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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Our best friend....

As October draws to a close, we have been forced to deal with yet another loss to our family.  Although this loss isn't of the human kind, the loss has effected both my husband and I much harder than we could have imagined.

It started as an average Sunday morning...with a little added ciaos. With three of our grandchildren spending the night, we were busy with breakfast, creating a robot costume for Peter, and choosing pumpkins to carve later in the day.  Peter had gone outside to pick a pumpkin, and his brother Joey was standing near the door.  When Petie approached with  his chosen pumpkin, Joey kindly opened the door a bit to help him in....but, as happened so many time before, our dog, Jack, bolted out the door.  Oh, how he loved to run!  We knew that....he had bolted before, run around and eventually come back.  We were busy doing things in the kitchen with the kids, and let him stay outside.  He never was very good at coming when he was called anyway, but usually just sat around the front yard enjoying his freedom.  I was standing at the kitchen table facing the windows when I saw a truck suddenly stop and two young men jump out....then I saw our Jack, laying on the front yard, not moving.  He had been hit.   I gasped and cried, Oh my God...and my husband and I ran outside, telling the kids to please stay inside.

The rest is a blur....Chris carried our Jack inside, and Allie and I sat by him on the dining room floor.  He was injured badly on his legs, but was conscious.  He struggled to get up a few times, but I made him lay down.  We called Cornell Vet Emergency clinic, and just as our oldest son came to watch the kids, we rushed Jack down to the clinic.  We kept telling ourselves he will be okay...he will make it...but the doctor gave us the devastating news that Jack's injuries were too severe, and he only had a 50/50 chance of using his legs again, but that he also had brain trauma.  We could see he was suffering very much, so we made the only kind decision we could....we let him go.  We stayed with him until the end....and haven't stopped crying since.

I've always tried to keep priorities straight...animals are just animals....but the huge void that Jack's death has put in our lives is almost more than we can bear.  No longer is Jack waiting in the kitchen for my husband for his morning walk.  He's no longer there for his milk when I get up.  I didn't realize how much my daily routine involved Jack....our morning visits to take care of the chickens, our walks to the mailbox, how he was always in the way of my chair at my computer desk.  The way he peeked around the corner into the kitchen when I was fixing dinner, our walks back to the coop in the evening to close them up...and most of all, how he waited at the small window in the carriage room, waiting for daddy to come home, and getting so excited when he pulled in the drive after work.  Oh, the way he used to bug Chris for his nightly walk.  He was always a happy dog, rolling around on the floor, and wagging that big tail of his, while our kitten batted at him.
Jack was so good with the cats, who loved to nuzzle him...he was so good with the grandkids, who could crawl all over him, and he didn't mind.
The hurt is so raw right now....his absence is more than we can stand.  His bowl still sits there with the few crumbs he left in it.  His beloved dog house, sits empty, with the chain coiled up inside. His leash hangs on the wall..unused. 

We tried to take good care of him...but with his loss comes the thoughts of what we could have and should have done differently.  We always knew he loved to run, and hated it when he darted across the road. We should have fenced in part of the yard for him to use all his energy.  We should have given him a safe place to run and play.  He was good most of the time being free, but we knew his tendencies...why were we so blind, denying that this wouldn't happen.  We spent money and time making sure our chickens were safe....why were we so blind to the necessity to do so for Jack, who was so much more to us than the chickens.
Why were we intolerant of him at times, when he was so energetic....if he could have safely used his energy, maybe he wouldn't have wanted to bolt out the door.  Why didn't we take him for longer walks...because we were too busy?  Because we were too tired?  At 10 years old, he still had so much energy and joy in him...why didn't we appreciate it more.
Oh, don't get me wrong, we loved this dog....he was well cared for and we tried to keep him safe...we just could have done better....the regrets we feel now, are, in a way, lessons to be learned.

Don't take things for granted, as you NEVER know when they will be taken from you.

Take joy in all the little things in life... a quick walk to the mailbox, a little treat, your loved ones walking in the door, or even the joy of waking in the morning to another day. 

Do your best to take care of the things you love...nurture, protect and guide. 

We get so caught up in the daily duties and demands of life, that we rarely take the time to truly appreciate this life that Our Lord has blessed us with.  These lessons are so very important, and we are so devastated that it took the loss of our best friend, Jack, to make us see more clearly.

Hugs your loved ones today, furry or human.
Give them your attention and kindness.
So that when you do have to part, the hurt may not be full of 'should haves' but full of  "I'm glad I dids."..

Rest in Peace Jack Jack
Oh how we miss you.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

One quick annoucement and more goodies to come.

Hello blogging friends.

I've been very busy with orders the last couple of months, which is why I haven't posted.  We also had company for most of September, so life has been very hectic.

I wanted to let you know that all of the remaining Halloween items in my Etsy shop are now 20% off....readying my shop to make room for Winter and Christmas goodies...which will be coming soon!

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Life in our Small corner of the world....

The last time I wrote to you all was on June 12.  Among other things, I told you of the death of my Mother in Law in late May....little did I know then that just a few days after my post, my own sweet Mother would make her journey to her final resting place.

After a couple of falls in the mid and late winter months, our family decided, along with Mom, that she needed more supervised care than my dear Father or other family members, could provide.  After all, he was getting older too, and physically unable to handle the care.  We reluctantly placed Mom in a nursing home near our home, so that Dad could visit regularly. The hope was that she would get stronger, and I could care for her at our home.  No one is really certain what happened, but Mom slowly declined.  Tests showed nothing abnormal going on...but still...she became weaker, more sleepy, and finally, at the end, unresponsive.  We had all visited at once, just two weeks before.  She loved seeing the 5 great grand kiddos, and visiting with the family.  The next week when I came to visit (my hometown is an hour from our home), Mom was visible weaker, and sleepy, but we still had a nice visit.  The next time I came, just a few days later, I wasn't even able to talk with her.  She was in bed and nothing my Dad or I could do would wake her.  Then, we received the call on Father's Day, that she was very poor.  We rushed up to the hospital, and she was having extreme difficulties breathing, and early the next morning, on June 18th, my sweet Mother passed away.

To loose both our mothers so close together, was such a shock to my husband and I.  We are still trying to deal with the losses...not being able to speak to her is so hard.  I never really got to say goodbye...

I worry about my Dad....the first few weeks were very hard on him, but he seems to slowly be adjusting to life without Mom.  It's shocking to think that he is the last of the 'older' generation.....the last of our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles alive.  I pray for his health and welfare, for I cannot fathom losing him...


I hate sad posts, but the reality is that sometimes sadness does occur.  This Summer had not been kind, but we try to concentrate on the wonderful things in life.

The warmth of the sun on these Summer days..

The bounty of produce appearing in the garden...

The beauty of the flowers...

The song of the birds.

The smiles of our sweet grandchildren...

The relaxation of a cool drink on the front porch...

A casual cruise on the pontoon boat around the lake...

The gifts of health and happiness we seem to treasure so much.

RIP Dear Mom


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Spring and Early Summer Musings...

Good morning dear friends.
Yes, it has been awhile since I posted, but Spring is such a busy time of year.  
There are new chicks to tend to; gardens to till and plant; mulch for the flower gardens, and the lawn..oh my...it never stops growing in the Spring.

But a busy life is a happy life.  Sometimes, sadness comes our way though.  My Mother-in-Law, Evelyn, took a fall before Mother's Day, and sadly, her injuries made her too weak to continue on.  She passed away at 93 years young...active until the last.  My own Mom isn't well, and we had to place her into a nursing facility, as it just wasn't possible for us to care for her any more.  Time marches on, and life sometimes throws us a curve, but God always seems to give us the strength we need to go on.

And really, as Spring has Sprung, we are reminded of the many blessings we have as well.
For us, our biggest joy is our 5 grandchildren.  What a wonderful blessing they are.


Allie and I are doing a quilt together for her bed....this is her latest block.

Allie and Elena

Sweet Peter

Peter & Joey
Baby Todd
I've spent the early part of this year working on a couple of wool applique quilts.  One of them is a big project from Primitive Gatherings.  Here are the blocks I have completed so far.  I am part of a FB page working on this quilt together....Six more months to go!

I am hoping to make another post soon, showing you around our 1830 home and our yard.  In the meantime, it's back to working on orders and mowing...lol.

Have a blessed day!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

My Spring Swap from Amy!

Hello all!

Hope you are having a great day.
I'd love to show you the swap goodies I received from Amy.  She was my partner for the recent Spring swap she held on her blog, Bumblebee Lane Cottage.

Amy sent me a lovely woolie star, a cute bunny, who is now sitting on my mantel with my other spring bunnies.  She sent me some yummy smelling soap...well...I assume it smells really good, but I've had a bad cold all week and my smeller is out of order!  She also sent along some cute bug candies - they are adorable...never seen anything like them...and some wax melt beads.   But the piece I like the most is this adorable mouse pin cushion!

Isn't this simply adorable!  I love the added touch that the doily makes.  I'm so in love with this guy!


I'm so glad we've been blogging friends all these years.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Fat Free Lemon Cookies

Ooh...the cool and refreshing taste of lemon.  Everyone loves it and now, you can enjoy it without guilt! 

The hubby and I, like so many these days, are trying to adjust our eating habits to be more fit and lose some weight.  That means giving up on such yummy foods as cookies...right?  Not when you try out these yummy fat free Lemon Cookies!

I was browsing the internet for some new ideas for sweet treats, without all the butter in most cookies and baked goods, and these seemed to fit the bill.  So I wrote down the recipe, adjusted it a bit to add more lemony goodness, and gave them a try.  Besides, I had some huge lemons I purchased the day before that were calling to me to make them into something scrumptious.

I hope you will give them a try too. They are a quick and easy recipe.  Great with tea or a glass of ice cold milk.  Yummmm

 Fat Free Lemon Cookies

2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 T fresh lemon zest
3-4 T fresh lemon juice
1 t vanilla
1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 t baking powder


3/4 c confectioners sugar
3-4 T fresh lemon juice 

Beat the eggs until light and frothy.
Next add the sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla.
Beat til blended.
Add the flour and baking powder, blending well and scraping the sides of the bowl.
Grease your cookie sheet or use parchment paper.  I love to use parchment paper for all of my cookies.
Drop by tablespoons onto your baking sheet.
Bake for 8-12 minutes at 325 degrees.
Let cool for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
Once completely cool, mix up your glaze. Take a scant teaspoon of the glaze and place it on top of each cookie.  Spread it around with the back of your spoon, then return to cooling rack to set.

Now it's time to dig in and enjoy the sweet and tangy flavor!

I hope you enjoy this recipe.

I  love my new Pioneer Woman covered cake plate.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Spring...where are you?

Good afternoon dear friends. 
I'm sorry for taking so long to post again...you know how life gets in the way....

I hope you had a lovely Easter and that Spring has sprung where you live.  We continue to be cool with occasional snow showers and below normal temps...so much for global warming...it ain't happening here in the Finger Lakes of NYS.  Since I can't be working in the gardens outside, I have been quilting, and occasionally creating items for my Etsy shop. 

This past Christmas, our son and DIL, Drew and Maria, gave me the pattern for A Primitive Garden Quilt, which I have long admired.  It's a huge undertaking, with hand-stitched wool applique designs on each block...all of varying sizes.  Here is a stock photo of the quilt, followed by the blocks I have done so far.  I'm having a ton of fun creating them, and will go back to add a few embellishments here and there as time allows.  I'd love to add some bugs and other critters.

I'm changing up some of the birds for interest.... in Block #4 instead of two crows, I added a Baltimore Oriole and a hummingbird.  I'm working on a chickadee for Block #6, which I am stitching now.  I'll be sure to share my progress with you as I complete the blocks.

If you are interested in sewing along with me, and other gals, head over over the Primitive Garden Facebook page..we'd love to have you stitch with us.  I'm co-administrator of the group, so pop on over and check it out...if only for the inspiration!  

Have a beautiful day!

Block #1

Block #2

Block #3

Block #4

Block #5

For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.
Solomon 2:11-12

Monday, March 12, 2018

Spring Swap!!!

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to let you know that Amy of Bumble Bee Lane Cottage is BACK!  She's planned a Spring Swap....we all love her swaps.....so hurry on over today to join in the fun.  Sign ups end on March 17th!!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Putting away Christmas......

In our 1830 home, I have two large trees (and about 20 small ones in varying sizes) that I decorate each Christmas time.  One I decorate with all of the ornaments our family has acquired over the years and that tree is always in our family room.  My other tree resides in the dining room, and it is also very special, as it contains ornaments from my blogging friends.  It wasn't that long ago when there were plenty of swaps going on in my blogging world.  I always looked forward to the Christmas ornament swaps.  Each one was oh so special.  Over the years, I accumulated quite a few....and as I was removing them from the tree this morning, I had a time to reflect on some of the awesome people I met through blogging.  There was the snowman in a stocking from Theresa, the raggedy from Cyndy, a star from Amy, and oh so many more wonderful handmade ornaments.  There were some that I created as a result of the Twelve Days of Christmas events I hosted.
These were bittersweet memories, for so many blogs have been neglected in the last couple years.  I will always look fondly on those blogging swaps...who knows, maybe some year there will be a resurgence. 
Thank you blogging friends for all the wonderful memories!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Happy Birthday Peter

It's seems like only yesterday....but it was 5 years ago that our first grandchild,
Peter Francis
 was born.

He has brought such joy to us!
He loves tractors, robots, Grammy's pantry full of goodies, steak, chicken, spaghetti, cookies, cake and ice cream.  He is so interested in how things work and loves to be outside.  He loves to swing, ride Grandpa's tractor and have sleep overs.

dear Peter!

We love you so much.

The Three Musketeers! Peter, Joey & Todd

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