Christmas Year Round

I don’t do a lot of decorating for Christmas…just the basics: a slim “pencil” tree in the living room, candles in the windows, a fresh green wreath on the front door, and a few special things placed here and there inside our home.

But, there are three Christmas items that I leave up year-round.

The first is a “beachy” Santa that I bought many years ago at a craft show. He’s in our foyer, and fits so perfectly in that spot, I decided to just let him remain there all year.

A couple of years ago, I discovered this resin Nativity in a catalog and knew that it would be a perfect gift for special friends.  But I thought it was so sweet, I decided to order one for our home too.  It’s only about two inches wide by eleven inches tall. I love how it progresses from the angel at the top to the Holy Family, the Magi and the animals.

And last year, another special friend gave me this sweet Nativity scene that she made with a shell, some sea glass and extra embellishments.  I decided to keep this on our mantel all year.

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”
 Charles Dickens

~These Days Of Mine~

 

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Busy Weekend

‘Tis the season….for busy weekends.

Saturday, we met friends for lunch at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond.  The Jefferson, built in 1895, is beautifully decorated for the holidays.  The folks you see in this picture were attending a private gathering to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The five of us posed on the balcony overlooking the tree. (Motor Man jokes about him being in the company of four women…)

And, of course, Motor Man and I had a picture taken of the two of us.

Each year, the Jefferson pastry chefs and their elves create a gingerbread masterpiece. This year it was a “Flying Santa” in his airplane, made from over 200 pounds of gingerbread and various icings and candies. (I wonder how many hours of work? The posted sign didn’t say.)

Also this weekend, our little town celebrated Christmas in Smithfield.  The weekend included an antique show and carriage rides, featuring Roxanne the horse. Motor Man knows how I am about horses, so if there’s a carriage ride available, we’re  usually there.

And so begins the busy month of December. It’s off to a good start!

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

Monday Morning Mews: Crinkling And Purring

Hi, readers. Gypsy here – and today it’s my turn to post.

One of the toys I have in our my office is a “crinkle tunnel”.  It is SO cool; I really love the sound it makes. It rattles like paper.

Motor Mommy took this picture of me in it. Oh, and you can see my little springy toys too. They’re really fun to play with; they’re so light, they practically fly around even if I barely touch them with my paw.

BUT, Motor Mommy also took a very short video of me…you can hear the sound of my crinkle tunnel.  Listen carefully:

 

Did you hear me purring my motor running?   But of course: that’s ’cause I am a Motor Kitty!

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a RFF, so I thought I’d start off the month of December with some random thoughts.

1.) For Mother’s Day, 2011, Marshall gave me this pretty potted mum.

It has definitely “gone forth and multiplied”.

2.) For the past couple of years, my friend, Donna, self-proclaimed “bird nerd”, has inspired me to feed our feathered friends. It IS fun to glance out the window and see them fluttering around the feeders.  Oh, and the snowman feeders was  a Christmas gift from Donna a few years go.

3.) We aren’t sure what the commercial fishermen were “harvesting” in our nearby James River, but Motor Man nor I had ever seen so many work boats as we did earlier this week.

It was difficult to get a good picture (we need a helicopter). This doesn’t really show the extent of the boats, they were upriver as far as we could see.

4.) Early morning is such a pretty time of day. I had to make a u-turn to go back for this fog-on-the-water shot.

5.) I’m sure if you were following my blog earlier this year, you know that I’m a fan of April, the giraffe.  Now, I’m not usually one to wear novelty clothing, but I saw this top recently and just couldn’t resist. Sweet April putting the star on top of her tree.

Enjoy your weekend!

~These Days Of Mine~

Best Escape

Although Motor Man and I have been to the Carova 4-wheel drive area of the Outer Banks when the weather wasn’t perfect, we usually try to plan our trips for pretty days.

Our most recent visit certainly qualified.

I’ve mentioned before that the ideal place to see the horses is by the ocean. Second best is on the dunes.

Horses, dunes and sand fences make for an interesting photo.

This beauty was strolling down one of the “streets”.   The horses have really started growing their woolly winter coats.

Lunch time.  I think I’ll have a side of shrubbery.

This next picture was my favorite of the day. It was taken from inside our vehicle (Motor Man lowered his window) with my zoom lens.

Folks visit the beach for various reason: to swim, fish, sunbathe, look for seashells.  Obviously, Motor Man and I have an entirely different reason for our trips, but my favorite acronym certainly applies to us:

BEACH: Best Escape Anyone Could Have.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

Monday Morning Mews: The Winners

Hi, readers, it’s Sundae with this week’s mews.

Today, I really have special NEWS to share: Motor Mommy asked for my help in announcing the winners of her Charlie Brown Christmas tree painted rock contest.

She decided that, rather than just give away ONE rock, she would have Motor Man draw a winner from the list of bloggers who asked to be entered in the contest and another one from the list of non-bloggers. But first, she put all the slips of paper with names on the floor by the rocks, so we could have a photo-shoot with moi.

The blogger whose name was drawn is Cindy, the author of Mama’s Empty Nest. And the non-blogger is Joyce F . Motor Mommy wanted me to let you know that your rocks will be sent out to you in the next couple of days.

Concats to the winners!  Now, wasn’t that fun? We should do it again soon!

~These Days Of Mine~

 

On The Subject Of Squirrels

It was unseasonably warm here yesterday, so I took the opportunity to fill the bird feeders.

And no sooner than I came back inside….

I really don’t mind the squirrels having some of the bird seed.  Thankfully, I learned long ago to attach the feeders to the tree limbs with zip-ties.

So far, at least, the feeders are remaining in place.

And the squirrels are entertaining.

Speaking of entertaining, Baby Blues is one of my favorite comic strips. This was Monday’s offering, and as usual, it brought a chuckle.

~These Days Of Mine~