Category Archives: Holidays

The New Year 2014 Begins

The heavy rain soaked the ground next to the sidewalk.  It’s hard for some of us to believe that only yesterday it was freezing  and today we’re blessed with 65 degrees with sunshine. Life is Good and a great day to take a walk outside!


Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, January 11, 2014


January 11, 2014 · 10:41 pm

The Year 2013 Ends

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Happy New Year to Everyone!

At midnight the bells will ring in the New Year.   This year has been good, but now it’s time to move forward with new resolutions and goals for 2014!

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, December 31, 2013


December 31, 2013 · 4:13 pm

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas ~ 2013

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Snow Mountain and Christmas 2013-3Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, December 15, 2013


December 15, 2013 · 2:15 pm

Thanksgiving 2013

The American holiday called Thanksgiving is a great time to celebrate and be thankful for all the blessings we have received during the year.

Recently I found a magazine from 1995 that my Mother used to love to read and it is certainly filled with some wonderful memorable stories.   The little girl featured in the painting published on the front cover of this  issue of “Reminisce magazine reminds me of myself when I was that age. I remember being mesmerized by what beautiful quilts Grandmothers made just from sewing fabric together. And, this wonderful painting called “A Stitch in Time” done by a talented artist by the name of Tom Sierak also reminds me of this time of the year when the weather gets cold outside during the Month of November and a time when Thanksgiving Day is celebrated in the Unites States. I am looking forward to spending some time indoors with family and friends enjoying eating turkey and having pumpkin pie for dessert in a couple of days.

Happy Thanksgiving. May your lives be filled with happiness and surrounded by family and friends.
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The history behind Thanksgiving: “In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.”Source:

Written by Mary Gilmartin, November 25, 2013


November 25, 2013 · 10:30 pm

Celebrating the 4th of July, 2013

Independence Day - 4th of July 2013Most everyone knows Independence Day is also known as the “Fourth of July” and it’s a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.

It’s been celebrated now for 236 years in many ways and in most places the celebrations end with a display of fireworks to brighten the sky at night.  There are parades, picnics, concerts under the trees and even home barbecues. The lakes are filled with boats and swimming is popular on this day. It’s a great holiday and some of my fondest memories were from my childhood when I remember eating watermelon, fresh from the field on the 4th of July. This year I will celebrate spending time with family and eating watermelon that I bought at the grocery store at my picnic in two days. If we have rain, as predicted, then it will be an indoor event.

But, whatever you do and however you spend the 4th of July, please be safe and have fun celebrating.

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin,July 2, 2013


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