Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas Pixies and Flocked Deer

I remember these cute little pixies in our decorations when I was a little girl.

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So I’ve collected them over the years.

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And this year, Hobby Lobby came out with some with the same sweet faces.

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You can find them all over my house this month!

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I’ve also loved the old fashioned deer and always make a little display of them in our entry.

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Christmas brings back good memories of my childhood.

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It’s fun to spend Christmas in Florida and we usually drive to the beach for the day. One year, I took a pixie with me!

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I like to make a few new traditions as the years go by. Nothing stays the same, does it? It’s nice to hang on to our good memories but always be open to making new ones!

I’m joining Mosaic Monday HERE .

Saturday, December 9, 2017

A Polar bear in Florida?

I don’t think so…but if you squint real hard and tilt your head a little to the right…

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doesn’t this look a little like a polar bear?

No? Try again! heehee!

We DID see an Alligator on our recent hike to Blue Run in Dunnellon.

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(it was a small one and far away)

We also saw a big bird fly by and land in the water plants.

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We had trouble getting good photos but we are pretty sure it is an American Bittern.

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This was very exciting for us because we’ve never positively identified one before!

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It was a beautiful day for a hike! The highs were in the 70s!

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It’s a little cooler here this weekend but still nice!

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Giveaway FUN and the Winner is….

First I would like to say a BIG thank you to Anne from Anne’s Phamily Blog.

I won her holiday giveaway and she sent me things she selected especially for me!

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A beautiful tea cup and all kinds of wonderful teas for me to try!

The package was filled with pretty things, everything I love!

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Thanks so much Anne! It actually got cooler here in Florida so I’ll enjoy a ‘hot cuppa’ today!

And the winner of MY Princess Sassy Pants book giveaway is Diane from Quilting is Blissful. She’ll get the new book, Tangled Twinkle in record time…she lives here in Florida!

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Thanks to everyone who entered. I cherish all of the friendships I’ve made on my blog.

And I’m wishing you all

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Princess Sassy Pants & Co “Giveaway”

I am a fan and follower of Princess Sassy Pants and when she decided to reprint her book, Tangled Twinkle by Jane Lee Logan I ordered on the very first day!

And guess what? I ordered an extra book to GIVEAWAY here on my blog!

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I’m going to make this a quick giveaway so that I can get the book in the mail pronto! So I’ll announce the winner on Friday morning!

It’s open to everyone! Just leave a comment (a sweet one would be best) and you will be entered!

You really should go and check her blog HERE!

And the link to order the books is HERE!

She has note cards and journals too but they are going fast so order them as soon as possible. She has special prices if you order a ‘bundle’!

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(a sneak peek inside)

I appreciate all of you so much this holiday season. How encouraging to have so many special blog buddies!

Let’s start the holiday season with a

Fun Princess Sassy Pants Giveaway!!!

***Happy Holidays***

Monday, December 4, 2017

How many do you see?

How good are you at seeing the details?

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How many windows do you see on the second floor?

How many doors do you see on that floor?

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Is the Barber standing upstairs waiting to cut your hair?

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I consider myself creative but I do not always see the details. And sometimes I need to see PROOF to believe.

My husband took one look and said, that door and those windows are not real. REALLY? (that’s MY response!!!) I had to get out and walk over and take MORE photos and then I still wasn’t 100% sure until I saw the photos on my computer! heehee!

Let’s look at a window ‘up close’!

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What a cute little puppy and look…a bird is on the ledge!

Is that what YOU see?

Did you see a door and windows (and a puppy and a bird) or did you see plywood tacked up on the side of a building with scenes painted on them?

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We’ve driven through Ridge Spring, SC many times but this was the  first time that we pulled into this parking lot to see this building up close. We stopped here to eat our picnic lunch and I’m so glad we did!

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The library is across the street and I probably look that way when we drive through!

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So do YOU see the details or wander through life with your head in the clouds like me?

I’m joining Mosaic Monday HERE .

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Why is the Sun so Bright?

We’re back in the Sunshine State! We had a wonderful trip and enjoyed being in the mountains. I love the view we have of the Blue Ridge Mountains and I probably took about 100 photos from our balcony. And we even had good weather while we were there.

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(a ‘traveling’ pic, somewhere in Georgia)

But as we got close to home, I made a little list of ‘signs’ that we were almost home…

Great White Egrets in a pond

Banana Trees

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Puffy white clouds

80 degree temps

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Green grass, green trees, green everything!

An Alligator Christmas decoration (in our neighborhood)

I’m busy getting things back in order and decorating a little as I go. I bought a few pixies at Hobby Lobby and can’t wait to make a little arrangement with them. I love the pretty things we surround ourselves with during the holidays. I saw lots of plaid in the stores and want to make a few things! So much to do! How about you?

Every time I went to Fletcher Park (near our condo in NC) I tried to get better photos of the ducks there.

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Lots of twigs and branches in the way, which made it hard for my camera to ‘see through’ them and focus.

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We saw lots of Hooded Mergansers.

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Aren’t they the funniest birds?

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Shovelers…

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and even Mallard Ducks.

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Most of them time they were swimming together.

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One big happy family!

We managed 4 hikes while we were there! The weather is perfect here in Florida now so we will be out on the trails soon. (highs in the 70s, lows 50s)

Have a wonderful weekend! I’ll visit you soon! Sun

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving Blessings!

We are very blessed to be spending Thanksgiving week in the mountains of NC.

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It’s been wonderful to visit with family and to spend time in our condo.

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The mountains put on a wintry show for us this week.

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We woke up to snow on the mountains!

So even though it was cold and the wind was blowing a gale, I went in and out taking photos from my balcony!

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When the clouds lifted off Mt. Pisgah, I could even zoom in on the tower.

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Later a wispy cloud formed on the tower and gave me another ‘photo op’!

I wanted to share this Fall Cross Stitch I did many years ago. It hangs above my sink in the kitchen.

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I didn’t want to take it down (it’s hanging straight right now) so my pics aren’t the best.

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I’m wishing you a joyous Thanksgiving week. We are all blessed no matter what the challenges of life. And I hope this is your best Thanksgiving ever. I’m going to take a little break and catch up with you when we get back to the Sunshine State (and thaw out)! heehee!

I’m joining Thankful Thursdays.

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Last of the Fall leaves

After November 1st you can be sure most of the leaves will be on the ground here in the Mountains of NC but I found a few ‘hangers on’!

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I’ll have to zoom in for you to find these!

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But quite a few were still colorful on the ground.

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We hiked at Fletcher Park and I took pics on the run. It was cool and windy!

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This Cypress tree was gorgeous and there were some people having a picnic nearby. (they didn’t stay long!)

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Do you recognize this green leaf? It looks a little like a mitten, doesn’t it?

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Have you been able to get outside and walk this week?

I’m joining Mosaic Monday HERE .

Saturday, November 18, 2017

“Hiking in the Mts of NC” Fletcher Park

It was a cool and windy afternoon but the sun was out bright so we took a brisk walk! (hike #42)

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Right when we got to Caney Creek a Hawk flew in front of us and landed in the tree along the path.

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We’re pretty sure he is a Red Tailed Hawk but if you think otherwise, let me know.

He was a little smaller than the ones we’ve seen lately in Florida so at first we thought he something different.

I got good photos of his back, breast and head though.

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I think he’s looking at me here! lol

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We also saw a big fat robin and other song birds on the trails.

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We noticed that we were walking at a little faster pace with the temps in the 50s and a 20 mph wind. It felt great though!

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I’ve lived in this area for many years and it’s always like coming home. I love it!

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Fletcher Park still had it’s tribute for the Veterans out so that was nice to see too!

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.