Tuesday, December 27, 2011
I'm having so much fun playing with the young ones. Sara loved her shopping cart and food items that nana gave her and we've been playing "shopping". Sean is busy with his Uncle Chris so doesn't have a lot of time for nana.
It's only a quarter after 8 and I fell like it's midnight. Young kids can do that to you. Enjoy your tween week.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
What did you do on this..the longest, darkest day of the year? Today it rained (not snowed, isn’t that strange?) all day and we went to Olean to finish up some shopping and have a nice lunch out at Applebee’s. It was great to eat pain free (the meds are kicking in) and shop with Don.
I found this beautiful plaid ribbon at Bon Ton and I like it so much I may never take it down after Christmas.
And these acorns found their way to Chatham lane too.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Today I turned into Mrs. SuperClaus and did all my cookie baking in one day. I began at eight and completed at five making dozens and dozens of our favorite cookies to take to my son’s for the holiday. I made Peanut butter kiss cookies, peanut butter Reese’s cup cookies, peanut butter fudge, date creams, Unbeatables, Russian Tea Cakes, Pecan Tassies and rum balls. Tomorrow I’ll finish with some truffles.
Where did all that energy come from you may ask. Steroids! Yes, I’m back on steroids. This past week I had a nasty breakout of lichen planus in my mouth. It’s an autoimmune disease with no identifiable cause and no real cure. I’ve had it all over my skin for the past year, but this week it presented itself with large sore white lesions all inside my mouth. The dentist gave me a treatment to use every 6 hours and some steroid pills to take. That’s the downside. My mouth is very sore and I can’t eat hardly at all. The upside is that the steroids give me undeniable energy. The great thing is that I have lots of cookies to take. The bad thing is that I can’t eat a one of them. :( This isn’t a picture of my sugar cookie tray. I have to make sugar cookies tomorrow. The dough is in the fridge waiting.
All this editorializing is leading up to my comment today. What about Christmas cards? As I speak to people they are telling me that they are no longer indulging in the Christmas tradition of sending a card to their dear friends and family. They state that the price of stamps has made it an extravagance. When did it happen that you can’t spend less than fifty cents on your close ones to wish them well during the season? The economy has made us scrooges? Some people send only to those out of town reserving emails or phone calls to people seen daily.
One of the happiest Christmas tradition is opening the mailbox to see whose card is being delivered. Ripping open the envelope, seeing the happy signature or reading an accompanying message keeps your heart in touch. Are we growing distant from people now? Or in the fast day of email and texting is that the new way to communicate and am I old fashioned? If so…let it be. I like getting cards!
Monday, December 19, 2011
This year I added beautiful read and green April Cornell napkins that I bought at one of my favorite shops in Fredericksburg..A Place in Time.
This bowl was found in Ross’s and seemed to match the theme.
Other little new touches .. this glittery white Santa holding a cardinal.
Friday, December 16, 2011
This has been a rather quiet week. Yesterday I went to a Kinzua Kuties (my former Red hat group) party at the Pennhills club. It’s always nice out there and the food was delicious. Today I have Literary Club where we will hear a talk on Christmas sweaters.
I’m gearing up to make Christmas cookies next week to take with me to my son’s house. I’m cutting down on the amount of cookies I’m making this year. It seems they don’t all get eaten each year. I’ll also make a Swedish Tea Ring which has become a tradition on Christmas morning. I’m almost finished with my shopping, just a few more things to buy.
This vintage Santa is from our childhood.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Her baker’s rack was done in white and silver with icicle lights. My special favorite is her French tree with all the Francophile ornaments.
The baker’s rack in the kitchen was dressed up with silver framed black and white photos of us as children and our mother and father.
The mantle was done with silver deer and lights.
Linda made the Santa boots.
The images were so old fashioned they cried out to me to bring them home.
Some of the branches are wired with white lights. I’ll put up a picture of them lit up later on.
One of my favorite stops in Fredericksburg is the World Market where goods from all over the world are for sale. I can always find a treasure or an unusual food there and at Christmastime there are so many delights. This year I found some Eiffel Tower and Arch de Triumph ornaments. I knew exactly what I would do with them when I got home..make a little tree for on my French table. (It helped that I had bought a table runner with French writing on it at Hobby Lobby).
I needed a vase and found this faux mercury glass one at Marshall’s. It held the branches I cut from a bush in my yard perfectly. It has found a home temporarily on my bathroom window sill.
The mercury glass birds were found at Target.
It fits in perfectly in my Frency bathroom.
Me, Diane and Linda at the theater.
Monday, December 05, 2011
I could tell by the outside that this was going to be one of my favorite. I loved the ornamental cabbage adding so much color. The landscaping had that attention to detail that I love. Notice back in the corner the plant stand with fresh greens. The front was so welcoming. I loved these urns filled with fresh greens, silver balls, mesh silver ribbons and silver painted twigs.
The windowboxes and over the door also sported greenery.
We were not permitted to take pictures inside but kindly the owner took my camera in and took pictures for me!
This was the living room. The pictures can never do justice to how pretty this was in person. On the mantle were moss balls and silver ornaments. Here was her tree.
We talked to this designer about where he found that wonderful wide mesh silver ribbon (Hobby Lobby or ACMoore.)
The tablescape was beautiful. It’s hard to see but behind the bench was a wall of silver twigs.
The outside was as pretty as the inside with a lot of things to look at.