Well we have about six weeks and we can spring forward our clocks. It will still be a bit chilly for a couple of months but the days light will be longer and I will not feel like going to bed at 8:00… I need warm sunshine to toast my bones. I crave light clothes and beautiful colors. I love tan skin and pedicured toes….
Winter Storm 2016… There is something very special about snow we must admit.. Most everyone gets a little giddy about the possibility of a free/snow day and why not? The world seems to slow down a bit and we have a snug window of a moment to enjoy loved ones by cooking soups/stews and maybe warm beverages. Followed by Sledding and building snowmen and creating memories.. It is the bright ray in the darkest coldest season. A beautiful moment to enjoy.
My husband and I typically do not exchange gifts on Christmas. We have all that we need snd purchase items we want during the season.
Well while doing our family shopping together I spotted this female nutcracker at Pier One Imports. I loved it! I have collected nutcrackers for years. However, displaying all of them each season can be a bit of a chore. I just could not justify spending the cash on something whimisical.
So what a wonderful surprise when My husband surprised me with her on Christmas Eve!
She is a red haired glamorous shopper nutcracker or at least thats my interpretation…
So cheers and happy season and hete is to wonderful surprises.
Now that the kiddos have grown up. One over seas protecting the country the other a senior in college and chasing the mighty dollar.. She is actually Working on Thanksgiving! We. The four that was available actually celebrated on a Tuesday .. Two days early at a steak house … I know! No turkey or dressing or cooking.. This is not because we can not cook. We have done turkey in brine and homemade cranberry sauce ( serious food network junkies ) in the past. Trust me my filet was perfect..
As the family dynamics changes.. So does tradition… And that goes for decorating as well. So away with the fresh $80.00 fraser fir with all the traditional trimmings and welcome to my twin artificial white christmas trees… I am embracing change with a new-decorative mind set…
I had no idea how I was going to decorate them .. What color scheme? So I did what any woman living in the 21st century would do and perused Pinterest!!
I love the elegant look of silver and gold.. I used a combination of old ornaments that I actually had forgotten about ( middle age fog brain )… But let me tell you this! My old lights had green wire and that stuck out like a sore thumb.. So off I go back to the nearest Hardware store to find lights with a white wire!! Lessons learned.
Next tree took another 24 hours. Decisions , decisions! I decided to use what I had because most if the silver and gold ornaments were exhausted on the first tree. I used red and gold with a few personal ornaments thrown in…
Here is the second tree.
Heres to celebrating the holidays in a new style! Have you changed your traditions?
On the way to dinner last night. Why oh why is it so difficult for us to chose where to dine? I believes it stems from boredom. We started out with a local eatery as a choice then moved to a new joint but that place waa crazy packed and my hubby has no tolerance for lines. We settled finally on Sushi.. Then furniture shopping .. Then food shopping…
Well as we were heading to dinner 1-40 was flirting around with the twilight scene.. I thought what a lovely image. The blue ridge mountains surrounded by the warm glow of the sunset…
Photograph credit : me
Location: Interstate 40. North Carolina
After the third rainy Monday in a row and the last one was truly a monsoon! Enough already I say. Well the weather Gods must have heard me because it has been a beautifully sunny week! There is something about those warm rays that that cause the slightest tickle at the corner of your mouth…. Yes I am smiling. My eyes are sparkling and my wardrobe has improved with this change in weather.
Sometimes it really is the small things that I cherish. A beautiful day after much rain and in the Month that hints at even bleaker weather.
Photography credit: me
Location: Conover, NC
There is something about growing older that causes me to take a look back and pause about the choices I have made. This week has been hard (actually last week) since this is Sunday. My work partner left and went to a competitor …it is a great move for him but a lot of work for me to do and so that is Life…
For some reason in spite of being in the profession of sales and never meeting a stranger when I get home I remain very antisocial. It takes so much emotional energy to engage. I have very little true friends. The ugly truth is the people I do encounter= ( No real vibe/so not my tribe). I find boring . :/.
Photography credit: me
Location: Lake Hickory
I took these photographs December 2013. We decided to take the week before Christmas and decompress. Ocrakoke Island is very desolate in the Winter and so perfect for mental unwinding. You have to arrive by Ferry which adds a bit of special allure… My family found the most adorable bungalow . Much wine and book pages were consumed that week. Sometimes busy crowds of people does not lend itself to powers of recuperation.. I highly recommend vacationing in the winter here for a bit of charging the tired batteries.