Christmas in Connecticut

XMas Card

I spent the Christmas holidays with family members here at home in Connecticut over the course of the week… my children, their partners, extended family, my sisters… and I talked/ texted with family and friends who I was unable to see in person. It was a particularly memorable and heartwarming Christmas for me because of the special times that we had together. There were presents of course, but the most important part of the Christmas holiday was the feeling of love that surrounded me. There was a warm glow that enveloped me from the simple acts of sharing a meal and opening up in conversation.

Bevin tree

I actually have a small tree and that fits best in my condo. But I love Christmas trees and the tree photo above is from the Bevin House, a bed and breakfast here in town. I went there for a Writer’s Guild meeting which was great fun and we got a tour of the restored inn afterwards. It was lovely! This is the parlor as it would have appeared in the late 1800’s.

Bevin House parlor

My tree is small but it has a lot of room for my treasured ornaments which I have gathered over the years. One year my cat managed to knock the whole tree over, breaking a half dozen ornaments. Fortunately I was able to glue a few of the special ones back together. Tangerine was adopted from the Connecticut Humane Society, abandoned at age 7, but she lived a long life with me and is now passed. I will always remember the look on her face when I came into the living room from the kitchen after hearing the loud crash. Somewhere I have a photo of the fallen tree in my photo archives.

My tree 2017

Dolls Just Want to Have Fun

I seem to have gathered a doll collection since I moved to the condo and they all have fun living with me here. My dolls certainly put a smile on my face as they greet me when I come home. They never complain and they don’t make demands. They are just there in the moment with their happy little faces.

Dolls in living room

Each doll has a story and a few of them have gone off into the world and been given to others to begin a new life. I rescued Sara’s doll from a garage sale when Sara was 10 years old and her mother was downsizing for a move. I met Sara 10 years later in an advanced watercolor painting class and when we discovered the connection ( we were former neighbors) I gave Sara’s Raggedy Ann doll back to her. It was an emotional and happy reunion with a long lost and treasured childhood doll.

Sara's Raggedy Ann

I found little Raggedy Ann on a treasure hunting trip to the Red Barn in Hebron with my dear friend Kate. Kate is the kind of person who is there for you when you need support and she can tackle any task with efficiency and stamina. Kate helped me downsize the contents of my house in preparation for the move to my condo last year. It was a daunting task that was made much more manageable with her help.

Little Raggedy Ann

I gave away little Raggedy Ann during the downsizing operation. I had so many things that it was hard to decide what to keep for the move to a much smaller place. Although I know this doll made some little girl very happy, over time I grew to miss her. Recently I found a vintage pattern for the little doll on Etsy and decided to make a new one. My friend Leonora, who helped me find places to donate many of my things, found some of the fabric that I needed to make this doll. I plan to start on this project soon and it will be fun!

Raggedy Ann Supplies

I have more dolls upstairs who greet me in the morning and again in the evening. Some of them I have made, some of them belonged to my children, and there is a Raggedy Ann I found at the Durham Fair after I returned Sara’s doll to her. There is also a Hello Kitty doll and a bear that my children gave to me. Each one is special to me and brightens up my life.

Dolls upstairs