Thursday, December 24, 2015


Another Nativity Set!  We use to collect nativity sets but ran out of room to put them.  Couldn't resist buying another one!  "Wonderful Gardener" liked this one and it was on sale!  What can I say!!!!  It is from Frankenmuth, Michigan, a German tourist town.

Here is another set we bought years ago in Mexico.

Found the old sled so it sits by the front door to cheer things up a bit!

Sophia has come to visit again while her mommy goes to visit the grandchildren.  Sophia's mama's birthday is Christmas Day.  Happy birthday to Dianne!!!

Here is Jesus birthday cake!  Two candles for Gracie and Cali to blow out.   Remembering the Reason for the Season!  Have a very Merry Christmas everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Cookies, Bread, Christmas & Seed Catalogs

Christmas roll out cookies baked!  Are you wondering why they are all bells???  It is because I am lazy and it is easier to make them all one kind.  They all get frosted with red frosting too!  They taste the same as if I would have gone to more work!

Four loaves of Cranberry Bread baked.  Here are two of them.  "Wonderful Gardener" loves Cranberry Bread so almost every Christmas I try to make him some.  Coco even ate one of the cranberries.

We use to collect Nativity Scenes until we ran out of room to put them.  Isn't that the way with all collections!  This one is from Aruba. 

This Christmas tree I made years ago!!

I won't concentrate on gardening until after Christmas but two seed catalogs have already arrived.  It was so nice today that I went out and weeded a bit.  Wish I would have had energy to do more!  Thankful I could do a bit!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Lunch, Quilt, Bed & Dogs

This past week we had lunch with our Kindergarten girl, Cali!

Finished sewing the lap quilt top together.  Now to add the batting and back and quilt it!

A close up view of the pattern.

It is after Thanksgiving and time to decorate for Christmas!  I put the Christmas quilt and pillow cases I had made on the bed!

I am furbaby-sitting Sophia for a few days.  Here I am trying to take a nap with both Sophia and Coco on me!  They are both very spoiled furbabies!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Lunch, Trees & Christmas

We had lunch with Gracie at her school.  Her little friend wears glasses.  Now I understand why Gracie wants to wear those fashion glasses all the time!!!!!!!

Papa had lunch too!

Our chandelier pear tree was so pretty just a few days ago.  The leaves had all fallen off the fruit trees but not this one.

Brrrrr!  The next day after taking that picture it looked like this!  What a difference a day can make.

I have started on making things for my Christmas projects!  This is Peppermint Coffee.

Made my yearly Buckeyes!  They are not so good for the diet but so yummy!  Well, the peanut butter gives protein and they say dark chocolate is good for you so that must count for something!  Wishing everyone a nice Thanksgiving!  We have so much to be thankful for!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Crafts, Trip & Coco

I made two more sets of pillow cases, one for our bed to go with the Christmas quilt I had made previously and one to have for an extra gift in case one is needed.  I am tired of making pillow cases so this is it for now!!!

Needed some more "Just a little note" cards so made up these again.

I love this color of yarn and bought three of them.  I hope to get started soon knitting myself a scarf.  Finished up one more dish cloth.

We took an overnight trip to Shipshewana, IN.  An Amish area.  Met up with some friends we had not seen for awhile for lunch and looked in a few stores.  I can't seem to resist music things so these were added!

From Shipshewana we went over to Napanee and saw the play, "Mary Poppins" in the Round Barn Theater.

Coco visited her little friend, Sophia, while we were gone.  I know she gets very, very good care there but there is no place like home in Mom's bed on her own little quilt!  It is good to be home even for a dog I guess!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Soup, Coco, Rose & Gracie

One day I  used my energy and made some yummy soup!

Also some more granola!

Coco has the life!!  Kinda looks like her daddy does also!

"Wonderful Gardener" is also wonderful husband and brings me a rose once in awhile.  I just love this color!!

Oh my goodness!!  How many of you could do this????  Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Crisp, Grands, Pillow Cases, Messy & Coco

I made an apple crisp from some of the half bushel of apples that were left after the apple sauce we froze.  It was yummy!

This was one of our little goblins, Cali, for Halloween!  If I remember correctly I think she was Elsa!

Our other goblin, Gracie, was Wonder Women with the fashion glasses and all!!  I had bought enough little candy bars and packages of M&M's for 100.  We had about 36 little goblins.  It was a rainy night.

Our little climbing rose bush had the leaves eaten off this summer.  The leaves have grown back and it is bravely blooming in November!

I have been busy working on Christmas pillow cases.  Here are five sets completed.

Do you think Santa's workshop is as messy as mine?

Coco makes a nice spot to place my mouse pad.  She doesn't seem to mind as long as she can be up there with me.  Glad you could visit!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Food, Trip, Birthday & Coco

We bought a half bushel of apples and made up our lumpy applesauce for the freezer.  We usually buy a bushel or a bushel and a half and can and dehydrate it but couldn't this year.  It will still taste great from the freezer!

Used my energy one day to make up a raspberry pie with raspberries frozen from our yard.  Of course I had to have a sample and it passed the yummy test!  

We took a little trip to Nashville Indiana!  What a fun place to visit with all the little shops!  Pretty decorations!

We spent some time in Brownsville, IN State Park.  What a beautiful place in the fall!

Here is another one of the trees.  Love the vibrant color!

Here is one of "wonderful gardener"!  We took a little walk in the park.  Beautiful day!

The artists open up their homes/workshops out in the countryside  during the month of October.  We visited this one with the water mill that they had brought in.  It was way out in the boonies!  Interesting!!!

We came home and helped celebrate our granddaughter Cali's 6th birthday!  She is our youngest grandchild and growing up way too fast.

Coco went to visit Sophia while we were gone.  Here they are flopped out after their walk!  That is what I feel like doing about now!  Have a safe and Happy Halloween!!!!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Just Around!

Picked more raspberries this week.  Probably won't get anymore now.  Had our first frost last night!

The garden is put to bed for the winter.  I didn't know what I was doing when I planted that asparagus.  Now it shades the bed behind it so I can't plant a lot there.  Boo hoo!  I sure do love eating the asparagus in the spring though!

The roses are still giving us some color.  Knock Out roses are the best!!!

We brought the fountain into the garage.  Looks rather bare but ready for winter!  I think the dark mulch must be from my shadow.

This is spearmint and lemon balm (mostly spearmint) growing in a wooden pot by the deck.  I wonder if I should be cutting that back for the winter????

And last but not least this is Coco eating!  She gobbles up her food so fast so I spread it on the floor, some in her dish and some in the muffin tin.  The vet's technician said to put it in the muffin tin to slow her down.  And yes, those are little pieces of chopped carrots along with her food!  If I gave her the whole carrot it would be gone in a few seconds.  This slows her down.  She stands by me and cries while I cut up the carrot.  Guess I am not fast enough.  Am I crazy or is she!  Don't answer!!!!!

Progress in the Courtyard!

  It was so nice to look out my bedroom window this morning and see the Clematis blooming instead of a pile of snow.  It is a rainy day agai...