Friday, December 12



It must be Christmas. This week has been full of surprises. Some came in the mail and one via hubby. It all started last Sunday morning when a knock came at the door. Lo and behold, there was the Canada Post delivery driver and in his hand was a parcel. Canada Post never delivers on weekends and I certainly didn't expect them to deliver on Sunday. The driver explained that in the month of December they always work weekends.

I brought the parcel into the house. The box was pretty battered and I hoped that whatever was inside was safe.

Seems this parcel had been in the mail since November 17th The only thing I can figure out is that it was held up in Customs for some reason.

This is what was inside. The beautiful scarecrow lady that Sandy, from Flip Flop Floozie, had told me she would send me. I had commented on how much I liked her and Sandy sent her to live with me. I was delighted. Thank you, Sandy, for your generosity. I love her and promise that she will have a good home here. Imagine! She traveled all the way from Georgia to southern Ontario. I wonder what tales she could tell about her journey?

The second surprise arrived at my door on Wednesday. About 1 pm, a knock came at the door and once again it was the Canada Post delivery truck driver. I will call him D. In his hand he held this box:
I knew right away that it had come from the US. I can tell by the box. I signed for it, brought it in and opened it. I'm expecting a few swap parcels and this one was all the way from North Carolina. Peggy of Hidden Haven Homestead had joined in my book swap and she was one of my partners. (I ended up with two partners because an odd number of people signed up. I loved it!) I carefully opened the parcel and was delighted to find some extra goodies inside.

Peggy included a beautiful book titled, A Quiet Knowing Christmas by Ruth Bell Graham, wife of Billy Graham. Included along with the book was a card with one of Peggy's adorable goats on it, a cake of homemade Hidden Haven goat's milk soap and Hidden Haven homemade milk's goat hand lotion.

My hands have been dry and rough the last couple of weeks and none of the hand lotions that I have were working. As soon as I took this photo, I opened the lotion and put just a dab on my hands and then worked it in. Such a small amount and my hands are no longer dry. This is a great product. I would recommend it to anyone who is suffering from dry skin.

The goat's milk soap was Holiday Crunch fragrance and it is heavenly. I love the fragrance. Thank you so much, Peggy. Everything you chose was perfect. I will be sure to do a book review once I've read the book. Peggy makes and sells her own goat milk products and she does a terrific job. Be sure to take time to visit Hidden Haven Homestead and also Peggy's Etsy Shop. I know I will be buying a few gifts from Peggy for the special people in my life in the future.

This morning when I got up, there on the table was a Tim Horton's coffee mug. I'd seen these advertised on TV and mentioned that I really liked them. Tim Horton puts out a line of collector items each year and this is for 2008. It looks exactly like their take-out cups except it has a handle. For those who are familiar with Tim Horton's products, there is even a rim on the top of the cup. Hubby bought this for me on his way home from work. I love it!

So, this has been quite the week for surprises, which is not something I'm used to. It was such a nice treat to get so many unexpected gifts. I do appreciate my hubby and all of my blogging friends.

Remember the people who provide you with service this Christmas - the person who delivers your newspaper, the person who delivers your mail and anyone else who gives good service. You don't have to give a large tip or an expensive present. Cookies, candies or a card with a gift card or a small bill will let them know how much you appreciate their hard work. ~Blessings, Mary~


  1. Mary thank you so much for linking to my blog and shop. I am so glad you are enjoying the lotion and I think you will like the soap too as its a great moisturizer. Can't wait to see how you like the book.

  2. Such lovely surprises my friend.

  3. Gosh you have had lots of surprises and what lovely things they are too!

  4. You have had a nice week of surprises. They all are wonderful. The tree on this post is really pretty!

  5. Well you are the blessed on this week.... What a wonderful bunch of goodies......... You are so worth it...... I am mailing out my last two swaps tomorrow and I have just loved it....... The book swap was wonderful and I need to take a picture of the book I received..

    have a blessed Friday girl and enjoy those wonderful things .....P.S. I am going to visit her Etsy shop!

  6. Bloglines just gave me heart said you had 200 posts! I know I'm behind but gee whiz! lol

    Such wonderful surprises you received this deserve all of them:-) I've seen those Timmies cups advertised also, I must get one!! hehe

    Isn't Peggy's soaps the best? I haven't tried her lotion yet but I can well imagine how good it is!! Love the scarecrow that Sandy sent you...gosh, it must have gone around the world a couple of times before getting to you! Sheesh!

    Now to go read your other posts I least it's NOT 200 of them! lol xoxo

  7. Love all your suprises you got and your book swap looks great. I need to photograph mine from Tonia and get it posted to my blog. She did a great job. I agree we should remember those who do good things for us and I do remember them at this time of year. Hope you have a great weekend.

  8. How wonderful!!!! Some great, fabulous surprises!!! And you so deserve them all Mary.

  9. Mary, Mary, how can we have a Bah Humbug Christmas if you keep burdening with all this goodness? You are indeed a kind and loving person and deserve these neat gifts.

  10. Hmmmm, seems like hubby has a soft spot in his heart for someone. ;)
    And just maybe he decided to show his appreciation for all those cards you have been preparing?

    How cool that you have been picked out this week for a few extra blessings.......enjoy your blessings!

  11. What wonderful surprises, Mary!
    And you deserve them all! :)
    Have a wonderful weekend...

  12. Sounds to me like Miss Mary has been a very good girl this year. You are such a giving person Mary, so it only natural that some of the good that you so freely give to others would only come back to you.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  13. You are a truly blessed woman to have such good friends and a wonderfully thoughtful husband. Enjoy your surprises!

  14. What a great week you've had! I love getting parcels, even if it's something I ordered myself.

    Pea always talks about Tim Horton - we don't have him around here.

  15. Somebody's been good this year...LOL

  16. such lovely surprises...thanks for sharing them with us Mary and for the links. I'm off to check them out... ;)

  17. I just love seeing all the packages arriving at the homes of my bogging friends. Its almost like receiving them myself.
    Mama Bear

  18. Your blog is beautiful. So creative!
    You're having surprises during the whole season, aren't you?

  19. What LOVELY holiday surprises for you this past week!
    Hugs and blessings,

  20. Hi again...
    I still feel lousy, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel...Bud if feeling a bit better, so if I'm 3 days behind him with this...I'll begin to feel better soon too. LOL

    Happy Saturday to you; it IS Saturday isn't it? rofl

  21. What great surprises to begin this season of the best surprise of all, the birth of Christ.

    I wish you many more surprises Mary.

    God bless.

  22. Cute scarecrow lady! You received lots of nice surprise gifts in the mail!!! That hand lotion sounds wonderful!!! I need to check that out myself.

    (((((( HUGS ))))))

  23. Very neat surprises! So much fun for you!!