Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Winter Wonderland

This is what we have been experiencing in our area. First the freezing rain, then the snow.
 I'm not walking in this winter wonderland though. I don't have the equipment, ie boots, gloves, etc. because we don't normally have this kind of weather. We usually have at least one spell, but seldom more than one.
I don't know if my Oleander tree will survive. I know I'll have to cut it back and that's not a problem. I just hope it comes back out in the spring.
It's lovely to look at from the warmth of my window, that's for sure!
Last night I took some photos of the white stuff coming down. They turned out pretty cool.

Stay warm my friends!

Monday, December 24, 2012

A Christmas Card for You

From my family to yours, I hope you have a blessed Christmas!! May 2013 bring you peace, joy and happiness.

Seated: Grandson "LMW", Daughter "LeLe", Mother-in-Law, Me, Daughter-in-Law "K"
Standing: Son-in-Law "MK" , Father-in-Law, Husband "SR", Son "J"

Merry Christmas!!!!!


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Giving it Up

Noo, not blogging. Had ya going there didn't I?

I meant, I'm giving up and showing some of my Christmas decorations. Everyone else is doing it, so yeah, count me in.
My tree, stockings and wall hanging.
It's full of red, white and green. Lots of candy cane type ornaments and a few little birds. I used one of the huge ornaments from Hobby Lobby for the topper. I just turned it upside down and hot glued a dowel rod into it. It's heavy, but it works.
This is between the television cabinet and my recliner. It didn't stay this way long because LMW likes to play with the people in the village and the nativity characters.
Santa used to move around, but he decided to retire. You see the little reindeer thingy? Well, it is all the rage now, but let me show you something interesting...
My grandmother created this when I was a child. What comes around, goes around and everything old is new again. *wink* I may try to make a larger one too, since this one hangs in my sister's home. Lucky girl. We all made fun of it until recently. My sisters all made fun of me for making a smaller version of it. The joke's on them!!

On the opposite wall is LMW's little white tree and my first Christmas quilt.
This is one of my dining room walls.

It's packed full, but I like it that way.
And this is between the dining area and the living room. I painted the cheese box lid back in 1983, but I added the fun stuff to it just this year.

So, there you have the biggest part of my Christmas decor for 2012. I'm hoping to add a little more next year. My mom was famous for all her holiday decorations and the kids all loved it. I hope to carry on that tradition for this little man here.
Uh, I mean the one on the right. *grin*


Thursday, December 6, 2012

A Fall Day Trip

No, it's not Winter just yet. I'm trying to be patient about it. I do have some Christmas "decoratings" to show you eventually, but not today.

Today is all about the day trip SR and I took to Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Most of the leaves were gone, but the ones that remained were pretty.
That is the mountain. Some folks hike up to the top, but we aren't that kind of folk. We did take a little walk down the flat path though.

Great for tenderfeet like us. Neither one of us were wearing the right kind of shoe for hiking, but we discussed going back with hiking gear and such. We even talked about trying to hike all the way around the entire base of the mountain. I dunno....we'll see. It's a tempting thought, but it's gonna have to cool down a LOT more before we seriously discuss it again.

This is Little Maumelle River.

The base trail runs parallel to the river and we walked a little way down. 

The river is really picturesque and I saw lots of turtles on rocks. Couldn't pass up the chance to take some shots of them. 

They're cute from a distance....
On we went to the....
There were some very interesting exhibits inside. Hmmmm.....I ddin't notice the snake until it was pointed out to me.....otherwise I probably wouldn't have gotten this close. Even if it IS fake.

I couldn't tell if this little guy was real until SR ran his finger down the glass and it closed its eyelid. I bet LMW would have gotten a big kick outta that!
Then up we climbed to the...
No, we didn't hike the mile Quarry Trail, but maybe another time. When we reached the overlook, this awaited us...
That's the Arkansas River.

The view is lovely handsome very nice! It was a lovely trip and one we hope to repeat.
 On the way home we stopped at a flea market/antiques and collectibles place in Benton. We love to browse for treasure and both SR and I found a little something.
This was his...
(going in his man cave)
And this was mine...
It's a bit bold, but has that mid-century modern vibe going. I have a few things in that genre and plan to put this little gem somewhere above my kitchen cabinets to bring some color into the room. Sometimes something ugly not so attractive can really add a punch to the things around it if placed just right. Keep your fingers crossed that I can do that.

Thanks for viewing my trip photos. I enjoyed the trip and sharing it with you.