Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year Tradition

"Eat poor on New Year's,
and eat fat the rest of the year."

We have *Friemily, who are from Texas.
When they lived up here, they always served
 Black Eyed Peas on January 1st.

Our Friemily has moved back to Texas but we still continue the tradition.

*(Friemily is a term we use to describe
friends, who we have adopted and 
now are part of our family)

Happy New Year

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Grandchildren at Christmas

 One, I held and kissed...

Four, we blew our kisses and our hugs to, via Skype.
(It won't be long before I will get hugs and kisses in person!)

Tom and I had a very nice Christmas with family.
How was yours?

Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas

Isaiah 7:14
Therefore, the Lord himself will give you a sign:
The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and you will call him Immanuel.

(Source: time-bazaar, via tournes ol50)

Merry Christmas
Blessing to you and your family.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Date Night

Tom and I make an annual trip to the Mall,
 this time of year.
Last night was the night.
We enjoy watching parents and their children, 
when the little ones sit on Santa's lap.
All those eager, excited, scared, shy, happy, 
and sometimes naughty little kids. 
A long time ago, 
I worked as Santa's Helper at this very same place.

Now, that is a story and a half!
 If you have a couple hours I can tell you some really funny stories.

We don't buy anything except a coffee.
Just walking around and looking at the decorations,
 is all that we need.

OH, WAIT ...
LOOK !!!

You can buy a car inside the Mall!!
This is a first for me.
It's an electric car.

 Comes with a Snowboard!

After all the window shopping we could take in,
we then went out for a seafood dinner.

The view from the restaurant overlooked the water,
 where The Christmas Ship sails.
The biggest boat is the leader and is followed by several
smaller boats, that are all decked out with lights.
They all tour around the lake and stop at arranged stops,
 where there are bonfires and caroling.

We also drove around to look a certain homes that
are all aglow with lights.

This morning we woke up to snow.
For many of you this isn't a big deal.
But for Tom, who loves to play in the snow, it was exciting.
He quickly took off to drive around in it.
I kept the home fires burning.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Lucy's Bed

 Miss Lucy is our dog and
 has had this bed for twelve years.
It is well loved and now all wore out.
Lucy has scratched, scraped and rubbed most of the fake fur off the pillow.
She does this as her method of "nesting" right before she lays down.
I didn't have the heart to toss this ratty, old cushion.

But I had finally had to do something!
So, off to the second-hand store I went.
I found a little, bright, pink, girls jacket.
It's the same sort of fake fur look as her pillow once was.
I zipped up the jacket, slipped the pillow inside,
 flipped it over.
Then I tucked the pink jacket into the sides the bed frame.

Ta Da!

Best of all NO SEWING or CUTTING!


 I think she likes it!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Decorating with Poinsettias

The proper, and loving care of a Poinsettia is so important.
Look at these beautiful 
and colorful pictures below.

Now, this is how to take care and decorate with 
these wonderful holiday plants. 

Use them as center pieces for your table.
Have them for outside decorations (ummm).
A fun and whimsy style for a mantel.
How about a teapot in the kitchen? Cute!
Churches have huge displays on their alters.
They even look great by a cozy fire.


I was so excited when I bought my Poinsettia. 
I had high hopes when I brought it home. 

And then...
It kept dropping leaf, after leaf.
I had to add a Christmas bow for more volume. 
 In the end it was just some sticks and the bow.

How do you decorate and care for your Poinsettias?

Monday, December 9, 2013

Redmond Lights 2013

 It was a  {{{{{{cold  }}}}}} night.
(they said it was clear and cold, 19 degrees)
My friend and I were dressed warmly from head to toe, even had hand warmers.
Nothing was going to stop us from enjoying
 this special evening, no way!
We had waited all year for this.

The city of Redmond celebrates the lighting of the TREE.
Thousands of us gather around 
and helped with the count down.
5, 4, 3 ,2 ,1....

Afterwards, we all were invited to walk, along the trail, lined with thousands of luminaries.
It's about a mile starting out at City Hall and ended all the way down at Redmond Town Center. 

Redmond Lights Luminary Walk

The trail was full of families, couples, youngsters 
and the two of us, laughing and talking.
The music and colorful lights made the walk so enchanting.

 Here's Destiney at the Train crossing
 The Hot Air Balloons were huge and
 full of color when they were lit up.
They made such a cool sound,
 when the flames started up.

Bon fires and barrel fires were a popular 
and warm welcome.

We stopped long the way and listened to a church choir,
 bag pipes, musical bells, steel drums, violins, 
and my favorite, a live nativity scene.

When we arrived at Redmond Town Center things were 
 busy and exciting.
On stage were beautiful, dressed Russian dancers.
Reindeer and goats were there for little ones to pet.
The Ice-Man, with his chain saw, was hard at work.

It was a wonderful, cold and fun night.
Thanks Destiney, for sharing this special time with me.

Can't wait until next year!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Gift Idea- Christmas Or Wedding Shower

I have been invited to a wedding shower.
It's for a daughter of a good friend.

  The theme is "Entertaining".
 The young couple enjoys
having friends over for every occasion.
We are to bring something to help them with entertaining.

 I bought variety different styles and 
colorful cocktail napkins
and put them in a basket.

Plus, we were asked to bring a recipe for an appetizer.
I found this dish towel with a recipe already on it!

I used the dish towel as the wrapping paper
and tied a big bow.

 I had so much fun putting this gift together.
(  : ) Betsy! )

I thought this would be a good gift to give as a 
Christmas gift for someone on your list.

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