Friday, December 16, 2016

A special day

Today my Mr H (Dennis, aka Denny, deh) celebrates his birthday. Although he has had a trying few years with health, he is always ready with a smile and comments that come out of who knows where! Great sense of humor and caring, he makes my everyday. He is my world and it is a better place because of him. So today instead of needlework and general chatter, I wish my guy a very happy birthday and wishes for many more. My one and only.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Advent Blog Hop

Once again, Jo has organized The Advent Blog Hop. Always fun an today is my day. My stitching to share is
Dear Santa from The Primitive Hare. I love this post card. I asked Mr H to cut me a piece of uneven wood to mount it and then I found a snowflake to add and voila. I keep this hanging all year so Santa will always know that I try to behave. The topic for us is: Decorations - do you have a favorite decoration you must have on display every year -
oh yes indeed......this is a story card that my parents gave to me in 1967. The Night Before Christmas poem. It hung on our tree and then when I married and Mr H and I put up our first tree, and ever since it has hung on my tree. Each year it reminds me of many wonderful Christmas Eve celebrations with my family. I know, you are thinking; 1967?! She was not a child then! No, I was 19 years old. Who doesn't like to recite this tale? Be sure to stop at Jo's and see all the other Advent posts. So much to do today. This morning is a weekly stitching group and then this afternoon is the groups Christmas party. Yesterday all my packages were mailed and will arrive in time for Christmas.  The aroma filling the air  tells me it is time for my coffee and then to gather up my things for this mornings outing. Thank you for the kind words and friendship and for taking the time to visit with me. Have a good day.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Bread and angels

the wonderful smell of fresh baked bread....ahhhhh. The new Dutch oven is fantastic for this bread. I bought it through Amazon and the price was good and it shipped so quickly. The first loaf I made was in a regular pan and just so-so. This one is much better and I am sure the next one will be great.
While the bread was baking I made a few dimensional paper angels.  While the bread cooled I went to get my haircut. Busy morning. Now, as soon as I am rested (so exhausting) I will mosey to the post office to mail out my packages. I tried to get there yesterday, but it was not to be. I did manage to address cards so that was a plus. My plans (after the PO) is to sit in my stitching chair and keep myself busy. Might make a few more paper angels to hang around. Such a pleasure visiting with you. Thank you for the kind words and your friendship. Enjoy your day.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Manger Herbs

Every year also on my tree is the list of Manger Herbs. I used to have a small bag of them to put with the tag but after so many years they did not look to great so I tossed them and never did find another. There are 9 listed and why they are chosen. Let me share them:
Rosemary for remembrance.  This is the chief herb of Christmas. Rosemary hid the Holy family during the flight to Egypt. Our Lady's Bedstraw used for bedding. Fresh grass said to have been Mary's bed. Rue, the herb of grace, vision virtue & virginity. Lavender the symbol of purity. Lavender received its lovely scent because it served as a drying rack for the Baby's swaddling clothes. Pennyroyal, a small creeping mint that tradition says blooms on Christmas Day. Horehound, a native of Palestine, it was on of the bitter herbs of Passover and symbolizes the flight to Egypt. Thyme, the symbol of strength and courage. Chamomile is the symbol of patience and cheerfulness under adversity. And lastly, Sweet Woodruff the symbol of humility. It is said that all of these were found in the manger hay. One day I will gather all of them again and the sweet smell will grace my tree.   I love reading this card each year as I place it in the tree. I hope you enjoyed reading about it. Thank you for your kind words and friendship. Have a good day.