Monday, December 24, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Having read a number of blogger's pleas for a simplified holiday season, I am convinced organization is essential for enjoyment during this busy time of the year. This countdown list provided by the Washington Post may serve as a guide for your holiday preparations. Perhaps setting up a wrapping station in your home may seem excessive, however the mention may serve to remind that you will need papers, scissors, tape, ribbons and assorted garnishments for gifts. Ridding the refrigerator of aged foods to make room for leftovers was my favorite suggestion.
photo credit: www.englishcountryliving.com
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
|You Are a Fruitcake!|
And get ready, you're about to get tossed!
What Crappy Christmas Gift are you?
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, the subject of fruitcake came up. What exactly is it made of? Why do people call others a "fruitcake"? Does anyone really eat a fruitcake? What to do with a fruitcake if you receive one over the holidays. Interesting.
Seems I am one!
Friday, November 23, 2007
1. Egg nog or hot chocolate?
Hot chocolate, no doubt...made with real milk. Egg nog contains raw eggs. Ew.
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Gifts are wrapped and placed under the tree. Santa was "exposed" many years ago...lol.
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? Clear lights that do not sparkle are the best and closely resemble the original, traditional lighting for Christmas trees, the candle.
4. Do you hang mistletoe?
No, but it sounds like fun!
5. When do you put your decorations up?
I begin directly after Thanksgiving. It takes many days to complete, however. The Christmas tree is purchased first, then placed in a bucket of water in the back yard until I get around to placing it indoors adding the embellishments.
6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
Stuffing made with apples and raisins. It just tastes so great with the sweet addition.
7. Favorite holiday memory as a child? Santa Claus flying outside the house awaiting all children to fall asleep and make his deliveries. All that tacky tinsel that was popular in the 50's and 60's.
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? Truth about Santa??
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? This year, my family and I will be in Florida for Christmas and a big tree is not an option. I do have a small version to display, however. When decorating the tree usually, I use white lights and lots of them, many small wooden, wax and pewter ornaments collected from my years of living in Germany.
11. Snow: love it or hate it?
I love a freshly fallen blanket of snow. I love to turn on the back spotlights and watch it fall from the sky at night so very quietly.
12. Can you ice skate?
I love to ice skate. I own my own blades.
13. Do you remember your favorite gift? hmmm.no, cannot recall an especially fave gift.
14. What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you? Happy times with friends and family.
15. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
Pumpkin anything...pie, cheesecake, bread
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? tree, Christmas music, live greenery everywhere, amaryllis and paperwhites, boxwood wreaths, pomanders
17. What tops your tree?
A straw angel purchased in Germany where the Christmas tree (tannenbaum) originated .
18. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving?
19. What is your favorite Christmas song? God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan
20. Candy canes:
Red and white striped in the shape of a cane.
21. Favorite Christmas movie? The Polar Express
22. What do you leave for Santa? Cookies and milk accompanied by a carrot for the reindeer. In the morning, the cookies are gone and the carrot has been nibbled upon.
photo credit: Matthew Mead
Thursday, November 15, 2007
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Friday, August 31, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
I finish the projects as either pillows or framed pictures for the wall.
No painted canvas is necessary. Blank canvas which is blocked off with a pencil, needle,scissors, a selection of five colors for the persian yarns and another choice for the background is all that is needed.
Makes a fabulous and well-appreciated gift for special friends and family members.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard Paul Simon
I Can’t Get You Off of my Mind Bob Dylan
Days Like This Van Morrison
Blue Money Van Morrison
Delta Lady Joe Cocker
Roundabout (acoustical version) Yes
The Henney Buggy Band Sufjan Stevens
Black Horse and a Cherry Tree KT Tunstall
Cry Me a River Joe Cocker
Everything Michael Buble
Tusk Fleetwood Mac
Suddenly I See KT Tunstall
Thursday, August 23, 2007
After completing all stitching on the canvas, I send them off to be finished as belts, making fabulous personally-appointed gifts for special people in my life. Palm trees and hammocks between with a little boy reading a book was made for the dau, beer bottle labels for the son.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Lately, photos of and commentary on my diminutive, yet functional deck have appeared on the teaorwine blog. Paradise Found: Gardening in Unlikely Places, by Rebecca Cole supplies insight for those designing this sort of outdoor space. My deck would be sophomoric in contrast to those outdoor spaces created by Ms. Cole. Even so, I enjoy strolling through the pages of this book from time to time.
Fabulous, full-color photos shot by Helen Norman of garden and architectural ornaments, roof-top terraces, outdoor furnishings, watering cans, container plantings, pots made of clay, concrete, galvanized metal filled with lush perennials, shrubs and vines, pergolas, porches, lighting, decks, fences, birdbaths, stone walls, steps and stairways are evidence of Ms. Cole’s ventures, more often than not in Manhattan.
Beneficial lists offer valuable information to practicing gardeners. These include preparing containers, a formula for arranging the most pleasing number of plants placed in groups, pointers for designing plantings in containers, laying a stone walkway, how to ready plants and containers for frosty temperatures (She suggests using bubble wrap around the containers as an insulator!).
I am partial to the way RC juxtaposes aged flea market finds (aka antiques, in some circles) and plant life to create harmonious surroundings. A glass of iced tea or wine, and a heap of reading material and I may well be comfortable and content at any of her locations!
It would be worth checking this book out while the temperatures remain warm outside.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Amaryllis bulbs growing long strappy leaves before taking a nap in the basement for most of the winter. In the spring, I place them in a sunny location and begin watering again for a new set of blooms.
Rosemary and cast-iron fleur-de-lis.
"Summer afternoon... the two most beautiful words in the English language. "
Ivy topiary and Boston fern which come back every year to look gorgeous.