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1. My favorite Christmas tradition… 

setting up the Christmas Tree k4755247and the Nativity set… and…

baking cookies k5084230… and…

playing Christmas Games with the Grandchildren… and…

buying and eating Spumoni Ice Cream… and…

singing and listening to Christmas Carols k5089353… and…

As you can tell… I have lots of traditions when it comes to Christmas…

2. My most memorable Christmas…

was when I received a Jon Gnagy Art/Drawing Set … Probably my favorite gift of all time… very young … around 11-12 years of age…

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3. The best gift(s) I’ve ever received…

(see #2)…

4. The gift I’d rather forget…

Can’t say I ever received anything I “hated”… I always appreciated anything gotten for me…k11965747

Friend’s Hospitality

A Christmas Brunch… prepared with such a sweet spirit…k15801986

A friend I met at the YMCA… will be two years this January…

invited my sister, my sister-in-law and myself for breakfast brunch

The house is decorated with love jad0039… with all of the things she has been given, collected, made, bought and handed down…

It’s like walking into a Christmas Holiday Shop k7378484

It says “Christmas” in every room…

Angels, Santask8065258 , Flowers, a Train, Treesk15798853,  Ornaments, Nativitiesk2506061 . Snowmen k2704870

The table was set with Christmas dishes k16043781 … a small handmade bag filled with candy at our place settings

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Either side is so cute… with a few added sparkles…

I hung as a decoration when I got home!

Janice makes quilts and you see her handiwork everywhere… saf0028k10420019

Menu was just right…

Fried Ham/ Biscuits  k14470354

Homemade Apple Butter/ Strawberry Jam applebutterbyBougi

Cheesy/Egg Baked Dish k6194093

Fresh Fruit k4507135

Danish

Coffee/Hot Tea/Juice k8482848

It was delicious!

We all talked as we ate nri0123

enjoying each other’s company… learning more and more about each other…

My sister hadn’t been to Janice’s home, so I said, “You must have the tour!”…

An old farmhouse… fixed as cute as it can be…

so… to every room we went… downstairs and up…

We left a little sleepyvga0031 … with a full tummy… and good feeling of being with such a nice person…

Isn’t that the way it should be!…

Thanks Janice… for your hospitality! k10727309

Sunday Grateful: December 8, 2013… Salt Dough Ornaments and Grandkids

My Granddaughter opted to go Ice Skating with a friend instead of coming over last night…

I admit I was a little disappointed, but so understood…

She will be 12 in April… and growing up so fast…420895_159860900825330_1322778887_n

Friends are so important… at any age… so… when you get the opportunity… on a snowy day… to go ice skating…x12160352

That was a no brainer! k12118130

Fun was calling her name…

Carson… my Grandson… did come… which was great!

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We like the same things… and have fun…

Off to Deal’s ( His favorite $1.00 store )…

He had brought along his saving’s bank with a couple of dollar bills and lots of quarters…k3604389

He had plans… and knew just how much he had to spend…

After leaving there… he said, “I’m really hungry!”… k13045020

I told him Chicken Nuggets… Fries or Pizza were in the freezer…

He would have chicken first… since it could be microwaved

He wanted something to eat soon!… and by the time he finished… the pizza would be ready…

As I said, “He is a planner!”…

TV is always fun… Me watching whatever he wants… “Jinxed” I think it was… Kinda cute…

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We then put together the salt dough and cut out some Christmas Ornaments… Fast and easy…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Since the ornaments take 2 hours to bake and then have to cool…

We painted them this morning…

But, not until pancakes, sausage and bacon were cooked…k1868560

He got two of the ornaments ( Star and Gingerbread Boy)… finished before I told him it was shower time…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

He was getting picked up by Mom and Dad… to go to an Awards Ceremony for a Football Trophyk1845737

He was looking forward to that!

I finished up the painting project… and hung them on my hodge podge Christmas TreeOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This year there is definitely a variety of ornaments on it… but, quite cute too!… Old-fashioned in appearance…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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and a quietness seeped in after my little boy left…

Grandkids sure do bring happiness and joy to a home…

and I’m Grateful for them and the easy craft project!

Change In the Weather!

The temperature has dropped

Baby It’s Cold Outside“… comes to mind…

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We are supposed to get from 3″-6″of snow…

The cats have found them a comfy spot…

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Jill found my coat/scarf…

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Kitty found her favorite chair with Christmas Pillow…

with my Grandkid’s photo…

I admit… I’m not out of my PJs yet…

No, I’m not cooking… well, something later… but, nothing special…

I made a salad if anyone wants some…

I’m just chillin!… as they say…

I took a few photos of some of the ornaments I have hung throughout the house…

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Kitchen: Bells that were Mom and Dad’s… with Reindeer Glitter Ornament

and an ornament from my cousin when she went to New York City a few years ago…

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This little Blue Wooden Lamb Ornament is 38 years old…

Made when my boys were young…

painted… glittered and tied with a red thread…

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My computer room of Louisville Cardinal Birds had to have a few red ornaments

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My little old-time Angel Topper that used to be at the top of the Grandkids’ Tree…

makes it’s home in my computer room now…

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Bathroom has some Glittery Aqua Blue Ornaments…

above the Angels …

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and my little Caroling Family…

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My Paris Bathroom has to have a few Bright Pink Ornaments…

hanging from the Bicycle and Bird Cage Wall Hangings…

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These “Critters”… Puppy and Kitten Stuffed Ornaments…

used to be on oldest Granddaughter’s little tree…

Hanging on mine until she claims them…

for her first Christmas Tree…

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Five Kitties…

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Four Puppies…

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I have a lot of Santa Ornaments due to having Grandkids …

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and I’ve added this bright green this year…

to brighten up my tree and presents…

I put a little Christmas in every room…

Since I’ve sat down at my computer it has started snowing…

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showing how fast the snow is coming down…

within 30 minutes…

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My Santa Flag is beginning to blow…

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The front walkway…

Bobby ran to get some bread, drinks and cat food…

and can already make footprints…

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Deck in back… is covered…

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Out the back door… covering up fast…

School was called off today… so I figured we were definitely in for some change in our weather…

Now, I know what!

PS… Still coming down!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light!

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The sun is coming up… “Let There Be Light!”…

If you look closely you will see a little face peeking out from our bird feeder

NO… it’s not a bird… although a Cardinal came by looking for food k12490074… and had a little surprise…

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As the light (sun) gets brighter… a little body stirs…

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The sun (light) has awakened our new baby…

She has made our bird feeder into her own little house…

We added a towel for comfort and warmth…

and she seems to be quite content sleeping in it…

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She did come in…

making herself quite comfortable…

on the chair by the Christmas Tree

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Later… found her sound asleep…

stretched out under the “warm lights” of the tree…

It seems “Kitty” was pleased with the light also!

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. Genesis 1:3-4

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Not a House Divided Tree… U of L All the Way!

Living in Louisville Kentucky… You would think everyone would be a Louisville Cardinal fan…UL

Not so… the Kentucky Wildcats uk in Lexington draw an immense following also… from Louisville rsidents…

It’s Blue vs. Red… Cards vs. Kats… thumb Uof L vs. Uof K…

actually called “house divided” at timesUK 3 … due to family members taking opposite sides…

I never went to either of these universities… so my loyalty had to be chosen… and I seem to sway for the Cardinal Birds of Louisville…418160_310389649078482_820614589_n

My computer room is decorated with University of Louisville WallpaperCardinals sit here and there… https://babyjill7.wordpress.com/2013/02/15/daily-post-a-room-of-my-own/

So when I decided to put up a little Christmas Tree in this room… for me to enjoy during the season… I decided on a Cardinal theme… using what I had left over in decorations…

White lights already on…

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red ornaments of course… 131112_004131112_003131112_005

and then a few homemade U of L ones to add that Card theme I started…

I remembered we did this at school… when we made these kind of trees to raffle at our Holiday Bazaar… pretty much “house divided” back then with people buying chances…

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I printed Cardinal Pictures on photo paper…

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Cut out to look like ornaments…

Punched hole at top… added black ribbon…

Simple… no fuss…and my Jill loves it…

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Before Card Ornaments were put on she had found her a spot!

Actually her favorite perch… Low enough to lay beside and look out the window…

Sunday Grateful: November 10, 2013… Grandkids Inspiration!

k11365675As I said in a previous blog… putting up the Christmas Tree had priority over leaf raking Saturday… k10972180

But, when the Grandkids came over… they decided they wanted to rake leaves… Actually use the leaf blowerbc_gardener_c

They did pretty good… for a beginning…

Of course playing with the soccer ball and jumping in the piles of leaves they created… became more fun than raking…k9765394

I started a fire in the fire pit… and had help placing small logs and twigs in it…

The fire felt good with the cooler day and evening…

We all were outside for quite a few hours…

and finally decided food, drink and a movie sounded good…

They had already watched Chevy Chase in “A Christmas Vacation”51qWq0xjLCL__SX215_ and a Scooby Doo Christmas Cartoon…51Y8l1t9QVL__SX215_

and as soon as “The Muppet‘s Christmas Carol” 61YxxoytAEL__SX215_ was started Kennedy with her blanket and pillow fell fast asleep…

Carson continued to watch the movie and laughed out loud at parts of the show…

What a wonderful sound Grandkids giggling… eating popcorn  027d8219and snuggling by the lit Christmas Tree…

Their parents had went Christmas shopping  k11703541… and seemed to have had some luck… when they returned…

Brian sat back and commented how cozy it was… with the lights shining… warm… and all of us just sitting… talking… laughing…

I’m sure there will be several more shopping days… and I love having the kids over…

They got our thoughts running to getting those leaves raked

So, the last two days we have been raking… blowing… dragging… those pretty leaves we all had admired on the trees… but, not so much now falling to the ground…

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Bobby using leaf blower… we made many piles!

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The piles kept growing…

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Even after raking… the leaves continued to fall…

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The sun shone brightly through the leaves that are still hanging on…

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Not too many left…

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They are all gone now…

I have to admit… I’m a little sorea twinge in my back nri0230… and “tired to the bone” k13556594 as they say…

Sleep will feel good…

I’m grateful for the Grandkids for inspiring us to get working on the leaf clean up…

and I wonder what they will inspire me to do next!Christmas-Cookies-Cutters

Leaves to Christmas Tree…

We were going to rake leaves… k9765394

So many still falling… Neighbor’s trees still harboring many yet to fall…

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So we debated…

Who… really wants to rake leaves?…

We actually blow them a lot… with the leaf blower… so much easier!…

Bobby had already gotten out the Christmas boxes… and I have many!…

There they were staring at me

Old decorations 087a3229mixed with the newk7516763

I started looking… Oh, no!… that was downfall… k14677210

and the next thing I know… Bobby is in on it… and we are putting up the Christmas Tree

Leaves were forgotten!…

We decided where… to put it…

Got the lights just right… I use just white… seems to show off the ornaments better…

I found some new ones I had bought… and mixed with the older ones… it seemed to work… k7346587

It’s not a fancy tree… k11127296

It’s not a fashion tree…k4611704

It’s not a perfect tree… k4755247

It kinda reminds me of the
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Simple and decorated with love… u17994164

Jill, the cat… has already found her place under it…k11365675 and watched the whole time from her perch on the couch as we put on each ornament…

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Last year…

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This year!  We aren’t even finished yet!

I have boxes and boxes of ornaments to go through… k7346587

My little neighbor neighb_c who is always in need… will get a lot of them

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The rest will be offered to my daughter-in-law… I’ll pick out a special bag for her…

I didn’t want to have Christmas intrude on Thanksgiving… k0769591but, it seems to have a way of doing it…

and the “leaf story” will be continued later…

Weekly Photo Challenge: “Illumination”

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My small Christmas Treeilluminated my cat Jill as she slept…

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Carson, my Grandson…”illuminated “ the entrance to his homemade built hotel from boxes I had saved… They were battery operated lighted finger rings… Pretty clever huh???

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Uncle Doug’s “Illuminated ” Halloween Cupcakes made by Carson and Kennedy…

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The crooked candles were lit and “illuminated “ the Strawberry Jello Cake for Poppy’s Birthday…

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This smile “illuminates “ me… just by looking at it!

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My light on my computer desk…”illuminates” all of “MY MESS!”… as I create my blog…

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My desk light “illuminates” my Louisville Cardinal prints I made and framed…”GO CARDS!”…

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My kitchen ceiling fan-light …”illuminates” my kitchen with a warm glow…

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Another ceiling fan-light in my kitchen…”Illuminates” and reflects a picture I love… “Picking Blackberries”…

May you have an “Illuminating” day!

Holiday Cheer!

Gift…

I had the nicest day today…

After going to swimming aerobics I went to a new friend’s house… I had met her at the YMCA… and was invited for lunch

What’s funny… as it goes sometimes… She lives not far from where we bought our first home…

She bought the house she lives in from her Dad… It’s a country home k1420223… Has been built on many times… over 100 years old

It is so comfortable with a quaint charm

She has decorated with all of her favorite Christmas decorations…

As you pull up the driveway that circles back out to the main road… You notice the pretty white lights  k8088704 in the shrubs… Red Bowed Wreaths on the windows and doors… Even way up on the second story windows k8640724 … Holiday decorations adorn the glassed in front porch… An antique white and red enamel table il_570xN_296511460 catches my eye… Decorated with one of her own homemade quilted spreads

Her pretty quilts k5639770 adorn almost every room… her collection of Snowmen… sitting there with funny little grins k10705009k10169465… some big… some small… over 100 easily… scattered throughout her kitchen… Sitting on what she calls a pie safe roadshow200505A01_00 … an older piece called a Hoosier Cabinet 99-4405_1G is covered with Snowman figures also…

Some are sitting under the cabinet with aprons on… flour containers and baker’s hats… Ready to give my friend a hand when she bakes her Christmas Cookies k5000305… Some are see-sawing up and down as I wind the little knob on the side…

A shelf is covered with little Snowmen that look like smores 7633208916_a0c3071302_s … Pretend graham crackerschocolate and cute faced marshmallow snowmen

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You would think it was Santa’s workshop k3651885 as you walked from room to room…

The living room area… has a pretty Christmas Tree... with snowflake lights muvKha6BKxGnhcz0YlNmOBw … The fireplace mantle x17100356 is decorated with a beautiful Nativity… camels…sheep…wise men…Mary and Joseph… and of course Baby Jesus in a manger..

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There’s mistletoe k0152434hung and greenery with red bows 356DE_EX0003N002_H… Pretty quilted table coverings made by her… are found here also… Pure Christmas Charm every where you looked…

She had the table set with a lovely poinsettia print tableclothk10960481 Cloth Christmas napkins and even Christmas themed dinnerware… The centerpiece was a pretty ornamented wreath atop one of her collectible cake stands 81AEJO-00000242-001

She had prepared creamy potato soup k3868559 … with grated cheese…bacon and chopped green onions for garnish if you wanted… an assortment of crackersk8967618 … and a  salad of fresh greens…red sliced onions…apple and pear slices…glazed pecans…with poppy-seed Dressing 00913394

It was so Yummy!…

To top it off… Chocolate Covered Cherry Brownies … and Butterscotch Brownies… for dessert… Hot coffee to complete a wonderful delicious lunch…

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It was just right!…

We wandered back into the living area after noticing the other tree in their bedroom… Not a tiny one… a tall one with pretty ornaments also k2719848

As we kept looking around more would catch your eye… The centerpiece on the coffee table… and little keepsakes k0175339 hanging here and there…

This is what I call a wonderful Pre-Christmas Day!… Enjoying a good meal… talking and learning more about each other… and going home with a smile on my face…

full of Holiday Cheer