Sunday, December 28, 2008

Leaky update

Just a quick update on my drippy kitchen....Glenn, a man who has been doing yard work, snow removal and other odd jobs for me for nearly 20 years, came by and cleared all the snow from my roof. He has been a Godsend on many occassions for me! The dripping has stopped. Of course it is 20 d. colder today also..... Now it's wait to find out if I need to gut the wall behind my cupboards due to moisture, in which case new cabinets will be in order. The thought of that makes me smile - tho the mess to get there doesn't!
Even though this was a hassle, I am sooo grateful to have a warm home (well not so warm when the power went out for 5 hrs this morning...) There are so many people suffering from much worse. God bless them all and give them strength.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Joys.....and not so much....

Our church was absolutely beautiful Christmas Eve.
Christmas Day our family gathered at my home. Emma loved her new Hello Kitty earmuffs!

She was our little elf, passing out the presents. Tho in this photo she was giving her uncle and grandpa a hard time at the jigsaw puzzle... I found her hat the day before at the drugstore - perfect for our princess!

....and then there's today...the ice dams on the roof are wreaking their havoc and I have water dripping through the roof and down through the kitchen cupboards.... So why am I sitting here instead of finishing emptying those cupboards! Denial!!!! Oh well, this too shall pass and I may get a new kitchen out of it!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Snowed In...

"Oh, the weather outside is frightful.....
well, perhaps not if you love snow
My neighbor and his son
Henry decided to go for
a walk.... didn't get too
far before dad ran back
for the sled.....
...Thanks dad this is better!

The view through my closet window - yikes!

Think I'll stay indoors and enjoy the holiday decor...
stay warm and safe!!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Season of Celebration

I have been joyfully occupied the past 2 days celebrating the season with dear friends.
Tues night our PEO sisters gathered at my home ....
....we had rescheduled from the week before when our gathering was snowed out, so our numbers were smaller, but just enough to fill my family room.

Last night Sue hosted our "girlfriend" get-together. 10 lbs. of crab legs
which were oh so delicious...

....peppermint mousse served in these delightful candy cane dishes - can't tell you how yummy these were!

Sue set a beautiful table in her little cottage -
felt like we were part of a magazine photo....
A blessed time to be with friends.
Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Winter Fun

The foot of snow we received on Tues. was perfect for at least one thing - PLAY!
After 2 days of no pre-school, Emma was with me yesterday and "we" played outside for an hour and a half. Guaranteed, this is the longest I'd been outside in quite sometime!!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Winter Wonderland

The snow fell last night as we slept
creating a beautiful winter wonderland.
I love this time of day-
before the rest of the world starts moving -
before the snow plow comes through-
before the committments of the day "should" be started....
Hope you have a blessed day!
(The 2 bright green lights in the left window are not from a tree -
they belong to my cat Guri who no doubt is thinking,
"what is she doing now?")

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Holiday Progress...

...more Christmas decor has made its way out of its year long hibernation.
A nod to my Swedish/Norwegian heritage decorates the pass-through from the kitchen to the
family room...
...The santas have taken over the mantel and adjoining shelves....

...and the tree has been adorned (along with most every other flat surface in the liv. rm.)
The 3 angels by the candles have special meaning - the 2 white ones were made by cousin Linda from linens collected from our great aunts and the pink angel is the one given to me on my first Christmas (1952!)
....and of course there are Christmas things for Emma to play with. Sitting in the center of the tree skirt my mom hooked for me years ago, she surrounded herself with all the stuffed creatures I've somehow collected through the years....
She was with me all day Mon. due to a cold.....which as of this morning she has officially passed along to me....

....back to Thanksgiving....this is the pecan pie that niece Samantha made. I was sooo impressed with the perfection of her pecan arrangement! It was as delectable as it looks!!!
Hope all your Christmas preparation is going well as we near the celebration of our Saviors birth.