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Contentment

I get up to two kitties greeting me… with this new addition… I never know if the older kitty will have a good or bad day… she is quite jealous szo0016of the little one…

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so far… so good.. .although the younger one decides to try out Jill’s favorite sitting and viewing site… by the window…

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and then of course there’s the feeding bowlk5896998

I have a grandson on the couch in the living room… sleeping… I steal a kiss… which he ignores… meaning he doesn’t mind…

He stretches and I cover him up better… and back to sleep he goes…

The house is quiet… leaving me to my thoughts…k14786957

the mind is funny… jumping from one thing to another…

My hot tea is soothingEMO0003 … later… coffee… and pancakes for my little visitor…k3554426

Jill comes by for a pet as I sit here writing…

The world is good at this moment…

I’m so content…

Later… Christmas get-together at my nieces house…

My contribution will be dressing to go with the turkey and ham she is baking…

and I need to decide on an appetizer…

I just can’t decide… but, it will be done…

We will take a $10.00 boy/girl gift… and play a “Dirty Santa” game of gift exchanging … that the guys just love!…

They tickle me as they exchange with each other… taking away and getting back some gift they all have decided is the best!…

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Ladies are more discerning… How pretty it’s wrapped… what they have decided is in it!…

Tomorrow… cousin and husband arrive for a week… from Tennessee…

outings are planned…

Christmas Eve 1525R-140129 at my son’s houseChristmas Day u30512130 at a nephew’s home…

and then it’s done…

All of the looking… gift buyingk7841113 … parties… baking Christmas-Cookies-Cutters… being with friends… Christmas cards u29520791 and music k7456554

and remembering of that tiny Baby that began this festive time so many years ago..k15617269.

I believe He smiles at our antics at times… and then can get sad at times… like we do when we remember times that have come and gone… with people who have come and gone…

Christmas… a memory maker for sure!…

God Bless Us Everyonetinytm_c( http://youtu.be/CC_lwk0UCe4 )

Enjoy what it is you do during this time…

will see you in the New Year… 2014…k16156552

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…

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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

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!

Candy Cane Cups for Thanksgiving

Love getting up early… but, not at 4:30 am…

My right hip has been hurting…

Don’t mention…”How old are you?”…

so… I get up and it actually goes away…

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I then… get so sleepy… that I have to return to bed… and get up later than I like

I hate wasting time except when doing something fun!… and then I just don’t care…

After breakfast… I made a pot of chiliszo0041

to have whenever anyone wants it… because I had some things I wanted to do…

One… was to get one of my desserts made for taking to my son/daughter-in-laws house for Thanksgivingk4982551

It is frozen… so making it today won’t matter…k3713936

I found this mix and it says Holiday for sure…

and tweaking a recipe on the side of the box it became mine…

and simple like me!…

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My Santa Clings on my kitchen windows encourage me…

and make me smile…

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These Jell-o No Bake Desserts are really good…

and after finding “Candy Cane”  with Oreo Crust

I knew it would be part of my desserts to take …

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Beating Cool-Whip and Dark Chocolate Pieces together… (after melting)… for the topping…

It was suggested for the “pie” recipe on the box but…

I thought I would add it to the “Frozen  Candy Cane Cups” recipe…

that was on the box too…

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Add melted margarine / butter to the crumbs…

 which happen to be “OREO” crumbs…

blending with a fork…

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Another Santa saying… “Hi!”

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Spoonfuls of crumbs in baking papers…

Mine happen to be foil… can be paper also…

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I press down the crumbs with a glass… so easy…

and you know I like that!

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Pressed down and ready for filling…

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Mix filling mix that comes out of package looking white…

then turns pink… when mixed with milk…

and the smell of Peppermint (candy cane)  radiates from it…

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Add some of the Candy Cane Sprinkles to it…

folding in with spoon…

Spme of the Sprinkles are reserved for the top…

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Spoon over Oreo crumbs …

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Spoon on Chocolate Topping and…

Sprinkle with some more Candy Cane Pieces…

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Santa and I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving…

as I check to see if any snowflakes are falling…

Foods Speak…”Christmas”…

I’m definitely a kid at heart…

How do I know this? …

Because… I reach for anything that says Christmas

The last things I have bought… all food items…

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Spumoni Ice Cream

My Dad bought it when I was a little girl… at Christmas Time…

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The Green is Pistachio…Chocolate… and Cherry/Fruit is the pink…

Doesn’t it just say, “Christmas”!

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Captain Crunch Cereal…in the Limited Edition of Christmas Crunch“…

It just begged for me to buy it…

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Red… Green… Yellow shapes of Christmas goodness…

Santa Hats…Christmas Trees…Stars…Snowmen… and Presents..

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My Old Fashioned Christmas Tree Plate was waiting for Chocolate Covered Peppermints in Red and Green foil wrappings…

My husband’s favorite… Chocolate / Cherry Kisses… and my traditional favorite of Peppermint Candy Nougats with Red /White striped edges and bright green Christmas Tree in the center…

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This dish will be filled many times during the Holidays… with what ever speaks “Christmas”…

Feeling Blessed

As I sit here reading other’s thoughts through their blogging… I feel so blessed

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I have my family close… most watching TV… resting…

I have a little Granddaughter  ( 18 years )… that comes to spend the night on T-W-Th… between working late at United Parcel Service and going to college at U of L …

Easier than driving all the way to her home which is in another little town South of us…

Having her makes me feel complete… a Grandmotherly feeling that Mom’s and Grandma’s will understand…

Love runs deep with Grandchildren… ( I have a total of three )… she’s the oldest… u21182167

We’ve eaten…

Talked a little…

and kinda went to our own spots…

We just do what we feel comfortable doing… x17717566

It’s so quiet… except for the occasional Christmas song I play on my computer…

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but, Celine Dion has a voice that reaches me…

http://youtu.be/51bO1CVPWRA    So This Is Christmas

http://youtu.be/4RWA3T9i4c8      The Christmas Song

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I have two things that give me pleasure… in a simple way…

Soft music… and Candlelight… with a lite scent… vmo0839

So, this time of year has me smiling a lot!…

Now, my mind is wandering to my cup of hot tea… Nothing too sweet… but, just warming to my body… k6616465

I hope you are enjoying your evening…

Christmas Gift Giving…

I’ve started stashing a few presents for Christmas… I have to buy a few things at a time… with our money coming in on certain days… u13311684

YOU know what I mean!…

and the every day bills are still there… and food needs to be bought sfo0814… and gas for the car…

We do draw names with the adults in our immediate little family… consisting of 7 of us…

I suggested it last year and everyone jumped at the ideak15480118 … and we are continuing this tradition… Thank Goodness!…

I have three Grandkids… and have a budget ( certain amount I spend ) for their gifts too…k4399683

They like gifts… ( wrapped presents ) x18728389and maybe a gift card… to a favorite storek4809558

and it makes me so happy buying something I feel they will really use or enjoy…

I give this great thought…

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My husband , my son who lives with us and myself… fill each other’s Christmas Stocking including our cat, Jill’s…

We are not allowed to peek until Christmas Eve night when everyone has left for the night…

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My niece gave my son “A Christmas Story” stocking last year for fun… since she knows that’s one of his favorite Christmas Movies…A-Christmas-Story-30

Mine is a quilted one…

My husband’s is the Santa and Jill has a kitty on hers… which is only appropriate for a cat!

Our own private little celebration…

Our own little tradition!…

And we are so surprised at our own ingenuity in finding items that fit into the area of a sock u17965586and are items that each will enjoy! 

We do good!

Other than these few gifts… I draw names with my BUNCO group… and we exchange when we go out to eat to a favorite restaurant…k13712070

When we go to my niece’s house for a pre-Christmas get-together… Women bring a $10.00 lady gift… and the men bring a $10.00 man gift… ( if you want to participate… which is optional ) and then a game is played where everyone ends up with something…sma0111

Fun and not expensive

The men seem to have more fun than the ladies… passing a certain present from one to another… like it’s worth more than the $10.00 paid!…

The children here… also draw names… with each other… and they are all satisfied… u23842863

I feel we have become smarter in our thinking on this gift giving idea…

Less stress…

Less a financial burden…

and we have learned that just being togethermardep0013s

enjoying good food prepared by all  x10497109

is the best Christmas Present we could ever have!

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