Wednesday, December 30, 2009


For me Christmas is over when the last of my family
leave to go home to their homes on Christmas night.
The very next day I start taking my Christmas decorations
down. What takes me two weeks to put up takes only two
days for my husband and I to take down and put away.

I now have all my snowmen on display and will leave
them up through the month of January.

I do not know where this year has gone the older I get
the faster the years come and go. 2009 was a good year
for me and my family. I pray 2010 will be the same. It
is the same prayer I pray for all my friends and my children
and their families.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


On this Tea and Friendship Tuesday I wanted
to share with you my cute snowman tea set. I
have already put up my Christmas decorations
and have put out my snowmen that will stay up
through the month of January. I hope all of you
had a wonderful Christmas and I wish all a great
New Year.

Friday, December 25, 2009


Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas
and a bright and Happy New Year.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


This Christmas no matter
what other Christmas traditions
you keep, resolve to make
spending time with your family
the most important one. Don't
get so busy that you miss this
time of love and closeness. The
cookies may be all made, the
gifts all wrapped, the house
fragrant with evergreen and spices--
but what does it matter if we
miss out on the gift of each other?

Monday, December 21, 2009


The street cars are
like frosted cakes --
All covered up
with cold snowflakes.
The horses hoofs
Scrunch on the street;
Their eyelashes
Are white with sleet.
And everywhere
The people go --
With faces tickled
By the snow.
~Dorothy Aldis~

Saturday, December 19, 2009


This evening my husband
and I were pleasantly
surprised by a visit from
some carolers from the
Baptist Church in our
neighborhood. It brought
back memories of when
when our children used to
go out with a group from
the same church caroling
around the neighborhood.
The carolers who visited us
this evening did a beautiful
job and I want to thank them
for that and bringing back
the memories.

Friday, December 18, 2009


From home to home, and
heart to heart, from one
place to another. The warmth
and joy of Christmas, brings
us closer to each other.
~Emily Matthews~

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


This is the one tree I did not
photograph in my previous
post. It is a four foot aluminum
one that I purchased in the
early 1960's.
Not a very clear picture of the court yard. It
is much prettier when seen first hand.

Night view of Santa in sleigh and deer crossing

Daytime view of Santa in sleigh and deer
crossing bridge. My husband cut them out
for me and I did the painting. We have had
them for quite a number of years.

Night-time view of my little house. Hope you
can make out Santa and Mrs. Claus on the right
and the little Christmas tree on the left.

Daytime view of my little house with a better
view of Santa and Mrs. Claus and the tree.

Night-time view of the Manger scene.

Daytime view of the Manger scene.
I have other decorations but these are the main
ones. It is very pretty at night when everything
is lit up. Click on photo's to enlarge them to see
them much better.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


The more you give,
the more you get -
the more you laugh,
the less you fret!
From the book Inspiration for Living
by Helen Steiner Rice

Have a wonderful Tea and
Friendship Tuesday everyone.

Monday, December 14, 2009


Pumpkin cookies. I baked six dozen of these.

Gingerbread cookies. I lost track of how many
dozen I have baked. I still have enough ingredients
to bake one more batch ( about eight dozen).
Pumpkin breads. All of my children and the two
grandchildren that are married have to get some
of everything I bake. I also give to my friends.
I still have my pies to bake but I do not do them
until the day before Christmas. I now have time
to relax and enjoy the time that is left before

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


I am taking a break from my baking. I thought
I'd show some of my Christmas decorations.
This vase contains red and gold ornaments and
a string of clear lights with poinsettias on top.

This tree is my largest one. I am only 5ft. tall
and need a 7ft. ladder to decorate the top. It
has ornaments that have been given to us by
our children, some bought and some homemade.
I also have all my grand children's picture ornaments
on this tree. It takes me all day to decorate it.
It is located in our great room where we spend
most of our time.
I decorate my Victorian room in pink, gold and
silver. The manger is one my grandson and his
wife gave me.

The tree in my Victorian room has silver and gold
ornaments, white lights, and silvery garland.
I have my small collection of Santa's and angels
around the tree.

This is my pom pom silver
aluminum tree I got at a
yard sale last year. It is
is located in my computer
room. Decorated in shades
of green ornaments. I also
hung ornaments and white
snowflakes form my cornice
my husband made me.

This is my white tree with clear

clear lights, purple ornaments,

ribbon garland.

Here is a little better picture
of the same tree. I have also
hung fuzzy lavender snowflakes
and what looks like a grape
cluster (bells) from the cornice.
I have a tree in every room of the
house. They range from two foot
to the large one in the great room
that is 7 foot. My whole house is
decorated. The only tree I did
not take a picture of is a silver
aluminum 4 foot tall it is decorated
in red ornaments. If I think about
it I will take a picture when I take
pictures of my outside decorations.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


The future is not ours to know
and it may never be - so let us
live and give our best and give
it lavishly.

I found this small item in the
book...Inspiration for living by
Helen Steiner Rice.

Have a wonderful Tea and Friendship

Saturday, December 5, 2009


We woke up to one and half inches of snow this
morning. It really was a winter wonderland and
if one was not in the mood for Christmas yet this
should definitely put them in the mood. I was able
to take a couple of pictures then my camera went


Wishing my daughter, Kara,
a very happy birthday. May
you have many many more.
Love you

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


"December finds himself again
a child even as he undergoes his
age. Cold and early darkness now
descends, embracing sanctuaries
of delight. More and more he stares
into the night, becoming less and less
concerned with ends, emblem of the
innocent as sage restored to wonder
by what he must yield."
~Nicholas Gordon~

Monday, November 30, 2009


Wishing my son-in-law, Alex,
a very happy birthday. May
you have many more. Love you.

Friday, November 27, 2009


Wishing my husband, Karl,
who has been my love, my
best friend and companion
for 55 years a very happy
anniversary. Thank you for
being there when I have
needed you. Love always

Thursday, November 26, 2009


At Grandma's House

I like the taste of turkey any time
throughout the year but it never seems
to taste as good as when Thanksgiving
is here.

Could it be it's all the trimmings that are
cooked with it to eat--but I think it's
eating at Grandma's house that makes
it such a treat!
~Author Unknown~

I want to wish everyone a Happy and Blessed

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Just finished baking my pumpkin and pecan
pies for tomorrows dessert. Tomorrow morning
the turkey will go into the oven. We will also have
mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, dressing,
sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce, strawberry
jello with strawberries, rolls and assorted drinks.
All the children and grandchildren that are able to come
will be here.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Thanksgiving Friends

Thanksgiving is a time for
reviewing what we treasure,
the people we hold dear, who
give us so much pleasure.

Without you as my friend, life
would be a bore; having you in
my life is what I'm thankful for.
~Joanna Fuchs~

Hope your Tea and Friendship
Tuesday is one you will always

Monday, November 23, 2009


I want to wish my
daughter, Deann and
her husband, Brian a
very Happy Anniversary.
Eighteen years. Love you.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


It's that time of year again and I have been busy
gathering all the ingredients for my holiday baking.
I make loafs of pumpkin breads for all my family as
well as gingerbread cookies. I enjoy baking not only
for my family but my friends during the holidays. I
also have to bake a pumpkin pie and a pecan pie (my
husbands favorite) for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Don't walk in front of me I may
not follow. Don't walk behind me
I may not lead. Just walk beside
me and be my friend.
~Author Unknown~

Have a blessed Tea and Friendship

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Please remember to pray for
all our servicemen and women
and their families. My prayers
and thanks go out to them all and
not only on this day but every day
I give thanks for their service.
God bless them all and GOD BLESS

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


The oil of courtesy smoothes
away friction. When in doubt
about whether to apologize or
not--apologize. The smallest
act of kindness can save a
~Found in God's little promise book~

Have a great and wonderful Tea and
Friendship Tuesday.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


In a previous post I showed all my inside
Thanksgiving decorations. Now I will show
you my outside decorations. Most of my
outside decorations are of, pilgrim and
turkey, wood stake outs that my husband
cut out and I painted a few ago when we
were in the craft business. We no longer
are in craft business but still enjoy the ones
I kept for my decorations.

The turkey on the flag is holding a sign saying
free ham.

A close up of my house that is used for my
gardening material and tools. The pumpkins
and dogs are not real.

Hopefully when you click on this photo you can
see it much better.

My house I use to store all my decorations in
is a good place to show off the pilgrims and the

This is my colorful turkey. Don't you think he
is a handsome bird?

This turkey is always in my azalea bush with
his sign. Maybe he is giving thanks that he is
not on someones table.

My little picket fence with fall leaf garland and
of course my pilgrims and pumpkin that says
Happy Thanksgiving greets all that drive by.