Pear tree lane Farmhouse

~Welcome home~

This blog is dedicated to my dear family who live many miles away, and to you dear ladies , who have a heart for keeping the home fires burning. You, who love and cherish your family, and have a desire to create a home that says "Welcome, you are loved and cared for."

My desire is that when you leave that you will be encouraged and know that you too are loved.

Sue~

~Savoring Christmas Memories~

Written by Sue, Friday December 13, 2019      Cold rainy day, 50's, a good day to blog!~smile~

When I was a child I thought December  was the longest month  of the year and that Christmas would never come. Now, wanting to savor each day, it seems to be the shortest month, I am wanting to put a stop on time, it seems to be flying by so fast!

Tuesday Mr P. and I decided to take a trip to see how my grandmother/great uncle's  old homestead was doing, we were so pleased that the old home place is being  so well taken care of! I love this place, it holds so many wonderful memories for me, both childhood memories and memories of bringing our children here for Sunday lunch, where the children played with the farm animals.

100+ yrs.

 Christmas was so special here, my g-uncle would go out into the woods, cut a small pine tree, secure it with crisscross wood slats, Granny and I would cross our fingers as we plugged in those  large, colorful  lights,  (if one would not burn then none would.)~smile~  she didn't have many decorations,  but they were beautiful decorations,hand painted mercury bulbs, oh how I wish I had her decorations today, one thing that she placed on her tree that I still do, is the silver tinsel!

This tree is our memory/homespun tree, my favorite Christmas tree, each year we buy a Frazier Fir,
it is decorated with bubbling lights (another childhood memory),
Handmade ornaments by our family, children and grandchildren made many years ago, the final touch is the silver tinsel!Here are a few of the ornaments that make this tree so special, The cloth cut-outs were made by my sister Mary, Susan and I about 35 yrs. ago. The white felt angel was made by my Mom a few yrs.ago. the painted wood ornaments by grands during summer visits, and a few by our sons 30 + yrs. ago. Lets not forget about Rudolph and his family,he has been with us for many years too!
Some crocheted, some smiling, happy faces, some sleeping waiting for Santa!

Each handmade ornament brings such a special memory, such as the cloth cut-outs we girls made, I remember  that evening many yrs. ago, laughing, talking and making plans as we hand stitched  and stuffed each one.... I must find this angel's secret, she has aged so much better than I have. ~wink~
 Each tree has its own nativity ornament, ... the reason for the season

I remember our sons painting the wooden ornaments at the kitchen table while I prepared dinner, I can now hear their sweet voices as they talked about what Santa would be bringing them, so anxious for Christmas to come, I think all children feel as though times stands still all through December. A tree must have an  old teddy bear.

Each year I would buy each of  them a Christmas coloring/activity book! Would you believe that I still have some of them packed away somewhere. Even though the children are grown and live far away, I still buy and read children books.  Some folks refuse to grow up!~grin~


 I don't usually share photos of myself, here is an exception, Susan and I take a Christmas  selfie every season!
2018
2019

Here is a special ornament just for you, dear friends you are so special!
Love,
Sue

~Tis a wonderful,busy,glorious season~

Written by Sue, Tuesday, December 10, 2019. cloudy warm for this time of year, high temps. 70's ♥️

Each year Mother, Mr P., Susan  and I visit a few dear Ones who are convalescing and take them a few goodies. Isn't she beautiful, 91 yrs. young and can work circles around me. ~wink~

Our first visit was yesterday, with a dear lady, a family member who lives in another town,  who had just returned home from the hospital a week ago, and was doing really well, giving thanks to our Lord for His healing touch. We stayed for almost two hours talking, laughing  and catching up on old and new news. Though we felt the visit was long, she didn't want us to leave. We prayed with her and soon left!

Mother had prepared several meals for her to have this week,  there were gifts and other goodies too!


Since she had been ill there were no Christmas decorations around,  the little lighted gift Mother had made brightened her table next to her chair. Isn't this the cutest evah! Mother made 20 of these, as usual my Mother gave me one too, it has the cutest lights, I just adore.

She also made these lap blankets to give this year, they are cut, edges are hand crocheted by her! 
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Today, I am catching up on laundry, housework, and blogging, while Mr P. is away from the farm, he asked me to promise not to be climbing on any ladders, my requests to him were, please be careful  while working, look twice before leaving a stop...... kiss, kiss, "I love you"!💋💋💕
BTW!!! He had a great report from the Dr!

Our Christmas plans are ... Relax, enjoy time with family and friends, be thankful, don't rush, don't stress, set priorities, be kind,  don't go into debt, enjoy great food!

Most of all  we Celebrate the real reason for the season.

Luke 2:14~ "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace good will toward men!"


Blessings upon you and your household,
Sue







~A note from home~

Written by Sue, Sunday evening, Dec. 1, 2019... Rain, sunshine, windy, temps. 70, Nice!

Do you like surprises? I do. Isn't this poinsettia pretty and unusual, a surprise gift from dear daughter and her sweet boy friend! It kind of looks like a cross between a rose and a poinsettia, it even has a slight rose fragrance. (Bought at Lowes)


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I received a notice this morning on  my i phone informing me that I averaged 21 mins. of screen time per day last week, that seems to be par for the course for me these days, so much going on here at the farmhouse,.. and with family, that there has been so  little time for social time, for which I so apologize!......

We lost our dear sister-in-law, Betty, suddenly, two weeks ago, she not only was my SIL, but she was such a great friend. Betty was one of the sweetest persons, tirelessly giving of her  time and financial means to others.We went to high school together, played basketball together, Betty is fifth from  he left, oh what wonderful memories! See if you can find me in this photo, hint' I am one of those kneeling, answer at bottom of post.


 married brothers, worshipped at the same church, and shared many secrets! She was such a great example to me of what a Christian should be. I miss her so much.

Mr P. had to postpone his elective surgery of knee replacement until January for a very necessary surgery to remove a skin cancer, he has been recuperating so nicely, tomorrow he gets the stitches removed , 20 to be exact! Prayers for continued great reports.

As for me, I decided three months ago to get serious about my health, including proper exercise, 4.5 miles of walking 5 days a week, proper meals which is needing lots of improvement, and drinking lots of water! Two out of three is not so bad, ehh! As a result of these simple life changes, I am feeling so much better! I Thank my heavenly Father for His hand in my life and for my cheerleader, Mr P.
 I would like to share sometime of the situation that brought this about!

Through all of life's situations and circumstances I have learned that there are some things that remain stedfast, one being the "Faithfulness of God"!

Psalm 18:30~ As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

My journey of scripture memorization some time ago, has taken me to many stops on this journey called life. When you repeat a scripture verse day after day it becomes ingrained in your mind, body and soul, and applied to your life, this is what I have found. I am so thankful for the Bible, it answers any question I might have about life, yes, even an untimely passing of a friend.

 Praying for continued joy, peace, and happiness for you my dear friends,
love,
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Sue

Answer: 2nd from right, facing photo.

The farmer and his friends
Thank you so much for coming by, please come and visit anytime.

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