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Sunshine for Our “Hunt” ???

I’m ready to dye Easter eggsk0036029k5517328

but, it’s a little too early…

So, I decided to keep my spirit of Easter going by filling the plastic eggs for the Grandkids to hunt on Easter Day…

I was hoping for pretty weather k5876594 … but, the forecast says “rain”k0334307

I never put plans on hold… because weather can change in a week…

We save a big bag of plastic eggs to reuse every year…

I ended up with some and I think my daughter-in-law has some…

I love their bright colors… Some are small and some a big…

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We have a pretty big backyard… with big trees and grassy areas k1013394to hide the eggs…

We all get into the fun… Melanie and I fill the eggs… My kids, my husband and others that are here at Easter hide them… You just have to participate in some way!… You just can’t resist!

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I love watching the kids running around the yardk5964598 … looking here and there… down by the fence… near the tree trunks… in the grass… near the deck…

They fill their baskets k12006141or bags not stopping to look inside the colorful eggs until all of them  are found… Then, they dump them all out and count how many they have found…

This year since they are older… 8 and 11… I put inside coins

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I robbed our Piggy Bank … to add some appeal to the hunt…

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I just loved these chocolate carrots… with their bright shiny wrappers…

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Makes it a little more interesting!…

We will eat dinner of ham, turkey, baked potato casserole, deviled eggs, green beans, slaw, hot rolls  and a special dessert from my daughter-in-law which is her specialty…

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I am making a Pineapple Upside Down Cake

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just because it sounds good to me… We will then all go outside for the hunt … weather permitting…

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                                           Some of the eggs filled… a lot more to go…

Let the sun shine on our Easter Egg Huntk5324782 even if just for a few hours…

Making Chocolate Bunnies…

Whatever Holiday comes… I look for something new to make… a new dessert… a new decoration k12812912 … a new card to send… a unique gift…

I found this Easter Bunny Mold sometime last summer at the thrift store… There was only one… but, I knew from making candies in our little Bake Shop at school that the candies would set up pretty quick when put in the freezer… and should pop right out with a little twist of the mold…

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Well, I was right!… I only bought one bag of the candy chips that were microwavable… They melted quickly… In about an hour I had 24 cute chocolate bunnies…

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I figured if they did as good as I thought… I might buy some more candy chips… Maybe yellowMNM6170_small or pinkMNM6160_medium time permitting…

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I want to have them for Easter k5698517 to put in my candy dishes or I might just bag for favors for each place setting on the table k5584930 …

I am having dinner  k5583491… for my son/daughter-in-law, her parents, grandkids, my other son and us…

I think they turned out so cute!

“Are You Ready?”

k7942552Am I ready?… I think so…

People ask , “Are you ready for Christmas?” … My immediate thought is …

Yes, I’ve bought presents sma0109for who was on my list… and they are wrapped… and under the tree…

Yes, I have most of the food k11492778I’m going to prepare…

Yes, the house is cleanpix0587… and extra dusting and sweeping has been done…

Yes, my personal hand-made gifts k5000305 have been mailed or given…

Yes, the decorations k11501125got up early…

Yes, phone calls k2392326and connecting to those out-of-town have been made…

and YES, I do remember WHY we are celebrating…

It’s my Jesus’ Birthday!..k2856122

Isn’t it wonderful that our Lord has shared his Birthday bwo0065with us!…

His birthday has brought Santa Claus u14039971for the young children… like the JOY in our hearts when He enters…

The gift givingk9904381 like Him… that is our gift from GodOur Heavenly Father!…

The beautiful Lights! x13376197… like Him… that has brought Light to a sinful world for whoever wants to Believe!…

The LOVE k11475327 that is bestowed on family members and friends… like His Love that was given through His sacrifice…

Special Hand-made foods and presents k6849846… that we cook and make with thoughts of the people who will receive them… like Him… who listens to our Prayers that we lift up to Him… with a yearning heart…

Our Homes k7896151that are so festive… Waiting for friends and family to enter… like Heaven‘s Gates standing wide open for all who want Everlasting Life

Our calls we make… our cards k7254442we send… our hugs and kisses we love to give and receive… like the open line of communication that is there with our Lord… if we just take the time to bend our heads and knees in prayer

The wonderful dinnersk2945120 that are prepared for the festivities we partake in… like the Dinner and Place that has been prepared for us in Heaven

Yes… I think “I’m Ready!”… Are you?

Bells of Christmas…

When I go to sign my Christmas Cards IS431-094 … I sometimes wonder what to write…

Of course “LOVE”  is always good k11475327 … but, maybe not for just an acquaintance… or a co-worker…

Merry Christmas??? k7942552

and a Happy New Year!???k10911768

These are a few but, I also found these “closings”…that were just a little “more”… and I liked that!…

May your days be  filled with magic and cheer!

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Decorate your Christmas with joy!

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May all your days be happy and bright!

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Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a joyful holiday season.

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Jolly holly-days to your and yours!

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Merry up and have your best Christmas ever!

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HO! HO! HOpe your holidays are filled with fun!

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Christmas…hope yours is all about the merry!

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Merry Christmas to someone who’s always on Santa’s “nice” list!

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Merry Kiss-mas!

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God bless us, everyone!     

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Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season
and all the best in the coming year!

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Merry Christmas with all the trimmings!

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Hope this season finds  you all wrapped up in happy!

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I made my own “Cards “… to hand out to the members of a group I belong to… It was our Christmas Get-together…

I found pretty Silver Bells“… and attached them to my letter (card)… I had chosen the Christmas Poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow as follows:

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This poem was written on December 25th 1864 during the American Civil War by one of America’s greatest writers, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The references to this war were removed when the poem was rearranged and set to music by John Baptiste Calkin in 1872.

‘Christmas Bells’

I heard the bells k10791590on Christmas Day

Their old, familiar carols play,

And wild and sweet

The words repeat

Of peace on Earth , good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till, ringing k10791590, singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The Carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said;
‘For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!’

Then pealed the bells k10791590more loud and deep:
‘God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,

With peace on Earth, good-will to men!

My “closing” was…

Wishing you a joyous Christmas!

May the “Bells of Christmas” ring out for you!

Blog of Year??? How sweet!

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terry1954 A friend and fellow blogger gave me this Award…

I’m humbled… and just wanted to say Thank You!

A few notes k5469835about me…

I’m retired from working in the Public School System with Special Needs Childrenk0662770 … 30+ years…

I love thriftingAntiqu_Cand can make a lot of things seem new again…

I love my cat, Jill… adopted about 12 years ago…

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I’ve the best husband in the world… Met at the KY State Fair… will be 44 years Feb. 1…

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I have two great sons… and 3 wonderful Grandkids…

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No, I don’t have the perfect life… but, try hard each day with the help of my Lord to do the best I can…

This ended my year of blogging on a high note 1024064

Now… what New Blog can I begin for the New Year of 2013

It could be about:

My simple cooking k8622006

My grandkids…

My life with a son who has bi-polar disorder tri0015

My thrift store finds …

I’ll have to think on that!

I’ll pass this Award 308045_431496436913036_878147779_non to:

Light Words

Mirth and Motivation

J.Keller Ford

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Simply Charming

Postal Gifts…

Christmas k10774444seems to actually arrive when I get my first Christmas card k10234922 … One from my friend Dorothy…  is the first I receive usually… followed not too far behind by my cousin, Vera… and then they slowly arrive… one or two at a time… almost every day…

I so look forward to going to the mailbox and seeing if there are any cards along with all of the advertisements…

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I really thought I might not receive any this year… with the economy being so bad… People having to cut corners wherever possible…

I look at giving Christmas cards as a small gift to the person I send it to… It might be all of the communication we have during the Holiday Season… Some living far away… and others unable to get together…

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A First Class stamp cost 45 cents… not so much for a gift if you look at it like that…

And if you can find Post Cards with a Christmas theme they will only cost 32 cents…

There’s just something special when you open that envelope… with your name addressed on it… and a sneak preview of who it is from if there is a return address

Some of the designs of the Holiday Stamps are quite pretty… and refer to different faithsSome even collect them…     untitledPhilatelic Product ImagePhilatelic Product Image

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The cards themselves are works of art… which I truly appreciate… The colors… the theme… the sparkles…  Just beautiful!… 

There have been surveys… and all have said that people prefer getting a real stamped and mailed Christmas card over an emailed one… Does that not say something??? 

My brother made my Mom a handcrafted wood box depicting The Little Drummer Boy“… It was for her to put her Christmas cards in… He self-taught himself to paint and do wood working… Very impressive I think…

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Both my Mom and Brother have passed away… but, “The Little Drummer Boy” brings them closer to me at this time of year… as I set it out in my house and place the little gifts of cards I receive from friends and relatives

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View  a unique version of “The Little Drummer Boy”!

http://www.youtube.com/embed/IrNcD34KFhM

Where Have My Two Days Gone???

Oh, NO!… I’m missing two days of the 12 Days of Christmas!…

Can you tell which ones???

I had every day when I found them…

Tucked away at my favorite Thrift Store

Neatly packed in their original box

I couldn’t resist as usual!…

The whole complete set

But, not now…

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After using them the last couple of year … two have been broken…

Yes… I believe in using things I find… What good is something if you don’t enjoy it???

Yes, I was taking a chance… maybe one would get broke…

and Yes!… they did …

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On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

12 Drummers Drumming

11 Pipers Piping

10 Lords-a-Leaping

9 Ladies Dancing

8 Maids-a-Milking

7 Swans-a-Swimming

6 Geese-a-Laying

5 Gold Rings

4 Colly Birds

3 French Hens[4]

2 Turtle Doves

And a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

I hate to say it…

but, I have no Geese -a-laying or Swans -a swimming

I’ve tried to find them… but to no avail…

I would have to purchase the whole set it seems… and can you believe my $5.00 find is now worth up to $70.00 on EBAY???

I will continue to look for them on my shopping excursions… but, for now…My Geese will be laying elsewear…and my Swans will have to find another lake to swim in…

But, the rest of their friends will be continually used every Christmas!…

This song was written in 1780English with French origin

How fun to sing along with friends… and especially children… during the Holidays…

Here are two versions…

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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

Holy Alphabet…

Gift…

Sent to me by a friend…

A lthough things are not perfect

B ecause of trial or pain

C ontinue in thanksgiving

D o not begin to blame

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E ven when the times are hard

F ierce winds are bound to blow

G od is forever able

H old on to what you know

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I magine life without His love

J oy would cease to be

K eep thanking Him for all the things

L ove imparts to thee

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M ove out of ‘Camp Complaining’

N o weapon that is known

O n earth can yield the power

P raise can do alone

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Q uit looking at the future

R edeem the time at hand

S tart every day with worship

T o ‘thank’ is a command

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U ntil we see Him coming

V ictorious in the sky

W e’ll run the race with gratitude

X aulting God most high

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Y es, there’ll be good times and yes some will be bad, but…

Z ion waits in glory…where none are ever sad!

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

Keepsakes…

OK! … I admit it!… I  love Christmas!… along with MANY  other people… and I like to decorate for the Season… Some of my things are old and some I just like!…

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These tree plates I found at the thrift store… Hand painted and quite old… Had to have them… Candy will go in them later…

Some people say they just cover their tree up and sit it out the following year… Not Me!… My pleasure is in putting every ornament on… A little different every year…

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The bigger tree is decorated with Santas…Just fun!

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I’m having Christmas Eve this year due to my son and his wife having sold their home and are having one built… His wife’s Mom and Dad are having them stay with them until their house is finished… so the least I could do was have our traditional Christmas Get-Together… and with my cousin and her husband coming up from Tennessee… It will be so nice!

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My husband’s favorite Santa Toy… who beats his drums exactly to the beat of many Christmas Carols…

My menu is planned… and I’ve shopped for most everything that is not perishable… Others will bring a dish to add to the menu…We are yummy coooks!…

My husband gets my “Favorite Elf Award” for helping me throughout… He decorates outside… Not overboard… but, you know we like Christmas!..  A few lighted wreaths in the windows and on the front door… some lights around the light pole with bells… a few lights around the front door… Silk Poinsettias are placed in the pots on the front porch… and a Santa flag blowing in the air…

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Inside… the bigger tree is decked out in Santa Clauses… and a small tree was placed in the living room… to make more room for guests… It’s quite cozy… Jill, our cat… even thinks so…

She usually adopts the tree for her napping place and this year she has two spots…

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I’ve hung the bells from my Momma’s house from years past that my Dad bought… Memories are there every time the string is pulled and the christmas songs play…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Every time someone passes… the string is pulled… about 50 years old…

My brother made the wood Santas hanging on the door facings… The blue one being mine since I love the color blue… and then I inherited the green one that was made for Mom… All of the brothers and sisters received one many year’s ago…

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Santas adorn the room where the Santa Tree is placed…

Snowmen in the bathroom…

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and whatever I like everywhere else…

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I will probably continue to decorate for a long time… Having three Grandchildren… and the my boys who are grown would definitely miss it…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  My Grandson probably wound this music box up to watch the train going around and around about twenty times the other night…

My husband says I go overboard a little… but, just keeps hanging something or repositioning an item… with that Twinkle in his eye… just like Santa

At times I think I hear… Ho…Ho…Ho!  k4982313

http://youtu.be/z3rJX3U9yM8     (It’s Beginning To Look A lot Like Christmas) sung by Bing Crosby