Saturday, November 27, 2010

What's Up?

Oh, it seems like I have not been here in forever! This has been a crazy busy week, but nice, too. With all four of us under the same roof again, I've been kept busy cooking way more than I usually do these days. It's quite a nice pat on the back to have your college students come home and tell you how much they missed your cooking. :)

Well, we've been dining off leftovers for the past two days now, and I really don't want to see another turkey for a long time... lol. The refrigerator is clean and relatively empty, the dishes are all put away (almost) and the dining room looks calm and normal.

And it's only 28 days till Christmas.


I've been busy also making up some Christmas cards in Photoshop, and a 2011 calendar, and potting up some bulbs for Christmas. I'll be sharing all that and more with you soon. So tell me, what are you up to today? Braving the crowds at the mall, or relaxing after the holiday, or putting up your Christmas decorations? I'd love to hear your story!


Please join me for Mosaic Monday! I'm thinking that I may have to kick the season off with some Christmas themes... :) The linky thingy will be up by 8:30 pm Eastern time, Sunday.


  1. Hi there from snowy New Brunswick! This is the second day in a row of snow and it is so pretty! I have all my decorating done as I finished the tree yesterday. Today was cleaning and laundry day for me. Now, I just have to get shopping! I love your blog and your pictures and look forward to Mosaic Mondays each week.

  2. Lovely for you to have the children back home again för Thanksgiving! Mary! You have so many exquisite "things. I really do admire your cups....

  3. My kids have gone to their homes, so I'm washing sheets and reclaiming the house for the two of us again. As our son left this a.m., he said see you in 3 weeks. Is Christmas really that soon? Sally

  4. Hi Mary: Love this photograph. I'm a dish lover, ya know. I have the big tree yet to do and today am preparing for my daughter's birthday tomorrow. Tonight the Santa Clause parade is in our town and I'll be joining my son's family. It's a busy time for sure. I can't wait to peak in on all your decorating and preparations. So fun to be blogging at this time of year. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x5 Ottawa Canada

  5. Putting up's snowing...ate the last of the turkey for lunch...had help with two nieces, my mom, and my hubby. I don't need to see a turkey anytime soon either. Glad that you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving and that your college age kids are missing your cooking. My kids have yet to tell me that and they are much older than yours. Guess it may not happen, eh?

  6. We have no leftovers here, and I'm missing that. I spent a couple of hours in the kitchen today, making a vegetable dish for tonight and a dessert that I found on Tasty Kitchen. Just hanging out this afternoon, opened a bottle of wine and am sipping while playing with photos in PS. Thanks for that link to the actions on Red Leaf Boutique. Very fun.

  7. I'm working in Ontario this week, so am far away from my home on snowy Vancouver Island. Whenever I think of the holidays I start to panic, realising that there is an awful lot to be done over there, but that I am here........

  8. i spent an hour at the museum and an hour at the bookstore. it was a good afternoon.

  9. Hi, so happy to have found your blog. It is very nice. Love the Mosaic Monday as well.
    The Bavarian Christmas linky party is now open-won’t you come and join us at

  10. Hi Mary...I just finished my last bite of turkey, too. Maybe roast beef for Christmas? ha! Today (and yesterday) were both spent decorating, decorating, decorating. Love it. It's a LOT of work but we'll be able to enjoy it with guests, family, friends, etc. for the next month! Hope you have a nice evening. Susan

  11. Mary, What a lovely image. I still entertaining and enjoying friends and family. I put away all of my fall decoratiions today (huge job!) while everyone was out and about. I made the most delicious cream of mushroom soup with madiera wine for a luncheon tomorrow. Round 2 of guests.
    Thank you for asking.
    I am just now thinking of Christmas. This week I'll begin to decorate. I tend to enjoy the decorating process as much as the finished product.
    When do you begin to decorate for Christmas?

  12. Thanks, everyone!

    Yvonne, I probably won't start for another week or so, although my neighbors have their lights up already so I feel like I'd better get cracking... :)

  13. I love all the delicateness(?) in this photo. Those tea cups look so dainty!
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend with the kiddos.

  14. Hi Mary, I am glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. Christmas is fast approaching and I am not ready:(

  15. Sounds like you had a wonderful time for Thanksgiving. One of my sons was with us as we visited my mother and sister for the holidays. It was nice to spend time with relatives, however we truly missed my other son who was tied up with work. I don't have my Christmas things out yet, we're trying to remodel our kitchen! Bad timing I know...but...I had a few spare days to begin. Hopefully, we'll be finished soon and I can get out my trees and angels!

  16. We have been relaxing at home and snacking on leftovers. I took down all my Fall decorations today and began putting up some Christmas ones as well.

    Let the Christmas season begin! :0)

  17. I am still packing up the fall decorations and enjoying the 'Nothing Seasonal' look of the house! Soon enough, the Christmas look will emerge! ;-D

    If I see another plate of Thanksgiving leftovers, I will croak. I have to get to the grocery store tomorrow to buy some normal food!!


  18. It's so nice to see all the college kids return home for the Thanksgiving holiday - I truly enjoyed spending time with my three nieces who returned home this weekend! I'm happy that you enjoyed time with your children. I'm with you on the turkey . . . I don't need to see another one for a long time!

  19. Beautiful image.
    We have been planning what to pack for our trip back to the UK for Christmas this year. Very excited to be in our new home together with all our children for the first time in 9 years.
    I x

  20. Lovely tea cups!

    I am not brave enough to go out shopping this first crazy weekend after Thanksgiving so I shop online instead. I always find better gifts that way anyhow! I ordered a lovely hand-sew bag for my mom from a seller on etsy and when it arrived she wrote on the invoice that she enjoys working on these bags because it keeps her active at 83!

  21. Hi Dear Mary...

    I, like you, am trying to put together a calendar for 2011-- do you have any particular program or company you will use?

    I want it to be realativly large at least a 12x12 (photo) and the calendar part large enough for folks to be able to write on.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks for your help.


  22. I love the poem at the top of your blog. The picture reminds me of our year and half in northern Maine. This deep south Texas gal wondered if the snow would ever end.. or melt for that matter!
    Have a great week.
    Ladybug Creek


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