The Year In The Rearview Mirror πŸ€

Hello my lovely friends 😍

So, we’re getting ready to wave goodbye to 2020. πŸ‘‹πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ₯‚

And I’m pretty sure that most, if not all of us, love to see it behind us. πŸ™ƒ

There were a lot of ups and downs. But since I don’t have pictures of the ‘downs’, πŸ˜‰ and I don’t wanna bring anyone ‘down’ (see what I did there πŸ˜‹), I’m gonna share with you some pretty pictures of the past year. πŸ’–

I hope you enjoy the show 😊

The Missouri River on a cold January morning…

In February I picked up my pencils again…

March brought the first signs of Spring …

In April we took a lot of long walks, and sometimes I even brought my camera πŸ˜„

Same in May 😎

In June I got out all my vintage cookbooks, and gave them the spotlight they deserve!

And went on more walks…

In July I started training my future Yoga partner 😍 and…well, you know πŸ˜…

In August we witnessed some baby birds getting ready to leave the nest and explore this strange, new world – right from our porch 😊

In September we painted the house…and I got my purple door 😌

In October I voted for the first time since becoming a citizen in 2019 πŸ€“πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

In November I made this unique Advent wreath πŸ•―

December brought some beautiful days with sunshine and balmy temperatures – sprinkled among the icy, freezer-like temps. But we don’t wanna talk about those 😁

This was my year in pretty pictures. Thank you for stopping by and looking! πŸ₯° I hope you enjoyed them all (or at least most of them!) ☺️

All that’s left now is me wishing you a wonderful, healthy, pleasant 2021!

Be well! πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ₯‚


Your Advent ~ Calendar – Day 24 πŸŽ…πŸΌπŸŽ„πŸ•―

Hello my lovely friends 😍 Happy Christmas Eve!

The last door! And what a beautiful one it is! Let’s see what’s hiding behind it…

It’s the Christmas Star 🌟

The ‘National Geographic’ sent a photographer to Alaska to capture this historic, amazing event. 🌟

To the right you can catch a glimpse of the beautiful Northern Lights!

Well, this is it! Christmas is here πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸΌ Thank you so much for joining me for this daily countdown to Christmas Day πŸ’– I hope you enjoyed the journey. I know I did!

Have a very merry, safe, peaceful Christmas! πŸ₯°

Your Advent ~ Calendar – Day 20 πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Hello my lovely friends 😍

Someone couldn’t wait and already peeked behind the door! πŸ˜‹ Okay, who was it? Doesn’t matter, let’s open it all the way, see what’s there!

It’s a lovely PSA – especially helpful if you have little ones that are quite worried about the jolly guy in the red suit πŸŽ…πŸΌ

I personally was glad to hear it! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•πŸ•―

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you’ll be back for the opening of the remaining doors. πŸ₯°

Your Advent~Calendar – Day 12 πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Hello my lovely friends 😍

Another exciting Saturday night in our house πŸ˜… So let’s open Door #12…I have a feeling that whatever we find will be put to good use tonight πŸ˜‰

A pretty mug to hold your favorite hot beverage while binging the Christmas movies. And what will that be? Hot Chocolate, Coffee, mulled wine?

Do you have a favorite Christmas movie? πŸŽ„

I do like a few of the newer Hallmark Christmas movies, but my absolute favorite is ‘White Christmas’ πŸŒ¨β„οΈπŸŒ¨ I watched it whenever it was on. No matter the time of day πŸ˜… So you can imagine my delight when I found out that it’s on Netflix! At least now I can somewhat control the time and frequency. πŸ™ƒ

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope that you will be back for the opening of the remaining doors! πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Your Advent ~Calendar – Day 7

Hello my lovely friends 😍

Welcome to the reveal of the Day #7 surprise 😍

Now without further ado (it is kinda late already), let’s open the door…

It’s some Snowman Wisdom πŸ˜…

That’s some good advice! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•β˜ƒοΈ

Let’s meet again tomorrow to see what Day #8 has in store. πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Your Advent ~ Calendar – Day 4 πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Hello my lovely friends 😍

Thank you for stopping by to see what’s behind today’s door πŸ™‚

Shall we take a peek? Let’s shall…

That’s one beautiful door, isn’t it? πŸ’•

And behind it we find…Snowmen! Sadly not the real ones, we’re still waiting for the materials to build those ❄️❄️❄️ But cutsey fake ones are just as sweet, aren’t they?

Here is a cute couple that greets me every morning on my walk 😍

And this little guy here πŸ₯° For years he was smiling at me from my neighbors porch. And I was always a little jealous that he lived there and not at my house. Then, about 2 weeks ago, I walked into a Thrift Store…and there he was. I moved him into my cart so fast, he got dizzy πŸ˜…

And last, but not least, some beautiful ‘Jim Shore’ Snowmen πŸ˜ƒ I added the jolly guy on the left to my ever growing collection last week. The little family has been with me for many, many years. And every year they make me smile! πŸ™‚

Now I hope they put a smile on your face too! πŸ€“ I’m looking forward to open Door #5 with you tomorrow! πŸŽ„β„οΈπŸŽ…πŸΌ

Your Advent~Calendar – Day 3 πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Hello my lovely friends 😍

Happy Door #3 Day! Now let’s go and open it…

What’s this? A (cheeky πŸ˜‰ ) Recipe for a Christmas Cake!

✨Once again this year, I’ve had requests for my Vodka Christmas Cake recipe – so here it goes

1 cup Sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup water
1 tsp. Salt
1 cup brown sugar
Lemon Juice
4 large Eggs
1 bottle Vodka
2 cups dried fruit

Now let’s bake!

Sample a cup of Vodka to check quality!
Take a large bowl, check the Vodka again to be sure it is of the highest quality, repeat.
Turn on the electric mixer.
Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add 1 tsp. of sugar. Beat again.
At this point it is best to make sure the Vodka is still ok. Try another cup, just in case.
Turn off the mixerer thingy.
Break 2 eegs and add to the bowl and chuck in a cup of dried fruit.
Pick the fruit up off the floor, wash it and put in in the bowl a piece at a time, trying to count it!
Mix on the turner. If the fried druit getas stuck in the beaterers, just pry it loose with a drewscriver.
Sample the Vodka to test for tonsisticity.
Next, sift 2 cups of salt, or something.
Check the Vodka.
Now shit shift the lemon juice and strain the nuts. Add one table.
Add a spoon of sugar, of somefing. Whatever you can find.
Greash the oven.
Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over.
Don’t forget to beat off the turner.
Finally, throw the bowl through the window.
Finish the Vodka and wipe the counter with the cat.

✨If you were looking for a new recipe…I’m sorry! But I hope you got a good laugh out of this, and that’s something, right?! πŸ€“

I made my Vodka Christmas Cake this morning, so now I need a nap! πŸ™ƒ

I hope you stop by again tomorrow! πŸ€—

Your Advent Calendar – Day 2 πŸŽ„

Hello my lovely friends πŸ₯°

Ready to open Door #2?

🎢🎢Oh, Christmas Tree🎢🎢

My little Winter Wonderland ☺️

And here’s something a little different*…

I’m trying really hard not to imagine the frustrations this installation will bring πŸ₯΄ and instead just focus on the beauty of this amazing decoration! πŸŽ„

Did you put your tree up yet? We always put up everything on Black Friday…instead of braving the crowds in the stores. 😁

I hope you’ll stop by tomorrow to open Door #3! πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Until then,

*I found this image on Instagram and no source was given. If you are, or know the patient soul that put this decoration up, please let me know so I can give credit!

Your Advent Calendar – Day 1 πŸŽ„

Hello my lovely friends 😊

It’s that time again…24 doors to open. 24 festive surprises to discover behind them. πŸŽ„

So, without further ado. Here’s Door #1

Christmas Carols 😍

This book is a real treasure! Even if you don’t like to sing, you will enjoy the beautiful illustrations πŸ₯°

This book was published in collaboration with the NY Museum of Modern Art.

Here’s a little peek…

Absolutely amazing, aren’t they?

I hope you enjoyed the surprise of the 1st day, and will come back tomorrow for

Door #2. πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ„πŸ•―

May Photo A Day Challenge – 3 in 1

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I’ve fallen a bit behind in the May Challenge…of course I did. No one is really surprisedπŸ˜…

So today I have for you: Quiet


The Missouri by Leavenworth, Kansas


Collage Bookmarks – One for every book πŸ€“

Ta-ta for now! Stay healthy πŸ’•

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