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Putting Away the Tree and Trimmin's....

Awoke to gray skies and cold weather on this Sunday morning.  Oh, how I wanted to snuggle back in and sleep a bit longer......

But, something inside of me felt restless.....I had a nagging idea that I should get up and clean house....really clean house.....minus the Christmas decorations!

And, so I pulled on my favorite grubby gray sweats and a jacket and began the process of dragging all the plastic storage bins into the house from the storage shed in the backyard. 

All the ornaments have been removed and wrapped in tissue and plastic.  The tree was bare and the pups were incredibly curious as to what I was doing.


Bit by bit, I collected little touches of Christmas from all around the house.  The dining area near the back door became a staging area. 


Now, I have nearly finished and am in the process of cleaning the rest of house.  Laundry, laundry, laundry....I have no idea how two people generate so much.  Changing sheets, scrubbing the bathroom....still await me.  And the kitchen f…

Contemplating the New Year....

I'm loving that it's Friday and Eddie Dale is home this evening!  Actually, he has been off all day, but I ended up working for the first half of the day and had another appointment later this afternoon.  So, we didn't get to spend a "day off" together......
But, I am still thankful that he is home and piddling around in the kitchen, putting together dinner right now!
It's hard to believe that this is the final weekend of the year!!! Where, oh where, did 2012 go?!?!?   It seems that it just sped by at warp speed.  
I ask myself...."Am I ready for the new year?"  Hmmmmmm.....I suppose I have to be.  Because there is no stopping or slowing the clock.  2013 will arrive, ready or not.  
As I look back at the last year, I wonder whether I met my goals.... or accomplished what I had hoped to accomplish.... or lived as I intended to live, on a daily basis....
The answer to all is "NO".  
I did not meet all of my goals or accomplish everything on…

The Day After Christmas....

Hard to believe that Christmas has already come and gone!  
We kept things pretty simple here at our home.  All the decorating, shopping and wrapping was done early, so those last few days before Christmas seemed oddly quiet and peaceful.  It actually felt a little weird not to be running around like a chicken with my head cut off at the end, though......

I did do a bit of tweaking on decorations in the final week.  I found some lovely snowflakes at Dollar Tree and put a bit of bling on the trees out on the porch and the garland wrapped around my snow globe display.  I love the snowy effect it gave and it only took a couple of packages of snowflakes.  Total cost - $2. 



The family came together at our home on Christmas Eve evening and enjoyed a very simple meal.  We put out sandwich meats and cheese, along with mini croissants and rolls to make sandwiches, and a variety of dips, chips and veggies.....what could be easier?!?!?  And, everybody got to have exactly what they wanted.  I a…

Christmas in a Compact Dining Area

To be honest, I've sort of  lost track of the countdown to Christmas this weekend.  
With the tragic events that unfolded Friday in Newtown, Connecticut, it has been hard to focus on the "trappings" of Christmas.  My heart is heavy and burdened for the victims' families and loved ones and I cannot even begin to imagine the scope of their loss.  It certainly puts things into perspective, doesn't it? 
For several days, I had been trying to capture the holiday decorations in our dining area in  photos that are share-worthy.  Lighting in that room is tricky, particularly at this time of year.  I finally just decided to go with what I had saved in my camera.  After all, how important can it truly be to fuss and fret over photos for a blog post when the world is in a state of shock and hurt?

Our kitchen and dining area are open to one another and very compact.  When we moved in nearly three years ago, we ended up "gutting" the kitchen down to the studs and re…

A "Not So Rushed" Saturday in December...

Oh, my golly gosh!!!
December is well under way and Christmas is racing towards us! 
I still need to get good photos in the dining area/kitchen and finish the tour of our home decked out for the holidays.  But, that just doesn't seem to be happening today.  
What can I say?!?!?  
Eddie had a rare Saturday off in December, so we decided to take full advantage and spend it together.  After he prepared fried bacon, scrambled eggs and toasted breakfast sandwiches, we got ready to hit the streets.  
We were only out for a couple of hours.  But, we had a lot of fun while making a few stops.  Eddie had to pick something up at Lowes, so he dropped me at the garden center before parking.  I just walked around and watched families selecting their trees and breathed in the heavenly scent of fresh cut firs.  

It made me want a real tree really badly!!!
But, I settled for these instead.  And they really do smell like a real Christmas tree!  When we got home, I immediately hung three on the tre…

Bringing a Little Christmas Magic into the Bedroom

Don't you just love bringing little touches of Christmas into different areas of the home when decorating for the holidays?  
Today, I am sharing the master bedroom and how we like to celebrate the season in our own private little sanctuary.


Little is the key word when it comes to our bedroom. 
Our home was built in the early 50's, so there is no "master suite".  This is simply the largest bedroom, located at the front of the house.  So, it became our "master" and, this year, home to our traditional "Texas Tree".  Perched on the top of a writing desk in the corner and reflected in the mirror, it sparkles and shines with the numerous Texas and western-themed ornaments we have collected.



Actually, the colors I have year round in this room lend themselves very well to decorating for the holidays.
The light olive tone on the walls, red and gold in the bedding, and gold sheers at the windows provide a nice backdrop for the red, green and gold of tradi…

Decking the Halls...

Welcome to our little cottage, all decked out for the holidays!!!



Today, I am sharing our living room.  Since I decorate other rooms in the house, I thought I would break it into separate posts - little mini tours - so I could share more photos for each space and not have a mile-long post!   


Our place is definitely small.  (Maybe that's why I like to call it a cottage - it makes it sound more romantic or chic.)  But, we are chocked full of Christmas cheer! With limited space, I try to keep things to scale. That is why, when it came time to replace our tree, I went with this very slim model. Although it isn't large, it fits the space nicely and provides lots of branch tips to hold our large, and growing, collection of ornaments.


The tree is nestled between a decorative table holding a display of snowglobes and the hutch I got from my mother many years ago.  Since we don't have a fireplace and mantle, I generally try to compensate by making every flat surface a mini-mant…

A Christmas Song to Take to Heart

December 1.......time is flying by!!!
Hard to believe that we are in full holiday swing.  But, Christmas is just a little over three weeks away now!
We are enjoying being all decked out for the season.  I've been busy at home today, just doing some cleaning and tweaking the decorations.  This evening, we have plans to go out with friends for dinner, but I am hoping to lay down and rest for just a bit with the pups before it is time to get ready. 
I know many folks are running and rushing at breakneck speed at this time of the year!  So much to do....decorating....shopping....wrapping....partying....and the list goes on.  We are making a very conscious effort to avoid some of the craziness that has become the December norm.  
Enjoy time together when we are both off; get out at times of the day when it is less crowded; simplify the schedule.....those are our goals! 
I always enjoy music in the car when I am out and about.  Music seems to have a calming effect and often moves and…