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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

An Ode to Yule (and a Throwback Thursday)

"... As I walked out on Yuletide,
The winter winds blew cold
I saw the Winter King a-standing,
Grey and grim and old
His cloak was pulled around Him,
A child was in His hand
And He sang, “Blessed Be and Blessed Be
   And Blessed Be again!"

   ~  Joe Bethancourt, "Blessed Be Again"


 A very OLD pic of my childhood friend, Dave and I at Flanagan's Pub back in 1988 ... (you may remember him from last Sunday's birthday celebration post with my hubby?)

A pic my hubby took while camping with friends back in 1999 ... (Okay, so Mother Theresa I am not!)

Horseback riding taken by my sister Willow ~ circa 1996


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Some Finishing Touches ...

Gifts wrapped, holiday cards sent, ritual ceremony prepared, and the house completely decorated,  it appears that I am finally finished with my Yule "to-do" list.

Although, it seems that every year I always manage to find yet another item or two in which to add. This year, I found a large gift basket for sale to use for the kitties many toys ...  

And, while shopping around at the Hallmark Store for what I call "specialty" cards (cards specifically for family and close friends), I came across a lovely gold-colored tree ornament for family members who are currently serving and/or haved served in the military which holds a 2 X 3 picture. Since my own father served in the Army many years ago, I thought it would be a nice addition to our Yule tree this year ...

One of my dad's old Army pics taken while he was stationed in Europe. This one was from Germany.

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Happy Sunday All!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Gift of Friendship ... Thank You, Stacy!

Greetings everyone!Right now, I am doing my happy dance as this morning I received a package in the mail from Stacy from her awesome blog, MagicLoveCrow! You see, I was one of the lucky winners of her latest wonderful giveaway!

She is such a sweet soul with a giving heart that she picked out the most excellent gifts you could imagine. Along with a special friendship card for Yule, she also sent me a lovely gift card to accompany my beautiful treasures.

 A gorgeous sterling silver elephant pendant made from a fork. I thought that the elephant was especially meaningful as it symbolizes strength, family, good luck and happiness. Simply perfect!

And two very lovely hearts ~ one made of Rose Quartz and the other is a Singing Heart with pretty flower designs!

 All of the prize gifts were selected from one of her fav stores called, "Daylyn" ...  very cool shop and a place you simply must check out!

Thank you, Stacy for being you (and for having such great taste!)! You are simply the best!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Brrr, baby it's cold outside!

After two weeks of nothing but bone-chillingly cold rain, it appears we have gotten our first "official" snowfall of the season yesterday afternoon. It wasn't much, only a tad more than a dusting, but I, for one, can most definitely live with that. Especially since for the past two years we have had a few inches already on the ground just in time for, believe it or not, Halloween! 

It's not that I don't enjoy the winter solstice ... I actaully do. I love to watch the pretty snowflakes fall all over everything (including my face!) and I don't even mind shoveling it (as, trust me, I really do need the exercise) and, I particularly look forward to gathering with family and friends for our Yule celebration. Honestly, I just do not like having to drive in it unless it is necessary.

On the other hand, I will look for any good excuse to snuggle up with our kitties when it gets really cold out. In fact, our little Kiki just loves to bury herself underneath the bed covers right after I have just made them up ...

 My baby boy Mr. Midnight keeping warm on the sofa

 And let's not forget all the really "cool" things to do and see at this time of the year. One of those activities for us has always been to visit a place called, "Christmas Village" only a couple of miles away from where we live. I had taken the above post cover pic at last years beautiful display ~ as well as these ...

But, for now, I will leave you all with one of my favorite songs of the holiday as sung by Lady Gaga and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fun Friday (and The Doors, too?)!

Happy Friday everyone! In case anyone missed Jimmy Fallon's awesome impersonation of Jim Morrrison from "The Doors" singing the theme song to the children's program, "Reading Rainbow" on his show "Late Night" last night, I thought I'd share it with you all, along with a few old pics from some sabbat celebrations that I think fit the song pretty well ... LOL!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Memories are Made of This

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Taste of Cheer!


While reading a little of our local news today, I came across a wonderful article which truly warmed my heart. For the past three years, The Simpson's, a Pennsylvania family living in South Heidelberg Township, has adorned the outside of their home with more than 55,000 twinkling lights, a snow machine which sends snowflakes flying through the air, a live reindeer (as accompanied by her guardian/owner who hails from Quarryville, PA) and with whom you can have your photo taken along with Santa, Ana and Elsa from Disney's, "Frozen."

Reading Eagle: Natalie Kolb | Terry Schuck of Quarryville holds onto his reindeer, Anya, at the Simpson family's lights extravaganze in South Heidelberg Township.

Reading Eagle: Natalie Kolb | Liam Meredith, 3, of Sinking Spring plays in the artifical snow!


This extravagant display is all for charity. All proceeds from the on-sight photos, as well as all donations from a bake sale in their garage, will graciously benefit The Animal Rescue League of Berks County. Last year, they raised up to $1,800 for our local homeless critters and this year their goal is $2,000!

In the area where hubby and I live, it is not terribly uncommon to see this kind of good will around this time of year. Sooo many families elaborately decorate their homes, but it is always great to see the good which can (and should, if possible) be done in order to help those who are not able to help themselves.

If you wish to read more on this wonderfully up-lifting story, please click on this link:


(photos credits for The Reading Eagle-Times)
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