Friday, December 18, 2009


I know, I know........where the heck have I been !?! Loooong story - in fact, too many stories and I'm not going there right now with one exception: someone has decided to make my blog their personal playground leaving bizarre and sometimes gross comments. My computer had a horrible virus and had to be scrubbed - I lost a lot of stored info and we are suspecting the bug came in through this commenter......or not.....the "not knowing" has made me very cautious and though I know it wasn't St. Mary's fault - I just stopped writing. blah blah blah.....
SO ! a quick update ... Christmas trees are my favorite things - the lights are the first thing on in the dark morning and the last to go out at night - I'm not even sick of the music ! LOVE LOVE love it all. I did realize however(after last year) that I would have to decorate the top of the tree from the second floor loft and then scoot it across the room to its perfect location. I learned that last year when I had to throw things at the top because my ladder wasn't tall enough.
Our first MAJOR storm came early and I never got to any outside decorations - another lesson learned......on the final nice weekend when everyone was outside hanging lights - I was planting perennials. Thinking that the gardening is REALLY done this time.
The storm shut everything down - even the University of Wisconsin closed for the first time in history. By the second day we were getting stir crazy and I had a spur-of-the-moment dinner party - people prepared what they had in their refrigerator/cupboards and we had a wonderful dinner. The buffet was on sheets of chip board on top of my unfinished kitchen island....I promise to update on that soon.
And finally - just so you don't think I've been a slug - my neighbor taught me about preserving and pickling. Pretty impressive - for me anyway. The freezer is full as well - my summer garden bounty. Life is good.


  1. So good to hear from you! I've been wondering how you are. What a great idea for a party and your tree is awesome.

  2. YEAH! you are back! missed you.
    I so want to learn to do my own canning! good for you!! look at all the beautiful jars.

    Totally sucks about the commenter and the virus. Hope all is well now.

    glad to have you back:)
    ps your tree is beautiful, i am putting mine up tonight!! yeah.

  3. Yippie...a post! Oh my, the tree is beautiful, I love love love seeing the drywall mud stripes for a backdrop...looks like my house ;)

  4. hey Girl!!! So happy to see you back...and WHAT a feast for the eyes and soul!!! Your HUGE tree is stunning! Beautiful...and just LOOK at the fruits of your pickling labors...amazing!

  5. All those jars of food! Wow, I am so impressed.

    Comment moderation is a necessity sometimes. I've had weird phases when I had to just keep deleting until the person got sick of leaving rude, negative comments. They always get sick of it eventually.

    HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!! Hey if you were St. Mary and didn't like Christmas that would be pretty weird!!

    Glad you are back.

  6. This is my first visit.
    MY word what a fantastic idea. I love it and will be your follower. Merry Christmas.
    please be my follower.

  7. Merry, merry Christmas dear Mary!
    Your tree is absolutely gorgeous! Would you happen to have any photos of you "scootin'" that big boy to the perfect location?! That sounds like a photo-op to me!!
    I'm so jealous to see all your bounty pickled and preserved!! Very immpressive! And, I want to know more about that Gorgeous sideboard!!
    Happy holidays my friend!

  8. Mary, so good to hear from you again!!!! Wonderful christmas decor!!!
    I wish you and your family a very merry chirstmas and may next year brings much blessings, happiness, good health, joy, prosperity and tons of love to you all.
    Con mucho cariño,
    Maria Cecilia

  9. So pleased that you are back, we have missed you so!
    Wishing you a very merry Christmas Mary and hope that all your dreams come true in 2010.

    You are so inspiring to me and I am so pleased that I found you and your blog.

    Leeann x

  10. Hi Mary-

    I was wondering what happened to you. I'm glad things are up and running.

    Merry Christmas my friend! Your home looks beautiful! xo

  11. I'm happy to hear life is good for you, Mary! You've been missed in the bloggyhood, dear friend. Wow, that canning is very impressive. And your tree is absolutely gorgeous. Warm wishes for a wonderful 2010. ~xx


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