Monday, December 20, 2010

My Christmas Treasures

I wanted to show a few peeks of my favorite Christmas treasures. Some are new, some are old, some were passed down in my family.

I love this vintage looking snowman hat - a gift from my dear friend Toni last year.  It has a little electric tea light in it giving a little glow at night.

 I have collected all these little vintage pieces over the years.  A few were my aunt Em's who just celebrated her 90th birthday. 

I also love to collect different vintage santa mugs.  If I'm lucky I'll find one at a yard sale! I have about 10 now.  And of course  I collect santas - the more unusual the better.  I keep some out all year round in a curio cabinet!
Have a wonderful holiday!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Lovin this...

This watering can is sleeping in my gardens - waking up this morning to a bed of deep snow.

It's a beautiful, thick white fluff.  Deep enough to make it hard to walk thru.  We had about 6 inches this morning added to the 3 we still had on the ground.  I love it but am thankful I didn't have to drive in it this morning. Yes, I have the greatest job and boss in the world.

I think I need to put a birdbath heater on my Christmas list!

Thursday, December 9, 2010


I was the baby of the family so I never had a "little" sister.  My mom and dad had two sets of kids with alot of space in between. My oldest brother and sister were raised close together and then my youngest brother and I were close together several years later.  There is 17 years between me and my oldest brother.  Huge gap...

So since my brother was so much older than me he started a family while I was still a kid in grade school.  This crazy girl above is his youngest daughter Jen.  The little sister I never had.  We have been close as sisters since the day she was born 40 years ago.  Here she is at Thanksgiving this year wearing my Halloween witches nose and glasses that were sitting on the counter.  Yes, she is very pregnant.  In fact, this new baby girl is scheduled to arrive this Monday the 13th.  She is the 4th, the caboose.  Jen has 2 boys and soon 2 girls.  I am so excited yet a bit worried about a mom of 40 giving birth.  Of course I will be at the hospital as soon as I can.  I could never go in, I would be the one on the floor.

This was a special moment I managed to capture the same evening.  Steve (Jen's husband) and Carly (their daughter) sharing a little love.  Notice the pink fingernail polish paired with a camo shirt.  The pants were pink too.  Being 5, she now picks out her own clothes as it's just not worth the fight to get her to wear what they want. Steve is a great dad too as you can see in their gaze.  I love that guy too!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Burrowing In

What is it about cats loving freshly cleaned laundry? Is there some invisible invitation for them to burrow in?
Otis will make a bed just about anywhere there is clean laundry.  In this case I had just taken this quilt out of the dryer, nice and toasty, so he managed to wriggle his way in, turn around and stayed there all evening.
With the extremely cold temps we are experiencing (lows in the teens) I expect alot of burrowing going on at our house!