Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Lord of Misrule

"The Lord of Misrule - December 17th.  This is the first day of the Roman festival Saturnalia.  It was a period of great
feasting and festivity, with a lot of drinking and eating.  Slaves would become masters for the festival, and everything was turned upside down. This part of the Roman festival survived into the 17th Century.

I need to remember this little fact for next year's advent and declare a topsy-turvy day.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Vintage Paper

A few summers ago I stopped at a yard sale.  This elderly man was selling a bunch of stuff including some amazing vintage Christmas items. I've since used a lot of the paper, tags, and cards. This particular box of paper I could not bring myself to use. 

The packaging is so sweet.

 And, it's made in the USA. 

It is now used as decoration.  Why not? It looks quite nice next to my boxes of vintage ornaments.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Year of the Giant Tree

The year of the giant tree. When the size compared to the open sky seems like it should be just right. And then you realize as you are dragging this green monster that it is heavier then any tree you've ever hauled. And then get it to your truck and realize it might not fit!

 Four hours of lugging, pushing, pulling, tugging, balancing, trimming...

A tree that will be remembered.  Our 12 foot ceilings are keeping company with the star.  The girth of this jolly fellow is impressive. I'm guessing it's at least 6-7 ft in length.  We may have had to put it smack dab in the middle of the dining room to allow for optimum branch stretching.  We removed all the leaves from the table and squished it in a corner (as much as a circle fits into a square). 

It's impressive, and memorable, makes me happy every time I walk into the room and see the giant glow of this Christmas tree.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Tea for Two - Turning Four

I have two little nieces that were born 4 days apart. Since both my sisters find it hard to get everyone together two weekends in a row and so close to Thanksgiving, they decided to have them share a birthday party. It was perfect.  My mother is a pro at hosting teas, so naturally they asked if she could host the party.  The mamas enjoyed the day just as much as the little girls.

This is the kids table. Yes, the kids table...and not a thing was broken or spilled! They passed around the cream and sugar. It was so cute to see them try to use the tiny tongs for the sugar cubes (of which they used way too many!). 
A four layer cake for each year of their little lives.  My sister made one for each of them.  We sang Happy Birthday to them separately so each had their moment in the spotlight.

The adults were served this china which is over 100 years old. 

Goody bags with tiaras, pearl necklaces, fingernail polish, and makeup

Each girl received a rose. 
My sister and mother made kid friendly tea sandwiches including PB&J as well as the above ham and cheese.

There were sweets a plenty including chocolate covered strawberries and dark chocolate gelato.
 The party went really well. I was surprised at how entertained the girls were just playing grown up at the table. One of them told their mom that it was the best party she had ever been to.

Monday, November 24, 2014


With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I wanted to share this easy and delicious appetizer.
Figs, goat cheese, and chopped cherries. Simple and delicious!

We are hosting Thanksgiving this year which means my husband will be planning and cooking for days. I need only bake a few pies and clean the house. I definitely get the better end of the deal.  While we do try to attempt a potluck style feast, asking people to bring one main dish, he can't help himself and normally ends up making  an entire meal without the help of others.  I will try to take pictures and the note highlights of his creation.

Friday, November 21, 2014


These scavenging birds of prey may not be the prettiest creatures, but there is something about them that peaks my interest. They are majestic in a very imposing way.  My husband took these photos during an extremely foggy morning and they turned out great. 
A group of vultures is called a wakecommitteevenuekettle, or volt. The term kettle refers to vultures in flight, while committeevolt, and venue refer to vultures resting in trees. 
Wake is reserved for a group of vultures that are feeding.

 I like that they chose this gnarly, slightly spooky yet somehow also beautiful hangout. These moments exist all around us...and they are enchanting.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Looking back

I was recently organizing some of our digital photos and found this series of photos that I just love.  My son still has a goofiness and hopefully he keeps this characteristic through his adulthood. 

Time flies! This little kid is now a young teen. It breaks my heart a little.