Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday's Postcards 2014: Christmas Lights

I think this postcard of Santa Fe looks so Christmasy with the lights and I love this artist that does these interesting pictures of animals in the desert.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Monday's Postcard 2014: Recipes

I'm not the best cook, but I do enjoy these postcards with recipes on them!! I might even try to make this stuff one day. :-)

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Christmas Decorating

Well, in my family, the holiday decorations weren't just about putting up lights and adding a tree to the living room. My granny and my mom were famous for replacing everything in the house with a holiday equivalent.   So here are some of my photos of stuff around the house.

Dish Towels, Remove the Lobster and Replace with Santa

Soap Dish, replace Fish with Santa

Replace Raven in Foyer with Wooden Santa I bought in Thailand

Book Potholder replaced with Santa and Snowman

Pillows on the Sofa

Candles on the Mantelpiece

Photos on the wall replaced with Cross-Stitch Snowman
More artwork replaced with Christmas themed art

Another piece of art in the hallway, replaced by embellished Christmas Tree art
My plain black work socks replaced with Christmas socks
Even my pot scrubbers in the sink get a Christmas up grade!

And I have holiday sheets, dishes, glassware, vases for flowers, place-mats and napkins in addition to the wreaths, garlands, lights and trees that I put up around the house. I don't have to replace all the pictures and artwork on my walls, but I love my holiday decorations and it reminds me of my mom and Granny. They enjoyed Christmas and decorating for the holidays so much. It keeps their memories close in my house during the season. The newest ornaments on my tree:
From the Burke Museum here in Seattle

Felted Heart from Montana

I love these, you just put them on top of the lights, I have three of them and I wish I had bought more

Monday, December 01, 2014

Monday's Postcard 2014: Postcards from Mom

Today is my Mom's birthday and here are two cards I received from her while she was traveling around the USA

Sunday, November 30, 2014

November Reading

Photo of me on Hemingway's grave in Idaho. Not my all time favorite author, but I am a fan.

We are Called to Rise by Laura McBride (library) the lives of several folks from Las Vegas intersect in interesting ways
Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen Another Rizzoli and Isles mystery
The Backbone of the World by Frank Clifford about the continental divide not specifically about the trail, but about the whole area and the building of the trail
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (library) an Oprah book and many of you have already read The Secret Life of Bees by this author I liked this one a lot about slavery and emancipation
Jack Reacher's Rules by Lee Child (library) just a little book of lists really, but entertaining if you like these books by Lee Child
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (library) So everyone is reading this and saying how fabulous it is...I did not think I was going to like it, it is extremely stark and depressing. Lots of drug use and depression, but some of her descriptions are awesome. So it wasn't totally fabulous, but I did like it
The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams (library) very enjoyable and fun especially after the heavy reading of the Invention of Wings and The Goldfinch.
Let's Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (library)funny memoir about a girl from rural Texas ...laughed out loud a couple of times with this one .. Nice after some heavier reading earlier this month!
Once Upon a Time, There was You by Elizabeth Berg (library) I think this is my second time reading this one....but it is good nevertheless
Someone Could Get Hurt by Drew Magary (library) very funny I laughed out loud a couple of times with this one too!  It's about having a baby and raising toddlers from a fathers perspective
The Train by Georges Simenon (library) WWII, it was okay. Refugees on a train, espionage, it's not sophie's choice
Struck by Genius by Jason Padgett (library)True story of a man who was assaulted and after the head injury it changed his personality and his perception of the world I liked it
The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson I thought I had read all his stuff, but this one slipped under the radar. Loved it
Shopping, Seduction, Mr. Selfridge by Lindy Woodhead I loved the PBS series and I enjoyed the book too (with photos of the actual store and people mentioned in the book)
The Stench of Honolulu by Jack Handey (library)
Tapestry of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg. (Library) I enjoy her books this was not my all time favorite of hers, but it was nice
The Mystery of the Fiery Eye by Robert Arthur (three investigators mystery)
The Mystery of the Blinking Eye by  Kathryn Kenny (Trixie Belden mystery)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday's Postcards 2014: Happy Thanksgiving!

I am so blessed to have great friends from all over the country who send me postcards. I am truly thankful for all of you!!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday's Postcards 2014: Fall Color

These cards are full of gorgeous Fall Color! I feel thankful every day for my friends who send me postcards!