Oh Christmas Tree :-)


I finally have my tree up and looking pretty!  My grandkids helped me make a bunch of dough ornaments that we put all over the tree.  They turned out pretty cute.  I have been down with a bug and have had time to putter around the house and personalize Christmas cards at my leisure.  I was looking around at all the STUFF I have for Christmas.  Do  I really need all this stuff?  Absolutely!!!  The more Christmas decorations, the better.  Here are more pictures of some of my Christmas stuff. How do you decorate for Christmas?  Do you have any special traditions that you do with your families?   One of my traditions every year is making snowball cookies and fudge, it’s not Christmas if you do not get the baking in and filling up the house with delicious Christmas smells.  I also have to have real Christmas tree, a live one, I love the smell of Christmas trees, and you cannot get that from a fake tree.

Here are some delicous cookies I baked yesterday.  It surprises me with how much I can get done staying home sick.  I figured if I cannot lay down and sleep due to not being able to breathe out of my nose, I might as well be productive.  I’m so much like my mom was.  lol

These cookies are called, “Hot Cocoa” cookies by Pillsbury.  They are delicious!



A pretty picture and a little text.

20160812_103717_hdrI think the stainglass art work in this picture is absolutely breath taking.

What I think of when I look at this picture, “Faith, Hope, Fear, Love, Losing faith and hope only to gain it back from fear of losing it again”

Today, we are having a baby windstorm.  Stay-tuned, you might see some interesting photos from the storm.

~Fog and Christmas Dough Ornaments~


I took this picture of our loving fog that rolled in this morning.  The branch that is dangling looks like a skeleton hand.  I really like this picture, it’s pretty and creepy.


Peaceful thick grey air slithering through the trees breathtaking for all to see.



Christmas Dough Ornaments

I baked some Christmas dough ornaments tonight.  I want to have a bunch ready to go for the weekend.  I plan to do a lot of painting with my grandkids. 

If you’re not sure how to make them, I have put the receipe down below.  They are super easy to make and are great fun for the family. 



4 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups water

1 cup of salt.


  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
  • Combine the flour, salt and water; mix well and knead for 5 minutes. Roll out on a lightly floured surface.
  • Cut into desired shapes and make holes for hanging. Bake for 60 minutes; allow to cool.
  • Decorate with poster paints or tube paints and varnish.

Easy Peasy!!  Have fun!  If you make any I would love to see your finshed product, please share your photo here 🙂


Remember to be kind to eachother

I went into work this morning and everyone was quiet.  It was so quiet you could hear a pin drop.  I tried to lighten the mood by sharing that it is my grandson’s birthday and he turned 11 today, which did lighten the mood.  By the end of the day everyone seemed to be back to normal.

Then I went to my son’s SLC (Student Led Conference) He is a senior this  year, this was not madatory for him.  I’m glad I went because I got some really neat pictures of the school drama wall.  Students leave comments throughout the year in the drama room where props are stored.  It’s very cool and I personally think it’s artistic.


If you look in the middle you will see graffitti that says Footloose 🙂 14937441_10210184928237170_4354820195646789547_n14938317_10210184927557153_2523754017510326856_n14947731_10210184927397149_216268792834152407_n14955765_10210184926717132_1274506286676214170_n

~Awkward~ Embarrassing~Moment


If you continue to read my blog, you will find me writing about many awkward moments that I experience on a daily basis.  For instance, I went to vote the other day, I took my 18 year old son with me, who was questioning why he did not registered to vote before he turned 18 in October.  I said, “I dont know why you did not register”, “Maybe it’s because you were not 18 yet” and told him to go online and see if it was too late, which I’m sure it is.  Anyways, we find the Municipal court here in my town and as I drove up to the building a flood of tears poured into my eyes.   My son asked me what was wrong, and I said I’m sorry, I really miss my mom.  You see, my mom worked at the police station right next to the courthouse and it brought back memories. Now, the funny part LOL

So, we parked and get out of the car looking for the voting booth.  It’s dark, and we are the only ones parked in the front entrance of the courthouse and a canine unit pulls up.  The police officer gets out and walks up to us, I still have tears running down my cheeks, and he asks if we needed help.  I tell him I’m looking for the voting booth, lol, and he said, “get back on to the main street and take your next right”, the voting booth will be there.

My son Kyle told him thank you and we got back into the car.  I started to laugh, and my son said, “what?”, “why are you laughing?”, and I said, the officer probably thought I was crying over the election.




Fall~Festive Coffee cup~ Brownies

browniesToday my granddaughter and I made Girl Scout thin mint brownies.  They are delicious! She wanted to frost them all with icing and put sprinkles on them.  I told her she could do that her own brownie but leave the others alone.  🙂


She came up with Election Day moon pies.  Her recipe is a moon pie, covered in icing, with sprinkles on top, oh and sour flavored sugar.  She made sure I tried it!  Blah!!! so sugary, I still told her that they tasted awesome and looked very beautiful.

After we made our treats, we decided we wanted to make dough ornaments.  Stay tuned for them.  I will post pictures next week when we finish them.  We made candy canes, snowmen, and a hand print.

So, after our busy cooking and playing sleepover, I took the grandkids home, I picked up a coffee from McDonalds and very pleased with their festive holiday coffee cups.  They are so beautiful.  I think they look much nicer than Starbucks cups and the coffee is only $1. “Happy Holiday moments Together” with the lovely images of a snowman, surrounded by snowflakes, hearts, trees, bells, and stars 🙂



Fall photo from Seattle, Wa