Archive for November, 2008

Blessed.

Posted in Uncategorized on November 29, 2008 by Hitty Jean

This is a nice time of year.  Thanksgiving's hullabulloo is over and the Christmas decorations can come out.  The girls are just starting to get excited, and plans for baking, gift-giving and other fun Christmas-oriented activities are being made.  I should backstep to Thanksgiving, though.  We have it here every year and I complain heartily.  I admit, I'm terrible about it.  With Fanny~Mae dying so soon before the holiday, I was even more horrid this year.  Then, this happened:

Morning dishes...drying 

Actually, above is a photo from this morning, but it sums up the situation – our dishwasher broke.  Right before Thanksgiving.  Which almost put me over the edge.   Almost.  Until I read the news (sigh…is it ever good?) and realized how truly blessed we are.  So, I quit my complaining (mostly) and got down to business.  I had willing helpers, too:

Potato Smashers 

Dassa wore her Pilgrim bonnet for two days straight.  So adorable.
Thanksgiving dinner was *almost* perfect.  I had insisted to Dan that the meal be simple.  Not a million side dishes and three trillion pies.  We agree it was the best ever.  How does that happen, when your heart is full of sadness and despair, and you are fighting something the whole way (Thanksgiving in this case), that it turns out to be one of the nicest things to happen?  Everyone enjoyed themselves, myself included. 

That was an inferno of a Birthday Cake! 

Pépé and Lindsey blew out the candles on the birthday cake – that's Mémé looking on.  She looks so happy in this picture.  (We had skipped our usual Autumn get-together, so we had lots of birthdays to celebrate!)  Below is the aftermath, just before dessert:

Thanksgiving 2008 

Yesterday we visited with Pawbee and Boppa.  Today is a home day, for sure.  Plenty of laundry to catch up with.  The girls are busy with a pad of tracing paper and a pile of books:

My little artistes 

I've got the Manger set up and the shepherds are awaiting their miracle.  Mary and Joseph were found upstairs this morning…slowly making their way to the stable.  It's a fun game, and Dassa enjoys searching for them each day.

Ostheimer Nativity 

This is a sweet moment in time.  Three girls, not at all grown up, filling the house with life.  An extended family that lives close by.  A warm and safe home.  We are lucky.

 

I should be baking, not blogging!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 26, 2008 by Hitty Jean

The weather was perfect for gathering greens this morning:

Gathering of the Greens

I've been doing it for several years now.  We have a nice variety in our yard, and I really like the simplicity of unadorned greens in my planters:

Holiday Window Box 

Dassa and I are spending a quiet afternoon together, as the big sisters are off with friends.  Dassa has mostly been drawing and reading:

Dassa with Jaxie 

Dassa had a Harvest Celebration in Kindergarten this morning.  I was privileged enough to be there, helping with the Pilgrim Hats.  Dassa really loves hers and has been telling me all about Pilgrims today.  Here she is, chocolate (soy) pudding encrusted *Pilgrim* girl:

Rainbow Pilgrim Girl 

I have been doing a superb job procrastinating.  Started a hat for Dassa:

Dassa's Hat 

Fooled around looking at puppies online this morning (Yes, I am crazy, thankyouverymuch.)  I have wasted waaaay too much time for someone expecting lots and lots of hungry relatives tomorrow.  I finally got busy a little while ago.  Started some baking that can keep overnight.  Cleaned lots of windows.  Did a general straightening up.   Dan's off to pick up an extra card table at his parents' house.  I'm thinking it's time for a(nother) break.

Beautiful wooden trees...I love these. 

***Have a Happy Thanksgiving***

♥ Thanks ♥ before Thanksgiving ♥

Posted in Uncategorized on November 24, 2008 by Hitty Jean

Thanksgiving

No cutie~pie little girls around to help me draw out of a hat this morning…soooo…I used that Random Number thingy.  So easy.  How far technology has come, eh?  Anyway…….

The winner of a copy of *Artful Blogging* is Tam (#5)!!!  Yay and Yippee!!!  What fun!  Funny, but as happy as I am to send a copy to Tam, I wish that I could send one to everyone who left a comment.  It was just so lovely, the nice things everyone said.  Anyway, in lieu of a magazine, how about a thank you?  Okay?  Great.

First up is Tam.  She is trying to make fudge!  Go help her!  Tam, thanks so much for your sweet words…I can see by your blog that you are an animal lover.  ♥

Marilyn, is lovely.  She has the sweetest Judy Brown Hitty who pops up on her blog from time to time.  LOVE that!  …and Marilyn, yes, Fan was a cutie pie.  People used to think I had a giant stuffed -animal in my front carseat until she would move.  Imagine the looks.  It happened over and over.  It's nice to have a dog so cute that she brings smiles to people's faces.  ♥   

Erin is a Hitty friend.  I have actually met her a couple times in person.   Erin has oodles of artistic talent – she carves the most delightfully whimsical Hittys.   Erin, you silly, OF COURSE I entered you in my giveaway.  Please find that magazine and buy it for yourself.  You will LOVE it!  And thanks, Erin, for keeping us in your thoughts while we work through the loss of our dear Poodle.  ♥

Jennifer, thank you so very much for your comment.  It's so nice to know that you enjoy my little piece of cyberspace.  ♥

Nan is from Alaska.  She is surrounded by beauty every day.  The views from her home are just incredible.  Nan also makes the cutest little dollies.  I love them!  She's working on a dollhouse right now and I am enjoying watching her progress.  Nan, thanks for all your friendly comments on my blog.  I really appreciate it.  ♥

Eli is on the other side of the Atlantic.  I truly enjoy her blog and reading about life in England.  Her *About* picture on her blog cracks me up every time I visit.  It is so darned cute!  Eli makes adorable dolls and other cuteness.  Thanks, Eli, for sharing a bit of yourself on your blog.  ♥

Kelly, too, has a lovely blog.  I didn't realize until just a few days ago that she is also a dollmaker!  Kelly, thank you for sharing your creations on your blog…those coin purses in your Etsy shop are truly inspired!  ♥

Marion ♥'s pretty things.  It says so on her blog, which is (surprise…) PRETTY!  Marion, it's suddenly so extremely important to me for the girls to remember Fanny~Mae.  I hope they do and you said they would, so thanks.  I'm taking that to heart.  ♥

And Vickie.  Your comment was so thoughtful and heartfelt.  Tater read it with me and both of us had tears in our eyes.  You gave us a gift ~ the sharing of that moment.  It was remarkable.  Thank you so, so much.  ♥

Wow…Talk about a diversion.  I'd say that worked out pretty well!  Thanks for playing along! 

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In other news, Pit~Pat participated in her first ever Karate Tournament.  I honestly never thought that child would be able to do it.  She is incredibly shy.  She freezes.  It is hard, as a mother, to know how wonderful a person your child is and then see that they are unable to share that (easily) with the world.  Karate seems to have changed that a bit.  She got up there and did it!  Alone!  She spoke to the judges, she answered their questions with more than a nod!!!  Holy Cow!  It was amazing.  Boppa was there, too and I know that Pitter was really happy about that:

Going over the program with Boppa 

My *shy* girl…getting her scores:

Pit~Pat's First Tournament 

Karate has been such a wonderful thing for my *big* girls.  It has helped them both to conquer shyness, get more physically fit, learn skills, and just generally feel good about themselves.   They both started at the end of 4th Grade, and that seems just about right to me.

First Trophy

After the Tournament, Pitter came home pleased as punch.  What a treasure those trophies are to her.  Of course to celebrate, one must play with dolls.  And take their pictures.  Which Pit~Pat did for the rest of the afternoon.

As photographed by Pit~Pat 

Like mother, like daughter.  ♥
Happy Thanksgiving!

Give. Away. Giveaway.

Posted in Uncategorized on November 21, 2008 by Hitty Jean

I've been thinking about 2008 a lot this week.  All that I hoped to accomplish.  A great many things were, in fact, ticked off of my list.  Still, the most important item on my *To Do List* for 2008 was to give.  Without expectations.   Randomly.  Even when I didn't want to.  On many levels I did, especially where my home and my girls are concerned.  But it is never enough and I still don't feel like I can say I have been successful in the *Give* department.  This is obviously a lifetime goal, bigger than a year can handle – what was I thinking?! 

Fanny~Mae November 2008

I took Fanny~Mae's picture last week, wanting to post something about her cuteness on my blog.  I knew our time together was ending and she deserved to be a part of this space, where hopefully the girls (some time in the future) will see her and remember her as a sweet part of their childhoods.  Fanny~Mae was a good girl.  There has been too much sadness this week.  It's time for a diversion.  Yes, indeed.  Which is where the *giving* comes in.
It's true…I'm hosting my first *ever* blog giveaway.   Open to anyone, anywhere in the world.  Just leave me a comment on this post and I'll throw your name into the hat.  One winner will receive a copy of this:

Artful Blogging 

If you've never read it, you are in for a treat.  The photos are beautiful.  The featured  blogs are inspiring.  Even the paper quality is incredible.  (Probably why its pricetag is, too!) 
I'll close comments midnight Sunday (EDT) and pick a winner Monday.  Have fun…Oh!  And thanks for the diversion.♥

A Visit with Hitty…About Justin Morgan

Posted in Uncategorized on November 19, 2008 by Hitty Jean

Way up in the Hills of New England, down many winding roads, through several tiny towns and along several more winding roads, there is a rather modest, albeit important, Memorial.  Don't blink, or you may drive right past!  It isn't very tall, and Hitty Jean was not even afraid to sit atop while her photo was taken:

Isn't she beautiful? 

This important spot is where Justin *Figure* Morgan is buried.  Hitty Jean was inspired to learn more:

Justin Morgan Memorial 

Hitty Jean is an enthusiastic researcher of all things.  (Remember the acorns?)  So she went to her trusty laptop and found out more about this famous Horse that was the first of its breed, the Morgan Horse.

What made this horse, Justin Morgan, so special?
*Justin Morgan used the horse to work long hours in the fields and to pull carriages.   He was a wonderful saddle horse as well.  As was common at the time, the horse became known as "Justin Morgan's horse."
*Smaller than a Colonial Workhorse, and stouter than the long-legged Racehorses, Justin Morgan could outperform both!
*It is said that Justin Morgan once pulled a log (alone!) that no Draft Horse could even budge.  Wow!
*Justin Morgan lost his horse of the same name in a poker bet – to the local Sheriff.  Silly man!
*Justin Morgan was bred to hundreds of Mares in his lifetime, and his genes proved dominant and desirable.  He thus secured his place as "Progenitor of the First Established American Breed of Horses."  Pretty impressive!

Lippitt Mandate Memorial 

Another Morgan Horse is buried at this remote farm.  Hitty Jean visited that Memorial as well.
Lippitt Mandate was beloved by his owner.  She was proud of her horse and they were renowned in the region.

There is so much more to learn about the Morgan Horse.  Even if you aren't a Horse Lover, the Morgan Horse is an important part of American Colonial History.  There are many websites dedicated to Morgan Horses, but Hitty Jean found THIS to be the most interesting.  Of course there are many books and even a novel about Justin Morgan .  If your wish is visual entertainment, Disney made a movie about Justin Morgan!

♥Hitty Jean enjoyed learning about this *lesser known* historical site, and hopes you did too♥

Our Sweet Fanny~Mae Died Today

Posted in Uncategorized on November 18, 2008 by Hitty Jean

Fanny and Jax - last walk in the woods together, 2007

I'll miss my poodle.  She's the tan one, above, on her last walk in the woods late last year.  Fanny~Mae was with us for 14 1/2 years.  The tears won't stop.  I have no words…

Hatty Hat Hat … Strike One

Posted in Uncategorized on November 17, 2008 by Hitty Jean

I have spent the better part of two weeks knitting a hat for Tater.  I wondered all along about the styling, but was determined to give it a go.  It's my first *official* intarsia knitting:

Tater's Hat 

We agree it is pretty, but not as a hat.  I'll have to begin a new hat for Tater.  This one is heading for a transformation later today.  I love the colors – they change with the lighting:

Soon to become something else... 

Today is a picking~up day.  Every Monday morning reveals a leftover weekend debris that must be dealt with.  It won't take long…

Tater played with the dolls while I knit and knit her (ex)hat.  She goes through phases with her dollies.  Lately, it's the Waldorfs she is drawn to.  Some of Pawbee's seem to have made it to our house.  No matter.  They are being well taken care of:

Dolls from Magic Cabin, Little Jenny Wren, and German Dolls... 

I hate to disturb them, but I may need to reclaim their bed/laundry basket for it's original purpose.