Thursday, December 31, 2020

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

T Stands for Teaticket

 

This card is from my teacher, Gerry Jackson Kerdok. When I saw the card, I knew I had to use it as my tea ticket for the Tea post. See what I did there? šŸ˜ŗ

This year, Gerry moved to a bungalow, seaside home. The name of the village is Teaticket. So cute and perfect for my post.

Gerry's card is not only a Christmas card, but doubles as a we've moved card. So clever Through the magic of Paint Shop Pro, I used some of the holly and berries from Gerry's card to cover the address.

Drop by hosts, Bleubeard and Elizabeth’s blog to find out what the rest of the T gang is up to. If you want to play, include a beverage or beverage container in your post. Don’t forget to link your blog from Bleubeard and Elizabeth’s page.

Monday, December 28, 2020

Happy Mail

 From the Land of Here There Be 


(that's pretty much anywhere outside of Boston)


Dragon stamps and a card with Santa's sleigh being pulled by dragons from Finnbadger from Envelope 100


A gorgeous, flourished and sparkly envelope from Kathy Milici one of the instructors I studied with at Enders Island 


A beautiful flourished wreath with a Blackletter variation from one of my students, Bob B.


A delightful card featuring Little Robin and her pal, Throckmartin from Robin at Pink House Studios. The puppy butt just cracked me up and sums up 2020 perfectly


MB a friend I met in classes at Enders Island sent a lovely card with acanthus leaves

Thank you all for brightening up the mail in my mailbox.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

How Does Your Garden Grow?

 


Cold and still a lot of snow


Mole holes by the bird feeder?


The Bunny Trail


And then the rains came and all the snow washed away. Fortunately, it didn't wash away into the basement.



Christmas Night and 50 oF outside!


Out came the sun and dried up all the rain. The bunny having breakfast.


Sunshine on solar panels powering the house


High winds from the rain storm brought down some branches, but didn't down trees or power lines in my area.


The only pile of snow left is where the plow pushed the snow. Dedo doesn't look happy.


After the warm, the deep freeze.


With a high wind warning for the storm, I took in the garden flag.

It was time to change it anyway.


Here's to 2021





Saturday, December 26, 2020

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies

 This idea came from a Facebook meme:
Over 10 days, post your 10 all time favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays šŸ˜ø in semi-alphabetical order my favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.


Up Close and Personal (1996) Robert šŸ˜» Redford, Michelle Pfeiffer

If you haven't seen this movie, you can find it for rent on YouTube


Friday, December 25, 2020

The Friday Five Good Things

 

Five good things that happened this week.

1. The television in the living room came with Chromecast, but it was a pain to operate so Himself ordered a new Roku device. It arrived and he installed it. 

2. The Young One and I played hairdresser. She cut Himself's hair and my hair. I cut her hair.

3. The Eldest sent a beautiful floral arrangement.

4. We played Elves and drove around delivering gifts to Himself's Brother. I hung the bag on the doorknob and rang the bell. Himself belted out the opening bars of "Jingle Bells" on the car horn. Our SIL answered the door as I got to the car so we yelled Merry Christmas at each other. We dropped off a package at The Nephew. No doorbell ringing or car horn tooting. We didn't want to wake the littles if it was naptime. At the Brother's, I got caught on the Ring doorbell. We ended up having a nice little visit outside and catching up with The Brother and Wife.

5. I baked awesome cinnamon rolls. They were supposed to be for breakfast, but I started them a little too late so we had them in the afternoon.

How was your week? I hope you're having a lovely Christmas, Blessed Yule, or just enjoying a relaxing Friday and the start of a long weekend.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

T Stands For The Christmas Pageant

 While I love our Christmas trees, the decorations that really make my heart sing are the figures that make up the Christmas pageant


A traditional creche with a touch, okay, a lot of whimsy thrown in. The pageant was displayed on my mother's hope chest, but with a few new additions each year, I was running out of room. The dining room table became the perfect location to spread out a bit.

The Young One also enjoys the silliness of the pageant tradition. She graciously contributed to the merriment with an assortment of her treasures. The theme has always been everyone is welcome.


She added her Dodo Bird. I asked her to make me a small, gargoyle like my garden, Dedo, to protect the stable.


When she was little, Grandpa (my dad) collected tiny figurines from boxes of Red Rose tea. My parents drank gallons of Red Rose so Dad could collect all the circus figures, wild animals, and domestic animals. He gave them to The Young One as she loved to play with the little figures which she called her chinas. Two china kitties take a cat nap at the edge of the stable.


Since this is tea day, Hat shares her teacup with the Granpa.


The Young One also hand-sewed a pair of felt cardinals


When the Young One was a teen and in college, she was an aide at the Worcester Art Museum. In one of the sculpting classes, the instructor let her play along, and she made a gargoyle. When the gargoyle was not in the pageant, he lived in the studio on top of the computer tower. The table got bumped. The gargoyle jumped and his wings and horns broke off. I bought some Crayolo Model Magic, an air dry type of clay, and asked the Young One if she could make me another larger gargoyle. She even added fangs and eyes. 

Drop by hosts, Bleubeard and Elizabeth’s blog to find out what the rest of the T gang is up to. If you want to play, include a beverage or beverage container in your post. Don’t forget to link your blog from Bleubeard and Elizabeth’s page.