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Christmas Memories Around the Piano....

Christmas is in the air!!!
Everyone is bringing out treasured ornaments, decorating the tree and creating lovely vignettes across Blog Land.  For me, just sitting and browsing through the photos is so inspiring, but....
I've been doing a little decorating of my own.  
This piano has been in my family since I was a child.  I am so thankful to have it in our home!  It holds many special memories and is very beautiful....the warm wood, lovely lines and keys yellowed with age now.

I dress it differently for the holidays from year to year.  And, since we don't have a fireplace, the piano top serves as a mantel, of sorts!  This year I have topped with an evergreen garland, wrapped in tiny white lights and a beaded garland in traditional red, green and gold.  

To add some varying height, I popped bright red and green flocked ornaments from Dollar Tree on crystal candlesticks and nestled more into little Depression Glass dessert dishes passed down from my grandmother.....

I added in…

The Magic of Lights.....

We are decked out in full holiday regalia here at our cozy little cottage!  



Over the weekend, Eddie Dale finished hanging the lights outside and set up our little herd of deer to graze on the lawn out front.  We were a bit worried because we've had these deer for several years and I hold my breath every year when he unpacks them and plugs them in.  Sure enough, the rear legs were out on one of the bucks, but he was able to jiggle the wires a bit (while I said a quick prayer) and now they're all working again.  At any rate, I think he did a great job!


For years, we have hung simple evergreen wreaths with red velvet bows on the windows.  This is a look that I think is timeless and classy, so I just stick with it!


This is the 8th year year for our multi-colored lights with the clear icicles - that has to be a record!!!  But, they are still cheerful and maybe a little old-fashioned - let's just say "vintage" and it works for me.


 I have been going out the last cou…

The Day After Thanksgiving....

The morning after, and I sit here with a cup of coffee, listening to the wind whip the leaves into a frenzy outside....

And I am so thankful for the day we spent yesterday, preparing for and enjoying our family. 

In a break with tradition, we had an early evening meal, as opposed to the usual midday feast.  I still prepared a turkey, cornbread dressing and the usual side dishes.  But, the pace was slower, a bit more relaxed, since we were dining late in the day.  There were moments of rushing around like a chicken with my head cut off, but, overall, it was very enjoyable. 

Bonnie drifted in earliest.  She was alone since Matt was working the store's super early holiday shopping schedule and the kids are with their dad's family for this holiday.  She was tired, so tired.  Wrapping up her first trimester, she feels a bone-deep exhaustion.  So, I put her in the back bedroom for a brief nap before it was time for her to prepare her contribution to the meal - green bean casserole. …

Happy Thanksgiving and What I Wore.....

I've noticed a trend - bloggers posting about certain outfits they've put together, particularly on Wednesday.  It's called "What I Wore Wednesday", I think, and I'm sure it links up for a party somewhere.  There are a couple of these "fashionistas" who put together the cutest outfits and I look forward to their post every week!  I so wish I could pull myself, or at least an outfit, together the way they do!

Well, today is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.  Around here, that means it was a day devoted to last minute picking up around the house, running to the store for forgotten items, baking, running to the store for another forgotten item.....You get the idea.  It wasn't exactly a day for getting all cutied up!  But, I wanted to play "What I Wore Wednesday".....

So, tongue in cheek, here's what I wore today.....

Mossy Oak screen printed long sleeve tee - from WalMart - circa 2007 - $9.96
Ancient Levi's - from Academy, I'…

Holiday Planning 101....Getting a Jump-Start

It feels like the calm before the storm.  Quiet Sunday morning; Eddie is already at work and the two little dogs are wrestling around in the floor at my feet....

But, the real action will get started this week!

The holiday season is barreling down on us with gaining momentum.  Only three short days until Thanksgiving and its festivities.  I can't count today because most of my afternoon will be tied up with an open house at one of my listings.  Please say a prayer that this place gets sold soon!!!

I've done what I can in advance to try to allow for flexibility and enjoyment of the actual holidays ~

My menu for a simple, but traditional Thanksgiving dinner is planned and my shopping list prepared.  The kids have plans with their Dad's side of the family for the noon meal, so we are having an early supper at our home.  This will actually end up working to everyone's advantage.  I don't have to be up at the crack of dawn to start the turkey, so I might actually get to …

Booger Attachment? No Way....Well, Maybe...

I must admit....I am not a "cat person".

It probably stems from the fact that I am terribly allergic to cats.  We discovered this the hard way when I was a child.  We went over to visit some cousins in Sweetwater, about 45 minutes away.  They had an adorable little kitten and I held it, loved on it....and the result was wheezing and eyes that looked like scrambled eggs!  Benadryl was not available over the counter in the mid-60's, so the only remedy on a Sunday afternoon was a cool, wet cloth across my eyes.  The swelling took quite some time to go down and it was pretty traumatic to a little kid!

All through the years, I've avoided any contact with cats.  Sure, I can be in a house where they live, but I know not to touch any surface the cat has been on and then touch my eyes!  

When we lived out in the country, there were some outside cats, still somewhat feral, hanging around.  We often fed them and enjoyed watching their antics out in the yard (and the fact they k…

Bonnie Turns 30!!!

Today is my baby girl's 30th birthday!!!  
So hard to believe that it has been three decades since that precious little bundle of joy came into my life.  A couple of years ago, I wrote an emotional birthday post for her.   You can read the story of Bonnie's birth here.  
There have been some big changes in Bonnie's life in the past year.  In January, she married Matt!  I shared some of their wedding celebration right here.  
And now even bigger changes are coming.....
Bonnie and Matt are expecting their first child together in May, 2013!!!    Which means that I am going to be Mimi to yet another precious grandbaby! 
Little Baby Powell is just a blip on the radar in this photo, but he/she is there, thriving and growing, getting ready to be welcomed into our growing family.  
The announcement came to family and close friends at Ansleigh's sixth birthday party.  After the presents were all unwrapped, Bonnie handed Ansleigh one more little bag to open.  It only took a mom…

Not a Day Wasted.....

What a beautiful Autumn day it has been here!  
You simply couldn't ask for a more beautiful day for everyone to get out and vote. I totally avoid politics here on Janie's Porch.  It's just not one of those things I want to get into, so I will leave political discussions for others.  But, I do appreciate that the weather was so delightful today, so no one around here can use that as an excuse for not getting out and doing their civic duty. Right???
Since Eddie Dale was off today, we played hooky.  You know "played hooky" as in totally threw everything else out the window and just winged our way through the day as if we had not a care in this world.  Every once in a while, you just have to do that!  All the stuff on the "to do" list will still be there the next day....you know it will!!!
We decided to enjoy Taco Tuesday at Rosa's.....and it was delicious.  As always!  Then we hit WalMart and finished up some Christmas shopping and prowled around a b…

Under a Starry Sky.....

Last night, I stood in the dark, under an inky blue sky, shimmering with stars.   The warm afternoon had turned to cool twilight, the air carrying just the faintest hint of a chill.   The waning moon rose brightly in the east.
Looking up, I breathed deeply and listened to the quiet and familiar sounds of the neighborhood..... a dog barking, the slam of a car door down the street,  the hum of traffic a few blocks away.  
And I felt blessed. 
What better way to end the day than soaking up the beauty of God's creation around us? Even in the darkness, there is beauty and peace. 
Keep your eyes and heart open..... The blessing is there.







Autumn Top Ten

Now that the flurry of activity around Halloween is past, I am totally focused on enjoying Autumn, the season of harvest and thanksgiving.  
With the stores already getting all decked out for Christmas, it's easy to be lured into skipping ahead.  Heck, I'm struggling with wanting to bust out the red & green myself.  But, the period leading up to Thanksgiving is so often overlooked and really deserves its own accolades.
So, I sat down, put pen to paper and composed a quick "Autumn Top Ten".....although, not really in any particular order, just how they popped into my head..  Here we go.....
~The warmth of pulling on my favorite sweater for the first time of the season. 
~Pumpkins on porches. 
~Windows open to let the house cool down after warm Indian Summer afternoons. 
~Shades of red, orange and gold creeping into the trees. 
~Leaves skittering down the street and across the lawn in the breeze. 
~Crisp mornings and cool evenings with the smell of woodsmoke from …