Sunday, December 29, 2013
It is too hard to put up the tree when we are both working (and worse is taking it down!). But I put up a few Christmas decorations this year. Here they are.
I set up this beautiful Christmas candle, give to us by Virginia Hobbs, on the dining room table. The two small candles set up on opposite corners of the tablecloth I bought many years ago in Nuremberg, Germany.
Here's the mantel in the family room--resplendent!
I collected these ornament balls over some years from the old Paper Doll store that used to be on the Pearl Street Mall. That store had a large pig out in front and lovely things inside.
I ordered these plates from an insert in a Sunday newspaper. They depict Santa Claus in different scenarios and are titled, "A Grand Old Santa", "Christmas in Paris", "Christmas in Germany", and "Father Christmas." I treasure them.
Here is my nutcracker collection!
And some presents!
I bought all my orchids in the wintertime, and they were blooming--that's why I bought them. So now, they bloom, in the cold time. I think it's a wonderful strategy for having blooming flowers in the winter, although I never thought about it and came upon it by accident. Here are some of my December orchids.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Here are some more shots of Hank's first day with us.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
We had a fabulous Thanksgiving this year. We were joined by 11 wonderful friends who brought delicious dishes to the party. Dave started cooking three days ahead of time and we tried some new recipes this year, which made it really fun. We invited folks to come by after dinner if they wanted to play some music, and more friends came to do that. Here are some photos of the day, taken by Tom Stuart.