Monday, December 31, 2012

Good bye 2012

The Year
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That’s not been said a thousand times?

The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.

We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.

We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.

We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our brides, we sheet our dead.

We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that’s the burden of the year.


Wishing you all the best for a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!  Like many of you 2012 has had some highs and some lows and some life lessons.  We've laughed, we've cried and we've said eternal good-bye to family and some friends, in some instances our good-byes, were too soon.  We've had fun, we've cooked, baked and made a pie or two, we've decorated and designed.   We've celebrated our personal and family achievements.  But what I cherish most are all your friendships.  Happy New Year my friends!  XO

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Wrapping Up the Beach in 2012

 It's hard to believe that in 6 months my beloved little beach town will be bustling with people enjoying a summer vacation.

This is such a hot spot at the beach, it's so funny to see it enclosed and with a Christmas tree!

Looking up the hill.

Looking down the hill.  I love the lights in the church turret.
Click to enlarge photos.

Happy New Year to my sleepy seaside community.  If you click
on the photo you'll see the tree by the sea!

It's time to do some cooking, the baked beans are ready for the oven and the pound cakes are next on the agenda!  Have a wonderful weekend and if we don't chat for a few days have a safe and Happy New Year.  I have truly enjoyed my friendships with each of you and look forward to more fun in 2013!  Happy New Year my friends!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Victoria Mansion, Dressed for Christmas, Portland, Maine

The Parlor

As part of my husband's birthday weekend, we kicked off the evening by touring Victoria Mansion in Portland, Maine - it was stunning!  I took about 90 photos, and I've compiled them in these collages.  To view the photo's click on the image to enlarge.
The Master Bedroom - The Red Room
Victoria Mansion was built between 1858 and 1860.  It is the finest example of Italianate style in the United States.
The Green Bedroom
 The owner, Mr. Ruggles Morse was a hotel businessman from Maine.  This was his "summer home."  He mainly lived in New Orleans.  He spent the summers in his home state.
The Library
 The house and it's contents were sold in 1894 to the Libby family. Today, 90% of the original furnishings are intact in the home - amazing.  The Libby family took very good care of the home.
The Dining Room
 In 1940, the home was slated for the "wreaking ball," thankfully due to the efforts of Dr. William Holmes a group came together and saved this stunning home.
The Receiving Room
 I hope that you get a chance to tour this beautiful home if you are ever in Portland.  I can assure you that it's worth the trip.  The craftsmanship is amazing!
The Foyer
Tomorrow is my husband's "official" birthday, and we'll kick it off with breakfast at home, then a trip to L.L. Bean in Freeport, ME and dinner at the Good Table in Cape Elizabeth, ME.  Sunday is a trip to his favorite in-door farmers market in Scarborough, ME!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!