…thoughts from my heart on my love for God, family and the care and decorating of our home

Friday, December 28, 2012


I rarely have a day that I do not have somewhere to go but, thankfully, today was one of those days.  So I decided it was a good day for a “pajama day.”  I caught up on some ironing and made a pot of Ham, Potato, and Corn Chowder this morning.  And had a relaxing afternoon watching a movie and reading.

I will spare you a picture of me in my PJs, but will show a picture of the yummy chowder.


A simple, but delicious supper and a perfect ending to a restful day.

I hope you are finding some time to rest and relax after this busy season. 


Wednesday, December 26, 2012


Twas the night after Christmas
and as you look all around
not a Christmas decoration can be found.

When do you put away your Christmas decorations?

For me it is sometime between Christmas and New Year’s Day.  This year it was today.  This morning as I was tidying up from our family celebration, I began to gather up a few decorations and the next thing I knew I had grouped everything but the tree on the dining table.  Hubby brought in the storage bins and it was all packed away.

Then we went out for a couple of hours to make some returns.  Although the stores were busy the return lines weren’t very long, so there was time left over to do some shopping.  We found a great deal on some shirts for hubby.  I’m always on the lookout for a bargain.

After returning home this afternoon I took all of the ornaments off of the tree and put them away.  The only thing left is the tree and hubby will put that away in the morning.  It is so nice to have the house clean and back to normal.

I hope each of you had a wonderful day of celebration with family and friends.  We enjoyed a snack supper and gift exchange with our kids and grands on Christmas Eve.  And then on Christmas Day our kids and their families joined us at my parents’ home for dinner.  Time spent with family is always a joy and a blessing.

Wishing each of you a blessed New Year,

Friday, December 7, 2012


I love decorating for Christmas and have often been a bit excessive with my décor, but this year I chose to simplify.  I think this is probably the least amount of decorating I have ever done.  We usually put up 3 or more trees, but last year we only put up one tree and I chose to decorate that one in a prim theme.  Well this year we chose to put up one tree again, but our grandchildren requested that I do this one with all of my vintage glass ornaments – and of course I want to please them.

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I have a huge Santa collection, but this year I chose to use just a few of my favorites – all are gifts from family or friends. These are located on top of our entertainment center.

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We have had this kissing couple since we got married and I could never leave them out of the décor.  Christmas decor 2012 047

Trencher filled with greens and faux snowballs on Dining table.
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Faux “feather” tree from Hobby Lobby decorated with rusty cookie cutter ornaments and prim candy canes.
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Small wire tree with mini prim candy canes and mercury ornaments on Kitchen counter.
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My favorite nativities.   
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                     you is
                  born this
                 day in the
              city of David 
            a Savior, who is
       Christ the Lord. And
     this shall be
a sign unto
  you; You shall find the babe
wrapped in swaddling clothes,
                    lying in a
                     Luke 2:
                     11 & 12

Christmas blessings,