Over the River and Through the Woods

Hello, Friends!  Big day for the family! All three of my children, my six grandchildren and friends are coming! A house full! (insert big smile emoji here) Early Thanksgiving, since they all go to their respective spouses family on Thanksgiving day!

One of my favorite memories of childhood is singing this song this time of year!

The original piece had twelve stanzas, though only four are typically included in the song.

Over the river, and through the wood,
To Grandfather’s house we go;
the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh
through the white and drifted snow.
Over the river, and through the wood,
to Grandfather’s house away!
We would not stop for doll or top,
for ’tis Thanksgiving Day.
Over the river, and through the wood—
oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes and bites the nose
as over the ground we go.
Over the river, and through the wood—
and straight through the barnyard gate,
We seem to go extremely slow,
it is so hard to wait!
Over the river, and through the wood—
When Grandmother sees us come,
She will say, “O, dear, the children are here,
bring a pie for everyone.”
Over the river, and through the wood—
now Grandmother’s cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!

The following verses appear in a “long version”:

Over the river, and through the wood,
with a clear blue winter sky,
The dogs do bark, and children hark,
as we go jingling by.
Over the river, and through the wood,
to have a first-rate play.
Hear the bells ring, “Ting-a-ling-ding!”,
Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day!
Over the river, and through the wood,
no matter for winds that blow;
Or if we get the sleigh upset
into a bank of snow
Over the river, and through the wood,
to see little John and Ann;
We will kiss them all, and play snow-ball
and stay as long as we can.
Over the river, and through the wood,
trot fast, my dapple-gray!
Spring over the ground like a hunting-hound!
For ’tis Thanksgiving Day.
Over the river, and through the wood,
Old Jowler hears our bells.
He shakes his pow, with a loud bow-wow,[1]
and thus the news he tells.

I hope Y’all enjoy your day!

credit for lyrics, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Over_the_River_and_Through_the_Wood


A New Day!

Thursday the 16th of November already! The month is half over! Do you believe it! My middle daughter who is 33 often tells me she can’t believe her oldest daughter is 7, times seems to fly she says! I say, “you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

Time crawls as a child, that old saying “Slow as Christmas” must have come from a child waiting for Santa! My Mother, God rest her soul was full of sayings! The older you get the faster time goes, was another one! Boy, was she right!

I will savor this day and be thankful for it! How about you?

The photo I included is part of my kitchen area. We had to do quite a bit of work in it! New hardwood floors (family effort), the two windows were replaced (hired out) and painting the walls (I did)! I like to paint, I was pleased with the outcome! Although it is getting harder for me to do with my arthritis. Holding a paintbrush and standing on a ladder is a challenge these days. Which famous artist taped his brush to his hand? Maybe it was Van Gogh! We have all heard of the man who complained he had no shoes till he met a man who had no feet. I am grateful for what I can do! We built the back deck with a covering (again family effort) so we could use it with all the rain we get in the Pacific Northwest!

This house was built in 1988. We had to do a lot of just basic maintenance to it. It was bank owned and neglected. My youngest daughter found it for us and we bought it sight unseen, signing papers as we were on the road driving from the Boulder Colorado area. We lived in Colorado for six years and moved back to be closer to kids and grandkids in 2011!

It has been a work in progress for the last 6 years, now we are trying to update a bit. Building sweat equity, mainly because we can’t afford to hire it all out! Cost of labor is so expensive around the Seattle area! Living in the Seattle area is expensive for retirees! It’s the main reason we are planning a move next year so my husband can retire. We will still be in the state of Washington, just further east!

Okay, enough ramblings of life in Cozinest Hollow! Wait! Just one more thing, the Cozinest Hollow name came about when I found my cute logo which came from a 1900’s German postcard. Also, our house seems to sit down in a hollow! In the pines, in the pines where the sun never shines (love that song)! Our new house will be somewhat in a hollow! It has a more open area, higher elevation and surrounded by the Kettle Rage mountains. More sunshine!!! Yay!

Hope you enjoy this day the Universe has handed to us! Life can be oh, so, sweet! It is all that YOU make it!

Thank you, for stopping by! Hugs!






Nothing Fancy!

Good morning! I look at all the other blogs I follow and think they are such eye candy! Beautiful homes, beautiful things, and scrumptious foods! This is mostly about a journey into to older age. Making a huge change and coping with all the things that come with! I say older age because I am already 66!

When I think about folks my age who move into a small apartment or home in a retirement community and take long vacations to exotic places, I think that is not for me! I have never been one to travel, I don’t play golf or bingo. I am a homebody! I never have had a lot of friends mainly because I did not have the time! I started work at 14 and worked until I was 59! Raised three children in there somewhere! Time truly does go by in a blink of an eye! A lot has happened in my life, some good, some very good and some not so good! Like with anyone, we are all dealt with many challenges and the joy we find outweighs all the difficulties! I am grateful for all that God, our heavenly father, the divine power, our creator has given me!

I don’t claim to be a writer, grammar is not my strong suit! So bear with me and I hope you enjoy what I have to offer!

Best regards, Carolyn

Gathering of Gnomes

Okay, after posting on my Facebook page a themed day of Gnomes. I succumbed to the temptation of purchasing one for myself. If you are around long enough you will find that I am a thrift store shopper, a painter of old furniture. I love to repurpose as well. I always try to find a bargain.

Vintage kitchen, vintage Holiday I adore! I also like to sprinkle a little new with the old! Most of my things are packed away in boxes right now, so what do I do, well, of course, buy more! After sorting through my things, and donating truckloads of stuff, I really don’t need anything else. I guess I can’t help it, cute gets me every time! I have 6 grandchildren, so they each get a little Gnome ornament for their tree! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs!