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Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 23, 2011



SOURCE: Happy Holidays Snowman by Xerox

All the best to you and yours. Oh, and remember the cookies and milk for Santa AND the carrots for the reindeer.





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DIHEALTHYHAPPY 1/14/2012 11:23PM

    Cute! Cheered me up even though it's January 14.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/25/2011 7:58AM

    Merry Christmas Tudi!

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REXTINE1 12/24/2011 10:30AM

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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SHORT_KAKE 12/23/2011 10:19PM

    Happy Holidays to you!
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When I was a child...

Saturday, December 17, 2011

my grandmother would always set up a Holiday scene on the top of her buffet in the dining room. (almost 7 decades ago) It was a minimalist scene with a few small cottages, a pond (mirror), and a ceramic lighted Christmas tree. My grandmother had taken a ceramics class and this scene was the result of her efforts. It would be good that you know that she was from Belgium originally before immigrating to America. The "pond" in the scene always reminded her of the frozen canals they used to skate on in the wintertime in her village. After my grandmother died, I received the ceramic Christmas tree that she had made. I'm not sure what happened to the other pieces, but I treasured the tree.

Later on in my life, I discovered a company (Department 56) that made ceramic vignettes of different scenes and stories. I feel in love with the Dickens Village Christmas Carol and related accessories. So, ever since, I have been creating my own scenes to celebrate the Holiday winter season. I love the story of Ebenezer Scrooge's transformation. Anything is possible! Dream big. I love my grandmother's tree. It's the highlight. In an auxiliary scene in another room, in another tribute to my grandmother, I've made a "pond" for skating.

I took a few pictures to share with you.











All good tidings to you and yours. My wish for you and me and all the world is a 2012 filled with love, joy, simple pleasures and, most of all, peace.

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WALKINGGRANDMA 12/18/2011 1:05PM

    I love your village. I would also treasure the tree. It is beautiful and a family heirloom. I have a few pieces from that company but mostly New England ones. I have a few from other companies (I started with other pieces.) My daughter puts out some of the houses but I haven't for a couple of years. We talk about getting my houses out next year. Perhaps I will.

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REXTINE1 12/18/2011 11:16AM

    Very festive. Merry Christmas. emoticon

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SHORT_KAKE 12/18/2011 12:47AM

    What a lovely set-up!
Grandmother's tree is beautiful.
I wish you a Merry Christmas!

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THINAGIN2 12/17/2011 7:52PM

    I really enjoyed seeing your Christmas village. Thank you for sharing. DH and I had built a village over the years but two years ago we discovered that it had been stolen by a person that we thought was a friend.
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Have a very merry Christmas!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/17/2011 5:50PM

    Thank you for sharing - I too have some wonderful memories of my mother's christmas village, complete with "pond" and skaters!

Merry Christmas to you, my dear friend. We'll continue walking to Rivendell in 2012!

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AIRPEACH 12/17/2011 5:34PM

    Lovely, thanks for sharing.

Wishing you a great 2012.

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VEGGIE_GIRL28 12/17/2011 5:29PM

    Absolutely beautiful!!!!

Merry Christmas!!!

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More trip photos...

Sunday, December 11, 2011


The Acropolis, Athens, Greece...A Dream of a Lifetime


Amalfi Coast, Italy...It Captured my heart


Fearsome Roman Gladiators


Fabulous Italian Farmer's Market, Rome

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MELODY525 12/17/2011 8:45AM

    I THOUGHT I HAD POSTED A HELLO ON THESE BLOGS.
I MUST HAVE LEFT WITHOUT DOING SO!! LOL
I AM SO GLAD FOR BOTH OF YOU AND THE PICS ARE GREAT!
LOVE THE GLADIATORS!!!!
THE COUNTRIES MUST HAVE BEEN WONDERFUL TO SEE.
IT'S ALMOST LIKE ME GOING THERE TOO!!
THANKS SO MUCH FOR SHARING THEM!!


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JSPIN74 12/15/2011 1:56PM

    What a wonderful trip...Italy & Greece are my dream (to get there). Thanks for sharing the wonderful pics :)

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WALKINGGRANDMA 12/11/2011 11:36PM

    It looks like such a wonderful trip. I'm so glad you were able to live your dreams.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/11/2011 4:53PM

    awesome!

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TAMIPCHICAGO 12/11/2011 3:34PM

    Wow that's beautiful.

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REXTINE1 12/11/2011 3:17PM

    Really great pictures. Thanks.

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DIHEALTHYHAPPY 12/11/2011 3:11PM

    Gorgeous! How fun!

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ANATASHIKI 12/11/2011 11:17AM

    beautiful! emoticon

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SHORT_KAKE 12/11/2011 10:46AM

    Wow!
Lucky you!
Thanks so much for sharing these.

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EASTENDCLAM 12/11/2011 6:41AM

    Great photos, thanks for sharing. More please!

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STALEYK 12/11/2011 5:53AM

    What beautiful pictures!

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The start of my "trip of a lifetime"...

Friday, December 02, 2011

I am speechless. I'll let the photo say my 10,000 words.



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LAURIETAIT 12/4/2011 11:41PM

    Beautiful! I'm so envious and looking forward to more pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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SHORT_KAKE 12/3/2011 12:02PM

    Beautiful!

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AIRPEACH 12/3/2011 9:22AM

    I hope you have a wonderful time! Kalimera. :)
On a personal note, I've seen that view too! What a great way to relive those memories. I'll be waiting patiently for more photos.
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Remember to treat yourselves well...

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Treating others well AND treating ourselves well...That may be just the ticket to a better life. Who knows, that may even be the ticket to a better world.



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WALKINGGRANDMA 11/13/2011 9:46PM

    Great thoughts. I appreciate them today.

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REXTINE1 11/13/2011 8:39PM

    Amen. emoticon

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ANATASHIKI 11/13/2011 6:25PM

    emoticonit sure is

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/13/2011 6:11PM

    sounds like a winner to me!

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ABBYKATE 11/13/2011 5:04PM

    :)

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