Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Secret Santa Soiree

Hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful time of year!!  Stressful to say the very least, but fun too!!!  Time spent with family is the best!!

So to continue with the Secret Santa Soiree!  I blogged before about all the postcards I've been getting, so yesterday I get one from Ohio!!  So could this be where my Secret Santa lives!  Still have no idea up to this point as once again, no postmark on the card, just a stamp.  So now I'm really amazed that my Santa never got a postmark on any of the cards that were sent to me.  I can't believe that she was able to accomplish this feat!!

So here is the card I got yesterday!

So during dinner I'm telling my hubby about the pallet of packages we got in at my post office yesterday!  I told him they were stacked taller than me and looked like a Christmas Tree!  He says, "like the pile that was on the porch yesterday when I got home from work?"  So I ventured into where he put them and their it was, my Secret Santa Package!  I was so excited that I ripped the package open without taking a picture of the outside.  It said it was from Kris Kringle and yes, finally, a zipcode with a +4.  I googled it immediately and found that my Secret Santa was from Toledo OH, actually I know the street where she lives!!  

So I continue to open what was a beautiful box full of goodies!!


So I immediately notice the postcards, two old-time Christmas postcards.  So beautiful and I can add those to my collection.  Next I opened this incredible looking long one with green ribbon at the ends, I'm thinking a scroll calendar, imagine my delight when I opened it and found two fat quarters of fabric!  Woo Hoo!!!

Next I notice something address to Macy Kate from the 3 Wise Cats!  Macy jumped for joy after opening her Snausages snacks.  

Then the next I see is some holiday Peppermint Patties, my favorite candy!  The box was literally filled with them on the bottom and a green tree bag full of them as well.  Oh gosh!  Opened one of those up and ate it immediately while continuing my ripping of paper frenzy!



Next was a cute little picture frame album and a beautiful cross cross-stitch ornament.  I love doing little projects like that, because I feel a sense of accomplishment when I've completed a project finally!!! :)
Then the next package was more fabric, oh my gosh, I love it, followed by another package and two spools of ribbon!  Next was two pine tree candles, so very cute.  
Then I came across this very interesting, squishy, larger package along the front of the box with a note that this came from her Grandmother's estate.  How sweet that she would give me something that had belonged to her Grandma!  I'm touched, and thought what a very special Secret Santa I have this year.  So, I open it carefully and there is a Afghan Kit to Crochet.  Such beautiful pastel colors. Her package tag also said that it was for me to add to my Retirement Chest!  Yes, something more for me to do when I retire.  I plan on keeping myself busy doing fun, creative things.  This Secret Santa really read my blog, and I'm not even a good blogger!!


Then I got to my last package, it said "Open Me Last."  Now what could this be..........I ripped it open and found a box, I open the box and inside is the most beautiful Yorkshire Terrier ornament.  The yorkie is handpainted on this ornament.  A golden ribbon is on the top.  It is green, my favorite color, the yorkie looks so much like the two yorkies I have had, Macy Kate and Dixie.  On the back it was signed, D.Theos, OK, is that my Secret Santa and she is an artist!  I still don't know and will be trying to figure this out!  I have some clues now anyway.

But, I just want to thank my Secret Santa, whomever you are, for all the wonderful presents.  I enjoyed myself opening them very much, and it couldn't have come on a better day!  I love EVERYTHING I got and I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year 2014!

Thanks again, you are the Best Secret Santa a gal could ask for!!



Saturday, November 23, 2013

Secret Santa Soiree Happenings Here!

I am participating in a Secret Santa Soiree that Coloradolady is sponsoring.  I've done it before and it's so much fun trying to figure out who has your name.  Anyway, on Thursday I get this postcard in the mail......


So it is a post card of the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia.  And since I'm a Postmaster I looked at the postmark, looks like iti was mailed from Elkins WV and also was processed through Charleston WV plant.  Hmmmmmm  my Secret Santa must be from WV.


So then to throw me a real curve ball...............I get these two post cards yesterday......


What's this?   One is from the Chattanooga Choo Choo which I'm figuring means Tennessee and the second is from the Wilson's Cheese Shoppe in Michigan..........Hmmmm  now to look at the postmarks, what NO postmarks, my fellow postalworkers have let me down!!  How can I possibly figure out who my Secret Santa is without these postmarks.  I think I need a congressional hearing as to why they didn't postmark these cards!!  Ha Ha!!!

Now is this Santa from WV, TN, or MI!!    I'm still thinking it's?  Oh never mind, I don't want her to know I will figure this out before she is revealed!!

By the way, I collect postcards and I don't have any of these, so thank you very much!!  I'm having so much fun!!!

I've been collecting goodies for my Santa partner as well!!  Still need a few more items to fill the box.  Perhaps a postcard to her will start her a thinking.........Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!  Thank you, whoever you are, for sending me the post cards and the idea to send my partner a card as well!!! 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone, we are in a lake effect snow warning.  Probably will get some inches of the white stuff tonight into tomorrow as Lake Erie is still very wet and not frozen over.  Once it freezes over, the lake effect will stop but that doesn't usually happen until January.

Wishing everyone in the states a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!!  Go Peyton!!  Beat Brady!!!  Sorry, I'm a Peyton Manning fan, Go Broncos!!!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ghosts and Goblins and Long-Legged Beasties and Things That Go Bump in the Night!!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!

I thought that I'd tell you a story about the last time I went Trick or Treating as a 13-year old.

I lived in a very small town in Western PA, where everyone knew everyone by name, what they did for a living, etc.  We walked to church in groups every Sunday morning.  All the neighbors helped one another.  That kind of town! Not many places like that today.

My cousin's lived down the road and every year I went out Trick or Treating with my one cousin, Donna.  Our town on Halloween night was awesome.  The police car and volunteers and their fire trucks were out making sure we were all safe as their were two taverns in our town.  Even the taverns gave out potato chips and pop to the trick or treaters if you dared to go in there.  The owners of the taverns lived in town and we all knew them.

The towns folk would invite the trick or treaters into their homes back then, it was OK to do this, we didn't have to worry about crazies or bad people, as we called them.  So when you were invited in you went in and they proceeded to try to guess who was under that mask or costume.  Donna and I had always been guessed because we always came together her with her straight blond hair, I in brown curly, easy guess Donna and Debbie, but if you could fool the people then they gave you two candy bars or whatever they were handing out.  We had never been that clever in our younger years to disguise ourselves so that we could not be figured out.

My cousin and I figured it was time to give up trick or treating as we were becoming teenagers and we would be much too grown up to continue with this childish tradition.

So, what would be our last trick or treating night we decided to enlist the help of her brother and friend.  They were only a year or two younger than us.  We came up with a plan to go together, all four of us, thus we already had an advantage because the folks would be looking for a twosome.  So now to come up with costumes, we figured if we borrowed the boys football uniforms, helmets and all, tucked our hair, which was always a giveaway, up into the helmet, but a stocking from our Mom's stash over our head and face  and then dressed the boys up as cheerleaders, stockings over their face, they really gave us a bad time about wearing their Mom's stocking, but when we told them that we would surely get 2 candy bars, they went along with it.   We knew we would surely fool everyone, since they guessed us individually.  So this was our plan!!

All four of us went out and each house we visited couldn't get us right, they kept guessing the cheerleaders as Donna and I and the football players as the boys, 2 candy bars, WooHoo, for each of us!!  That was 8 candy bars at one stop, we were filling our pillowcases pretty fast.

Until we got to just about the last house, an old lady, who sometimes gave us popcorn that she had popped, or apples, she lived alone.  So we knocked on the door and she invited us in, she spoke in broken English, as she was from the old country.  She looked us over pretty good, going behind us looking, looking, we were all getting nervous, what was she looking at, would she be the one to figure us out and thus end our streak of 2 bars or whatever they were giving out  per house????  Surely she couldn't guess us correctly, but she did!   We couldn't believe how this old lady got us right when everyone else was wrong.  So, we asked her, how she was able to figure us out, and are you ready for this....................................she said.............................
"Well, I do have a telephone!"  We knew that her daughter-in-law lived a few doors down, but who would think that she would call just to tell her who we were.  The old lady laughed and told us to have fun and yes, all four of us came out of her house with 2 popcorn balls each!

It was a great night and one that I'll always remember and that was 44 years ago tonight!!

Wishing you all a very HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!


Thursday, October 24, 2013

It's almost Halloween and the weather well................

I awoke this morning to snow coming down and snow covering the freshly mowed grass.  Oh my, is it that time of year already!  Don't get me wrong, I love snow, I love it mostly if I am nestled under an afghan or quilt on my living room sofa with no where to go.  I can sit at the window and watch it fall without a care, But today, nope, I have to get going to work, and worry about my mail carriers driving safely in the wet stuff and all making it back home safe and sound.

Today, though, I was following the Wicked Blog Hop over at Sew We Quilt and remembered about a small lap quilt I made for my son and daughter-in-law a couple years ago.  Here is a picture of it:

It was so much fun to use all those neat Halloween fabrics. I haven't made anything ghoulish since!  Soon my sewing area will be back together and the creations will begin again.

In case I don't get back here again before Oct 31th.  Have a very Happy Halloween!!!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Shakerwoods in Columbiana OH

What day is it???  What day is it???  It's hump day!!!  Don't you just love that Geico commercial on TV here in the US.  It makes me laugh every time I see it.

I had a fun week off last week.  Enjoyed it very much!!!  Got all my housecleaning done.  Even stained the baseboards again, I didn't realize how hard that is for an old body to do.  I felt it for two days after finishing it up.  So all in all, I had a very productive week off.

Over the weekend, a friend, Ann, and I went to Shakerwoods in Columbiana OH.  If you've never been or heard about Shakerwoods, it's this festival of crafts and it is literally in the Woods.  Amongst the trees are these craft booth houses, like those barn sheds they sell, and each one has a different crafter in them.  All sorts of crafts from woodworking, to primitives, yarn, pinecone everythings, garlands to wreaths, wood birdhouses you can reseed after the birdies that live in side the house eat their houses!!  Leather belts, hats, oh my goodness the list could go on and on.  Food booths, who has every heard of a pulled pork parfait!!  Yes, it was pulled pork with BBQ sauce layered with mashed potatoes in a parfait cup with spoon!  Did I say yummy!!  Very filling.  There was also those booths where you could have some clam chowder soup to taste brewing over an open fire, also lots of dips and sauces you could try.  No Double Dipping Please!!!  Anyway, it was an enjoyable 8 hours for us.
This picture was from 2012 - forgot the camera this year!!

Shakerwoods is also going on this coming weekend also; however, the rain could be an issue, but if you are in the area and would like something fun and different to do, head on over there.
No, I have not been paid by Shakerwoods to tell you how much fun we had!!!!  Just kidding!!

Anyway, have a great Hump Day and hopefully I'll be back here this week again to show you what I've been up to craft wise!!!

Macy says HEY!!!!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Cherry!!


I was so excited when my mail lady came the other day!!  Let me show you why....................  there was a package in my mailbox and guess what was in it...................... do you give up?   Here it is...................







Aren't they just adorable?????

I entered a contest over at Cherry's Prairie Primitives and I was the lucky winner!!  I had originally won the pumpkin and then it was lost in the mail due probably to the flooding in Colorado, so being such a sweetheart, Cherry, sent me not only a replacement Pumpkin, but sent me an added surprise for my waiting so long, a little Black Cat too!   Aren't they just adorable!!!!  Thank you so much, Cherry, it was worth the wait.  These look beautiful on my mantle.  Thanks again!!!!  I love prims!!!


Friday, September 27, 2013

Fall is Here - Check out the Lake!!

With Fall officially here, I took a few pictures of the lake that I travel across each day on my way to work.  Some days I just have to stop and take some pictures because it is so beautiful and some days so strange.  With the cooling morning temperatures and the lake still warm it creates a mist.  So here are a few pics to check out!!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.  Fall decorating is in the air for this weekend for me!!!

Lake steam!!!

This is a pull off going across the lake.  Fishermen usually fish from here.

Looking from the Ohio side over to the Pennsylvania side of the lake.  Wish I didn't have that drop of dew on the windshield.

I think I woke up all the seagulls that morning.  Sorry!!!!