New Season, New Home

This weekend was a Christmas weekend in every sense.  Bridgette and I got to go downtown and watch the Christmas tree lighting ceremony.  Unfortunately, Bradley wasn't with us (he was with his dad), but we had fun singing Christmas carols, loudly, with our friends we met down there, we drank a Starbucks Red Cup holiday drink, we unexpectedly got to say hello to a good friend who happened to be downtown as well, and we did a little shopping, too....more
I knew that was Portland before I even saw the caption :)  Its so hard to reconcile a the post ...more

Christmas after the kids grow up...

I used to take the whole decorating for Christmas thing pretty seriously, especially when the kids were little. I wanted to re-create for them the magic of Christmas that I experienced when I was a girl....more

Let There Be Light (Weekly Photo Challenge)

Let there be light! Many of you already know that the photo in photography means light.  More often than not, though, we shy away from actually showing its source in our photos. In time for the shortest days of the year (at least in the northern hemisphere), let’s give our trusty light bulbs, flickering candles, and pedestrian street lamps their due respect....more

Wordless Wednesday: The Trouble With Lights Is...

I could spin you a short tale about how this happened but in this case I think the picture says it all. Just in case you can't see it very well, that's the string from the mini blinds tangles up in the twinkle lights. Yeah......more

Handprint wreath mini flag

I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but everyone at my house is excited about Christmas and ready to decorate. That means it is time to get crafty! Here’s how to make your own handprint wreath mini garden flag.What you need:HankerchiefFabric paintPaint brushRibbonPaper plate (cut a 3 inch circle out of the middle)Needle and threadSewing machineWhat to do:Making the flag:1. Cut the hankerchief down to 12 1/2 inches by 22 inches....more

Christmas Photo Shoot 2012


To the Manor Retired (Almost!!)

It has now been almost a year and a month since we bought our retirement home, even though the spouse and I still have a ways to go until we can officially retire.  Still, if we had not taken the leap of faith to put in an offer on the old stone manor house on the mountain in August of 2011, I feel we would have regretted it the rest of our lives.  When my husband and I went to the first open house, the feeling of home immediately struck us both. We moved in the weekend before Thanksgiving last year.  The deal was closed on September 30, 2011, but we had to spend ...more

Countdown to Christmas 24 days and Counting -Decorating Inexpensively

Countdown to Christmas 24 days and Counting -Decorating Inexpensively Candy Tree ...more

Down With White – Color Versus White Lights

Are you a white light or color light family? ...more

A DIY Christmas: I Started Decorating for Christmas Yesterday

Ok. Finally, I couldn’t stand it – the fact that my house still looks like it belongs in the middle of July more than the middle of November. Oh – or the fact that my storage room looks like THIS and won’t be looking any better until I have a chance to go through all of our decoration boxes:...more