Saturday, December 31, 2022
Friday, December 30, 2022
Hi everyone. Happy almost end of 2022.
I hope if you celebrated any of the winter holidays they were lovely.
This past year went so fast . I wonder if it did for you also.
For my post today I am going to share more photos from Hammond Castle in Gloucester, Massachusetts. You might remember I shared some photos in a couple of Friday posts earlier this month. If you missed the first 2 posts, and/or if you are curious, you can find them here: Part 1 and here :Part 2 .
I know it's been a bit, but you might remember in my last castle photo post we were in the wing that was filled with European treasures that Hammond had collected on various trips.
Here's the rest of those treasures in that wing.
Thursday, December 29, 2022
Hi everyone. Happy almost end of 2022.
Today for Rain's Art and Dinner Date the theme is New Year's Party. This is the closest I'll get to a party this year, so let me share a few New Year's art journal pages I made in the past.
Wednesday, December 28, 2022
Hi everyone. It's been cold here in New Hampshire (as well as many other places too). We had hoped for a white Christmas, and after our big dump of snow on the 17th, we really thought we would have one. Instead we warmed up and had so much rain (and wind) on the 23rd, our white Christmas was really just a light dusting from the end of that storm when the temperatures plummeted. But I guess that counts as white.
It is starting to warm up a bit outside after some bitter cold over the past holiday weekend. Hurrah for that, although it is going to get quite warm for us at the end of the week so we may start the New Year with some spring mud.
December is starting to wind down, and it will be 2023 before we know it. I know I said this last year, but let me write it once again, where did the year go?
Today I want to share another page for Jo's Snowy Winter challenge over at Art Journal Journey. You still have a a few days to join in this challenge with your snowy winter art journal pages.
This first view is how it looks when I lighten it up.
Monday, December 26, 2022
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, if you celebrate any of these holidays. And this is already our last T Day for 2022. It's time to share your drinks and maybe chat a bit about life.
The horrible storm that blasted across the US hit us on Friday the 23rd. We had strong winds which knocked out our power on the morning of the 23rd and it stayed out until afternoon on Christmas Day. I know none of them will probably see my blog, but thanks to the power crews who worked through the holiday weekend to restore so many outages. I hope everyone who was out of power has it back.
And then it got cold. For us a low of 10 degrees (-12 degrees C) with an added wind chill seems to happen at least once every winter, but it's still very cold. I know many of you had even colder temperatures or even lots of snow, so I hope everyone is keeping warm and safe until temperatures return to normal.
When the power went out my husband hooked up the generator so we could have water (as we get ours through a well on our property), some of our lights, the refrigerator, and the TV. However, our generator isn't powerful enough to run the stove, dishwasher and microwave, so on the 24th, when we had our family Christmas celebration, we did some cooking on the woodstove.
Sunday, December 25, 2022
Thursday, December 22, 2022
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Before I forget to mention it, I want to say thank you to those of you who helped me answer my question the other day about the candle holder. It's really lovely, and I think I like it better as it celebrates another religion. I do think it is a menorah, just not one for Hanukkah. I didn't know there were different types of menorahs. I read quite a bit about it yesterday after reading some comments, and the story behind the 7 branch menorah is lovely. I also learned that Kwanzaa also has a similar candle holder. That was new to me also. It's only too bad my Mom isn't here to find out this information as she was always curious about the candle holder also. Smile.
I looked up photos online after seeing some for both holidays, and I found a very similar candle holder/menorah on an internet search. On Amazon of all places. Not exactly the same along the bottom, but very similar for certain.
And why I didn't do an internet search earlier, I'm not sure. 😣 My limited knowledge of many religions I guess. I do have some far back Jewish ancestors on my mother's side of the family according to our DNA tests, so perhaps that is why my great aunt received it from her husband's family in Sweden. It is a beautiful piece, and I'm glad I have it to put out over the holidays. I could leave it out also.
Thanks again to everyone for your help.
Next let me say Happy Winter Solstice! Or if you live south of the equator, happy summer solstice. My page today celebrates winter, so it may not work for anyone who is having summer.
Tomorrow the days will start getting longer. Smile. I realize it does take awhile before it's even noticeable.
Monday, December 19, 2022
Hi everyone. Happy T day. It's hard to believe it is not only already Tuesday, but it is less than a week until Christmas.
Although I still have some things I need to do, the house is decorated (but a messy disaster zone) and my presents are wrapped (and all over my daughter's bed). Today I thought I'd share some of my decorations because I feel like being festive. Grab a cup of tea or coffee because (sorry) this is a rather long post.
I didn't decorate quite to the extent I usually do, but I did put out the things I love. I usually put away the old clock that is in the middle of my photo. It doesn't run because there is no plug on my mantel, and also the wiring in it is from the 1930's and a little scary. One of these days I want to get this clock changed over to batteries so we can use it. It originally belonged to my husband's grandparents.
I do love my Swedish tomte though. These 2 big ones I found by chance and bought years ago, but most of mine are ones that family members gifted me.