Thursday, December 30, 2010


And in this instance it means dear husband. 

I have not been feeling well the last few days.  Trying to fight back a cold, unsuccessfully I might add.  Jackson came home earlier than usual, well it is usual for around the holidays, but unusual for almost all other times of the year.  It was nice, we enjoy having more time with Jackson.  Last night I was just feeling real horrible, head ache, runny nose and I asked him if he would fix supper.  Anything really, I didn't care what it was as long as I didn't have to get up and do it.  So he does and brings me my plate.

Isn't it just the cutest plate.  He said it was supposed to look sort of like an insect.  He made all our plates that way.  It just brought a smile to my face.  Sometimes he is just so sweet and trying to pick me up a little when I am feeling down.  AND he brought me my favorite fork.  Not sure if you can see it in the picture but I have talked about this fork before, at least I think I have.  It is a fork that was my mom's from her first silverware set.  No not real silver but REAL special to me.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


This is copied from a friend, who also got it from a get the picture.  It is really cool and makes me think "in the moment".  She posted what makes her happy today.  So that is the title "Happy" and if you want to play along also post what makes you HAPPY TODAY!!

My boys sleeping soundly after a long night playing joyfully with a friend
The quiet
Two pug puppies always ready to snuggle
A BIG cuppa chai
My nook recharging for another marathon reading session (we'll both be ready to go)
My wonderful husband at work so that I can stay home with the boys
The tree all decorated that has lasted well over a month
A warm fire in the stove
Knitting socks

Hap-py:  characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment, or joy: a happy mood; a happy frame of mind.

So what makes you happy right now, in this moment. 

Monday, December 27, 2010


One of the benefits of living in the South, and one of the reasons we decided to settle here once we ETSed from the Army, was the warm climate and MILD winters.  I personally am not a fan of snow and cold, never have been.  I grew up in Maine with lots of snow, long winters, and cold weather.  I just don't like it, I don't like that feeling of being cold and never getting warm. 

So far we have had very mild winters here in NC.  Lasting only 6-8 weeks, rarely any snow, and if there is snow it melts away in a day or two.  We have not seen a white Christmas here since we have lived here, that is 13 years. 

This year we have early snow, and quite a bit of it, cold weather and a white Christmas.  I had to dig out my LL Bean boots, haven't seen those in years, and find gloves and a hat.  My boys have lots of winter gear, they have taken up snowboarding this year and dress to stay warm.  So they were all set.  I did go out and make the obligatory snow man, but then curled up inside by the fire with a book, and only peeked out to take pictures.  This was the scene at our house on Christmas day.  And I will say with the snow people stayed inside so going out with the dogs on Christmas morning it was so quiet and peaceful.  Snow falling around me, not a car on the road, no school buses, not even people outside.  I could hear the birds chirping, and the waterfall roaring across the road at the park, so that was nice.  I guess even the snowy weather will bring its moments of joy. 

Friday, December 24, 2010

Tree Topper

So many things have been going on this holiday season, and I have been so "in the moment" that I haven't taken time to blog.  I like that in some ways, but I do like the documentation, the pictures, my thoughts as we are moving through the days and events, the kids like reading about them all. 
Today I have a spare minute to blog about our tree topper this year.  Last year as we were taking the tree down both boys mentioned that they did not like our topper.  Really it is my mother's tree topper, her second and last one, an angel.  My mother had always had an angel at the top of the tree.  The one I really remember was a plastic one that had a single bulb inside to light it up, one year the bulb melted the plastic a little and so we never again lit the angel up.  Some years later my mother bought another angel for the top of the tree and threw the old one away.  The new angel had a porcelain head and white body, I have seen them around, it isn't "one of a kind" or anything.  It had a small light in its hands and a few lights inside to light her all up.  That is the one I hung onto after she crossed over and the one we have used all these years.

Even after hearing the story of how we came to have possession of this angel, the boys just decided that since we don't label ourselves Christian, and aren't celebrating the birth of Christ, they thought the angel was not appropriate for our tree, and in that I can agree.  Do you know how hard it is to find a tree topper or anything that can be used as a topper that is NOT an angel or a star, something with real meaning for us.  We wanted a sun/moon or just a sun, to celebrate the solstice and the sun returning as the days go from shortest to getting longer. 

Well what Jackson spotted was perfect.  A dear friend of mine gave me, for either Christmas or my birthday last year or the year before, a sun.  It is glass, blue and green, with a small door in the back so you could put a tea light inside.  It has a hanger and I had it hung in the living room.  I took out the tea light "shelf" inside and we put some tree lights inside, attached it to the top of the tree.  Perfect.  It has sentimental and spiritual meaning for us and I am sure will top our tree for years to come.  The picture doesn't do it justice.  But my arms aren't still enough to get a nice "flashless" picture without getting out the tripod.  So you will have to imagine how beautiful it looks lit up in a dark room.  :-)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Holiday Wreath

I have always made Christmas wreaths, my mother showed me how and I so enjoy making wreaths, the smell of the trees just calming.  But here all I have are long needle, pine trees, not good for wreaths, and I am not buying a tree just to make a wreath, so we are improvising.  LOL.  This year I made a yarn wreath, isn't it just too cute!  I found a blog with the directions, this is not the blog but it does have directions.  I did not use any type of ivy or vine on mine.  Just styrofoam balls of different sized up to 2 inch diameter.  Plastic colored Christmas balls, bells, a wire frame and hot glue.  We are just loving it, and when you open the door you can hear the bells ringing, so festive!!

Friday, December 10, 2010


This was the week for gingerbread, and so festive, and fun, full of friendships.  We really enjoy the holiday season, this week really made that feeling of home and warmth come to life for me.  Tuesday we spent the day at a friends house.  Another friend made gingerbread houses for anyone that wanted to decorate one and we just all brought candy and icing and spent the day decorating, chatting, drinking tea, and just enjoying each other's company during this wonderful season.  It might have been cold outside but it was warm and wonderful inside. 

On Thursday we spent time in Asheville.  First we went to the Grove Park Inn.  It is beautiful in itself but now it was all decorated for the holidays, with different themed trees, a roaring fire in the HUGE fire place.  I mean HUGE, I think an adult could stand up INSIDE of the fireplace, with room to spare.  The National Gingerbread Competition is held here each year and the houses are on display throughout the season.  So wandered around for a couple of hours looking at the houses and enjoying the Inn.  Then we all moved the party over to Barley's Tap Room for pizza, YUM!! One of my favorite places.  And a new one for us was the Double Decker Bus across the street from Barley's.  We packed the place and enjoyed some tea, coffee, cocoa and more chatting.  Just a wonderful week!!  Thanks to all my dear friends for making my family complete, for being there, for opening up your homes and hearts, and thank you for your friendship!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Sharing the Beauty

A good friend gave me this plant, it's a Christmas Cactus. I think she gave it to me maybe 3 or 4 years ago, gosh I can't remember exactly. But it is blooming this week and it is SOOO beautiful, just like my friend. So I wanted to share this beautiful plant with everyone.

I am not sure you can see it but it is still in the original pot, although that pot is inside the pot that I want to transplant this beautiful cactus into one of these days. And it also still has the red foil wrapper around the outside. It will look even more beautiful in the new pot, and I really need to buy some potting soil and transplant that this spring. But the plant doesn't seem to care and just shares it's light with me anyway. I am so grateful for the plant and the friend!

Thursday, December 2, 2010


A dear friend of ours bought my son, Phillip, some Buckyballs for his birthday this past year. The web site and the store where she bought them said "keep away from all children", so of course she knew that they had to be cool and my son would enjoy them. Which he has, he does and he will continue to do....he LOVES them. She was so right, and I am glad she ignored the "warning" and followed her instincts instead!!

He works with the Buckyballs frequently so tonight I took some pictures and thought I would share. Oh and by the way these would make great Christmas gifts.

*I have no investment in the company what-so-ever and am not suggesting that anyone should ignore the warning.