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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas




My wish for you this Christmas is that you would enjoy your
family and friends,
and find peace and joy in your heart and home
as you celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


And his name will be called Wonderful,
Counsellor, Mighty God,
 Everlasting Father,
 Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

I will be absent for the next week as we enjoy our family time  over Christmas.
I wish you every blessing for the new year.

Merry Christmas!

Love and hugs,

Pamela






Wednesday, December 21, 2011

an early Christmas dinner


We are having our Christmas dinner today, Wednesday, as we will be away on Christmas day.  Our son, Mark, is coming and we are doing something different instead of turkey.  We have having steak on the barbeque.  There will be potatoes, peas and a tossed salad to go with the steak.  A simple meal, but a hearty one on this cold and damp day. I am glad my son is tending the barbecue.

Today is the shortest day of the year then it's all up hill from here.  That, my friends, is a good thing, even though we won't really notice the change of longer daylight for a few weeks.

I'm using my Christmas plaid china on red chargers.  Do you see the beautiful table runner?
My dear friend, Lois, made this for me for Christmas.  I was so thrilled to get it.
Yes, I opened my gift early.  :-)


A simple centerpiece of a silver tray, a berry wreath, pinecones and a mercury glass candle stick.


I kept the setting a bit masculine since it's just me, my hubby and my son. 


Looking toward the living room.
The small mercury glass holders were given to me by two different friends!
They know my taste.




The amaryllis has 2 huge blooms now and another bud coming too.


I hope you enjoyed our Christmas dinner table.  It's not very fancy but
the company and the food are what's important. 

I am linking with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for

Between Naps On The Porch



Blessings,

Pamela

Saturday, December 17, 2011

some closeups

Vintage bottle brush wreath.

I'm done.

My shopping is done.  My wrapping is done.  My baking is done.



Christmas in a teapot.

Now I have time for Christmas tea, cookies, and relaxing.


Amarylis - Aphrodite

Only four more sleeps until we leaveI'm getting excited.

Ewan started walking on Sunday.  You should see him on video.

He is so excited at his new accomplishment.

He'll have lots of extra people to walk to on his own in a few days.

What fun that will be!

Are you looking forward to anything special about your
Christmas this year?

Have a wonderful day!

Blessings,

Pamela

 



Saturday




Baking cookies again.  Like we need more of them in the freezer.
These are Peanut Blossoms.  Basically a rolled into a ball, rolled in sugar
cookie with a Hersey's kiss plopped on top while hot from the oven.
I was disappointed that they didn't turn out like ones I had purchased at
a bake sale recently but they are edible.

The reipe is from Jean Pare's Company's Coming Cookie Jar Favorites.


The messy kitchen with the noon hour sun shining in on the dirty dishes.

Just keeping it real.



Help yourself to a cookie or two please!


Our son was over with his dog, Buckley. Our dog, Marshall
is giving him kisses.

It's sunny and cold here today.  No snow anywhere.  Well,
except on Crabbe Mountain 20 minutes north of here.
They are open for skiing and snowboarding now with real and
man-made snow.  It's a great little hill but my skiing days are over.

So, we're having a lazy day because tomorrow is Sunday and we will be
at church most of the day.  Our Christmas music night is at 6:00 and
we have practice at 4:00 so it will be a quick trip home for lunch then back out again.

The band is doing "Carol of the Bells" by the Trans Siberian Orchestra again this year.
They were amazing last year.
Also, they are doing "The Little Drummer Boy" with one of our drummers
doing an awesome solo part on a drum.

That's all for today.  Saturday.  One week before Christmas Eve.

What are you doing this day?

Enjoy!

Blessings,

Pamela




Friday, December 16, 2011

vintage children's Christmas books


This is a sweet children's book from the 1950's called The Shiniest Star.  The author is
Beth Vardon with illustrations by Charlot Byi.
 It was given to my husband when he was a boy but I remember we had the very same book at home too.

It comes in a box which is getting quite worn on the corners.


This is the actual book. The little gold star has been taped onto the cover.


The graphics are beautiful. I love the angels faces.


I love the 3-D fold outs.
  The story is about the angels shining their stars to shine brightly at night.
One, angel, Touselhead, has a dull star no matter how much it is shined.

A star's bright shine helped these children find their way home in the woods.



In the end, Touselhead's star shines on the stable in Bethleham and leads
the shepherds and wisemen to the spot where baby Jesus lay.

Such a sweet story.

The next book is called The Night Before Christmas, definitely a favorite for generations.


This book is also in a box. 


Copyright 1946

 When you open the book there is a space at the bottom of the
right page with built in jingle bells.

The bells are under the farm scene at the bottom. You can just see them
peeking up.  I've never seen a book like this before have you?



There are also the lyrics to 3 songs at the back of the book.


The back cover.

There are some very beautiful children's Christmas books available today
but some don't have the nostalgic character of the vintage ones. 
I guess I'm just getting old. :) 

Do you have a favorite Christmas story book from your childhood?

I'm joining Debra for Vintage Inspiration Friday.
There are some really interesting decorating ideas over there using
old vintage 'junk'. You'll be amazed!

I hope you have a wonderful day and weekend.
Time's a flying!

Blessings,

Pamela


Thursday, December 15, 2011

eight more sleeps


It finally snowed here this morning.  5 whole centimeters!

It looks so pretty.


Can you see the snowflakes falling against the tree bark?

Too bad it's now turned to freezing rain and will be raining tonight and tomorrow.

I expect the 5 cm. of snow will be mostly gone by this time tomorrow.

So, are you wondering why I titled this post 8 more sleeps?  No, I didn't make a mistake in the
 number of sleeps until Christmas.  Because.... it's 8 more sleeps until we see Mr. Precious.



As I was having my morning tea by the Christmas tree I realized it's only a week until
we fly to Alberta (in Canada's west) for Christmas with our daughter,
son-in-law and grandson.
Lord willing.

You see.  My dear mother-in-law is not well.  She is 94, in a nursing home, has
dementia and doesn't know us, and her heart is getting weaker everyday.  It's just
a matter of time and God's will.  We are waiting and wondering if, when, how.

So, I'm sort of going ahead with our plans to go away but in the back of my mind I'm holding
back my excitement  - just in case.  It's an awful feeling.
I don't know how to pray for I feel selfish.  So, I pray for God's will as He knows
our hearts and what is best for us.

 I hope to be shopping tomorrow.  I'd like to finish my gift buying but I have 2 appointments
and errands too.  A busy day. 

It is now raining and blowing outside.  It's going to be a nasty night.
We have choir and band practice tonight at church for our Christmas music night on Sunday.
It's always a beautiful night of worship, awesome music and of course, a time of
fellowship afterwards (food!).

Lord willing.

I hope your day is going well.

Blessings,

Pamela

This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.



Tuesday, December 13, 2011

barn charm

      Tricia, of Bluff Area Daily, suggested this photo of the barns at sunset be posted for Barn Charm.

                                                                       Here it is Tricia!


Keswick Ridge, N.B. December 11, 2011

Weather - clear and cold (-2 C. or 30F).  Full moon.

Have a great day!

Blessings,

Pamela

candle in the window


This is a two room school house near here with candles in the windows for Christmas.
It is home to the local historical society.

When driving down the road the other night at dusk, and without my camera, I
decided I needed to return on the next clear evening at dusk and get some photos. 




The old country store has been restored on the site as well.


The United Church basking in the glow of the sunset.




Can you see the candles in the windows?


Farm silhouette against the sunset.

It's a gorgeous sunny and cold day here again today.

Have a beautiful day!

Blessings,

Pamela

Monday, December 12, 2011

chicken bones anyone?

Unless you live in New Brunswick,  the Maritime Provinces or the state of Maine, you probably wouldn't think of eating chicken bones. However, if you haven't ever eaten a Ganong chicken bone you are really missing out!
A dish of Ganong chicken bones.

This traditional sweet Christmas treat was invented by a Ganong candymaker in 1885.
It is a delicious semisweet chocolate center encapsuled by a hard cinnamon candy shell.
When you put one in your mouth you need to suck on it until the candy melts down
to the chocolate inside. The candy melts into slivers like a chicken bone, hence the name.


Aren't they pretty?

Ganong chocolates are made in St. Stepthen, New Brunswick, the Chocolate
Capital of Canada.  St. Stephen is on the U.S. border with the town of Calais, Maine. 

The town even hosts a Chocolate Fest every August in honour of this famous candy
maker - Ganong.   You can book a tour of the candy factory and are allowed to sample
all the chocolate and candy you want while going through the factory.  
I've been there and done that.  Amazing! 
And, the best chicken bones are the ones right off of the conveyor belt!
They virtually melt in your mouth!
They are also famous for their delicious chocolates.

I am not being paid to endorse this product or company. I just wanted to
share a favorite Maritime Christmas treat with you.

Other favorites of days gone by are ribbon candy and barley toys.
Oh my poor teeth!
How much sugar did I eat as a child?
Just ask my dentists!  :)

How's your sweet tooth?  What is your favorite Christmas candy treat?
I hope you'll share that with me.
I also hope you can find some Ganong chicken bones to try.
You will love them!

Blessings,

Pamela

Sunday, December 11, 2011

a visit to a Christmas tree farm

This is a Christmas tree farm that we visited on Saturday with our dear
friends and their 5 month old baby. There are acres of beautiful trees here.
I am amazed at the number of vehicles going by our house on the weekends
with a tree on the roof or in the truck bed.  It's a very busy spot.


Here are the sweet family with baby all bundled in his sled, ready to cut down
their Christmas tree.  There was just enough snow between the trees to pull the sled along. 


Baby is wondering just what is going on.  Next year will be a different story. :-)

On this Saturday the Maritime Newfoundland dog owners were volunteering
to haul Christmas trees and pull children on sleds to raise money for the
Children's Wish Foundation. 


This is Wharf the Newfoundland dog and his owner.  This dog is massive!


Wharf was very gentle.  He looks like he has a lot of hair but it's not as
thick as I thought.  He's all body under it.

Wikipedia states:  Newfoundland dogs can be black, brown, gray or black and white.
Originally bred and used as a working dog by fishermen in Newfoundland (Canada).
They are known for their giant size, tremendous strength, calm disposition and loyalty.
They are excellent at rescue and life saving due to their muscular build, thick double
coat, webbed feet and innate swimming abilities.  Males can weigh 130 - 150 pounds and
females between 100- 120 pounds.

We had such a fun time followed by lunch and a nice visit at our house.

Do you cut a real tree for Christmas?  Or do you have an artificial tree.
Ours is artificial but after seeing these beautiful trees and smelling the wonderful
fir smell it made me wish we had a real tree.  Maybe one year I'll do just that.

Is you tree up and decorated? 

I can't believe it's only 2 weeks until Christmas can you?

I wish you a blessed week ahead as you finish your decorating, shopping
and visiting and all the pre-Christmas hustle and bustle.  Remember to keep
your focus on Jesus, the real reason we celebrate this wonderful season!

Bye for now!

Pamela

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas around the house

The shelf over the kitchen window.

The tree is up and decorated and the house is all festive with it's Christmas finery
placed here and there in the kitchen, living and dining rooms.



Our new kitchen cabinets with the display shelf over the window and sink.


This is McSanta and his wee dog, Scottie. :)


This candle is burned half way down now.  Love it!


This little tree I got at Home Sense a few years ago.  I have
LED battery operated lights on it.  It sits in a 1 gallon crock.
The tree in the background in the dining room is in a 2 gallon crock.


This is a vintage Santa face from the 50's that I put on the mini tree top.


Our living room and Christmas tree.


The ornaments are a mix of vintage glass balls, new sparkley ornaments,
crochet snowflakes and icicles.

A sampling of the ornaments.



Dining room china cabinet.


The top of the drop leaf table.  Notice anything new??
Hint.  Pink and aqua.  Yep.  Two new Putz houses!  Aren't they pretty?
I have enough to do a village now so maybe next year I'll set one up.
I hope you enjoyed the Christmas tour of our little home.
I'm joining Debra for Vintage Inspiration Friday.

We had a bit of wet snow here this morning to cover the green grass and
it's going to be colder this weekend so it may just stay a few days.

Enjoy the day!

Blessings,

Pamela


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