Saturday, January 10, 2015

January

I have seen many FB posts wishing already for summer now that Christmas is over.  But there is something to be said for this season of hibernation.
 The decorations have all come down, and the house is back to a state that it hasn't seen since I put fall stuff up in September.  It's as minimalist as I get.  Sweaters are warm and fluffy.
 And I don't feel the least bit guilty about staying in for a nap when it's cold outside.  Neither do the critters.
I'm not yet tired of soups and chili and yummy things in Crock Pots.  I have new warm socks to enjoy.  It's basketball season, which means games at Drury.  So little is going on that I have no trouble making it to the Y 3 or 4 times a week.

I will sing a different tune by the end of February, and by March I'll be ready to pull the hair out of my cabin-fevered head.  But January, I think we can be friends.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Year of the House


In October of this year, we will have lived in our house for 10 years.  I really can't believe it.  When we moved in, David jokingly (I think) said that we'd be here for the next 20 or 25 years.  Here we are, halfway to 20!

To celebrate living in one spot for a decade, I'm declaring 2015 to be the Year of the House.  Projects big and small will be planned.  The first two are little - getting the house power washed and the gutters cleaned.  The third is a little bigger - we have 3 dead/dying pine trees in the back yard that must be removed.  It's going to be a little sad, but a good opportunity to plan some landscaping.

I'm not sure what will come next...garden shed, bathroom facelifts, new flooring...  In January, the possibilities seem limitless.  

Thursday, January 8, 2015

We Wish You a Merry Christmas!


On Christmas Eve, we went to the service at the church where our family friend pastors.  He also happens to be the father of my best buddy who I've known for about 34 years.  After church, Mom and Dad and Todd came for chili and hot links. 
 On Christmas Day, we celebrated with my Grandmother (on the left) and Grandma (on the right).  Please ignore whatever weird thing is happening with my neck.  We were demonstrating the selfie stick for the ladies.  Grandmother thought it was pretty neat, but I am not sure Grandma was impressed. ;)
I was very surprised on Christmas morning to come downstairs and find that Santa had brought a garden wagon in while I slept!  Many moons ago, David mentioned that he'd almost gotten me one.  I might have been kind of mean and said something along the lines that I was glad he didn't and what a weird gift.  In the years since, I have wished many times that I'd been nicer as a garden wagon would often come in handy!  I figured my chance of getting one were pretty slim though, so I was pleasantly surprised to see this!  It is the perfect size for David to pull me around the neighborhood, don't you think? ;)  We've already put it to use in moving firewood from truck to the woodpile.  Thank you, Santa!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Christmas in the Guest Room

Since the guest room has a different color scheme this year, I thought it needed some Christmas cheer.
 I found this little pillow on Etsy and though the front of the house on the pillow looked a lot like our house with the right number of windows.
 I added a little greenery and the coffee-stained stocking to the cabinet,
 and stood this tiny feather tree in a sugar bowl.  I liked the little Christmas touches...even if no one much noticed except me. :)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Here Comes Santa Claus!

Last Saturday was the annual Christmas parade, which I've started referring to as the Christmas/Anniversary parade since it falls so close to our anniversary...or vice versa.  We've missed very few parades in the last 15 years or so, but managed to get married on the day of the parade in 2007.  We must not have checked the calendar too closely! ;)
 As always, it was good fun.  The weekend weather was unseasonably warm, so on Sunday we headed to Silver Dollar City.  David warned me that it would be crowded...he was right!
But we still had a good time, snacking our way through the park and enjoying all the lights.
 I got an early Christmas gift - a smart phone monopod, also affectionately  known as a "selfie stick."  The great thing about this little invention is that you can take selfies that are not obviously just that!  We had fun testing it out, even if we did feel a little silly!  I think it will come in really handy!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

I started decorating early this year for Christmas due to our trip...and my own impatience to get out some new goodies.
 One such new goody is the North Pole Brand candy cane sign that hangs above the Santa mug collection.
 The tree and garland has been in this spot before, but I bought new tiny lights for it and put it in this crock.  I have a lot of favorites this year, but this makes the top of the list!
 I added my cinnamon applesauce stars and gingerbread men to a few bowls containing pine cones, dried oranges, and dried pomegranates.
 If my calculations are accurate, this is the 11th Christmas that I've had this tree.  The lights have all been replaced, but I still really like the tree.  I have to remind myself of that when I'm huffing and puffing and assembling the darn thing. ;)
 One of these aluminum gingerbread men cookie cutters belonged to my Grandmother.  I've collected the others here and there at flea markets.
 I thought this was such a neat Santa.  I inherited him from a friend at her garage sale.
 I've posted this before, but I just love this jar of fake cookies.
Just a little Christmas found its way into our guest room this year, so the tour will continue there.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Thankful

I only remembered to take pictures near the time everyone was leaving after Thanksgiving, so I missed getting pictures of Mom and David.  Sorry to both!  
 Grandma and me
 Con and John
 Grandma and Dad
Grandmother and me