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Thursday, December 17, 2009

That’s All Folks

When it’s been so long since I’ve posted, I almost feel like I should apologize for my absence. Of course that’s ridiculous – isn’t it? I write this for me – don’t I? No one says you have to read it – do they? I enjoy putting words to paper – and sometimes my words are funny and sometimes I just “report the news”. Either way, writing a post tends to make me stop & focus on what’s in my life that “might” be interesting to others. That said – I’ve got nothing. THE END.

OK, I’m kidding. I just got back from a visit with my daughter’s family in Denver. Perfect timing on that. It was seriously below zero here while I was gone and it was in the 50’s in Denver & I never wore a coat. I LOVE IT!! Did you know that when it snows in Denver, they only plow the major streets/highways? Residential streets are pretty much forgotten about. Of course they know that the white stuff will disappear in a couple days anyway so they just put up with it. Too bad for you if you have to get to work. Unless of course, you ENJOY shoveling. Not so much myself. You know? This ol’ gal ain’t as young as she used to be.

Moving on. My one & only granddaughter is 7 and is quite a doll if I do say so myself. We decorated a tree in her room. It’s very pink and very pretty. We had to take all the stuffed animals out which was rather traumatic but we over-came that trauma.



Winter wear in Denver…


If you like classic but subtle outdoor Christmas displays, you may as well skip these photos. I’m certainly not saying there’s anything wrong with them, I’m just saying the style is probably not for everyone. But my absolute favorite part of this neighbor’s yard in Denver is the inflatable snowman with a orange hunter’s cap and a rifle. I’m not sure of the statement it makes or what the connection is to Christmas. I just know it was never part of my nativity scene. Ok, enuf said.

There is a truly beautiful shopping area 5 min. from Kristi’s house called Southlands. It’s built like a little old-fashioned city with gorgeous streetlights and buildings, etc. It has very well known retail stores, restaurants of every kind, a large cinema, carolers at Christmas and an ice skating rink rimmed with the decorated trees. It’s exactly like Rockefeller Center – only different. LOL. It was all decked out for Christmas and I could not get any pictures to live up to the real thing but this is a peek at it anyway:


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Speaking of Christmas trees (we were?) – well here’s one for you. DD and I went to the outlet shopping center in Castle Rock. This was their main tree. I can pretty much guarantee that it didn’t grow anywhere near my house!! Again, it was so much prettier in real life. Hey, a photographer I’m not.


This is my garden shot for this week – Well, it is in my bird garden and they love the heated birdbath for a little bit of open water.


We had Woolies today at Mrs. Farmhouse’s. If you read her blog – and I’m sure you do – you know that her house is decorated “to the 9’s”. Whatever that means – I assume it means it was the BEST. AND I forgot to bring my camera. AGAIN. Bad Faye, Bad Faye.

So let me just tell you that we started with a touch of grape juice – or a variation thereof, if you know what I mean and a hot artichoke dip. Seriously good. And the food just went downhill from there – from a diet, let’s lose some weight point of view. Otherwise, it was delish! A little cherry/chocolate cake mid afternoon and just in case, some Christmas cookies, fudge, etc. THEN I had to go home and fix supper for my Mr. I’m telling you – it’s not easy being me. Sigh.

IF I’D HAD MY CAMERA, I could show you the snowman exchange we had. Or I could show you what people brought to show as one of their favorite Christmas ornaments. Or I could show the show & tell stuff. Not that any of that was the least bit interesting or anything. Still, I would have shown you if I could. Just in case you wanted to see. You hear what I’m sayin? (I feel like such a failure…sob)

Just because I know how to insert pictures, I thought I’d add a few of my own decorations. Why don’t you just hum a favorite Christmas Carole while you scroll down…..







My plan is to spend tomorrow in my woodshop. I went wood shopping in Denver and had to bring it home in my suitcase. And let me tell you – it is heavy!


Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

The photos are great Faye. I love the table runner and your stone fireplace is beautiful, not to mention your little granddaughter. I'm glad you had a good time. I'd be wearing a coat in 50 degree weather. I'm such a So. Californian! You scared me with your title "That's all Folks". I though, "No, she can't be quitting, I enjoy her blog too much". I'm sooooo glad I misunderstood1

Chris said...

I thought the same as Marcia and am glad you were just joking. Love your sense of humor and great pictures! Thanks for sharing with us. Merry Christmas!

Carol said...

Faye what a great your decorations and I'm over the top with your tree skirt. Wonderful!

donna said...

Faye, your posts are worth waiting for.....I luv every word and every photo.

Your granddaughter is seriously beautiful. Are you sure she's only seven?

What a great looking fireplace you have.


Linda said...

Hi Faye......glad you had a good time
in balmy Denver.
All of your creations in your photos are beautiful. Love that tree shirt.
I don't have a heater in my bird bath, my birds just like to skate!
have a good weekend.

Pat said...

Faye, your decorations and home are great. Your posts always put a smile on my face! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

Pat in Texas

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...


You have been a busy lady, love your post! Your granddaughter is adorable, I sure you had a special visit, how nice to enjoy the warmer weather, timing is everything!
Thanks for sharing your decorations, its all wonderful right down to the snowman and is that a kitty on the end of the cute too!
Merry Christmas, stay snuggly warm!

Holly said...

I'm so glad you're back! I've missed you, but were hoping you were just too busy to post, of which I can relate too!
What a fun visit you had and your granddaughter...lovely! What a beauty! Her tree is gorgeous and what fun to share that time with her.
Your home looks beautiful! Love the wool penny rug, your fireplace, your tree, your centerpiece...ok, everything!
Hope you have a blessed Christmas!

Oh, and don't ever forget your camera again, please!!

Grammy Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

Your grandaughter is adorable and what fun, a pink tree!

Love all your decor - especially the tree skirt! SO cute!

Amy said...

Ok, I was about to send out the search and rescue to dig you out of a snowbank LOL!! Glad to see you finally made time in your busy schedule to post. Thanks for leaving the rest of us poor schmucks in freezing Minnesota while you went to play in Denver!! And girl, Mrs. Farmhouse has nothin' on you in the decorating department. I loved your pics!! I especially loved that tablerunner - is there a pattern for it? Too cute! Have a Merry Christmas from one farmer's wife to another!

Pat said...

Love your Christmas tree skirt. Did you make it? If who is the designer? Love it!!!

Tootsie said...

hey girl! I was wondering where you were!!!
I hope you had a great time with your Grand Daughter!!! she is a cute little thing isn't she? You all did a great job on her tree too...
no comment on the snowman with the rifle...yea...I'm just not sayin a word..
the other lights were very pretty.
That main tree is huge...glad I'm not the one up there getting the lights
I hope you are getting to the end of the holiday prep...and are going to have just the merriest of Christmas's...and a wonderful New Year...
take care my friend...I am not online a whole lot as of late, but hope to have more time in we shall see you then!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Lovely photos, looks like a good visit with the grand.
Merry Christmas
from Thistle Cove Farm.

Marie said...

Love your decorations and your granddaughter's tree is gorgeous!!!!!!

Tootsie said...

just a quick visit to say Merry Christmas to you my friend and a very happy new year

Bittersweet Primitives said...

Love your blog and your home.. Sherie

Anonymous said...

I was surfing on websites this sunny New Year's Day and stumbled across your name associated with a blog. Lo and behold, there it is, my old girlhood friend has a blog! I have been 'catching up' on your thoughts and pictures and have been thoroughly enjoying getting into your life! What an interesting communication this internet is! Have a happy new year! Old neighbor friend, Sheri!