Thursday, December 31, 2009

With apologies to C. Clement Moore

'Twas the night before New Year
When up to my door
Came the postman with a package
Marked "fra-gee-lay", nothing more.

From a friend, said the box,
It's address plainly showing
A farther north dwelling
Where the ice and snow are glowing.

What could it be,
Was my curious mind's query?
Was it candy, or nuts, or cookies inside?
I answered, "Open it! Don't be so leery!"

To my utter amazement,
There resting inside
Was a sweet little "Bearly Awake" bear
Who was trying to hide!

"For your tree," said she,
"One replacement for many,
The ones now in bits and pieces,
And it won't cost you a penny."

But wait! That's not all!
Beside her dressed in scarlet and silver,
A vial of goodness
That made my heart quiver!
(Hey, I never SAID I was C. Clement Moore!)

The other occupant of that frozen abode
Added something heady
Scented with seeds from a faraway land,
Oh gosh! Must get my oven ready!

Choosing a cake or some cookies to bake!
Oh dear, my head's in a spin!
Don, will you help me decide
What goodies to showcase the wonder within?

Can it be that I have 359 days to wait
To adorn said tree with my bear?
Maybe it would look good in its place
In my living room until next year!


Ruth said...


Sandy Nawrot said...

You are just way too clever Susan! I must tell you that I started to involuntarily go "eh! eh! eh!" when I saw the vanilla. I would have to bake something right away if I received that!

VioletSky said...

Ah, so sweet.
R, I meant, but the vanilla, too!

did the bear inspire that poem to just come out of your head?

Happy New Year, Susan!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Ahhw, people can be so sweet! A nice note to start off the New Year.

CottageGirl said...

What a sweet friend you have, Susan ... from the great state of Michigan i believe?
How thoughtful!
Happy New Year!!

Tattered and Lost said...

Oh such a sweet little bear who deserves a place of honor all year long. Sort of makes me think of the old Travel Lodge bear. Remember him? Don't you know this has no sparked my intention to find my old Travel Lodge ephemera.

Have a wonderful New Year and keep your bear somewhere safe and for cryin' out loud COOK with the vanilla. No sneaking to a corner to put some on your wrists and breath in deeply.

Ji said...

How sweet and fulfilling to have a poem matching a gift box...
I love your way of writing the poem,
very smooth and
rather touching!

great post, cool mindsets!

VaNeSsA said...

Was it Ruthie? I just KNOW it was Ruthie! :)

Susan said...

Ruthie ;-D

Susan said...

Sandy, I assume the "eh,eh,eh" sound you were making was either panting or hyperventilating! I'm not sure whether to bake with it or drink it! It is made with vodka, y'know! LOL I know I'm not going to waste one precious drop!!

Susan said...

Sanna, we certainly know how thoughtful and sweet our R is. What makes it so special is that it was completely unexpected!

Yes, I immediately started writing the poem in my head as soon as I saw the "frageelay" on the box. It all came together in about 30 minutes. My mind is a strange and...well, just strange, thing sometimes! LOL

Susan said...

Natashya, yes, it was a wonderful expression of friendship and caring. She's just that kind of person.

Susan said...

CG, you guessed it! And yes, she is so thoughtful. What a way to start the New Year!

Happy New Year!

Susan said...

Tattered, hehe! No, I won't dab it on my wrists like in the old days! If I do anything with it other than bake, I'll probably try it in a martini. Wouldn't that be delish?!!

I do remember the Travelodge bear, and you're right! She does look a lot like him! That gives me an idea for displaying her...I have an antique, glass-front secretary in one of the bedrooms. Wouldn't she look grand showcased there?

Susan said...

Ji, thank you! I had a lot of fun writing it and did a lot of crossing out of words and phrases! It has some weird syntax going on, but all in all, I think it turned out pretty well. And it was meant as a thank you to my sweet friend.

Thank you for visiting!

Susan said...

Vanessa, BINGO!!! :D

Anonymous said...

Ha! Cute, very cute!
Happy New Year!

Susan said...

Thank you, Bella!

Happy New Year to you, too!

Don said...

Happy New Year Susan!

I am glad you like my vanilla. I love making stuff and usually make more than we can consume, so to give it away is a pure pleasure, especially if it is appreciated!

Wanda said...

Wow Susan...what a great poem and friend!

VioletSky said...

vodka? VODKA!

Char said...

what a sweet tribute to a very sweet friend!!!!

Susan said...

Don, you're the best! I won't have to worry about using it all up now! I like, I like!

Happiest of New Years to you, my friend!

Susan said...

Thank you, Wanda! I'm glad you enjoyed it! And yes, she IS a great friend!

Susan said...

Sanna. Ohhh. Yeahhh.

Susan said...

Char, the sweetest of friends!

Happy New Year!

dutchbaby said...

How thoughtful they are! It had to be Ruth because I had never seen her wordless before :-D

Vanilla and vodka - now there's a pairing!

Happy New Year to you!

California Girl said...

gorgeous ornament and YUM Vanilla.

Love your blog Susan. Keep it up!

ds said...

I guessed (well, suspected) from the word on the package. Sweets to the sweet from the sweet; lovely indeed! I predict the bear winds up on your mantel, and the vanilla...mmmmmmm...I can smell the goodies from here!
Mr. Moore would have approved.
Happy New Year, Susan, to you and all your fam'ly!!

Elle Bee said...

What a fun poem! And what fun stuff to get in the mail. I'm quite envious of your organic vanilla!! :o)

Susan said...

dutchbaby, lol on the Ruth comment! :))

I usually use the Trader Joe's alcohol-free vanilla, so this will be a special treat. I may just save it ALL for me!

Best to you for 2010!

Susan said...

Thank you, Cali Girl! The feeling is absolutely mutual! :)

This is one time when I think the photo actually did the subjects justice! My new camera is great!

prashant said...

predict the bear winds up on your mantel, and the vanilla...mmmmmmm...I can smell the goodies from here!

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Cindy said...

What a sweet gesture from a dear friend! and your tribute to the moment is beautiful. Made me tear up!

I can almost smell that vanilla.

Ruth said...

HA, Susie, you got a visit from my spammer prashant!! Maybe he knew you were posting about this little package from us.

Your poem is so adorable, and it was the best thank you I think I've ever gotten. It reflects what is so special about you - creativity, humor, love of language and word craft and a heart bigger than Kilimanjaro!

Oliag said...

Susan, your poem is such a beautiful tribute for such a sweet gift...and the photos! you got a new camera?...what did you get? The photo of the teddy ornament is gorgeous:)

Just catching up today and I have to comment on your post about the Christmas portraits...I smiled with recognition throughout the post....

Susan said...

Elle, thank you! Don't you just love getting sweet surprises, completely unexpected surpises in the mail?!! It made my day, or even possibly, the whole week!

Susan said...

Ahhh, that was sweet, Cindy! I was so excited when I opened the package that I didn't get teary-eyed until much later when I realized (once again) how thoughtful she is...they both ALL are! I love all my friends here!

Susan said...

Ruthie, sweet girl! Now I get a chance to thank you in public. What a sweet, thoughtful, creative gift. You understood that even under my cover of humor that I was truly upset because some of those ornaments I had kept for a long time. Thank you for recognizing that. You have a mighty big heart yourself, my dear!

I'm glad you liked my little scraggly attempt of a poem. It was all over the place and with awkward rhyming, but I guess it got my feelings across.

Mr. Prashant! I knew I recognized that name from somewhere!! He must have been lurking. Now he has "commented" on a few other posts, too. At least it's not in Chinese! lol Guess I'll have to do word veri now.

Susan said...

BTW, Ruthie, that precious little scarlet and silver bag which contained Don's vanilla? My new camera fits perfectly inside! Great for carrying in my purse! So, three gifts in one package! Thank you again!

Susan said...

Oliag, I'm so happy that you are back and feeling (a little bit) better. Thank you for coming over to see me.

My new camera is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS15 and it has a Leica lens which I'm very excited about. It's the only point-and-shoot that has one. I'm afraid my Nikon DSLR will get to feeling a little neglected for a while. I haven't had a lot of time to really try it out yet, but it has some neat features, if I can figure out how to use them. The manual might as well be written in Chinese for all the understanding I'm getting from it!
I used the macro setting for the teddy bear and the vanilla with no flash and I'm very pleased with the results so far. I thought they were great, too!

Ahhhh, the Christmas portraits! hehe Yes, you know all about that scenario, I'm sure!

kaye said...

what a delightful gift--and poem. I can smell the baking from here. I used real vanilla in my thanksgiving pies this year--oh my--it tasted good.

Susan said...

Kaye, yes there's nothing like the real thing when you're baking and I always use a little more than the recipe calls for.