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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Make your own for 2015





Make your own Calendar for 2015.


Wall Calendar made with the help of  Vistaprint

All of us Bloggers have taken great photos.  








Why not use them in a Desk Calendar.







Or a Wall Calendar.  You choose the theme.








Desk Calendars are just under $3 when they are on sale.  

Look for specials.  Vistaprint has them quite often.

Directions are easy to follow. 


Have fun, 

Gina 




Disclaimer: sharing this information was my idea. I have not received compensation from Vistaprint for writing this post.


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Where is the snow?


Snow from another December.


But not this year.





When are these guys going South?






Landed just five minutes ago. 

Do they know something we don't ?

Have a great remainder of the week my dear friends.

Gina 






Friday, December 12, 2014

When it's cold and dreary outside



Bring a few winter flowers into the house.



Paperwhites are easy to grow inside your house. 






Friends brought oranges and lemons from California.






Cymbidium Orchids are repeat bloomers if you leave them outside in the Summer. 






After blooming Phalaenopsis like to be placed by an east facing window.





A few sprigs of Christmas Greens will do wonders.






Phalaenopsis orchids come in many colors.  They bloom for 4 to 6 months in my house. 







Orchids make especially nice Christmas gifts.  







Sometimes a trip to the Florist is called for. 






Long lasting Alstroemeria are a good choice.







White flowers always look so special. 






And don't forget the special gift for a very special friend.  


Happy Christmas planning.  

Gina 




Saturday, December 6, 2014

Mon Bouquet du Jour



Christmas decorations are 


being unpacked at my house.




We cut our tree in the mountains the other day. 



He's cooling his heels in the  Pond.

Have a great weekend my dear friends 
and 
don't work so hard
getting ready for Christmas. 

Gina  



Sunday, November 30, 2014

In case you have forgotten



Here is how



you paint Glass Balls for your Christmas Tree.






 Paint simple designs onto glass balls with acrylic paints. 
Attach wire and let dry.  It only takes a few minutes. 






Simple dots and circles will help you get started. 






Soon you will be painting little flowers. 







Just remember to load several colors onto your brush at the same time.  
That is how you get the variation of color in the pine needles. 








 Thin napkin paper glued onto glass balls works fine if you don't want to get paint on your fingers.  







Use lots of different colors and don't forget white. 







If you thin out the paint a little you can swirl colors inside the glass. 







Get to your Five and Dime store soon because glass Christmas balls are only available for a few weeks before Christmas.  

And have fun!

Gina 



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What is your one most favorite food item






on the Thanksgiving Table

Could it be Bavarian Creme?







Or do you like home made Cranberry Sauce best?







What about caramelized Sweet Potatoes






Or do you like it all?

 I have favorites and in the following order:  mashed potatoes and gravy, sage dressing, cranberry sauce, caramelized sweet potatoes, roasted turkey  and "cabbages in disguise" also known as Brussels sprouts. 









In an hour or two there will be room for a piece of Pear Pie.








Happy Thanksgiving,

dear Friends. 

Wishing you a most special day. 


Gina 




Saturday, November 22, 2014

Rembrandt Tulips and our Christmas Tree



When you get to be as old as we are.




Traditions become very important. 








See those footprints in the snow?

That is the way to our Christmas tree.  






Early Monday morning, Mr. G will stand in line at the Forest Service Office to purchase a Christmas tree cutting permit.  






My Rembrandt Tulip bulbs arrived only yesterday. 
The sun was shining.  It warmed up long enough to thaw the frozen ground.  

All 250 bulbs were planted between a row of Lavender.  







I know that it is too early to decorate the tree.







After cutting the tree and after our traditional picnic in the mountains, we will "park" the tree in our pond.  It will continue to take up water until we are ready to bring it into the house...
about a week before Christmas.






In the meantime...


We will celebrate Thanksgiving at home. 

Along with our traditional meal I'm going to try out a few new recipes.

Here are sensational selections from Ellie, who writes a most thought provoking and beautiful blog, 


Where will you celebrate Thanksgiving? 


Wishing you  a wonderful weekend. 

Gina