Friday, December 11, 2009

Remembering a Dear Friend

Friendship is a sheltering tree.
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge~

It's been a while since I've joined Beverly for Pink Saturday. I'm so happy to be participating this week. So, let's get started.

As many of you know I'm going "all" out this year. If you could see our home right now you would say that's an understatement. lol When I say "all" out, I'm not just whistling Dixie folks. I finished the top of the fridge late yesterday afternoon. You all know how I "adore" snowmen. If they catch my eye and touch my heart they "have" to go home with me. This was the case with this beautiful Snowman Cookie Jar. I fell in love him, but alas...
This darling snowman print I've carried in the shop this past season. It is out of a series and each one is just as darling as the last one. Each of them have a lamb and a darling snowman or a family of snowmen.

Who could resist such a darling picture? The details are amazing.
I'm sure many of you have heard me mention My Betty many times over the course of this past year. She was a dear dear friend of mine. We often went shopping together. Often through the holiday season. lol This particular year was no exception. After being in the city all day we made a slight detour and stopped by the Cracker Barrel. As we walked in sitting there on a display was this darling, darling cookie jar. I fell in love with it immediately. Wanted to bring it home, but told myself "no". I did not need one more snowman "anything". I practiced self-control, oh it was hard, but I walked out the Cracker Barrel without the darling Snowman cookie jar. :-(

Slowly, over the course of our friendship My Betty started coming over Christmas Eve to spend the evening with us. Eating dinner, opening gifts and spending the night. Christmas Eve came and as scheduled My Betty arrived on time. Always with her famous cheese ball for Mr. P and bearing gifts. The evening's festivities began. We ate, cleaned up and listened to the grand kids carry on. :-)) It then became time to open the gifts. As each gift was handed out and opened the squeals of pleasure got louder and louder. It then became my turn to open my gifts. My Betty handed me this beautifully wrapped box and just smiled. I opened the box, pulled out the stuffing and squealed like a sissy girl.. Yes, inside was the Snowman cookie jar! I can't tell you how shocked I was. She never let on that day, not one little bit. The stinker. She had gone back over the next day and picked it up before anyone else could fall in love with it like I did. lol

Oh.. how I miss my Betty and all the fun times we had together. Each year, I pull out the Snowman cookie jar I fondly remember her and say a little prayer of thanks she came into my life and brought me so much pleasure. With her smile and laughter, her understanding and her hugs. These little guys have their very own sleigh to ride on.
Lookie here, just a wee bit of pink on the cheeks. I think they might have been out in the cold longer than I thought. :-))

Thanks for swinging by today. I've enjoyed having you. Don't forget to swing by Beverly's for a full list of those participating in Pink Saturday. Beverly, thank you for hosting Pink Saturday each week.

Happy Holidays!

hugs ~lynne~


Tardevil said...

Lynne, that was such a sweet tribute to your Betty. You made me cry...please don't do that again! LOL! That print is gorgeous and so is your cookie jar!

Debbie said...

What a wonderful friend Betty must have been. I am glad that snowman still gives you a little piece of her for without our friends, our memories, our families what would the world be?

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a nice story! I can see why you really like the jar - he is a cute one.
Have a great weekend.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Dear Lynne! What a sweet precious memory to have with your adorable snowman cookie jar! How wonderful to have had such a beautiful friend.
I love your little art piece. It's so sweet. Love how your decorated the top of your fridge!
Be a sweetie,
shelia :)

onlymehere said...

Beautiful story. These types of experiences make them more than just "things." They truly do become treasures. What a great friend. Love the prints too! My friend Nancy would love your snowmen!

vignette design said...

What a dear friend your dear Betty was. She knew how much you loved that snowman. He has a special place atop your refrigerator observing the comings and goings of your kitchen. Great story. --Delores

Beth at Aunties said...

Friends like Betty are true gifts in this life. I am so glad you have cherished memories of her and the darling snowman cookie jar to warm your heart. It seems for me anyway, Christmas brings back memories of dear friends especially when we unpack special decorations and gifts they have given us.
My cherished friend Kathy, has been gone for five years this month and it is funny that she too gave me, several snowmen I adore! Thanks for sharing:-)
Merry Christmas!

Four Paws and Co said...

Thank you for sharing your snowman cookie jar story. Now excuse me while I wipe away the tears... ♥

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Lynne,
This is so awesome! I love that cookie jar and the sweet story behind it! You are going all out this year girl, your home looks fabulous and that print, oh I want one of those prints! Hugs, Cindy

Claudia said...

Lynne, Betty sounds like such a wonderful lady. What a true friend she was. I loved the story of the snowman cookie jar. Happy PS!

Anonymous said...

Hi Lynne,

That was such a nice story. That Snowman Cookie Jar is so sweet!

Thank you for the sweet comment you left me. I have made a lot of changes in my diet and have continued taking my medication. I know what I did topped the list of dumb things to do.

I can't wait to see your next holiday decorating post!

Enjoy your weekend!


Unknown said...

Oh I can see why you fell in love with that cookie jar! It is darling! And..what a special sweet memory it has. I too, love snowmen and put my collection out in Jan/Feb to replace Christmas!

Happy PINK..Lorena

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Hi Lynne, What a beautiful post about a beautiful friend that meant so much! ...great tribute! And the cookie jar is just precious! How nice that you have a dear memento! Love that print, too! I {heart} little lambs! :)

~hugs, Rhonda

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Lynne, that is SO sweet that Betty got you that precious cookie jar.

I plan to surprise my godchild's mother with an ornament she wants. We went to an ornament exchange, and she really wanted this little frog Santa ornament. Well, the rules are that you can swipe the other person's ornament or pick a new one. Someone got hers! We found out it came from Cracker Barrell. So I snuck over there after the party and got her one. I just hope she doesn't go buy one for herself! LOL! And I saw a cookie jar I love. Didn't buy it because I have a nutcracker, but ooooooh, how snowmen can melt your heart!

Happy Pink Saturday to you...


Sheila :-)

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Lynne, I love that cookie jar, and what wonderful memories it holds! Memories in a cookie jar are much better than cookies in a cookie jar! How wonderful that "your Betty" spent Christmas Eve with you each year. I know that meant a lot to her as well. The top of your fridge looks so pretty! laurie

Jessica said...


This is such a sweet memory...a beautiful display and lovely reminder of a very cherished friend. There is nothing sweeter.

Hugs~ J

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good morning my dear friend...I'm so glad I stopped girl I have been sitting here crying my eyes out...I just miss my brother Dennis so much he died 8 years ago today and yesterday I came across a christmas letter he wrote me when I was 8 year old and girl the tears started...I know how much you miss your Betty...Its so sad and great the people that really touch our lives...May you have a wonderful day my friend...Many Mountain hugs to you....Gl♥ria

Anonymous said...

Lynne what a precious friend
Betty must have been.

I am so loving all the precious snowmen you have! That print is just wonderful with its sparkly snow!!


Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

I wanted to come over and see what my friend lynn was up to for Christmas, she did not dissappoint. This was a sweet and sad post, thanks. And I love that little print, so sweet.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Lynne,
What wonderful pictures! I LOVE your snowman, especially the cookie jar! I adore the picture too with the snowman and the sheep. I love both sheep and snowmen, so the picture captures my heart! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful Pink Saturday weekend.

Christmas blessings,

♥Mimi♥ said...

We don't need elaborate decorations or a big tree or numerous gifts under a tree. All any of us needs is to carry the spirit of Christmas in our hearts and to share it all year long with everyone we meet.

Thank you so much for sharing your blog with me today. Yes, I'm crazy about ♥PINK♥ but I'm also devoted to visiting some of the nicest blogs in cyberspace.

Hoping your weekend is filled with peace.

CC said...

Hi Lynne, I loved your story of your friend and so enjoyed it. We should all cherish those special friends as much as we can. Love your snowmen..they're wonderful..specially the pink cheeked ones. :).
Many happy Pinks..