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Friday, January 27, 2012

Visions of Winter

Peace and Plenty

I'm sure glad I got out and took some pictures of our teeny tiny snow we had a couple of weeks ago, because it sure hasn't felt much like winter since then!

Come on in!

I'm trying really hard to embrace this whole winter thing......snowflakes...sparkly fake snow...

I'm doing all I can to move this season along, but nothing seems to help.  I am pretty sure though, that as soon as I take all of these winter decorations down and put up something green, we will have a foot of snow on the ground! 

I don't know why my pictures all turned out so blurry, I'm going to blame it on the old camera and be glad, because this way you can't see how dusty everything is!  Hope it wasn't too hard on your eyes!

I am thankful we are not dealing with fires, flooding, ice storms and some of the other mayhem that is pouring down on other parts of the country!  In spite of all my whining, I am thankful for my cozy, warm, and dry home, and hope you are all cozy and warm too!

Better get back to my real life...getting ready for my brunch girls tomorrow is good motivation  to clean up a little and bake some goodies... a Mexican casserole called Huevos Rancheros Casserole, Sopapilla Cheesecake, Tropical Fruit Bowl,and Chocolate Banana Bread. What a way to spend a cold dreary rainy Saturday...with the sweetest bunch of young stay at home moms, a morning full of glad chatter and food!

Have a wonderful winter weekend!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

C'mon Winter!


Well friends, today is the day.

I will be taking down my real Christmas tree.

When my hubby asked me a couple of days ago
whether I thought it was time...

I had to look long and hard to find

 a few branches hanging down.

Just a few.

This is one of the nice things about a Frasier Fir..

they keep thier lovely shape for weeks.
(Don't worry, I havn't had the lights on for a long time! Don't want to burn the house down!)

I had stuck several of the left over branches in jars with fake berries
and they still look great!

But alas,

It's time to move on.

I will leave the greenery and some berries up through February
and add the snowmen who don't look like Christmas decorations

to get me through winter.

I think it's fun to save the snowmen for winter decorating,
to keep things from feeling too bare
in January and February.

Snowmen and sparkly snowflakes!

It's been hard to get in the winter groove around here lately though,
The temps have been up into the 60's , with sunny mild days that found me

out in the yard pulling baby grass out of the flower beds
and turning the compost pile!

I had to keep reminding myself that

It's Winter

It was very tempting to start dreaming of spring
as I sat on the ground, running that soft black dirt
through my fingers!

So I say, COME ON WINTER....let's get this over with!

Here in Kansas, things are known to change quickly

You know, flip flops one day....snow boots the next!
I need some consistency!
If it's January...act like January!

The good news is...January is almost half over and that means

Winter ...your days are numbered!

I think I'll see how many great new soup recipes I can find...

...homemade bread anyone?

How about a head start on next year's Christmas gifts????

I will definitely

The winter afternoons between 3 and 5
are my favorite,
because the sun beams in and makes all of my sparkly winter decorations

and then I get to see this

 from my great room window!

Wherever you are
I hope you're enjoying winter...

embrace it!

You'll thank me later!

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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