12.17.2010

The City Mouse & The Country Mouse

Never does it present itself more that I live in the country then when I visit the "big city".  The big city is so full of hustle and bustle and throbbing with activity.  Full of tourist, sightseers, shoppers and workers.  I love to go and I love to come home.  The city is just a totally different lifestyle, modes of transportation, social activities and opportunities than our quiet country living.   Having just returned from Chicago, I thought it would be fun to do a comparison in photo shots of some of the contrast.   Beverly of How Sweet the Sound has given us a bit of leeway in our December Pink post, which I have taken advantage of but I did sneak in some pink today.  Can you spot it?  She also ask for our favorite Christmas song today.  "GrandMa Got Run Over by a Reindeer" is hands down my favorite............just kiddin'.  My very favorite song is "Oh Holy Night" and the second is "Little Drummer Boy".   I remember when I was a little girl, my big sister was to sing "Oh Holy Night"  in our Christmas church program...not an easy song to sing.  To this day, in my mind,  I can still hear her singing all around the house while she practiced............remember Alice?   I hope you enjoy my rendition of the City Mouse and the Country Mouse. 
Whizzing into the city on the local public transportation train...I love the train! 


 Whizzing down the road leading to the cottage lane...only cars unless you use a tractor which people actually do ......  including Bobby G.  :)



Beautiful white horse in the city......


 Horses in the country......the only car they see is mine!  Meet Lacy and 'Bama.


Sky scrappers in the city........The John Hancock Building.   It's cold and blustery and snow flurries were falling!


Little buildings in the country. This is our little church .....established 1844.  It only seats about 50 people in the worship area.


Beautifully decorated buildings in the city.  This is the Hershey store.  Somehow I made my way to a chocolate store and the Ghiradelli store was right across the street.  Imagine that!  :)


 My neighbor's beautifully decorated barn.....home of Lacy and 'Bama.....love the wreaths :)

The tree in the Walnut Room at Macy's.  It was spectacular!


The little tree in the field of a neighbor down the road.  My favorite tree in the whole wide world....especially at night when it's all lit up.


The incredibly gorgeous holiday decorations at Macy's department store.


The gate wreaths at the entrance to our lane.....so pretty in their simplicity.


 And who could not smile at the elf on a tractor.   Bobby G's friend owns this store and display........ lol...only in the country though.


 BUT no matter where I am,  city or country....time spent with these two angels is always just perfect.   We are waiting to see Santa in this photo.  (and there is that pink!)  Happy Pink Saturday!


I just had to show you one more photo.  This was taken yesterday.  The snow was just coming down like crazy, making for the most perfect day to bake.  This is the view out the kitchen window.  With the Christmas music playing, the snow falling and the house smelling delicious, it was a perfect day.  This will be my last post until I return from our Christmas trip. For next week's Pink Saturday, Beverly wants us to tell what we will be doing on Christmas Day.  I will be ice skating at Rockefeller Center. If you believe that I have a bridge I want to give you as a Christmas gift...because I sure am just teasing. :)  However, I really will be at Rockefeller Center....just not skating.... and then on to meet my son's future bride's parents for a holiday feast. :) 

I wish you the merriest Christmas and a happy and wonderful New Year. Love to you all and fond memories!


53 comments :

Marydon said...

Adorably cute pinks, Lynn. So enjoyed the travels & sights with you ... a little snow always adds beauty to the day.

Have a beautiful Christmas season, all year ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Cindy said...

Wonderful post. I love the city too but Denver isn't really that big. The best part of your post is the 2 angels; precious!

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

I LOVE your post! It is wonderful! I was born in a little CITY(so I can relate to that)and moved to the country at 20! 36years in the country is letting me tell you "I LOVE the country best"! I'll visit the spectacular splendor of the city, BUT always look forward to "Home"!!!This is SUCH a wonderful post, I really never thought about it before AND "I thank you for this"! Have a Beautiful Christmas Season! Hugs to you, Donna

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

I think I agree with you... i prefer your neighbors little darling... you can feel the love coming, even from here.

Merry of Christmas'

Pat said...

Beautiful post. I love the photo of you with your grandchildren!

Merry Christmas!

Connie said...

Is that little Ava?!?! My, she is growing fast.

Macy's is my favorite department store, especially the one at Union Square in San Francisco. Five stories of wishfulness!!!

xoxo,
Connie

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Loved all your photos! Have a safe and fun trip! And a Merry Christmas to you and yours!

bj said...

Love it all, Lynn. I live in a little city but lone for COUNTRY LIVIN'...:)
Merriest Christmas

NanaDiana said...

Lynn, What a great post. I am not much of a city girl...but I like living on the edge of town for the convenience of it all. I love all the comparisons you made...what a sweet idea...but...gotta tell you...my favorite picture is the next to last one..Waiting For Santa...look at those ADORABLE babies. Pure beautiful innocence. What a blessing! Hugs-Diana

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Holidays to you and your family, Lynn.

I love your theme for this post. Each picture gave me a smile. And, your pinks are adorable. I know they must own your heart.

Elaine said...

I am a country girl and I love your photos of country and the city at Christmas.. I remember as a child watching the neighbors take a sleigh road on our old country road. Your post is Delightful

Cathy said...

Hi Lynn,

What a great Pink Saturday post. I just adore that Giant tree. And those babies faces. Oh my, how adorable.

I hope you are enjoying your holiday season. Have a great weekend.

Happy Pink Saturday,

xo Cathy

Cathy said...

Hi Lynn,

What a great Pink Saturday post. I just adore that Giant tree. And those babies faces. Oh my, how adorable.

I hope you are enjoying your holiday season. Have a great weekend.

Happy Pink Saturday,

xo Cathy

shirley said...

Dear Lynn, Enjoy the warmth and comfort of your wonderful family.
Merry Christmas and Blessings to you my good friend...Until you return!
/Shirley

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Lynn what a great post, that took some time and thought to give those great comparisons. I baked yesterday also and it was a perfect 78 degrees LOL

Merry Christmas to you and yours! so glad to call you my friend!

Carol

Maison Mutt said...

You are playing my (2nd) favorite song! Especially this version. What's funnier is that the nickname my dad gave me is "Rodille". He says it's french canadian for "city mouse". I have no idea how to spell it or even if he is correct in the translation (he speaks what we call "fringlish" not quite french not quite english..keeps us in stitches).
Have a safe trip & a wonderful Christmas!
Licks & Wags, Niki

Grace said...

Happy Pink SAturday! I loved taking a visit to your beautiful big city! Thank you for taking us along with you. Grace xoox

Sarah said...

What a blessed life you have...thanks for sharing!

HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!
Sarah

dana said...

Hi Lynn! What a WONDERFUL post!! I loved your city/country comparisons! Is the Hershey store on the Miracle Mile? My friends and I were there three summers ago to celebrate my b.day! I had been to Chicago a few times, but only to see the museums and the planetarium....never to (gasp) SHOP!! :) As much as I love "the pretties" the city has to offer....I'm a country girl at heart and would much rather have the beauty of the little tree in the field vs the over the top retail decor. Your church is wonderful!

How cute you all looked in the photo! I think you got out of Chicago in the nick of time. Now you have the wintry weather on the east coast. I pray we don't have a repeat of the Christmas Eve weather we had last year....a horrible blizzard. It really messed up plans in our area. You have fun on your NYC trip .... and partying with the relatives to be!! How fun!

Happy Pink Saturday and Merry Christmas!

L, Dana

claudie said...

Hi City Mouse, country bumpkin here.
Love the differences you have today. I LOVE the caleche all in white with the splash of red on the horses.
I've never seen the Hershey store in N.Y. where is it? I must have missed that corner.
Did you know that Macy's is giving a dollar to charity for every letter mailed to Santa in their famous mail box? Cool huh?
And who stuck that hat on you? LOL
Why not skate? You look like you could skate around me lol
Merry Christmas dear friend, and I hope you and the "in laws" get along : )
Love You
Love Me
xoxoxox

Susie Q said...

What a fun post Lynn!! I am a mouse who is a little bit city and a little bit country all rolled up together! I surely do appreciate them both! : )
I love the last picture..such precious angels!
Love,
Sue

Susie Jefferson said...

How lovely to take the trouble to put that little tree, with lights, in a field in the middle of nowhere for passers-by to enjoy! What a lovely surprise that must have been.

I'm totally with you on the songs - I put a Mixpod on my blog (only plays if you click on it, so you don't get blasted with sound or a slowed screen) and I'm pretty sure I have both of those on it. Plus a very wintry background which matches the view outside the windows as I type (10.55 Saturday morning) where it's now snowing HARD. Happy Pink Saturday!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Beautiful post! City..,.country...each beautiful in their own right!

Merry Christmas!!

Debbie

Marina Capano said...

Hi Lynn,

What a great Pink Saturday post! I love your pics!!!wonderful place!

You have wonderful family!

Merry xmas!

xoxo

Cat & Cricket said...

Happy PS! What a great post!
And fabulous photos!
Smiles~
Cricket

That shabby Pink Girl said...

I loved your Posting, I too live in the Country, very rarely do I get to the City, but I love to go, and I too love to come home, the picture with the Horses could have been our place, as I drive down the Drive, our Horses hang their heads over the fence to watch me and the sheep and the Llama peer thru the fencing to get a glimpse of any activity. The pictures you shared are Beautiful, and your little Angels are too.


Merry Christmas to you and yours!
marian elizabeth

Jeanne said...

Lynn, this a delightful post and story in photos and text. I loved the analogy of the Country and City mouse.

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas in NY. Blessings to all.
Jeanne

Margaret Cloud said...

There sure is a big difference, but each city or country have there charm. Enjoyed all your pictures, especially the photo of you two with the grand kids. Have a very Merry Christmas and a New Year. My favorite picture is the road leading to your cottage. Have a safe trip and see you when you come back, stay safe.

Donnie said...

That was just lovely. So many smiling faces and the horse and carriage was beautiful. Happy Pink Saturday.

Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea said...

Love your post - the horse drawn carriage is do delightful

Happy Pink Saturday & Merry Christmas to you & yours from Sally Lee by the Sea.

TMWW said...

What a beautiful post! I am a new Pink Saturday follower and loved all the photos you shared with us!

Merry Christmas!

Kimmi

Pat said...

I grew up in the windy city...Merry Christmas!

trash talk said...

Love the contrast but, Goodbye city life...Green Acres we are there!
My favorite photo? Y'all waiting for Santa...your smiles say it all.
Merry Christmas my friend from my house to yours!
Debbie

AshTreeCottage said...

I was born in Evanston Hospital, raised on the North Shore and went to college in Lake Forest. Some of my fondest memories are of Christmas in Chicago. I remember when the Walnut Room was in Marshall Field's ~ not Macy's (I'll never get used to that). I love to watch the movie Home Alone because I grew up in the area where that movie was filmed and skated on that same ice rink that Kevin slid across in the film. Your pics have made me long for home!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Lynn, This is such a cute post and I love your comparisons! I hope you and Bobby G. have a fabulous Christmas with your family. Have a safe trip and enjoy every minute of NY. I am looking forward to more junkin when you get back.
Merry, Merry Christmas.
Hugs,
Sherry

pinkkandy said...

Have a very MERRY and BLESSED CHRISTmas....we have many things to be thankful for...I just feel overwhelmed with Gods goodness and grace...

Trotter said...

Hi Lynn! Lovely post! My daughter was in Chicago ten days ago and got her share of snow... That's what strikes me more... ;)
Wonderful shots!
Blogtrotter Two is moving south on the Nile: water, greenery and desert… Enjoy, have a great week and a wonderful Christmas!

Sue said...

Oh Lynn, You are just so creative! Love the city/country comparisons and your pics. I hope you and BobbyG have a fun time on your holiday and that you enjoy a blessed Christmas. Sending lots of Christmas hugs and best wishes your way, my friend~ Sue

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

Merry Christmas and a late HPS!
I am still making my way around all the pretty and Christmasy blogs...
Have a safe trip and have fun skating. I haven't ice skated in so long I would would probably kill myself if I tried at my age!
I used to be a city girl, but now I prefer the country and all the beauties of nature and the peacefulness!
Warm Wishes,
Jil

Lisa Balazs (Seshat Moon Willow) said...

I enjoyed your post very much and can relate. I grew up a country girl but moved to the city after high school to go to school and work. I always thought myself a city girl after that, but now I live in a suburbs and am a stay at home mom and enjoy it. I'm like you, I like to visit but then I'm eager to go home.
Hugs, LisaKay

Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something said...

What absolutely delightful photos! Even though each pair was showing "opposites", they all were slap full of charm. ...so glad I stopped by for Pink Saturday! Merry, Merry!

Designs on 47th Street said...

This made the most interesting post! Of course you know how much i love Chicago too AND I grew up in Virginia. I did not know you lived in the country. Aren't the differences amazing? And each one beautiful in it's own right.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!! :)

Donna

Dee Dee said...

I have to say I think this is one of my favorite posts (of anyone) this holiday season! And of course, O Holy Night is my absolute favorite Christmas song. Must be in the genes...Love You and hope you have a wonderful trip to NYC!

Ann Nichols said...

Dear Lynn,
This was such a beautiful posting - the contrast of the two was just gorgeous. There is a part of all of us that wants both country and city simultaneously - and you gave us both!!
Thanks so much for visiting my blog! And for your very interesting comment! I'd love to know the name of that book on the Santa's from around the world! Interestingly enough - I was born in Richmond Virginia! I know the Jefferson Hotel well. mY PARENTS HAD THEIR WEDDING RECEPTION THERE IN THE 50'S AND...IF MEMORY SERVES ME RIGHT, THE STAIRCASE IS THE (hit cp lock key - sorry!)one that was used in Gone with the Wind! A really gorgeous and historic Hotel! Now you have me wanting to visit it!!
many blessings for a wonderful Christmas Week!!
Ann

ATTIC CLUTTER said...

Lovely post Lynn..
Merry Christmas ~!!
patty

Jillayne said...

Oh how exciting - skating at Rockefeller Place! I can't even imagine it!!
The little ones are adorable and you look very happy indeed - visiting with Santa is a truly wonderful thing for a child and lucky you to be there with them. Merry Christmas to you!

Margie said...

Oh Merry Christmas Lynn, love your photos and the contrast, may all your wishes come true. Hugs, Margie.

Simply Debbie said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY LYNN,
I SOOOOOOOO LOVED THIS POST. IT WAS WONDERFUL VIEWING THE TAPESTRY YOU WEAVED FOR US.
THE WHITE HORSE AND CARRIAGE...STUNNING. I CAN TELL YOU LOVE TO VISIT THE CITY BUT THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME. THAT TREE IN MACY'S WAS GORGEOUS...I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A JOB IN NEW YORK CITY DECORATING THE STORE WINDOWS....I HAVE NEVER BEEN THERE AND WOULD NOT WANT TO LIVE THERE BUT CREATING THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS WOULD BE AWESOME. I LOVE YOUR CHURCH. SUCH A SPECIAL PLACE AND WITH A LOT OF HISTORY.
THE LITTLE GRANDCHILDREN ARE PRICELESS.
THANK YOU FOR SHARING. THE ELF MADE ME LAUGH HYSTERICALLY.
HAVE FUN THIS JOYOUS SEASON AND MAKE WONDERFUL NEW MEMORIES.
HUGS
SIMPLY DEBBIE

Magia da Inês said...

♥♫ Querida amiga,

"Que o Natal não seja apenas uma data... mas um estado de espírito a orientar nossa vida... e que o amor se renove a cada ano da nossa convivência."

♫♫♫ Feliz Natal!!!


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The Quintessential Magpie said...

Lynn, I've been sick and am late getting by, but I hope that you know I am wishing you the Merriest Christmas EVER!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Gartendrossel said...

hallo Lynn,
danke für Deine guten Wünsche...

frohe Weihnachten und alles Gute für das Neue Jahr wünscht Dir Traudi

Trotter said...

Hi Lynn! Hope you had a great Christmas weekend! Blogtrotter Two waits for you at the Temple of Horus in Edfu. Enjoy and have a great week ahead!

ATTIC CLUTTER said...

Oh what a fun trip Lynn..
love the pic of you in the apron in the banner..
Me too on less put out this year for Christmas decor..was simple to take it down..
hugs,Patty

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