these items:

What about the chocolate malt balls he would hoard? Oh my'd have to distract him to take a few....

I miss playing horseshoes in the summer; we would watch him and friends play for hours. Yes, and the words that flew like the horse shoes! haha I could never lift one up & throw it, too heavy, but Dad would be right there.

I miss the hours he would take me water skiing (I was a brat about that!). And I would be the one swimming after the dropped skies or be in the boat spotting//watching you try & go barefoot or do tricks!!!

I miss him taking me to Uncle Ormie's farm on Saturday mornings. Oh yes & the hens that would go after my bare legs & Dad would pick me up.

I remember the first time he taught me to use the push lawn mower. Hey my first time was here @ the lake & he went inside not daring to watch! I know he is still closing his eyes while I use "HIS" John Deere to now mow!

I miss the rides home; taking the scenic route! He hated stop lites, but boy I learned alot on those rides! Short-cuts too!

So many memories for a lot of people!! I love hearing about Dad!

What I do believe is that he is my shining star watching over us all.

Merry Christmas to all & to all a GOOD NITE!!!

Here is to a GREAT 2008 Christmas!


This year, as time has grown shorter, I didn't purchase a real Christmas tree. Since I have been on my own, I have always has a real Christmas tree. I love the smell & believe the smell even brings Christmas spirit out even more!With time & money short, I decided to use my small artifical tree that I use to decorate up my breezeway in-between my house & garage.
We grew up on an artifical tree & that is all good, but in my opinion, there is nothing better than a real 8 foot tree!!!!!
Once again, I have the misfit tree of the ornaments we grew up with, some newer ones, all sorts & will take some pictures to show you on my next post.....right now need to clean up my spirit!

While Sugarplums danced in their heads....

Must be nice.......

All snuggled up!
While they are all sleeping............."The Beast" was @ it again this winter!!

The Beast......still working hard for me as I beat on it!

OOooppss-see...........I thought about really using my grill over the winter, thinking of a burger on the grill, Love my burgers on the grill, however, still haven't decided what to do & if I don't decide soon, the grill may get really buried! Yet another HUGE storm coming in overnite Sunday into Monday!

My front door...........

My back door...........I am surrounded by the white evil stuff.........however once again when it is fluffy white & new, this is the only time I like it....

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

UGH w/the critters, or at lest 2 of them!

Don't let this "little one's" face fool you....

Or this one's face......

They, together, are up to no good!

They just want to be outside to play w/the birds & squirrels.

There are so many water bowls down & this is what "they" do! Poor Jr!

"Not me, remember I am the good kitty!" states Neptune



I was privileged to take a photo of 'Five Generations of Women' shortly before my 93 year-old Grandmother passed away last year. The photo, shown below, features the hands of my Grandmother, Mom, Sister, Niece and Great-Niece. While I can't take credit for the idea, I was so happy to have had the suggestion & capture this moment. It inspired a friend of mine to do something similar which turned out so beautiful and a special keepsake prior to her father's passing.

Grandma's Hands

GRANDMA'S HANDS A must read thru to the end please!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Grandma, some ninety plus years, sat feebly on the patio bench.
She didn't move, just sat with her head down staring at her hands.

When I sat down beside her she didn't acknowledge my presence and the
longer I sat I wondered if she was OK.

Finally, not really wanting to disturb her but wanting to check on her
at the same time, I asked her if she was OK. She raised her head and
looked at me and smiled. 'Yes, I'm fine, thank you for asking,' she
said in a clear voice strong.

'I didn't mean to disturb you, grandma, but you were just sitting here
staring at your hands and I wanted to make sure you were OK,' I
explained to her.

'Have you ever looked at your hands,' she asked. 'I mean really
looked at your hands?'

I slowly opened my hands and stared down at them. I turned them
over, palms up and then palms down No, I guess I had never really looked at
my hands as I tried to figure out the point she was making.

Grandma smiled and related this story:

'Stop and think for a moment about the hands you have, how they have
served you well throughout your years. These hands, though wrinkled
shriveled and weak have been the tools I have used all my life to
reach out and grab and embrace life.

'They braced and caught my fall when as a toddler I crashed upon the

They put food in my mouth and clothes on my back. As a child, my
mother taught me to fold them in prayer. They tied my shoes and pulled
on my boots. They held my husband and wiped my tears when he went off
to war.

'They have been dirty, scraped and raw , swollen and bent. They were
uneasy and clumsy when I tried to hold my newborn son. Decorated
with my wedding band they showed the world that I was married and loved someone

They wrote my letters to him and trembled and shook when I
buried my parents and spouse.

'They have held my children and grandchildren, consoled neighbors, and
shook in fists of anger when I didn't understand.

They have covered my face, combed my hair, and washed and cleansed the
rest of my body. They have been sticky and wet, bent and broken, dried
and raw. And to this day when not much of anything else of me works
real well these hands hold me up, lay me down, and again continue to
fold in prayer.

'These hands are the mark of where I've been and the ruggedness of life.

But more importantly it will be these hands that God will reach out
and take when he leads me home. And with my hands He will lift me to
His side and there I will use these hands to touch the face of

I will never look at my hands the same again. But I remember God
reached out and took my grandma's hands and led her home.

When my hands are hurt or sore or when I stroke the face of my
children and husband I think of grandma. I know she has been stroked and
caressed and held by the hands of God.

I, too, want to touch the face of God and feel His hands upon my

When you receive this, say a prayer for the person who sent it to
you, and watch God's answer to prayer work in your life. Let's continue
praying for one another.

Passing this on to anyone you consider a friend will bless you both.

Passing this on to one not yet considered a friend is something
Christ would do.

-- Author Unknown

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Look @ what we woke to on Thanksgiving morning!!!!

A thin layer of ice!! Winter wonder land is on the way.

We are all going to sharpen our skates!

Just awesome!


Can you say DINNER?? Or DINNA in Maine?

Um, he said NO!!!

This was Thanksgiving dinner!

The table all set.

The "Under The Sea Salad" 1st step, soak in warm water to loosen!

2nd step, be very gentle & flip....

3rd step, w/a little "Nana love" and more jiggling & yes, pray..........because in the last few years this mold doesn't come out, or it seems to slide off!!!

TA DA!!! And it is just as yummy as it looks!

We even "skyped" the Florida family!

Little biggin was all set!

After the Thanksgiving festivities, we then had a (belated)Birthday Celebration For GMS & CGS!!

We all then relaxed & the boys played!

Happy Happy Holiday Season!!!!