Friday, December 8, 2017

Balls, Baubles, Lights . . .

plus snow is falling too . . .
with another “clipper system” on the way . . .

A bit of magic happens with the first snowfall of the season . . . .

The tree you see is a favorite saved tree from the late nineties . . .
The needles fell off, I added lights, store it in the garden house . . .
Once the snow falls, out comes the tree to light the way to the garden house.

The birds have returned and are enjoying our new feeding station . . .

Boxwood and sleds greet family, friends at our front door . . .

We enjoy fresh greens throughout our home . . .
Candle light, freshly cut holly, pine cones, saved cards, treasured ornaments
find places on our tree and in various corners around our home . . .

I have enjoyed painting with water color this past year . . .
A few weeks ago I painted some cards and book marks . . .
I placed the painted cards, book marks inside a large book, to press them flat . . .
I laughed at myself when I went to retrieve the paintings.
They are inside the large book under the nativity . . .
Silly me . . . guess they will save until next year.

Loved finding this seven dollar white, light pink poinsetta at our nearby big box grocery/goods store.
It’s the little things that tickle my fancy . . .
Happy December Days my friends . . .
Love ~

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Let Me Introduce You To . . .

Leonard Peacock
my cousin, someone I admire, respect, look up to.
He is the real deal, authentic to the core.

Len recently clebrated his 90th birthday . . .
He was married to his Ruth for 50 years . . .
Very sad, heartbroken . . . when she died shortly after their 50 year anniversary celebration.
Len and Ruth raised four wonderful children . . . June, David, Pam, Karen . . .
Len is proud of his children, grandchildren and loves them with his whole heart, his time, his energy.

My first memory of Len was when I was a young girl and he was visiting our home in Wisconsin.
I remember vividly how excited he was to delve into the bacon my mom was cooking for breakfast.
It was then I learned Len was unable to hear but I could talk with him by writing notes back and forth.
I remember his HUGE happy laugh and his loving spirit on that visit to our home back in the forties.
Len reminds me of my dad and looks like him too . . .

Len learned from life . . . from his mother, family, teachers and many more.
My dad was one positve imprint into his life . . .
Even more so when Len was young and his dad died suddenly in a drowning accident. .

Len attended schools for hearing loss, deaf from a young age.
He went to college at Gallaudet University in Washington DC and graduated with a Bachelor Science.
Len received his Masters Degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Len taught at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf, Delavan, Wisconsin, for 35 years.

Writing notes is what he does to communicate, with people who do not sign . . . like me,
but signing is the way of most of his communication.
Being with Len and his family . . . you’ll see their hands, fingers fly in communcation . . .
Hearing loss skipped a generation and reappeared with some of the grandchildren.
Connection and communication is key for us all.
Isn’t it wonderful that Sign Language became possible . . .

Len is very athletic, played basketball and football.
He also coached both sports for a bit through the years.
Len walks every day and every morning has a routine of doing sit ups, push ups and stretches.
Golf is a favorite and weather permitting, he golfs at least 3 times a week.

Mister Irish and I enjoyed having Len visit us here in Michigan a few years ago.
I couldn’t figure out the noises i would hear early each morning . . .
i inquired . . . pushups, sit ups, stretches . . .
Handsome and fit I tell you!!!

He was a boy scout and an eagle scout.
He received his silver bever for his years of service as a scout master.

Ninety years he is . . .
His family planned a surprise birthday gathering for him a few days after Thanksgiving.
Len’s daughter Pam shared this note . . .

“Yes, he was very surprised! We got him good. He also made us work for it.... we found out on Thanksgiving day that he had plans to go to a party in Milwaukee on Saturday night. You should have seen the look on Karen's and June's faces when he told us. We just laughed that a 90 year old has a bigger social life then the rest of us. We managed to guilt him to staying and having dinner with his grand kids.”

Hugs and Love ~
Cousin Lynne

Photos provided by Len’s daughter Pam . . .

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Getting To Know Me . . .

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Getting to know me, getting to know all about me . . .
Hello, I decided to play along . . .
Eileen of, viewing nature with eileen.blogspot, tempted me, so here I am participating.

You can copy the questions and fill in your answers if you want to play along.

1. What is your middle name?
Annelly, my parents saw the name on a soap box testimonial . . . and it became my middle name.

2. What was your favorite subject in school?
Sociallizing . . . and sometimes Geography.

3. What is your favorite drink?
I love water . . . mostly cold, but a cup of hot water is perfect too.
I do like a glass of Pinot Grigio and occasionally, a Cosmopolitan . . . if it is made correctly.

4. What is your favorite song at the moment?
I like all different kinds of music, depends on my mood . . .
Yesterday I listened to Christmas Carols . . . Silent Night, O Holy Night . . . and wrote my first holiday post.

5. What is your favorite food?
Roasted vegetables ranks right up at the top. Most soups. A Poppy Seed salad I make! Love it!
(I share recipes!)

6. What is the last thing you bought?
A mega squirrel proof bird feeder . . .

7. Favorite book of all time?
MANY . . . The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Sarah’s Key, Gabrielle Series, Daniel Silva

8. Favorite color?

9. Do you have any pets?
Our precious, adorable Snickers, 12 1/2 yrs, a Shitzu, Yorkshire Terrier toy mix.

10. Favorite perfume?
Jo Malone Creame, no perfume . . .
Once you decide on your fragrance with Jo Malone, I doubt you’ll ever use anything else.

11. Favorite holiday?
Christmas . . . memories and treasures I have collected through the years.

12. Are you married?
20 years with my Mister Irish. 19 years with my late husband Gary.

13. Have you ever been out of the country? How many times?
Ireland, 3 times, England, Scotland, Italy, Carribean Cruise, Toronto, Bicycle trip, Alberta Canada area . . .
Can you find us . . . Sheepshead, Ireland, overlooking the Atlantic . . .

14. Do you speak any other language?

15. How many siblings do you have?
1 brother

16. What is your favorite shop?
Not much of a “go to” shopper . . . mostly on line.

17. Favorite restaurant?
Local, Hobo’s Tavern . . . Blackened Salmon

18. When was the last time your cried?
A few weeks ago, after eight weeks of being ill . . .
Feeling healthy is everything!

19. Favorite blog?
Way too many, to name just one.

20. Favorite movie?
Out of Africa

21. Favorite TV show?.
It’s a mix right now, HGTV . . . of late, the Food Network Shows. Morning Joe . . .

22. PC or Mac?
PC and iPad which I use almost totally.

23. What phone do you have?
Iphone 8

24. How tall are you?
5.5 . . . from 5.8

25. Can you cook?
YES, love to cook. Baking . . . I usually fail . . . but I keep trying! Following the recipe is key!
Chicken Spaghetti (below), Chalupa, Lasaqna to name a few favorites.

Something different . . . and fun . . . no rules
Copy the questions into your post, write in your answers, add some pictures!

Much more fun then struggling with leaves . . .

Love ~