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 18 πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ₯°

I can’t wait to show you what’s behind Door #18 😍 You’re in for a treat!

Let’s do this…

Good morning, Lansing 🀩

When I was little and the sky was painted pink, my Mom always told us that the angels are baking Christmas cookies! πŸ’– Isn’t that a lovely thought?

Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you’ll be back for the opening of the remaining doors! πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸΌπŸ•―

Have a lovely weekend! Stay well! πŸ€—

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 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•―

Sunday Talk ~ (Mostly) About Books

Hello my lovely friends! πŸ’•

I trust that this finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe!

This is my ‘pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps-before-the-couch-swallows-you-whole’ post. And there is a limit as to how many times one can re-watch a Hallmark movie!

Hubby has to go back to work tomorrow (part-time), so I took that as a sign to get ‘back to normal’…whatever that may be.

~~I thought long and hard if I should talk about the current events. I do feel that there is a long overdue change happening, but there are a lot of amazing people out there better qualified and educated on the subject than I am. So I leave it at that. I work on getting educated, but won’t lecture!

So, over the last couple of weeks…

🌺I made some collagesπŸ€“ They’re now adorning my booth at the local Antique Mall.

I love making these. I hope you enjoy them too! πŸ’œ

🌺 I took a few trips to Thrift Shops in the area.😎The bookshelves at the booth are replenished, and my TBR pile is growing.

And I found some yummy yarn. I think I’ll sharpen the knitting needles for a change. What to make? What to make? Well, since I was only able to get two skeins…scarf it is.

~~I did read a lot, and I must say -Soapbox moment coming! 🧐 – my talent to pick disappointing books is well developed. It seems to be the latest trend to write books without a conclusion, or with story-threads dangling. Or is it really just me? I’ve had quite a few books over the last couple of weeks that ended with a cliffhanger. And they were either not part of a series, or the next book picked up somewhere else without revisiting the prior storyline.
The only exception was the latest installment in Nancy Warren’s Vampire Knitting Series.


In the 10th book of this delightful series Lucy finds herself face-to-face with a High School friend, turned nemesis. They had a falling out over a boy (of course…it being High School and allΒ  😁). Only the visiting “friend”, Pamela, doesn’t seem to remember the feud, and acts suspiciously friendly. When she turns up dead, it’s up to Lucy, Rafe, and the other Vampires to bring the killer to justice. I truly enjoyed this well thought out story, and am looking forward to the next book, which will be released in September. πŸ’ƒπŸ»

~~If you follow me on Instagram you already know this 😊 You know that I was just a few days younger than I am now, when I found out that Agatha Christie wrote Romance Novels under the pseudonymΒ Mary Westmacott. I honestly had no idea!Β πŸ™ˆI’ll give it a whirl, and will report back.

~~Once in a while one has to stretch the legs. So I walked. I walked the dogs. I walked by myself. I walked with a friend. I’m afraid I’ll be about 5″ shorter when this is all over.
But it is Springtime, almost Summer. So beautiful things are happening in nature. 🌷We celebrated the Tulips, the first Roses, the Clematis. And on one of these excursions I discovered this beautiful tree in full bloom.
Some research showed that it’s aΒ Tulip Poplar,Β and I need one!

Isn’t it gorgeous? 😍

And with this I will let you get back to whatever you were doing! Thank you for reading πŸ’•

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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 🌸 Day 4

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I almost didn’t make it today πŸ™ƒ Reason why? Well, today’s prompt in the photo challenge, hosted by CitySonnet , is ‘Shadow’, and, thanks to thick rain clouds, there is nothing like that to be found outside.

But then I looked around inside, and saw that this feather-thingy was throwing an interesting shadow against the wall.

I show you the feather-thing first, since the shadow is a bit scary πŸ˜…

Looks quite harmless, doesn’t it? But – wait for it…

Eeek! Told ya 😳

It’s even better in black-and-white…

Now I hope that this doesn’t give us all nightmares 😬

Ta-ta for now πŸ’•

May Photo A Day Challenge – Day 3

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I hope you’re enjoying your Sunday doing things you love. 😊

My house is starting to smell like fresh-baked bread 😍 If it comes out as expected I’ll share the recipe with you later! πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ³

Today’s prompt for City Sonnet’s photo challenge is ‘Natural’.

What comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘natural’? I immediately thought of the beautiful, overgrown patch between two buildings I saw yesterday on my walk in downtown Leavenworth. πŸ˜ŠπŸ€πŸŒΈ

Here’s a close up…

And just outside the frame of those pictures ⬆️ grew a beautiful Poppy…

Beautiful! Isn’t it? 😎

Now I gotta go tend to my bread! πŸ€—

Be safe & stay healthy! πŸ’•

Photo Challenge – Day 2

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Today’s (Day 2) prompt in the CitySonnet Challenge is ‘Glistening’. And while out on a walk I caught some images of a stream that is doing just that. 😊

I hope you get to enjoy a walk on this fabulous weekend! πŸŒžπŸŒ·πŸ€

Be safe! πŸ’•

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