Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Ring out, wild bells.......




Ring out, wild bells......

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,

The flying cloud, the frosty light:

The year is dying in the night;

Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,

Ring, happy bell, across the snow:

The year is going, let him go;

Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind

For those that here we see no more;

Ring out the feud of rich and poor,

Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,

And ancient forms of party strife;

Ring in nobler modes of life,

With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,

The faithless coldness of the times;

Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes

But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place of blood,

The civic slander and the spite;

Ring in the love of truth and right,

Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;

Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;

Ring out the thousand wars of old,

Ring in a thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,

The larger heart, the kindier hand;

Ring out the darkness in the land,

Ring in the Christ that is to be.

-Lord Alfred Tennyson-

Monday, December 29, 2008

An end of the year meme........






An end of the year meme.....


I stopped over to visit Ruthie at http://justruthie.blogspot.com/ a couple of days ago and noticed she had posted a meme that looked like it would be fun. I've decided to give it a try so here goes......



1. Of all of the things currently inside of your fridge, what is the thing you like best?
One of the things I really love is sour cream. I know. I know. What a choice. I like to make dips with it. I also like to use it on crapes. I even like a little dab of it in my chili along with some sharp cheddar cheese and a few corn chips. Yummy!

2. Pick a quote, any quote, and share it here. It may or may not be appropriate for the season. This one is so easy... I say it all the time in every day conversation.....
"Life is what happens when your busy making plans."
-John Lennon-

3. Of all of the weather you've experienced in the last seven days, what was your favorite moment?
It had to be the sixty degree day we experienced a few days ago.

4. Regardless of what you celebrate, or when, or why, what was your favorite gift that you received recently?
My greatest gift this year is knowing my hubby is finally on the road to recovery. It's knowing he is going to be OK. It was ruff going for a while. First he had brain surgery, then heart surgery, heart failure, and delirium all within a couple of months and totally unexpected. There are so many things that could have happened that didn't. There is so much to be thankful for. We both feel very blessed. I just couldn't have asked for any greater gift.

5. If you have pets, do they behave differently when you are home more than usual?
Well, anyone who has followed this blog knows that Charli does not like to be home alone. She is quite content to have us at her beck and call. Even when I'm at home she doesn't like it if I get to absorbed in anything other than her. If I am reading, after a while, she will hop on the back of the sofa, sit on my shoulder, and then scoot herself down on my chest until her nose hits the pages of my book. That's my cue that she wants to play. If Charli even thinks we are going some where without her she will begin to pace up and down the hall, but if she knows we are staying home, or taking her with us, she is her little old sweet self.

6. Post one favorite photo you've taken this year and tell us why you like it.
This photo was taken at West view Orchards. I love the photo because it reminds me of all of the fun my grandson Ryan and I had that day. It was just the two of us and one huge orchard to explore.

7. Have you made any new friends this year?
I started my blog in January of this year and it has opened up a whole new world to me. I have met tons of wonderful new friends right here in the blog world.

8. Have you read more books this year than last?
Unfortunately the answer is no. There has been so many things going on this year that it has been difficult for me to find the time to read. Although I read all the time, I used to read four or five books a month. Lately I have only been reading one or sometimes two books a month. I am looking forward to being able to read more this winter.

9. How many 2009 calendars do you have?
One. Every year I buy a Lang calendar. It is usually one of the folk art designs. I love them because there is so much color and activity going on in them. They also look so homey to me. Life is depicted in much simpler times.

10. Did you learn anything new this year? (a skill, a hobby, a food, anything)?
I tried to learn a new craft but as you can see it didn't turn out very well. The following picture is of Mrs. Glover's. This tiny rabbit looked so easy to make but I really made a mess of things. That's OK though. I like her any way, and after all, she was my very first attempt at crafting.


Now it's your turn. Would you like to do the meme? I look forward to hearing from you....
With warmest regards, Carol

Blue Monday.....




Welcome to Blue Monday, a post hosted by my good friend Sally at http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/ Every Monday a group of us gals get together to post something blue. Thanks you Sally for this fun post. If you would like to join our group, or you would like more information about us, just click on the above link to reach the official Blue Monday web site.....


This week I decided to share some of my Christmas coasters with you. I think they are fun and whimsical. Lot's of blue here...
I can hardly believe the holiday season is almost over. Soon it will be time to pack up all of our decorations for yet another year.....

I have really enjoyed seeing so many beautiful blue bulbs and Christmas decorations on our
Blue Monday posts. Thank you for sharing and allowing us to
have a peek into your lovely homes.....









Happy Blue Monday ladies!
With warmest regards, Carol

Sunday, December 28, 2008

A little bit of this and a little bit of that......




It's official..... Our lovely niece Miranda is a Bathroom Beauty Snapping Diva! Please visit Shelia at http://notesongs.blogspot.com/ to get all of the details and to see all of the other gorgeous diva's. Don't forget it's not to late. You can become a Beauty Snapping Diva too.......


I hope all of you have had a wonderful and magical Christmas. We always celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve and we had a truly lovely evening. Mike and Anne graciously offered to host the evening at their house as hubby is still recovering from his surgery.......













The house was all decked out for the holidays and the food was just delicious. Anne has a memory tree. It's always fun to look at all of the beautiful ornaments she has and to hear all of the wonderful stories of how they happen to be hanging on the tree......
This next picture was so cool I
just had to share. I didn't even know that these were available,
but apparently they now have holiday screen savers for TVs.
This particular DVD had different screen savers for most of the holidays and even included the music. What a great idea! Everyone loved it. it was quite the conversation piece....
I haven't been posting since I came down with a virus. Aches, pains, sore throat, chills and fever. Yuk! My hubby has been taking good care of me though. He can be so sweet! He's been bringing me tea and Vernor's. I have spent the last couple of days curled up on the sofa watching Lifetime and The Hallmark Channel. I just love all of those old Christmas movies.......
As for New Years Eve, we usually spent it at home. When the kids were little we would have a fun little party for them and then let them bang pots and pans at midnight. What about you? Are you a stay at home gal or do you like to get all dolled up and go out on the town? I would love to hear from you......
With warmest regards, Carol

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!.....




MERRY CHRISTMAS!..........




"Oh Charli there you are. What are you doing?"
"I'm waiting for Saint Nickolas."
"Charli remember I told you he doesn't come until after all the good little dogs are asleep in they're beds?"
"OK. I'm tired."
"Tonight Charli, tonight."



Merry Christmas everyone!.........
Many blessings to you and your family this Christmas and coming New Year!....
We wish you hope, love, joy, and peace as we wait for the coming of our LORD,
JESUS CHRIST!
Our most warmest regards,

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A Winter Solstice Party........






A Winter Solstice Party.......

I have never been to a solstice party so imagine my delight when our beautiful neice Linnea invited us to one she hosted in her lovely home. We had such a wonderful evening and so much fun!......


I just had to include a picture of this sweet little Christmas tree. Isn't it adorable! The second ornament
from the top was made by our
neice Miranda when she was in preschool. Now she is all
grown up and attending college.
I will show you a picture of her
later in my post.....


The solstice party was so neat!.......
First a fire was lit in the fireplace to add warmth on a cold winter night.......
Next a candle was added to the table where each person was
to sit along with a festive cracker. After everyone was seated my neice shared a solstice prayer about love, peace, joy, and faith. Then we were given pens and small peices of paper. We were asked to write a resentment we had this year down on the paper. The candles were lit and we all burned our resentments together in order to sort of toss them all out. Then we were asked to share something we would like to change about ourselves in the coming year. Next we opened our crackers. We were all given princely hats of different colors to wear. What fun! Each of us also recieved a tiny gift in the cracker. Everyone was very tickled that my gift was a little red schnauzer pooch. Now I ask you what are the odds of that? LOL I was just thrilled. Then we were all given the gift of one of those scratch lotto tickets. I'm sorry to report there were no millionaires among us, but my brother did win five dollars, and all of us had loads of fun scratching away.....

We had a glass of bubbly Champane and then it was on to the feast........
We were served a delicious garden salad with pine nuts, cranberries, and blue cheese. Yummy!
Then we had flounder stuffed with crab. It was so delicous!
We also had Stilton cheese with dates and oranges. I albsolutely loved this!
My neice also baked gingerbread in the shape of a heart :>)
We were told that, "In the Middle Ages, intricately decorated gingerbread cakes were given by fair ladies to knights going into tournament battle. Still popular today, gingerbread abounds during the holidays as a celebration of the season." If that was not enough, then we had tiny delicate pastries that were filled with chocolate and cream. The pastries were served with coffee and tea.
After dinner our niece read us the song, The Twelve Days Of Christmas. Then she told us the story of why the song was written and what each line meant.
Thank you again Linnea for an absolutely fabulous party!......

But wait that's not all.......
Our niece Miranda has decided to become a Bathroom Beauty Snapping Diva! Yes it's true. I can't wait to share this news with Shelia at http://notesongs.blogspot.com/ Isn't our niece the most beautiful girl you have ever seen? The best thing about her is that she is not only a beauty on the outside but also a beauty on the inside. She is an artist and a poet.....

On the way back home we passed through the city of Rochester. Each building in the city is covered from top to bottom with lights during the Christmas season. It was difficult to get a good picture because of the rain, and the traffic, but I tried to give you a peek. I wish all of you were able to actually see it. It's spectacular!....

What about you?...
Have you ever been to a Solstice party?... I look forward to hearing from you....
With warmest regards, Carol

Monday, December 22, 2008

Blue Monday.....



Welcome to Blue Monday, a post hosted by my good friend Sally, at http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/ Every week a group of us gals get together to post something blue. Thank you Sally for hosting this very fun post. If you are interested in joining our group, or you would like more information about us, just click on the above link to reach the official Blue Monday web site......

This week I decided to share with you my sister Marie's three wise men........
Approximately thirty five years ago my sister Marie hosted a home Christmas decor party where she received these stunning old wise men as a hostess gift. Well, I immediately fell in love with them. The pictures honestly do not do them justice. They are very rich and vibrant in color. Each of them stands nine inches tall so they add grace and presence to any room.....
After the decor party my sister asked me if I would like to borrow the wise men for my Christmas display that year. She said she didn't have enough room for them at her house and she could tell I really liked them. Many years and moves later, I still have my sister Marie's wise men. Every year I ask her if she would like them back, but she always says, "Oh, they look so pretty here. You keep them for now." It's become a fun little ritual or tradition that we go through every year. One time I actually packed them up and very reluctantly took them to her house but she sent them right back home with me. Everyone who comes to our home and inquires about them knows that they are my sisters and not mine. I'm so delighted that she let's me keep them year after year. Thank you so much Marie!.......
The wise men are actually candle holders but I have chosen not to put the candles in them. Sometimes I place them on my mantle or on a window ledge. I like to move them around as if they are roaming. I also like to use them as part of a table scape. I will usually place a small poinsettia in the middle of the table and then encircle the poinsettia with the wise men......
Even thought these wise men are very charming and beautiful the best thing about them is that every time I look at them I am reminded of my sister and how she loaned them to me thirty five years ago.....
Happy Blue Monday everyone!.......
I can't wait to see all of your pretty blue things......
With warmest regards, Carol

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Fourth Week Of Advent.......





The Fourth Week of Advent...... Glorify!
What can we do in our lives to glorify GOD?....

On the fourth week of Advent we light the purple candle of peace.....






An Advent Prayer.......
Jesus, you are the light of the world. Teach us to leave the darkness behind and to live in your light. Help us not to hurt one another by our words and actions. Make us thoughtful and generous so we can be ready to greet you when you come.
In these last days of Advent, keep us centered on you, Jesus, so that we can give glory and praise to you with our whole lives. Amen


http://www.ncea.org/news/pressrelease/article.asp?article_id=222


If you would like more information about Advent, or you would like to do some fun activities with your families, or you would like to make a pledge for world peace, just click on the Advent wreath or the green Advent button on my side bar........

Glory to God in the highest and peace to his people on earth!......

Blessings to all of you and your families this Christmas and New Year!......

With warmest regards, Carol

Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe...


One of my favorite books was always The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe which was written by C.S. Lewis. When the movie came out I just couldn't wait to take my grandchildren to see it. You can't imagine my excitement when I found out the Stagecrafters Youth Theater was going to do the play at our local community theater........
The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe is a magical tale about four children, in war torn England, who happen to accidentally enter the world of Narnia, through a wardrobe in an old mansion where they are staying. While in Narnia the children help to defeat the evil white ice witch. It's a story of good verse evil, where love and good prevails. C.S. Lewis wrote the story for his Goddaughter Lucy and one of the four children in the book was called Lucy in honor of her.....
I invited Anne and Ryan to go to the theater with me and all of us enjoyed the play. The actors and actresses really interacted with the audience. At one point we could hear the evil white witch screaming in the back of the theater. At another point the witches army of warriors marched down the aisles with they're swords held high. After the show the actors and actresses made themselves available to talk to all of the children and sign autographs.......








The theater was beautiful and it was all decked out for the holidays. One of the things Ryan asked to do was go up the stairs. He's so much like I was when I was child. He was very curious about everything....
The children made decorations which were hung throughout the theater. Lion heads were hung along the rail in front of the Christmas tree which I thought was rather cute. If you click on the pictures you can get a better view....
What about you? Do you have a youth theater in your town? Is there anything special you like to do with your children or grandchildren during the holiday season?
I hope you are having a lovely day. We are buried in snow this weekend....
Blessings to you and your families...
With warmest regards, Carol

Friday, December 19, 2008

Hopeful Friday.....















Welcome to Hopeful Friday, hosted
by our friend Cielo, at http://houseinroses.blogspot.com/
A post dedicated to positive thoughts
and inspirational messages. A post
to celebrate God. If you are interested
in joining our group, or you would like
more information about us, just click
on the above link to reach the official
Hopeful Friday web site.....


"Good news from heaven the angels bring,
Glad tidings to the earth they sing;
To us this day a child is given,
To crown us with the joy of heaven."
-Martin Luther-



Many blessing to you and your family as Christmas draws near!...
Peace be with all of you!...
With warmest regards, Carol

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