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After Christmas “FINDS”!

Cleaned out my pantry to start off my day…

Did I plan to???

NO, but, when it hits me… I do it!…

Why not!

and it feels so good to accomplish these things…

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Have you ever found Christmas remnants after Christmas…

These are the things I found yesterday around my house…

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A Santa hanging high… you have to know I’m kinda short!…

An Angel holding a kitty…

I like cats so much… maybe I didn’t really want to take it down…

A few ornaments in the bathroom… They matched so well… they just blended in

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Do you after Christmas shop?

I like to… but, only a few oddities so far this year…

Unique Thrift shopping had me finding this cute older Santa Sleigh with Sweet Reindeer…

It requires batteries and when inserted later… it worked!…

The little reindeer move their legs and it plays various Christmas Songs…

I played it for the last time this morning as I will pack it away until next year… 140101_002

Another thrift find…

Snowman Candles… aren’t they the cutest!… Using them as my winter centerpiece on my kitchen table…140101_017 140101_019

Makes me smile!

A brand new Christmas Mug with a pretty ceramic topped spoon to match… These 50% off sales at a thrift store are the best finds… 140101_020 140101_021

A few boxes, wrapping paper, clings , pot holders, placemats… was fun to find too…

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I’m a “think ahead” girl…

I will still be on the look out for more bargains… because like I’ve said before…

“The fun is in the hunt!”… 

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

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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Will I Ever Learn???

You’ve probably read how my cat, Jill… loves the Christmas Tree

Sleeping under it…

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Guardian of the gifts…

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Either size will do… our small one or the bigger… “Santa” one…

We have taken everything down and packed it away that says, “Christmas”… except the Santa Tree… Since it is her favorite…  it will be taken down last

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Jill had a Christmas Kitty Stocking hanging right along side ours…

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I knew I created a Monster Cat last year by introducing her to canned food

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But, silly me!… put 3 little cans in her stocking along with some Cat Toys and Catnip

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since Christmas Eve… and YES!… she has been eating her canned food Meowing loudly if I only sit out the dryk2833050

I did it to myself… now will have to undo …

Today we decided to pour the catnip from the tube it came in pPETS-7960504r200… into a sock of mine and tie it up…

Catnip being a perennial herb belonging to the mint family… When the leaves are crushed… a special oil is released…

It triggers a pleasure center in the cat’s brain

It’s perfectly safe and not addictive

The effect lasts depending both on the cat and how much the cat has inhaled

Jill loved it!

She has thrown it n the air…

She has tossed it…

Chased it…

Rubbed it…

She has laid on it…

Laying her head on it like a pillow!

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Oh, my… another habit I have to undo…

Why do I do that??? …

Probably like my kids used to be… spoiled!…

And now it’s my Grandkids and Cat!…

Will I ever learn???… Probably NOT!

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…

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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!

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

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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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  When Grandkids were much younger…but, some f my favorites…

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

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