Sunday, November 28, 2010

S-N-O-W

Good evening from snowy Maine. Well, not actually snow in the town I reside, (we did see a brief moment of flurries) but thirty-five minutes north in the town of Bridgton, Maine. Bridgton is home to Pleasant Mountain, a popular skiing mecca. The sight of snow on this beautiful Sunday certainly puts one in the holiday mindset.... add Christmas music and you have all the elements for a perfect Sunday drive. No malls or box stores for us, just a leisurely drive taking in the scenery. Perfect it was until I noticed as we drove along more and more homes already decked out in their holiday finest. I finally said "honey I think we better head home.... our Christmas decorations are calling." Lets take a step back to Thanksgiving. Wednesday morning found Winslow Homer waiting patiently for his Nanny and Papa to arrive. My little guy is holding his own, but still continues to lose weight. Tomorrow Winslow and I head to the vet for his weekly blood sugar check. He intuitively knows where we are heading when I show him his seat belt and say "ride-ee". Winslow hides, shakes, and whines.... not a pretty sight. Now I never bribed my boys when confronted with a negitive situation, but you can bet your bottom dollar I bribe Winslow Homer. Chicken (his favorite treat) chewies, anything he wants I will indulge....well within reason. All I want is for us to get in and out of the veterinarians without him (or for that matter me) having a seizure. Wednesday I could be found in the kitchen.... up to my elbows in flour and shortening. Thank goodness for King Arthur Flour.... their pie crust recipe has yet to fail me.
I must say my pies....apple and pumpkin....came out to every one's satisfaction.

Not one disaster to be had in my kitchen.

Winslow didn't have the privilege of licking the plates this Thanksgiving, "I'm sorry little man you are on a high fiber diet," please forgive your momma.

Our family enjoyed a wonderful day as I hope did you and yours. I count my blessings each and everyday. Speaking of blessings... below is a gift my sweet dad made for me.... it is called a "kneeling" bench ....and I just love it.... thank you father. Finally, I would like to wish my dear sister in-law Jovan a very Happy Birthday. We all miss you down there in the Panhandle of Florida... the holidays just are not the same without you....can you come home now?

19 comments:

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

Your Dad has some beautiful talent!!!

henbogle said...

What a look from Winslow Homer! I am glad to hear he is doing well. Love the pie ornamentation!

Kim said...

Love that bench! Lucky you. But Poor little Winslow. My Millie cries and shakes if we turn down the street with the vet clinic too. I hope he gets a good report. Glad you had a nice Thanksgiving and I hope you got all you decorations out while the weather was pleasant.

Kritter Keeper said...

julie you are so luck to see such beautiful towns in new england. i can just imagine the homes with their christmas finery! the kneeling bench is so neat! never saw one before. how nice of your dad. my dad used to make furniture. he made me a solid cherry three part book case. i couldn't afford the one in horchow and he made exactly like it! good luck with winslow tomorrow!

Farm Girl said...

That kneeling bench is just beautiful. It looks wonderful on your table. I am so glad you had a nice holiday. I know poor Winslow isn't in tip-top shape but he looks adorable. Such a great dog.
I can't wait to see some of your lovely Christmas decorations.

I hope you have a lovely week Julie.

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hello Julie!
I'm afraid I've gotten behind in reading my favorite blogs...life just get's in the way sometimes. I'm surprised you don't have snow yet although I'm sure you have mixed emotions about that. To me it's always nice to have snow between Thanksgiving and New Years but having to drive in it isn't any fun at all! I'm sure it won't be long until it looks like a winter wonderland up there. Poor little Homer Winslow...he's lucky to have so much love from you and Papa. I'm glad you and your family had a nice Thanksgiving and your pies look wonderful! I love the 'kneeling' bench...it's just gorgeous..your Dad is a wonderful carpenter. I hope you have a wonderful week...stay warm. Maura :)

Rowan said...

Love that photo of Winslow Homer - poor little boy, no plates to lick - that must be the last straw!
I love the kneeling bench your dad made too, he's obviously a very talented craftsman.

moosecraft said...

Love the kneeling bench! I've always wanted on of those! Thanks for the tip on the King Arthur pie crust recipe! This si my month for baking. Winslow Homer does look a bit peeved about not being able to clean the plates... a real cute picture of him indeed!

Eve said...

Uncle Lloyd is SO talented!! What a beautiful bench! I'm glad you had an uneventful Thanksgiving Julie! Ours was the same...even though I baked the turkey on the GRILL!! It's been chilly here of late, not so much today, I'm just hoping the snow stays up north where it belongs!

Holly Hills Primitives said...

Poor little Winslow Homer. Hope he does well at the vet today. We had a dusting of snow here, but nothing stayed - but it was COLD!!! Can't wait to see your Christmas pictures, i know they will be beautiful. Have a great day, Dawn

Missouri Gal Nicole said...

That bench is so pretty! Winslow looks bummed he didn't get to clean the plates Mom!!! HEE HEE I wish I knew how to snow ski! Have a great day and Happy Bday to your SIL.

Patty Patterson said...

Beautiful bench! I admire both the finished piece and the craftsmanship that went into it. I would love to have that kind of skill.

Rural Rambler said...

Julie hope Winslow gets a good report at his, shhhhh, vet appt. That bench is one beautiful piece of work. Lucky you! A chicken on those pies, how shocking!! They say we are going to be getting a teeny bit of snow tomorrow. Teeny. Snow flurries I believe, if we look out the window at just the right time. Rainy today. I am getting a HOOP tomorrow! Enjoy your Dog Trot Monday Julie!

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

love your pies...we have little winslow homer in our prayers...i hope he gets a good report...

sending love and prayers,
kary and teddy
xxx

DayPhoto said...

WOW! That table is amazing!

Lucky you!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

acorn hollow said...

How did winslow homer make out at the vet?? Yummy pies and love the bench. I love Bridgton, my close friend has a couple of properties there there is great antique stores there. We had snow it was pretty intense for about 45 minutes it made the roads very slippery. thanks for your visit and I will pass the message along to hubby on what a good job he did. But the best part he made the cupboard. He is very talented.

cathy

Vickie said...

Beautiful kneeling bench! Lotsa talent there!

I hope your Winslow gets his meds regulated... Is he a Cairn? My neighbor across the road has two of those cuties.

Your pies look great! Kint Arthur flour, hmmmm, I don't think we can get it down here in Texas. I'll have to check!

Pondside said...

Winslow Homer's face says it all - "Can I pleeease have a bit?"

ClassyGal said...

Hi Julie,

Wow, those pies look awesome! I have to say your home looks so cozy and inviting, I love it! I hope your fur baby is doing better.

Tamara aka Classy Gal