Friday, December 12, 2014

A LITTLE CHRISTMAS CHEER

Don't tell me....

                    I don't want to know..........

                                             That you are far busier than I am at this time of year.

Of course, you are. But, I swear (and Mother always told me not to swear) but my life has been one whirlwind after another this year... the whole dang year, not just the holiday season.

So, here it is and Friday is almost over and I haven't posted a thing all week and it's Random Five and Friday Fragments

                                                         WELL, BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
       
                                                                        I always say.


1. I love getting sweet surprises from friends. Just look what my scrapbooking buddy gave me at the book signing on Sunday. So unexpected, so welcomed. And, I got a beautiful bouquet of flowers from another scrapbooking friend. I am so blessed.
 
2. I have loved standing on my balcony and watching the birds that come to visit on the pond. I just about had a fit the other day when I spied a dozen (yep, 12) of the geese just swimming around. I managed to get 8 of them in one shot. (picture, that is. Not gun)
 
3. This is the only Christmas tree that I have up! The live trees stopped long ago. They were replaced by numerous artificial ones. Then I moved and everything like that went!! This little tree is about 15 inches high, out of molded something or other and lit. It sits atop a tall  fern stand and you know what... it's just fine for me. I can manage it quite nicely and that is what matters.
 
4. I am jumping from Christmas in 2014 to a cold, wintry day in January, 1986. My daughter Susan and I were in Paris. Oh my was it cold. A friend had taken us on an auto tour of some of the sights. While sitting at a traffic signal, I grabbed my little bitty camera to snap this scene. It's one of my favorite pictures EVER! Oh, if I had just owned a digital camera back then!
(I did go into Picmonkey to shadow the edges)
 
5. If I could, I would invite each of you to come join me in a Christmas feast. What fun to sit around my table and visit with each of you. Since I can't, I do want to wish you all a very
 
MERRY CHRISTMAS
 
 
                                                                                                                             

19 comments:

  1. I don't even have a little tree up, I am going to find some window decorations to hang in the RV. Christmas at the grandkids,

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  2. I enjoyed your random five.. The little tree is cute and would work for me.. The Paris shot is wonderful and I love the geese.. Have a happy weekend!

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  3. Merry Christmas. It looks lovely and I love your sneaky shot from the car. Hug B

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  4. #1 Sweet surprise are great, sweet friends are just sweet!
    #2 Be careful what you shoot dear.
    #3 Look at all the room to put the presents.
    #4 Think of all the money you could have saved on film years ago if you had a digital camera.
    #5 I'll take a rain check.
    Merry Christmas, Tom The Backroads Traveller

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    1. I always love to get your comments. Keep 'em coming.

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  5. Fun Friday. Love your table, and the trip to Paris....Wow. How fun would it be to visit Paris at Christmastime.

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    1. Thanks, Karen. Have a great (and not so busy) week.

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  6. What perfectly lovely fragments! Your Paris photo is just gorgeous. So artsy. And your table looks like a place to have great conversation over some tea (or a hot toddy). Oh, and I love your little tree. Visiting from Friday Frags :-)

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    1. Thanks for the comments, Lori. So nice to visit with you a bit.

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  7. Your new home looks very welcoming Latane and that is a very lovely little tree. We have no space for a large live tree - I have a faux one outside in the gazebo which we enjoy from the windows, and small decorative ones scattered around inside.

    I was in Paris just prior to Christmas a few years back. It was splendid, such low key yet elegant decorations, and I especially loved the floral displays everywhere…..and seeing the Eiffel Tower with lights. I've also been there in Spring, Summer and Autumn - all seasons are beautiful in that amazing city.

    Hugs - Mary

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    1. Paris is my favorite city ever. I have been twice and wish I could go back again. But, guess that won't happen.

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  8. Oh Mom! How exciting about the geese! LOVE your sweet gifts from your friends! Love that photo from Paris...I've always thought it was so great. And your table setting....PERFECT! Merry Christmas to you too!

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  9. I love your tree and wish I had one. My mother actually has 2 in her apartment in the nursing home.

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  10. LOVED the Paris Picture! Your table looks lovely.

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  11. Latane, what a beautiful post! I love your humor and insights. The Paris picture is a prize-winner, I see why you love it so. It could be on the cover of a magazine. Merry Christmas dear blogging friend!

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  12. wow, i love that photo of paris!! my grandparents used to put out a little tabletop tree as we all got older too. this is a busy time of year for all of us, hang in there and take some time to enjoy it....love the "shot" of the geese...i always feel bad for them swimming in that cold water but i guess they like it, GOD made them perfectly after-all ;) ...it WOULD be fun if we could all spend a christmas meal together wouldn't it?!! maybe the willy nilly for the friday after christmas we should post pictures of our christmas meal and share it?! then we would kind of be spending the holiday together! thank you for linking and hope you are enjoying your weekend!!

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  13. I wish I could stop by to have a feast...or a cup of tea with you! We would look for more of those geese to go by. I love your sweet tree! Happy holidays my friend. Hugs, Diane

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  14. That's so lovely! I wish I had friends close-by. I guess if I were a nicer person... :-) Or liked to entertain. That's not going to happen, except for family...
    Merry Christmas!!!!

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