Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
He's a big kid at heart. What husband isn't?
Am I right?
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Hubby helped me with this undertaking. I read off the names from the comment section and he wrote them all down. Next, I checked every one's blogs to see who linked the Give A Way and they received an extra ticket.
Imagine how lovely her fantastic photos will look in my little gift.
Kate, be sure to email me so I can mail this little treat out to you next week.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Over the past 20 years, I have collected Lenox Holiday China. Due to the expense, it takes a person that long to collect a complete setting for 12. Just between you and I...I didn't find all of my china, but there was enough for us to enjoy.
Being the oldest daughter, I was lucky enough to inherit my mother's sterling silver. I have been known to have as many as 3 forks and 3 spoons, but this year with all of the unpacking going on, I scaled back.
The linens on my table were gifted to me by my mother in law. I couldn't have selected a more perfect pattern if I choose it myself.
The red water goblets were purchased years ago at Crate N Barrel. Over the years a few have broke, but two years ago, my daughter and son in law found a couple of glasses that were a perfect match.
The plate chargers were a gift from a dear friend. The deep cranberry red perfectly compliments the entire table. My wine glasses were a gift from my dear sister.
In years past, I usually have a complete candle extravaganza as my table scape. It is so elaborate that we keep a phone near by in case we have to call 911! Since there are at least 8 boxes of "dining room" not unpacked yet, I was not able to bestow the table scape I had imagined. Don't worry, there's always next year.
This year, my entire menu consisted of Tyler Florence's Prime Rib, Cornish Hens with Sage Butter, Roasted New Potatoes with Rosemary, Cream of Spinach and Cream of Pearl Onions. This was all topped off with Pioneer Woman's delicious Rum Cake.
I guess you can say I am one of those cooks who is a risk taker. (or is it whom?) I'll try a new recipe for a crowd anytime (except risotto..which I will never master).
Don't forget the Christmas Give A Way. There are less than 20hours left to enter.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Here's our whole family, sans my side, gathering on the couch for a photo.
Uncle Steven on the floor with his nephew playing the part of protective uncle!
Christmas is all about children. Jack was a delight to have around yesterday. He thought it was pretty cool, too.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Here are the rules
1. Leave a message and get one chance to win.
2. Post a link on your blog about my blog Give A Way and get an extra ticket for the drawing. Don't forget to leave me a comment that you added a link on your blog.
3. Christmas box may be slightly different due to creative juices may vary on any particular day!
Contest ends Sunday, December 28Th, 2008 at noon EST.
Winner will be announced at approximately 6:00 PM on the 28Th.
Merry Christmas to all of you!
Monday, December 22, 2008
I promised photos of the little box I am sending to my sister. That reminds me of the special gift that Kate received this year. Hmmm...there may be a theme here.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Here's what I plan on doing today....
...finish making this pretty little Christmas box for my sister so I can mail it tomorrow (yes, there will be pictures...
...make a few Christmas cards to send to my family...
...Friendship bread is in the oven now...with two more loaves to go....
...getting my hair cut today at the salon my daughter goes to (you know how I feel about hair cuts...yes, I am nervous and I'm sure there will be a post)
...going to my daughter's home to watch the Falcons play...
...my darling SIL is making us dinner....
and that's it...
What are you doing? Oh, never mind...I'm not blogging today...I forgot
Saturday, December 20, 2008
I can remember exactly where I purchased this beautiful bulb, The Festival of Trees. Always a fund raiser for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, this event was always fun to visit. Many years past, you could drink in over 200 different trees. Sadly, this year, the event was downsized and moved out of Atlanta. No matter where the event is or the size of the number of trees, it still raises needed money for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
Friday, December 19, 2008
I mean, what was behind the thought?
What was the person thinking?
There is just something wrong with an upside down Christmas tree.
Tell me what is the weirdest decoration you have in your home.
I don't think anything can top this...ummm...bottom this?
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Don't ya just love getting these clever emails from your family and friends.
I get so many that often, I only open the ones in which the subject line looks interesting.
Being a cat lover, I particularly loved these two photos.
Sorry if you are offended by this acronym. You will just have to deal with it today.
If all goes well today, I may start baking.
Tonight, we will put up the tree.
I will reminisce about all of the ornaments as I hand them on the tree.
Probably have a tear or two...but with the drugs I'm on...I am much more in control these days.
Here is one email I received that could resolve our entire economic problems in the country.
HOW BIG IS WAL-MART?
1 . At Wal-Mart, Americans spend $36,000,000 every hour of every day.
2 . This works out to $20,928 profit every minute!
3. Wal-Mart will sell more from January 1 to St. Patrick's Day (March 17th) than Target sells all year.
4. Wal-Mart is bigger than Home Depot + Kroger + Target + Sears + Costco + K-Mart combined.
5. Wal-Mart employs 1.6 million people and is the largest private employer. And most can't speak English
6. Wal-Mart is the largest company in the history of the World.
7. Wal-Mart now sells more food than Kroger & Safeway combined, and keep in mind they did this in only 15 years.
8. During this same period, 31 Supermarket chains sought bankruptcy (including Winn-Dixie).
9. Wal-Mart now sells more food than any other store in the world.
10. Wal-Mart has approx 3,900 stores in the USA of which 1,906 are SuperCenters; this is 1,000 more than it had 5 years ago.
11. This year, 7.2 billion different purchasing experiences will occur at a Wal-Mart store. (Earth's population is approximately 6.5 billion.)
12. 90% of all Americans live within 15 miles of a Wal-Mart
13. Let Wal Mart bail out Wall Street!!!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I decided to show these to my daughter, thinking perhaps she would like to take some home with her. She grabbed Willie's Adventures, opened the book, and the next thing I heard was "O oh!".
Here is proof that I signed the book out. My 4th grade signature and room number. What do you think the fine is for a book that is 44 years over due?
Monday, December 15, 2008
Mommy showing Jack how to hang the ornaments.
Friday, December 12, 2008
About a month ago, I received an email from Schmap, a publisher of free digital travel guides for destinations throughout USA, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. I almost deleted the email, considering the amount of spam these days. Luckily, I did not.
Schamp conveyed an interest in publishing one of my photographs of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, a trip we took during the Chihuly exhibit. Of course, I was just being considered, however I received word that my photo was included in the latest upload.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
...and here are a few of my friends that I treasured over the years...
Ignore that person in the corner...
now I can find my tooth brush, hair products and make up....
now I just have to use them!
My darling husband said to me....
Our bed is completed.....
there is so much more to do and I've come to one realization....
As I flop into bed each night I can only think of one thought...
Getting old sucks!