Monthly Archives: December 2012

Out With The Old

…year, that is.

How do you celebrate New Year’s Eve? Quietly at home, or at a fun, festive party? Motor Man and I traditionally have an early dinner with friends, then head home for a quiet evening.

It’s been quite a few years since we’ve been awake to welcome in the New Year. And thankfully, it always arrives without our supervision.

This picture has nothing to do with New Year’s – it’s just one of my favorites.

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There’s a birthday in the family tomorrow, and later in the week, I’ll share details of a fun adventure we had this past weekend. Warning: much to tell and lots of photos.

But, in the meantime, Happy New Year!

Colonial Style

Although we really don’t live far from Colonial Williamsburg, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve actually been there.

Yesterday afternoon, Motor Man and I went with our friends, Bev and Bill. Bev wanted to see the Christmas decorations on the buildings. Like this:


And this:

window decor

They were all so beautifully done, and made with only natural materials: wheat, nuts, fruit, straw, pods, greenery, flowers, etc.

Although it was rather chilly, the weather was nice, and it was a beautiful time of day to visit Duke of Gloucester Street.

I love seeing the costumed interpreters.

blue coat

This gentleman was singing “O, Come All Ye Faithful”; his beautiful voice “carrying” quite a distance down the street.


And you know I found horses.

horses and carriage

And more horses:

blue carriage1

After a cool, leisurely hour-and-a-half walk, we headed back to the car just as the sun was beginning to set.

setting sun

(But I think Motor Man and I will visit again in the spring. Did you notice, in the picture of the blue carriage, how the two horses were looking at me? They were inviting us on a carriage ride…)

December Skies

The day after Christmas proved to be a rather miserable one, weather-wise, in our area. We awoke early Wednesday morning to strong winds and rain, and conditions didn’t improve as the day went on.

Folks commented that at least Christmas Day wasn’t rainy. It would seriously have hindered all the visiting the “Motor family” had to do.

These were the storm clouds late Wednesday afternoon, just as I was beginning to hear thunder in the distance.

storm clouds

Thunderstorms in southeast Virginia in December are somewhat rare.


Later, Motor Man and I traveled to Hampton for dinner with friends. The combination of storm clouds and the setting sun gave the sky an eerie appearance during our trip.  This was taken from the parking lot at the restaurant.


Just after I took that picture, we noticed a few employees from the restaurant pointing to the sky behind us. Motor Man “called it” even before we turned around.


I don’t recall ever seeing a more brilliant rainbow.


I could even make out Roy G Biv!

Wordless Wednesday: After Christmas “Special”

Sharing a few memories of our Christmas:

Watching for Santa

Little barefoot cousins

Christmas smiles

Christmas Eve Family “Portrait”

Christmas 2012

Merry Christmas to all of you from Motor Man, Marshall and me…

jr db marshall

Sundae, would you like to add your own purrsonal Christmas greeting?

cattitude in a hat

Oh, okay. To all my kittie and doggie furriends, I hope Santa Paws brought you lots of treats and toys. (And I hope you don’t have to wear a Santa hat.) And to all our human friends, I hope your Christmas is wrapped in love.


Just like mine.

Merry Christmas from all of us at These Days!

Random Thoughts And Pics

A few random thoughts and recent photos on this Christmas Eve:

Saturday, I made Oreo Balls for the first, but probably not the last, time.  Yummy recipe here (except I used white chocolate, rather than dark). Our friends came for a visit last night, and Nana and Papa gave Tanner a little taste.

tanner and oreo ball

He approved. Credit for the caption goes to Tanner’s dad, Joe.

"What? You've been keeping chocolate from me all this time?!"

“What? You’ve been keeping chocolate from me all this time?!”

Dear Santa….

db and horses

Okay, so these aren’t really REINdeer, but when we saw them in our yard Saturday afternoon, I was reminded of Santa’s trip tonight.


Merry Christmas Eve, everyone! Care to share any random holiday thoughts?

Friday’s Fences – Christmas Style

Remember a couple weeks ago, I shared pictures of the white picket fence in front of an antique shop in town?

Well, now, it’s all decked out for Christmas.

wharf hill night

Wharf Hill Antiques won First Place (People’s Choice Category) in historic Smithfield’s Decorating Contest this year.

Linking up to Friday’s Fences.

fridays fences