Monday, December 29, 2008


Granny square afghan I crocheted
for my husband for Christmas. I
finished it a couple of days before
Christmas. I know most people
crochet small squares and then put
them together but I just keep going
and make the afghans as big as I

Sunday, December 28, 2008


I hope you all had a wonderful
Christmas. I know my family
did, but after everyone left,
after eating to much and
exchanging gifts, I was ready
to take down Christmas and
put out my snowman collection
like I do and keep them up for
the month of January. It took
my husband and I two days to
take down all the Christmas
decorations that took us 2 weeks
to put out. The snowman pictured
above is one I received as a gift
this year. He lights up and can
be used outside as well as inside.

This cute fireplace screen was
a gift to my husband and I this
year from our grandson Eric, his
wife and their little boy, our
granddaughter Julie and her
husband. It will stay up now
until the end of January. He
brightens up the Franklin stove.

Thursday, December 25, 2008


From our house to yours we wish you a Merry
Christmas .

Wednesday, December 24, 2008


It is Christmas Eve and I feel like this happy
reindeer. I have just finished baking my pecan
and pumpkin pies for tomorrow. All the gifts
are wrapped and under the tree. All I have to do
now is relax and wait for Christmas day when
my family will be here to enjoy the day.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


I have been tagged by brashergirl
for the Christmas Spirit Award and
I am to list 5 of my favorite things
about Christmas and tag another
person. So here goes:

1. Decorating the house and the yard.
2. Baking goodies for my family and
3. Being with my family on Christmas
4. Enjoying Christmas Carols and other
Christmas songs.
5. Giving thanks that our Lord and Savior
was born on this day.

I now tag: tattycat

Monday, December 22, 2008


This was sent to me last Saturday from Battle
Ground, Washington. Pictured are my daughter,
Kara, and her four children. From left to right
is Logan, Peyton, Kara, Drake, and Bryce. This
was taken at a park close to where they live. There
was not much snow on the ground when this was
taken but they did end up with 8 inches. After the
snow fall they had a freezing rain which needless to
say was quite treacherous. She told me when she
left their dog out, to use the bathroom, he could not
get off the deck for slipping and sliding. She finally
had to go out and make a path for him to get off the
deck. Before it iced over the kids and yes my daughter
and her husband had a ball playing in the snow.

Sunday, December 21, 2008


It is winter,
It is winter,
Oh so cold!
Oh so cold!
Icy, snowy weather,
Long nights and short days,
Winter's here!
Winter's here!

~Author Unknown~

Saturday, December 20, 2008


This is my collection of Christmas cookie jars.
They are filled to the brim with gingerbread
cookies and pumpkin cookies.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


O Tannenbaum

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
How lovely are your branches.
In summer sun, in winter snow,
A dress of green you always show,
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
How lovely are your branches.

When I was in elementary school I
clearly remember being in a Christmas
play where we were dressed in green
plastic garbage bags holding candles and
standing on a plateform so we were in
the shape of a Christmas tree and we sang
the above song. Oh so long ago but still a
lovely memory.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


I received an early Christmas present
today from my daughter, these
pictures of my great grandson,
Ethan, all decked out in his Alabama
outfit. Here he is with his Alabama

Here he is cute as can be
striking a pose big smile
on his face. I just had to
share these with you my
fellow bloggers. I am not
only a proud grandmother
but a proud great grandmother.

Saturday, December 13, 2008


Manger scene I have along the pool fence.
The wise men and camel along the same fence
to the left of the manger scene. Storage building where I store all my holiday
Back of the house . The two trees change colors
from white to blue. The wreath has multi-colored
This is what people call my court yard. In the
background is my little house, used for my
gardening material. The sleigh, santa, and deer
were crafted many years ago by my husband.
I did the painting.
Closer look at the bridge with sleigh, santa, and
A closer look at the little house with Santa and
Mrs. Claus on the porch. There is also a small
Christmas tree but it is hard to see.

Bridge over what used to be my fish pond until
the owls had my gold fish for their supper. It is
hard to see but there is a Christmas tree next to
Santa. I took all these pictures at night but they
really do not do the decorations justice. I have
had people stop and take pictures. I get alot of
nice comments from people and it is the reason
I love to decorate. With the help of my husband
it takes us 2 weeks to do the inside and outside
of the house. Now that I have all the decorations
done I have started my baking. I bake pumpkin
breads and gingerbread cookies for all my children,
grandchildren and friends. Some people are like
old Scrooge complaining and making a job out of
Christmas. To me it is a joy to do for other people,
to see the joy in a childs eyes when he visits Santa.
I have tried to incorporate all the meanings of Christmas
in my decorations, remembering the true and real
meaning of Christmas the birth of our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ.

Friday, December 12, 2008


I went out to check my Christmas lights this evening and
happened to look up and the most beautiful full moon was
coming up over the mountain. This photo does not do it
justice but I just had to take it.

Thursday, December 11, 2008


My daughter, Kara, asked that I
post my white tree without the
lights on so she could see the
ornaments etc. This is the finished
product. I found some lavender
craft ribbon with silver snowflakes
that I used for garland.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Manger scene my grandson and his wife gave us for Christmas
last year. It has a prominent place this year in our living room.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Sunday, December 7, 2008


Remembering all the lives that were lost
on December 7, 1941, when the Japanese
bombed Pearl Harbor. Pictured above is the
USS Arizona going down. It has been 67
years since that terrible day. Let us not

Friday, December 5, 2008


I want to wish my daughter,
Kara, a very happy birthday.
I love you.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


This is one of three 2 ft. trees that I have
up. This one is done in crystal hearts
and small paper gold angels. It is in,
as you can see, my main bathroom. These
three trees I put away every year
still decorated.
4 ft. tree located in one of the

This 4 ft. aluminum tree is almost
50 years old. My two oldest
children grow up with this tree.

This is my newest 4 ft. white tree
with purple ornaments and white
lights. It is in one of the bedrooms.

This tree is 6 ft decorated in gold and
silver balls, white lights, and the garland
is a lacey silver. It is located in my
living room (most people call it my
victorian room.) My 6 ft. aluminum pom pom tree
with color wheel is decorated
with green balls. I found this tree
2 years ago at a yard sale. It is
set up in my computer room This is the tree that takes me
all day to decorate. It is 9 ft.
I have to have a step ladder to
decorated it. It has ornaments
that my children and grand children
have given me plus others that
I have collected though the years.
It has colored lights and is in the
greatroom where we all gather at

Monday, December 1, 2008


When each of the families got ready to leave on Thanksgiving
day they left with some of my homemade gingerbread cookies &
a small pumpkin bread. I will be baking more for Christmas.
I have been busy getting the house all decorated up for
Christmas and will be posting some pictures of all my Christmas
trees as soon as I am finished.

Sunday, November 30, 2008


I want to wish my son-in-law,
Alex, a very happy birthday.
Love you.

Friday, November 28, 2008


Pictured above are some of my family that were able
to come for Thanksgiving dinner. We had15 in all. They
all had a great time and are already looking forward to
next year.

We knew are grandson Eric's wife, Summer,
was expecting and pictured above was the
clever way our daughter let everyone know
Summer will have a little girl in March of next year.
She asked her dad if she could have the turkey
legs needless to say he had no idea what she
wanted them for.

After dinner some of the family went outside to walk around.
Ethan is pictured above with a mop he found and was pushing
the leaves around. After playing outside Ethan came in with the others, here
he is enjoying some cake. The others had either pumpkin
or pecan pie.

Thursday, November 27, 2008


To my family, friends, and followers of my blog.

I have much to be thankful for, not only on this
day but every day, my health, a wonderful husband,
4 great kids, 11 grandchildren, 1 great grandson
and another great grandchild on the way, and all
my friends. God has truly been good to me and
I am so thankful not only on this day of thanksgiving
but every day of my life.

Today my husband and I celebrate our Anniversary
54 years. Happy Anniversary Karl, love you lots.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


My housework is done, my pies are baked, and now I can
relax until tomorrow when the turkey will be put in the
oven and all the other dishes will be prepared. I will then
wait for the gang to get here (16 in all) . I hope they come
hungry so I do not have any leftovers.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


In a world that's often too busy, may we
find in each of our days little ways to
slow the pace and enjoy simple, quiet
moments of thanksgiving.

Monday, November 24, 2008


May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and
gravy have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious

and your pies take the prize,
and may your Thanksgiving
dinner stay off your thighs!
~Author Unknown~

My turkey is in the refrigerator
thowing out , the menu is
planned , pies will be baked
Wednesday, and all that is
left is to wait for Thanksgiving
Day when all my family that
can come will be here for a
Thanksgiving get together and
a good meal (I hope.)

Sunday, November 23, 2008


I want to wish my daughter, Deann, and her husband,
Brian, Happy 17th Anniversary. Love you.

Saturday, November 22, 2008


My husband, who likes to cook, has a small 6 inch cast iron
pan which is just the right size to make corn bread for the
two of us. I have to admit he is a much better cook then I
am, and after cooking meals for the family for as long as I
did, I let him cook when ever he wants, which is almost

Done to perfection and out of the pan, and boy was it ever
good. The whole meal was: baked chicken breast, sweet
potatoes sliced with cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on them
and green beans. For dessert we had chocolate pudding.