Thursday, December 8, 2016

Christmas' Of The Past

We often reminisce about the past at Christmas time.  I remember my childhood Christmas' vividly.  I was the youngest child, and there was always something going on around my house, so I watched with open eyes and curiosity.

I was a happy carefree kid, and I guess you could say that I was a lot like Elizabeth from The Walton's with brothers and sisters older than her.

One year for Christmas I wanted a blue sting-ray bike, and after opening up all my presents, my dad told me to go to the pantry outside for an ingredient for breakfast.  He always made a BIG breakfast Christmas morning.

I didn't want to go outside because it was cold, but we always did what we were told, so I walked to the outside pantry, opened the door, and to my surprise there was a shiny blue sting-ray bike waiting for me to ride.  I was overjoyed and hugged my mom and dad tight.

My mom had many traditions at Christmas, but she wasn't too original with our gifts.  When my sister got a pair of mittens, you can bet I got a pair as well.  If I got a scarf, my sister would get one too.   But she had five children to think about and did the best she could.

She always put red balls on her Christmas tree - just lights, tinsel, and red.  Through the years, ornaments also hung on her tree, but in the early years, she decorated it very simply.  When she passed away, I wanted to get some of those vintage red balls to remember her, but never got around to taking them.

It never snowed at Christmas where I lived, but was always very cold, and sometimes so cold that frost would appear on all the lawns.

Oh, it's funny how we reminisce about our childhood Christmas'.  I have to say that mine were pleasant ones, and back then when we didn't get that much or ask for that much, it seems that life was uncomplicated in many ways.  And I'm grateful to my brothers and sister for protecting and looking out for me........ this youngest child of five.


Monday, December 5, 2016

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Yes it is, friends!

Christmas is such a special time of year, and what better way to celebrate than to deck the halls?

I made a new wreath this year...

and spruced up the mantel with all my favorite decorations.  

The Christmas Tree is wrapped in gold ribbon and white lights...

and I'm getting cozy by the fire. 

Wishing you a merry season of joy, love, and goodwill. 

~ Nel ~

Friday, December 2, 2016

Red Plaid Surprise

Remember I told you
that I'm into red plaid lately?
Well, I found this
at Jo-Ann's, and couldn't resist.
It was half off too!
Loved her plaid scarf,
.....and bow.
Nel and Jess like the
brown bears,
but I'd much prefer the
white bundles of joy.
Christmas waves a magic wand
over this world,
and behold,
everything is softer and
more beautiful.
~Norman Vincent Peale

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Familiar Song

Me and Jess went to an Italian restaurant when she came in.  Now, this restaurant isn't a chain, it's an authentic place with treasured photos on the walls, one of a sweet wedding couple, good food, and a singer who sings Italian songs and old classics.

We were talking about things while eating and listening to the music, and I told her stories of my father, her grandfather.  Jess was only 4 years old when her grandpa passed away, so she didn't really know him well.  I was telling her a story about one of the funky things he used to do, when shortly after the singer started to sing a tune which reminds me of my dad.   Right away, I felt him with me once again.

I love the old classics, and some of my family likes them as well, others not so much.  How 'bout you - do you like listening to these wonderful songs of the past?


Saturday, November 26, 2016

So Thankful For My Family

I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving.  Ours was wonderful.  Jess and her new husband made the dinner this year, and it was just delicious.  We drove to Jess' house early in the morning, about 5:00 am to avoid the traffic.  We saw the sunrise come up, which was so pretty.  As we got closer to her house, the mountains surround her area.  Jess lives about 5 minutes from the ocean, so we had to stop there first, as I was longing to see it.  When we got to her house, there was appetizers waiting for us.  She made so many yummy goodies.  I love to look all around at my girls' homes because they really reflect who they are.  Jess' home is a combination of so many things.  She has french vintage in the bathroom, a bit of rustic feel in the great room, and personal touches all throughout.  She had the most unique orchids sitting on her table.  She used her wedding china for the table setting, which was lovely, and she opened a bottle of pinot grigio for the drink.  She thought the woman on the bottle looked like me.  ; )  Her and Brian made so many dishes, and in addition to the traditional foods like turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberries, yams, they also made macaroni and gouda cheese and a green bean casserole.  I think that may have been my favorite side dish.  Afterwards, we played games, and while I was doing dishes, I heard them laughing about a particular game that Jess got from one of her classmates.  It was such a wonderful day being with family, and I thank Jess and Brian for making it so special for us.  She's getting to be quite a good cook.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Turkeys Everywhere

I see wild turkeys
around here all the time.
White ones.
Are the light ones the
younger turkeys?

One after another
they walk the trails.
This one looks old.
A young curious one.
And just a pretty one.

I hope you have a very nice
and eat lots of good food.