Sunday, December 9, 2018

Sunday Stealing

1. Favorite novel and author?

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers is my all time favorite book and Francine is one of my most favorite authors.

2 .Favorite perfume/scent?
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I am a big fan of lavender and have been since I was very young.  And, I have found a lavender perfume and lotion that I really like.  It's a lavender/vanilla mix, very light and airy.

3. Coffee or tea?

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COFFEE!!!! My day begins with a hot, hot cup of coffee and everything is uphill from there.

4. Are you a cat or dog person?

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I am neither.  But, if I were either, I would most definitely be a dog person and I would have  a mini Goldendoodle.  They are the most precious dogs (in my opinion) ever created.  But, I only want one when I want it, and that's not how it works so I'll continue to be neither. ~smile~

5. Which mythical creature would you transform into if you could?
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 My little 3 year old Granddaughter loves Unicorns so it would make her very happy if her CiCi became one.

6. Favorite time period?

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 I was not alive during the Roaring 20's but I know I would have enjoyed living during that time.  The fashion and economic good times were a perfect mix.

7. Name 3 films that have changed your life and have shaped you into the person you are today.

There are no films that have shaped me into the person I am today.  I would give that credit to my precious parents and to my Lord.

8. Diamonds or pearls?

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I love them both but guess if I have to pick, diamonds would win.  I mean, who doesn't like something that sparkles? 

9. What’s your biggest dream?
Right now my biggest dream is a world of peace where love prevails.

10. Dream destination?
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I have always wanted to go to Bnaff, Canada and stay at the Fairmont Hotel. I'll keep it on my bucket list and it may or may not happen.

11. Favorite fictional character?

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I don't really have a favorite fictional character but if I did, Micky would probably be it.  He's such a cute and happy guy and known the world over.

12. Share a quote or passage that means something to you.
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This has been proven to me over and over again throughout my life.

13. What’s your favorite plant/flower?
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I love all kinds of flowers but Gerbera Daisies are some of my favorites due to their bright colors.  They make such a beautiful bouquet.

14. Do you prefer the forest or the ocean? why?

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I like the wide open expanse of the ocean and I'm pretty afraid of the creepy crawly things that could be in a forest.

15. What do you value most in people? 

Image result for quotes on caring few people care anymore, for others or for things.  Nothing matters more than caring for someone and their needs. Caring pretty much summarized the ministry of Jesus.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

The Saturday 9

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: I'm Gonna Put Some Glue 'Round the Christmas Tree (So Santa Will Stick Around All Year) (1954)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

I've never, ever heard of this song.

1) This week's featured songstress, Peggy King, sings that she'd like to extend the Christmas season all year. How about you? Do you wish the season was longer? Shorter? Or do you think things are fine as they are?

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I think the season is plenty long enough, just right.  You can have too much of a good thing so let's just leave it as it's always been.

2) She specifically mentions toys. Have you purchased/will you purchase any toys as holiday gifts 

this year?

Yes, our 3 year old Grandson will be getting this toy.

3) Search for "glue" on The Home Depot's website and you'll get more than 3,000 results. There's heavy-duty adhesives, all-purpose glue, clear epoxy, wood glue, and more. Do you currently have glue in your home? If yes, how many kinds? 

I use plain ole Elmer's more than anything else, but I also have Super Glue.  Hubby probably has any glue known to mankind in his shop.

4) What's the last thing you used glue for?

It was some decorative glass piece that was broken.  Tried as I might to glue it back together it just did not work.  It went to the trash.

5) This week's featured artist, Peggy King, was a TV staple in the 1950s. With her perpetually upbeat persona, she was known as "Pretty, Perky Peggy King." Do you consider yourself upbeat, aka "perky?"  
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Yes, I would say that I am a pretty perky and upbeat person and think most anyone that knows me would say the same. Who wants to be a "Debbie Downer?" Not me!

6) Ms. King got her start singing radio jingles for Hunt's tomato sauce. Prepared tomato sauce, properly stored, can safely be kept in the refrigerator for days. Do you have any leftovers in your refrigerator right now?

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There are 2 pieces of pizza left over from the other night and that's all the leftovers we have at this time.

7) Her biggest movie role was in Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955). Do you watch scary movies and shows all year around? Only at Halloween? Or not at all?

Scary movies have never been watch are enjoyed at this house.  Now, a good suspense movie is another story but scary, no.

8) In 1954, the year this record was released, President Eisenhower dedicated the Marine Corps. Iwo Jima Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, just outside of Washington DC. If you were to play tourist in our nation's capital, what site would you be certain to visit?

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I have been to Washington D.C. 3 times and I would tell anyone going to visit to be sure they go to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  It is so, so impressive!

9) Random question: Which of these common household items would you miss most if it suddenly went on the fritz -- your bedside lamp or your hair dryer? 

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Definitely my L'ange hair dryer.  I can make it without a bedside light but I'm not sure if I could without my blow dryer.~chuckle~

Only 17 days till Christmas.........

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Wednesday Medley

It's Wednesday and Terrie has once again come up with some questions with us for us.  Here's my answers........

1.     On December 5, 1901, Walt Disney was born.  Have you been to Disneyland or Disney World?  Can you share a favorite Disney memory?
Our family has been 4 or 5 times and our last time was last summer (2017) when we took the Grans and their parents. It was great to take the Grans but I really feel like DW is a bit over rated.  Yes, it is a fun place, a VERY clean place but there is so much to see and do in the US that I feel parents often choose Disney over other great destinations.  AND, IT IS SO EXPENSIVE!!!! I have no plans to ever return, "been there, done that, and have gotten several t-shirts."

2.     The first roller coaster attraction at Walt Disney World was Space Mountain.  Do you/did you like roller coasters?
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I have not cared for roller coasters for probably 40 years.  I remember riding a few in my teen years but I wised up and left that to those a bit more fearless than myself.

3.     The very first fairy tale that Walt Disney made a cartoon about was Little Red Riding Hood.  Did you enjoy fairy tales when you were a youngster or did they scare you?  Did you have a favorite?
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Well, I knew every word of Little Red Riding Hood and absolutely loved it.  I loved other fairy tales as well but LRRH was by far my favorite.  I loved the part where "the fox huffed and he puffed till he blew the house down."  

4.     In Lady and the Tramp, Tramp’s real name was Butch!  Do you have nicknames for your fur-babies and/or for your children?
We do not have any fur babies, they stayed with the buyers who bought our old house. I call my firstborn Granddaughter "my Princess" and my second born Granddaughter, "my Sweetheart."  That is as close to nicknames as we get around here.

5.     I can’t let this day go by without respecting George H.W. Bush, as he lays in state in the Rotunda of our Capital today.  He was our 41st President and only the second father to have a son follow him as President of the United States.  President Bush loved his colorful socks.  I bought Joe a pair of George H.W. Bush socks for Christmas one year.  I know Myra has a pair… any other bloggers checking in today who have a pair of the Presidential socks in a drawer at home?  How do you feel about colorful socks?
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No Presidential socks in our house but I do love colorful socks and it seems men are especially "into" them.  I may need to get Hubby a couple pair for Christmas and see if he would wear them. ~grin~

6.     Please tell us something random about your week!
I had a not so pleasant experience yesterday at a doctor's office.  I needed a very common prescription refilled and I had to see the Dr. to get it refilled.  I've been taking this drug for years and as I said, it is a common drug and I do not see the need in having to see the Dr. each year just to keep taking it.  But, it is what it is so I made my annual appointment. My appointment was for 12:30 and apparently the other 7 people in the waiting room appointments were at 12:30 too (as they didn't even start seeing patients until 12:30).  I sat down and within minutes a man began uttering curse words one right after the other and another man joined in with him for all to hear.  Together they were cursing and talking ugly and nasty about their appointment times and how long they always had to wait to see the Dr.  I was getting my fill of it when another man walked in and the receptionist told him to have a seat.  He went off with a rampage of words that would have made the toughest man blush.  And, a woman sitting near me thought it was so funny and was laughing at them.  By this time I was about to absolutely blow a fuse.  I went to the window and asked the receptionist if I could speak to her in private. She opened the door for me to come back and I told her that I was leaving that I would not continue to sit in the waiting room and listen to such filth.  She knew exactly what I was talking about and said she certainly understood and was so very sorry that these men were behaving in such a manner.  A couple of nurses overheard our conversation and apologized profusely and said they were going to get me some free samples of the prescription I was there to get filled.  That was fine and I appreciated it but I was so appalled at the behavior of these folks that it took me a couple of hours to get myself back on track.  I guess I'll never cease to be amazed at what some folks will say and do and not care who sees or hears them.  Heaven help us all!  I do believe there should be a protocol for folks behaving in such a way in a public place.  My husband owns a business and there have been some times that he has asked folks to leave that were behaving in an unbecoming manner.  There is a correct way to state your grievances. 

Happy Wednesday!!!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Touches of Christmas

In the past few years I call what I do for Christmas decorating, "touches of Christmas."  I do not decorate every inch of our home but just have a few touches here and there and our tree.  I have just about done every type of decorating over the years.  I have decorated almost every inch of our home and everything in-between.  

I use a few plaques and platters on easels for a nice presentation.  And, I do love this Santa with his bag filled to the brim.  And, the elves and talking bear await the Grans, he recites the Night Before Christmas.

I always have some live poinsettia's and they look so good on my pretty beaded table runner.  This picture of the lantern is not good and you can not really see how pretty it is but you'll just have to take my word for it. ~smile~  And, this Mr. and Mrs. Santa is probably 25-30 years old and I love it!  I had a big collection of the United Santa's at one time but gave the kids some and sold the rest.  This is the only one I have now.  

I love my dining table decor!  I used all mercury glass and mirrors with silver glitter candles.  I love the look with the cherry and mahogany furniture.

And, here's the tree!!!  Oh, my, I won't tell you all the details about getting this new tree, but I decided to "spring" for a tree from Balsam Hill this year.  And, I didn't make my decision until Thanksgiving day and ordered it that afternoon.  I needed it desperately the following Thursday as that was the day the "tree fairy" was coming.  Well,  I got an email and text telling me the tree would be delivered on Wednesday, the day before I needed it, by Fed. Ex.   That would definitely work.  It was getting later and later in the day last Wednesday and I was getting quite stressed that Fed Ex had not delivered the tree.  So, I just might have chased the Fed Ex truck down the street to see if my tree was on his truck.  He was the nicest guy and bless his heart, he called all the other Fed Ex trucks delivering to our area and found the one with my tree on it.  It was delivered at 4:58 PM and my husband's office closes at 5:00PM.  Sorry, guess I did tell you the details of getting my tree.  Anyway, I'm most pleased with it.  It has LED lights and they are BRIGHT, almost too bright but hopefully they will last until I'm ready for a tabletop tree. ~chuckle~

I love a welcoming entrance and always try to have that look at our home.  I chose red and silver  and love the look.

I'm very pleased with my "touches of Christmas" and hope you enjoyed seeing them.  Wish I could have all of you over for a holiday gathering and a time of visiting.  What fun!  Thanks for stopping by, I love my readers!!!!  You are the best! 

Monday, December 3, 2018

The Blended Blog Asks............

And, once again, the Blended Blog gals have come up with some great questions to kick off the month of December. 

1. Candy Canes? Yes or No
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I do like Peppermint a lot but I cannot remember the last time I ate a candy cane.  I diffuse Peppermint oil, love Peppermint Bark and Peppermint mixed with chocolate.  But, guess the candy cane would not really be a favorite.  I always buy a few and have them here for the Grans.

2. Christmas morning early riser or sleep in? 
I am up between 6:00 and 6:30 but we do not have anything going on at our house Christmas morning.  We do go over to our son's and see what the girlies have gotten from Santa and then have breakfast with them.  Typically I am an early riser, 5:15 - 5:30.

3. Did you shop on Black Friday? Yes or No
I could not tell you when I have ever been shopping on black Friday until this year.  My sister in law was here and we did go to a couple of places but neither place was crazy or insane.  We got what we went after and came home. 

4. Christmas Tree up in November? Yes or No
Here's a sneak peek of our tree. (I'll be doing a post on our Christmas decor this week)  I put it up on November 29th and will take it down on Christmas day.

5. Do you get Holiday ideas from Pinterest? Yes or No 
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I do like/enjoy Pinterest but I do not use it all that often.  I have not looked at it in a couple of months, so I sure haven't gotten any holiday ideas from it yet. 

6. Christmas Glam or Ugly Sweater?
I'm not into ugly sweaters at all.  Give me a pretty glamorous Christmas sweater and I'll enjoy wearing it.  I have 3-4 very attractive Christmas sweaters that I enjoy wearing.

7. Stocking Stuffers: Wrapped or Unwrapped?

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I use to go all out with Christmas stockings but haven't in recent years.  I would fill Christmas buckets for the kids with all kinds of goodies, unwrapped. It was fun and they loved it but once Grans came along the focus became more on them.  I might do them stockings one day but for now, I do not do them for anyone.  I do have beautiful needlepoint stockings for our family like the ones show above. 

8. Traditional or Modern Christmas Songs?
I will take a mixture of both because I enjoy all Christmas music.

9. Fruitcake? Yes or No
I have never, ever cared for regular fruitcake.  Now, icebox fruitcake is another story.  I love it but only as long as it just has cherries and pecans in it.  Don't ruin it with raisins or dates or any other strange ingredient. 
~picky, picky~

10. Is your Christmas Shopping Finished? Yes or No?

Yes, I am finished but still have a few to wrap.  I was staying caught up with the wrapping but the gifts got ahead of me last week.  I probably have about 6-8 to wrap and I'll be through.  

11. Is there Snow in December where you live? 
This was our backyard and the pond about 3 weeks ago and it was mid November.  So, I suppose it certainly could snow in Dec. 

12. Classic Show: A Charlie Brown Christmas or Rudolph? 

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That's a tough choice since they are both such classics.  But, I'd have to go with Charlie Brown, just because.

Have a great first week of December!!!