T’is the Season

Hi everyone, can you believe it – it’s meeeeeee.
I was made aware that a small number of you are missing my scribblings.  Kathy from the Upwoods blog just sent a comment which brought me here today.

Sadly or maybe not so sad, I don’t have to be up in the mornings any longer.  Which means that I don’t see what you want me to take pictures of too much anymore. After all, the boys are now 18 years old and can get up and drive themselves to school without me nagging them early in the morning about one thing or another.

Mike and I had a Christmas Cocktail party on December 10th and I managed to take a couple of pictures before the guests showed up…

a new location for the Christmas tree

I think we had 15 different kinds of Vodka all together. The only Martinis we made though, were Snowflake Martinis

So much more booze on the buffet

the living room

the library

more alcohol to go with the goodies

yup, I baked - Apricot Window Stars, iced Shortbread candies, snowflakes and ornaments, Chocolate -Cherry-Pecan Rugelach squares, and Walnut cookies

To make things more interesting than just standing around eating and drinking too much, we had a White Elephant exchange which really was a whole lot of fun.

Here is a treat for you.  I had posted it in another blog, but none of you could find it, when all you had to do was highlight the white space in the middle of the blog…

Snowflake Martini

Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
Creme de Cacao
Splash of Peppermint Schnaps
Vanilla Vodka

Shake, shake, shake until frothy and cold.
Dip the rim of the glass into some vodka and then into pulverized
candy cane or peppermint candies

Snowflake Martini 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you

Stay healthy and have a wonderful and prosperous New Year


I promise to make an effort to get out of the house and shoot many pictures for you!

Is it 2011 yet?

Hello everyone!

Some of you have missed me – thank you for the inquiries.  I suppose I could explain what happened, but it’s boring and depressing so,  let’s start with pictures and a promise to be more fruitful in the writing department :mrgreen:

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Hellooooo and Happy New Year everyone


I did take lots of pictures for the blog that you haven’t seen yet:


One morning on our way out of the driveway 🙂   – gorgeous sky!

The boys’ 17th birthday dinner at Riggers in Arcadia – they didn’t want me to take their picture, hehe

We usually have a party on or around the winter solstice but that’s not been happening because the “Shiver by the River” festival has been happening in Frankfort on that Weekend in February.  A neighbor came by in December and burned that huge thing down.  It took about 5 days to stop smoldering.  I guess the neighbors were happy when that finally stopped…

And then it started to snow – a lot. It didn’t stop.  I just love the snow. Not that I spend a lot of time in it but it’s so pretty to look at.

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Fresh frozen fruit outside our bay window

Mike blowing the first snow

Sort of decorating for Christmas.  And see that big poinsettia?  Hmmm, we got that as a “thank you” from the local grocery store for being such good customers.   This is not a list I’d like to be on ever again 😉

more snow out the back door

So there you have it for today.

Christmas with Dorothy

My mother in law, Dorothy, has a quirky sense of humor.
A few years ago she decided that she didn’t want to deal with wrapping Christmas presents, instead she bought gift cards for everyone from a list that comes together at Thanksgiving. That is when a legal pad makes the rounds and everyone in the family writes down where they’d like to spend their Christmas money.

This year she didn’t want to go around Traverse City and purchase gift cards. Like wrapping presents, this was not fun for her anymore.  She decided to give something else.  Since she can’t keep a fun secret, she told me what the plan was way before Christmas (but not before I promised not to tell anyone!!)  and I am thinking that all of Mike’s sisters knew ahead of time too.

Here’s what she thought of:

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A washcloth

Wrapped around a little cup filled with

peppermint scented SOAP

The soap was made for mom by Jane Putney.  Her soaps are so very nice!

Inside the soap was the prize.  We were told to wash our hands often to keep the swine flu away and to reach the goal

There it was – the Christmas money 🙂

Wash our hands – indeed!  As soon as we got home, went to work with the sharpest knives handy and released the green goodness from its prison.

I told this story because of the comment Dorothy made regarding having to pay to get pulled out of the ditch on New Year’s Eve

Is anyone interested in hearing where she stores her Christmas tree?

Last Year’s Christmas Tree

Christmas trees

The story of last year’s Christmas tree started more than 3 years ago.

Suddenly, like I have already told you, the elk ranch didn’t sell Christmas trees any longer and it was incredibly difficult to find decent trees.  The other thing was, I – together with my partner in crime, Carol Cherriez took care of the annual benefit Christmas Ball for the local hospital 2 years in a row and had no time to look for a tree and decorate it in time to make it worth it – it took a lot of time to pull that Ball together which always takes place on the first Saturday in December.  Needless to say, the Saturday after Thanksgiving came and went and no one thought of Christmas trees or anything else for that matter until the Ball was done and over with.

So, last year I didn’t fool around with the Ball but for some reason I could not get Mike to go with me to look for a tree.  Finally I got just a tiny bit bent out of shape and drove over to Victoria’s Floral Design in Benzonia and there was this HUGE blue spruce.  HUGE is maybe an understatement, the thing was huge.  We measured and I walked around it a few times. It had been cut and deposited in the driveway in front of the store.  It was laying halfway in the snow and it was frozen in place.  LuAnn was with me and there were 3 sales people plus a driver in the store – we had enough people to yank that tree loose and get it onto LuAnn’s truck.
Weeeell, it wasn’t as easy as that.  We yanked and yanked. We even broke some branches. After about 30 minutes of yanking, the tree was tied to the truck.  Yikes, it was very big.  We got it to the front porch and there we noticed how big that thing really was.
Hmmmm….”that’s easy” said Mike, we’ll cut as much of the tree as we want off the top and use the lower branches for decorations around the house. Great.  Mike measured and cut.
I did some chores and when I came back into the living room, there was ….what?  “Where’s the tree?”  Ummmmm….I don’t know what Mike measured, I know that what I saw was the very top of the tree and then one layer of branches and that was that. The entire thing no higher than 4 feet including the 12 inch long stick that made up the top. You know, the stick that you make the angel sit on.  In our case it’s a spaceship not an angel.  I could actually look down on this “tree”.

Oh boy….what a disappointment.

So we got down some of the Christmas ornaments and doodads and I started to decorate the pitiful thing. And after a few of my crystal icicles on there, I could not go on.  I took off my gloves and sat in front of it and looked at it to see what could be done to save it.   I did that for about 4 days and then I took off the few icicles that I had hung on it and threw the tree with the tree stand outside, onto the porch, where it stayed until spring clean-up.

The funny thing is, none of my people ever mentioned the tree.

No one ever said anything about that tree not

being where they had left it for me, ready to be decorated.

They all thought it would go away if they didn’t say anything.

But it is still here.

In my mind.

In their minds.

Never to be forgotten and never to be repeated or else!

Muahahahahaha

No matter what, I am 100% certain that I will bake and decorate Christmas Cookies even this year.

YUMMMMMMM

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And we’ll have something yummy to drink too.