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More Embroidery and Some Flowers

Well, the presents are mostly wrapped! I am so proud of myself!
Although they are not under the tree...we feared that would be too much for an 18 month old pup....so they are in different spots in the room, grouped by person.....
So, with gifts under control, it's all about fun!
Yup, there's that "time" thing that has become my mantra!
So, I am giving myself the gift of time....to sew, to play, to enjoy whatever comes my way.
It is after all what retirement is about, right??
Yes, my kids do tend to think we have nothing to do....LOL....but we are more available to babysit etc....so we have been doing a great deal of that.
Hubby even watched the two boys for a couple of hours so my daughter and I could go to a little party....that was great fun...
My paper whites and white amaryllis have opened....can't wait for the red ones to open!

And, I am now designing a Christmas quilt to have for next year! Yes, for next year, because its not going to be ready until then..…
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Adding to the Christmas Decor, One Stitch at a Time

I am happy that most of my presents have been purchased, and though only a few are wrapped, I now have time to play.
I am waiting for the quilt I made for my daughter and son-in-law to be quilted. The quilter had her machine break down and got another...which also didn't work. So she is two weeks behind. Ugh, I probably will be stitching the binding on into the quilt long into the night....
In the meantime, I have been "playing". It is part of centering myself for the holiday season.
It is important, I have to say, that each of us take the time for us. In any little way. What gives you that relaxed feeling?  A craft? A book? A nap?
Well, yesterday I decided to put everything aside and work on something for us.
I had purchased some old linen...I think it was from the '50s...
In any case, it had age spots, but I bought it anyway, after talking the owner down.
It had wonderful woven in stripes and begged to be used....
So, I chose two of three of the designs by JuJu...

A Little Christmas Cheer

I have learned over the years...simple is better for our tastes. I love looking at homes that are completely done...top to bottom and am amazed by the people and their energy. I have tried to keep up with Christmas decor and for years we had a Christmas village set up with lights and such, but now that everyone is moved out and its just the two of us...we found it exhausting....to put up and take down all the decor. So, simple.
Here is the decor so far out front.....
I bought this new Christmas flag....
 I bought this pillow from Pottery Barn this year....I had to have it! I have such a pup...

 Note...their pillow forms are a unique size...I ended up having to buy it...
And the wreath I've had for years...is getting a little worn...but I still love it....
I have just started decorating inside, but then again it isn't even December yet, so it will happen...and I will keep you up to date....
Nancy

Lessons We Learn as We Get Older....

I was raised by a Mother from New York. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas had to be perfect, the proper plates, glasses, silverware etc at the main meal. I grew up believing that is THE way to do it. But guess what? I discovered this year it isn't. A relaxed hostess, makes a relaxed atmosphere.
Yup, I had decided this year to get as much done ahead as possible, so when guests arrived I could enjoy them. I had heard such advice from people like Ina Gartner the famous cook who has written dozens of books. But never really put it in place, until yesterday.
It's really true...if you are relaxed and happy so will those who enter your home...
This year I went with really big dinner plates (they were from a thrift store...big Crate and Barrel plates) and simple place settings. I had a dinner fork, knife and spoon. I did have water glasses in addition to the wine glasses...but instead of filling every water glass...I put water in two bottles on the table. I embraced the "help you…

A Simpler Thanksgiving

For years, I would scurry around all Thanksgiving day doing this and that. Make the stuffing, make the cranberry sauce, make turkey, make potatoes, cream the onions, create popovers, and try to pull it all together. I delegated where I could, it still seemed too much.
This year I am doing something different.
I have been chipping away at the dinner list ....early.
I chop the stuffing ingredients tonight....the bread part I did yesterday getting my yummy bread ready to be stuffing....
Yesterday, I made the cranberry sauce...its in the fridge.
Today, I am using a different creamed onions recipe and making it tonight....then I will reheat it.
Instead of using the roaster this year, which makes a mediocre turkey, I am roasting in the oven. I know sounds harder, but I am making the popovers first tomorrow...and I am using a mix! Yup, Stonewall Kitchens has the best popover mix and it doesn't fail...
Everyone is bringing a dish...so all I have to do is make the mashed potatoes  and grav…

A New Buffet

Many of you know my kitchen...I had a trio of pieces on the side for wine, storage, etc...They were ok, but totally mismatched and different heights.
We made do for years. Yes, years. We never do anything fast....
I wanted to remedy the situation for about 7 years.
I looked, and looked and looked for a buffet that would serve the purpose I had in mind.
It needed shelves to hold wine...it needed drawers for my Nespresso pods...
I didn't want glass doors...who wants to see the mess? or clean said glass?
Plus with glass I would always be afraid of little grand-babies hitting the glass with something...
It couldn't be open shelves...dust and again little hands getting into things.
I also wanted the apron all to the floor...as if built in...so no toys doggie or otherwise could get under.
I still wanted the coffee "center" and wine "center"....
So...I measured and measured and went looking over and over and over.
I looked at consignment, antique and looked at new…

Whatever Happened to Thanksgiving???

This is short.
I read many blogs...
All of them are skipping right over Thanksgiving. In part, I am sure because of advertisers and all.
But really, before Halloween there were some Thanksgiving table settings. Then, it jumped to Christmas !
Maybe, not many celebrate it, or have it in their home.
But, there is an order....

Halloween
Thanksgiving
Christmas
Christmas is after Thanksgiving.

Now, I am not perfect....I have done some shopping for Christmas...and am working on a gift and have been since June for Christmas....but really....
I get a bit frustrated......


Ok, enough of that....
enjoy your day....
let me know what you think...
How do you celebrate Thanksgiving?? Do you go out? Eat at a relative's ? Go out to a resort?
How do you decorate?? Let me know...

Nancy