Wednesday, December 31, 2008

My Wish for You!

My Wish for You in 2009

May peace break into your home and may thieves come to steal your debts.

May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet for $100 bills.

May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips!

May happiness slap you across the face and may your tears be that of joy

May the problems you had, forget your home address!

In simple words, May 2009 be the best year of your life!!!

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 29, 2008

A Gift!

Jerzie is visiting today but since I have been so busy getting ready for Christmas I decided to do my post ahead of time and spend the day just playing. We worked on a project for Mommy and Daddy last week and we didn't want them to see it so we saved the pictures. First we made a foamboard circle.Then we wadded up different shades of green tissue paper and glued them to the circle.

We made a bow and put a string of red beads on it. I had more decorations but Jerzie was having so much fun with the left over string of beads that she said we were done. I ended up hooking the beads together with a twist tie and she wore it for a necklace on Christmas.

She put stickers on the back and we put it in a gift bag. Of course she gave it to Mommy as soon as she walked in the door!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Snowy Sunday

As of Christmas Eve day we have had 84 inches of snow so far this season. We didn't have this much until mid February last year!
I woke up to 60 degrees this am and my back yard looks like this.
Since it is so nice out and I'm supposed to be showing snow pictures, I decided to change my window box from Christmas to winter.
A cute snow couple going for a wintry walk.
We are having very high winds today and the forecast calls for snow and thirties the rest of the week but it's nice to have a little reprieve. I hope you are having a great Sunday!
For more Snowy Sunday posts or to join in the wintry fun go over to visit Chris and Laurie.

Friday, December 26, 2008

I got 'em!!

I didn't get either of my kids the presents they asked for and I surprised them both! As most of you know my son is a major Mets fan. Way back in June I heard TJMaxx had Mets jackets on sale. I ran to the nearest one and got this Mets jacket.
See that grin? It wasn't on his list but I think he likes it!!Laurie always expects a surprise from me. We've both been talking about Suzanne's wonderful "hang ups". I was gifted one and I bought myself one in the fall. Laurie fell in love with an all brown one but wouldn't buy it. When that one was no longer available she mentioned another one she liked. I just hoped that it wouldn't sell right away because if I had bought it then Laurie would figure I got it for her.

I got her a brown and aqua one and she liked it better than the all brown one!
She looks like she's pretty happy too don't you think?

Chris said I surprised him with it too. Don't you love to give real surprises for Christmas? Of course, they always get me back!

Did you get surprised this Christmas?

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

May you and yours have a fantastic day filled with family, friends, food and fun!
Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Corner Cupboard

This is the corner cupboard in my living room. I just got it this year so I wasn't really sure what to put in it. The bottom shelf holds some cute bear figurines. The middle shelf has 2 tiny Christmas books and some vintage candles. If you click to enlarge you can see the Santa sleigh and reindeer and a Mr and Mrs Santa my Mom made with beads.
The top shelf is the nativity we had when I was young. (The angels on the moons are also vintage candles.)
I have never seen any pieces to this nativity anywhere. I have no idea how old they are except I remember them always being in our home and I'm close to 60. All the figures are wax. This is not the original stable.
I love the animal figures. There is a donkey between Mary and Joseph and a cow on the far right. Have you ever seen these or do you have any information about them?

Monday, December 22, 2008

Cookie Fun!

Jerzie spent the night on Saturday and her Mommy and Daddy came over on Sunday to make cookies. Jerzie and I started making Peppakoker before they got here. She had a great time rolling out the dough and using the cookie cutters.
I put hers on a separate cookie sheet and she ate one and took the rest home.
She still doesn't like getting her hands dirty or sticky. We'll have to do something about that!
Jerzie and Daddy after making 6 kinds of cookies!
Today she helped me make Chex Mix and white trash. She loved pouring everything in the dish but I did catch her stealing cheerios and pretzels! We're having fun today but let's just say I know she is 2 today! I had an apple for lunch and I shared it with her but she didn't like it with the "crust" on it.
We have very cold temps and lots of snow today so it's a great day to have the oven on. All the schools in the area are closed because of the wind and snow. I also have a pot of vegetable soup cooking on the stove.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Snowy Sunday!

We had what they are calling a 'wintery mix' on Friday. First it snowed 4 to 6 inches and then we had rain, sleet and wet snow. This 'mix' went on most of the day. When I left work at ten it was a misty rain. In the morning it was 12 degrees! These pictures are a result of the mess we had and what you see is mostly ice crystals.

The sun was shining most of the day Saturday and it looked like the yard was full of diamonds. I wish I could have captured it with the camera. For more Snowy Sunday posts or to join the fun stop over and see Chris and Laurie.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Randomness

Cedar tagged me to write 7 wierd or random things about me. I've done this a few times beforeso decided to stick to winter or Christmas things.

1.Every year, until Jerzie was born and we can't all fit in one car, the kids and I went out looking at Christmas lights. We ate candy canes and listened to the Oak Ridge Boys Christmas tape. We also stopped at MC D. for an eggnog shake. One year the first Mc D's didn't have any. We were in the drive thru and all the kids started whining. I'm sure when we got to the window the person was surprised to see a car full of adults! When we got to another one they all cheered when they said they had them. Again they were surprised to see a car of 'adults'!

2.One year, after I got our real tree up, my daughter bragged to the neighbor girl that her Mom could do anything and we didn't need a Dad around. During dinner the completely decorated tree fell over!

3.My brother and his wife watched the kids all day Saturdays for me while I worked. Since it was always dark when I got home they took the kids with them to cut down our tree. They did a pretty good job of picking one out but I'm sure they had a little help from John and Cindy.

4.I enjoy buying unique stocking stuffers and buy them all year. You get no toothpaste or deodarant from me. Everyone gets about 15 and I wrap every one.

5.One Christmas when the kids were young and the cost of metal was up,I sold some silverware to buy my kids presents. I had 90 dollars that year for presents.

6.In the past, I got several gifts for the kids at garage sales. Both of these experiences were good for my kids. I always let them know that money was tight and we only got what we could afford. I believe that made us closer as a family. You don't need money or things to be happy.

I'm not going to tag anyone as I know you are all busy but I would love to hear random facts about your Christmas traditions. Leave me a comment if you do it.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Show and Tell

My new old painted cupboard seemed like the natural spot for my barbwire Christmas tree and some papermache snowmen.I've had this tree for several years and still love it. I added some lights. greenery and the rusty star on top.

I love the rustic look of papermache pieces.

The door to the deck is in this small area and this barbwire heart always hangs on the door.
I just add some greens for winter.

For more Show and Tell posts go over to Kelli's House.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Kitchen Santas

I love this Santa picture! It is on a piece of tin. He really looks like what I would expect Santa to look like. I painted this Santa. This piece has different inserts. After Christmas I'll show you my snowman insert. Remember you can click on the picture to enlarge.
I was into fence post painting for awhile. People were bringing me their old fence posts.
My glass front cupboard gets a Santa display.
Old tree light boxes and strings of lights laying around.
The Saturday Evening Post box is a puzzle of my Moms. We had the Santa on the right when I was young. I bought the other 2. The tall one is a candle and the shorter one is a wax candy holder.
I didn't set out to collect Santa but just seem drawn to them. I have to like their face or I don't want them. Some of the old ones look really scary. Do you use Santa in your Christmas decor?

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

My Eclectic Tree

My tree was quite expensive this year but I love a real tree and it really is a nice one. The size is perfect and it was easy to decorate.
I have a little bit of everything on my tree. I have birds like I remember on my Grandparents tree when I was young and hand crafted ones from friends. I was given the little bird feeder over 20 years ago by an elderly customer. It is 2 pieces of plastic canvas with a communion cup filled with bird seed and a tiny white bird. So simple but it's a favorite.
My Grandparents tree also had bubble lights and I love them!
My mother made tree decorations every year for all of us. She made this bird nest and the bead ornament. I also have some short and long twisted tin icicles.
Mom seemed to love making the bead ones the most. We have them in all sizes and shapes. The kids got different ones than the adults so my kids each have several she made also.
I love the old tree decorations and pick them up at sales when ever I see a good deal. Some I buy because they seem familiar so I know someone in my family had them on their tree.
Some are ones that Laurie has gotten me at craft shows. She puts one in my stocking every year just like I do for all of them.
There are a lot of memories in my Christmas tree and I would never be able to do a certain color or theme. My tree theme will always be 'family memories'!