Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Old Fashioned Simplicity

Today Hubs and I spent some time on the sun room...  It was still looking  autumnal....  and  a bit sketchy!!  Yikes... so  he vacuumed, praise God  he does because I  cant bear to with my allergies!!!And we moved a bit of furniture around.  Then  I did a bit of decorating  and now  when guests arrive tomorrow they will feel welcomed!  The style of this room really reminded me  of the    great memories of  Christmases from long ago!!!  Sort of like this song..

The expanse of  cherry and pine in here  creates a warm and country  style   and I'm really feeling like a grandma today... even with my grand babies  living 700 miles away...  I am  associating with my forebears   very much this season!

 By moving the chair  to the corner I now have a cozy spot to sit by the window and enjoy   the birds  who come to the feeders.

House sparrows and  cardinals have been the  first to stop by..
it is also a grand and cozy place to sit and do my morning  scriptures with a cup of  warming tea or coffee!!
Changing up the pillows and table toppers  make an easy    task  with a  big   impact!  The seasonal tree is now  Christmassy and table cloths  are switched out.
Yes,    I do see all that clutter over there.. just no place to put it...  It is all  items  that  are  of a sun room persuasion,  but that just do not look like Christmas,  but  to carry them to the basement    is not in my  low key  strategy this year and  besides  Grandma would have decorated around it as well..  back  in her  dairy farmhouse.  So I'm   calling this  country simplicity!

Grace at Home

Wednesday Hodge Podge

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1. 'Hurry less, worry less'...what's your strategy for making that happen this holiday season? How's it going so far? I would say both to this...I don't really have much reason to hurry because   this year we are Christmassing with  the kids, or have  events with family and friends  mostly  in restaurants and other's   houses..for example, our  Prayer Sister's Brunch

in Judy's home.
I will have  a prayer event here on Thursday morning and will  be  celebrating a bit,  but   the house is ready to go since it is mainly  just for our own  seasonal  enjoyment ....and I only have  some light refreshments  for Thursday, so nothing  taxing or wearisome!This truly is a stress-free  year for us! We  got the lights up outside last night..... now we aren't the dark house on the block.. that  feels  great!

2. Do you have a list of to-dos that need accomplishing in order to prepare your home and/or property for the winter season? What are some of the jobs on your list? Are you a do-it-yourselfer or do you hire someone to accomplish these tasks?
 Not this year.. Oh, I have a long to do-list  just to get  it done.. like finish the upstairs remodel that is left in mid  state  that is just passable...the wall tile needs to go up... Because Hubs is a do-it- himselfer,  the tile  just resides  in the box!  Hubs

did,  however, get all the  yard work done  for the season and that is saying a lot...  we have a ton of leaves....  living right off of Oak Street...It is an oak neighborhood!
No, we have done just about all the  preparing for Christmas we are doing to do.... I have one small event  this week here at home  and it will be very low key!

3. According to dietitians surveyed, the most popular health foods for 2018 will be -turmeric, sprouted foods (bean sprouts, breads with sprouted grains, etc), veggies in place of grains, dairy free milk, and pulses (lentils, chickpeas, etc). What's the first thought that ran through your head when you read this list? Of the foods listed which one might you add to your regular diet? Also, can milk really be dairy free? Is it still milk?
My first thoughts are ,   "blech"
I will  enjoy my lentil soup...  always do as long as there is a bit of country  ham in there...chick peas, not so much... I'll leave the  sprouts to the younger generation.. They have much longer to live than I do.. I'll do fine with my   fruits, veggies, and   green tea!  Oh,  and  blech.. on  non dairy milk...  Maybe  you can slip it into a smoothie for me or on cereal ..  but  in a glass.. no way!

4. The Pantone Color of the Year for 2018 is Ultra Violet. According to the Pantone site 'Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking pointing us to the future.' What say you? Do you like the color purple? Did you see the movie or read the book-ha!? Is purple a color you wear often? Describe for us one purple item in your home without using the word purple. If you were in charge of such things what color would you select for 2018?
First  of all, I'm sorry to say goodbye to this year's color..
I liked it, although I only have a sweater that  shade..
 and this year  I, again,  do  wear  this color,,
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 and    my  sweater is exactly that tone so I am feeling  really in style for the new year... I would not be using that color in my decor, although I love to visit my  sweet cousin, Pam, because her guest room is the most luscious  purple  I've ever seen!!!!

5. Favorite book read this year?
I really enjoyed Debbie Macomber's series, The Rose Harbor books..I took the first one   Rose Harbor Inn with me  on vacation last year  and  got so  involved  I had to stop twice to  pick up the next books in the series...  Even paid  hard back prices  to finish the series on our ride are some...


6. Insert your own random thought here. This week,  as posted on Monday,  we suddenly had  a huge water main burst  right by our property line  beside the street in front of our house... We failed to get a photo of the  water spout,  but did get the  resulting hole  in our yard.

Later in the evening the water authority  came to  repair  the damage, and they worked  well after bedtime..
Now we are a bit concerned because  they did tell us  the rupture  has very near the sewer line....  oh, boy...  praying it wasn't damaged!!We do not need a New Year surprise!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Monday Happy Homemaker

Let's join in with Sandra here.

Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning::::
This morning I  was up early  taking my shower and  baking my Christmas scones to take to  my Sista's  Christmas brunch..

 I had shooed Hubs off to Krogers to get me  the  cream cheese I had forgotten and  sweet man that he is stopped and got us a ham biscuit since it was early and the brunch was  at 11.

Right now I am::
Now it is almost 3pm...  following a very busy morning..I  stopped at Krogers   on the way home.. it seems we are always stopping at Krogers!!! It is wonderful to just sit  down with a cup of coffee... I had it all fixed in a    thermos to take with me because the brunch was  not a particularly easy drive.. and I went right off and left the thermos on the counter!   Doing this post is  a bit of therapy for my  aching body that has been on the run  for the last few days!

The weather outside::::
A sunny  bright day  today  with milder temps.. in fact when I got home I soon found I was way over dressed so I am now wearing    transitional clothing...  Whew!  Feels much better!!

Looking around the house::::
My Christmas Card     time was  interrupted on Friday and I still need to get them addressed and  mailed....  Man, do I ever feel behind this year!!!  Hubs  cried out to me  to come look out the window just now and  our whole front lawn in flooded.. a huge water line burst  ..  

Wow,  what a hole  that  water created...  

Hope that isn't our nickel!!!!It must have just happened!  The street is really flooded!!!  Drives me nuts....  cars just    drive  through it  as if it wasn't there  causing huge  splashes and  they almost get  flooded... Where  are some  folk's  brains!!!!  Hubs is  still outside  taking photos waiting for the  city authority  to  come... meanwhile gallons of water    gushes out and  spills over into our yard and  onto the street..  I don't get it!!!

On this week's to do list:::: always, a couple basket loads  of laundry ... 
Cleaning..... dusting, general pickup
Christmas Cards
Final touches to the dining room.. yes I cant seem to get the sun room done...  It isn't for lack of trying  but it gets really cold out there.. maybe a bit later today!!!

On the reading book shelf:::
Bible~I Peter  for study
The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp
Teatime Holiday Magazine for December                                                  
            Can't wait to  enjoy  my new magazine!!!                                                                                                                         On the TV ::::
Cds of the British detective series, George Gently.. we watch  an episode  each evening...  Oh, we  have  started the final season and  I cry just about every  episode....  I love  George Gently... set in the  60's on eastern coast of England...   the 60's era with its social issues    resonates a lot  with  us  60 somethings!
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I enjoy the Christmas Hallmark movies
I love the sappy ones like Signed Sealed and Delivered.. I saw  some of it this morning while the scones baked!

On the menu this week:::
While   I was gone today, Hubs  fixed a  huge pot of  fresh kale  to enjoy this week...  He  does the very best kale ever!!!
Homemade Vegetable Soup  for these  cold evenings
Chef salads with    grilled   and bbq  chicken strips
and  some light eating.. This weekend   is a huge  eating  weekend.... a monthly dinner  out with friends at  a pizza  place  prior to a  Bible Study, Senior Adult  Christmas Dinner, Cousin dinner  at our  best local seafood   buffet.  Oh my goodness,   and  last but not least  Fancy  hotel brunch....  

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will::::
sit  by the  Christmas lights, read a good book with a cup of cocoa and  listen to  some  beautiful Christmas instrumentals!
Maybe I can convince Hubs we need a fire...
I still haven't had a chance to do this!

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week:::: No time to do anything special... I am doing the    baked brie delights I shared about last week  for my prayer group on Thursday.  Don't 
these look  great !!!   I bought a fig  jam to use along with the    berry jam..

Looking forward to this week::::
A respite from choir... we have  worked so hard on our  Christmas  program  which  was    twice this last weekend .... a break is in order...  

Favorite photo from the camera::::
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When the sun room is adorned...I like to use the snowmen out there  and  set it up for  winter!!!

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses::::

Friday, December 8, 2017

First Big Chill Of December

Today I am so pleased to join in Eileen's Saturday Critters party.  You never know quite what to expect   from the cheerful posters here, but it is  always  very  wonderful .
Well,  the bird feeders  are in place and    just in time for the  very cold snap  with the threat of some  wintry weather!!  I had a few critters  investigating....The first visitors on the scene were a pair of  nosy squirrels  along the fence row....They were  very interested in the new bird seed wreath hanging in the maple tree.
 First, Mr. Squirrel  checked to make sure the coast was clear,  then Mrs Squirrel  scampered  along.

 The next thing I knew they were  rusting around in the  side yard hedge...  But I believe they have  fed on the wreath over the week,  because very little of it  remains.  Otherwise, I have seen what I thought were  several eastern wrens with their  dark brown markings,but upon investigation  they didn't have the pointed beak,  but a bill much more cone shaped,  so  I daresay  they may have been of the female bunting variety,  which are seen  in this area. None of the photos I could capture were clear enough to capture  their  likeness, well..but here is   how they appeared...

 Then yesterday this handsome cardinal  was  sighted  patiently awaiting his turn at the wreath. I t was so very cold I dared not go out to  capture his beauty, thus he  is viewed now through panes of glass and a screen..

 I believe he, too, was hunkered down  all ruffed up trying to brace himself against the  frigid air!

Today I am seeking someone with clean pine needles  so I can line the bluebird house... Now that the house sparrows have  migrated,   the blue birds  need  their  house back!!!!
PS.. We got the  needles in the bluebird house just in the nick of time...  this morning we have  snow....
oh, and by the way,  the pair of squirrels   have    feasted on the  seed wreath...  I'd say by the end of the morning the wreath will be no more!! 

I hope they will  leave the bird feeders alone...

It's Almost Christmas

It's snowing outside today..  Well, flurries,  but it's still beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!!
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1.  This week  we got  just a small amount of decorations out....This will be  a  low key  year...So everything is just  a  cozy place to sit and  enjoy reflecting on  the real meaning  of Christmas over a  hot cup of  mulled cider  and carols  on the YouTube channel!

2.Yesterday I  had just gotten the  Christmas cards out  and ready to start the   addressing   while I enjoyed my coffee,  when sweet Hubs  brought me in a plate of french toast and delicious  sausage  along with a tall glass of  orange juice cocktail...  juice mixed with  water from our soda stream...  I love  that  so...... refreshing!
3.  Later after putting the mess away,  I  finished setting the table and  working on the dining room hutch.. much  more simple from years gone by!!!
Since I am only planning on using my black and white transfer ware along with my  Christmas  plates, I like the  simpler  black wrought iron accents.

4.  Just using this amount of  decor...  means I didn't have to get  out the large storage boxes down stairs...  just the greenery  which is really  what I like, along with the lights!!
 And I love the ambiance of    the  many lighted venues  during the late afternoon and into the evening!

5  Today Hubs and I were out  doing errands   and he actually let me stop at my favorite consignment shop    while he snoozed in the truck.... I hurried,  but still found a darling   red plaid  charger  to use with my  Christmas plate while serving  special  holiday fare, a snowy flocked garland  with  red berries  that was a huge bargain, and  I bought  a couple of sets of  battery operated twinkle lights  that I will use  tomorrow when I decorate the sun room  tables....:)
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