Friday, January 16, 2015

January doldrums.....

Thank heaven the sun was shining today and I actually walked out the door without a coat.  I'm not a fan of January and my spirits start to pick up as I see the month slowly crawling by.  It certainly helps when the sun shines.

Have managed to get my house back in shape after taking down all the Christmas.  My sewing room has really overwhelmed me so now there are 2 big plastic bags in the garage waiting to be given away.  What a relief!  I have way too much wool but it's so hard for me to give it up.

 
Found these today on a Facebook page and thought they might be fun to make for Valentine's Day.  I made two (but neglected to take a picture) so we'll see if my needlework is appreciated by others.  Needlework is my favorite hobby but unfortunately, I've run out of room and others don't seem to like it as well as I do.
 
 
 
One of my favorite things to do on a drizzly, cold, wintry afternoon is to snuggle up on my chaise lounge with my heating pad, a cup of hot tea and my Kindle.  I've read two amazing books that I've added to my favorites list.  This one goes on the top.....
 
 
Sometimes an author will just amaze you with his ability to write and this is one of those times.  His writing is artistry but the story makes it difficult to put it down.....even when you have a migraine.  This is one of those books that you'll never forget reading.
 
My other favorite is this one....
 
 
There were times in this one that I thought it was dragging and then I'd find myself absorbed in it again.  It was hard to imagine a young woman being so brave as to take off alone on this journey through the wilderness.  You realize in the end that she faced far more to fear in her everyday life then she did out in that wilderness.  It really made me stop and think that in the world we live in today, that's probably true for a lot of us. 
 
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and gets a chance to do a little reading.



Saturday, December 27, 2014

It's a wonderful life.....

Can you believe another Christmas has come and gone!!!!  Seems like we were just decorating at Leola's and here it is just a few days until 2015 (I just got accustomed to writing 2014).  Time flies when you're having fun.....


We had such a nice relaxing Christmas this year.  The grands came in their pj's and stayed in them all day.  Lots of talking, laughing, and eating.


The kids and dogs took a little walk......

Allison and Sage.....

I love that the kids are encouraged to make things for Christmas presents.  They all have their specialties.  This year Stella made her sister Zoe a very special gift.....
 
Her Mom repurposed an old suitcase and made her a case to keep all of her sewing supplies together.  It's wonderful and makes it so convenient for her when she's ready to sew.  She does a fantastic job.
 
Phoebe does a beautiful job of painting pictures.  This is the one she did for me last year.....
 
 
 
Not sure about Sage.  He's a very talented writer.  Maybe someday he'll write me a story!!!!
 
I've been searching Pinterest to try and find a project.  Now that Christmas is over, I'm in the mood to settle in and do something creative.  Working with wool is one of my favorite things and I saw where Maggie Bonnanami (not sure about the spelling) has a book out so maybe I'll run to the quilt shop in Branson and see if they have it.  Nothing I like better then to have a needlework project when it's too cold to want to be outside.
 
Hope you all have had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to settle in for a little bit of winter.....hope it's just a little bit!  Stay warm!
 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Busy time of year.....

It's always such a busy time of year but I've tried so hard this year to not get so overwhelmed with the shopping and decorating and enjoy those things that make the holidays so special.  First and foremost, it should be about the birth of Jesus and last night was my grand-daughters program at church.  They began the program reading the story of His birth and hearing Phoebe and Stella reading the scripture and singing a song was so beautiful...
 
 
It's hard to believe that this is their last year to be in the choir.  I've watched them every year since they were 3.  It will also be the last year for them to be in the Christmas program at their little neighborhood grade school......on to junior high.
 
Went to Judy's house for a get-together with friends and as always, her house looked wonderful (she's also a great cook).
 


 
Judy had several smaller trees decorated with her vintage ornaments and had used a tall skinny tree that she had purchased at Leola's instead of her big tree and had used very few decorations on it.  I loved it.....
 

 
So I decided to do the same and I've been really happy with it.  The big tree took up so much room.
 



 


Today is a cold, gloomy day and perfect for staying in and getting some gifts wrapped and doing a little baking.....it feels like winter and I miss setting out here.....

 
At least it's decorated and I have plenty of wood stacked back there in case it snows.  I do love a fire in the fireplace.
 
In case I don't have time to post again, I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas and I'll be talking to you in the new year!

Friday, December 5, 2014

It's that time of year....



I've been working hard the last few days trying to get the house finished (along with raking the yard, working at Leola's, grocery shopping and generally trying to catch up after a very busy Thanksgiving week. Slowly, it's shaping up......





 
This is one of several Santa's that I have made by Debbie Bridges from West Plains, Mo.  I was so sad to find out that Debbie died last winter and I didn't know.  She was a dear, sweet lady and a most talented artist.  These Santa's are even more special to me this year.


Hopefully, I will complete the house decorating today except for the big tree.  Grandkids are coming tonight so I'm hoping to have their help bringing it upstairs and decorating it.  Hope all of you have a wonderful weekend.
 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

First snowflakes.....


I know......it's not much to brag about!  Love Saturdays when I don't have to get out and this is one of those.


 
Baked a batch of my favorite cookies.....
 
Ginger Molasses Cookies -
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 1/2 sticks butter, room temp
1 cup dk. brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses

Preheat oven to 350.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.  In med. bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, & cloves.  Set aside.

In mixer bowl cream butter & brown sugar until creamy & fluffy.  Add egg & molasses.  Beat until incorporated.

Slowly add dry ingredients until combined.  Use scoop to make ball then flatten with glass dipped in sugar.

Bake 10 - 12 min. 
 
They are so good!
 
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend......



picture from Country Living