Sunday, November 27, 2016

A Celebration!

Hello, Dear Ones! I hope you all had a marvelous Thanksgiving! I wanted to share with you a little fun trip Mr. Precious and I just had! We both have birthdays in November and decided to take a little trip to New York City (The City) to celebrate!
 Here we are at the Times Square Hilton where we stayed. We took the train to The City - a little over two hours and what a beautiful ride it is. The rail follows the Hudson River and you pass West Point Military Institute, we love it. So I hope you'll go along with me.
 The afternoon we arrived, Mr. Precious had set it up for us to see the production of Holiday Inn. It was wonderful but not exactly like the olden movie with Bing Crosby. Any way, I loved it.
 Have you hear of Studio 54? During the 70s it had a reputation as a far out night club, not a good one, but there were lots of great shows filmed there: What's My Line?, The $64,000 Question, Video Village, Password, To Tell the Truth, Beat the Clock, The Jack Benny Show, I've Got a Secret, Ted Mack and the Original Amateur Hour and my favorite, Captain Kangaroo. Also the soap opera Love of Life. I took a few snaps inside before we went inside to see the show.

We were on the 37th floor and had a nice view.
You know The Macy's Thanksgiving Parade happens in The City and it was just a couple of blocks from our hotel. But the crowds of folks were amazing - they said over 3 and a half million! I still can't walk a long ways yet since I broke my knee so Mr. Precious went for a run on purpose to see some of the parade. I stayed in my room and this is what I saw! Down below was were they were taking the huge balloons and deflating them! Above Charlie Brown was getting the wind knocked out of him. :)
Continuing to deflate the balloons and then they were put inside the big moving trucks. Anybody can 'watch' the parade but who gets to see the balloons deflated? Me! :)
On Thanksgiving Day, Mr. Precious had made reservations for our lunch at Aureole's. Very lovely. We had our choice and opted out of eating turkey and had a New York Strip instead! Oh, my Lord! It literally melted in my tiny mouth! But I had to have some pumpkin pie for dessert! Now cooking, no dishes, no leftovers.
Next door to our hotel is Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. We have seen the wonderful Madame Tussauds in London and thought we would try this one. Um...just before I get started, there's no comparison in the NYC museum and the one in London...just saying! :)
Now my little 3 year old grandson is obsessed with Ghostbusters! He has not seen the movie, nor should he, he's too young and it's too scary. But at his Halloween school parade they played the song "Ghostbusters". He loved the song and has seen the music video and all he talks about is Ghostbusters and the Staypuff Marshmellow Man! So I snapped these for him.
A few snaps of the wax works! Looks like The Rock is thinking - take your paws off me!
Then we had to go over to Macy's! At night the front of the store has a beautiful light show on it. The windows were amazing but there were so many folks looking that they were in the way of me taking snaps.
Then to Rockefeller Plaza to see the ice skating rink and the Christmas tree although it wasn't lit up yet! We only spent a couple of nights but what a nice time we had. Then...
We hopped back on the train at Penn Station and headed on up to go home. We love to get a little private room and then we have our dinner in the dining car. We just love riding the train.
I also wanted to share with you that I've been stitching again. I bought a cross stitch kit at the Daughter's of the American Revolution Headquarters in Washington DC about a month ago and now I can't stop! You know me. This was a little kit with all of the floss and a needle using 18 count Aida cloth. You know how I love my Roosters!
Pretty cute,  huh?
Then after I finished the Rooster, I couldn't stop! I bought a book of patterns for Seasonal Cottages and stitched up the Fall one. This took quite a while to do but I am loving it.
I changed it up a bit. The pumpkins were Jack 'o Lanterns and I just made them pumpkins.
I'll only be able to display this one for a few more days. I'm working on the Christmas house and will show it to you when I'm through!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It's the most wonderful time of the year
With the kids jingle belling
And everyone telling you be of good cheer
It's the most wonderful time of the year
It's the hap-happiest season of all
With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings
When friends come to call
It's the hap-happiest season of all
There'll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting
And caroling out in the snow
There'll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories of
Christmases long, long ago
It's the most wonderful time of the year
There'll be much mistltoeing
And hearts will be glowing
When love ones are near
It's the most wonderful time of the year
There'll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting
And caroling out in the snow
There'll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories of
Christmases long, long ago
It's the most wonderful time of the year
There'll be much mistltoeing
And hearts will be glowing
When love ones are near
It's the most wonderful time
Yes the most wonderful time
Oh the most wonderful time
Of the year
~ sung by Andy Williams


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Fall Home Tour

Hello, Dear Ones! I thought I would share my fall home tour with you before I start pulling out the Christmas things. I want to take this time to tell you all how thankful I am that you choose to follow my little blog and how much I love reading your comments. Also, I wish for you and your families to have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving this year. I'm not cooking! Yay! :) I'll be taking a tiny break but will be back after Thanksgiving.
I hope you enjoy my tour.
 The entry table.
 Living room.
 The Finn.



Little Richard.
The dining room.
 Breakfast room hutch.


Breakfast room window sill.
The den mantel.

Thanks for stopping by today and enjoy your Thanksgiving.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ 

Wonderful, Merciful Savior

Wonderful, merciful Savior

Precious Redeemer and Friend
Who would have thought that a Lamb
Could rescue the souls of men
Oh you rescue the souls of men
Counselor, Comforter, Keeper
Spirit we long to embrace
You offer hope when our hearts have
Hopelessly lost the way
Oh, we hopelessly lost the way
You are the One that we praise
You are the One we adore
You give the healing and grace
Our hearts always hunger for
Oh, our hearts always hunger for
Almighty, infinite Father
Faithfully loving Your own
Here in our weakness You find us
Falling before Your throne
Oh, we're falling before Your throne
 ~ sung by Selah


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Fall At The Mini House

Hello, Dear Ones! Does life ever just hop into the middle of you? Well, that has happened to me and I just haven't had the time to post like I would like to. So...
I thought I would share with you how it looks in upstate New York at my little make-do mini house.
 As you can see the leaves have fallen! They are literally everywhere ~ even on the porch at my make-do mini house! We've got trouble though, there is no mini rake! Oh well, dried leaves can make a good compost right? :)
 Here sits Tang protecting her pun'kin. She loves to go outside and this is her chair where she can reign over the porch. Today is cool and not raining, for a change, so she's soaking up the weather before the snow comes.
 I had to do just a little bit of fall decorating at my make-do mini house so I poked down a couple of pun'kins on either side of the front door. Hopefully the squirrels won't go nibbling on them!
 We're not far from the pun'kin patch so I gathered a few for cuteness and poked them down into the little wooden wheelbarrow which needs a paint job!
Happy fall to you all and a quick little look at some mini fallness at my make-do mini house! 

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

All The Leave Are Falling Down

 All the leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down  
All the leaves are falling down, it is fall.

Take the rake and rake them up, rake them up, rake them up 
Take the rake and rake them up, it is fall.

Make a pile and jump right in, jump right in, jump right in, 
Make a pile and jump right in, it is fall.
                                                          ~ by Diane Chancy


Monday, November 7, 2016

Reading

Hello, Dear Ones! Life has been pretty busy around Note Songs Cottage so if I haven't visited you, forgive me, I'll try to make it up.
So...I'll show you some more of my little miniature making - a little chair. I went to my local library and checked out some books on making miniatures and one had a few patterns for furniture and I kinda liked how this one chair looked so I made one. I don't remember the name of the book, it really wasn't very good.
 It is made with card stock, batting and foam board. I didn't really like it that much until I found this...
 Tiny trim! I was walking down the aisle of the dollar store, really looking to see if they had any more little furniture, and saw these little bags of string with three spools in different colors! Yay me! After I glued the 'trim' down my little chair looked so much sweeter! Now I like it. I also made a tiny little pillow for the back of the chair.
 Nice and curvy!
 Isn't the 'trim' cute? I seem to always add these little wooden feet to my furniture.
 Then I went on a kick of making tiny little books. There are lots of these to print out on Pinterest. I kinda made up my own way to make the pages. I don't always follow the rules you know. I guess I'm a mini rebel! :) Anyway, I made some of the classic books that I just love.
So now we can rest in the new easy chair and grab a good book to read! 

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

The Book Of Love

 I wonder, wonder who, who-oo-ooh, who
(Who wrote the Book Of Love)

Tell me, tell me, tell me
Oh, who wrote the Book Of Love
I've got to know the answer
Was it someone from above

(Oh, I wonder, wonder who, mmbadoo-ooh, who)
(Who wrote the Book Of Love)

I love you darlin'
Baby, you know I do
But I've got to see this Book of Love
Find out why it's true

(Oh, I wonder, wonder who, mmbadoo-ooh, who)
(Who wrote the Book Of Love)

(Chapter One says to love her)
(You love her with all your heart)
(Chapter Two you tell her you're)
(Never, never, never, never, never gonna part)
(In Chapter Three remember the meaning of romance)
(In Chapter Four you break up
(But you give her just one more chance))

(Oh, I wonder, wonder who, mmbadoo-ooh, wWho)
(Who wrote the Book Of Love)

Baby, baby, baby
I love you, yes I do
Well it says so in this Book Of Love
Ours is the one that's true

(Oh, I wonder, wonder who, mmbadoo-ooh, who)
(Who wrote the Book Of Love)

(Chapter One says to love her)
(You love her with all your heart)
(Chapter Two you tell her you're)
(Never, never, never, never, never gonna part)
(In Chapter Three remember the meaning of romance)
(In Chapter Four you break up
(But you give her just one more chance)

(Oh, I wonder, wonder who, mmbadoo-ooh, Who)
(Who wrote the Book Of Love)

Baby, baby, baby
I love you, yes I do
Well it says so in this Book Of Love
Ours is the one that's true

(Oh, I wonder, wonder who, mmbadoo-ooh, who)
(Who wrote the Book Of Love)
I wonder who (yeah)
Who wrote the Book Of Love
~ sung by The Monotones


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Little Bit of This, Little Bit of That

Hello Dear Ones! Just like you, I've been so busy as of late and thought I would catch you up with what's been going on around here at Note Songs.
Well, it is certainly fortunate for us to live where fall is it's most beautiful! We are so close to Vermont and Massachusetts and go there very often. We love Costco but the closest one is about 100 miles away in West Springfield, Massachusetts, so off we go and I'm snapping along the way.
 I have to tell you a little story. You know how I love to tell you little stories. Do you see the bottom snap above? I have to tell you this area was more beautiful than this shows. Well, in the two snaps above that one, we parked on the side of the road and I was snapping away when a van pulled up and the man said something to Mr. Precious. I ran back across the road to get into Kiki and Mr. Precious said the man told him if we wanted to really see some beautiful fall colors to follow him. Well, I have seen a lot of Lifetime movies and I'm telling you, you don't follow strangers down unknown steep roads. He could be a serial killer or a Texas chainsaw murderer, except that would be Massachusetts chainsaw murderer! I didn't like this and tried to dissuade Mr. Precious. He said it'd be okay. Well, we followed, my heart was pounding outta my chest, we stopped the car, the man got out and he was very nice. He had built a lovely home at the top of this mountain and was lonely and just wanted to share his view with someone. This was his view from his home. He wasn't scary and even told me his birthday was Friday. We wished him a happy birthday, thanked him for showing us this gorgeous view and carefully drove down the steep mountain road. We escaped without any knives in our backs, no chopped off heads or bullet wounds. My heart had stopped pounding and I realized I needed to quit watching so many spooky movies. Any way...I don't recommend doing this though.
 Whew! Then we took a little side trip to Stockbridge, Massachusetts! We love this place and wanted to see the pumpkin displays at the Red Lion Inn! As you can see, they get some huge pun'kins! And I visited the ladies' room in the Red Lion and had to snap for you. I look kinda bad. I think it was the 'following' episode was playing a number on me.
 Anyway, I got back on track after a wonderful shared breakfast burrito with Mr. Precious at the Main Street Cafe.



Back at home the leaves have been falling big time. We use a service who come out about 4 times and gather up our leaves for us and then the city comes along and sucks the leaves up. We tried doing it ourselves, it's a lot of work, but the main reason we have the service is raking the leaves makes Mr. Precious' allergies go crazy. Then the very next day...
 It SNOWED! Can you believe it? Snow before Halloween? It was beautiful and was gone the next morning. The grandbabies loved it and we did too.
 The babies were getting their pun'kins ready ~ real ones and toilet paper ones! :)
 We took Campie with us for some Halloween fun last Saturday. Our local fire station opens for the kiddies with treats, and games at the fire house. Since Campie loves fire trucks and every thing to do with them, he loved it.
Then Carter's school had their yearly Halloween parade. Here is little Campie running when he saw me. Do you know how this thrills my heart? He was in his costume too - a little robot.
Let the parade begin and here comes Carter. She was dressed up as a Candy Girl! Isn't she darling? Just a reminder our nightmare about her health started this time last year and what a blessing to see her well and whole. Thank you, Jesus!
 Getting ready to hit the Halloween streets! My daughter had to join in with her Harry Potter look.
 Knocking on the doors for a treat. Little Campie didn't have a lot of patience and when the folk didn't open immediately he just started to open the door himself! :)
I'll end with this. I had the family over for lasagne and was looking around on Pinterest and saw these "Mummy Dogs" and decided to make some for the grandbabies. Aren't they cute? You get some crescent dinner rolls in the can and roll out the dough, cut it into narrow pieces. Put a little strip of cheese under the wiener then begin to wrap the dough around the wiener and bake at 375' for about 17 minutes or until browned. 

Hope you all had a safe and fun Halloween!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

The Monster Mash 
 

I was working in the lab late one night
When my eyes beheld an eerie sight
For my monster from his slab began to rise
And suddenly to my surprise

He did the mash
He did the monster mash
The monster mash
It was a graveyard smash
He did the mash
It caught on in a flash
He did the mash
He did the monster mash

From my laboratory in the castle east
To the master bedroom where the vampires feast
The ghouls all came from their humble abodes
To get a jolt from my electrodes

They did the mash
They did the monster mash
The monster mash
It was a graveyard smash
They did the mash
It caught on in a flash
They did the mash
They did the monster mash

The zombies were having fun
The party had just begun
The guests included Wolf Man
Dracula and his son

The scene was rockin', all were digging the sounds
Igor on chains, backed by his baying hounds
The coffin-bangers were about to arrive
With their vocal group, "The Crypt-Kicker Five"

They played the mash
They played the monster mash
The monster mash
It was a graveyard smash
They played the mash
It caught on in a flash
They played the mash
They played the monster mash

Out from his coffin, Drac's voice did ring
Seems he was troubled by just one thing
He opened the lid and shook his fist
And said, "Whatever happened to my Transylvania twist"

It's now the mash
It's now the monster mash
The monster mash
And it's a graveyard smash
It's now the mash
It's caught on in a flash
It's now the mash
It's now the monster mash

Now everything's cool, Drac's a part of the band
And my monster mash is the hit of the land
For you, the living, this mash was meant too
When you get to my door, tell them Boris sent you

Then you can mash
Then you can monster mash
The monster mash
And do my graveyard smash
Then you can mash
You'll catch on in a flash
Then you can mash
Then you can monster mash

~ sung by Bobby "Boris"  Pickett