Friday, November 12, 2010

A year ago...November 2009...

last year in November, I was busy painting...
getting ready for Christmas shows...
and to sell on consignment...
there were still leaves on the trees...
and fall was in full swing...
the corn came out on the 10th last year...
a month later than this year...
and Birkey's needed a sign for their Christmas tree on the square...
my father in law was here for Thanksgiving and it was about a month before he had his first stroke and 2 months before he passed away...
because of his diet...
1000mg of sodium a day...
I thought it would be nice if we had steaks, baked potatoes and a salad for dinner...
he thought it was the best idea...
said it had been forever since he had had steak...
and cleaned his plate...
it was our last dinner with him...
and I am so glad we changed it up and made it super special for him...
the mantel was like this...
one of the desserts...
cheese cake with apple pie filling...
yeah, this is a keeper...
doing it again this  year...
then the next day we began decking the halls...
put up the little pencil tree...
my husband complains about it...
but until he strikes it rich and buys me a mansion...
this is what's happening here...
Christmas Is A Child was going on...
we gather toys for children in our school district...
these are a few of our local helper elves wrapping gifts so a child will have something under the tree come Christmas morning...
then the decorating began inside...
and it began getting a little chillier out...
and more and more things went up...
and the snow began...
just enough to get us in the mood...
and we never forget the reason we celebrate the season...
my son found these at the Dollar Tree a few years ago and thought his momma would want them...
he's such a good kid...
just a glimpse of the past and of things to come...
are you ready?...
2 weeks from today our tree will be going up...
we will be eating left overs...
making out Christmas cards...
it's coming fast...
2 weeks...
it's going to fly by...

7 comments:

NanaDiana said...

What a wonderful and sweet post, Tete. It sounds like your health was a lot better last year too? Your painting work is amazing...you are very talented. And,how great that you could make the last Holiday with your father-in-law so special. However, I'm sure that being there with all of you was his most special gift ever. Hugs- Diana

Debbie said...

Hi Sweet Tete...this post made me sad, and happy at the same time. What a wonderful day it must have been for your father in law.
I enjoyed seeing your mantle decorated for the Christmas season...it was beautiful!!
Your crafts are great!! what a talent you have for painting.
Enjoy your day today...
Debbie@houseatthelake

milka said...

Beautiful post, Tete. Your painting is beautiful, you're a very talented person. Btw, im already in Xmas mood- although im not a Christian, i celebrate it every year :))

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Oh Lord, please don't remind me. It scares me how fast time is moving. I have a million things planned before Christmas gets here including two trips...aack! This was a fabulous post Tete! And I love your glass nativity scene. My nativity scene is one of my favorite pieces at Christmas. I also have been collecting old Italian chalkware Nativity pieces but don't have the whole set yet. I am looking forward to the Collection party on Sunday. It's still happening isn't it? I already have my post ready. :) Happy Friday to you.

* French Farmhouse 425 * said...

~**~Such a beautiful post Tete!! Thanks so muchf for sharing~*~ I know time is flying..my favorite time of year for sure!!Hugs,Rachel~*~*

nancy said...

WOw! I love your paintings. You done such great jobs. Love all the other stuffs you have to cherish. Love what your son had bought. I never saw those at out Dollar Trees. So in love with that store. The memories of love ones touches the heart the most. It's must be the blessing thing.
Have a great weekend.
>>HUGS<<
Nancy

gail said...

I love this post-love the fence with the snow. I have to say it's all coming too fast for me, though!
hugs,
gail