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2014- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

I can't say I am sorry to see 2014 end. It was a most challenging year, testing me in so many ways.
No, I do not have much good to say about 2014 but I will try.

So, here are some of the good things for 2014:

a trip to the Christmas Revels at Harvard University
a sunset lighthouse cruise in New Hampshire
a visit to a sunflower field in Newbury
a few trips to the Vintage Bazaar in Salisbury
meeting Matthew Mead at Brissonte in North Reading
a couple of trips to Rockport
seeing the members of the Boston Ballet on the Swan Boats at the Public Garden
a few cat sitting jobs
some photography work- First Communion, family reunion, and 50th birthday party
discovered a new coffee shop in Concord

Some of the bad:

leaving my old job, wasted 26 months with a company that made promises they never kept.
my old car cost me quite a bit in repairs
I had to pay thousands of dollars to have the house painted - my share of the condo assessment

And the ugly:

the stress of my job and working on commis…

Christmas Eve Mini House Tour

Well honestly, no one was knocking on my blog's door to ask me to share my Holiday House Tour. After I got over my initial disappointment (I hope you know I am kidding), I decided to create my very own Chatelaine style house tour.

The bear is new. He came with a throw I purchased recently. I put the throw on the sofa and Oscar immediately made it his new home. Later I sat down on the throw to relax and my jeans got wet. Oscar had thrown up on it. And I wonder why I didn't get asked for a house tour?

The vintage ornaments came with the antique box the Teddy is sitting in. It came from an antique store Christmas open house, one of the few I attended this season.

 The kitties all have stockings with their names on them because of course my cats are so smart they can read. The prelit garland, after I had artfully arranged it, decided to only light on the left hand side. So I had to improvise with the little wire fairy lights for some illumination.


I love these little woodland an…

Here we go a caroling and the giveway winner revealed

Our friend Mary invited my sister and I to a caroling party at her home. She had invited her sister and nieces as well. We had not seen some of the girls in years so of course we said we would go.

We walked around Mary's neighborhood and the girls sang a few songs as did my sister. I took photos and Mary's husband led the way with the flashlight.

Heather is leading us in Silent Night.

While we were walking the neighborhood, a woman came out of her home with her baby. She said, "I have never in my life seen or heard Christmas carolers so I had to come out with my baby." Her baby named Lincoln will be one year old on Christmas Eve. She stayed with us for a bit.

It was quite cold so we did not stay out long. Just long enough to sing all of the 12 days of Christmas on the way back to the house.

It was so dark picture taking was not optimal. I snapped this one on the front steps.


And this one of Christina, Victoria, Heather and Amanda by the tree.


Mary made her lemon coo…

Highlight of my Christmas Season- Meeting Matthew Mead and a blog giveaway

When I read on Facebook that Matthew Mead was going to make an appearance at one of my very favorite shops in the area, I was beyond excited. Yes, it was true. Matthew Mead was at Brissonte in North Reading on Saturday. Thank you Colleen Perry, owner of Brissonte for making this happen!

I grabbed a few of my holiday blog cards and headed out. I picked up a sandwich at Swiss Bakers in Reading and ate it in the car. I could not wait to get to Brissonte.

I did meet Matthew and his lovely wife, Jenny. And they are the most fabulous people. They are warm and interesting and easy conversationalists. Sharing tips on photography and great antique stores to visit in Concord, MA. I showed them photos of my tablescapes and my sister's live event paintings. And they were interested! After speaking to me a bit Matthew knew exactly my taste!


Matthew had set up a display in the store of holiday items. Of course, he is a stylist so everything was picture perfect!


A simple branch with dangling …