Archive for December, 2010


Calendar

I have this calendar. It’s brand new.  I’ve only leafed through the 12 pages briefly.  It’s right here under the 2010 calendar on my desk… the one that is loaded with appointments and events.   The new one has no markings… just beautiful pages of American landmarks like Mount Vernon and Monticello, with quotes from the […]

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Penguins

One of our nieces guessed that we would make a skunk this year for the ornament.  Ha!  Kind of wish I had thought of that!  After all, the skunk story was one of the first things on my blog… and this blog has been such a fun part of my year!  (Here’s the silly story […]

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We Wish You…

From our home to yours… May your holiday be filled with special moments and special memories.

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Seek Peace

That front porch of mine… I just love it!    Yesterday was such a warm sunshiny first day of winter.  When I drove in to my garage from running some happy errands, I remembered I wanted to put some fresh birdseed in my old wheelbarrow.  As I came up onto my porch, seed in hand, the […]

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Giving

I remembered the words of the Lord Jesus, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”   (Acts 20:35)   Christmas is always huge for us.  Bigger than life!  It’s been that way since I was a tiny girl, with two big families right here in town.  And then I married into another big family.   […]

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First Snowfall

There’s a blanket of snow on my barnyard There’s a blanket of snow on my barnyard Such a fun sight for me Fills my heart up with glee There’s a blanket of snow on my barnyard – There’s a carpet of white on my rooftop There’s a carpet of white on my rooftop Yes, we […]

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Lights

Our street is a treat for the eye In the evenings the people drive by Thank you, thank you!  We say For the cheery display Of Christmas lights in the night sky – To everyone everywhere – but especially to those of you in Portales – who take the time and the love and the […]

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Christmas Tradition

I have this tradition. It’s one of my favorite Christmas things.  (Yes, I know… lots of things are my ‘favorites’!)  But this tradition is something I started the first year of my married life back in 1983, and have loved carrying it on since then. We have big families.  Gary and I both grew up […]

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Jewels

I have this jewel closet. And that’s ironic… because I’m not a “jewelry person”.  Once in a blue moon you might see me wearing a simple necklace, but mostly I wear the wedding ring first placed on my finger one night many years ago at the top of the slide in the City Park.  That’s […]

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Christmas Guests

Every Christmas they come over here And fill up my home with their cheer Johnny Mathis and Bing Burl Ives and Celine I’m thrilled they’ve all come back this year – ‘Tis the season for some happy rhyme!  Please, oh please… write a holiday limerick of your own and add it here on the “comments”!

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Chocolate Cherry Cake

Well… there was just such great response to my Nana’s pecan pie recipe, I’ve decided I should share my chocolate cherry cake recipe.  It’s with serious hesitation that I do so.  After all, my site is dedicated to the joys of simple pleasures, and this is a very difficult cake.  But so many people have […]

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Holiday Happening

This is one of my favorite weekends of the year.  Way up there at the top of the list.  It’s the annual “Holiday Happening” in our town… the most gorgeous, most festive, most delightful gathering!  It’s a fund-raising event for the Altrusa Club with proceeds going to a charitable cause, and that’s just very nice […]

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