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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!



Time is ticking.







Thank you for your faithful visits and comments this past year.  I appreciate each one.

I wish you and yours all the best in 2015.  May it be a year filled with joy, peace and hope....good health....special times with family and friends.


Blessings to you.

Pamela


Sunday, December 28, 2014

a mosaic memory of the year 2014





I decided to join Judith over at "Lavender Cottage" for Mosaic Monday with a picture mosaic of 2014.  I was going to do one big mosaic but thought the photos I chose might get 'lost' so decided on several mosaics instead.  You know me and my pictures by now.  :)

2014 was a big year for me with two trips to Calgary to visit our daughter and her family, our son's wedding, a new grandson, my sister's visit home from British Columbia for a month and lastly, the passing of my dear brother from cancer in November.  Every year, every week, brings it's joys and sorrows and we accept it all with whatever emotion carries us through those moments.  I have shed tears of joy and tears of sorrow, and have also laughed, at the events that life gave me this past 12 months.   God has blessed me through it all and I look forward to what He will bring into my life in the new year.


January-February 2014
Last winter was one of unending snow it seems.  We had many big storms that piled the snow up until April.  I bought several bouquets of tulips to bring some colour and cheer into our home through the winter months.  The bottoms 2 photos are in Lake Louise, Alberta, the one on the right being the 'announcement' of grandbaby # 3 to come in August. 


April-May 2014
Even with snow in April, spring did arrive in all it's newness with blooms and green everywhere.


June-July-August 2014
We had a gorgeous summer with lots of sunshine and some really hot days.  Everything grew and blossomed.  Our biggest events were in the summer, mainly in August.  Our new deck and pergola was built in June and we enjoyed it immensely.  In July when my sister was home we celebrated one last time together, our July birthdays with our brother.  Little did we know that he'd be taken 'home' just over three months later.  August saw the marriage of our son Mark, to Jenn.  And.  The arrival of our newest grandson, Liam, a third boy for our daughter Jennifer and son-in-law Matthew.


I thought I'd better share this mosaic of our other two grandsons, Ewan and Eli, Liam's big brothers.  


 September-October-November 2014
Some sunny days and rain and early snow in November.


Well that brings us to the last month of the year ~ December.  The month of Christmas and winter.

December 2014

That's a look back at my 2014.  I took hundreds of photos this year, as always.  :)  It's hard to choose from them but I picked a few favourites to highlight the seasons and events.

Thank you to all of you who read my blog.  You have been very supportive of me through this year and I really appreciate each one of you.  I pray that 2015 will be a great year for you.  

Join us at Judith's "Lavender Cottage" for Mosaic Monday.

Blessings to you.
Pamela


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas to You!






Only two more days, counting today.  I am just about ready.  Shopping is done.  Gifts almost all wrapped.  I'll bake a dessert tomorrow.  And clean the house.  

Our Christmas music night was a big success with a about 500 in attendance.  I wish you all could have been there.  Murray is working today but will have a nice holiday until after New Year's Day.  We have no plans.  We'll relax and, visit family and friends.   The weather for Christmas Eve and day is not looking very good....freezing rain changing to a lot of rain as the temperatures warm up to 12C (50F) on Christmas day.  It will be a green and white Christmas....until the next snow.



I wish you and yours the blessings of this holiday season.  May we all find peace, hope and joy in our hearts as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.



Have a wonderful, happy and safe holiday.  Enjoy!
Christmas Blessings to You.

Pamela



Saturday, December 20, 2014

this and that from the week ~ snow, sunset, and some vintage memories



The star is a Christmas gift from my dear friend.  Her hubby made it and she painted and decorated it for me.  

Hi there.  Can you believe it's almost Christmas Eve?   I've been so busy.  Too busy to blog a lot, but I've been visiting a few of you to stay in touch and see what you've been up to, and seeing all the pretty decorations in your homes and the lovely winter scenes if you are enjoying snow.  Speaking of which....we had a nice little 'no school day' storm on Thursday when about 10 inches fell.  We went from no snow (photo below was taken on Wednesday) to a winter wonderland in a day.




A peek between the trees across the road.  It was still snowing when I took this.

Although it was a quiet day traffic-wise, and there wasn't school so the buses weren't running, there were still those who had to go to work and travel from the rural areas beyond us to the city.  The plough made a 'path' and spread salt at about 7 in the morning then never came by again until 2 and 3 o'clock.   The road was quite snow-packed until then.  This one came down the road about an hour before.  

The little brook is still open and running.  It has been quite mild this month.

The sun broke through on Friday morning ~ a pretty wintery scene.

A lot of you are posting favourite recipes and traditions on your blogs and I have really enjoyed reading them and sharing in the comments.  One of the favourites I love to bake for Christmas is shortbread cookies....shortbreads with pale pink butter frosting, cranberry shortbreads and chocolate chip shortbreads.  I freeze them and only get them out for 'special' occasions.  Haha  Do you believe that?  Hmmm....well, I try to be good.  Do you have a favourite treat at Christmas?  


Christmas 1953.  
My brother, older sister and me.  Our baby sister was only 5 months old.  I think we got the table and chairs that Christmas and do you see the "Blue Willow" tea set?  I got that from Santa that year and I still have it!  I think my brother got the train engine (?) by my foot.  Funny, but I don't remember who got the bear.  I wish I still had Mum's old lampshades.  They were cut paper flowers - sort of 3D and very pretty and the lamps??  White milk glass!  Note the foil wrapped bells and tinsel on the tree.  And my brother is wearing shorts and I'm in bare legs??  That's surprising and rather unusual as we had very severe winters back then.   Do you have old photos of childhood Christmases?  This was a rare time to take photos in our house.   It didn't happen much even through the year.  It was film cameras then and often would take months or more to use a roll of film then take it to be developed.  I'm glad we have digital cameras today, aren't you?




Last evening....well at dusk....we were rewarded with a beautiful sunset.  At first it was just soft clouds that had a rainbow effect in them.  



Then as it grew darker the clouds rolled up and turned orangey.  



Even the snow has a soft glow to it.


In another couple of weeks we might just notice an extra minute or two of daylight.  Haha.  Maybe by the end of January.  :)

A peek into the living room from the kitchen.

Won't you join me for a cookie and a cup of tea?


Well, I should get rugged up and clean the back deck a bit and fill the bird feeders.  

I hope you are having a good weekend and enjoying these last few days before Christmas.

If you don't get back here before the holiday, I'd like to wish each one of you a wonderful Christmas holiday.  I will have one more post in a couple of days then a break.

Take care, be safe and enjoy this special time of year.

Blessings,
Pamela


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I'm still here!






I'm sorry I haven't been around much the past week.  It is just such a busy time of the year isn't it?   I've been shopping, wrapping, writing cards (a few), practicing with our choir for our music night this  coming Sunday, celebrating my sister and brother-in-law's 50th wedding anniversary, etc.   
One thing we haven't been doing is shovelling snow as you can see by these photos taken last Thursday afternoon after we had all the rain.  The warm sun made an appearance for about 20 minutes and the fog was lifting from the cold ground.   It looked so pretty with the fog moving about.  You couldn't get a photo edit to do it so nicely.  Most of our snow is gone again.



The weather has been so dull.  The days are so short and dark right now and they are really affecting my mood. I'll be glad when the new year comes and January's snow and cold will make the landscape brighter and the lengthening days will make my spirits brighter as well.  



  I finally got the big parcel that has to be mailed ready to go.   I had to pay double the price for it to get to Calgary for Christmas!  Our postal system is so expensive but I guess it's cheaper than flying there myself, which would be the more fun option of course.  Sigh.  How I wish.

Wilson's Sporting Camps is in McNamee on the Miramichi River.  This is where we had the party for my sister and her husband on Saturday.  It was just family and we had a great time, excellent food and delicious cake.  

A similar view in August.


I shared about our visit to Wilson's Sporting Camps when we were there this summer and had a wonderful meal.  As you can see there is no lack of snow there.  When we got rain last week they got a lot of snow first followed by rain.  The river had been frozen over but the rain thawed it and the ice flowed downriver and jammed in Blackville.  This doesn't usually happen until the spring.

The view from the dining room.

Here is the same view in August.

This is the fireplace in the dining room we were in.    
And that is a very big 'stuffed' salmon on the wall above it.  



The pretty little Anglican church in Ludlow.

On the way home we drove through St. Mary's First Nation in Fredericton.  They go all out with Christmas lights every year and people from all over drive through their streets to see them.  We were a bit disappointed that there were very few houses lit up but we thought maybe it was because it was only 5:00 and not quite dark enough.  

This house had the most lights and displays.  Fun!

Speaking of displays....this is the one at Santa's in the mall.  A man who designs for Theatre New Brunswick designed this winter wonderland.  It is really beautiful up close with so much detail.


This is my friend's sweet store, Savour Decor, downtown.  I'm inside looking out one of the beautiful windows.  There is an old window suspended from the ceiling above the window with fresh greenery and twinkle lights.  On the outside of the store there is more greenery across the awning.  She has some really beautiful giftware so I did some Christmas shopping there.

One of the beautiful displays in the store.  Someone restores old furniture to sell
in her store.  Isn't this vintage sideboard gorgeous?

Well, I am finished my shopping and most of my wrapping.  That means I'm just about ready for Christmas.  How about you?  Are you still struggling to complete your preparations?   I can't believe where this month has gone already.  

I will try to visit around a bit but probably won't be posting as much.  We'll see how busy I get.  

I hope you all take care and take time to really enjoy this beautiful season.  

Blessings,

Pamela 


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

we need a little Christmas





So this was our weather today.  The view out the front window was rain spattered due to a big nor'easter storm that is over the Maritime provinces, and southern Quebec and Ontario.  It's nasty out there.  The wind has been howling and the rain blowing against the front of the house all day.  The temperature hasn't budged above 2C (34F).  The schools were closed due to very icy roads and driveways.  The northern regions and Quebec were getting heavy snow from this instead of rain.   I'm thankful that we haven't lost power yet as thousands have in NB today.  This will continue into tomorrow morning but the temperature will rise then and maybe the icy driveways will melt down some.  

We need a little Christmas...


Inside though, it's cozy with the tree lights on and candles burning.  I took most of these photos of our Christmas decor over the past week.  I love vintage decorations so they are seen everywhere around the living/dining rooms and kitchen.  Enjoy.  There are lots of pictures. 

Our tree has a mix of new ornaments and vintage glass ones.  I use the underside of an old quilt for a tree skirt.  The brown and white transfer ware platter on the coffee table is old, the cloche new.  The silver candlesticks were my mother's.



A reflection of our tree looking in the vintage mirror.

Our house is a split entry so this is the view of the bookshelf next to the open stairwell.  I went with garland  after a break last year and this time added my vintage putz houses.  The shelf in the stairwell has vintage bottle brush trees, a Santa sleigh and reindeer, a new Santa and my childhood slate, which I guess is vintage too!  :)



This is a vignette on an antique drop leaf table.....all new things this year for a change and I love the sparkle.

Our dining room enjoys lovely sunshine all afternoon so it's nice and bright.  It's where I blog.  Most of the dishes in the hutch are vintage.  The ceramic tree was my mother's and was made for her by my mother-in-law.  One of those keepsakes that I enjoy.  ;)

Here is our hutch at night.

This is my second 'look' for the table centrepiece.  I didn't like the first one I'd done so I re-did it.  :)  We  use this table for all our meals as we don't have  an eat-in kitchen so I don't want anything big to move around.  I simply slide this over when we are eating.   Plus I have the option of setting out a new centrepiece when we have company....and a plaid tablecloth with our white and silver snowflake dishes.  



The vintage painted table in the corner with my favourite little medicine cabinet.

This is a wall space between the Kitchen and dining room.   The little shelf is filled with vintage dishes and ornaments.  I have two smaller trees in crocks...one sitting on one of the kids red chairs and the other in the dining room.  The empty crock is where I keep our newspapers each week.

On the kitchen counter I put some artificial greens etc. in this vintage enamel teapot.

This vignette is on the peninsula next to the dining room.  I love these vintage Santa mugs and my white pitcher.  

The skate photo is the front of an old Christmas card that I liked.  I often save the pretty ones to set in different spots and it worked with the red and white theme here.

Well that is a tour of our little house.  I don't decorate the bedrooms or bathroom.   I know some of you do these rooms too and they look amazing.  I find it's just too much work and no one really sees them.  I have some decorations in our family room downstairs but nothing fancy.  I've cut back a lot on what I put out.  It is just too much effort and the thought of putting it all away in January.....just too overwhelming.  I've certainly enjoyed visiting all the beautifully decorated homes in blog land haven't you?  There is lots of inspiration out there.  

I've been writing this post by candlelight.  :)  And the soft lights of the Christmas trees too.  I bought this lace edged tin at IKEA in Calgary and just love it.  I may have to bring a few more home next trip.  At least the power stayed on!

Thank you for staying with me to the end.  I hope you enjoyed seeing our home decorated for Christmas.   I haven't been out taking photos of nature the past week so I thought this would be a good time to do this post and share it with you.  Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment.  A few of you have mentioned that you've had problems commenting the past week.  I am not sure what's going on with Blogger but for some reason they have put Word Verification on all blogs.  I didn't do that willingly!  But, I have been able to comment without putting in the numbers to 'prove I'm not a robot' without any issues.  Hopefully this will be changed soon.  Unless there's something I don't know about this.  Do you know?  If so please enlighten me/us.  Thanks.  :)

Blessings,

Pamela

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