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Monday, November 30, 2015


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Welcome to my 2015 home tour. Today I finished the outside decorating. Notice that I used the black and white ribbon bow that I made with the Bowdabra.
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We have several old sleds. I hung this one up on the breezeway. I got this idea a few years ago from my favorite florist in Fredericksburg, Virginia Jan Williams. thanksgiving at chris' 2015 160

Nothing says Christmas like a touch of red.
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Here are the snowflakes in the windowbox from the inside.thanksgiving at chris' 2015 156

Here’s a peek at the sunroom. Stay tuned tomorrow for the full tour.
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I'm not a big gadget fan but once in a while you find something that just makes your world a little easier. My sister Linda brought her Bowdabra up to Chris' so we could make bows.

I have tried for years the fold and twist method of making bows but this is just so easy.

Please excuse the bad hair. Someone forgot her hair dryer.

I love ribbon and especially the black and white. Look for these bows when I do the house tour.

Bradford. November 2015 Notice something missing? No snow.


Sunday, November 29, 2015

Quite a happy holiday


I hope that you all had a happy Thanksgiving weekend. Ours was full and we finally today arrived home from Carlisle where we spent the weekend at Chris’ new home. Since he didn’t sell his other house yet he was in the process of moving but it didn’t stop him from hosting Thanksgiving. Don and I, my sister Linda, and Dan and Gretchen slept at the new house while they still had their beds over at the old house. Luckily it’s only four miles between them. We are thrilled for Chris that he is starting his new married life with a beautiful new home. There is plenty of room for everyone.
   We enjoyed a feast on Thursday and played games..Pictionary and Apples for Apples. Friday while the guys set up Chris’ media room in the basement the girls went shopping. We didn’t go to the crowded malls but just hit the smaller stores around his house. I just bought a lot of little things from Michael’s and got a lot of Christmas shopping done.
    On Saturday Linda and I went to a craft show but came out empty handed. We then shopped downtown Carlisle. It is a lovely little town with very old architecture. It was small business Saturday and we had great fun going around to the little unique stores. I found a perfect store for me called Feather your Nest where I bought a piece of old iron fencing. I loved everything in that store…the white ironstone, the real greenery, the small items. I’ll be making that a stop every time I am down there from now on.  Linda and I had lunch at Spoons….and had soup as you can guess.  I love a good bowl of homemade soup. After some more shopping we headed home. I had put chicken in the crock pot along with barbeque sauce so dinner was already made. I also made sweet and sour kilbasa and a hot cracker dip. Afterwards there were more games. We didn’t have internet or cable yet so we watched a few movies over the weekend. I hadn’t seen The Other Woman with Camaron Diaz…really cute movie.
    Back home I have put away a few things but not unpacked yet. Tomorrow is another day. And tomorrow I have to tell you about Bowdabra.
  Sorry no pictures today. I’m too tired to download them from my camera.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Why is it we take one day to be thankful for our blessings? Tomorrow we will share with friends and family if we are fortunate to do so and will be content and grateful. We will fill our bellies with traditional foods to the point where we can't stuff ourselves anymore. And we will be happy.

don't get me wrong, I will be happy and grateful right along with everyone else. But on my mind will be thoughts of so many more around the globe who do not have the joy that I am experiencing. My heart is breaking for them. Mothers who cannot find food for their children. Families torn apart seeking refuge. People with only what they can carry on their backs trying to find a better life. Such sadness.

I didn't mean for this post to bring you down. I just realize that I am so blessed and thankful beyond belief. Bless you my friends and enjoy a grateful holiday.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Wrap bacon around a lil smokie. Secure with toothpick. Place on foil lined pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

This recipe came from my grandson Dan's fiancé Gretchen. She is such a nice girl and you can follow her on her blog Gretchen Runs. Not only does the blog tell about her passion for running but also includes travel tips, recipes, and their weekly adventures.


Monday, November 23, 2015

Christmas in the kitchen


Today will be a little more decorating. I have the living room to finish up. It's at the ...worse until it gets better...stage. I knew I had a lot of decorations gathered over the years but it was an eye opener to see them all out at once like that. I'm so happy to be letting them go. And I will be gaining a lot of room in my attic. Each year things are getting simpler for me. For one thing I'm not physically able to do stamina wise what I used to. My hips are killing me today from all that lifting. But as my sisters says it will never be just a wreath on the door until I'm in a nursing home.

Speaking of sisters she gave me the partridge in a pear tree candle holder...one of my favorite decorations. Yes, that is snow out the window. We got a dusting. These next two days will be busy with Thanksgiving preparations.


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Countdown for Christmas


And so it begins...the Christmas countdown. Presents, cookies, decorating...it all gets done in due time. I started decorating today. I was determined that this year I would bring every bin down from the attic and go through them and get rid of what I don't use. And I did! I trashed a great deal and have some things to give to my family. It was a real mess for a while and I still have a few rooms to finish. I can't wait to show you.


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Randomness for today

Yesterday our Literary Club program was on Cuba today. Two of our members had traveled To Cuba and showed a presentation which was very informative. The meetings are always enjoyable and we sit and have tea and cookies afterwards.

Pink sky in morning, sailors take warning. We are expecting snow to be coming soon. We have been so fortunate to have great fall weather. Having the snow delayed this year has been so nice. We always hate to see it begins, beautiful as it is.

I've noticed that outdoor decorations have been beginning to go up. Some people, including me, like to do outdoor decorating while the weather is still nice. I remember years when we were out in the freezing cold trying to hang lights.

I saw this wreath on Pinterest that I was drawn to. Then I saw it was from Nell Hill's. There are some decorators that you really enjoy and she is one of them. You can subscribe to her new letter which is full of great ideas. I wish I lived near her store. She doesn't sell online.


I don't decorate with whites but I live seeing rooms decorated with white and ivory especially with a touch of green. And love black and white checked bows.

Last night we enjoyed card playing at my in laws. We've been playing a new game called 2500. It takes a long time to play especially with seven people so we usually only get one game in.

I hope you all enjoy a lovely Saturday.