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Monday, December 26, 2016

Joy List Monday

Joy List Monday

♥ a weekly ritual ♥
a reminder to stop and pay attention to the little beauties and graces
 that make life magical and to set aside time for gratitude each day 

♥ celebrating Christmas with family and friends

♥ enjoying twinkle lights, laughter, stories of Christmas pasts 

♥ just sitting and looking at the lights at night, still and quiet

♥ it is always fun to travel and be with family, but oh do I love my bed

♥ my bed and fresh cozy flannel sheets


Monday, December 19, 2016

And Then in a Twinkling

And Then in a Twinkling
Written by Patrick Regan
Illustrated by Becky Kelly
It seems only days since the kids yelled with delight, on a door - to door journey through the autumn twilight. 
And then, in a twinkling...December is here-there is frost on the pumpkin old songs fill the air. So haul out the holly ... and deck the halls... and start the list making ... and visit the malls. But while midst all the hubbub of holiday haste, do not neglect to reflect on what Christmas is based.

And then, in a twinkling...the magic comes back. The true meaning of Christmas can't be purchased or packed. For Christmas brings goodness, redemption and light and helps reconnect us to all that is right.

So don't miss the wonder while lost in to - dos, because in a twinkling ... this day will be through. So open your heart and be of good cheer. For now, in a twinkling... It is Christmas my dear!
Merry Christmas my friends!
I wish you all a wonderful Christmas week!


Monday, December 12, 2016

Joy List Monday

Fresh New Snow

Joy List Monday
a weekly ritual
a reminder to stop and pay attention to the little beauties and graces that make life magical and to set aside time for gratitude each day

♥  Fresh Snow
♥ Receiving Christmas Cards ... reading Christmas letters from friends
 ♥ Early Christmas Gifts
♥ Cuddles from our cat Catsby
♥ Coming in from the cold
 ♥ Birthday wishes ♥



Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tis the Season ~ It is the Hodgepodge

Tis' the Season
It is the Hodgepodge!

Joyce asks the questions.
We answer the questions.

1. Let's talk holiday decorating. On a scale of 1-10 where do you fall? (1=Scrooge and 10= Clark Griswold). What's your favorite corner-room-table-space to decorate? Is it done?
Yes, we decorate! I will say I am a 7 .... I decorate our dining room and living room. I add a little to the kitchen and our entry. I also like to decorate our deck and the entry to our home.

I love to set up my nutcracker collection. 

Yes, we are all done decorating! 

Outside ... I did add some mittens to the skates after the photo was taken.

Outside ... keeping it simple with fresh pine and cardinals.

Embroidery work done by my late grandma .... see my recent post on this special  Gift from Grandma

I used a large galvanized bucket for our tree stand.

Our fun camper ornament, it just makes me smile.

The TARDIS from Doctor Who ... our boys favorite.

The countdown on the refrigerator in the kitchen.

 2. Is there a nativity scene in your decorating somewhere? Post a picture or, if it's special to you in some way, tell us why. Or do both-it's Christmas!

Yes, we have a nativity scene in our decorating. This year it is in our living room.
My sister gifted us this nativity several years ago.

 3.  Do you live in a social neighborhood? If so are you glad? If not do you wish you did?

No, we do not live in a social neighborhood. When I hear about the fun some of the neighborhoods have, I wish I did.

  4.  As the saying goes, 'there's no time like the present'. How does that ring true in your life right now?

Yes, I have several Christmas "To Do" to do!

 5. Do you dread Mondays? Why or why not?

I do not have a problem with Monday. It is a great day to start the week.

 6.  Poinsettia, Christmas Cactus, Amaryllis-which on the list is your favorite holiday plant? Are any of these on display in your home right now?

I love them all!! You guys already know how much I love flowers. Ha!
At this time our Christmas Cactus is starting to form buds.

 7. Share a favorite quote from a Christmas movie.

 Linus shares the true meaning of Christmas with Luke 2: 8-14.

 8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

My second favorite Christmas quote from a movie.


Friday, December 2, 2016

A Gift from Grandma

My grandma passed away in January 2014. She fell ill on Christmas night and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. From that night, she slowly faded away. 
We spent time with her at the hospital and during her hospice care.

While we all met to clean her apartment, I found this ...

I gave this embroidery kit to my grandma the Christmas of 2012. To find it finished setting on top of her embroidery basket while cleaning her apartment made my breath catch. What a special last gift from my grandma.

 My husband helped me frame it in a barn board shadow box.
I placed twinkle lights around it.

 "Christmas is like candy; it slowly melts in your mouth sweetening every
taste bud, making you wish it would last forever."
Richelle E. Goodrich