WOW the last couple of days I sure have. It's like going 80 mph and then slamming on the brakes, LOL and not wanting to move and I haven't done much of that the last couple of days. Even being on the computer didn't snap my socks, LOL. Our Christmas holiday was wonderful with our kids but not quiet. The married ones at Thanksgiving brought a new puppy home with them. A darling basset hound named Bel. Christmas was our first meet and greet with her and Ms. Cami wasn't really sure what it was all about. Being a pup Ms. Bel likes to play, sniff and nip, which brought some noisy expression from Cami and even Dakota at times. Yes she did a fair amount of this
and decided that she really liked Cami's puffy ball to sleep on
but even with all the activity and noise (look at the size of those paws)
how could you not love this face -we sure do
S#2 is hoping to move this summer into a place where he can get a yellow lab like our sweet Hogan. My DIL said when that happens we will be like the Bumpasses from A Christmas Story movie with all the dogs running around, LOL. Paints a picture doesn't it. Speaking of yellow labs, on Christmas Day we all went to see the movie Marley and Me. I know it's not getting great reviews, but we loved it and let me tell ya - the tears were flowing at the end of it. Our Hogan was a bit of a stinker with some quirks and nothing like Marley, but the movie reminded all of us of our sweet Hogie and how much a part of our lives he was growing up with the boys, and how quickly the years go by. We still miss him lots even after 7 years.
Saturday we headed down to Mpls for the day for a quick get together with my family to celebrate the holidays. I gave all the girls those great mittens made from old sweaters that my woolie friend made bunches of (there will be lots for sale on my website starting next week). So my bro got us all lined up to take a picture of it. Because I didn't have my mittens with me I'm wearing some socks that I gave someone as a gift (my bro's idea not mine, LOL) - can you tell which one is my sister
My bro loves to cook and I had these cooking hats embroidered for him with a rooster and some lovey dovey names that he and his wife call each other, everyone had to have their pictures taken wearing them - here's Mr. Farmhouse and I
here's the whole family with the exception of S#2 who had to work (it's hard when you are your own boss and we sure missed him)
remember I told you about my little cheap plastic Santa - well here is my Mom's
My Mom loves her Ethan Allen hutch. It's something we carted home with us several years back when she moved, didn't have room for it in her house and couldn't bear to get rid of it. So Mr. Farmhouse and I were keepers of the hutch temporarily. Well when she moved into the house she's in now - SHAZAAM there was room made for it and back it came. Mr. Farmhouse said the only way it was coming back home with us was as kindling for the fireplace because it's a heavy sucker to move - Mother Tother was aghast, LOL. Here's for you Mom - the Ethan Allen all decked out in your blue and white dishes and holiday red
her other hutch (yes she has 2) also decked out in her Blue Danube dishes and red
her tree was so pretty all decked out in red
why even the light fixture had splashes of red as well
her kitchen even had a tree all decked out in red
Thanks for a great evening Mom and Phil - it sure was special and your house looked so pretty all decked out in Christmas finery.
It's time to share my swap goodies that I received from Anne before Christmas
isn't that picture adorable, something she stitched up - I LOVE IT. She knows that I'm a Willie Ray fan and found that cute ornament, she also made that cute pillow. Love the block set and that darling little basket with the cinnamon sticks,greens, berries and bells - how cute is that. I think that candle in the can is just dang sweet with the snowman on the cover and the scent of Hot Cinnamon Buns inside - yummmmm. Thanks Anne you know me very well and I love and treasure my swap goodies. If you want to see what I sent her, stop by and pay Anne a visit.
Well we are under another winter storm until later this afternoon. Last night when we went to bed this deck was clean as a whistle because Mr. Farmhouse had shoveled it off last weekend - now look at it
I guess we've gotten somewhere around 12 inches of snow so far and a bit more to come. The wind is supposed to pick up and since it's a nice light and fluffy snow that will cause lots of blowing and possible white out conditions for those driving. Me, I'm staying home and working on my Jan Patek Girl Gang blocks (yes I am Ms. Anne) and almost have #1 done - YAHOO for me :) with another one to get done before the January 5th deadline that Anne and I have set up - well maybe I set it up I don't remember, but both blocks need to be done because we just received #3 in the mail this past weekend and I am determined to get this one done and stay on top of it. I'm hand appliquing it and finding I'm a bit rusty at doing curves and points. I know practice practice practice. I'll show you both when there done.
So let's get back to regular posting and catching up on everyone out there in blogland, goodness I've missed lots I know. I'm looking forward to making some changes in 2009 and one of them is regular postings about decorating, baking and SEWING. If you've read this loooong post - thanks for hanging in there.
Until Next Time