Monday, December 31, 2012

Rain, Rain, Please Don't Go Away!

For everything there is a season--this summer season has been a dry and hot one.  The weather has been brutal--hot, dry, and windy.  But--that is how it is and all that will change--at least I hope so.

Started this blog in the summer--it is now November.  In fact, it is Thanksgiving Day.  Hope you are having a grateful Thanksgiving.  Dirtman and I are spending the day taking it easy.  That is strange--but that is how it is.  Let the Thankful Declarations begin.  We have much to be thankful for.

Our "mintage" turkey is in place.  Our dinner is in the crock pot.  Yes, we are not having turkey.  Dirtman is not a fan so we are having homemade meatballs (in cranberry sauce), potatoes, salad, bread, and pecan pie.  I actually made a pecan pie--first in years.  Here are a few pictures of the day.

Mintage Turkey
So much for blogging--I have blogged three times in 2012.  Good for me that 2012 is almost over--yes, Christmas is over. . .

It was a very Merry Christmas!
 and it is New Year's Eve.  I better get with the program!

Resolution #1--Try to blog!!!!

May all the seasons be sweet to you,

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

One Comment

When I started my blog, I had the best of intentions.  I thought that blogging would be fun (it is) and something I would enjoy (I do).  Little did I know that it would be difficult to keep up with.  But, enough whining. . .

Here we go with one more try to be a good blogger.  The inspiration came today while I was perusing A 2011 Christmas Tour--the blog has hundreds of links listed.  These links take you to blogs that tout Christmas decorations.  Not to be snobbish, but I decided after looking at 115 that I should get back to this hobby.  I can do it!  I can do it!  

So here we go.  To keep with the theme of my blog hopping, here are a few pictures of my Christmas House.

Merry Christmas
Here are three of the trees we have each Christmas--The Tree, The Skinny Silver and Gold Tree by stairway, and The Patriotic Tree in the laundry.

The Big Tree
This tree is in our dining room, the bay window is a great place for it.  The ornaments that adorn this tree are old ones from my parents, ones Coach made, and ones we have collected over the years.  When I look back at pictures of my trees during the years, they always look similar--I like that!

Skinny Silver and Gold Tree
This wonderful skinny tree is a favorite.  I have blogged about it before--it gets decorated for the seasons.  Wish I could remember how long I have had this tree.  It is made from a real evergreen tree--branches are cut short and artificial boughs are added for the decorative branches.  It is long-time favorite!

Patriotic Tree in Laundry
This cute tree is draped with red, white, and blue.  Just little and patriotic!

Well, you will see more Christmas decor during the Holiday Season this year.  Can't wait--this makes me want to go shopping and dig out Holiday decorations.  When I look outside and see the sun beaming down and the dry grass--I am jolted back to summer!

I have one comment on my blog--it is a special one and I guess one of my goals for my blog should be to increase views and comments.  Okay, but I don't like pressure!  Here is the comment from one of my besties. . .

Thanks Beth.
Beth said...

Way to go Mary! I'm proud of you for getting your blog up and going! Now you can share all your "likes" and great ideas with everyone instead of just a few. We have shared a lot over our many years of friendship including growing up in Oklahoma, college, teaching, marriage, motherhood, charm bracelets, crafts, shopping, friends and flags. I too want to share your love for Life:Beautiful magazine, but I never get mine read - sigh - maybe someday. Hopefully we will have many more years of friendship and fun things to share.

May all the seasons be sweet to you!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Good Grief!

A time to keep silent and a time to speak. . .

Well, well, well, I cannot believe that Christmas came and went, January is gone too, and February is gone, March is gone, and April is on the downhill slide--where has the time gone.  My best efforts to keep up with this blog are not enough.  It was March 3, 2012, when I started this post, two months have passed, and this is my first blog of the new year.  Oh well, you can't change what has happened, right?

A few notes on how my time has been spent. . .

One of the pleasures nowadays is spending time with our little girl--our first grandchild.  I like to call her Little Miss.  She is the sweetest, cutest, and smartest little girl ever (sound like a grandmother?).  She was four months old when I started this post and she is about all I can think about.  Coach has been busy coaching basketball and just last Tuesday (February 21) his team won their conference--they were even undefeated in the conference.  They made it to the finals for their regional substate.  Such a pleasure to watch our son doing something he loves so much and to share his celebration this year.

This week (we are talking March here) I have taken a few minutes here and there to peruse some magazines--love magazines and made a vow to stop buying so many.  You might remember that the only magazine I subscribe to is Life Beautiful, but I am rekindling my like affair with Country Living.  At one time, I had every Country Living magazine from 1975 to 2000 stashed in numerous places in my house.  Dirtman thought I should stop hoarding things so I painstakingly looked through each magazine to tear out all articles of interest.  I saved the Valentine's, Easter, Independence Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas issues--so I still have a few stashed.  The articles of interest are organized in several notebooks--I love looking through them from time to time.  In the March (page 32) issue the fresh picks: 24 fantastic finds--starting at just $3.99--that give tradition a welcome twist feature includes a state cookie cutter--Massachusetts handmade in the copper shop of one of my best friends.

Another interesting find from the current Flea Market Style magazine is in the Best Vintage Sales from Coast to Coast listings.  There are two cool vintage shops listed--Liberty Belle and Good Ju Ju.  These shops are in the historic part of Kansas City.  Need to visit these two shops soon.  Well, it is April and I have not been there--still planning.

In the Wreath Junkie post I mentioned my Peeps wreath--did not have a picture of it and promised to post it this year when the wreath was hanging in my laundry room.  Well, here it is.  This wreath was made last year, stored in a plastic hat box in my treasure trove basement stash, and it still looks good.  The Peeps are hard as bricks, but that is okay (good really) so nobody wants to eat them. 

Peeps Rabbit Wreath

Easter decorations are being packed and stowed today.  Now what.

May all seasons be good to you,