Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Cold Weather, Has Come To Play!!

It seems like the Old Year is trying so hard to say 'I'm still alive'. And in just a few days he will be gone. As midnight strikes we will open the door to let Old Year out and then.... Twelve new months will be at our door again. For me the New Year brings what is important; to keep joy in my heart, to love with all my heart, and to be thankful for the gift of life! Wishing you all a Blessed New Year!!

My grandbabes and I watched the quail across the road today find food and shelter.
(we had a pajama day with all their favorite movies, I hope they had as good a time as I did)

My snow covered vintage bike, love how the mounds of white looks on the birdbath!!

I love the snow on the bare branches and the blanket of white in the background!

This is God's Snowy Wonderland, I'm so grateful!!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Why can't real life be more like the Movies?

In our house one sacred holiday tradition is the annual Christmas classic cinema celebration. This week as we hang our stockings, finish wrapping the last gifts, we watch White Christmas, Holiday Inn, Christmas in Connecticut, The Bishop's Wife, Miracle on 34th Street, Christmas Vacation, and of course, It's a Wonderful Life, I love this movie starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.

Frank Capra had no idea his sentimental small town fantasy would become a favorite.
As the story is told on Christmas Eve, the night of miracles, and good old George Bailey certainly needs one. After a life time of saving the lives of others, he's giving up on his. He's broke, disgraced, facing prison, and in despair over a savings and loan shortage that is truly not his fault. After wishing he'd never been born, he's about to jump off a bridge, when he's rescued by his guardian angel who temporarily grants his wish by showing him what the world would have been like without his contribution to the world.

George believes he's never had a lucky break, But when he steps back to reconsider his choices, he realizes they were the right ones. He's also a rich man; he has a loving and supportive wife, healthy children, work that makes a difference, and more friends than his house can even hold at one time. He realizes, it's a wonderful life he was about to throw away.

Every year that I watch this movie with my family I discover just how wonderful my life is ~ I don't have to jump off the bridge, I can step back and take another look at my life and the lives I've touched.

This treasured tradition is important to me and my family, and I hope we will continue to do it year after year ~

Merry Christmas!!

From Our Family to Yours

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Junebug's Favorite Things ~ 2010

One last look, a final remembrance, at a few of the treasures of the past months. Grateful, for the people that we have met and have blessed us enormously. We would like to express our deepest thanks to all our readers and wish you all a very Merry Christmas!! Glad & Celia

A Childhood Cookie Favorite ~

Genite Cookies ~ Our favorite Christmas Cookies ~ we make these special cookies only at Christmas, this recipe was pasted down from my Italian Grandmother.

Bake 350* for 15 minutes

12 eggs beaten

add ~ 3/4 lb. butter - melted & cooled
2 c. sugar
1 t. anise oil or vanilla
10 c. flour
3 T. baking powder

Roll into rope shapes & 'tie' the dough in a little knot ~ Frost with powder sugar frosting.

Cookies make great gifts. Everyone loves cookies. And they're easy to package in a creative way. We like making an assortment of cookies best ~ a vintage lunch box filled with the classics in our home would be: Genite, Peanut Butter Blossoms, & Gingerbread boys & girls.

Brown bags also make great packages for cookies, Stamp the bag first, or wrap a ribbon around the bag thats as wide as the bag itself.

Merry Christmas!!

Glad & Celia

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Country Living

I love the view from our home, a blanket of snow on the farmer's fields and the red barn against the blue sky. What beauty God has created for us to enjoy!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Happy Birthday Sonia!!!!!

Today is Sonia's birthday ~ 35 years young & eternally gorgeous!!

If ever there was a mom who loved her daughter more than anything in the world....she would be me!!

Happy Birthday Sonia

with All My Love, Mom

Time has a way of changing things, but not the joy you've given to me!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Two Women ~ Cozy, Warm, and Full of Joy Christmas Show

Celia & I had the best week-end at Two Women 'Country Christmas'. It was a very special Christmas Show. Chilly outside but sooo warm & cozy inside! So many wonderful Christmas treasures and Sooooo many talented vendors. We enjoyed spending Christmas time with Elaine from Tinker Verve and Kathy & Jennifer from Unexpected Necessities and met the most amazing ladys from Bertha & Brambles, Kari & Nan, from Fairfield, WA, so creative, I purchased some of their beautiful boiled wool stockings that I will be hanging in our home this Christmas!

We were blessed to be next to our friends Funky Junk Hollie & her gracious Mom Gail.
My friend Erin ~ Ladybird and her sweet daughter Gracie always a joy to see and visit with.

We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for your support!

Merry Christmas!!! Glad & Cel


Christmas Fun ~ Celia, Myself & Hollie from Funky Junk

Elaine Tolson ~ Tinker Verve...Love her charms!!

A little bit of our Junebug Christmas ~

A visit from our friend Nancy from Forget-Me-Nots...sorry I didn't get a pic of Sally she was busy shopping!

Cutest little chest of drawers from Kathy & Jennifer ~ Unexpected Necessities

Staying warm and cozy inside the little grange ~

Funky Junk Treasures ~

Vintage Christmas Treasures ~ Junebug