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₯‚

May Photo-a-Day Challenge πŸ“Έ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

One of the CitySonnet photo-a-day challenge prompts is ‘weathered’. I knew exactly what I wanted to show-and-tell for that one.

A couple of weeks ago I came across a historic, ‘weathered’ little church. It’s out in the country, off on a little side road. It’s almost 100 years old, with a little graveyard in the front. Some research showed that it was awarded a grant for restauration from the Kansas Historic Fund. Yay 😍 And they didn’t waste any time restoring this little gem. Because when I went back (finally remembering to bring my camera πŸ˜‹) people and machines were hard at work, reversing the decay. Great for the little church in the prairie, but the yellow and blue machinery kinda ruined the photo – shoot. πŸ˜‰

So I turned to this amazing tree that greets me every day at the beginning of my walk. He guards the start of a trail along a creek through downtown Leavenworth. We call him the ‘Hulk’ tree, ’cause it looks like he’s bursting out of his bark. 😎

To see just how majestic this tree is, check out my itty-bitty friend in the bottom right corner πŸ˜„πŸ’œπŸŒ³

Thanks for reading❣️ Be safe!

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

River

The Missouri by Leavenworth, Kansas

Creative

Collage Bookmarks – One for every book πŸ€“

Ta-ta for now! Stay healthy πŸ’•

May – Photo A Day Challenge

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Today I wanna show you what’s ‘everywhere‘ – today’s prompt in the photo challenge, hosted by CitySonnet

Books! 😍 Books are everywhere! Whether it’s lovely used-book stores, the book section at a thrift store, or – as pictured here- the bookshelves at our local Antique Mall.

I wish you a wonderful rest of your day! πŸ’•

Musings Of A BookNerd πŸ€“

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I hope this finds you in good health and spirit! 🌷🌷🌷

These somewhat unusual times are doing weird things to my creative spirit. Thankfully, otherwise I’m doing alright! 😊

It’s not that I’m lacking creativity – that I can deal with…been there, done that! πŸ˜‰

Quite the opposite is happening right now. This here might say it best…

When I have free time, I usually pick a project, and lose myself in the creative process. Now, just thinking about it opens the floodgates. All these ideas come rushing forward, and I have a hard time ‘listening’ to just one. Have you ever experienced anything like this? πŸ™ƒ

Over the last few days I’ve tried to ‘slow the flow’, tried to separate the ideas by writing (scribbling) them down. And I noticed that the “book/reading/blogging” ideas were the loudest. So here we are…hence the title. Even though I’m rethinking that. Maybe it should be ‘ Ramblings of a Booknerd’ πŸ˜…

So…Books and Reading. Love it! Wouldn’t wanna be without it!

But I noticed that I’m a bit of a black sheep in the ‘Reader World’. πŸ˜‹ I’ve joined a few book themed groups on social media, and noticed that no one reads the books I’m reading, and vice versa. 🧐

I don’t like to analyze what I’m reading, don’t wanna cry, books haven’t changed my life, and strongly dislike reading about injustice.

I do like to be entertained, love to learn about different cultures and ways of life.

Apparently this approach is very unusual. Anyone out there who’s like me? ‘Cause I’m not alone, but lonely in the big ‘Bookworld’ 😌

To wrap it up…these are 5 of my favorite books:

1. Rebecca by Daphne duMaurier πŸ’—

2. The Temple Secrets by Susan Gabriel πŸ’œ

3. The Gullah Secrets by Susan Gabriel πŸ’š

4. The Blessing Stone by Barbara Wood ❣️

5. A Woman Of Substance by Barbara Taylor Wood 🧑

There are many, many more – but these 5 are my absolute favorite! 😊

Do you have any favorite reads? Please let me know. I’d love to talk books. πŸ’•

I’m looking forward to hearing from you, and wish you everything good!

Be safe & stay healthy! πŸ€—

Your Advent Calendar πŸŽ„ Day 21

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

The countdown to Christmas is coming to an end. Hopefully all the gifts are bought and wrapped, meals planned, visiting relatives in place πŸ˜‰. And since laughter is the best Stress relief I thought I combine the calendar post with the β€˜Weekend Chuckle’ 😁

So let’s open the door to some smiles…

Now, sit back and relax 🀠

*walked πŸ˜‰
Every single time πŸ˜‚

That’s all I got for today πŸ€—

I wish you a wonderful, fabulous, sparkly Holiday season πŸ’•πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Your Advent Calendar πŸŽ„ Day 15

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Ready to open Door #15? Okay…here we go 🀩

Today’s surprise is a wonderful, heartwarming story about a little girl meeting β€˜Santa Claus’ 😍

If you would like to read the whole story, please click Here 😊

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. πŸŽ…πŸΌ

I wish you a wonderful, fabulous, sparkly Holiday season! πŸ’•πŸŽ„πŸ€ΆπŸ»

Your Advent Calendar πŸŽ„ Day 13

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Today’s Door #13….

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…holds a delicious secret! 🀩

A recipe from my Cookie ~ Kitchen

Gingerbread Cutouts 

In the spirit of creating new traditions, hubby and I teamed up in the kitchen to bake some Gingerbread cookies. 😊

If you wanna bake along, here’s what you need, and need to do…

1/2 c Sugar
1/2 c Molasses
2 tsp. ground Ginger
1-1/2 tsp. ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground Cloves
1/2 tsp. ground Nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground Pepper
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c (1 stick) Butter, cut into pieces
1 large Egg, beaten
3-1/2 c all-purpose Flour
Frosting

1. In 3-quart saucepan, heat sugar, molasses, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and pepper to boiling over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in baking soda (mixture will foam in the pan). Stir in butter until melted. With fork, stir in egg, the flour.

2.  On lightly floured surface, knead dough until thoroughly mixed. Divide dough in half; wrap half of dough and set aside.

3. Preheat oven to 325Β°F. With floured rolling pin, roll half of dough slightly thinner than 1/4″.

Hubby hard at work πŸ˜…

 

4. With floured 3 to 4 inch cookie cuters, cut dough into as many cookies as possible; reserve trimmings.

The fun continues πŸ˜‰

 

5. Place cookies, 1/2″ apart, on ungreased large cookie sheet. Bake cookies until edges begin to brown, about 12 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool. Repeat with remaining dough and reserved trimmings.

6. When cookies are cool, decorate cookies as desired (we used vanilla frosting, colored with food dye).
Allow frosting to dry completely, about 1 hour. Store in tightly covered container up to 2 weeks.
Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

While ours don’t look very professional πŸ™ˆ they are definitely very colorful, and delicious 😁

 

Now go, and strap on that apron. Let me know how it went! 🀩

I wish you a wonderful, fabulous, sparkly Holiday season πŸ’•πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸΌ

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Your Advent Calendar πŸŽ„ Day 9

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I already peeked behind Door #9, so I can tell you you’re gonna love it 😊

But, first things first – the door

So…here it is – A beautiful Christmas story πŸ₯°

It’s a wonderful, heartwarming story, and one of my favorite books! If you would like to know more about it, please check Here*

I hope you enjoy this book! Please let me know πŸ™‚

I wish you a wonderful, fabulous, sparkly Holiday season πŸ’•πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸΌ

* I have no affiliation with the author or any book dealer.

Your Advent Calendar πŸŽ„ Day 7

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

So…the last craft show is a (successful) wrap 😊

Time to open door #7 for ya 😍

Decorating Goals! ❀️

It’s a beautiful Gaelic blessing πŸ’š

I wish you all that on top of a wonderful, fabulous, sparkly Holiday season! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•πŸŽ…πŸΌ

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