Monday morning brought a fresh clean snowfall. I never tire of the view out my back door. I wish you could see the details: way in the back by that windmill is a deer laying in the snow and there is smoke curling upward to the right of that from a chimney, all is white and quiet. I spent the rest of Monday putting Christmas away. The tree came down over the weekend but I had all the rest of the décor to deal with. I always leave the snowmen, snowflakes, and pinecones out until the first of March.
I placed some lights in the swans nest on top of the entertainment center. I love it in the early morning hours and in the evening.
My oldest grandson from Indianapolis spent the first part of Christmas week with us and helped me with my cookie deliveries.
He wore this get-up for our Christmas deliveries and later on he wore it into Culver’s when we had lunch. A customer in line at the same time we were there bought him a $10 gift card for showing his Christmas spirit! He was quite impressed and later when we ended our day at the grocery store he told me, “I’m gonna wear all this stuff into the store because there might be somebody in there that has a $100 bill they want to get rid of!” Hahahaha…..and he did. No hundreds came his way but we had a good time. The memories will last much longer anyway. ☺
I didn’t get my Christmas sewing done but I am still plugging away at it and will eventually show it to you.
My little town of Shipshewana had its’ annual Ice Festival as 2015 came to an end. Here are a few shots of some of the sculptures:
These two are on the side porch of The Davis Mercantile.
This sleigh is on the front porch of The Davis Mercantile. This handsome fella was in town for the day and volunteered to pose for me.
E & S Bulk Foods appropriately has a horse in the south covered doorway.
This is my favorite one! This grand piano complete with piano player at The Blue Gate Garden Inn.
If you are coming to Shipshewana or live here and have not seen the Ice Sculptures, you probably still have a chance as the temperatures have been cold enough to preserve them. Warmer temps are coming this week yet and that will be the end of them!
How are you starting off the New Year? Any resolutions?
It has been very quiet here which has been a welcome respite after the Holidays. Winter is moving on and here is what I am up to:
- IN THE KITCHEN: I have been trying all kinds of new healthy recipes and trying desperately to stay away from sugar. It is a battle, folks! ☺
- WHAT I AM READING: Dead To The Last Drop by Cleo Coyle. This is book #15 in The Coffeehouse Mysteries.
- WHAT I AM WATCHING: I am hooked on FIXER UPPER and THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND…oh AND DOWNTON ABBEY of course.
- WHAT I AM SEWING: a long overdue present. I have apologized for its’ tardiness and have blamed it on Frank and Vanessa.
- A FAVORITE QUOTE: The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest. Thomas Moore
I guess I am living the dream after all, because the Home Arts are what I love to do: all I every really wanted was to fall in love, get married, raise a family and take care of my home. I love the cooking, cleaning, decorating, sewing, gardening, etc. And look—it has all come true! ☺ My prince charming has provided it all.
and Frank and Vanessa.