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Monday, December 10, 2012

..Gone So Long

... I've been gone so long it seems...

I really have been gone so long it seems to me.
I have been getting settled in mind and body…
Not to mention putting all my favorite things
{the only things I took with me}
in the right places.
I am happy with how my room came out.

If my camera didn't just stop working ….
I would be posting pictures.

And my little girl {Shih Tzu} Josephine
is now settled in as well. The cold weather is definitely a shock for her.
We were both a bit shaky when we got here….
…but all is getting better.
This is my 1st Thanksgiving and Christmas without my daughter {24 yrs old}
and I know now it won’t be my last.

So I 
‘I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in.’
with all of you.

There is just so much to do here around the house with my Mom.
I could do a whole post on just ‘THE HUNTING’ for the perfect wreathes.
…and of course…she has to have them on everything!
Mom is a Christmas maniac, perhaps when the holidays are over and
we all get even more settled I will feel normal.
But then, normal is highly over rated.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ !!!!!!
I need to get back to posting, and I will.
I can say I am sort of lost without it.

Blogging for me is like taking my temperature 
....and taking yours.

You are my friends and I am feeling like an awful friend 
not being there for you and your blogs.

Please forgive me. XXXX's 

Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah 2012

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  1. With divorce final this year I requested an umbrella insurance policy & was denied. Why? His car wrecks showed up as my car wrecks. That was several weeks of stress to get fixed.

    Refinancing my house the closing attorney hit huge snag. Liens on alcoholic. Added days to my closing to discover Zero liens on me. Again, caught up in the alcoholic's problems.

    Then of course the lawyer I had to hire to get all the alcoholic's incorrect credit reporting off my credit report. What a mess, stress & time.

    Worth every issue to finally be rid of the alcoholic. For the first time in my adult life my earnings will be my own, without threat!!!

    Been feeling like a Macy's parade balloon, without the tethers.

    Must see pics of your dog .

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

    1. Tara

      sorta kinda went through similar BS to get to where i am now.
      my heart goes out to you.
      it is all great news
      and a new beginning.

      FRESHFULLY your,

    2. That is a great photo of Camden Harbor. Glad you got a post up, now please come help me get the out door lights up and wreaths on gate entry, then you need to make the buttered toffee, fudge, I'll do the crepe's and Biscotti. Still have Packages to wrap. A party to go to. You are such a good little girl.
      Momma XXXXXXXXXXX Drive carefully (don't tail gate.)

    3. Oh this cracks me up! xo

  2. I have missed you very much! Glad to know you are getting settled and I hope you will really enjoy this time! I hate that your daughter isn't there with you! I know the feeling…mine is still in New Orleans. This was the first year ever for her not to decorate my tree! We vowed it will never happen again! Can't wait for you to show us pictures of everything! Glad to know you are back!

  3. It's great to hear from you, Renée! Glad you and Josephine are settling in. You will have to buy her all sorts of cute little coats to keep her cozy, lol!
    It's okay that you're taking a break, you need to get your bearings together, we all need to do that at times.

    Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah too!

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  5. Great Photo's Renee!! Feels like Christmas......says the the guy who lives in the Arizona desert.
    It's December and we are still walking around in shorts during the day. In the eve. when it gets down to 60 it's funny to see people bundled up like they are in New York or Maine!!
    Glad you are back "on"

  6. So glad to hear from you dear Renee. I have thought of you so often and keep checking in.. I am sorry you're without your child, I know that is difficult. Im glad youre getting settled and you know that your mom is happy having you there. Love to you, and best of making the best of the holidays to you.
    xo Nancy

  7. Change is tough sometimes, but you seem to be adjusting well, sweet Renee.
    Hang in there and have a good season.
    Happy Monday.

  8. Oh Renée,
    Don't worry about blogging ......... you have a lot on your plate at the moment and real life is a little more important.....after all, you have all of those wreaths to buy with Yvonne !!!! haha
    Shame that you won't see your daughter but it happens to everyone at some point. Enjoy the Christmas festivities and post when you can. Much love. XXXX

  9. I am so glad to be reading your post. You should be very proud of yourself, I don't know how your survived the transition! The worst is over... now you can take a step back, stop and smell the roses...or help your mom with her Christmas decorations....

  10. Missing you so much Renee, call when you have time and come visit!
    I want to hear much more! You are a strong adventuress!

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  11. Hi dear Renee, it is good to see your post....don't worry, blogging friends are the most forgiving kind! We get little bits and pieces from your sweet Mom...
    Being away from our children this time of year is difficult....I remember my youngest worked every Christmas in hospitality after graduating from university and I missed him terribly, but things change, keep a brave heart....glad to here the adjustments are coming along, N.xo

    1. nella

      this is the first Christmas i haven't decorated the tree with my baby girl.
      you are right on....
      this time of year can be so difficult.


  12. Wishing you a Merry Christmas too Renee! Hoping the next year brings you lots of peace and happiness! Tracey xx

  13. I'm here, I'm reading, I'm just not anyone!!!! Thinking of you though all my love Jules xxxx

  14. Your friends are always here/there, waiting and supporting. Otherwise they are not friends ..
    Happy Holidays wherever you are, wherever you go ~

  15. In fact, you sound wonderful, Renee. Getting Christmas wreaths with Yvonne has to be some of the most fun there is, so just enjoy it. I know all this has been hideously difficult, but the worst is over, and your life is about to take a new and vibrant turn for the better. I just know it. I agree with Francine. We all miss your witty postings, but just knowing you're OK is OK with us.
    Your daughter, like all of our children, have different paths than ours and they must make them on their own. She's not gone, she's just away. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and I love both of you. xx's

  16. Blog friends are good friends and will always be there...ENJOY the holidays...stay warm!

  17. I feel your pain Renee. We will spend the first Christmas without our daughter as well. She is married now and we have to share. We will miss her terribly! Glad you are getting settled.

  18. Life is a challenge you already met it, life is an adventure, dare it, life is life..fight for it.
    My thoughts are with you and I wish you a merry Christmas and 365 happy and successful days in 2013

  19. Oh my sweet I have missed you. Thoughts of you and your mom getting into a groove, I know she is giddy beside herself having you 'home'! Call when you can...would so love to catch up. Love the words of 'Splenderosa'...perfect!

  20. Cold weather sucks....I never get used to it. 14 years in NJ....I miss California. My kids are still at home, so I can only imagine how hard that must be. Like someone else said, your mom has you and that's great. I am looking forward to pictures. I also enjoy blogging as a way to connect with like minded people. Read you again, soon I hope.

  21. Hey!!!! How are you??????? Beautiful town up there so very Christmasy......... Sounds like you are settling in....... I am so glad for you....... Maryanne xoxoxoxo

  22. No sweat the hard stuff. Moving is a trial, but you will get there. Hope you're settling in, and settling down. Moving and Christmas, lordy I'd be climbing the walls!

  23. all your friends love you renee and will wait. i know that i am living vicariously through you and a gorgeous maine christmas......would it be terrible to say i have a tinge of envy? get that camera going, can't wait to see more and keep in touch with you

  24. It's great to hear from you! I'm so happy to know you're doing better. Have a wonderful holiday with your mother. She sounds amazing!

  25. I know how you feel....each new process of life takes a bit to get use to. I have 2 children that are married and we share holidays...I wish I could have everyone home at one time during Christmas...This year especially!


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  27. Renee,
    I am sure it must be so hard without your daughter, I had my 20 year old from college and until he arrived it didn't seem quite like Christmas. Maybe the best way to think of it is that you are starting new traditions with your mother that will no doubt make her blissfully happy.
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and the very best in 2013!!!

    1. thank you....
      it is difficult i went on a crying jag last night after talking to her.

      merry xmas!!

  28. Dear Renee, Looks to me like "the gang's all here"...!! and we are all here for YOU! You better get your camera working again cuz I wanna see how your room turned out...I look forward to your daily posts again when you are ready! Your daughter will always keep you "close" no matter the time of year... I promise!! ;) ..... Wishing you all the best this Holiday Season and beyond into the new year!



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About Renée Finberg

I have been in this business since the age of 22.

I love what I do and cannot imagine my life without Design.

Design Challenges are great.

And because of those challenges

I have imported fine antique pieces from Paris,

Designed and Manufactured Furniture,

Created Fantastic Window Treatments,

And solved all kinds of spatial & architectural issues

With my unique style.

If I can't find it, I create it.

My rooms would make excellent movie sets.

I am a visual, tactile and audio sensitive individual.

Creating is what I live for, not math, not spelling, not science.

Just Great Design.

Just imagine how it would be if each of us,

If only for a few hours of everyday,We could be in a space that is our very own.A place that is exactly the way we want it to be

Surrounded by all the things we wanted to see,

The atmosphere we wanted feel, smell and the sound we wanted to listen to.

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