Monday, December 28, 2009

A Very Merry Christmas With Our Daughters

Sarah and Becca were here tonight to celebrate Christmas. The snow has stopped and they both have the night off from work.
They brought tacos and had dinner with Dad.

Handmade bags from L are a hit!

New coats for the cold winter weather! Not a Christmas present but a necessity for our Minnesota winter weather.

Merry Christmas to All and to All a Good Night.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Morning

My son called this morning to say Merry Christmas and remind me that we have their package to open - so we did.
Lots of beautiful surprises. See:

Hope you are all have a fun and jolly Christmas with your loved ones even if it has to be delayed a little.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve in Minnesota

We are ready: tree is trimmed, packages are wrapped, guest room cleaned, pot roast is in the oven AND no one is coming.
I just have to share some decorations.

Bonnie, do you remember this one?

Hopefully Sarah and Becca will make it south tomorrow. Sarah get better. We'd love to see you both.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Stockings are Hung ...

We pulled out the Christmas stockings and the tree from storage this evening. The tree is up but not decorated. I still have two more days of work - we're getting there.

What do you think?

On a positive note, my cards are all in the mail and packages are all delivered out of town. Now to decorate the tree and shop for food. I also need to organize the guest room AGAIN for our daughters visiting later this week. It's always something, isn't it? It's well worth the reward - the joy of having the family together.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

M Called to Chat

My granddaughter called tonight. She saw 'The Princess and the Frog' yesterday. She called to say she saw Princess and the Frog, Merry Christmas, and I love you.
Just the sweetest. I wish it wasn't so far to Arkansas from here.

A Snowy Sunday in Minnesota

We had a light snow this morning. It was just enough to decorate the neighborhood in white again on top of the eight inches we had earlier this month. I took a photo in the morning during the snow and then again later in the day when the blanket of snow had settled outside on branches and benches.

Later today - the bench on our patio. It reminds me of a typical December day - a pretty snow without the horrible chill and wind.

What's the weather like in your neighborhood today?

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Cheers and Happy Holidays

Tonight was our annual holiday fondue party. We had a wonderful dinner cooking our beef and shrimp and lots of good conversation.
After a leisurely dinner, we exchanged 'white elephant' gifts. It's a great start to the season.


Great friends and the cooks in the kitchen

The fun exchange after dinner:

Did we have fun or what??

Photos of all the players, I think, except me --- I was busy taking all the pictures.

Friday, December 11, 2009

This is Worth Repeating ----

I found this quote among my stash of good thoughts. Have a great day and a great weekend.
No photos today. Just a thought to share.

Today... I wish you a day of ordinary miracles ---

A fresh pot of coffee you didn't make yourself.
An unexpected phone call from an old friend.
A good sing-along song on the radio.
Your keys right where you look.

I wish you a day of happiness and perfection --

I wish you little bite-size pieces of perfection that give you the funny feeling that the Lord is smiling on you, holding you so gently because you are someone special and rare.

I wish you a day of Peace, Happiness and Joy.

Remember to make the time today to do something special for a total stranger.