Readers, Welcome to my blog (formerly Birds, Blooms, Books, etc). I'm entering a new decade taking on the challenge of moving from Maryland after living there 46 years and learning about my new home here in New England in the Live Free or Die state - New Hampshire. Join me as a write this new chapter of my life.

Sunday, December 23, 2018


Merry Christmas to you and yours!

May your new year bring everything you are hoping for!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Been Busy!

Time is flying by!

Here it is December 12th.  Just 13 days until Christmas!

Decorations are up.

Cookies are baked.
Three kinds this year: peanut butter,

molasses,  and

almond shortbread.

I made double batches of each to share with our regular dining couples and to have on hand for family.

Shopping complete and gifts are wrapped.

Cards are made, addressed and most will be in the mail or hand delivered shortly.

My birthday is in 5 days and to celebrate that and Christmas, Dan and I are headed to Maryland's eastern shore for a get away for couple of nights.

Family will arrive on the 26th to celebrate through to the New Year.

Time for a respite from blogging.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Happy 100th Birthday

Today would have been my mother's 100th birthday.

She missed celebrating it by 5 years.

She is sorely missed by me, my 5 siblings, her grandchildren and her great grandchildren, some of whom never knew her.

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Buttons and Bows Tree

I got out the Christmas decorations last week and decorated the apartment for the holiday.
We have a shelf outside our door which I decorate too. 
This year I felt the urge to make something to go on that shelf so did just that.

From Michaels I purchased the tree base and a hot glue gun.  Didn't bring any of the ones I had with me when we moved.

I had a box of buttons 

and ribbon that I tied into bows.

I sorted out the buttons to use,

and glued them to the bows, and then to the tree branches.

Here's the shelf decorated.

Can't claim to have made the doll or pillow but I did make the chalkboard Joy to the World sign years ago, but not as long ago as the wreath on our door.  I made that 44 years ago!