Dec 28, 2009
Dec 19, 2009
Dec 16, 2009
But we did get our shopping done ~ and we did good! I forsee a lot of happy little faces again this year. Our Grandkids recieved their letters from Santa today. The six year old was so excited she threw her head back as she was reading her letter and exclaimed "Mrs. Claus loves the same kind of fudge as I do ~ Chocolate mint, and Santa said I should look for some under my tree!"
Now I have to ask, How exciting is that? ~ she has a personal connection with the big fella's wife. They are at the wonderful ages that make Christmas so exciting. Their eyes just sparkle and their voices echo in ranges of squeals and giggling. With camera in hand - her comes Grandma. I can hardly wait!
Dec 12, 2009
So today we decided to go shopping, after all we are within the two week margin now ~ but I still didn't buy a thing that would go under a tree. Why? Oh yeah, we bought groceries and looked for gifts but no luck. Hopefully we will have better luck on Moday, or Tuesday or Wed or maybe Christmas Eve!
Dec 5, 2009
Dec 2, 2009
I have oodles and oodles of Christmas boxes to go through. Now when I say boxes I'm not talking shoe boxes, I'm talking HUGE boxes. When I got remarriend and we joined our treasures, I was amazed at how much "stuff" we have. I change things from year to year so I'm not really ready to part with of much of it just yet but I do plan to have a "garage sale" box setting on the sidelines as I peek through everytihing this year. I really don't need as much as I have.
A couple of years ago I did the tree in all white lights with crystal icicles -okay so they are fake but they're still beautiful - and white, gold and tan ornaments. I used white lacey Christmas ribbons wrapped throughout the tree as garland. It was just gorgeous. Last year I trimmed the tree in all colored lights and loaded the branches with homemade ornaments and keepsakes from years gone by. Once agian it was a beauty but totally different from the prior year. I haven't really decided on this years theme yet but it will come to me as I go through those boxes and find things I've forgotton about since last year. It's just like Christmas!!
We used to live in North Pole, Alaska so we also have a nice selection of the "Dept. 56 North Pole Collection." How fitting is that? It's a beautiful village with very detailed pieces. I love it but it's a lot of work to set up and take down every year. This fall my sweet Aunt gifted me with an old store showcase that will be perfect as a display case for part of our collection. I plan to refinish the showcase next spring and set up the village permanently. I know I will enjoy it every time I pass by whether it be the holidays or not.
Nov 29, 2009
Looking at all the beautiful flowers inspired me to pull out my digital photos and once again take a little trip down memory lane. These African Daisies were stunning in real life. I snapped this photo in 2003 at the University of Alaska Botanical Garden in Fairbanks. We lived in that wonderful state at that time and really enjoyed our visits to the gardens. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Nov 28, 2009
Home again, home again Jiggity-Jig-Jig!
She ate all her stuffing, she ate all her pie
forever it stays on her belly and thigh.
So off she is now, to waddle and try
to lose a few pounds before Christmas comes by!
I hope to get back to a regular posting schedule soon ... bear with me.
Nov 24, 2009
To those of you whom I call family and friends ~
I am ever so grateful for all my blessings.
Nov 22, 2009
Nov 19, 2009
Nov 17, 2009
But as long as I've been doing this (no -I won't mention how many years) I still learned a valuable lesson this past summer. Be the first one in the door, and if you're sisters are along, scan fast and head to whatever catches your eye even faster!
My oldest sister was visiting and knowing she's also a "treasure" hunter, we headed to our local St. Vinnie's.
Now knowing we have very similar tastes, I knew I was taking my chances that she'd find something I'd like.
Neither of us buy, just to spend - we just get things that we know are functional for our purposes or maybe just a gift for ourselves because God knows we deserve it!
Being a lover of old tapestry; I've found purses, table runners, wall hangings etc. at these wonderful sales. However; I don't have a large shoulder bag perfect for an overnight bag or to take along on future shopping sprees - but she does! She found the most beautiful green tapestry bag right in front of me. Talk about a deal, it was only a few bucks and it's in perfect condition. I spotted it across the room because it was even in my favorite color. Now I have no idea how she snuck right past me to get to it first but she did.
I LOVE IT ~ but she owns it. Oh well, you win some and you lose some.
Nov 15, 2009
Nov 14, 2009
Speaking of mysterious, what the heck is up with insomnia. Sleep used to be my friend, but not lately. I catch myslef staying up way into the wee hours of the morn. Then when I do slide betwixt the sheets on my comfy, beautiful bed - there I lie; eyes closed and the brain just a wandering. Occasionally I peek at the clock, hour after hour after hour.
How can one person have so many thoughts? If I do drift off into sleepyland, the dreams keep me as busy as if I were wide awake. The dream, dream, dream - DREAMS!! And of course mine come complete with color and sound effects. Cartoons come to life and trees talk. Chocolate flowers grow in the garden and cows dance. People from my past visit often, I'm a kid shooting marbles or an old person grumbling. I move from house to house and I'm constantly redecorating. Don't ask, because I can't tell you. It all makes sense at the time. I've heard that a lot of people don't recall their dreams but I recall my dreams so vividly. Some could and probably should be made into movies.
Well enough about that, sure hope I can sleep tonight.
Nov 10, 2009
I personally have had several family members who have filled those shoes throughout the decades. My Dad and Uncles in the WWII era, brother and husbands (deceased and living) serving the Vietnam to Desert Storm timeframe and my son and other relatives in the Iraq to present timeframe.
It breaks my heart that these men and women gave their all and still are as I watch our nation self implode. Our stiving to remain "politically correct" has become our "political pitfall."
God Bless America!
Nov 2, 2009
But as I recall, I accomplished more in those few months than I did in several previous ones. I pulled out the treadle sewing machine and stitched up some of the cutest little kids clothes, and patched up worn out work jeans.. Ok, I know you're wondering about the "treadle" machine, and NO - it's not that I'm that old, it's just that I loved that machine and it was all I had at the time, it was functional and so I put it to work.
I delved into my recipe collection and rediscovered cooking and baking, I spent time playing with the kids, took walks, READ books and finished up a lot of odd little projects that had been put on the back burner for too long.
Now several decades later here I am caught up in a world where I sit in front of a computer, spending precious hours surfing the net, wasting time day dreaming, doing virtual landscaping, getting upset with online news reports, shopping, etc. My evenings are spent multi-tasking - I'm in front of the tv and on the laptop at the same time. Such talent! When in reality, it's such a waste of talent.
I wonder what my world would be like if I lost electricity. I still have that treadle sewing machine, lots of candles and oodles of crafting supplies gathering dust. Hmm... just wondering!
Oct 27, 2009
Oct 19, 2009
Of course this lead to the old codgers curiosity and he quickly sprinted to the best of his ability, to inquire as to what we were up to now and to inform us we were too close to his property... the humor being that we had already measured and knowing where the survey post is buried we were WELL WITHIN our limits. We even left enough room on "their side" of the fence (which is actually still our land) to enable us to use our riding mower on that side. So... back to my naming this post chickens and goats. When the old grump asked "what are you up to now?" I responded "We're going to get some chickens and pygmy goats." I don't know what made me say it but I thought they were going to faint. The way their heads spun around was like watching "The Exorcist!" I was laughing so hard inside, but I was still able to maintain a straight and serious face. My husband fell right into my joke and never cracked a smile ~ at least not within thier view.
Oct 16, 2009
Oct 4, 2009
Today I'll blame the dreary weather. Tommorrow I'll blame something else.
Maybe if I keep journaling about it, I'll get tired of my own prattling and take action.
So it goes...
Sep 29, 2009
I immediately envisioned it standing in my garden however it's too fragile for the outdoors. He stands 3 feet tall and fits perfectly in our home.
I just love when you find a little something special, something you don't really need but it still fits into your life. But what I love the most is the fact that Thom thought of me when he spotted it, knowing I would love it.
Sep 22, 2009
Rhubarb Custard Pie with Streusel Topping
Good Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies
There's no question how much I love food, but as I was looking through some of my digital photo albums it actaully took me by surprise just how often I photograph my food too,
Sep 11, 2009
AUDREY~ our 12 year old great neice had a one month hospitalization following open heart surgery. She exceded the doctors expectations but still has upcoming therapy sessions scheduled. We're all so proud of you Audrey!
MEL ~ my sister who occaisonally spends a day or two in the hospital just to keep her on the straight and narrow. Mel, I do pray you can stay out of those places and that you will have a great fall and winter.
BILL ~ our brother - in - law is home and back to work following a heart attack. Five stents and one month later my sister Darla is still trying to slow the man down.
KAREN ~ my sister - in - law is home and recouping well following surgery for a brain aneurysm .
CHARLIE ~ our nephew is home following a kidney removal
ZAK - our great nephew had surgery to lift his eyelid. He's a real trooper and keeps on keeping on.
CALLIE ~ our great neice (Zak's sister) had surgery to put a shunt in her brain to drain fluids
My apologies if I have missed anyone.
Our prayers continue for healing blessings.
Thanks for your prayers as well.
Aug 30, 2009
Aug 25, 2009
I don't know what it is that indwelt my love for tapestry ~ but I sure do love it. Wall hangings, table runners, tote bags, purses etc.
I found this piece last week and without any logical reason for buying it, I just had to have it, darling!
I love the flowers in it and decided to hang it on my kitchen door, so I can enjoy it year round whenever I'm busying myself in that room.
I missed out on a beautiful large tote bag, simply because my eldest sister spotted it first... argh!!
Note to self ~ scope the area fast when shopping with others!
So now you know one more useless thing about me!
Aug 18, 2009
The Morning Glories seemed to be very slow starters, but now that they're here I'm anxious to see the wire frame covered in flowers.
Aug 13, 2009
I took the time to have a face lift... what do you think??? I've never felt so firm or happy. I just can't stop smiling!
Jul 27, 2009
"I Think I Spotted the Problem !"
Jul 21, 2009
We've been busy as can be this summer, which isn't a bad thing because it keeps us out of trouble.
Our latest project was building an arbor. You know how it goes, one thing leads to another so our next project will be making benches to go in it, built from an old wooden slat bed. And I have an old table that would look nice in there too ~ given enough love and care. Time will tell, and so will the camera as things progress.
Flowers Around Our Yard
This is our first year growing roses. We were thrilled when we saw buds, and almost beside ourselves when they actually blossomed. So sad the single stemmed varieties don't last too long. I can't wait until the climbing roses fill the fence.