15 Days

December is flying by. Are you ready? 15 more days to shop, write, bake, and plan. πŸŽ„

My last project was finishing a panel wall hanging. Who knew I’d be working on it multiple weeks, but it’s done, hanging on the wall, and I still like it.

I wrote some cards. The number gets smaller each year for a variety of reasons. Some kind of depressing, but I won’t go there.

Do you keep special cards? I do. I added to my stash this week when I received one from a friend who does embroidery and wool work and can put those skills to work on creating Christmas greeting cards. Who knew?

Last week I went to a design class on making holiday arrangements. It was not only interesting, but I learned quite a lot. Bringing fresh greens in is always a good thing and learning how to do something besides just plop them in a vase is an even better thing.

Those of us in a certain age bracket also finished up Medicare enrollment this past week. Can I hear a big ‘hallelujah’? My brain needs a rest from thinking so hard.

13″ of snow + rain = a potential problem in NH. So, I grabbed the snow rake and pulled the snow down off the overhang over our door. It’s an interesting process handling a rake that extends 17′, pulling ice and snow down right towards you, and then getting to shovel said snow off the ground, but your roof doesn’t cave in.

We had a great breakfast out last Thursday while doing errands. We’d never seen the restaurant, and it was what one might refer to as a hidden gem because we had difficulty finding the entrance.

The Urban Farmhouse Eatery in North Hampton, NH, serves a great Maple Walnut French Toast. Just don’t make the mistake we did of ordering a side order of eggs and bacon because the portion was huge. The leftovers heated up just fine though.

It’s going to hit almost 60Β°F here today and then drop like a rock. I see ice in my future. πŸ₯Ά

Take care, stay safe and warm, and enjoy the week.

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72 Responses to 15 Days

  1. Murphy's Law says:

    Judy, your quilted wall hanging just takes my breath away! Beautiful
    doesn’t come close to describing it. What a treasure.

    Breakfast looks amazing. I see future trips for you to this restaurant!

    I used to use a roof rake. Might, in part, explain my bad back! Not easy working with your arms extended up and pulling down snow/ice. But why is it, when you shovel that same snow from where it fell, it now weighs 4x as much? Lol.

    Hope the weather is kind to your area and you have some relaxing days between now and Christmas.
    Ginger

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    • Using that roof rake is just kind of unreal. Let’s face it, just getting that thing out of the barn and not taking out a light is an accomplishment. πŸ™‚ Yes, you’ve shoveled the driveway and then you pull the snow down, and get to shovel again. You do have to chuckle at it in between back spasms. πŸ™‚

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  2. Claudette says:

    Love your wall hanging. Red trucks are every where. I hope to do something with some felt.

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  3. Dan Antion says:

    I do like that wall hanging. Cheers to red trucks! Raking snow off the roof is one of the craziest things we do. It’s necessary, but it’s hard to move out of the way of the avalanche you inevitably start. Be safe in the ice. I’m hoping the ground wasn’t frozen hard enough, and the melt water seeps in before the temps take a dive.

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    • I think explaining roof raking should appear in one of your Saturday conversations maybe with Skippy because I just know he lives in an apartment and is focused on video games not the weather. πŸ™‚ I went out this morning for about an hour with a long scraper and pushed and pried up all the ice and then shoveled it off the drive. We’re back to asphalt until the next storm. πŸ™‚ We New Englanders are hearty folks.

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      • Dan Antion says:

        The whole purpose of the roof extension that created Maddie’s porch, was to allow me to rake the roof far enough into the yard so I could move it with the snow blower.

        I had to go out and buy shear-pins for my snow blower. I broke the last one during that last storm. We’re ready if we get snow tonight.

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  4. Lovely wall hanging but yikes! Fifteen days until Christmas. Something tells me I’m not going to get all the cleaning done. Never mind! As long as the wrapping is done and we have a few goodies, we’ll be fine. Ho, ho, ho! My favorite time of year. And oh that French toast looks mouth watering.

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  5. You may be further ahead than I am!!! Here’s hoping all gets done, and you have time to enjoy family and friends.

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  6. Nancy says:

    Your wall hanging is gorgeous! I love old trucks and have a collage wall, in my office, full of the old trucks I have come across!

    15 days! Bring β€˜em on!

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    • I’m not worried about you, that’s for sure. I ‘know’ your house is decorated to the point of qualifying for Better Homes and Gardens. You always give me a good idea about something so thank you. πŸ™‚

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      • Nancy says:

        How nice of you to say sugar pie! You just made my day.

        Right now I have a house full of guests and a dog ( who is the sweetest dog ever!) So nothing is being photographed at the moment. But the family fellowship is outstanding!

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  7. The wall hanging is terrific! I skipped the cards last year, but “maybe” this year I will send some. I did a lot of stamping and embellishing 2 years ago and sent handmade cards, and felt like I might not “live up” to the expectations if I send a ready made store bought card last year ….Running out of time!

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  8. Your wall hanging is beautiful! I quit sending cards a few years ago except to a few special people. I’m just not getting over having guests for Thanksgiving and Christmas is sneaking up on me fast. Our tree and outside decorations are up!

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    • Cards I think are enjoyed by Boomers so I send to friends and relatives that fall around that category. The younger folks just aren’t into it so I stopped wasting time and expense. Tree and decorations are up – that’s a large piece of it. Enjoy the time between now and Christmas, and if you have guests maybe one will want to cook while they’re there. We can hope, right? πŸ™‚

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  9. Joyce says:

    Your red truck wall hanging is just so New England charming! When a blanket of snow covers everything with such beauty it’s almost worth the trouble it often creates for us. I like seeing it out the back windows, fluffed up on branches while squirrels dart all over on their way to our feeding station! Just glad we have so few places to go as retirees!
    I get kind of weary addressing the few Christmas cards we send. Direct communication is so much easier these days, but a few special people – an elderly friend, and a family out of town – need to be remembered. I still think fondly of childhood days when cards were taped to our living room walls in the shape of a tree and the archway into the dining room held the overflow. There were often two postal deliveries each day around Christmas. Some of them, from my dad’s army buddies, for example, brought joy and excitement to my parents. I was fascinated that one of them faithfully came from California!
    I hope the weird temp swings don’t bring ice your way. That’s even more treacherous than heavy snow on your roof!

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    • Thank you for the memory of the cards because it gave me goosebumps just thinking about it. I remember taping them to the doorways, both sides, and just appreciating each and every one. I could hardly wait for the mailman to arrive, but it is one of those things that has just gone by the wayside with the continual increase in technology. A person can go on Facebook, Twitter, or wherever, say Merry Christmas and they hit all of their ‘friends’ with one sentence. I hope Santa arrives with several sacks of goodies for all those good little boys and girls who visit your house. Enjoy your full house and all the squeals of laughter. πŸ™‚

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  10. Oddment says:

    As always, I am totally blown away by your needlework — it is beautiful! There is no way this year I’m going to be ready, but I’m chugging along. As for cards, some are essential: yesterday I got my Christmas letter from my second-grade teacher, also my music teacher all eight years of grade school. In her 90s now and in failing health, but always a Christmas card. Up to recently we emailed. Imagine that! And that’s why Christmas cards! Maybe that’s why Christmas. And, yes, I do keep special cards. Downsizing only goes so far!

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    • I LOVE that you got correspondence from your teacher. That is a hoot and a wonder. Yes, there are certain folks that just need a card and some years I’ve sent New Year’s cards. I guess I need to use all that cursive writing I practiced for so many years in Catholic school. πŸ™‚

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  11. I guess I ‘d better get going!!!

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  12. Lovely work with your sewing as usual, Judy. I don’t envy you having to clear all that snow and ice. With temperatures in the high 30s C here there’s no chance of that being one of my December tasks. 😎🌞

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  13. Love the wall hanging. Snow and rain? Yuk!! I hope it’s much less terrible than you anticipate. Thankfully I don’t have to do Medicare enrollment yet, as my husband is still employed with insurance, an enormous blessing! Christmas? All the decorations except for the tree are done. When our younger daughter arrives this weekend, she and my husband will do that. After doing all the other decorating, I’m always glad to let them do the tree. πŸ™‚ I do card for people at church and I hope to get back to doing a Christmas letter this year after too many years off for everyone else.

    I love Christmas!! (Your greenery sounds great.)

    janet

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  14. Eliza Waters says:

    I like your header photo and matching background!
    Your hanging turned out well … so festive and nostalgic.
    Hopefully, the yoyo weather didn’t flood you out. They made it sound like we were going to get a deluge, but it wasn’t too bad. Our high was only 47. A lot of snow melted, so we’ll end up with about 3″ of crust when it freezes tonight. Yaktrax on the boots tomorrow!

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  15. Eilene Lyon says:

    I just love the old trucks on your wallhanging. It’s so nostalgic! I’d love to see what you did with the greens. I don’t seem to do much decorating for the holidays since it’s just the two of us.

    No snow to speak of yet at the house, but when it piles up we use the roof rake, too. Or rather, HE uses the roof rake and I shovel the mounds of concrete off the deck.😬

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  16. I really like that wall hanging, it’s very beautiful.

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  17. It sneaks up on you. We take it in small bites. Lovely post.

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  18. As hard as I tried, I could not get my 71 year-old sister to review her Medicare plan to insure all doctors remained in plan, meds were covered, etc. “It’s fine, no worries!,” she moaned out of laziness. I hope she’s right. Good on you for taking the time to do that.

    We had a crazy day of 85 degree temperatures down here yesterday, but today it’s a 20 degree cool down, followed by more tomorrow. Except for the snow, thankfully, it does eventually float its way down here in some way. – Marty

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    • I could sit and chat with her, and we’d probably come up with the same adjectives to describe the process. They start by telling you to ‘just’ look on line. Okay, but, hey, there’s well over a dozen plans there. One has one thing, one has another – it truly gives you a headache. It reminds me of that old saying ‘about the devil you know.’ Here’s hoping we both got it right enough to survive the year. πŸ™‚ Twenty degree swings is crazy, and it seems to be the new norm. The plants must think everything has gone nuts. Oh, wait a minute, it has. πŸ™‚

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  19. Joanne Sisco says:

    I love your wall hanging, Judy! As usual, it sounds like you have been very busy. I’m happy to say my Christmas decorations are finally up and I like what I’ve done this year. It’s interesting how the same things arranged differently can give an entirely different look.

    I’ve wanted to take a course on making arrangements for a long time but I’ve never gotten around to it. As the dark days of winter settle in, my desire for fresh plants around me grows. Maybe next year will be the year!!

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    • It is interesting how moving things around changes the entire feel. I have a tree topper that my grandparents gave me when I was about five. I think we can safely say it is an ‘antique.’ πŸ™‚ This year, I put it on a picture frame stand. It’s a hoot – anyone else wouldn’t have a clue it’s a tree topper. πŸ™‚ The #1 tip I went away with was to pick the vase you want, and then use florist tape or any type of tape to make a grid across the top of the container. That way, you can insert a stem in the square, and they stand up straight. Then some nice draping branches like pine will hang over the tape, and no one will ever know.

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      • Joanne Sisco says:

        I’ve heard about this tip before but I’ve never acquired any florist tape. Maybe the trick is to have it on hand so that when inspiration strikes, the necessary materials are there!

        Interesting what you said about the tree topper. This year I had the opposite. I’ve had a large star wall decoration for years and this year I decided to put it on top of the tree. Seeing it on the tree this year, it looks like such an obvious choice, it makes me wonder why it took me so long to do this!

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  20. Judy, your quilted wall hanging is so pretty! I love that little red truck with a Christmas tree theme. I’ve brought a little of it into my decor this year.

    Breakfast looks so good! I should have eaten before reading this. I think I’ll have a slice of Panettone with my morning tea!

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  21. germac4 says:

    We are travelling in New Zealand at the moment, but I always enjoy your newsy blog posts. Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous! I do keep a pile if special cards too.. always useful.

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  22. Your wall panel is absolutely superb. I’m not surprised that you like it. πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ»

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  23. Hi Judy, 13″ of snow sounds daunting, but beautiful. I would love to see more photos – hint, hint! The wall hanging is beautiful and the red truck looks just like one that we saw parked on a street in Nantucket. It was all decked out and perfectly symbolizes a NE Christmas for me. I finished decorating the house and used the bottom branches that we cut from the Christmas tree to make a few arrangements around the house and add the scent of evergreen to each room. I still send cards, but not many. Just out of town friends and family. I make photo cards on Shutterfly and include a few photos that represent our year. I love the busyness and festiveness of this time of year and it seems you do as well. Wishing you an ice-free week filled with only fun stuff on your calendar.

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  24. Annie says:

    If I had come across your wall hanging in a store, it would now be hanging on my wall right now. Sigh… I do have a thing about Christmas trees and trucks. Hope your holiday is a good one, then beat the next snowstorms as you join the snowbirds to warmer climes.

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  25. I hope you’ve cleaned up the snow and beginning to enjoy the run into the real holidays. Happy everything you celebrate and have a great December.

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  26. Ooh, that French toast. And what’s a snow rake? Should I have one?

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  27. joey says:

    I am :O at the snow raking roof bit. Not had that. May I never.
    That French toast sounds and looks good. The quality of maple in your neck of the maple woods…
    Your wall=hanging looks even better tho! I love the red pickup.
    It was reasonably warm here today, high 40s and sunny. Quite nice. I love that I’m not going anywhere and don’t have to worry about tomorrow’s weather πŸ˜€ Cards tomorrow.

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    • We had rain here all day so now instead of snow we have mud. πŸ™‚ Cards – I do love cards, but I know they are mostly for the older set. Enjoy your holidays with that wonderful family of yours.

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      • joey says:

        Thank you!
        I read earlier tonight, a post wherein only “old people” have address books. I cannot fathom not having an address book. Or not writing cards. BUT I know young people who write cards. I’ll have to inquire where they keep addresses.

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  28. The wall hanging is beautiful, Judy. You are such a talented person. Sorry about the falling temperature. I feel your pain!

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  29. Karen says:

    It sounds like you have had winter, fall and the spring mud season all within a week’s time. Love your wall hanging, I had a red truck with a Christmas tree in the back that I used to put under our tree along with teddy bears and dolls. How I miss Market Basket and their large supply of fresh greens and wreaths that would supplement what I cut from around our New Hampshire orchard. As you can see, I miss New England but not the snow. The year we had to have the entire roof shoveled twice is what made us decide to move to Florida.

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  30. Rose says:

    I love that Christmas panel…I love old trucks. Your breakfast sounds delcious.

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  31. mitzybricker says:

    I do keep special cards. Yours sound very lovely! Taking wreath making classes is great fun. I made a kissing ball and center table piece this year. Love those fresh greens. Stay warm!

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