Five on Friday: On my Wishlist

December 13th, 2013 No comments

We’re getting close to Christmas, so I thought I’d visit my Wishlist board on Pinterest and feature five “wishes” for my Christmas list. Don’t look to this post for anything deep like peace on Earth or a cure for Muscular Dystrophy (because seriously, these are never ending wishes that I do seriously pray for deeply), or anything like, “Johnny win the Heisman” or even for the death of “internet speak.” No, this is strictly consumeristic (its a word now, shut up) and selfish. And items that are just for fun, not for work.



2. and/or

3. BeadSiam on Pinterest. and/or funkyjeandesigns on Pinterest.





Psst... this includes a link to my Wishlist, too. You know... just in case you want it. ;) LOL

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Snowfall magic

December 10th, 2013 No comments

The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event.
You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different,
and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?  
– J. B. Priestley

 ❅ ❄ ❆


 It snowed overnight. I almost missed it, lost in a world of text, images and technology.


I was tinkering on Facebook and Twitter and started seeing reports of snow accumulating in the Nashville area. I opened my front door and it almost took my breath away.


My husband and I grabbed shoes and coats and practically ran out to experience one of natures most beautiful events. It softly, silently fell around us, bathing our yard, house and truck in a soft blanket of white. It crunched under our feet as we walked through our front yard.


It didn’t last long, and its already resulting in traffic tie-ups around town. But it nonetheless made me feel like a little kid for awhile. I’m sure my eyes were glowing like a five-year-old’s on Christmas morning. I fuss about driving in winter weather, but if I am safe at home? It’s a beautiful, magical time that just makes me HAPPY.

No idea when we’ll see more… I know it won’t last and when I leave my house later today, it’ll all be long gone. That blanket of white, returning to dull greens and browns. However, I remember… and the joy and Christmas spirit it gave me remains.


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Mailed greetings

December 9th, 2013 1 comment

Christmas cardsI’ve been thinking a lot about things I’d like to do over the course of this next year — everything from life goals to little changes.

One little change is to do more mailed greetings. Random letters and cards to friends. It always  makes me smile to get something in the mail from a friend, and I’d like to do that for friends myself.

Last night, I filled out our Christmas cards. They’ll hit the mail today!

The cards gave me a chance to really reflect on the relationships in my life. Friends I haven’t seen in a long time, but that I look forward to corresponding with at Christmas. A few names were removed from the list due to death or just distance that has become too much. Other names added as new friends are made. I ended up doing a “look back at the past year” as each address was placed on each card.

Email is quick, but I’ll admit emails tend to get left for days in my inbox. Facebook messages are quick, but Facebook has eaten many of my messages over time. I will admit the USPS isn’t the most reliable service at times, but it still gets my attention when a card or letter comes… especially if its from a friend or family member.

So it takes time to go the mailbox. It takes time to go buy stamps. (Which, I ordered my Christmas stamps online this year… so easy and arrived about the same time my cards did! Perfect!) But its time that will mean a lot to the person receiving the letter or card. And that makes that time worth it.

I hope everyone likes our cards, and I can’t wait to get more cards in the mail myself! Let the stroll through the past year continue, while I look to make a new goal of writing more in the new year.

 Christmas cards

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#DrinkUpLinkUp – Make your own ornament!

December 5th, 2013 1 comment

Every Christmas season, there’s a night I look forward to more than most… the tree decorating party at the bar! This past Monday was the 2013 edition of the fun night.  The concept is easy… go buy airplane bottles of your favorite liquor, drink it, and then decorate the bottle. Ta da!… a Christmas ornament!

You can keep it simple:

Tree decorating party

You can get complex:

Tree decorating party

Beer cans work great as well:

Tree decorating party

And we’ve found that Patron bottles are particularly fun:

Tree decorating party

Red Bull gives you wings, so how about an angel?

Tree decorating party

It doesn’t even have to be an ornament… make just some great decorations:

Tree decorating party

 Needless to say, its a super fun night, and it amazing to see how creative your friends are when given liquor and a glue gun. So maybe someday when you want to put a twist on your Christmas party, turn it into a decorating party, and let the fun — and drinking — begin!


Photo Share: November 2013

December 2nd, 2013 1 comment

photosharebuttonPhoto Share is my personal replacement for Weekly Winners, since that link exchange is no longer happening. It’s just my own challenge to take great photos through the week month, as it gives me a venue to share some of them on this blog. Consider it my own little P.S. on the week month before.

Photos this week taken with my Sony DSLR A230 or Canon EOS Rebel T3 or Nikon CoolPix L20. Edited using Lightroom 3… or using my Droid Razr and Instagram. You can probably figure out which is which.


359: Katie & Ryan

Katie & Ryan


360: Cheekwood




362: My photography helper

Printer's Alley Christmas Decorations

Fall fades into winter

Shiner White Wing

Joe Diffie @ Dosey Doe

Joe Diffie @ Dosey Doe

Joe Diffie @ Dosey Doe

Joe Diffie @ Dosey Doe

Joe Diffie @ Dosey Doe

Birthday cake

Christmas packages



November 28th, 2013 No comments

I was originally going to entitle this blog post “Counting My Blessings.” But then I realized, I could never fit them all into one post. Not without leaving someone or something out… not without falling short of being able to convey the deep gratitude I feel in my heart.

You see, as I look around me, I realize I have so many things for which I am thankful. If one’s wealth and success are measured in moments, memories, family and friendships, I could easily consider myself the richest woman in the world.

So I sit here tonight, with a full tummy, warm in my home, and a feeling of thanks deep in my heart. Happy Thanksgiving, indeed.


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