Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Hodge Podge Wednesday





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1. Let's talk holiday decorating. On a scale of 1-10 where do you fall? (1=Scrooge and 10= Clark Griswold). What's your favorite corner-room-table-space to decorate? Is it done?



I guess I am a 6  on that scale...  I love to decorate,  and sometimes I do go overboard...  funny, my daughter told me last night,  "Oh, mom,  I love how  simple  your decorations are this year."..

That is a huge difference in us....  I just  feel like , "Man,  I'm not nearly done yet!"

I suppose my favorite  thing to decorate is the mantel  and it is very simple.... so far.. hehehehe
Other years:
Angels
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The year the  Fox family joined us!!!
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Winter Village
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You  get the idea~~  yes, some years I change it around a couple times during the season!!

2. Is there a nativity scene in your decorating somewhere? Post a picture or, if it's special to you in some way, tell us why. Or do both-it's Christmas!
I am so sad to say  I have  lost my nativity scene...I had it  at church a few years ago in my  children's Sunday School class and alas, I never made it home with it...  I pray someone  gets a blessing from it... I was looking at them online this morning actually...  and  the nicer ones are so expensive....  I don't know..  Last year  I made one  with my 2 year old  grand doll out of  foam art..  Loved it  and she does too.  It is on  her  kitchen doorway  garland.

3. Do you live in a social neighborhood? If so, are you glad? If not do you wish you did?
I do not...  we barely know our neighbors names..  I  had a couple of very good friends who lived nearby, but they  both have moved away... my favorite  thing is  neighborhood progressive parties...  we  did it once  long ago when Amanda was small...  was  wonderful... Our Sunday School class used to do it.. but our class has  grown so much it is  impossible.

4. As the saying goes, 'there's no time like the present'. How does that ring true in your life right now?
These are the best years of our lives....  Hubs and I being both retired is  a dream come true!!!

5. Do you dread Mondays? Why or why not?
AS I said,... being retired  one day spills into another...  was it Monday yesterday...  I didn't have a care in the world!!! Besides.. Monday is a great blogging day!!!

6. Poinsettia, Christmas Cactus, Amaryllis-which on the list is your favorite holiday plant? Are any of these on display in your home right now?
I love poinsettias!!  I just bought  2 red ones... I'll photo  a bit later..


7. Share a favorite quote from a Christmas movie.

Lyrics from  my favorite   "White Christmas"
Snow
It won't be long before we'll all be there with snow
Snow
I want to wash my hands, my face and hair with snow
Snow
I long to clear a path and lift a spade of snow
Snow
Oh, to see a great big man entirely made of snow
Where it's snowing 
All winter through
That's where I want to be
Snowball throwing
That's what I'll do
How I'm longing to ski
Through the snow-oh-oh-oh-oh
Those glist'ning houses that seem to be built of snow
Snow
Oh, to see a mountain covered with a quilt of snow
What is Christmas with no snow
No white…



8. Insert your own random thought here.
The kid in me longs for a white Christmas every year!!!!!!!!
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Blogmas Day 6

I am delighted to see that my Friend Sandra from the blog Diary of a Stay at Home Mom is doing the Blogmas of Christmas this season. You can check her out here and come play along!

Day 6  Pot Simmers  Recipes

To borrow a quote for 'The Kitchen" 
Bubbling away on the stove, these ingredient mixes make your home smell sweet, warm and welcoming.

Read more here.

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  for more  check these out!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday

               Return to  The Dairy of the Stay At Home Mom here!






As I look outside my window:::
Well, it is 8:49pm and it is cloudy and dark.... the moon   tucked in for the night!

Right now I am::: 
I am   pretty giddy with happiness becasue we had such a  great, productive day... much better than I htought it might have been!!!

Thinking and pondering:::
It seems odd that our Christmas with the family is already behind us.  We had  a most  wonderful visit with the kids for a couple of weeks over Thanksgiving and  since  they live  6 states way   we  made the most of our stay!!



On my bedside table:::
My  watch, my  Jesus Calling  devotional,  my phone charger, and a  glass  for ice water...

On my tv:::
I enjoyed  an older    Signed, Sealed, and  Delivered Christmas movie today...   I love those Hallmark Christmas movies!
Last night on PBS  we  so  enjoyed the special on the Carpenters.

Playing on the radio:::
I listened to Spotify   Karen  Carpenter Christmas most of the day.... I had forgotten just how much I loved them!!!!

On the menu for this week:::
Our fridge has  been mostly empty since we returned midweek... last week and we've eaten out a lot.  This  afternoon we  did our marketing so  I will plan some  meals tomorrow...  I know  a pot roast will be high on the list!!






On my to do list:::
Laundry
Meal Planning
Vacuuming
Decorating the sunroom and kitchen
Clean guest room
Mop  bathrooms and kitchen
Christmas cards

My simple pleasure:::
A cup of coffee and a  great  new  home decorating or tea time magazine....

Lesson learned the past week:::
Just  learn to wait....  waiting is  a  gift from God...  marelous  things happen  as we wait...  even  if many  are happening inside of me...  

Looking around the house:::
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.













From the camera:::
Anything for fun!!!!

Bible verse, Devotional:::
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Blogmas Day 5

I am delighted to see that my friend Sandra from the blog Diary of a Stay at Home Mom is doing the Blogmas of Christmas this season. You can check her out here and come play along!


Day 5 - Pictures and Memories of Christmas Past


Christmas  means family



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Special times with friends

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Fun decorations  and  parties
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Festive table dressing

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Holiday  moods

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Delectable menus
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Christmas Eve  Music and nativities
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And last Christmas    our family enlarged
  We celebrated this  year  last month....




From our house to Your's  Merry Christmas!!!