Friday, January 6, 2017

Feeling the cold . . .


This is what I would like to be doing, sleeping and staying nice and toasty in my bed!  I have to say that I have been sleeping late though.  I will be happy when I am finally feeling like myself.  

It's been freezing cold here for the last week.  Most of the schools have been closed for the last two days, and from what the weatherman says, we haven't seen the end of it.  I know that most of the country is experiencing the same, or worse, so I'm not really complaining . . . :0)  I hope that everyone is hunkered down staying home and staying warm and dry.

When I look outside, it's very deceiving, the sun is shining and it looks like a beautiful warmer day than it actually is.  Right now, it's 5:07 p.m. and my phone is telling me that it's -2 degrees.  Brrrr!

The sunset is beautiful tonight, I love sunsets in winter.  How can that beautiful orange glow in the sky be so cold?!  

I have been wearing my fuzzy slippers today . . . so my feet are nice and warm.  We are having left-over chili for dinner, that will warm me up as well!  I'm just trying to debate whether to have it with baked potatoes . . . I think that sounds like a good thing.

I still have my Christmas decorations up, do you?  I plan on taking them down tomorrow, hopefully I will be feeling a little better.  I have my little pine trees in an old trunk with snowmen around the bottom.  I think I will leave them up through January.  I like having twinkly lights at night.  


Just wanted to leave you with a warm cozy song by, Elizabeth Mitchell, one of my favorite children's folk singers . . . happy Friday.

XOXO,
Barb

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

My thoughts for this new year . . .





It's definitely white outside . . . white as snow!  The wind is blowing, and it's really, really cold . . . brrrr!  A perfect way to start the new year, at least in Idaho.

Every year, like everyone else, I think of a few things I would like to change when a new year rolls around.  And, like everyone else (well most everyone), things stay the same.  I've never been good at change, so as I get older, and maybe wiser, I don't make resolutions for the new year, I just try a little harder, to be a little better.  

A few of my favorite things right now . . . 


The other day we were at my sisters house and  outside of her front door was the cutest little bench, covered with fresh snow . . . so cute!



Two old trays that I hung in my kitchen.  They truly make me smile every time I look at them.  


A glimpse at my husband plowing snow in the driveway.  It was so cold, I don't know how he stands it, but he can't stand to have the snow in his way!  It's not my favorite thing to see him out in the cold, but if he's happy . . . so am I!

Have a wonderful week!

XOXO,
Barb














Wednesday, December 28, 2016

And just like that . . . it was over . . .

Christmas this year just seemed to come and go so quickly.  I was diagnosed with pneumonia around the middle of December . . . and that was that.  My Christmas cheer went out the window, along with all of my energy.  I am feeling better . . . except for the energy part. . . I still take naps ;0)

My husband and I like to spend Christmas Eve with our children and grand children, and then, let them spend Christmas Day at home with their children.  If the weather is good we will go visit them on Christmas Day, and if not, we all spend the day cozy and warm in our own houses . . . making memories.

This year we decided that we would all go to my sons home, and as you can see, no one had any problems finding the food!  Isn't it funny how we always seem to gather in the kitchen!


Clara and Tanner, doing what kids do!

Something was either funny . . . or yucky, not sure which!



After we got home on Christmas Eve, it started to snow, and it snowed, and it snowed!  Twelve inches later, we were pretty much snowed in on Christmas Day!  Bob shoveled enough off of the back step so Cole could find the step to go outside. It was very deep, and he doesn't do . . . deep.  It was perfect for Christmas, watching the snow fall was just fine with me . . . it was a beautiful day.


A friend of mine gave me this beautiful Amaryllis for my birthday in November.  I was so excited to see what it would look like.  This one had at least six beautiful blossoms.  In this photo there are three, two in the back and one in the front.  I think it's about done with it's blooming, but I have enjoyed it sooooo much!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  I hope you were all filled with the love and peace that the season brings, and are looking forward to the new year, with hope!

XOXO,
Barb


Friday, December 9, 2016

Christmas Home . . .

It's finally starting to feel like Christmas!  Last night it started to snow, and this morning we woke up to maybe 1-2 inches.  It's not much, but it makes me feel like it's time to start celebrating!


My husband and I put up the little trees in the old trunk . . . I guess I could call it a . . . tree trunk?!  I love the look of it, and it doesn't take up as much room as my big tree, which will be put up and decorated downstairs. 




I have a small snowman collection, which I treasure, so I put them under the trees.  Some of these snowmen were given to me by very dear friends. A few of  those special friends have passed, so it makes these little snowmen, even more special to me.  At one time, I had a very large snowman collection,  but I cut back, and now I only have those that have a special meaning to me.  


As I get older, I find that it's not necessary to do as much decorating as I used to do.  But, I still like to put lights on my old hutch, it just makes my dining room feel cozy and warm.



Another favorite of mine is my little Christmas church that my daughter gave me, it just makes me happy to see that little candle glowing through the glass.  And I would never forget to have Santa's watch where all my little grands can check it, to find out the exact hour that Santa will make his big appearance at their house!


And last, but definitely not least, my old nativity.  I have had this little Nativity set for at least 35 years, and I never get tired of looking at it and remembering that this is the reason for the season.  It can sometimes get lost in the hustle and bustle of shopping and planning.  But, it's important for me to stop and reflect on Christ, and make sure that while I am busy preparing and doing, that I am also, preparing and doing the things that I need to do, to keep that very special spot in my heart just for Him, on Christmas Day . . . and every day. 

I hope everyone is having a safe Christmas season.  I see so many tragic things happening around the country and pray that you are all safe and sound.

XOXO,
Barb

Friday, December 2, 2016

My Daybook . . .



For Today . . . December 2, 2016.  Where did the time go?  I can't believe it's already December!

Outside my Window . . .  We have snow, not much, but it made the ground white!  It's cold as well, with highs only getting into the 20's.  I do love it when it snows, I just don't like slick roads, but I'm safe and sound in my warm house so I'm happy.


I'm Thankful . . . I'm very thankful for all the blessings that I am given each day, but especially for my family, my friends and my faith.  Each one of these things keeps me putting one foot in front of the other when I wake up each morning.  I'm also thankful for each of you, for all you share,  and the smile you put on my face each time I turn on the computer!

I'm Creating . . . Oh, I have big plans, I promise . . . but not right now . . . :0)  On the other hand, look what my kids gave me for my birthday!  They had it "created" for me, and I love it!  It's a book of  the first year of my blog  I cherish it!


I'm Going . . . I'm going nowhere if I can help it!  But, I am going to show you a few more photos from our river trip . . .



Bob caught the first fish, I was sorry to see that he wasn't very happy about it . . . ;0)  It was a big one, 31 inches, 14 pounds!


I walked down to the river one afternoon and took a picture of the river - so pretty!  I miss it already!


This is a picture of our camp.  There were four couples, boy, did we have fun!


I call this, Indian Head Rock.  Can you see why?!  Every morning I would look at it and smile as he sat on the hill with his, pine tree feather.  I like to think that he was watching over us while we were there.  And yes, the sky was that blue!


And this huge rock, looks like a rabbit - Rabbit Rock!



While we were there, we had a super moon, it was so beautiful!  I love it when I can see the moon in the daytime, and then again when the sun goes down.


This is a picture of 5 of the 8 fish that were caught on this trip.  We split them up so that each couple took home 2 fish.  My husband loves to smoke them, and they are delicious.  We also like to keep some just to broil or grill.  Yum, Can't wait until next year!


One day after we got home, I looked up at the sun and saw this . . . a ring around the sun.  I think it means a storm was coming.  We did have a little bit of a cold front come through the next day, but I thought it looked kind of cool.

I'm Wondering . . . While I am typing this post, I'm listening to Christmas music on,  The Mormon Channel, and wondering why I don't listen to Christmas music all year long, it's just so beautiful!!  

I'm Hoping . . . I'm hoping like everyone else, that I can hurry and get my Christmas shopping done! I love shopping for people I love, but I'm always so happy when it's wrapped and under the tree.  

I"m Remembering . . . Many years ago, I was in charge of a Christmas program at our church.  That same Christmas, our sweet, Averi, was diagnosed with a life threatening illness, so I had to turn it over to someone else.  This sweet couple took it over, and I heard it was wonderful.  A few years later, he passed away, suddenly, at a fairly young age, we were all devastated.  He had a wonderful voice, and sang in a local band.  This was one of the songs that his wife told me he always sang at Christmastime to his children, while he played his guitar. . . I can't hear it without thinking of him.  He is missed.


In the Kitchen . . . I have ham and beans cooking away on the stove.  It just sounded like that kind of day.  I might get busy and make a batch of rolls to go with it.

A favorite Quote for Today . . . I can so Identify with this quote!

"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, 
and to have my senses put in order."
~John Muir~



XOXO,

Barb