Wednesday, December 31, 2008
This sweet kitty came to live with us in late July. He was a skinny little thing that Larry rescued while he was at our storage unit that we have for our business. He had been orphaned, and was in desperate need of food and medical attention. To be honest, we didn't even name him for the first few weeks we had him, because we weren't sure he would live. We (Larry) took him to the vet and got some worm medicine and I nursed him back to health. We named him Baby because his "Meow" sounded like a baby crying.
He was spunky! Our routine was he would come to the back door and cry until I would let him in. He would go directly to the tote that I kept his food in, and then climb in as soon as I opened it. He would start munching while I would fix his bowl. He didn't show up yesterday. And Larry found him on his way to work.
And I can't talk about it anymore.
RIP sweet Baby
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Here is one of my favorite cookie recipes. You'll need a cookie press, we always used the star design. We found it much easier to get cookies all the same size if we teamed up! One person would work the cookie press, and the other cut the dough and formed the "wreath"! The recipe calls for butter or margarine, but don't you dare use margarine! Butter is really the ONLY option here.
Cream one cup of butter or margarine, 2/3 cup sugar together. Add yolks of three eggs and 1 teaspoon almond flavoring. Add 2 cups of sifted flour. (add 1/2 cup more flour if butter is used)
Bake at 350 degrees until lightly browned
Monday, December 29, 2008
I spent hours sorting shapes and building pretty pictures! I love puzzles!! And I put three of them together this weekend. And no, I didn't do anything else!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
The Meaning of the Candy Cane
Reminds us that Jesus is like a "rock", strong and dependable
Read Psalm 31:3
Is like the gift of spices from the wisemen.
Read Matthew 2:11
Stands for Jesus as the holy, sinless Son of God.
Read John 1:7
Is like a staff used by shepherds caring for sheep. Jesus is our "Good Shepherd"
Read John 10:1-18, 27-30
The Letter "J"
Is for the name of Jesus, our Savior.
Read Matthew 1:21
The Color Red
Is for God's love that sent Jesus, and Jesus' love in giving His life for us on the cross.
Read John 3:16 and Revelation 1:5
Remind us of Jesus' suffering-His crown of thorns, the wounds in His hands and feet, and the cross on which he died.
Read John 19:1-30
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
This is our Laundry Room/Fish bathroom. It is decorated with pictures from cruises we've been on. For Christmas it is decked out with some fun snowmen and Teddy Bears. After Christmas a big change is coming to this room! SHH! Larry doesn't know yet...
Here's the bay window in the kitchen. Not a huge change from my BountiFall window, just added some more blue, silver and white - because I love those colors together!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Welcome to our home! This is what you will see as you come in the front door. I love Nativity scenes. It is the Reason for the Season!
The Holy Family
Turn to your right, let's go to the Living room. Another Nativity, a little "fancier" version.
A close up of some of the ornaments on our tree. There are two Turtle Doves we found in Branson last week. My favorite color is Blue, and this is the third year that I have done this theme. I Love it! The ornaments are clear, blue, silver and a few touches of gold. Snowmen are a favorite of ours, and you will see several cute ones on our tree.
Our tour is almost over for now. This is the other corner of our room.
Okay, let me start by apologizing again for the lack of posting. I've been a little busy and I have had to put some things on the back burner. (namely, The Blog!) December is always a crazy month for us! With Thanksgiving coming so late this year, it kind of through a wrench in my decorating schedule. I just can't seem to find enough hours in the day anymore.
Last week my Handsome Prince and I went to Branson, Missouri to celebrate our Silver Wedding Anniversary. We had a fabulous time! This little trip has sort of become a tradition for us, because it a short drive from home, and with our anniversary being so close to Christmas we usually finish up any shopping we have. This time we wanted to stay someplace a little more special, so we decided on a condo at Thousand Hills. We were VERY pleased with the accommodations! A nice, clean little house with a kitchenette (okay a fridge, coffee pot and a microwave, but everything we needed!) a King size bed and there was even a Jacuzzi tub. I was really impressed that they even had it all decorated with TWO Christmas trees, garland and candle rings. We had a tree in the bedroom, and in the living area!
Sunday night we went to the old part of downtown Branson and watched their Adoration parade. What fun! It was really cold, but we got there early enough that we were able to get a seat on some bleachers they provided, fairly close to the start of the parade route. It has been so long since I've seen a parade, and we both really enjoyed it. They had 16 bands, and too many floats to count. We saw one float that was just dogs with Santa hats - CUTE! And there were longhorns from the Dixie Stampede!
When the parade was over, we went to The Shepherd of the Hills and drove through their Trail of Lights. If you ever have the opportunity to do this - GO! It took us over an hour to drive through this and it was AWESOME! I got a few pictures, but all were taken from inside the truck since you aren't allowed to get out (Safety reasons, didn't want to get ran over!) They have hundreds of these little "windows" with really cute themes.
Larry and I were trying to figure out how many MILLIONS of lights they had strung, and how many man hours it would have taken. Words just can't even describe how pretty it was! Can you tell we like Christmas lights? There were MANY ooh's and aah's! One of the trails...
I leaned out the truck window for this one of the mill...
Friday, December 5, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Here's our loot!