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☺It’s been a YEAR ~ It’s time to Celebrate…and You’re all invited☺

 

~Hello! Hello!  Dear Friends~

I’m so happy you’ve stopped by to help me celebrate!

Well, this is it! 

I’ve reached a milestone…

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HAPPY

1st

BLOG-A’VERSARY

to

The Olde Weeping Cedar

Wow, it’s been a wonderful year…and the icing on the cake is that I’ve met all of you wonderful, sweet gals.  I have made so many new friends.  I never, in my wildest dreams, would have thought I would’ve-could’ve met this many fantastic, caring ladies…you are all just super…caring, talented, giving, funny, warm, supportive, inspiring….well, I could go on and on….you’re just simply, wonderful!

 

I wanted to give a quick ‘shout-out’ to a couple of friends, if ya don’t mind :) 

[I have NEVER-EVER posted “food” pics on my blog and with good reason!]

But there is a first time for everything…….

First I’d like to thank my friend, Colleen

She inspired me to BUY A BUNDT PAN!  LOL! 

Here's the cake I made Colleen, in my new pan…Pleeeeease don’t ask me about the recipe (it’s a box cake mix)…I have to start slow……baby steps!!

Before ya know it, I will be whippin’ up something that takes more that ONE bowl to make it in—hehe!

Thanks, Colleen ♥

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Second ‘shout-out’ is for Maurine!

Maurine sent me a cookbook!

WITH PICTURES-what a lifesaver-it’s good to know what the end result should look like-LOL!

She kept telling me all I needed was a ‘good southern cookbook’ and I’d be able to cook!

Well….guess what???

It’s true!!  I made Black Bean Soup!

Once I figured out what a ham hock was…I was on a roll!  It turned out fabulous, so tasty!  I surprised my own self!

Thanks, Maurine!

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For those who’ve been with me for a while now, you know I have trouble in the kitchen-HA(understatement)!  So, Colleen & Maurine both deserve a huge THANK YOU, for encouraging me! ;) Steve’s belly thanks you too!

 

Now-on to the  PAR-TAY….

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To celebrate my blog-a’versay I’ve decided you get to choose what goes in the GIVEAWAY BOX!

 

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This set of three oval stack boxes

I painted these in Harvest Gold and Black and cut the stencils myself for this set!

Wheeeeeeeew…took forever!

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The stencils are done in Harvest Gold and black.  I distress them and gave them a hand rubbed wax finish :)  I’ve also included a wooden candle stick base, painted black and distressed just a little. flower stack boxes

If you choose this gathering, you will get a “SIMPLIFY” sign too, which I did in Black (base coat) and Harvest Gold with black lettering…to match your boxes!

 

 

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This set of 3 oval stack boxes, done in Harvest Gold and Black.  For this set I used one stencil on the large box and ‘parts’ of the same stencil to do the medium and small box.  These are finished the same as the set above.colonial

You will get the candle stick and the SIMPLIFY sign with this set of boxes.

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and…120105~1finally…Choice #3We kindly welcome thee

  A set of these square stack boxes.013  This set I did in a parchment tone, with blue, red and a touch of harvest gold in the patterns and black lettering.  These are distressed quite a bit and also have a hand rubbed wax finish.  You will get a wooden candle stick done in colors to match the boxes and you will get this “PRIMITIVES” sign.  The sign is also in parchment and has black lettering

 we kindly welcome thee

 

Ok-so that’s my Blog-A’versary giveaway, the winner will receive one ‘stack box gathering’ of their choice. 

There’s nothin to do to enter…except leave me a comment on this post to let me know you’d like to be included.  No need to post this on your blog…everyone gets one entry…

Now, for those who’ve joined me through this blogging journey, [or as BLOGGER likes to call us; “followers”], if your name is drawn you will get a ‘lil sum’in sum’in extra in your box!  ;)

So If you have joined the OLDE WEEPING CEDAR, I THANK YOU and if you’d like to join me, I welcome you :)….and to show you my appreciation I will throw in a little extra surprise for you!!

Be sure to leave your email addy if you don’t have a blog, so I have a way to contact ya!

I’ll let ya know when I draw the name of the winner. I haven’t picked a “drawing date” yet.  But if you win when I draw your name…I promise, you’ll be the first to know :)

I have a busy couple of weeks ahead of me-mom and dad will be leaving in about a week to head back to FL.  So I will be spending  this last bit of time with them.  Then I will be getting ready for my special guest to arrive. 

I am goin to meet one of my dear, sweet bloggin buds!!!  YAY…I am so tickled!  Pam is comin in from MI to stay with me for about a week!  How KEWL is that?!

We are planning to CRAFT our little fingers to the bone…she’s even volunteered to teach me to sew…I have had that silly sewing machine for over 9 mos. now, and still can’t do a diddly thing on it!  [I honestly don’t think she knows what she’s gettin herself into here-hehe]

So, I am hoping to draw my giveaway winner sometime between mom & dad’s departure and Pam’s arrival!

Good Luck Everyone!

…and THANKS for making this past year of blogging…a wonderfully FUN year for me!

 

Until my next post…TGC, Friends!

“♥” ~hugs

FALL is Here…Inside and Out

Welcome Friends

Happy Autumn~Everyone!

 

Being that Fall has officially arrived (well, technically- later today- after 5, but this is close enough for me)

I thought I would share with you some bits of fall I have scattered about my home. 

I think we’ll start in the kitchen and meander through the house from there…all righty?

 

~Kitchen Gatherings~kitchen

putka pods, leaves, acorns and pinecones

I have noticed I am a “natural decorator”…most everything I have for my fall decor is outdoorsy and natural.

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  Some yarrow I dried this summer and some more putka pods

Cider, anyone?

 Cider, Anyone?

 

 

~Back Entry [we say ‘mudroom’] Gatherings~

bittersweet Dried Hydrangea, I picked a couple of weeks ago.  I made this Harvest sign and my friend, Loretta sent me some bittersweet!

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 More of the bittersweet…I just love it…what a gorgeous burst of color it adds

 

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Here’s the bittersweet, before the berries burst opened with color

 

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I also tucked some in my lantern!

 

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My olde wooden bucket, I filled this with faux hydrangea heads and grasses

 

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This is a picture of the entire gathering

 

~Family room Gathering~

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Pretty, plain and simple :)  Just a couple small pumpkin gourds I ‘tiqued a bit…and some leaves and a few acorns-oh and my favorite ‘pineapple’ carved pumpkin!familyroom

 

 

~Dining room Gatherings~

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Table-my large dough bowl filled to the brim with Autumn Harvest …a large white pumpkin I antiqued, some real gourds, leaves, pinecones and sugared acorns

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   I added a branch of bittersweet to the shelf, and filled my basket, made by my friend Pam, with hydrangea heads…. and on the dry sink I have a bowl of acorns  & oak leaves

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Olde Mr. Crow atop my moss pumpkins.

My friend Pam made the crow for me, also :)

He looks perfect  perched atop those punkins!

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Dining room light-wrapped with grapevine

 

Front Entry

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This is a gathering I have in my front entry.  All fall foliage and flowers with some bittersweet tucked in!  The arrangement is in my olde antique shoe shine box.  I just love this box!  I have it sitting up on end.  It’s actually s’posed to sit down and the opening where the arrangement is would be where the shoe shine fella would keep his polish and buffers.

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Here’s a close up of the box.  The foot rest is made of wrought iron…it’s a really heavy box! (this pic was taken just as the bittersweet berries began to ‘pop’

 

~Outside the Front Door ~

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Greeting flag on the front porch

 

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One of my front entries…the other one, we are still working on…trying to get it stoned up…it’s slow goin, like everything else around here…we tend to have too many logs in the fire at one time!  :)

My beautiful Boston Fern-most definitely does  not scream “fall”…but I can’t bring myself to get rid of it yet!

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Hope you enjoyed taking a peek at my little bits of fall…I love fall, as I know so many of us do…it’s such a short season for us, here Northern PA….I wish we could have fall all year long! :)

 

Oh yes---I also wanted to share with you a special ‘♥’ gift I received from my sweet friend, Maurine!

She sent me a COOKBOOK!

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Southern Cooking…hopefully this will help me with my cooking skills…’er…I should say…lack there of! 

See the little doll and the pineapple note pad?  Maurine tucked that in with the cookbook too.  Thanks so much Maurine, I will be sure to give this a try :)

WISH ME LUCK ;)

 

 

And I have just one more very special ‘punkin’ photo to share before I sign off…..

Here’s  precious little Ava…

she’s 4 mos old already!

Isn’t she just the sweetest lil chunky-monkey ;) Look at those cubby cheeks!DSCI0920

Beautiful Girl, you make my heart FULL

 

Ok, guess that’s it for this post…

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit, I wish you all a SPLENDID FIRST DAY of FALL!!

 

…Until my next post…TGC, Friends

Joyful~♥~Blessings, Kath

Patriot Day~My way of Remembering….

Ok, my friends…I know today’s post appears long and wordy and even worse…has no pics ….but trust me when I tell ya….it’s a fairly quick read.  It looks longer than it really is….  

…It’s just an optical illusion!  ;)

 

Friday is “Patriot Day”…and this is just my way of remembering….

[I am not sharing my writings with you to recall the sadness, but simply, to remember.  Though, in my opinion, the two go hand in hand. 

So many were lost…and so many families have a gaping hole in their hearts, still filled with sadness……From all those who’ve lost a friend, or a loved one on Sept. 11th, whether in Washington, New York or in a field in PA… to all those who have lost a dear loved one oceans away….in the war(s) following 9/11.

My heart goes out to all, for we’ve all been touched, in one way or another, by this one atrocious act….for some, the scars may never heal…]

I wrote these poems right after the 9/11 attacks….

The first was written just after the horrible shock.  The second poem I wrote about a week or so later, and had to keep changing the ‘number of [new] stars’…as it took so long to determine how many people were killed on that horribly sad day. I remember at one time, when I first wrote it, I had 6,000 [new] stars…per the media broadcasts at that time… thankfully that number decreased…..sadly, still too many new stars shine bright……

The third poem, I wrote on Sept. 11, 2002…and every year since then, I’ve updated it…it used to read “we awake today 1 year now gone by”

Now- I’m on year #8…..I would give anything for this is be my last revise!

We all remember where we were, what we were doin, who we were with…we remember it like it was yesterday.  I’m sure we always will…..9/11… eight years ago, yet through our minds eye and in our hearts….it’s as vivid as yesterday.

I remember too, I didn’t ‘decorate’ for the holidays that year…we put up one small tree in the corner of our dinning room and donned it in simple red white and blue ribbon….nothing else.

Shorty after that, my son told me he would be enlisting in the military (which was a bag of mixed  emotions for me, pride- that he wanted to stand up for and help protect his country, especially in such a frightening, unsettling  time…. and with that came pure horror- that he wanted to stand up and protect our country at such a frightening, unsettling time)…. and shortly after that, he was deployed to Iraq.

My life has never been the same since, nor has his….

Sept. 11th has forever changed me….I think, for the most part, it has changed us all, each in a different way….yet in very much, the same way.  Hopefully we’ve  all become a bit wiser (or more aware), a lot stronger…and far more compassionate towards others…after all, where would we be if we found nothing ‘good’ or ‘positive’ from  this ‘evil’ attack? 

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From the Hand of Man

to the Arms of God…

rubble, dust, ash and smoke

left by the hand of man

sorrow, pain and suffering

a nation weeps, heart in hand

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thousands taken with one swift strike

millions left behind

September 11th, evil reared its ugly head

with an attack on all mankind

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A nightmare unfolds before our eyes

We still have dreams to fulfill…

For those forever gone, we pray,

They have answered God’s divine will

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We vow to stand as one

Bound by a common thread…

To weed out this evil where it grows,

United--this is our pledge

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We must not fight a war with hate

For this battle will never die

We must fight with fierce conviction…

Peace and freedom, our battle cry

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Flags now wave, both near and far

Voices raised in prayer and song

…all these remembered,

Forgotten for so long

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We shall conquer this ugly  monster

Take down this heinous beast

For Americans stand for freedom

This is our nations creed

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Now we fall on bended knee

As one people, with one prayer

Candles burn and flags fly proud

it’s our faith that shall remove despair

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For where one or more come together

Let no one be asunder

One nation, one world, under God

This notion we must not ponder

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One evil act against humanity

Has united a nation and a world

Together as brothers and as sisters

Our boundless tears and prayers unfurled

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One certainty lives on in all of us

As we put forth a brave facade

Those taken by the hand of man…

Now rest in the arms of God…

© 2001 K. Bosko

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…And Now I Rest In The Arms of God….

…do not cry in sorrow

for my body felt now pain…

do not stand motionless

for I am born again…

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He took us in His arms that day

protected us from ‘hell’

delivered us each to heaven

before the towers fell

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we were wrapped in wings of gossamer

gathered up like innocent babes

feeling only love and peace…

we were delivered at His gate

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look up and see the blue before you

the skies reflecting bright

this is the image of my eye…

you are forever in my sight

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wipe the tears from your cheek

please mourn and weep no more…

for I am among the fortunate

I have arrived at God’s front door

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I am with you everlastingly

this  promise I will keep…

though I never said ‘good bye’ to you

my wings now hold you as you sleep

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should grey clouds begin to gather…

if darkness should amass…

fold your hands and pray to Him

and your darkness soon shall pass

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for He has placed new light above

nearly 3,000 [new] stars shine bright

so no one left behind that day

shall be left alone at night

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So….

do not cry in sorrow

for my body felt no pain

and…

do not stand motionless

for I am living again

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live your life

dream your dreams

love and laugh…move on…

I will always be here with you

it’s only the towers that are gone

©2001 K. Bosko

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We Awake Today…

…8 years gone by…

gathering together with a sundry eye

looking for something we have yet to find…

still mourning those taken, we left behind

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96 months now since removed…

so little time to heal such a vast wound

raw and opened… this cut still runs deep

this nation still mourns, still remembers, still weeps

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416 weeks have now passed

since Olde Glory waved; poised proud, at half mast

a show of honor, a will to prevail 

the result of a ‘hell’ that was so swiftly unveiled

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2,916 days have now now elapsed…

since the towers and our peace buckled, gave in, then collapsed…

the rubble, the dust, has since cleared away

the pain, the sorrow, prolongs it’s stay

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69,984 hours have now amassed…

since that stone of hate, with grave intent, was cast

trying to uproot it from where it did spawn

exhausted, we fight it…but the evil lives on

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4,199,040 minutes have since departed…

this time seems so long, though we’ve only just started…

to fight a fight we know nothing of

to send in our Troops with only hope from above

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251,942,400 seconds have since ticked away…

second by second we continue to pray;

for all those we lost in that one heinous act

for all those we will  lose, now still in Iraq

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we awake today…. 8 years now gone by…

no closer to knowing, still wondering why…

deploying our loved ones to fight a war

or sending them over to ‘even the score’?

the totality of innocents we lost on that grave day….

is still growing in number…

…8 years to the day

Peace Soon~©2002-2009 K. Bosko

*(please note,…my time calculations are just estimated…I didn’t figure leap years or the seconds we lose each year…it’s simply my way of remembering.)

 

Thank you for taking (or making) the time to read my writings today….for remembering…for honoring…for just thinking of all those we’ve lost…and of the families who live with that loss every single day…

May we continue to grow… wiser, stronger, more compassionate-together!

Until my next post…TGC, friends

Peace~Kath