Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Busy days....

 Even with staying home now and not being involved in the usual activities in the community, times become rather busy.  How many of your find that you are keeping busy, especially during this special season?

I’ll begin first with those things that have brought joy recently.


If there are any of you who follow me on Instagram,  you’ve seen these pictures.  One cold, frost-covered morning just last week, I looked out the window of the bedroom to see this activity at the bird feeder and the bird bath.  The woodpecker was a happy thing, rather camouflaged by the rose bush behind him.  The bird bath had a layer of ice over the water, but this blue jay knew how to search at the edge for that water.

2)  Adding the finishing touch to these cookies makes a bit difference!  

I know I’ve already declared Chocolate Crinkles to be my new favorite cookie, but there has to be room for these on the list, too.....Red Velvet Thumbprints!

3)  It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here, and this is my favorite of all the Christmas displays.  It is the first to be put in place, and the last to be stored away after Epiphany.

4)  This special nook has some favorite reading material....

5)  This always brings a smile to my face!  It has been a “Christmas regular” for almost 40 years!

As usual, we enjoyed our Sunday Lunch in the dining room.  The menu included roasted pork tenderloin (one of our favorites), “dirty” mashed potatoes, lima beans, and sour cream chocolate cake!

Do we have a tree?  Why, yes!  We do!  We’ll “tour” that the next time!

Be of good cheer!  Take care of yourself!  Be safe, and stay well!


  1. Oh, Sister! I love ALL of your favorites, too! I'll never be found turning down anything chocolate OR red velvet! Your birds are happy little critters, for sure! That Christmas display would be a favorite of mine as well; it tells the story of what Christmas is all about, and we must never forget that it's not just about Santa. Jesus is the greatest GIFT of all! Love you!

  2. It's good to find joy and peace but it's getting more difficult to find it these days for some... I wonder how poor families with little children are doing about finding food to put on their tables with the price of food raising due to Covid-19.

    I love your nativity. My nativity is always the first thing to be put in place and the last thing to be put away too after Epiphany. It's been really cold here too but I didn't put my feeders back up. The raccoons have been eating all the seeds and tearing down my feeders.It must be a huge raccoon. The birds have gone somewhere else in the neighbourhood. My brother in law usually feeds them. So I'm not too worried about them. It amazes me how cheery those little birds are even in the bitter cold.

    Stay safe and well.
    Hugs, Julia

  3. Those cookies look delicious. Number 5 looks a bit scary! :)
    I always seem to be busy and each day flies by.

  4. It's looking quite festive in your home, Nellie. Your nativity is lovely. And your cookies look divine! Merry Christmas to you and yours, my friend. xo

  5. Love your decorations and your nativity! Enjoy all the holiday fun and's cookie time here!

  6. It's looking like Christmas at your house, Nellie. I love your sweet nativity and those red thumbprint cookies look delicious. xo Diana

  7. Dirty mashed potatoes! Did they watch porn while you got your long winter's night rest?