Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Welcome to Thankful Tuesday - December 30, 2013

scenes from 2013

Give Thanks to the Lord Almighty,
for the Lord is good,
his love endures forever.
(Part of Jeremiah 33:11)

Hello Sweet Friends,

Hope you all have a Lovely and 
Joyful Christmas...would love to
 hear what you and your family did,
so leave a comment and tell me...

Our's really was wonderful, we all had such a great
time just being together and visiting,  course, had
some good food and gifts thrown in there as well.
Christmas really is our all time favorite holiday!

I am not changing the day for Thankful Thursday
 just didn't get to post since Christmas.... cause I
got really sick with a  wicked virus the day after
 Christmas,  and am just getting over it still.....but 
wanted to say hello and see how yall are............so
 figured I would just do my Thankful Thursday post
late early!!  lol  just a combo of last week and this
week,  since not much was going on but sickness,
sleeping and resting between Thurs & Monday! lol

Also wanted to wish you all....
 a Joyous, Loving, and 
Hopeful New Year!

Will sort of catch you up on life here with this
Thankful post.

I am very thankful
for the Lovely Christmas that we had and that
we could all be together for Christmas once
again this year!  That just means everything
to us,  and then to have the addition of our new
 lil granddaughter just added so much to the fun. 
 She did try to open some packages,  just not 
quite there yet,  but she did give it a good try, 
 so hopefully,  by her first birthday in March 
she will have it down pat.  lol

I am thankful
that I was able to pre-plan and set aside all the
things I needed to set 5 tables from Mon thru
Christmas Day, and the plan worked perfectly.
Imagine that!!  lol   Some were paperware and
some were dishware,  but all came together well
and easy...............that was the plan.............. and
for once it worked...........God's grace!
He knew how tired I was.............

I am thankful
Scott, Megan and Brooklyn were unexpectedly
able to be with us some on Christmas eve, which 
was ininiated by Megan. We are very blessed to
have a daughter in love,  that loves and enjoys
our family so much and loves to be with us.
It was also nice that they were so helpful and
 brought us subs for lunch, as Dee and I were in
 the kitchen cooking all morning, a fun time
 for us tho.................

I am thankful
for a new camera that hubby got me for Christmas
that was very unexpected.  Works very well,  or so
it seems........hubby has been trying it....can't wait
to feel totally back to normal and try it out myself.
Also thankful for the Cricket Cuddlebug embossing 
machine and accessories that I got from my sweet
 SIL for Christmas,  it will be a new and fun addition
 for making my greetings cards hopefully, just have
 to learn ways to incorporate it in my designs.
Of course, I am thankful for all the lovely cards
and  gifts I got they are always special to me.

I am thankful
that Dee and Jerry made it here and back home
to Asheville, safe and sound and dodged the virus
 bullet, and so did Megan, but Brooklyn, Jim, Scott,
 Susan and myself all got it,  but amazing that the 
symptoms were different for each of us, lucky me,
I seemed to get them all at different times, but we
were all pretty sick folks...............it has been a 
long time since I have been that sick,  and it is
taking me quite awhile to recover. Justcan't think 
of anything that appeals to me to eat really,  but tea 
and pretzels or saltines, and today is day 5,  and we 
are hoping to go see the Hobbit movie today and 
go out to din din since hubby has been on vacay
 but has been sick most of it, or preparing for
 Christmas. So that would be really fun for him!

I am so thankful
that we didn't get this virus until Christmas was over,
cause we would have definitely not had a fun day as
sick as we were......................so God is good!

I am thankful
for all the rest we have gotten since Thursday,
not the way we would have expected to get it,
but we did get it....................so guess that is
what really matters..............lol

I am thankful
that I lost 5 pds.,  course,  it is probably all water
weight............and again not the way you would
desire to lose it,  but it was exciting to see that
scale drop if even for a lil while.  lol.....as I haven't
been able to budge it much ...seems like since 
hit my 60's.  Just got off the scales and it is slowly
  going up and I really don't know why cause I really 
haven't eaten much.  Crazy!

See our new tree.........it was au la naturelle,  but
I did throw some snow on it...........lol

I am incredibly thankful
that the worst of our virus lasted about 8 hours, as 
it  does enough damage in that short span of time,
so can't imagine having it longer.........oh my!! 

I am thankful
that my back did not hurt me the whole time I was
so sick.........cause I was able to lay in the recliner
flat on my back for 48 hours,  and that was only by 
the grace of God,  for sure.........cause I can't do 
that sometimes for even 8 hours........
So amazing!!

I am thankful
that our bed felt like a piece of Heaven last night.
We changed the germy sheets and put the heavier 
comforter on and I slept like a baby. It is amazing to
 me how much better your bed feels and how good
 food tastes after you have been sick like this. 
 Saltines and Pretzels, coke,sprite and ice pops....
oh my gosh.....they taste incredible, like the most
exquisite meal you've ever had..........lol
you are so thirsty,  you just want to chug a coke,
water or sprite,  course, you know better,  but you
sure want to.........just seems like all your senses
are heightened by it for some reason.
Another grace from God..........

I am thankful
that we will be starting our new ministry to young
marrieds soon.  We are still working out some
issues,  but just about there. Some of these kids
(young adults) we have known their whole life, we
were friends with their parents, they were friends
with our kids, and we love them too death,  so it 
should be a lot of fun too.  What a priviledge!

This post has been almost ready since early this 
morning,  but I got to feeling bad again, and just didn't
feel like finishing it, then I went back to bed in the
 afternoon,  and then Jimmy got me some pedialyte
 tonight and after drinking that I started to feel a lil better,
 then we had a nice but simple dinner, so I am feeling 
considerably better,  so hoping it is just that I was still 
dehydrated. Course, none of the plans we had happened 
cause I just wasn't up to it, too weak and tired, so that
 will have to be another time,  but we did watch a really
 good movie at home, called "Storm Rider". A very very
 good movie, I might add.
  Sure hope this is my last round with this virus...every
time I think I am done with it.......it seems to rear it's ugly
 head again!     So I am drinking more pedialyte and
heading to beddie bye land.

Again Happy New Year to all of you Sweet Folks,
Hope 2014 will be a very Blessed year for you!

Love, Hugs,  and
Joyous New year Blessings,

Friday, December 20, 2013

Welcome to Thankful Thursday - December 19, 2013

Scenes from cozy place 2013

Every good and perfect gift is from above,
 coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,
who does not change like shifting shadows.
James 1:17

Sweet Friends

Well,  only 5 more days.......
Hope you are coming along well
and getting everything ready for
this Most Special Day of the
year.......Jesus Birthday!

Well, gonna get on with my 
list............talk to you next

 I am thankful 
for the Wonderful Christmas presentation
our church did this year, and every year.
Am also thankful for all the folks that gave 
of their time and energy practicing for months 
to give our congregation this beautiful Christmas 
gift to enjoy and bless us all!

I am thankful 
to for our Music Minister and our choir who
 blesses us every single Sunday as well.  They
do an amazing job of leading Worship every
week,  such a blessing!

I am thankful
that Dee, Jerry and Rosie will be here next 
Mon. the 23rd and will be here until Christmas
 day around 3 P.M.  We are all so looking for
 forward to their arrival, and so happy they are
 able to come, especially since this is their 1st
year away.  They will arrive on Sat. evening
the 21st, but will go to Jerry's folks first since
they haven't seen them since they left.

I am thankful
that we are gonna get to keep Rosie (our furry
granddaughter dog) with us for the 5 1/2 days
 they will be here.....

I am thankful
that all the gifts I ordered online have arrived
 accept just one,  and think it will probably be
 here in the today.

I am thankful
I finally finished my Christmas decorating on 
Tuesday and finally got stuff put away on Wed.,
 so nice to be able to enjoy it all now.  For some
reason I really had a hard time getting my Mojo on 
with the decorating this year, so am doubly thank-
ful it is finally finished.  I was so over it,  I just
threw snow on our new tree and called it a year!

I am thankful
that it looks like Dee might have another job
offer,  that would be even better than the
other one.  She had the interview today, and 
it is only 2 days a week,  and very flexible for
when she want to come to Florida or if some
of us come there..................

I am thankful
for the really fun day I had with Brooklyn on
Wed.,  altho she was not feeling all that well,
 (she is cutting molars) she was just a riot today.
She was standing up and looking in our bedroom
closet door mirrors,  and really checking out the
other lil person in the mirror,  and gave her a
big kiss or two.  She was so tired that she was
laughing out loud at her Grammy's funny antics,
for about 10 minutes, and It just made me crack
up too, she usually looks at us like we are crazy.
Then later in the day cause she was so tired
and cranky I put on Christmas music and we
danced her around,  and she just had the cutest
lil smile and expression like she was enjoying
it so much..................

# 9
I am so thankful
for this lil bundle of Joy we call our lil darling,
she has brought so much joy to this household,
and was definitely the highlight of 2013 for us.
Grammy and Grampy love you so much Brooklyn.

Just had to add a few photos.............

 Here I am with Aunt Susie at Thanksgiving

 Here I am with Mommy helping me to walk. 
 I am wearing an outfit Grammy and Grampy
 got me in Asheville

and here I am playing with this neat busy
box type toy.  I can stand up to play now!
How fun is that!!

I am thankful
for a nice surprise on Sat. evening from a couple
 that has been in our Sunday School class all year.
 It was all sorts of homemade Christmas goodies,
 and boy were they good....notice I said 
were good!  
They are all gone.................lol

I am thankful
that an old neighbor and friend that used
to live on the corner from us but has lived out 
in Idaho for years, surprised us by dropping by
to see us tonight unannounced.  It has been 21
years since we have seen her, but have talked 
to her a few times on the phone and thru face-
book, but she has gone thru some pretty terrible
 life altering things since we saw her last, but 
so happy to see her and to she is doing so well,
 cause God bless her, she has really been thru it.

I am thankful
my sweet sister-in-law just dropped off
another cute lil snowman scene (this years
Hallmark one),  the one we have now that
Brooklyn likes was from her too,  and she
is gonna just love this one too.
so cute!  Thanks so much Susan,  just
loved it.............and you!

I am thankful
for all you wonderful, creative, inspiring
and delightful folks out there in blogland, 
you are all a blessing.  I am also thankful for
my family, good friends, and good neighbors.
You are a some of my greatest blessing!~
and lastly but definitely not least would be
I am thankful to the Lord Jesus Christ for
being my Saviour and Lord!!
He is definitely a blessing to me,  and 
 the Best Gift of all times!!

Thanks for your Visit, 
 it is always appreciated
I hope you all have a
 Very Bright and Beautiful

Merry Merry Christmas!

Love and Hugs,

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas in our White Living Room

Greetings Sweet Friends,

How are you coming along with
 your Christmas preparation?? 
 Almost there yet??  

I should not even be doing this but just
 need a reprieve from Christmas prep,
 and this is fun, not mundane like making 
grocery lists and stuff...........lol  
Course, gotta do that too.........and will 
once I have had a lil fun.............lol

Hubby is sick with a cold,  think it
caught up with him cause he worked
almost 24 hrs. on Tuesday.  They work 
on banking software so they can't work
 on it while the bank is using it, so they
 have to do it after hours, but this was
a first time event, and hopefully, the

Haven't had a chance to download any
pictures from this Christmas... so decided
 today was the day..........

So here are some pictures from our
White Living room and foyer.

This is the first things you see when 
you come in the door!

Then when you go left into the living 
room you see this table with 
family pictures. This is on one
end of the sofa.

This angel has been with us many
 years, and she is standing underneath
 the above table.

Then you come to my cedar chest 
coffee table,  Brooklyn is loving 
this lil snowman.....he plays music
and rocks back and forth,  she is
mesmerized by him.

Love Thomas Kincaide's work,  and was so sorry
to hear he passed away this year.  Very Sad!

My beautiful candle I got last year after Christmas,
Am in love with it, can you see why on the table top.
Think it is so beautiful!  and it is even lit yet!

Took all these pics yesterday morning,
 loved how the light was coming in,
and made all the shadows.

and here it is when it is actually lit up.  Course,
 it is even more beautiful at night!

Decide to frill up my pillow a lil with a bow
and Christmas ball.............

Here is a glimpse of the most of the room. 
 Hopefully,  I will get to show you some more
 closeups next week.

This is on the other end of the sofa
not the best picture I must say!

Love this lil statue,  she reminds me
 of a neice of mine that is all 
grown up now.

a lovely nativity given to me by Scott.

 Another view

 The follwing are all of the left side wall
that you can't see in this picture.

A Thomas Kincaide plate a friend gave to me.

Well, hope you enjoying your visit and
come again soon............

and this is the last thing you see when 
you go out the door! Brooklyn discovered 
them yesterday and just had a ball
 jingling them!

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Have a Wonderful Day..... jingle jingle!~

Love, Hugs, and
Merry Christmas Blessings,

Thankful Thursday will get posted
tomorrow (Friday),  it's about ready
 but figured since I am posting this,
I will wait for tomorrow.

See ya then...........

Monday, December 16, 2013

Weekend update and Great Video to boost your Christmas Enjoyment!

Scenes from cozy Place 2010

Morning Sweet Friends,

I am up early this morning cause we have gone to
 bed really early the last few nights, a real record
for us!  lol .  So have been up since 5 cause my
 back want let me sleep any longer............lol

Been thinking about you and wondering
 how you are all coming along with your
 Christmas preparations??  and If you
are enjoying the Christmas Season,
sure hope you are!!

Myself.........I did nothing towards our Christmas
 preparations this weekend, other than early on Friday, 
 but never got as far as I was hoping,  but oh well, 
however did get to watch our lil darling which was
 way more fun anyway!!  
Friday night hubby and I made rolo pretzels candies
(if anyone would like the recipe to the easiest and
tastiest lil goodies imaginable,  let me know and
I will post it) and I also made brownies to take to
 a Christmas get together for Sat.Afternoon, so 
that was fun,  then we watched Christmas vacation.
  My hubby just loves that movie........ and it really 
 is a riot!!   We have always had the made for TV 
version,  but our video is all messed up now,  and 
we have been trying to find a made for TV version, 
 but they just don't exist it seems anymore............ 
Think the cable stations have bought the rights to
 them or something.  So hubby ran to Walmart on
 Friday at lunch to pick up something and saw the
 movie there and bought it, so now we use the TV
 guardian with it, and it takes out any bad language.
So that is nice.......but it sort of takes out the whole
sentence when it does, course, we pretty much
know it by heart by now..............lol
  I think he likes it so much because of the nostalgia,
 cause it used to be a family tradition for us to all
 watch it together  every year.  I love that he is
 nostalgic like that!  It is a good thing!!
 I saw a T-shirt at Wally world the other night,
 that said "The Griswold family Tree" and it 
 has what looks like it has a cross-stiched car
 with a tree on top, on the front of the T-shirt,
so just had to get that for him.  Thought it was
so cute..................

Saturday we went to the Christmas gathering
which was in another close by town,  and an
area of the town we had never been in before
so that was fun.  Then we went out to dinner
at roadhouse grill,  then came home and went
 to bed at 9:30..........that just never happens
here.............think all these late nights we have
had here recently watching Christmas movies
has finally caught up with us!!  lol

Sunday was church of course,  and we had
our Christmas contata in the morning Services
this year,  and oh...........what a lovely contata
it was.  Simply beautiful,  like a little foretaste
of Heaven on Earth.  Sooo.........adds to our
Christmas Celebrations!
Then we got yomii and went to Target to try
and find a new tree topper cause our old one
is too tall...............plus our tree rotates,  so we
thought if we could pin something to the ceiling 
over the tree,  that looks like it touches the tree
 but really doesn't that would work.  Think what
we got might still be too heavy........

Then last night Megan and Scott had invited
us to go to a restaurant they have told us about
but we have never been to yet,  so we went, and
 it was really delish.  It is called "The Garlic",
and it is in New Smyrna Beach,  so it was a lil
bit of a drive,  about 30-40 mins.  Brooklyn went
with us,  and she was so good, and practically
everybody that sees her has to stop and talk to
her and say how cute she is.  Megan puts head
bands on her and they make her look even more
adorable.  So we had a fun evening,  but since
 we didn't get a nap we were whipped again, 
 so hit the bed by 10:00.

Is this a sign we are getting old????  lol

Today,  gotta get that dining room table cleared 
off, so we can mess it up again with wrapping
 paper and bows............lol

Well, I will leave you with a great
 video that will bring you some 
Christmas cheer..............
especially if you feel in need of 
some, take the time to watch it.....
don't think you will be sorry
 you did.....

Have a Fun and Productive
 week ahead!

Thanks for stoppin in..............

Love,  Hugs and
Merry Christmas Blessings,

Wow,  only 9 more days.............

Scripture Sunday

  Have a  Sweetly Blessed Day! Hugs,  Nellie