Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
I don't know about tomorrow,
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
We had a nice Christmas Day. The morning and early afternoon were fairly quiet with just my sweetheart, my dear little mother and I opening gifts and enjoying breakfast and early afternoon dinner together. This year our son and daughter and their families were with their in-laws. Mr. J. and his family were with our daughter-in-law's family in a cabin somewhere in the mountains of Idaho. Mrs. M. and her family were with our son-in-law's family just three blocks from our home. Late in the afternoon they came to our house to exchange gifts and spend time together. Snow began to fall late in the morning - big flakes that looked like pieces of tissue paper confetti. It continued for a couple of hours and just covered things lightly. Like powdered sugar. And then it was gone! But it was here long enough to hear someone singing "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas."
Since I can slow down a bit today there will be time to sit with a cup of tea - Kiwi Strawberry tea - in my new 'Forest Chapel' Thomas Kinkade mug with a swish of the swizzle stick to add a touch of sweetness and a few Luscious Lemon biscuits. A gift from a care center where I spend time as Chaplain each week. What a thoughtful gift from dear folks who are close to my heart.I hope you can take some time for quiet rest today. Time to reflect on the joys of the season and the blessings we enjoy. And perhaps a good cup of tea.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Here are the rules:
1. List 12 random things about yourself that have to do with Christmas.
2. Please refer to it as a 'HOOPLA' and not the dreaded 'm'-word.
3. You have to specifically tag people when you're done. None of this "if you're reading this, consider yourself tagged" stuff is allowed...then nobody ends up actually doing it. The number of people who you tag is really up to you -- but the more, the merrier to get this 'hoopla' circulating through the blogosphere.
4. Please try and do it as quickly as possible. The Christmas season will be over before we know it and I'd like to get as many people involved as possible.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
If you peek across the hall into the bathroom you will find a touch of Christmas spirit there, too. On a little shelf at the end of the counter. . .
And on the back of the 'potty' Christmas accents add to the usual decor of the room.
When you step into the dining room you will see that the Christmas Cottage decorator didn't miss anything in here, either.
Closer to the table you can enjoy each piece that was lovingly placed there.
The top of a little antique china hutch wasn't overlooked.
My grandfather's old library case is filled with some of my dear mother's cobalt blue glass collection.
Near the corner of the dining room this cute old toy phone rests on the bottom shelf of an old table that holds her modern-day phone. My dear mother saw this in an antique shop a few years ago. She loved it but didn't want to pay the asking price. A few days later I went back to the shop and negotiated a better price. I wrapped it and put it under her Christmas tree. She was surprised - and happy to receive it.Peek into the kitchen and you can see this pretty centerpiece on the little kitchen table where many wonderful meals are shared with family and friends.I hope you enjoyed this tour of the Christmas Cottage. Oh, wait! There's my dear little mother. She is glad you stopped by today. If you are ever in our town she would love to show you all of her treasures and tell you the stories behind them. You will find a welcome here no matter what time of year you arrive.