Thursday, December 14, 2017

Christmas Coffee

I met my best friend for coffee last week.  It was nice to see her this Christmas season.
I got her this cute snowman ornament, and the sign he's holding says, "but first, coffee!"
aahh, she knows me too well. 
Her gift to me was a box of chocolates. 
They are from Recchiuti Confections.  The heart one in the middle was a ginger blend. 
It was pretty tasty. 
Ever since I can remember, she has always had a talent with floral arrangements and home decorations.  Here is her Christmas tree, 

and her fireplace mantel.  I've always liked red and silver at Christmas, but when I saw the red and gold, I thought it was so pretty. 
She even made a little candy tree for her granddaughter, who is a year old.  Isn't it darling?  The elf shoes on top of the tree are from Pier 1 Imports.

Do you know someone who knows what you're thinking and can finish your sentence before you say it? - well, that's her.  She sent me these two pictures.  This is us back in the day (me, on the right).

Christmas coffee with a best friend...
that's one of the best gifts, don't ya think?


Monday, December 11, 2017

Let It Snow

Oh the weather outside is frightful...

But the fire is so delightful...

And since we've no place to go...

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

We got our first snow of the season this past weekend!

Waking up to snow is such a treat. Especially when you have a mug of something warm in hand. 

Our dog Ozzie spent the day sniffing through the drift and chasing snowballs.

Soon he was joined by a friend. 

The next morning the sun broke through the clouds, creating a cheerful winter wonderland.

Truly, this is the most wonderful time of the year.

~ Nel

Friday, December 8, 2017

White Stocking

I've always wanted a white stocking -
not just any stocking....
a soft, white, fluffy stocking.  
I never found just the right one,
until my eyes caught a glimpse of white fur
 while shopping at Kohl's.
It was just what I have been looking for.
It's so soft and pretty.
My kids still fill my stocking each year with
candy, nuts, teas, chocolate, and goodies.
What can I say?....
I feel like a kid at Christmastime!
And they always remember to put an orange at the bottom of my stocking, which means so much to me, as my mom used to put an orange in all of our stockings growing up.  When I see that orange every year, a little part of my mom is with me Christmas morning.

*this is a wonderful movie, by the way.
The family is getting bigger, and it's getting harder to know which stockings belong to who.   Now, my kids will remember that the white stocking belongs to their mama.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Deck the Halls

Things are getting glittery around here...

I made this simple but pretty wreath with extra clippings from the Christmas tree. 

The fireplace mantle is home to my favorite holiday treasures.

A couple touches of Christmas sparkle around the kitchen...

And some surprises under the tree.

The halls are decked, and I'm feeling pretty merry.

~ Nel

Friday, December 1, 2017


all the injustice in the world
all the wrongdoing
all the unfairness
all the tearing down instead
of building up 
all the cruelty
all the madness
Many worry about our world today,
many are crushed in spirit.
Don't worry, dear hearts.
This is God's world.
He is taking care of it.
He's near.
My granddaughter,

I love you.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Christmas Lights

One morning, I woke up early to see the sunrise; so early that it was still dark out.  I wanted to see the lights lit up around town, so I headed for the roads to gaze at all the Christmas beauty that surrounded me.
I brought a couple of fresh baked cookies
from the night before,
 a hot cup of coffee,
and was on my way.  Come along with me.
The little church that has stood
for 100 years.
A very charming shop in town
that I go to often.
It was closed, but the windows
were all lit up.
Driving through the mall,
and now we're at my favorite
shopping center.
I am always reminded that I live in
when I see this palm tree decorated
every year.
Then, I saw the most glorious sunrise.
It was so pretty,
that the reflection of it was shown
on my car.
I hope you enjoyed the drive
around my town
to see the Christmas lights.
Isn't it the most wonderful time of year?