Monday, December 19, 2011

Ohio Snowman Revisited

Greetings to You! Like many of you I am now deep into Christmas activities with a focus on enjoying my family and friends. In 2009 I posted this article to celebrate my year as a blogger as well as share something personal. I decided to repost and share with new readers.

I am suspending new articles until after the holidays. I wish you all the best for the coming year and no matter your personal beliefs I think we can agree that a time to love and celebrate our loved ones is always good.

All Best,

Ohio Snowman and Squeeky

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to Everyone!

2009 has been a very busy and fun year and I can't believe Christmas and 2010 are just days away. I need to connect with this realization, get in the kitchen and get 'cookin'. Today is also my Wedding Anniversary and we have a nice evening planned.

Like many of you, I have boxes and boxes of Christmas decorations I have collected over the years despite the fact that I have occasionally de-accessed items I no longer used. I love all of those trees, figurines, stuffed animals, snowflakes, lights, little houses, two Christmas foxes, and the beautiful Ohio Snowman pictured above. (I call him my Ohio Snowman only because I bought him in Ohio.) If you look closely, he is holding a little red plush mouse. The little mouse belonged to our son Adrian and his name is Squeeky. Adrian loved that mouse and carried him everywhere, talking to him and loving him the way only children can love.

Twelve Days of Christmas

One of my most treasured displays the past few years has been a set of 12 Decorative Plates each representing one of the 12 Days of Christmas. This set of plates was given to my parents, John C. and Lee Verle T. Jarrard, over a 12 year period by the employees of their business Jarrard Hardware Inc. Each year the wife of one of the men who worked at the store would come to the house and leave the gift to be opened on Christmas Day. The plates were kept in my mom's china cabinets so they could always be seen and then taken out for display at Christmas. A few years ago my mother make a beautiful gesture and rather than buying gifts for family members, she gave each of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildred something from her collection of china and silver. I received the Decorative Plates.

This year I decided to carry on the tradition of sharing beloved possessions and I am giving my sister and two brothers and their families three plates each from the group. I know they will all love having these reminders of our family Christmases past and all the friends from our little hometown who were so much a part of our daily lives.

It has been a pleasure working on my blog the past 9 months and I am looking forward to continuing in 2010. The best part has been the friends I have made and I hope that continues as well. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Terry


  1. Hey Terry - I was married right at christmas too!! A freezing cold church (no heating) a thick wool suit. Happy Anniversary!

  2. Happy Anniversary and Best Wishes for a wonderful 2010!


  3. Wishing you many more happy anniversaries and a great year ahead! From one hardware store kid to another -- I have loved reading your blog this year. Thank you for being there.

  4. Thank you Elizabeth, Rebeccs and Rayna. May the blessings of the new year fill your lives and thank you for sharing yours with me. Terry

  5. Happy New Year. Thanks for sharing your world with us on your blog. Oh, and I love your "Ohio" snowman.
    All the best for 2010.

  6. Hi Terry.

    The happiest of holiday wishes to you and yours.

    Madeline xoxo

  7. Thank you Madeline. Best to you as well. I appreciate your notes. xo, T