Dec 6, 2013

The moods of the season

Hello boys and girls.  Can you believe the date?  I hope winter flies by as quickly as the last few months have. 
I haven't stitched.  My arthritic hand is still restricted after all the painting, sanding, waxing, so I tried a little decorating.  I don't know why I'm not in the mood to do so, but maybe the delays in completing these house projects is the culprit.  Sometimes I think we get more wrapped up in the decorating than the meaning. 
 
 My Italian aunts hung a single wreath and had a small indoor tree.  All their time was taken up with baking, entertaining, doing for others.  I think we spend more time decorating and shopping these days, but everything is so very different now. 
 
 
 
 
  
I have to tell you a story about my Polish
grandfather.  After his wife passed in 1959, he and a group of friends planned a trip to visit their home place for a few weeks.  First time back since immigrating to the US.  My mother and aunt met him at the airport upon his return and were in a panic.  They saw him exit the plane and as he stepped off the stairs, he went face down on the tarmac.  Didn't move.  They went running over to their elderly father in tears, thinking he had a heart attack.  When they got to him, he was sobbing and kissing the ground.  Further inspection showed he had no socks, no underwear, old torn pants and tee shirt, shoes with holes.  They then thought he was robbed.  No, he wasn't.  His old village that he visited was so poor, he left all his belongings, luggage, money, clothing, even his wedding ring, to his people, and wore their tattered clothing home.  He was so grateful for the US and although he had a very small house and no money, he felt like a king on our soil.  From then on, every extra penny he had went to Poland.  
 So what does that have to do with decorating?  I have no idea.  I'm just in an odd mood.  This morning, a woman in Aldi's was forced to leave some food and toys behind when she was short of cash.  We offered her extra money for the toys, and I started crying.  WHY???  She refused graciously and thanked us.  I came home to an email and was told that my cousin (my age) is being put into a nursing home because of early dementia and she is devastated, and rightfully so.  She was a home economics teacher and can do anything related to needlework, is a gourmet cook, traveled the world and visited almost every country.  Now I'm going to start rambling so I'll stop.
I bought another little milking stool.  And look at that baseboard!  Mark installed it and we may tackle the crown moulding next week.  I have final coats of paint to apply after filling the nail holes on the door trims and base.  Kitchen man #3 called and agreed to make my three cupboards - nothing else.  That's the best offer we can get so I took it and the kitchen will not be what I originally planned.  I thanked him and didn't even ask for an estimate. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 I received these old wooden thread spool Santas that are handcarved and painted by Carol Barnes of Back Porch Carver.  Sweet!!!  Thank you Carol!
 
  
Tomorrow I will stay home and sew the latest Santas, maybe decorate a little more, and watch the white crap fall.  We had very warm temps yesterday and I cleaned up the yard of leaves and limbs - again.  All that extra physical work has not changed my mound and I guess that's why they are called Mounds bars.  And here's something new - my sister's car broke down again.  What a surprise.  It would be cheaper to lease one for her.   I still haven't ordered the new charts I want and maybe will add online shopping to my list for tomorrow.  And I have to watch the brats closely.  Bud has decided to turn on Squeaky.
 
Enjoy your weekend, stay safe, kiss the ground, hug your cousin, call your friends, visit your family, hang your wreaths, and bake them cookies!
Thanks for visiting, and listening to my ups and downs.

41 comments:

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Love your pictures. You have a big heart.

Barb said...

I love the story about your Grandfather. My DH and I decided to do something different this year. Instead of giving a bunch of gifts that no one needs, we are donating $25 a month to an organization that does wonderful things for foster children. We will send cards to some of our family and tell them that the donations are being made in their honor. I agree with Jamie, you do have a big heart.

Earlene said...

That is some story Marly and very touching..well..all of it.
Life sure is a roller coaster ride.
TGIF
Earlene

Kathy F said...

OMG....can you please leave that sampler wreath at the top of the tree to ME in your will??? I have always wanted one. I am sooooooooooo with you.....hubby has been fighting brain cancer for 4 years & ALL the rest is small stuff we don't sweat. Get that finishing stuff done & get back to life!! Hope the brats made peace. I'm one of the stalkers that reads daily but comments little. But I still feel like ur best friend....lol. Love the santas AND samplers. Going downstairs to dig out all my Prairie Schoolers.
Hope always......Kathy

Catherine said...

Such a wonderful story about your grandfather. Keeping it more simple here this year too ~ I am hoping that the tighter budget this year leads it more family binding over Christmas. Love your decorations!

Carol said...

Oh, Marly, that is so very sad about your cousin--way too young to be dealing with dementia. My dad has it and it is a disease that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. So very sad to watch the person you knew and loved just disappear over time...

Lovely story about your grandfather--how wonderful that he loved this country so much!!

Your PS ornaments and decorations all look lovely. I do less and less as I get older and seem to not miss it!

Tammy said...

Thank you for the story of your Grandfather. It made me feel humble and grateful, good things to feel this time of year. Take care.

Margaret said...

Oh wow. The story about your grandfather is so amazing. We went to China to visit my father's little village that he was born in -- same sort of thing. Very primitive, just like in the old days, no changes at all. Of course, this was back in like 1980. But still. So sorry about your cousin. That is so sad. :( I can understand feeling up and down with all that's going on. You're so sweet to have offered that woman in Aldi's some help

Cynthia M. said...

What a touching story about your grandfather. All four of my grandparents came from Poland and although they worked tirelessly here just to keep body and soul together, they never complained, only hoping that their children would have a better life. It's an amazing country we live in and all the friction and nastiness that goes on with our public officials is just plain silly and insulting to all the hard workers and dreamers of generations past. I gave a dollar to a homeless man today and he looked me in the eyes and said, "God bless you for sharing your good fortune." How right he was; so much of what I have is just good fortune.

Pam in IL said...

I've felt the same way, Marly. I had Hubby stop at Aldi for some groceries yesterday and when he came home he was visibly upset. He saw someone we know in tears at the store because her kids were hungry and she was trying to figure out what she could get for the few dollars that she had. Hubby decided to fill a cart with healthy groceries for this family and then delivered them to her house. Silly man was worried I'd be mad at him for spending our grocery money on a different family!

Thanks for sharing the story about your Grandpa. It's really touching.

Maribeth said...

LOVE your blog and your beautiful work, but really needed to hear that story about your grandfather today. Thank you!

Hazel said...

Your Grandfathers story really touched me. Lovely post and the photos are great. X

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Wonderful story about your grandfather Marly and a great reminder to us all to be thankful for all we have. Hope your arthritis is feeling better soon, Deb
(and love those spool Santa's!)

Cathy said...

I've been reading your blog for awhile but have never left a comment. But I love your story about your Grandfather! It made me think about my Polish grandparents and my Italian grandparents who came to Ellis Island.....Your Santas are just wonderful and they make me want to start stitching again. I have samplers all over my house but I haven't done cross stitch in over 8 years. Maybe 2014 I'll start again! Thanks for the inspiration and keeping it real.......

C. M. Designs said...

May God bless you, your family, your kitties and your readers at Christmas time and throughout the coming years.
I've enjoyed cross stitching again because of seeing your beautiful work.
I think the wood working that you're doing will make living in your home more special. I know it has to be time consuming and laborious work.
I'm sorry that Bud has been a "brat" to Squeaky.. I hope that will stop.
Blessings always,
Charlotte in Virginia

Shirlee said...

What a lovely post my friend! Loved hearing about your grandfather (anyone who loves Poland is a friend of mine), & that woman who thanked you but refused to take your money for the things she couldn't purchase? How wonderfully refreshing! You know as well as I do that most people would've grabbed whatever they could've gotten from another person. I'm so sorry to hear about your cousin : (

Kathy Gill-Hopple said...

Lovely story about your grandfather. It reminds us all of how much we have to be grateful for. Thank you for sharing. Hope the cats are staying out of the snow!

Solstitches said...

Oh my goodness that story about your amazing grandfather almost had me in tears!
Love your decorations and the new blog header too.
Margaret

Jacqueline said...

As always I enjoyed your ramblings today.

Vickie said...

Wonderful! Your Italian Aunt had it right! God bless your grandpa. My Polish Aunt sent back money all the time. I a praying for Squeaky.

Simply Victoria said...

Thanks for sharing the story of your grandfather. It really put life and "having" into perspective. Giving, sharing, and loving is what counts.

Kellie from Indiana said...

Your tree and decorationd are lovely. I believe your mood is due to stress dear. Have a couple or three glasses of wine and see how you feel in the morning ;)

butterfly said...

Lovely story , love all your decorations , hope your hand is better soon, hugs .

Judy said...

Lovely story of your Grandfather. I have never visited another country..probably never will..but I am grateful to be where I am. And we don't have snow--yet! Your decorating is beautiful. Is it really only 18 days until Christmas.

Judy Heartland stitcher

Evelyne said...

What a wonderful story about your grandfather.
A love the Old Saint Nick so very much, but also the little ones.
And of course the wreath I will stitch them all for the next year, maybe i begin in January!!!

Wonderful weekend, Evelyne

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

I too have two Polish grandparents from Warsaw. Relatives have traveled back to visit family still in Poland with stories of them living in one room apartments if you can call it that. I pray that this will not happen to us here in America ... We must be vigilant at all times.
Poor Squeaky, my heart goes out for him. Your tree is so festively decorated with your many PS ornaments. It is Lovely.
Thanks so much for your generosity in so many ways.

Peace, Joy and Blessings to all,
Barb

Anne said...

Wow! What an amazing story of your Grandfather. We must appreciate what we have because all of the world, people have nothing. Love your tree with those samplers in the corners. Your house must be so Christmasy and warm now! Hope your hand feels better!

Anne said...

Wow! What an amazing story of your Grandfather. We must appreciate what we have because all of the world, people have nothing. Love your tree with those samplers in the corners. Your house must be so Christmasy and warm now! Hope your hand feels better!

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

Thank you for sharing your life with us. Life is a broken road. However as this is the season of Hope, we can remember that in our hearts. Your grandfather had Hope, that's why he returned in borrowed clothing, left his behind and sent extra to Poland. Hope, is hard to have in times like these. However the faithful will guard it in their hearts, much like I expect you do :) Hang in there! Your decorating is beautiful!

Lanie said...

I always love seeing your decorating, Marly, so inspiring for me ... maybe one day my house will look as colonial/primitive/...amazing as yours! A girl can dream!!!
Beautiful story of your grandfather. My paternal pap came to American from Germany against his parents wishes ... he never went back and never shared much about the 'old country' with his children or grandchilden. Today as an adult and years since he is gone, I so wish we had those stories.
Enjoy preparing for the Christmas holidays!

michelle M said...

Thank you for sharing. Life is full of heartaches and blessings. Thank God for the blessings and look towards Him for help through the heartaches. Bless you! Michelle

Dede said...

Thank you for sharing today. We are so lucky to live here in this Blessed country. We forget just how Blessed we are until we hear stories like this. Last year in line the women ahead of me came up short so I gave the cashier the money needed--it was a grandma raising her grandkids. I was Blessed that I could help her out. We are asking our kids to NOT buy us any gifts. Give the money to a good cause. So many in need now. AND this is the true meaning of Christ-mas--sharing and caring. Merry Christmas!

Heritage Hall said...

Now we know how your heart came to
be so sensitive...You have inherited your Grandfather's compassion and caring..and that is
what will truly make our Christmas meaningful...the reaching out to each other in love. Your ornaments are jewels, Marly, and continue to inspire me.
So sorry about your hands, but if
all could see the beauty of your
boxes I just received, they would know the glory that can come from
selfless suffering. You are so special. Prayers for your Aunt
and for those who care for her.
May the kitties learn to live in peace. And may you, dear Friend,
immerse yourself in the joyful anticipation and serenity of this hallowed season....you deserve it.
You already know and live its
profound message.

ohiofarmgirl said...

Some days are like that, one yu get started you can't stop. Memories and feelings are so random!!!!
Thanks for visiting and commenting on my small business!!! You are so sweet. I am having a wonderful journey and I thank God for that! Dianntha

Glenna said...

Ahh, you suffer from being tender hearted, Marly. I'm roughly your age, and I've found that rather than getting more armored and tougher as I get older, I feel things more, which is certainly inconvenient, especially as I'm prone to bursting into tears in public, as I did today. I love the story of your grandfather, love the thought that we should be grateful for the smallest things instead of always wanting more, and most of all, your decorating photos cheered me. As another commenter said, I read you always and comment little, but I love your posts.

Sherry said...

What great stories about your aunts and your grandfather. I agree that the deorations are pretty but the meaning is so much more important. Especially now that I am older. Hope your hand feels better soon. I can relate to no stitching because of hand pains.

Maggee said...

Where to start? I will pray that your hands begin to feel better. I thank you for the story about your Polish Grandfather. As the family historian for my group, LOVED it! I am sad to hear about your cousin. I pray that she receives the best in care. And the kitties--fickle little beasts! Stay warm! Hugs!

Chris said...

We need to remember to do all those things. I am thankful for you my friend.

Lida said...

I read your logs the wrong way around, but I do understand the mood you are in and the way you think is like I do, help those in need but also invite the lonesome and this are not only those that are family but also the neighbour that is left alone.
I hope your hands will feel much better soon and I hope the kitchen will become as you hoped it would and you just will be able to enjoy!
Hugs
Lida

Lizzy said...

I can't tell you how much I enjoy your blog. You are one in a million and I just wanted to tell you. Merry Christmas.

Mugwump Woolies said...

What magnificent Christmas story!
Robyn

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