Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A Quiet Weekend


Hello, Dear Friends, I hope you are all 
hanging in there as we start to ascend
 from the depths of winter
here in the North, and the heat of summer
for all of my friends south of the equator. 

I want to thank you for all of your kind and 
encouraging comments on my last post.
It truly warms my heart to have such sweet 
well-wishers and lovely friends. 

I've been winding down after the flurry of activities
during the holidays and the baby shower, 
and have been trying to get
my little cottage in the woods back in order.


I finally put away all of my holiday decorations, but
  I left these tiny twinkle lights behind the curtain,
  just because I liked them :)

They are so pretty at night. 

Speaking of night.......have any of you been 
able to see the Big and Little Dippers? 

They appear right over Mt. Rainier on clear nights 
now, and it is so magical and wonderful 
to see them, especially this time of year 
when the nights are long and all the twinkly 
holiday lights are put away. 

Well, most of them, anyway :)



I found some white primroses at the 
market and planted them beneath my 
'caged' angel. 


We have had a mild weekend with temperatures 
in the 50's and 60's, so I couldn't resist 
going outside to get my hands dirty. 

I can see them from the glass door in the kitchen
and they just make me so happy. 



This time of year we always have cloud drama around 
the mountain. It changes from moment to moment. 


We have two new 'neighbors' - a pair of bald eagles 
that I have seen the last few days, flying through this view. 
(I've failed to get a decent photo of them, yet)

I am hoping that they stay and nest somewhere close, 
but they may just be temporary visitors. 


Although there is not much happening in the gardens
this time of year, I did find a few wonders......
Barberry


Beautyberry


Hydrangea



Winterberry and tiny mosses. 


Kai on mossy steps 


Water droplets on bare branches


Male Anna's Hummingbird 


The lacy patterns of winter trees


Misty mornings


Winter sunsets

Contemplating the beauty of nature, even in winter, 
helps to keep me grounded in this world of turmoil 
and strife. 

xoxo

"A calm and modest life brings more happiness
than the pursuit of success combined with 
constant restlessness."

- Albert Einstein -

Today I am linking with:

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&
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Won't you join the fun?

xoxo

Monday, January 8, 2018

A Baby Shower for Twins and a Happy Announcement


Hello, Dear Friends, I hope that you 
have been settling in to the New Year. 

I have been thinking of all of you who have
been enduring the bitter winter weather
and hope you are staying safe and warm. 


For some reason, we have been spared the worst of it, 
despite our Northern latitude, here in Washington State. 


It's been cool, foggy, wet, and calm - 
typically 'average' Northwest winter weather. 
Of course, winter has just begun and I'm 
sure we will not be spared for long! 


Since Christmas, I've been busy crafting for a baby shower
for my daughter, Heather. 




Little owls for the little ones. 


Letters to spell out their names.....
Declan and Liam. 

The nursery is gray and white with a 'woodland' theme. 





Painted hat boxes and initials, lined with pretty papers
to stack and fill with little gifts. 


The shower was hosted by Heather's sister, 
Jennie, at her home across 
the Narrow's Bridge. It is an hour's drive away, 
so I left early in the morning, 
packed to the brim with dishes, gifts
and a cake still to frost and decorate.

I had never driven there myself, 
although I have been a passenger. 
There is a section of highway under construction
with limited signage and I missed my exit to the bridge, 
which took me miles out of my way
 before I could turn around. 
I hate driving on highways! 

Living in the country, I am used to slow country roads. 
This particular section of highway is the worst in the state, 
not to mention, under construction with lanes that end, 
lanes not marked, ramps, bumps and barriers. 
This state has been voted 5th in the nation
for the most congested highways. 
It's no lie. 
I nearly had a panic attack. 

But I made it safe and sound, although a bit frazzled. 


Jennie, daughter in law's, Erica and Jenn,
 and I got right to work and here are the results. 


Yum-yums

Fruit tray, meat and cheese tray, pastries, skewered donut holes, 
tiny muffins on pedestal, and assorted sliced tea breads. 




Mimosa bar
 (champagne was added to the silver buckets
 once the guests arrived)



The 'cakes' and little owls. 


Jennie found the sweet 'It's twins' decoration 
on-line and I baked the 'deconstructed' cake
and put it together there. 

It's simply a white cake with powdered sugar glaze.


The finished hat-box 'cake' with babies' initials. 
I found the bitty owls in a baby shop. They are finger puppets. 

The ribbon is printed with baby feet and 'baby boy'. 


Favor boxes filled with butter mints. 


Flowers with baby's breath, of course! 


Tiny 'onesies'. 
(There are duplicates of each one)


Sweet thoughts. 


The Mom-to be's comfy chair, decorated with pom-poms. 


Jenn and Erica were in charge of the games and prizes. 


xoxo

The house soon filled up
 with the love and laughter of close friends and family.......





with sweet generosity for the new mom-to-be.

xoxo 

Just a few more weeks before we greet the new arrivals. 

I'm excited, nervous, and filled with so many emotions. 
Heather and Eric already have l year old Gavin, 
so they will have a 'full house'. 
A dream come true for my daughter, who 
was ready to give up that dream of becoming a Mother, 
and now look at her! 
We are so happy for them! 

xoxo

Speaking of being happy.....I have some more happy news....



Jennie is engaged! Steve popped the question on New Year's Eve. 

It's beginning to look like a wonderful year! 

xoxo

Now let's hope that I can keep up with this growing family! 

xoxo

I think I need a nap now :)


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