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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

MY CHRISTMAS AT MY SON'S


CHRISTMAS EVE AFTER CHURCH 2016



My son flew me up to Las Gatos, CA  to spend Christmas with him and his daughter Kelly.  We had a wonderful time.  We did so many fun things, seeing old friends and just enjoying a old fashion Christmas.

Shaun always makes a Prime Rib Dinner on Christmas or Christmas Eve depending on when we have Kelly.  This year it was Christmas Eve and Kelly had to leave by noon on Christmas Day to spend time with her mother.

Clark, Jennifer, Lexie and Lindsey after church Christmas Eve  Notice Clarks' pants, they had little Christmas Wreaths on them - we really cute.


 The table ws full of munchies - Clark and Jennifers girls, Lexie and Lindsey



Everyone crowding into the kitchen to sample the goodies and have a glass of Champagne.


Kim, my son's girl friend, and she is lovely, Shaun and Jennifer sampling the Prime Rib



Clark with his two daughters



Shaun and Kelly's Christmas Tree



Shaun had no center piece, so with a little thought I put this center piece together.  Kim, his girls friend went into the back yard and cut some green branches and I went to work on a center piece.  Kelly has a collection of  Nut Crackers so I lined them up down the center of  the table with some red sparkle ribbon, but the nutcrackers were to tall so I took off the little one's from the tree and they worked fine.

Shaun had prepared the most wonderful Prime Rib with mashed potatoes, au jus, horseradish, creamed corn and Parker House light rolls.  For dessert we had home made fudge,(Pioneer Woman's recipe) and it was so good, cookies and Kelly made a bundt cake.  We had champagne, and lots of wonderful red wine.


After dinner, which I must say was wonderful, the girls started opening up some of their gifts.

Shaun and Kim watching the girls have fun.

Jennifer opening up one of her gifts.

Early Christmas Morning opening up presents before Kelly had to leave.


Can you believe the mess LOL

Kelly left to go to her mom's and Shaun and I relaxed and watched a couple of movies.  Monday I was heading home and Shaun was taking down the tree as Kim and Shaun were going Skiing in Tahoe. on Tuesday.  Kim has a condo there.  Lots of rain so that means lots and lots of snow up in the mountains. They had more snow than in the last decade, so everyone was flocking to the snow.


This was taken this morning.  I have a new room mate and she is such a creative young woman.  She made this beautiful wind chime for her space at Country Vintage in Orange.  She does terrific work and is selling them, sooooooooooo if anyone is interested let me know. Her crystals are stunning.



There's Lili photo bombing the picture.  She was wondering why we were outside in out jammies taking pictures.  LOL  Please excuse the furniture all pushed together, but with the rain I am trying to keep it dry.  Three more storms coming into tonight until Monday.

I am the Uber driver for the neighborhood (I'm not really) ,just take them to school since their parent have to be at work early-  so they don't get wet.  Just playing it back for all the help I used to get when Shaun was young.


So if you know of anyone that collects wind chimes and they are one of a kind, let me know.

Sorry to be so tardy in posting but I was tired after Christmas and then taking down the tree and getting the room ready to rent out - I just don't know where my time goes.  Guess I am getting lazy in my old age.

Have a wonderful week and I hope you will leave your comments, we love to read them.

Mary, Waldo and Lili


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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

WELCOME TO MY CHRISTMAS HOME

Welcome to my home.  I didn't do as much this year as I usually do, but I ran out of time, due to my computer getting a virus

This is my Candy and Cookie tree in my kitchen along with the Santa's that have been decorating the tree.  They have been so busy ....






The Nutcracker wanted to help decorate also.



This wreath on my back coordinates with my tree in the kitchen.


This year I wanted to do something different on my tree, so I decorated the tree all in red ornaments and red birds.



I didn't put out all of my Santa's, just a few of my favorites. The Candy Santa is sitting on my desk.



This Santa was made by my very best friend Phyllis and he is my favorite.



My new center piece that I got at Michael's, 70% off, plus another 25%.  I danced all the way to the checkout counter.  I also purchased a new pillow at 70% off with another 25%.  I had a very productive shopping day.




That's the pillow I purchased at Michael's, the red with snow flakes,




Just a few of my Santa's, I can't get to the rest of them as that would require me getting on the ladder and I have had orders from headquarters, DO NOT GET ON A LADDER


I am having a love affair with Snowmen, they are just so darn cute....... so I put them all together.



The tall one just jumped into my cart Saturday when I was at Albertson's buying groceries.   I just couldn't tell him no, so home he came with me.  The one to the left lights up, so cute.



Waldo loves to have his picture taken and he followed me all over while I was snapping photo's.  He is getting so old, but he is still frisky.


My dining room table all decorated for the holidays.  I see one of the elf's sitting by a candle.



I got the placemats at the Dollar Tree for $1.00 each, they are made of felt with glitter around the edges.  The table runner and napkins were a gift to me for my Birthday from Phyllis.


The elf's have taken over the chandler, oh my.....


My Santa and Christmas Tree cookie jars.  The Christmas Tree is a Christopher Radko and the snowman is from Target.  I have had them for about 10 years.


My antique door with snowmen on the wreath


My arrangement on the hutch.  All of the ribbon matches the tree and wreath



My front porch with a few antique items-  the wagon, bike and chicken feeder



My old sled that I found leaning up against a tree, just waiting to go home with some one.  I asked the people that lived there and they didn't want it.  Even helped me put it in my car.


My wreath on the front door and another snowman..... oh my, they are taken over LOL



Hope you liked the tour of my cottage  Now I will be baking a few goodies to take up to my son's.
I am going up there to spend Christmas with him and my granddaughter.  So I can't wrap my gifts as I am traveling by plane.  Will do that when I arrive.

I wish all of your a wonderful MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR.  Safe travels to all of you.

Mary, Waldo and Lili


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Savvy Southern Style ~ Wow Us Wednesday


Between Naps on the Porch - Tablescape Thursday
Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson ~ Share Your Cup Thursday
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Sunday, December 4, 2016

THIS AND THAT CATCH UP

THIS AND THAT CATCH UP


WOW where does time go to?  Just a few things that I have been up and some of my Fall decorating.

I went back to "Through The Garden Gate" and took a friend and she almost fainted seeing all the beautiful Christmas decorations.

The theme this year seems to be Snowmen



These pillows where stunning and I loved them, but a little pricey




Don't you just love this little fairy .



I just love this  - she was beautiful


This area had all white, gold and silver decoration, oh so pretty

Now on to some Santa's .........




I took my friend Teryl to Green Thump Nursery to see their decorations.  They were almost finished, running a little slow with their Open House.






WOW so many Snowmen waiting to go to their new home.




This is a bad photo, but had to show you the feeding frenzy of my Hummingbirds.  It was almost dark and they their were storing up food for the night. I have counted 20 hummers feeding from my feeders


Now on to my Fall decorations - didn't do much this year,  I can't get on a ladder, orders from my son.
So I did get up on the ladder and my 88 year old friend stood behind me.  LOL



Top of my hutch


Center piece on my dining room table




My beautiful Waldo.  He is 12 years old and I do love him so.  He follows me everywhere in the house or garden.



This past Saturday the City of Fullerton Parks and Recreation, North Western  Mutual and KaBoom
completely renovated Gilbert Park.  The park is at the end of my street.  All neighbors pitched in to complete the park with new equipment for the children.  There must have been a 100 volunteers to complete this project.  So I was a volunteer for "PLAYGROUND BUILD DAY 2016"  
CHANGING LIVES - PROCEED WITH LOVE

The volunteers were put into different groups and the sign on the name tags placed you in that group.
Here I go with my walker to see what job I could help with and I was put into the painting group.
This lady is from Washington DC  with a non profit group getting us charged up to start the project.
I have to tell you what a wonderful sight to see so many parents and children there to help get this program finished.

We were given breakfast buritos and coffee and then for lunch the Slidebar provided Street Taco for all with beans and rice.




Here I am painting up a storm.  We had 65 12x12 wooden piece to paint front and back and then go back and put sayings and pictures on them - WOW what a job.  But we got it completed.


Santos my helper from the Parks and Recreation Department.  We also had another man helping who was in a wheel chair.



The plaques that will go on the fence - I believe that we painted 65 plaques.

This sign will say GILBERT PARK



Some of the men taking cement to the equipment.


I walked over their this morning to see what we had accomplished and I must say it looked really good.  They still have the storage containers to remove and the playground was fenced off until the cement sets.  But I must say CHEERS TO ALL THAT HELPED.

Today I am a little sore, but feel so good helping - not bad for a 81 year old lady.

Hope you leave a comment so Waldo Lili and I can read them.

Mary

Dwellings ~ Amaze Me Monday
      The Dedicated House ~ Make it Pretty Monday        
    Between Naps On The Porch ~ Metamorphosis Monday
A Stroll Thru Life ~ Inspire Me Tuesday
Coastal Charm ~ Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style ~ Wow Us Wednesday


Between Naps on the Porch - Tablescape Thursday
Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson ~ Share Your Cup Thursday
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