Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013

2012 brought me horses, pajama jeans, hydrangeas, wood wick candles, scooters, friends I just met and family that I hadn't seen in years.

I give it  8 out of 10 ********


 





I'd like to wish my Mama a very Happy and full of love Birthday!!!






Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Odd Gift

There's always one gift that strikes a peculiar chord.  Sometimes the item is result of a well thought out plan.  Maybe it's a gesture that serves some great purpose.   Many times the sentiment behind the gift is one of a message between them.  But it can also be a silly, inside joke that continues the good times we done just had:)

Odd gift, you say?  This object is some kind of self-defense aid, and I was delighted (my safety was at stake!) and at the same time I was horrified (will I have to use that?).  


My new stabber should probably come with a video Shanking For Beginners.  Or at least some warning stickers.  This odd gift falls into the weird but not wild category.







A few odd gifts from the past:

4 pack 100 watt light bulbs - they're gonna stop making those, you know

a used bible - it's a family bible, just not our family LOL

Extra large grey felt STETSON - I never grew into that hat

bird bath  - you had to be there for this one


I could probably come up with many more truly odd gifts - if you have a good one, post a comment. 

Take the poll for ODD GIFTS




Sunday, December 16, 2012

local honey

Some folks believe that people who suffer from allergies can find relief in local honey!  The bees incorporate pollen spores in their honey process that can activate your immune system, producing antibodies.  The closer the better!



 Eating honey might improve your allergic reaction to a variety of flowering plants and grasses that cause such issues.



How much honey to take?  2 teaspoons per day

For more details on immunotherapy and local honey, click this link

How Stuff Works;  Local Honey

Saturday, December 08, 2012

let there be Luminaries


Open your home to guests and welcome them with luminaries!   A simple and affordable way to add some beautiful, warm lights to your walkway or driveway.




Only a few supplies needed, and they can be placed and ready to light before your guests arrive.  Afterwards, the cleanup is easy.


How to make LUMINARIES on DoItYourself.com





Come on over and celebrate the holidays with us:)

Friday, December 07, 2012

tree lights to lift your spirits

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is the tree!  I can easily  get lost in fascination at the twinkling lights and trimmings.  And the ornaments can draw my complete attention for long spans of time:)







Our home has a tabletop tree with mini lights and sized-down ornaments.   There are so many benefits of having a smaller tree :  we can move it around, and it only takes a few minutes to decorate!  Besides, my cats leave it alone.  If we had a full sized tree in the house, I don't think they could resist the urge to scale it.




I really love old-fashioned Christmas decorations.  And I can't wait to get the house fully decked out for the holiday!   I know alot of people get stressed about providing gifts, and for me, putting

up Christmas decorations can balance out the hustle and bustle of the shopping activity.




I love to make pomanders with oranges and cloves.  These make sweet gifts that are easy to handout for friends.  Some people like to use the pomander for a tree ornament or it can be used as a room frangrance.

How to make Orange clove pomanders





I also made  my own Advent wreath and  prepared to open my heart to the spirit of the season - it's a wonderful feeling to celebrate the birth of our saviour and to have heart-felt decorations as part of the tradition.


Find out more about Advent Candles

Thursday, December 06, 2012

all mimsy

This little puppy loves to go for a ride! Mimsy is so adorable she attracts attention everywhere she goes.  She got outfitted with this carrying bag that straps onto the bike.


I sent Mimsy a one million dollar bill novelty money and she can't wait to go shopping:)




she probably has a snack tucked in there, too



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