Wednesday, December 17, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Isabella !!
This picture is from a while back, but the woman you've become is still as pretty and soft spoken.  This aunt has a couple of special nieces who she wishes she lived closer to ~ it would be fun to shop, craft, do lunch, visit, and laugh.
Sending love and wishes for a beautiful birthday, followed by a year filled with good things ~ health, happiness, and surprises!!!

Monday, December 15, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Holly !!
Well, my friend, another year has rolled on by.  It's now time to celebrate the day of your birth again.  I am so very grateful that you were born and that our paths crossed all those years ago.  Our talk last night showed us once again just how much alike we are.  We need many more years on this earth so we can get our "stuff" in order.  It does my soul good to laugh with you about our plight.
I am sending love along with wishes for a happy blessed day and many more years to come, and I hope we can continue to laugh together through those years.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Joy in the Mailbox

I found this adorable Mexican Sun in my mailbox.  What a nice surprise!!  It is a Christmas gift made by my vivacious friend, Georgina.  Georgina makes cool colorful art ~ small framed skeleton art, skeleton dolls, masks, Dia de los Muertos art, small framed niche art, and more.  Living in Texas, most of her art has a Mexican flair.
Georgina, you made my day.  You touched my heart with this little Christmas gift ~ I've hung it over one of my hanging succulent plants in my kitchen where I will see it daily.  Thank you, my friend. ♥  Visit Georgina's blog by clicking on the link: http://lloronaarts.blogspot.com

Friday, December 12, 2014

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Today is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas
Our Lady of Guadalupe first appeared to Juan Diego in 1531.  As a result of this, The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe was built in Mexico City. These are the words she spoke to Juan:

"Know for certain, least of my sons, that I am the perfect and perpetual Virgin Mary, Mother of the True God through whom everything lives, the Lord of all things near and far, the Master of heaven and earth.  It is my earnest wish that a temple be built here to my honor.  Here I will demonstrate, I will exhibit, I will give all my love, my compassion, my help and my protection to the people, I am your merciful mother, the merciful mother of all of you who live united in this land, and of all mankind, of all those who love me, of those who cry to me, of those who seek me, of those who have confidence in me.  Here I will hear their weeping, their sorrow, and will remedy and alleviate all their multiple sufferings, necessities and misfortunes."

Jake's Mail

Jake just might need his own mailbox because he gets quite a bit of mail.  He received this special card yesterday from his Aunt Pat and Uncle Jim.  It is LONG on wishes, very cute, and looks very much like Jake.  Jake would look very festive with a red and green pepper collar. What a LUCKY dog ~  he is loved so much by everyone who knows him.  Jake will thank you properly when you next come to visit him.

The Cookie Lady

The Cookie Lady strikes again!!
Seriously, my sweet friend, Susie, did it again. Yesterday, a big box arrived containing all these gorgeous and delicious cookies!  There was even a bag of treats for Jake. 
Susie lives in Ohio and sends cookies to our house every Christmas season.  She has spoiled me.  I look forward to her cookies every year.  She loves to cook and bake and she sure puts out batch after batch of deliciousness.  The cookies are always SO good.
THANK YOU, Susie!!!!!!!!!  I am sending big "love" and big "hugs" across the airways.  Jake sends "kisses" and little "paw squeezes".
♥♥♥

Kisses From God

"God, the Great Spirit, kisses our cheeks in many ways, with love, mercy, forgiveness, remorse, kindness, joy, laughter, passion, freedom, and adventure.  Sometimes He pulls us extra close like the children we all are, and He kisses our foreheads with the blessing of a rich imagination.  Only fools, too confused and lost to know, refuse a kiss from God."
~Jerry Ellis, author, world traveler, pilgrim of the people, and my friend
~Photo by Audrey

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Patricia, Patrick, Audrey

December, 1951 ~ I would be 4 in just a few weeks.  I LOVE this Christmas photo ~ it is one of my favorites from my childhood.  This was a typical Christmas in our little bungalow home in the NE end of Canton, Ohio.  You can read the happiness in our faces.  Mom did everything she could to make us happy.  I remember the pretty tablecloth she would put on the table, the many cookies and nutrolls she would bake, the beautiful glass bells and pink and green lights on the tree, the metal bells across the doorway, and the beautiful Nativity set.  We would get one or two gifts, but it was always something we wanted and we cherished our gifts for years.
  Sadly, Mom and Patrick are gone now, but Patty and I get together each year and still celebrate Christmas with excitement.  Perhaps it is because our celebration always takes us back to those days long ago ~ fond memories of Christmases past.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I saw this on Godvine on facebook today.  It was exactly what I needed to see.
"If we never experience the chill of a dark winter, it is very unlikely that we will ever cherish the warmth of a bright summer's day.
Anthon St. Maarten
Photo by Audrey

Monday, December 8, 2014

Patience

Jake is waiting patiently for me to play with him.  His ball is ALWAYS nearby ~ under him, next to him, in this case under his ear!  His look says it all ~ "Enough with the photos, Mom.  Let's play!"

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Cold Moon

Tonight's Full Moon.
The December moon is called the "Cold Moon" ~ Winter takes a firm hold and temperatures plummet at this time  Sometimes this moon is also called the "Long Night Moon" as the winter nights lengthen and the moon spends more time above the horizon opposite a low sun.  The full moon name often used by Christian settlers is the "Moon Before Yule". 
Photo by Audrey

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A yucky Saturday!  Spent almost 5 hours in the ER today.  Been feeling terrible for a couple of weeks - racing, pounding heart, having to take deep breaths.  Anxiety made it worse.  Had to have it checked out for peace of mind.  All tests today were good which was a huge relief.  Will be wearing a monitor next week to record heart activity and possibly more tests.  Hopefully just something that medication can take care of.  Please say a little prayer that all goes well for me.  ♥ 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Waiting for the snow to fly!!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Throwback Thursday

April, 1952 ~ I am 4 in this photo, so I don't remember much of this.  I'm told I was running away from home.  I must have meant business because I took the time to pack a suitcase.  Either I was really happy to be leaving or I was just smiling big for the photographer.  Don't know what the sign says ~ My sister, Patty, doesn't remember.  Must have been an announcement that I was leaving.  She followed me (out of sight) around the block, and then I came back home.  That walk around the block must have given me enough time to realize there's no place like home!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Fog



It is THICK out there this morning!!

Escape

After spending another 11 months atop the storage rack in the garage, these 3 found their way out over the weekend,

Sunday, November 30, 2014

A "Santa" Message

A message from Connie Stanley that she posted on facebook today.  I think Santa would be pleased if we took her message to heart.
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Tree up, Wreath up, A few snow people have made their way out of storage, more to come.  Ponsettias placed around the W, starting to plot and plan today for Christmas.  Making a list of the things that need to be done.  I hope to take a day or two off work before the big day.  Love this photo... if you believe, too, continue to do a little something as often as you can to be  "Santa" this season.  I think it is most fun when done anonymously.  It can be something as simple as helping someone struggling with a door, packages, etc.  Paying for someone's coffee or lunch.  A kind word to a harried parent with a misbehaving child.  Just be "present" and observe others and you will find your "Santa" moments.  It will be the best "present" you ever received.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Squirrel Feast

Pumpkins that were the stars of my Autumn outdoor decor.  I've piled them out back where the squirrels will have their annual Thanksgiving feast.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Day 2014


 Natural Bridge Hotel

 View from the porch of the Natural Bridge Hotel
 Casey in his Pilot Jacket ~ a special gift from his Father-in-Law



Casey and Amanda are staying with Amanda's parents over the Thanksgiving Holiday and they will spend Christmas with us.  What a wonderful surprise we received yesterday ~ an invitation to join them at the Natural Bridge Hotel for Thanksgiving Dinner today.  It was just a 45 minute drive with beautiful mountain views and excitement to spend the afternoon with them.
The Hotel is beautiful and it was decorated in Holiday splendor.  The buffet was outstanding and with two huge dining rooms full of people celebrating the day, we were blessed to have a large table in the Red Fox Tavern just off one of the dining rooms.  It was a beautiful room that was quiet and gave us a chance to visit.  Thank you, Debbie and John, for the invite.  It was a Thanksgiving Day I will not forget.
May your Thanksgiving Day be Blessed and Beautiful !!
On this day of giving thanks, I want to say one thing to my family and friends ~ I LOVE YOU!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

First Snow



Our first snow of the season!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I was out running errands at 5:30 this evening when the sun set and didn't have my camera.  My phone doesn't take very good pictures, so this was the best I could get.  We had a spectacular sunset.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Pam !!
Wishing you the best kind of day with surprises, love, fun, and CAKE!!  I hope the weather holds out before the bad stuff hits tomorrow.
It's been a crazy year.  I hope today and the next year will be your best ever and I hope to see many new skellies in your future.


Photo by Eya Floyd, Etsy

Monday, November 24, 2014

Outside My Window

Outside my window this morning.  The heavy fog is burning off and the tip of the mountain out back is reappearing.  It is supposed to reach 70* today with snow on Wednesday.  Weather games!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Happy Birthday

Our ROANOKE STAR is 65 years old today!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday

1969 - KSU ~ I lived in this old house off-campus with 9 other girls for the last couple of years I was at Kent.  It was convenient - directly down the street from the campus library.  This was my little corner on the third floor, where 4 of us shared the room.  I later moved down to the 2nd floor and shared a room with my good friend, Shar.  It's amazing how little we needed at that time in our lives.  Now, our homes are filled with "stuff".  I've been working on minimizing - been putting a lot of "stuff" in my consignment booth. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Photo by Audrey

"If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet;  how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of.  There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person."
~Fred Rogers

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Patrick's Rose Bush

This rose (photo taken just last week) is from our rose bush that Patrick planted in Mom's garden on one of his last visits.  It is our "Memory of Patrick Rose Bush".  It was filled with roses most of the year and gave us so much enjoyment.  This week's bitter cold took a toll and the roses are done for another year.  

Monday, November 17, 2014

Outside My Window

I am looking at this beauty out my back windows right now ~ 5:15 Monday evening.  The clouds are putting on a show.