Thursday, December 12, 2019

Christmasing in the Living Room

Hello, Dear Ones! I want to show you my living room all Christmased up. Now fair warning...LONG POST! So go and pour yourself a diet Cherry Dr. Pepper and we'll be all set. Let's go!

This is our first Christmas to be in our new to us home back in the great state of Texas! We got rid of so much when we moved from New York and that included Christmas decorations and all of my trees!! Wah!! So off I went to buy new Christmas trees. Above is the view of the living room as you walk in.
 Another view...
 ...and another view!
Gaze your most gorgeous peepers on these trees! They are not the same. You really can't tell in the picture on the left hand side but that tree was as crooked as the crooked little man!. The brand new tree was crooked as it was put up. Mr. Precious said it's fine. It was crooked when it got all decorated. Mr. Precious still said it was fine. I whined and whined, " I don't want no crooked tree!! No, no, Nannette! I don't want no crooked tree!" Guess who won?  I took every ornament off that crooked tree and poked it (very difficultly) back in the box and returned it. Got a new very straight tree! Whew! That was rough on me.
 Okie Dokie! I turned on all of the lights for you. The tree is 9 feet tall. It doesn't look like it but the ceiling in the living room is 14 feet tall! I have a tall ladder and I was up and down that thing so much that I almost couldn't walk for two days. :)
I like this tree so much more as it seems to be fluffier and fuller.  
 I bought some picks and poked them all around the top of the tree for a topper. Now I don't have a theme for my tree, I just poked on every Christmas ball I have and have bought a few more and have been getting some for gifts! Do you see the ball on the bottom right? Buc-ee's! You know how I love Buc-ee's!! The last time we were in one I went back to look at the Christmas decorations and saw this ball and had to have it! It's so cute. So you'll see just a little bit of everything on my tree.
 On to the mantel.
Of course we got rid of all my garland so off I went to shop for garland. Nothing fancy but I twirled lights all around it and added some red berries for prettiness. I made two fluffy bows for each end.

 Mr. Precious bought me the white reindeer at Costco in Massachusetts when we lived in New York. The closet Costco to us was in Massachusetts so every few months or so we made a day of it to visit our favorite place. Now we have one about 3 miles from us! Yea Costco! Look at my sweet pretty little frosting looking trees in the center. I broke the top point off the biggest tree! I cried and cried. Not really, but inside I cried. I've got to figure out how to kinda fix it!
 Now there's trouble!


To the side of the fireplace is my one and only area with shelves and it's a little Christmased up. 

Hope you've enjoyed seeing my living room all Christmased up. It's been fun decorating this year as my new home is all new to me and because Mr. Precious tossed so many of my things - I went shopping! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Oh, Christmas Tree

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree,
How lovely are your branches!
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree,
How lovely are your branches!
Not only green in summer’s heat,
But also winter’s snow and sleet.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
How lovely are your branches!

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree,
Of all the trees most lovely;
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree,
Of all the trees most lovely.
Each year you bring to us delight
With brightly shining Christmas light!
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree,
Of all the trees most lovely.

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree,
We learn from all your beauty;
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree,
We learn from all your beauty.
Your bright green leaves with festive cheer,
Give hope and strength throughout the year.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas tree,
We learn from all your beauty.

~ sung by Mario Lonzo



Friday, December 6, 2019

Dogs At The Manger

Hello, Dear Ones! Well it's time to start my Christmasing and I thought I would start with The Finn.
Have you ever wondered if dogs were in the stable when Jesus was born? You don't have to wonder any more...here they are! My Staffies decided they all wanted to come and celebrate Jesus' birth!

 They were so excited to come and worship the King of Kings. Some were bringing gifts. Some just brought their cute little selfs. But all were excited and there was no growling or nipping or pawing at one another. They were all on their most perfect behavior.
 They were all in awe as they stood before the new born King Jesus.
 Stars twinkled in the background and they were just so thrilled to be part of the Nativity.
You know I'm a silly, a very old silly! My Staffies have been crammed on a tabletop and almost hidden out of sight since we have lived in our new to us house and I had a bright idea - poke them all on The Finn! This may be too gawdy or overboard for some but I think I like it. You can see a white porcelain Nativity smack in the center of all of the dogs. There is one little strand of colored twinkly lights among the dogs. 

The Christmasing has begun...

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

 

Do You Hear What I Hear?


Said the night wind to the little lamb,
do you see what I see
Way up in the sky, little lamb,
do you see what I see
A star, a star, dancing in the night
With a tail as big as a kite
With a tail as big as a kite

Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy,
do you hear what I hear
Ringing through the sky, shepherd boy,
do you hear what I hear
A song, a song, high above the trees
With a voice as big as the sea
With a voice as big as the sea




Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king,
do you know what I know
In your palace warm, mighty king,
do you know what I know
A Child, a Child shivers in the cold
Let us bring Him silver and gold
Let us bring Him silver and gold

Said the king to the people everywhere,
listen to what I say
Pray for peace, people everywhere!
listen to what I say
The Child, the Child, sleeping in the night
He will bring us goodness and light
He will bring us goodness and light 

~ sung by my Staffies


Monday, December 2, 2019

A Little Late Fall Tour


Hello, Dear Ones! I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving. Mr. Precious and I are here by ourselves but some sweet new friends asked us over for dinner and we  had a wonderful time.

Okay, I'm seeing some Christmas decorating now from some of you so I thought I would show you my Fall home tour before I start showing you my Christmas decorating.

I made a new fall wreath for my front door but have already taken it down and Mr. Precious has taken  it to storage so I can't show it to you. So, y'all come on in...
 If you follow me you've probably seen all of this but bear with me. I'll just be quiet and let you look.












There you go, Dear Ones! Now it's time to get busy with the Christmasing!
Thanks for popping in to see me today.


Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Home

Even in the harshest of winter
I feel so warm
Even when the marks climb up the wall
I still feel small

This is my home, this is my home
Where I go when I've got nowhere else to go
This is my home, this is my home
Where I go when I don't know where else to go

I know everything about this place
It wears your face
Even when my body blows away
My soul will stay

This is my home, this is my home
Where I go when I've got nowhere else to go
This is my home, this is my home
Where I go when I don't know where else to go
~ sung by Ingrid Michaelson


Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!


Hello, Dear Ones! Can you believe this is Thanksgiving week already? I wanted to wish you all a lovely blessed time with your family and friends. I feel so blessed and am so thankful for God's blessings. Remember others in your life who may need a little hug, smile, phone call or visit from you. 

Here's a little Thanksgiving table snap from a couple of years ago. Mr. Precious and I have been invited to celebrate Thanksgiving with some new friends and I'm really excited about it.

You're all my sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ 

We Gather Together

We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing;
he chastens and hastens his will to make known;
the wicked oppressing now cease from distressing:
sing praises to his name; he forgets not his own.

 Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine;
so from the beginning the fight we were winning:
thou, Lord, wast at our side: all glory be thine!


 We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant,
and pray that thou still our defender wilt be.
Let thy congregation endure through tribulation:
thy name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

~ sung by all who are grateful



Sunday, November 17, 2019

A Fascinator and a Recipe

Hello, Dear Ones! Hope you're all doing well. A couple of weeks ago the chapter of my ancestry group had a tea and we were to all wear hats and red (red is our color). How fun it was to try and coordinate my outfit and of course since I love you all so much I had to share with you.
 I found a red dress that was just perfect for me. I'm so short I usually have to hem the length and the sleeves but this time I didn't! Yea me! I wore the strand of pearls I bought for my little mother when I was in my twenties (I'll be 68 this month) while we were on a trip to Spain. The large pendant is Belle Boyd whom our chapter is named for. She was known as 'The Rebel Joan of Arc'. That's another story.
The fun part!! I found a fascinator instead of a hat to wear and I really liked it. It was attached to a red fabric colored headband but since my hair is so tiny, I slid the headband out and found a narrow  little amber colored one and slid it in so I could hide it a little in my tiny hair. What fun I had. There were lots of snaps taken at the tea but I didn't take them so if I get some I'll show you later.

Now we were all supposed to bring some goodies to eat and I decided to make some Millionaires - yummy!
These are so good and easy to make so I'll share my recipe with you if you'd like to make some.
I brought my candy on my olden Fostoria server. Isn't it sweet?

Millionaires

Ingredients:
14 oz. pkg caramels
2 cups chopped pecans
1/4 bar parafine
4 Tbs milk
12 oz. pkg semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips (I prefer milk chocolate) 

Melt caramels in milk over low heat. Add pecans and drop by teaspoon onto buttered cookie sheet
(you can also use nonstick spray but please don't forget this part or you'll be pulling these puppies from your cookie sheet with your dainty fingers and they will be so so sticky. I know)
Chill

Melt parafine and chocolate in saucepan over low heat. Stick a toothpick into caramel ball and dip in melted chocolate. Return to cookie sheet. I keep them covered in the fridge.

Makes abut 3 1/2 dozen.



Well, dear ones, that's all for today.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

 The Lady In Red 

I've never seen you looking so lovely as you did tonight,
I've never seen you shine so bright,
I've never seen so many men ask you if you wanted to dance,
They're looking for a little romance, given half a chance,
And I have never seen that dress you're wearing,
Or the highlights in your hair that catch your eyes,
I have been blind;

The lady in red is dancing with me, cheek to cheek,
There's nobody here, it's just you and me,
It's where I want to be,
But I hardly know this beauty by my side,
I'll never forget the way you look tonight;

I've never seen you looking so gorgeous as you did tonight,
I've never seen you shine so bright, you were amazing,
I've never seen so many people want to be there by your side,
And when you turned to me and smiled, it took my breath away,
And I have never had such a feeling,
Such a feeling of complete and utter love, as I do tonight;

The lady in red is dancing with me, cheek to cheek,
There's nobody here, it's just you and me,
It's where I want to be,
But I hardly know this beauty by my side,
I'll never forget the way you look tonight;

I never will forget the way you look tonight...
The lady in red, the lady in red,
The lady in red, my lady in red,

I love you... 
~ sung by Chris DeBurgh



Monday, November 11, 2019

My Old House In Galveston, Tx Is For Sale

Hello, Dear Ones! Well, today I think I have a treat to share with you. I wanted to ask you...if you've moved away from an area do you ever try to find your old house online to look at it? Sometimes your 'for sale' snaps are still there and sometimes you learn your old house is back on the market. That is exactly what I have to share with you today...my old house in Galveston is back on the market and I thought you may enjoy seeing what the owners have done to it. They have done a huge renovation on it and it is gorgeous!! So if you've followed me for many years I know you've seen it many times and if you haven't you can go to my home tours and see how it looked when we lived there. This is going to be a long post and I hope you enjoy...
Look at the living room!! Of course the photographer has used a wide lens and the rooms look bigger than they really are. The carpet was replaced with wood floors - beautiful!
Oh, the entry...and the curve of the staircase is where we always put our Christmas tree! There is a king's throne sitting in there now.
The dining room. How pretty and there is a painting of the house there on the wall. Looks like they kept the chandy.
My little old kitchen - once had red walls, then yellow and then this creamy color.
Y'all were in here a lot with me as I decorated all the countertops.
The breakfast room! How neat and clean it looks. Y'all I love stuff stuff and had this room packed with my furniture. But hey - there a Rooster on the table!!
Now I love what they did to the laundry room - the granite countertop, backsplash and new sink.
This is the front little powder room. I think they must have gutted it - it's all so different now.
Look at the den! Oh, it's so pretty! There is my glassed in 'dog house' on the left. If you've followed me for long you know that is where I kept my Staffordshire dogs. The wood flooring is so nice!
Look at those chairs and what color! You can see my 'crystal bar' is now a real bar! :)
Sit all the way down - this is my old sun room! It's so gorgeous!! They replaced the red saltillo tiles with these nice white tiles. Look at the furniture in here. So different from my craft room and wicker.
I love those pretty chairs!
Looking down the staircase.
This was our master.

We had redone this bathroom and they kept it the same.
I liked this little TV room better when we lived here. But what a pretty view from the porthole.

This was Mr. Precious' office and it still is an office.
Another gutted bathroom. Lovely.
I called this the Grandma bedroom and I sewed in here.
The guest bedroom.
Oh, the backyard is the biggest change - look at it! It's so pretty. They took up all of the grass and laid bricks and made raised garden beds. So so wonderful! I guess they didn't have a dog because there would be no place to go potty! Just sayin'! :)
Well, there you have it. I just thought it would be a fun post to show you the 'after'. We loved this home so much and lived here almost 20 years and made great memories here. I'm happy it looks so pretty and it will make another family a wonderful home. Do I miss it? You know I really don't. I've always been pretty good about burning my bridges as I go through life. Well, I do miss the entry and the place where I placed our Christmas tree! :) But as my life is today I would not go back to Galveston and live there now. We feel so blessed to be where we are now and I thank God for our little home we have now. We don't have as much storage space here but maybe I don't need as much stuff as I had - I don't have as much stuff because I got rid of a boat load or two of stuff before we left New York. And...since I broke my knee this one story home is so much better and it's so much easier to clean.

This just really got me to thinking about that old saying...you really can't go back. We change, circumstances change and we go on. Talk about changes...listen...
my daughter, son-in-law and the babies are leaving New York!!
Son-in-law was offered another job in another state and he's accepted it. 
I'll tell you more about that later. No, it's not Texas, shoot!
But see? God really has our lives all planned out for us and we really did hear His voice when He kinda pushed us out of upstate and brought us back to Texas where we really feel at home. He knew this job change was coming for our family and He got us out at the right time when our house sold in less than a week, cash buyers and they wanted possession at the end of the month! Whirlwind time!

Whew! All that said to say "I'm thankful for my life, my family, my God and you!"

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

Ill leave you with a little Note Song ~

Bring It One Home To Me

 If you ever change your mind
About leaving, leaving me behind

Baby (Oh), bring it to me
Bring your sweet loving
Bring it on home to me
Yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah)

I know I laughed when you left
But now I know I only hurt myself

Baby (Oh), bring it to me
Bring your sweet loving
Bring it on home to me
Yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah)

I'll give you jewelry and money, too
That ain't all, that ain't all I'll do for you

Baby if you (Oh), bring it to me
Bring your sweet loving
Bring it on home to me
Yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah)
~ sung by Sam Cooke