Season's Greetings to all of our subscribers:
Ho Ho Ho, it's just about time for the red-suited guy to slide down the chimney, or dash in through the window, or slide up the dryer vent, or whatever he does in those houses with no chimney. Since we live so far north we can hear the sleigh bells jingling already this morning, and there's also this other little sign that tells us Santa is on the way - our daughters are bouncing off the walls, and so is the dog. The three of them are just as nice as can be, suddenly. In their minds, Santa makes his list of who has been naughty/nice about 3 hours before lift-off time. I guess they're pretty good all year long, even the dog.
It's been a warm fall here in New England, but we managed to get a couple of good snow storms so that we can enjoy a white Christmas. Everything is covered, so it finally looks the way it should. Things are way behind schedule, though. Brettuns Pond has not frozen all the way over yet, which is quite unusual. We can generally count on ice skating by the first weekend in December and have even managed to get out on the ice on Thanksgiving a couple of times. Not this year; we were up to camp Saturday/Sunday, still a lot of open water just outside of the cove. The resident mallards are holding steady in there, with some migratory whistlers and mergansers to keep them company. The loons made it out, which is good. They need a long, long runway to get airborne; it's always sad if one of them stays too long and can't get off the water.
The deer have yarded up for the winter, moving into their favorite hemlock and cedar stands where they'll stay until April. It's fun to snowshoe back in there (just behind the barn, about a mile in) and see the trails they wear down in the snow. Good place to look for dropped antlers in the dead of winter; late January until early March. Of course, the coyotes move in there too, just to keep the deer from having too good a time as they try to scratch a meager existence from cedar tips and tree bark. Sounds yummy.
What's new at Brettuns Village - added a shopping cart feature to the trunk parts area, so those of you who like to use PayPal can just load right up. On the leather side we're still pawing through the thousands of miscellaneous sides that we're clearing out for a relocated shoe company. Yesterday we added some bright red (cranberry nubuck) that should match your elf outfit, and some black nubuck sides that started selling pretty quickly about an hour after the site was up. I love our customers. That's enough business talk for now.
Here's my family's holiday wish for you - from Amanda, Rebecca, Hayley, Jenny (woof woof), Samantha (meow), and me - we wish you all the very best the season has to offer; the incredible joy of giving, the warmth of family and friends gathering together, and a calm understanding of the importance of the season. So many holidays to celebrate, but all focused on common elements like love, understanding, and peace. Make the most of it, and don't forget to sit down and enjoy a few quiet moments somewhere along the line. Right after your third helping of turkey might be a good time.
Looking forward to a great New Year for all of us-