"Life isn't long enough to do all you could accomplish. And what a privilege even to be alive. In spite of all the pollutions and horrors, how beautiful this world is.
Supposing you only saw the stars once every year. Think what you would think. The wonder of it!"--Tasha Tudor

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Oh Happy Day!

Last night was the official 'lighting' of THE tree at Rockefeller Center in NYC. Here we have the Corgis skating away as they have claimed the rink for their own, renaming it Corgifeller Center. There is nothing like Christmas in New York City. The tree is truly a sight to behold. We are very excited and happy that the stagehands strike is over and that everyone has come to terms. Just in the nick of time for us! We have tickets to see Wicked on Saturday. My daughter's Girl Scout troop and we three leaders are attending a workshop with the actors, having lunch at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company (you know, life IS like a box of chocolates!) and then will see the show. We plan on doing a bit of window shopping and seeing the tree. I don't think one can return home after this day without a big dose of Christmas Spirit. Well, maybe the Grinch perhaps?

What puts a warm glow in my soul besides Christmas, you ask? Well, Corgis for starters. (Big surprise, right?) I have a sneaking suspicion that you feel the same about Corgis since you are stopping by my blog for a visit! I'd like you to meet our dear friend JoEllen Chisholm. JoJo's little friend is Willow. Mary Elizabeth and I are thrilled that Willow chose JoJo to be her special person. Willow is out of Halo, Calloway Reinwood Angel Song and is sired by Darby, CH. Windcrest Pilgrims Pride. She has a lovely pedigree and we expect she and JoEllen to do wonderfully in the ring together.

Have a happy day everyone! -CS ^..^

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Gobble Gobble!

John and I took a ride up to Gozzi's Turkey Farm in Guilford, Connecticut this morning to pick up our Thanksgiving turkey. Gozzi's is a small family farm that breeds fantastic white turkeys. These colorful Easter-egg-color-dyed turkeys grace the lawn as you drive up to their 'storefront.' ~(It doesn't hurt the birds, just food coloring)~Inside, you will find many state fair and poultry competition ribbons and trophies. The earliest I saw was from the 1950's. Those of us who show our Corgis can appreciate having those ribbons and trophies to remind us of a special win. Gozzi's takes pride in their breeding stock, and well they should! If you want a turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas, be sure to order it ahead of time for they always sell out. Have a happy week everyone! -CS ^..^

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Inspired by a rat?

I am quite often asked where the inspiration for my artwork comes from. I am inspired by so many things. The inspiration doesn't always manifest itself in a painting, however. Have you seen the movie Ratatouille? We watched it Saturday evening. It is quite clever. For those who haven't seen it, I won't spoil it for you. I will tell you that it is about a rat who dreams of becoming a chef. I spent the better part of Sunday cooking up a storm. I cooked a huge batch of pasta sauce, chicken soup, lentil soup and roasted some chicken as well. All of it went into the freezer in dinner-sized containers. Of course the Corgis never left the kitchen and every now and then I'd see a little nose raised to sniff and eyes peeled for any morsel that might drop to the floor. Even my daughter decided to bake a cake at around 9 PM that evening! With the holidays around the corner I have so much painting/orders/gift making/baking/decorating that I love to do. I can only order take-out so many times before feeling like a slug. There are nights when I'm so tired that I would gladly have a bowl of cheerios and hit the hay. What a gift it is to be able to pull something delicious out of the freezer. Even if you don't do a marathon cooking day, if you double a receipt (a Tasha Tudor term for recipe!) to freeze every now and then, it really helps on those busy days! Try it! -CS ^..^

Saturday, November 10, 2007

And the winner is....

"Amy" (Reinwood Show And Tell) volunteered to supervise our 100th blog post give-away draw. We put all of the names into my Corgi utensil holder (removing my wooden spoons and whisks!) My daughter, Laura, under Amy's watchful eye, picked the winner! Congratulations Ginny! Would you email me privately please? christmascorgi@aol.com Ginny's favorite post was my July 2007. Just click on that month's archives to the left if you would like to read it. Thank you all for your lovely, lovely comments. Watch for more give-aways in the future. Have a happy weekend everyone! -CS ^..^

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

A Christmas Corgi Kiss...


The little pup is growing up!

James at 11 & 12 weeks, and now....
Mary Elizabeth and I are pleased as punch to present new CH. Zydahayes Admiral Salute, "James." Here he is winning that last point with his friend and handler extraordinaire Ferebe Simons. It seems like yesterday we were picking him up at the airport from the UK. Do pop over to our http://www.reinwoodcorgis.com/ site and scroll down to find more photos of this handsome little man.

It was so nice to spend a little time with Lynne Creech ("Zydahayes" James' breeder) and Lillian Beazley ("Cinonnie") who flew over from England to attend our National Specialty in Rhode Island. Lynne gave this photo to me. On the left is Ellie (James' mum) and Scarlet (James' sister) is on the right. Aren't they just lovely?
Don't be shy...do leave a comment on my previous post for my little 100th post giveaway, only a few days away! -CS ^..^