Friday, December 25, 2009

The Whole Year

I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day. We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year. As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year.
- David Grayson
American author and journalist (1870-1946)

Merry Christmas

From the gang at Shades of Blue.

Have a jolly day.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The NJ gift

Snowden and Grasshopper look forward to gifts from their Titis in NJ.
The bell rang...

Signed for, the package was quickly opened...

They might have an idea of the thing is...

Ta da.... It is the long awaited for games playable on the DSI soon to come too.
Thanks so much.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Goodies from Mary

Mary is a fantastic baker.
This year, my Christmas gift was this tray of exquisite sweets.

I am partial to the lemon cookies here, the round ones right
above the word "lemon".
Thanks Mary.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Deck the Halls

Although the start was slow, we managed to do some decorating.

Frosty the greeter.

A desert plant fits with the design scheme.

The Africa corner.

Snow globes make me happy.

Books for children who lost their house in a fire.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas Gift Suggestions

Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.
- Oren Arnold American editor and free-lance writer (1900-1980)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Cloved Oranges

Saturday afternoon was spent on Christmas traditions, old and new. This is a new one. The oranges are homegrown, TJ's parents have a tree in their backyard.
He grabbed the cloves on a trip to the supermarket.

Snowden was excited to make her own designs.

My station was ready too.

Snowden's creation. I did remember Sarah's advice and I was careful with my fingers. It really was fun.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Fall sunrise in AZ

The traditional Fall looking tree is hard to find in these parts.
And that makes the ones we find really special.

Here's one. Love the color.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Fun things to do for the Holidays

I am trying to incorporate some relaxing activities in my otherwise harried days.
I want to find my own new Holiday traditions that represent serenity.

I found one shown above. I have never tried this but will do so this year.
Find your favorites on the Safeway website.
Happy Holiday Season to you.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas at Walter Reed

As you sit down to prepare your Holiday cards, save a few for a soldier at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

We did. The mailing address is above.

Sunday, December 13, 2009


Windows are forces that connect worlds.
Some windows bring wellness and comfort as does my kitchen window. The lamp spreads just the right amount of light. The coffee grounds being collected will feed the tomato and pepper plants. The cups remind me of summer days at the movies and the ballpark. The plants signify life. And beyond the window lies a place of fun and togetherness.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Come as you are

God does not wait for us to become perfect and in possession of only high, pure thoughts and unmixed motives before [moving] through us. God waits only for the sign of faith.
- Eugenia Price, American novelist and community activist (1916-1996)

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Essential items

The makeup bag, the tape, and the papers of the day.
This is what I see as I look to my right as I drive.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009


I prepared spinach sauted with tomatoes from my garden.
I love the feel of vegetables.

The tomatoes are bursting with flavor. I love having them growing in the garden.