Kevin came down just before New Year's for a visit. Todd, Kevin, and I had a great day antiquing at some of my favorite places in Ozark, and found a new favorite. The best find of the day for me was at the last place we went - a box of vintage ornaments marked down to $1 each and a bag of ornaments for $1. I really liked this tree before, but with the addition of a few (or 20) new-to-me ornaments, I really love it! Hated to take it down today.
We celebrated New Year's Eve at Todd's cabin at the lake, where we watched the dogs, listened to a Jimmy Buffett concert, played a few games, ate, drank, and watched a few fireworks over the lake.
And...maybe took a silly picture or two. ;)
By New Year's Day, the dogs were worn out from chasing each other and tennis balls.
We had a wonderful Christmas! Christmas Eve dinner was just the two of us, but I still managed to use every pot and pan to make us a turkey dinner.
David surprised me with two beautiful new Adirondack chairs with a table and footstool. I couldn't believe it! They're so pretty and very comfortable. I'm looking forward to warmer temperatures to really enjoy them.
We celebrated Christmas Day with Mom, Dad, Grandmother, GW, and a visit to see Grandma.
I wish I'd taken this sooner - it might have been our Christmas card for this year. Act surprised if it shows up in your mailbox next year!
The day after Christmas, we took a drive in the rain to look at some camping spots for Spring. It'll be here before we know it!
I need to give you a tour of my new sewing space that David generously shared with me, but here's a preview. The space where the table is used to have a twin bed that was seldom used. It's so nice to have this space and not have to clear my stuff off the dining table to eat dinner.
I've been using my space to make a few Christmas gifts.
We enjoyed unusually warm weather for the Christmas parade this year! Some folks are missing from our hastily arranged picture, but we had a big and fun group.
Mom, Dad, Con, and I saw Love The Coopers, which was a cute (if a little dark) Christmas movie, and Christina and I have done our annual homes tours. The weather has been strangely warm which is making it seem not very Christmasy, but it's coming up fast!
Some new additions to the Christmas decorations this year. I found the Shiny Bright brand topper at a flea market for a reasonable price, and couldn't resist buying it to go with David's mom's ornaments. I also thought it needed a new retro inspired tree and I found this one at Martin's Floral. It's a very pale green. Not something I'd normally choose, but I love the way it looks with the old ornaments!
I also chose a new tree this year for the spot at the top of the stairs. It's decorated with cranberry colored wooden beads, dried orange slices, and gingerbread men that I made with applesauce and cinnamon. I also made it a tea-stained red ticking tree skirt.
And, just for fun, a new Santa pillow in the chair next to it! I've had a lot of fun with the new-to-me sewing machine!