Monday, December 4, 2023


I had a casualty when I was decorating my tree

Sunday, December 3, 2023

How I spent my last day off

For my last day of vacation I slept till almost 6. Got up, had coffee and read blogs. Then I made myself breakfast before I got dressed for the day. 
Around 9 I went to pick Amanda up to go to a craft show. I forgot to take any pictures until Amanda said something on the way out

Then we went to Applebee's for lunch. Forgot to take pictures of what we ate until Amanda reminded me again. I had bourbon chicken and shrimp and it was delicious. I could only eat about half of it so I had some for another meal at home. Yum!

We also got the spinach artichoke dip and I could have ate just that. It was so good.

At the craft show I bought myself 2 pairs of earrings since I don't have any Christmasy ones. They were $5 each or 2 for $9.

I also bought this cute little scented snowman. I got one for me and one for Amanda. He's dipped in scented wax. I put him in the branches of my tree. 
After that it was back home to lounge and chill for the rest of the day.

Saturday, December 2, 2023

Decorations part 3

Last day of vacation and  last day for the Christmas decorations. Today is the Ann cave.
The decorated tree 
The end tables

Something new I tried this year with a garland and lights 
And my messy desk

Friday, December 1, 2023

Decorations part 2

Today we move into the living room, kitchen and dining area. Here's the decorated tree in the living room. 
The fake fireplace. I need to find something to put in the red truck. I might have to steal that tree from the bathroom.

Next to that are the new shelves I bought for my village. 
The coffee table 
The kitchen window
And the dining room table. Need to find some candles to put in the jars.

So, only one more day left of vacation after today. It didn't always feel like it, but I did get quite a lot accomplished. I did all the decorating. The gifts are wrapped. I managed to do a little crafting too.

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Decorations part 1

Since I have so many pictures I'm going to break it up into a few posts. Here's the first of them.
In the bedroom I forgot to take a picture of the bed with the Christmas comforter. This is on the dresser. Oh and now I see you can just see the corner of the bed in the mirror.

I put a few things in the bathroom. Gibbs wants to show you the shower curtain. 
This is the shelf on the wall. I've had these carolers for a long time. They're kind of on the ugly side but for some reason I just like them. 
And just a little tree and Christmas colored washcloths in the basket 
I may add more here but not sure.

Finally upstairs we have the 4ft. tree decorated. Gibbs wants to show you that too

Today I'm going to go out for the first time since Monday. It's been nice being hold up in the house and not having to venture out in the snow.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Snow happy

I am not happy that we got blasted with snow Monday night but there is a bright side.
I got my outside Christmas lights out before the snow started.

I had to push the snow with the door to let Gibbs out but I didn't have to go to work. 
I had to go out and shovel the front porch and sidewalk but someone cleared my driveway for me. Not sure who it was because I never saw them. It sure did make me happy. 
This storm is supposed to last until Wednesday 7am but that's OK. I can watch it through the window. I have nowhere I need to be.

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

What I bought

I saw some very unique items at the craft show. Things I've never seen at any others. There was one woman who did wool paintings. The best way I can describe it was they were along the lines of needle felting but they were large paintings.

But what I did buy was something from this person

 She photographs actual snowflakes.  I bought this 4x4 print for a coworker

The other item I bought was this adorable little ornament

It's crocheted around a battery operated tea light and a little hat is glued to the top.  Here's one with his nose lit up.

So now it's Tuesday. It's the 4th day of my vacation. I've done a lot of procrastinating. I did manage to get some decorating done. Crafting and present wrapping is on the agenda for today. The problem is, I'm not very good at following an agenda. Maybe I'll just play it by ear.

Monday, November 27, 2023

Hitting the road.

Saturday morning was cold but I bundled up and hit the road. 
The sun was shining but it was freezing
I headed to Erie for a craft show at a church. I got there just when they were opening and thankfully the line to get in wasn't too long.
I bought two items here but I'll save those until tomorrow. 

Sunday, November 26, 2023

Friday night

When I got home from work Friday night I was pretty excited about having a whole week off. I thought I would get started on the Christmas decorations. I put 3 trees together but ran out of energy before I could decorate them.
There is one tree in the living room 
One tree in the cave
And a 4' tree in the upstairs hall. This used to be the one that I would decorate for Wade in the cave. 
Don't ask why I am putting up so much. The only reason I can come up with is that I just like it. It makes me feel all holly jolly.

Saturday, November 25, 2023

A very nice Thanksgiving

I couldn't have asked for a better day. I already told you I got the day off so sleeping in was my first treat of the day. I always enjoy a leisurely morning instead of having to get up and dressed for work. 
Amanda and Rob came over in the morning so Amanda could start cooking our feast.
The food was delicious and in true Thanksgiving style I ate too much. 
While Amanda cooked the Macy's day parade was on TV.  
Amanda brought a special treat for the day. She got these cute little chocolate turkeys 
Friday I had to go to work but the day went by fast and now I am off for all next week. I decided to use up the rest of my vacation days. I'll use the time to get my house decorated for Christmas and maybe do some shopping and crafting. I have a few Christmas presents yet that I want to make so I'm hoping to get those finished.

Friday, November 24, 2023

I just couldn't resist

When Amanda and I were out we stopped at Walmart. They had some of their black Friday deals out and I spotted some pioneer woman bowls. There are 4 bowls total in different sizes and they all have lids.

Excuse the mess on the counter. The one in the back is the only design I saw and when I opened them up I thought the smaller ones looked a bit Christmasy. I didn't need them but they're Pioneer Woman, and they're pretty.

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Happy Thanksgiving

Today I'll be kicking back and relaxing while Amanda cooks us a feast. Its been nice since she took over the holiday cooking. 
Today I'll show you November's happy mail card. 

I hope all my U.S. friends have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 22, 2023


I see I forgot to schedule a post for today. I'll be back tomorrow. Unless of course, I forget again.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Another day out with Amanda

Saturday Amanda and I had another fun day. 
First we went out for an early lunch. We went to Perkins. I ordered off the senior citizen menu and still had way more than I could eat. That's OK though, I like leftovers.

Next we went to another high school for their annual Christmas craft show

The only thing I bought there was a bow tie for Gibbs. He'll look real spiffy for Christmas.

We went to a second smaller craft show and a lady selling jelly and other stuff asked Amanda if I was her mother. When Amanda said yes she told me you get a free jelly. Then she told us about how her mother in-law had passed away right before the craft show the year before. This year any mother who was with a daughter or I suppose son got a free jelly. It was so nice of her that I bought one for Amanda.
I also bought a gift for Amanda that I told her she needed to forget about till Christmas. We saw this at another show and she really liked it
Lastly I bought a table runner from a retired local teacher. She does beautiful work.All her table runners are reversible

Side note for Grace. The name of the app in yesterdays post was the title. It's the Lumi photo editor.
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