White Christmas

It seems like every year we barely manage to get Christmas decorations up. We certainly don’t get every room decorated. In fact, we barely get the living room and dining room a little decorated. This year I had a little more time and wanted to change things up a little. I often use the same decorations from year to year. But this year I was more into Pinterest. 🙂 And lots of fun to things to make!! I also didn’t want to buy any more than I had to. So armed with a woods, paint in a can, and lots of gold glitter, I made a white Christmas.

White Tree Pin

This was from an idea that I had pinned last year and never got to making. My tree is not shaped as nicely as theirs. 🙁 Note to self: Next time check out the shape better before using a whole can of spray on an odd shaped one.

I may have used my fair share of glitter this year. I’m pretty sure I’ll find it corners for a while after it’s cleaned up.

This 3D star was fairly easy to make, considering I have a program to easily customize stars and print them. I didn’t know where my embossing tool was. If I could’ve used it, the star would’ve looked a little less worn. I glued 2 together and used glue and glitter to cover the seams.

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Pine cones from my back yard, some white paint and a little gold glitter.

The snowflakes were made from coffee filters, a trick I learned from Clarita. It is much easier to cut than paper.

I starched and ironed them to make the flat.

I got my design ideas from this Pin

We don’t have a fireplace, which is sad for 4 months of the year, but I like to use the top of my sister’s piano as a mantel.

 The NOEL idea was from this pin

The N comes from a pallet my mom cut down for me. The O is from grapevine. The E was a particle board letter from Hobby Lobby that I wrapped with jute string. Do you say “jute”or “jute string.” I apparently don’t know. The L is also from Hobby Lobby. I think it was 50% off. I am delighted that Savannah finally has a HL!! Plus, we’ll have another one just a 45-minute drive from here before long.

These were lots of fun to make!

The stars were a lot easier to make than the 3D stars I made last year.

The link for the 3D stars, the ball ornaments and the flat ornaments.

I use a heavy cardstock. Everything hold its shape better than regular paper.

And goodness, my walls are not 2 different shades of green. Lighting. It makes a big difference.

I have this house and church for a while. Many years, actually. I think Wally World used to sell them. They were made to be painted but I thought they were so pretty like they were.

I love verse on this chalkboard printable from here. It’s why we celebrate!

My sister made these balls from grapevine.

So, wow. What did I do before Pinterest? I’m guess a whole lot more searching!

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, filled with peace and joy amongst the busyness.

Weekend Trip + Callaway Gardens

It’s time to shake the dust off of this blog! A lot has happened since I last blogged but I’ll blog later about those life-altering things.

This past weekend my Mom, sister and I decided to take a trip to see another sister and family. We had a long, lovely weekend with them! They own/run a deli and I’ve never been there over open hours so we left Friday in time to eat lunch there. Yum and yum!

We enjoyed the brilliant fall colors on the way up. The south had a dry fall, as well as early cold temperatures. These 2 combined to make a more-colorful-than-normal fall foliage. At my sister’s place, they had 2 trees that we oohed and ahhed over! We don’t have that brilliant color in our corner of the state.

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On Saturday we ladies headed to Callaway Gardens. The fall foliage was past it’s peak here as well but there were still spots of color. The weather was sunny and cool and we were glad for extra layers. Our first point of interest was the Birds of Prey show. They brought out 2 owls and 2 hawks. The handlers had them fly over the audience throughout most of the show. It was interesting and fun as ducked out of the way.

Would you say he had his eye on me?

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He actually had his eye on the handler behind us who was putting out meat scraps for him, but …. his flight path took him right over my niece and I and twice the tip of his wings brushed the top of my head.

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This is a Great Horned Owl.

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They also had a Barred Owl:

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He looked a bit less intimidating and mostly sleepy.

There was a Red-Tailed Hawk:

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We walked to the chapel in the woods just in time to hear the organ music that is played Saturday and Sunday afternoons. There is a big pipe organ and the player did it justice. The music rang throughout the park.

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The stained glass from the inside:

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Dogwoods in stained glass.

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The organ pipes.

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My niece’s friend works there and was able to spend an hour with us. She took a picture of our crew.

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Lovely backlighting

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More of the park:

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And in case you’ve been wondering what an armadillo looks like, here is one that was rooting around beside the path.

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He was so tame I could’ve petted him. I could hardly get him distracted enough to get a picture without his head buried in leaves.

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A beautiful camelia.

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The horticultural center, where-in were tropical greenhouses as well as arid ones.

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This is a Full Moon Maple and if I lived in the right growing zone, which I don’t (boo-hoo), I would plant a couple of them. The leaves had varying shades of red, orange and yellow.

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There is also a butterfly house. You can see cocoons, some nearly ready to hatch, some in the process of hatching, and freshly hatched butterflies waiting to be released into the very warm and humid atmosphere of the tropical butterfly house.

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One more pretty fall scene from up the road from my sisters’ house.

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I didn’t take any pictures of the delicious food we had all weekend! We ate at a southern home-cooking restaurant at the edge of the park on Saturday and they had the cheesiest mac and cheese ever!!!! Way delicious!! Sunday night my sister made a Laosian noodle soup that my stomach is still begging for!

Happy Fall, Y’all! Well, I guess it’s more like winter. Tonight the temps are dipping into the 20s here in south Georgia. Brrr.

March via Instagram

Day 60 – March 1

I went to Brunswick to do some shopping and spent a bit of time at JoAnn’s Fabrics. Saw this cute fabric that would make a cute blanket. Unfortunately it wasn’t flannel like I was looking for.

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Day 61 – March 2

I love the little “fingernail” of a moon, almost as much as a full moon.

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Day 62 – March 3

Another rainy day in Georgia! We’ve had quite a few this year!

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Day 63 – March 4

Yummy cod filets for supper. I used a beer batter recipe but used ginger ale in place of the beer. Here is the recipe in case you’re interested.  British Fish & Chips. I wasn’t sure how many ounces a “bottle cold brown beer” was so just added ginger ale until it was what I thought was the right consistency. (Mine’s not near as pretty as theirs.)

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Day 65 – March 6

Another chilly, rainy day. I made some chicken enchilada soup at work. Recipe here: Soupy Weather

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Day 66 – March 7

I’m still getting emails from Sykes Cottages, the rental company we used for our rental in Ireland 2 years ago. I can’t bring myself to unsubscribe because there are such lovely places to dream about.

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Day 67 – March 8

Lois brought home some ground turkey that was on sale. I made turkey burgers with feta cheese and a bruschetta-type topping. Yum! I still prefer hamburger for flavor but it’s nice to know this is healthier.

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Day 68 – March 9

This was the second day in 2 weeks that I’ve been to Jekyll Island! 70 degree weather after chilly rains and it’s just too nice to stay home!

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Day 69 – March 10

A lovely sunny day, just perfect for drying sheets on the line!

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Day 70 – March 11

A busy evening at Kids Club.

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I head up the crafts once a month. Tonight the boys made kites.

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The girls made butterflies.

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Day 71 – March 12

Took the scenic route on my way home from work, to find pretty spring colors!

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Day 73 – March 14

Blackened cod (not the prettiest I’ve ever seen/made), pea salad and Vidalia onion casserole! We grew up eating pea salad made from canned peas but this was made with frozen, uncooked peas, similar to what’s found on salad bars. I like the “pop” to the peas.

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Day 74 – March 15

A delicious end to a beautiful Saturday.

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It’s a little jazzy for a skirt but I love breaking out colors in the spring!

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Day 76 – March 17

Oatmeal Blueberry Streusel Muffins. Do I win the “Employee of the Week” award? Not that there is one or anything. It’s made from a versatile oatmeal muffin recipe from my mom that I will blog about soon.

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Day 77 – March 18

Went to Savannah to celebrate (early) for my co-worker’s birthday. We both got to take a day off on the same day!!!!! We ate lunch at Lady & Sons. We made reservations for 11 and were some of the first people in this 3rd floor dining room. The kitchen is on the 2nd floor. It’s in a former warehouse. In the dining room on another part of this floor is a big pulley system still visible.

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Soul food. That’s all I got to say about that.

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Day 79 –  March 20

The cold snap we had must’ve reset the pansies. They’re blooming beautifully!

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Day 80 – March 21

Went to Sarasota for the weekend. Feeling like a tourist watching 4 Pioneer Trail buses roll out for Indiana & Ohio.

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Ate a delicious fried shrimp & oyster supper at Phillippi Creek.

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Day 81 – March 22

Took our hosts out for breakfast to First Watch. Way cool restaurant with a unique menu!

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Lois and split 2 entrees because we wanted to try more than 1 thing. We got the Acapulco Omelette (Chorizo sausage, avocado, green chilies, and house-roasted onions with Cheddar and Monterey Jack. Topped with sour cream and served with a side of housemade salsa)

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and a Cinnabun pancake

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Enjoying the beauty in Sarasota.

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The neighbor across the street from where we stayed hosts a Saturday evening sing.

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We enjoyed FRESH sweet corn and tomato sandwiches for supper!

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Day 81 – March 22

We found a small public access in Longboat Key. It took a little longer to get there but it was nice to find a quiet beach.

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Day 85 – March 26

Preparing a snack for staff meeting. Someday I’d like to see a vineyard that produces clusters this big.

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Day 86 – March 27

You don’t need an official panini machine for good sandwiches! Baby George Foreman grills available at a thrift store near you. 🙂

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Day 87 – March 28

Most azaleas are just now hitting their prime — way later than most years!

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Day 88 – March 29

My attempts at making pitas were less than successful. I at learned some things to NOT do, such as putting them on ungreased waxed paper. I think I’ll try them in a hot skillet next time. On a postive note, the dough was lovely to work with.

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Day 90 – March 31

Met a friend for lunch. This cracked us both up! Seaside?? Who says that anymore? Incidentally, I saw a video about where these are produced.  One of them added the smiley faces.

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And that brings us to the end of March!

British Isles Accents

I came across this video recently which I thought was interesting. Lois and I both mentioned that as we traveled across these areas that we could tell a difference in accents. Not that we could necessarily figure out where they were from, but that they were distinctly different. It would be interesting to see the US mapped like this!

httpv://youtu.be/-8mzWkuOxz8