Thursday, December 21, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Welcome to the party, ladies! Grab a cup of cheer and find a warm spot beside the fire. The elves will finish our Christmas shopping and gift wrapping. The kitchen elf will bake and clean up the mess.
Well, we can enjoy the idea of an elf army while we sip eggnog and eat pie.

Monday, December 18, 2017

A Small Change in the Dining Room

In this house, small changes can take longer than a massive overhaul. Around Thanksgiving, I decided to work on the dining room. I removed heavy, green-gold draperies that had come with the house and replaced them with airy, store-bought blue-and-white curtains. The plan was to recover the chair cushions in 2018.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

 Is it just me or is December moving at a breathtaking pace? Today, we'll slow down just a bit and enjoy the beauty of the holidays--and you are a big part of this beauty.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Christmas Comfort

Christmas is a season of magic.
Time moves in all directions--past, present, future. 

I stood on my tiptoes, hanging a wreath on the tall mirror, and glimpsed my reflection. I didn't see a 64-year old woman. Looking back at me was a brown-eyed girl with curly hair and a snub nose, a kid who loved pecan pralines and make-believe. And I remembered that Christmas makes us all time travelers, pulling us backward into childhood.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas in the Breakfast Room

Last Christmas, the house was completely decorated by early December. I'm taking an unhurried approach this year, and I'm enjoying the process. Over the weekend, I drank hot cocoa and watched Season 2 of "The Crown," which I highly recommend. Then I puttered around the breakfast room.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Gone to the Dogs

My 90-year old mother claims that I was raised by a dog--a Weimaraner named Cindy. Mom wasn't kidding. During my childhood, Cindy was my protector and companion, and if I whimpered, she'd dash off and find my mom. Dear Cindy bestowed a life-long love of anything with four paws (even three--in the 70s, we adopted a Chihuahua who'd lost her leg in an accident). So it's no wonder that I chose a dog theme for my Christmas tablescape.