Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

It was way past 8:00am here and not a creature was stirring, not even the proverbial mouse. Long gone are the days our boys were bursting into our bedroom well ahead of the sunrise, we still bleary-eyed from Santa antics only hours before. Pause for a moment of melancholy here.   OK. It’s over.

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By 9:30am I was on my 3rd cup of tea, had read my favourite blogs and broken into the dessert cheeses for breakfast. Hey-it’s Christmas.

When everyone was finally up and lounging around the living room opening presents at a very mature pace, I completely forgot I’d left apple cider cooking on the stove for over an hour (OK, two) in the kitchen. The house is now permeated with the scent of charred sugar. That sounds a lot better than it smells. Good-bye favourite saucepan. Though I feel lucky it brought to our attention a faulty smoke alarm. Silver Lining for sure. (BTW, have you seen that movie yet? We watched it last night and really enjoyed it)

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Hoping our roasting turkeys will soon be filling the house with a much more pleasant aroma-I’m cooking two small ones (as to have more brown meat and crispy skin!) plus a giant ham. I’m happy to say our older son is feeling quite a bit better and will be able to partake in some food & fun.

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Christmas table , slimpaley.comI’ll also take some time to be so thankful for life’s blessings, especially the good health and happiness of my family and friends. This Christmas we are all holding many families in our hearts and prayers.

890A5214Another blessing I will count-having this forum in which I get to share all manner of randomness with you lovely people. I can’t tell you how much fun it’s been to have found this creative outlet at this particular time in my life.

Well, it’s time to go flip my birds

From my home to yours;

I WISH YOU A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS, PEACE , JOY & PLENTY OF LOVE.

xoxox

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Merry Christmas!

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Sun Valley, Idaho, last Christmas

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And so I close the doors on my  Advent calendar

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Good night wrapping.

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Good night raccoons.

Good night old friends

Good night new friends :)

(2 parts Smirnoff marshmallow vodka, 2 parts whipping cream, 1 part white creme de cacao, shake in ice filled cocktail shaker, garnish with roasted marshmallow)

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I’m off to dream of Sugar Plums and wishing the same for you

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Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, & Glad Tidings for the Holiday Season to All.

xoxo

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A madcap decision to move away from our traditional copper bows to a chartreuse silk garland resulted in a last minute scramble, a new friendship with a ribbon manufacturer in Germany, and a fresh new “pop” for our Christmas tree,  but I can finally relax…

and start wrapping presents!

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The chartreuse against the very dark green of the front door is a nice change too, especially in Southern California.

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My husband bought one of those giant chocolate cakes with about two inches of icing from Costco.  Although it scares me because it stays fresh (and fricking delicious) for an alarmingly long time, I’m afraid I hear it calling to me from the kitchen right now. Which also means a glass of milk chaser. After red wine with dinner.

Help me

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Day 15, that’s less than 9 days left til Sugar Plum Night…

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On The Seventh Day…

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One week has almost passed already!

How’s it going at your place??

I’m cool as a cucumber.

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In fact….

This is Vera Ellen in White Christmas, but it might as well be me :)

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Did anyone join me in the “Leaning Tower of Commercialism, Commerce & Wasted Paper Contest” I mentioned in my Can We Talk? post?

This is no cheating, no Restoration Hardware catalogues-I’d say my stack is close to 14″.

My husband swears it’s closer to 18″.

We’ll leave that, at that.

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Here’s my naked tree.  11 1/2 ft.  Again, no need to share how high my husband thinks it is.

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Have to go back to dressing it now.

Until tomorrow…

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Love this photo my sister sent me today!

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I shall not covet my neighbor’s calm

I shall not covet my neighbor’s calm…

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays To All!

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I finally broke with my wreath and hung a simple string of pinecones on the door.

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Always use real fruit -it allows you to go over the top with the decorations a little more without looking like a demented florist.

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See?

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Watch your candles carefully.  It could have been soooo much worse if Granpa hadn’t walked thru the living room when he did…  I’ll leave it at that.

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The little white flowers are still growing profusely in my garden (I used them on the Tartan Thanksgiving table several posts back)  I love to fill this antique  church “offerings bag” with flowers every Christmas.  

Remember- no rules! I think God would be pleased.

Merry  Christmas and Happy Holidays To All!!

And many, many  thanks to all my Slim Paley readers for your comments and support these first few fledgling months of my blog.  Its been great fun for me.  You’ve been the wind at my back, not the spit in my face  (oh, alright, I’ve been watching “Modern Family” So funny!)

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