Thursday, December 26, 2013
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
|Post Cards on the right|
|Daisy Yellow from Texas USA|
|From Florida USA|
|From New York State USA|
|From Texas USA|
This International Post Card swap was coordinated by iHanna From Sweden. I have participated in it for many years now. IT is a fun way to create fun art and receive some fun art. each one is so very different. The artist from Israel sent me a video clip to see what Israel was like- it was very cool.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
" When hope is not pinned wriggling onto a shiny image
or expectation, it sometimes floats forth and opens"
PS- this green is one of my favorite colors - just sayin'
Monday, December 16, 2013
This is a favorite decoration of mine . . . . I do not have a Elf on a shelf but I do and could have a pig on a shelf! Growing up we had an Elf on a shelf . . well he sat on the refrigerator and watched us eating morning and night. We were told that he was keeping an eye on us for Santa. He looked just like the current Elf on a shelf but he did not move around. He stayed there all the time. He did not play any tricks or anything either, in other-wards he had no special powers. We were captivated none the less by his powers to talk with Santa and report on our behavior. It seems that I can remember some tattle tale activities between my sister and I at times.
One might think this pig was visiting Seattle with that Lego Space Needle behind him! ha ha
Saturday, December 14, 2013
As the snow falls it leaves behind a thick blanket of white that quiets all that is around. It swirls and twirls and ever so gently piles up into inches and feet. The banks of snow dampen the sound and for a short while the whole world stands still. The humans in their houses and the animals in their dens, trees and homes wherever they may be. This is the morning after and there are no tracks at all. This is unusual as coyote, fox, deer and other mammals and birds are abundant here at Chestnut Hill. We revel in the sheer beauty of a fresh blanket of snow. It coats all the trees like frosting on a cake. As it has been very cold out of late this is a dry fluffy snow and not the kind that we can make snowmen out of. Perfectly fine for sledding though.
Friday, December 13, 2013
|We Baked 7 small houses and 6 Large houses|
|These are the foil covered cardboard to serve as bases for the homes.|
|Partial assortment of candy for houses.|
|Snipped red twizzlers for bricks and small triscuits for roof- Dorr and entry are on another side.|
|designing with the Royal Icing|
|Lots of pattern and Symmetry|
|All reds and greens very storybook like - love it!|
|Gingerbread house in the Tropics with a Yellow Licorice Snowman|
|Creative cutting of candies|
Thursday, December 12, 2013
"Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn't come from a store."
Reese's Peanut Butter cups, Chocolate kisses and Corn Syrup. Go light on the syrup, it is your glue. You can also put some on the outside and then put sprinkles on the trees.
Sharing these little treats with friends and family.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
"It began in a Manger" by Max Lucado
"The stable stinks like all stables do. The stench of urine, dung, and sheep reeks pungently in the air. The ground is hard, the hay scarce. Cobwebs cling to the ceiling and a mouse scurries across the dirt floor.
A more lowly place of birth could not exist."
"Off to one side sit a group of shepherds. They sit silently on the floor, perhaps perplexed, perhaps in awe, no doubt in amazement. Their night watch had been interrupted by an explosion of light from heaven and a symphony of angels. God goes to those who have time to hear him—so on this cloudless night he went to simple shepherds."
"Rest well, tiny hands. For though you belong to a king, you will touch no satin, own no gold. You will grasp no pen, guide no brush. No, your tiny hands are reserved for works more precious:
to touch a leper’s open wound,
to wipe a widow’s weary tear,
to claw the ground of Gethsemane."
Humble beginnings for sure. I think what I love best about nativity scenes is that they are interactive. The individual that sets it up or looks at it can interact by moving the pieces around. Creating a scene that they imagine or think it may have been like.
I had a surprise this year when I set it up. We have a collection of rocks in the box from places we have been and use them to reate a rocky hillside or such that the Shepherds/ Kings may have traveled upon. I picked up this one rock- speckled and smooth and on the backside was written Tremont Maine 2004 then the tear filled my eye . . . for this was the location of dear church friend Ray who had passed from this world to the next just 3 days earlier. I had no idea that it was in that box. I can think of no finer remembrance of this Former Lobstah' fisherman, engineer then part of the nativity scene, I placed his rock on top of a larger smooth rock from Cape Cod that is in memory of my FIL Dave. The two of them had been great friends over the years. They are now part of the Great Story. Rest well, you will not be forgotten.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
So this is our Mailbox post . . . and I am known to many as the "Flag Lady" or the Banner Lady" to many that I do not even know but that drive by our home. We live on a Hill and this time of year put a spotlight on the post until it becomes lawn mowing time again. I have had many random people over the years comment on the seasonal flags. This is one of several for Christmas. There is a stocking, ornaments, an Angel, and a creche with a bright star that we put up on the 24th. You know it is December when . . . . the Christmas flags come out. It is funny for years the land beside us was a Christmas Tree farm and during the week I would have people come to the house to ask about cutting thinking that were the farmers. Of course we were not and they were directed to Saturdays and Sundays. The snowplows stay way away from our mailbox given its sturdy footings.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
"Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down our blankets for a nap."
The beginnings of Chestnut Hill Cookies 2013!
Whats your favorite cookie?
here from a Boston paper. about the significant increase in sightings. also you can go here to E-bird to see here to find them near you. Click on the live link near the map then just keep zooming into the area that you live. They are huge and majestic to see. They like to hang out on Lakeshores, coast and airports or large open areas that might resemble Tundra. Some feel they move south for food and other sources indicate that they are really not sure why they migrate in great numbers. This owl and another were seen by my daughter along Lake Ontario. Snowy Owls are the largest owl in North America. A December Treat for sure.
- 20.5–28 in
- 49.6–57.1 in
- 56.4–104.1 oz
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
|Coyote - note toe nail marks at top of paw|
|Eastern Gray Squirrel|
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
― Roald Dahl
Top photo - camera twisted or twirled on the whole tree
Bottom photo- focused on one white light and glass ornament then the camera was turned.
I love playing around with taking this type of photo because you just never know what you will get- it is always magic! I think the top looks like a busy city at night and the bottom a magic rabbit hole. There is more depth to it.
Try to find some magical moments in your days this Holiday season.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
|White Breasted Nuthatch 12/3/13|