Our Year in Review

The Brocanting Brigade did a lot of this……

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And the Y-Knots did a lot of this:

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I had some Racers, a gathering on our deck, went to a Valentine tea, and took a trip to Illinois:

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On the home front, we did this:

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My girls and I went on the Longest Yard Sale Trip, for the second year:

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We had guests and I took a trip to Arizona & California, too:

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And then, got to see some plays and have parties and go to parties:

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Christmas arrived—we had lots of fun:

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AND THE NEW YEAR HAS ALMOST BEGUN!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Family Christmas

The cast of characters:

Munchkins……

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Granddaughter, the teacher, and her beau below:

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Assorted family and friends:

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Please note that it’s The Littlest Munchkin’s DOLL, not a baby, in the pink dress on the couch!

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A cute elf!

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All  my girls, above!

This guy, again……suspicious, coming out from the room where the presents are…….

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And more………..

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Even the TV got in on the festivities!

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The littlest Munchkin:

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The dessert table….

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And what did we eat, you might ask (well, you might if you wanted to know, on the other hand….I’m going to tell you anyway):

A ridiculous amount of cheese, dips, crackers, chips, meatballs in currant/mustard/chili sauce, veggies, pickles and, of course, nuts and snack mixes prior to opening gifts.  And a bit of Christmas Cheer to get the festivities rolling….

Dinner:

Father Christmas prepared the most excellent beef tenderloin on the grill (whilst it was snowing)

Shrimp and Grits prepared by his wife, CCQ daughter and Racer daughter

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7 layer salad

roasted asparagus

mashed potatoes (made with butter, cream cheese and bit of sour cream)

Green beans

Assorted rolls, breads

Pistachio salad

And I’m sure some other items I’m forgetting here……

And, good grief, we hardly made a dent in the desserts!

All delicious, everyone filled with good food and good cheer, the little ones happy with their gifts, and even Security had a good time opening any gift we allowed her.  (Security’s forte is opening packages—any package, even socks wrapped up only in their paper band wrap.  She has developed a real liking for opening packages.)

Yes, a good time was had by all!

More Christmas!

“Pssst……over here!  Yep, more Christmas!  Isn’t it grand!” whispered Jabberwocky who, for some reason, thinks it’s a secret.

‘Tisn’t.  but……….hmmmmmm, well, I’ll just have to show you what’s going on……..and then, later, what happened. 

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Munchkins playing on the couch………

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Security gets included, of course.

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“What is THAT???” yelled Jabberwocky…….

That’s Father Christmas!  Yes, ‘tis……..look what he has done!

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Yes, he’s put out all the presents from Santa himself. 

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Yes, Father Christmas seems fairly happy about it all…….

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“He sure is funny!” said Jabberwocky. 

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Munchkins are unimpressed………

Santa has arrived!

“Well…….but isn’t he a lil’ bit late?  I mean, Christmas was the other day or so……….” asked a perplexed Jabberwocky.

Doesn’t matter!  He’s here along with the reindeer.  I have photos to prove it.

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Santa

“Hold on a minute.  That’s not Santa!  He doesn’t have a white beard.”

Well, around here, Santa is still a youngish guy, but he does have a beard which is a bit reddish.  We like to have him around, you know—he always brings Christmas cheer.  Regardless of the day……..

And the reindeer:

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Cute, aren’t they?

New Baby in the Family for Vanna

Yes!  A new little one to love, cuddle, walk, throw balls to…………….

Puppy!  A darling Golden Doodle!  Her name is Jolene and she is Vanna’s Granddog!

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And yes, she arrived Christmas Day.  I do not have the details yet on weight, height, length, but it’s safe to say that Jolene is just perfect.

The Cutest Hostess Gift Ever!

“Girlfriend is the most cleverest of anybody I’ve ever seen!” declared Jabberwocky, who is, frankly, not very easily impressed.  But she was by this!

Let me tell you what, peoples—this is SO cute!  And a great idea for future reference. 

Being Christmas and not having anywhere in particular to go nor anything particular to do, we decided to have our own lil’ party—a brunch with Girlfriend and Golf Pro (her man who lives there with her).  We had a wonderful time visiting and munching!  A nice, delightful Christmas.

But let me show you what she MADE! AN’ LUCKY ME!  She gave it to ME as a gift.  I’m lovin’ it!

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A Starlite Mint plate, which she made (oh yes she did!), with a small loaf of dessert bread and a small jar of cinnamon honey butter.  The “squirrel’ tag is our lil’ joke….but if you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know about “SQUIRREL!”

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It is all entirely edible!  She said she got a package of the mints, found some directions online, and then made this adorable platter, made the bread and the cinnamon honey butter, and voila! a most unique, delicious and pretty hostess gift!

Now, I ask you, am I not the luckiest lady in the world to have such a clever Girlfriend?

MERRY CHRISTMAS AGAIN! 

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She said this is what the recipe requires:

1 package of Starlite Mints

Place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet.  Oven set at 350-375.  Arrange mints in pleasing arrangement, leaving about 1/2 inch or so between each one.  Bake in oven about 5-10 minutes, be sure to check often.  When melted together, remove from oven, and place cookie sheet on a rack to cool completely.  CAREFULLY remove (slide) the mint platter off and then very carefully handle—place whatever you wish on the plate and wrap in cellophane.

The platter is entirely edible, but breakable.  So if you break it, EAT IT! 

The Stockings Were Hung

On the railing with care, and Santa came and stuffed them there……….

And there they are. 

Because, well, as I said, we have to wait until Saturday!  But maybe you’d like to see?

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There are, ummmm, 17 of us……..and really that’s not all….just who is coming Saturday.  And one Dog.  Security, of course.

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I made each one, some years ago, for each individual person.  Then, I made some more, for no one in particular…..all made from old jeans, scraps of fabric, and the appliques were from a yard sale, but then…..you knew that, right?

 

 

 

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Hurry Saturday!  Hurry!!

One More Christmas Tree

“I’ve decorated and decorated and decorated and done a LOT of Christmas Trees this year and had a lot of help, but……….WHEN DO WE GET TO OPEN OUR PRESENTS?” asked Jabberwocky.

Alas, and yes, we must wait a bit, Jabber.  You see, our Crew gets together on Saturday, so it will be a few more days.

In the meantime, I thought you’d enjoy seeing the last, big Christmas tree of this year:  The Toy Story Tree

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See the rocket ship taking off from the top of the tree?  Yep, it’s BUZZ LIGHTYEAR’S!

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The copper icicles are scraps from a project here—copper roofing over the gazebo.  The builder handed me a bag of these and said, “I think you might find a use for them.”  I did, of course.

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Ornaments and the tree itself are from yard sales or items I had or gifts I’ve been given over the years.  The ‘skirt’ is simply a piece of leftover burlap.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

Holiday Celebrations

 

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Being an aficionado of beautiful Holiday decorations, I have had such fun visiting friends’ homes this year!  Yesterday was a tea, luncheon and tour. 

Oh my the delicious teas she had (brought back from France!) not to mention the little sandwiches and desserts—and all began with a wonderful salad made of potatoes, avocado, cilantro, lemon and olive oil and spices.  It was wonderful.

More photos:

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The top of the tree had a large star and was surrounded with copper-colored poinsettias.  The entire tree had  gold/burnished copper/cream/burgundy color theme, with many large and ornate ornaments, each one catching the light beautifully.

And, for those of you who live in the dessert (we live in the Southeast part of the U.S.), here was a unique, DIFFERENT type of “Christmas” tree:

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It is a type of cactus!  She has two of these in her home.  Yes, this is a real, live ‘tree’ for this lady is a premiere gardener!  (Note the small basil plant on the window ledge, too.)

Here is the other cactus, located in her living room:

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Yes, she has hung Christmas cards from this tree.  It was the first thing which caught my eye, although there are many beautiful decorations in this lovely home—but this is so novel and fun!

Here are more photos:

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A close up of some of the mantle decorations:

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At the base of the fireplace, a very clever idea—a garland which has lights.  Very attractive.

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She has added beautiful decorations in the adjacent kitchen dining area—white doves, an angel and a tiny manger.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    image The windows are not forgotten—how sweet is this “Merry Christmas” sign with greenery and bow.

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The apples above are on her kitchen counter area—it really is bright and cheerful.

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In the dining area, a lovely black pot has been decorated simply and elegantly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And did I mention she is an excellent cook and baker?  This is the Christmas cake she has made and decorated.  It will be cut and eaten on Christmas day.

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Thank you my friend for a delightful time, delicious food, and a ‘feast’ for the eyes as well!  I had a wonderful time.

The 1930’s Christmas Tree

The Golden Age of the Silver Screen…….

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Fur stoles wrapped at the base………..

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The miniature movie camera and light were found at a sale this summer.  They spotlight the top of the tree.

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As always, the tree itself along with the decorations are from yard sales, most acquired this past summer.

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