Christmas Eve

Happy 24 December to everyone on this side of the International Date line – and Happy Christmas to all who are on the other side!

We celebrated our Christmas on 21 December when I was lucky enough to have all my daughters, their partners, grandkids and my parents here.  12 for Christmas Dinner – it was magnificent!  The eldest two and their families left on Sunday, so my youngest and her boyfriend are the only ones left.

Our Christmas Day was stormy but a nice warm 75.  Today it’s overcast and 29!  The weather is in a state of flux.  I’m the only one up and I’m enjoying the peace and quiet for a bit.  I will enjoy the company of my daughter when she wakes up.

Breakfast this morning is fresh raspberries and cappuccino.  Yum!

Sending you all hugs and warm wishes.  Enjoy your day, no matter what you do with it.

More family!

My youngest, Chelsea, and her boyfriend arrived last night.  Now only one of my daughters hasn’t made it home, but her son (my eldest grandson) is still in school.  We are having a great time.

Today we all went to see Cirque de Soleil’s production of Varekai.  I’ve seen them perform on TV and they were awesome, but a recorded event doesn’t hold a candle to seeing them live.  It was fantastic and we were all mesmerized by the performance.  What a great way to celebrate the holidays with loved ones!

Hope you all are having an amazing December.


Steph and her family from California arrived Friday evening after many delays en-route.  It is so good to see them and to have them a part of my daily life, even for a short period of time.

We are having so much fun!  We have been to favorite restaurants and on Sunday afternoon we went and saw the local ballet production of “The Nut Cracker”.  The kids loved it (as did the adults).  We had great seats (thanks Steph) and I’m not sure we even blinked throughout the performance.  There were two “guest” ballerinas from the San Francisco ballet company and that was a real treat as well.  We did some research on The Nut Cracker and guess what.  The first performance in the US was in 1944 and was performed by the San Francisco Ballet Company!  I thought it delightful that the first company who presented the ballet sent two of their best to assist in this production.

It hasn’t been all fun and games tho.  The day after they arrived the plumbing backed up!  The plumber came yesterday and now everything is working again.  We are all very happy that the potties once again work!

And yesterday afternoon my 8-year old grandson started coming down with a cold.  Umcka to the rescue and we are hoping to have caught it in time so he’ll feel better faster.

Wishing you and yours all the best this beautiful December!

Project Hallway

Last December, in preparation for putting new color on the hallway walls, I taped and primed the walls.  Many months passed and finally, around Feb or Mar, I did one short wall and one long wall.  Time passed and other things took priority.  Finally, with guests due in less than a week, I decided it was time to paint the other short and long wall.  So that’s what I did.

First I pulled off the painters tape.

Funny what you can get used to! Can you believe this didn’t drive me crazy?

It looked so much better with the tape down, I was tempted not to do anything else!

All the tape was down. It wasn’t as hard as I feared using the heat gun tip I found on Pintrest! Fingers got a bit warm tho. LOL

Finally, after numerous breaks and several cappuccinos, the work was done!

Photo doesn’t do it justice! The paint is Enlightenment by Valspar. The white bit on the right of the photo is the door way to the kitchen. The kitchen is red, trim white and that yellow looks amazing when viewed together!

Now I’ve only got to do the trim work (glossy white), touch up and clean up the drops on the floor.  Wonder how long that will take?


PS – My hallway is really long.  It took nearly a gallon to put 2 coats of paint on the one long wall and the wall where the doorway to the kitchen is!

Happy Post-Thanksgiving

Happy Day-After Thanksgiving!  I hope you all had a wonderful turkey day!  I went to my sister’s north of Dallas for the celebration.  My parents went as well, and both of my nephews came home too.  So what a good time we had.

But today I’m back home, and you know what?  No matter how grand of a time I have anywhere, there really is no place like home and I am so happy to be here.  And the kitties were happy to see me.  Next Friday my daughter and her family from California come for a long visit (nearly 3 weeks!) and I can hardly wait.  I’ll be busy over these next few days doing some projects to get the house ready.

And I have projects on the agenda when the kids are here so I can have some help.

It seems that there just isn’t much time any more.  October my mom and I went to see the Dalai Lama in Atlanta (and met up with my eldest daughter, grandson and son-in-law).  Then it was to San Antonio to celebrate my youngest daughter’s 23rd birthday.  The second week of November I was on a cruise to the Caribbean, and as you already know – just returned from Thanksgiving in Texas!

I hope all of you are well and happy!  Take care.