Wednesday, December 17, 2014

"E" is for Excitement and Everything Related to Christmas Magic

I am getting "excited" for Christmas. It is such a magical time of the year. I was raised to honor Our Lord and we celebrate the holiday in His name. This year I am hoping I can order a cake which will celebrate Jesus and his birthday. I was over "extended" for Thanksgiving so I am not doing that again! I have not participated in Alphabe Thursday for a while. I love everyone who participates and I really love Miss Jenny and Mr. Jenny too. So today I am celebrating the letter "E" and sharing my "excitement" for the birth of Our Lord.
I love these little Love is...cartoons. This one caught my eye today and although it is not related to the letter "E" it shows my "excitement" for the holiday.
Do you ever feel like Snoopy? It looks like Woodstock tangled him in the lights! Silly bird! The season is such a magical time and it means so much to me to spend it with those I love best.
This is a big part of the phamily who will start our celebration week Sunday at Casa Bonita. Only Nick is missing from my immediate phamily in this photo. Plus we add Christal and  her phamily of four and we have 21 including Brittany and her daughter and Bret and Zach to join in the festivities.
Do you
celebrate the "excitement" with good ole Saint Nick? Or Santa?
Will you share your faith?
So much glass in my china hutch it is hard to catch a great shot of my Holy Family Nativity. My hubby bought this for me for my birthday. They are under my Princess house cloche and a small bird sits on top. It is a beautiful hand blown cloche.

Another one of my Nativity sets given to me by Theresa, a woman I use to work with. It is so lovely I was shocked that she did not want it.
The light inside my little hutch shelf is so bright I could not get a good shot. The Teak Wood Nativity is dark wood so without the light you can not see it. An Angel plate sits behind them. A young lady I worked with at an insurance co. years ago gave her to me and told me she felt I was a very spiritual woman.
Two tiny porcelain dolls dressed in green and red are showing off three of my pretty Christmas tea cups. I can not find a December tea cup set and it makes me sad. The little girl in red holds a pillow that says "Tea Time."
I was in a Secret Santa Swap last year with Suzanne and my partner gave me that cute Spode tea for one tea pot. My daughter Rebekah found the tea for one Snowman for me and my little vintage angel holds a harp  and has holly in her hair. My tiny Santa village is cute with it's tiny red picket fence.

I hope each one of you will visit Jenny and the AT participates. I hope Christmas "excites" you as much as it does me.

Have a wonderful week, it's nearly the reason for the season:

Monday, December 15, 2014

Love is.../Blue Monday

I had to chuckle when I saw this Love hubby just smiles when he sees me eyeing something new and fun and collectible! He is priceless to me.
I will share lots of Merry Christmas wishes before the big day. This one is so pretty, from Sandie. She posted this one at Face Book but her blog is sweet and funny and always filled with wonderful encouraging and sometime silly stuff.
I L O V E angels! My late Auntie Ang had a wonderful collection of angels of all sizes and styles. I wish I had her angel collection. This was shared by Pamela Cessna Kuhn at Face Book. I like this sentiment.

I hope you visit Sally and all the blues today. I am running late. Had my mammo this morning and arrived late. Everyone was late. The traffic was horrendous and everything went smoothly. I went to bed last night with a major headache so I did not rest well and when I had to get up so early, ugh! So I am trying to catch Sally and the blue crew before she takes the linky down.

Enjoy your week.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas is Coming

I don't like not having a job! Because I just am not a wealthy person! People are always telling me, just retire! Well, it is not that easy! So I am having a hard time handling being out of work! So I indulge myself by rooting through our garage and shed. I found a box of Christmas today! I love s/p shakers! These snowmen are so cute and it made me smile to fill them up for the upcoming Christmas holiday!
I found this lil tree with a burlap base last year for 75 cents! The plaid bows were 44 cents! It looks sweet sitting in the middle of my dining table.
Oh I L O V E anything with tea! This Avon sale music box in a tea cup has a sweet lil phamily on the saucer! I remember buying it last year for a great sale price and this is the first time I am going to display it.
Princess House use to carry a beautiful Christmas line of  wonderful holiday items. This tall angel is magnificent! She is so pretty and I wish I had a better photo to share! The rotund Santa was a birthday gift from Monica who worked with me for a long time. I love all my Christmas treasures.
The design on this hand blown PH angel is a patented design exclusive to the company. She is also very lovely and my photo is not showing her beauty!
This PH Santa holds a holiday plate which looks like a peppermint candy! You can add a few treats for Santa to this plate. See Santa's friend the lil penguin hiding beneath that plate?
Trader Joe's had a great deal on wreaths and this one graces our front door. It is simple but pretty. I have such an allergy to trees so I have to have this one outdoors.
Laughing Out Loud! I sent this to my sis Mary! It's true, I am the good one! Ha Ha Ha~
Our tree is tall, 7.5 feet high. The angel is hard to photograph because she lights up. But we used 100 ornaments and thirty bows.  I am having fun being home but I would like to have an income rolling in. Life is tough and I am trying to make the best of it.

I will share more photos tomorrow. Have a great evening.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Love is.../Blue Monday

I am loving all the little Love is...cartoons. Although we do not play tennis, I thought this sentiment was perfect.
Christmas lights looking bright! See the blue in there? Boondocks is a fun center within walking distance of my home. Our daughter Hannah was there last night and took this photo. You can ride the bumper cars or play miniature golf. We are going to play some miniature golf once Nick gets home.
Of course the blue lights won't shine for me on our 2014 Christmas tree. Lots of red, gold and silver adorns it but it is tall and the tree topper won't fit! Any suggestions?
I walk each morning at the open spaces. The geese have been naughty and they left their calling cards all over the sidewalks near the water. I walk around the grassy field which incompasses about 0.9 miles. They are setting up for the annual Winter Fest and I took a few photos. Of course, at night it will be beautiful with all the colorful lights.
This tree will look lovely when it is decorated with lights and pretty treasures.

I love the log cabin. It all reminds me of a quiet little village. If we had a little snow, it would be perfect.

Sally and the Blues are waiting for us to add our blue shares. I know my open spaces photos are sharing plenty of beautiful blue Colorado skies!

A final share, a poem for those who love the wintry white snow:


By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Out of the bosom of the Air,
      Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken,
Over the woodlands brown and bare,
      Over the harvest-fields forsaken,
            Silent, and soft, and slow
            Descends the snow.

Even as our cloudy fancies take
      Suddenly shape in some divine expression,
Even as the troubled heart doth make
      In the white countenance confession,
            The troubled sky reveals
            The grief it feels.

This is the poem of the air,
      Slowly in silent syllables recorded;
This is the secret of despair,
      Long in its cloudy bosom hoarded,
            Now whispered and revealed
            To wood and field.
Have a happy week everyone!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Love is.../Blue Monday

LOL! If this were true all the time, oh how wonderful aging would be! I have a birthday in three days! Another year older. I got a new haircut. I feel younger and my head feels lighter. I was feeling sorry for myself and realized I needed to snap out of it!
Today my hair wants to part down the middle and when it grows out a bit I will enjoy it more!
Yesterday I found a few books at the Goodwill store. They were so cheap. It was a great bargain. But while we were there I found lots of blue to share with Sally
Tons of blue.
Blues all over the place.
And more blues. Lots of fun items all over the store. I hope you stop by Sally's and visit her and the rest of the Blues! Have a great week.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Love is,,,/Blue Monday

These little Love is...are so sweet! I have not seen one that I don't  like. We go to church early on Sunday morning so we have lots of quick showers to take so we can hit the road! We are excited to see Nick in two days for the Thanksgiving holiday. We want to take him to the church because it is fairly new to us and he has not been there. He attends a church in Salina and wewant to visit  Nick's church too sometime soon.
Thanksgiving is just a few short days away. Are you traveling for the holidays? Are you cooking at home? This Norman Rockwell painting portrays Thanksgiving the way I experienced it as a kid.  I thought the Blue Crew would appreciate this and hopefully you will see the pretty blue dress the Mrs. is wearing while adding the turkey to the holiday table.

In case your Thanksgiving theme is blue, these jello parfaits are prefect, I always make a jello dessert for my grandson Colton. It is raspberry jello with frozen strawberries and frosted inside with sour cream. It is perfect with just a little sweet, some tart and sour cream to top it all off.

I think the turkey is underrated and he does not get a fair shake like the Snowman, Santa or even Christmas trees! I would love to have plates like this with the turkey motif. This table scaping is pretty and practical. Do you set your good china? Use paper plates? What type of dinner do you host?

Enjoy your Thanksgiving with those you love. Sometime people do not have any one to share this day with. Say a prayer for all those who are lonely on this beautiful day that many of us take for granted.

Thank you google images for these wonderful images today and please visit Sally and all the blues.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Love is.../Blue Monday

My honey and I! Hee Hee! I have worn glasses since the fourth grade. When I find that school photo I can give all of you quite a scare! Those glasses were called "cat eyes" and they were brown with silver sparkly things all over them. I was quite a fourth grade nerd! LOL!
Linda from Prairie Flower Farm and I at her phamilies sweet market/coffee house last weekend. We both, as you can see, wear glasses, and are married to wonderful godly men.

When Nick was small he L O V E D Arthur! Notice his spiffy blue jeans? Perfect for Blue Monday.
We were getting new glasses one day , the girls and I . Nick was very small and looking over the children's eyeglass display. Next thing we know he turns around and proudly says, "look I'm Arthur!" He found the biggest, roundest glasses and slipped them on his face! It is one of those memories I will always treasure.

The clouds look very blue while the sun is setting. I take a lot of quick shots at stoplights etc. I am a very safe driver.
The road home was getting closer last Sunday when we left Kansas. It was a blessing as the bad weather came after we arrived home. My hubby was driving here.
Some thoughts as we enter the holiday season...It is important to remember that not everyone is surrounded by large wonderful families. Some of us have problems during the holidays and some of us are overcome with great sadness when we remember the loved ones who are not with us. And many people have no one to spend these times with and are besieged by loneliness. We all need caring, loving thoughts right now. If I don't see your name I will understand. May I ask my friends, ...wherever you might be, to kindly copy, paste and post this status for one hour to give a moment of support for all those who have family problems, health struggles, job issues, worries of any kind and just need to know someone cares. Do it for all of us, for nobody is immune.

Before I set off to play at Sally's I wanted to share a final blue. A blogger friend  Michael and Face Book buddy posted this.  It is a true fact and if you know someone hurting during the holiday season offer them your kindness.

Enjoy your week.