"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

Hello Friends!

Friends, Romans, countrymen...y'all. Foodies, gardeners, artists and collectors - let's gather together to share and possibly learn a thing or two in the mix.

Donna Baker

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Only Twenty Six More Days Till Christmas


Oh thank goodness our half of the state had only rain.  My sister's half had ice and are without power.     Going to mingle with the throngs of Christmas shoppers today.  Wish me luck!

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    1. Luckily, it wasn't busy out at all. I was surprised.

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    1. And I'd love to see your house all aglow and dressed up for Christmas.

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  3. Lots and lots of luck.
    I need to brave the shops too. Later this week.
    Love that snowy image.

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    1. It was surprisingly empty in the stores today. More workers than shoppers. Guess they had already been shopped out. That pic is from a few years earlier during a dreaded ice storm. My problem shopping is that I wanted everything I saw. Good thing I was loaded down or the red and white Johnson Brother dishes on sale would have been mine.

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  4. I haven't even begun to think about Christmas yet except to check to see if I need to buy any more cards this year - I always seem to have some left over every year so now I have quite a stack building up, so will use them and save myself a few pounds.

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    1. Smart lady. I have the same thing and need not buy any new cards. I do that with wrapping paper too.

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  5. Good Luck, better you than me.
    Crowds and germs are not on my shopping gift list.
    Love your photo today.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Thank you and as above, there were more workers than shoppers today. I lucked out.

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  6. *sigh* I have decorated for Christmas, but haven't begun to shop. I always leave that to the last.

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    1. And this year was the year everyone (except the grands) were getting money. Best laid plans...

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  7. Donna, after a late evening yesterday from the other side of the counter, I've been enjoying a day off today. Setting my own pace, phone calls with friends and family, and a walk in the cool sunny day. And more Christmas card painting just before supper.

    i might have to give some consideration to my own Christmas gift list tomorrow.

    xo

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    1. Your an angel Frances. All that retail work, then home to work on your painted cards. My hat is off to you. In Tulsa today, after days of rain and the holiday specials, I guess everyone stayed home. I swear, in Restoration Hardware there were more employees than shoppers.

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  8. I wish you luck...I online shop...I am not a crowd person....

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    1. Me either but it wasn't busy at all. I think the future is bleak for retail stores. After my couch and bed debacle, not ordering anything bigger than a bread box from now on. Email me Dottie. I want to know where and how you've been.

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  9. I'm afraid that I have succumbed to online Christmas shopping over the past few years Donna ......but, it makes it so much more pleasurable to enjoy the festive shops etc. without any pressure. I think I enjoy it all even more { if that's possible ..... I do LOVE Christmas !!}
    Love your snowy picture .... how do you do that ? XXXX

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    1. The snowy pic is out of the wild blue yonder Jacqueline. I went to post one time, then clicked on the picture icon and when you are to choose, I chose from iPhone. Unbeknownst to me, all my snow pics are there with it snowing. I never did a thing. Either picasa did it or my iPhone did it, but I never did a thing. Poof, it was just there. If anyone out there knows how it happened, please enlighten me. I'd love to know how.

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  10. Dear Donna so glad it was rain for you and not snow and ice. Hope your sister's power was restored. Have a great day. Hugs!

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    1. Yes, Debbie, she was without power for about 8 hours. Lots of limbs down though. At least it wasn't 8 days like our last ice storm. You have a great one too sweet lady. It is supposed to be in the 60's Sat. and Sun. I can't wait. I hope it dries up as it is a muddy mess around here. City folk don't know how muddy it gets on a farm when there is lots of rain.

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  11. I just told Miss Latane that my Shopping Gene Got Left Out At Birth. Doesn't do it for me---just the SCENT of a mall, with all those polyester fabrics and shiny stuff and perfumes---iwhen I'm not there, which I never AM, every thing for sale seems to come in shades of dirty mustard and dusty black, for that's the impression the experience leaves on my mind. I used to be a Purse Holder when I was a child, seldom being subjected to "trying on" stuff, as my Mother and Mammaw made all my clothes, but I hated just standing around, waiting for the dressing room door to open so we could get out of there.

    We were sans Furnace for 24 hours, ourselves, from a power thing not connected to weather, but the ancient outside BOX leading into the house. Discovered that bit during the cooking for Sunday night's dinner---the house was getting colder. All's well with that, but we still have to take the cabinets down again after Christmas and have the main breakers replaced.

    Hope you got all you went for, and more.

    rachel

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    1. Yes I read about your Thanksgiving power out. I did get all and the more was for me. I couldn't resist the sales. I need to stay out of the shops too. I rarely go to the mall. I swore I was just giving money this year...

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  12. Good luck with that Christmas shopping.

    How pretty the picture makes the snow look - sadly not like that in reality though.

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    1. Thank ou Pat. I went again today and will have to go how many times more? I'm with you. Like to look at the snow, but not go out in it. The farm is a muddy mess. See above to find out about my snow pic.

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  13. Love the picture. It reminds me of my backyard last winter, except there was 20" of snow! ha Not supposed to be so much this winter ... or so they say.

    This is my first visit to your blog and I'm truly excited with it. Everything I love is here. Growing, prepping and canning/freezing foods, art, art, and more art. Lovely. The moccasins thrill me. They're superb. My great-grandmother was from the Eastern band of Cherokee. I have nothing that belonged to her but I'm told I look just like her.

    I hope your shopping was a success. I don't shop much. All of my gifts are handmade, whether it be knitting, crocheting, cross stitch, or whatever I'm in the mood to do.

    Blessings to you ...

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    1. Thank you so Lesley Ann and welcome. My daughter works for the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma building museums for them and tourism etc. I can never remember her title. I used to love to shop but not so much anymore. I have way too much stuff and have been the process of giving/selling things. I have tried to convince my family to have a "Walton's Christmas" with everything handmade, but no takers as of yet. Nice to meet you Lesley.

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  14. I'm Sorry to be laughing with the post below, but really, how much worse could things get?!! Well, I could tell you about our trip home from N>C> in a borrowed van, but I won't...it is just too painful, and you've had enough pain for now. Anyway, Rain rain go away! Us too, the creek looks like a river bank and the pond is finally filled up after being a squishy mud puddle all summer. The ducks are giddy with glee and merriment, but really, how much water does duck need?!!

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    1. Yes, Jeri, it is just life, but I need it to come a day at a time not all in one day. Muddy mess around here too, but two days of sunshine and warmer temps this weekend have put a smile on my face.

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