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I have been married to my childhood sweetheart for 42 wonderful years. I have been blessed with one daughter who is grown and gone! She and her hubby have blessed us with a precious grandchild, Darbee Rae. She is eight years old and the sunshine in our days. I have always been a stay at home maid, cook, doctor, babysitter, taxi, wife, mother, and grandmother. I enjoy crafting. My interests include primitives, vintage and colonial styles. I love decorating my home. I enjoy traveling with my hubby and friends, reading, and trying different recipes. I am a Christian and enjoy activities within my church. I hope you enjoy reading about my daily adventures in crafting, shopping, and enjoying life thru the eyes of my darling grand daughter.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year,, Catching Up, Giveaway Goodies

Happy New Year to all of you my friends.  I know, you don't have to tell me that I am a day late.  But it's only day 2 of the new year so there is plenty of time for well wishes. I wish for all of you days of contentment, happiness, good health,  and prosperity in the year 2012.  Look at my calander for January.  NOTHING is  written in.  For that I am so blessed.  No doctors's appointments which means the Mister and I are in fairly good health,  no obligations that I have to fulfill, it's a clean slate and for that I am so thankful.  I have no list of to do's to nag at me until they are done, and I made no resolutions because I never follow through with them.  Now mind you I could write a to do list a mile long of things I really need to do and the same goes for resolutions, however I am so going to try this year to be carefree and happy and live one day at a time.  We will see how long this last.  You my friends may have to remind me to go back and read this post before the month is over. (smile)

I was so blessed during the holidays to recieve so many gifts from friends and blogger friends.  My long time friend Dimple in TN sent me a very sweet package.  We have been friends since before our kids started kindergarten many, many moons ago.  When the kids were in junior high school they moved back to TN to be closer to their parents but our friendship has remained strong.  It has been almost a year since I have seen her but am hoping that will change sometime later this month.  Miss you Dimple.

She sent me a really cute icicle ornament.  She knows we decorate after Christmas with snowmen and snowmen related ornaments.  I enjoyed it during Christmas and it is now on the snowman tree.

She also sent me two really cute ink pens.  The Santa Claus pen I used during Christmas and have already put it away but look at this neat snowman pen.  Looks so cute on table where I sit next to the computer.  Fits right in with the snowman decor in the great room.  There was also bath and body lotion  I already am using. It's in my purse.  She always remembers Darbee Rae and Holly.  Darbee was so excited to get a big book with lots of stories in it.  Thank you Dimple.  We all love you.

Earlier in December I was so excited to find I had won Angie's 300th post giveaway. http://lilraggedyangie.blogspot.com/
The package was misplaced by the usps. and Angie was so worried until it finally arrived on Dec 30th.  I knew I had won this cute snowman head on a wooden spindle.  Here is a picture.

This is the box I saw when it arrived on my doorsteps.

Those of you who know Angie know it was  NOT just  full of paper to protect the giveaway.  This is what I saw.

These next pictures will speak for themselves.

My heart overflowed at the generosity of  Lil Raggedy Angie.  If you haven't visited her blog please go over and pay her a visit.  She also sells her crafts and she makes so awesome things.  Angie you know how I loved each and every item you sent.  But that's not all .. she sent Darbee Rae some goodies as well.  Darbee so wants to meet Princess and have a play date.  We will never say never.  You just don't know..

Don't you just love the way she is dressed?  She was playing dress up. Our weather has been so warm, under that princess skirt she had on shorts.   There was a beautiful tiara on her head , but the picture don't show it too well. I bet Princess picked that one out.

A really cute Raggedy doll for her room


And one of her favorite  books to read.  How did you  know Angie?  Just look at that smile.  You made my little princes such a happy little girl.  Thank you.

Whew!! I am finally caught up with my blessings from such special friends.  Today I spent the day decorating the great room with my snowmen items.  Do any of you leave out your snowmen to decorate for winter??  It's such a let down after Christmas so this year I decided to leave up the German Twig Tree and decorate it with snowmen, and related items.  The big Santa tree is gone and I moved the twig tree from beside the fireplace to where the Santa tree was.  I am really pleased with how it looks.  Hanging on just a little bit longer.  And at such a good time.  We are getting into the teens tonight and the wind is howling here at the homeplace.  No snow,, but a girl can wish can't she?

If you look close you will see some of the ornaments I have won in giveaways or was gifted from so many of you , my friends. 

So there you have it, my snowman tree all decked out for the winter season. 

I don't know about you, but I love all my trees I decorate with for the holidays.  Years, and I mean years ago when the skinny trees were a "new" trend, I bought a set of 3 trees.  The largest I kept up all year and decorated it according to the season.  Holly was in grammer school.  One of  the most fun times decorating was the "Back to School " theme.  She would get so excited to see pencils, boxes of crayons, rulers, etc. on the tree.  No surprise that she became a teacher.  I should have seen it coming way back then.  That same tree was part of the floral decorations when she was married in a Christmas setting 8 years ago.  Needless to say that little tree has held so many memories throughout the years.  To trash one of my old trees is so hard to do.  I was always taught from an early age to never throw away a Bible.  My Daddy lived to be in his 80's and was a Baptist Preacher.  You can guess just how many Bibles he wore out over the years, but we just couldn't throw them out.  Well, I have a love of my trees similar to that.  But today,, that beloved tree is being put to rest.  It's branches are tired and are now to weak to hold up the ornaments to adorn it.  It has served our family well and has stood proudly in our home over many, many years.  It looks so tired this evening.

Rest in peace my dear old tree.  Your memories will stay in my heart for years to come.   I will be on the look for another tree to decorate with as Darbee will be expecting it as seasons come and seasons go.  The tradition will continue.

I have so enjoyed your visit this evening.  Mr. P. goes back to work tomorrow and thus the holiday season here at the homeplace will come to a close. 
I want to thank each one of you who have stopped by to visit this past year. I so cherish each and every comment. I so treasure all the friendships I have made since I began blogging almost a year ago. You are so talented, caring, and giving. I am so blessed to be part of this blogging community.
Until next time....


  1. You must add your Darbee days at the end of this week to your calendar. :) Excited about our trip tomorrow. Love the snowman tree. Love you too!

  2. Angela , Loven the fact the calendar is empty ...so hoping each day of this new year is just full of joy and blessings ! Love all your snowmen and your tree is adorable ! But nothing is cuter than that lil Darbee , we hoped she would like her tiara and we love Pinkalicious books here too , we hope maybe someday that they can have a play date too what fun ! Have a great week! hugs lilraggedyangie

  3. Hi Angela, Well, for me, I have my 6 mo. checkup with my doctor in Jan and July and hopefully nothing pops up that I need to go other than those 2 months. Great gifts you got from Angie. Yes, my snowmen will be coming out here shortly. Still haven't put any Christmas away...hate to see it go. I keep a 3ft tree up all year round too and decorate for the seasons.
    Have a great week,


  4. Enjoy your free time! Love all your snowmen. Maybe you can make wreath or something out of the old tree. I hope you have a great January. I love her sparkle tutu.

  5. Angela,
    What great goodies from Angie!!
    I usually leave up my snowman tree up through January, but decided this year to take it down. I did leave out almost all of my snowmen...except the ones that looked more Chirstmas.
    Your snowman tree looks awesome!!

  6. Love the snowman tree. What a great idea. Angie sent you great goodies. Have a Happy New Year.

  7. Morning Friend
    What wonderful goodies!
    How cute does Darbee look in her skirt and sneakers!!Love her Lil Raggie :)
    You tree looks even SNOW prettier than I imagined. Enjoy your free month!
    Happy New Year
    Love & JOY


  8. What great giveaway wins! You have really hit the jackpot this year!


  9. Wonderful giveaway wins and the little dolly is precious--as is the lovely princess that holds her! Happy New Year!

  10. Good Morning Angela, well I promised myself to take it slow and easy this year, but my calendar is all penciled in LOL, seems I never have a day without work to accomplish but that is ok, I am enjoying it through positive eyes!

    wonderful treasures love the snowman pen. And I have never said this but I enjoy your stories of little Darbee, she is a doll.

    And look at the snowmen on the tree, hugs to you


  11. What a wonderful give away Angela. Love your tree story too. When we were in the antique business we gave bibles away. People couldn't believe it. I don't keep any thing up after Christmas. With putting my house on the market, I am going to have to clean out I am afraid. It was so cold here last night, and will be today and tonight, then will warm up again. Have a great day my friend.

  12. Congrats on your give-away wins. Your snowman tree is adorable,I'd keep it up as long as I could. Hoping your calendar stays empty this month. Have a great New Year.

  13. I really enjoyed this post Angela ... you usually don't talk so much ... lol! You received so many lovely gifts & giveaways & you deserve them all : ) I love-love-love that snowman stitchery you have hanging by Angie's snowman make-do ... the one that starts out "My hat is old...." Did someone make that for you or is it for sale somewhere or ??? I gotta get me (or make me) one of those ... I just gotta!!! I wish you a wonderful new year my friend! Blessings, Shirlee

  14. Happy New year! Nice to start with a clean slate huh?

    Love your winter tree. It's cute. And you know my fondness for the twiggy's.

    Wonderful new goodies you got! :)

    Awwww... so sad about your old tree. But since you got your new one it will be ok.

    Carmen and the Primcats

  15. Wonderful goodies you received! Congratulations on winning Angie's giveaway... my goodness she spoiled you!! How sweet of her to send Darbee Rae some special presents. I would have been so happy too!

    Oh yes, I have a snowman tree also. Every year my snowmen stay out through February or March. It just depends on what our weather is doing.

    Ah, your tree story made me happy and sad. How neat that you have such sweet memories with it through the years and so sad that it has to be put down. I hope you are able to find another tree to take its place. I have a year round tree also that I've kept out for the past 5-6 years. It's so fun to change it out with the holidays and seasons.

    Have a delightful week my friend~

  16. Angela~
    Wishing you a Happy New Year!!
    Wonderful goodies~ oh, love the Raggedy for Darbee~

  17. I, too, have a year round tree with all seasons and holidays on it all the time. And when I put away Christmas, the snowmen stay out. I have a curio full of my snowmen, plus the bigger ones for winter decor. I love snowmen!
    Angie did right by you. Love her offerings!

  18. Running ever so behind here dear Angela, but had to pop in to see how things were with you....So glad your new year is starting off at a peaceful pace - hopefully that will be the year's tempo. And awesome box of goodies from the wonderful Raggedy....She sure does know how to spoil, doesn't she? Her snow dudes are absolutely precious.....Love your snowman tree too....Ummm...I still have Christmas up - and will for the near foreseeable future....(well, the tree's going to have to come down sometime soon as it's starting to lose needles fast and furious.) I always have kept Christmas out until about mid-January because I like to think of Christmas as a season, rather than a day....this year, though, it might be a really LONG season....Wishing you and yours a wonderfully blessed new year overflowing with joy and hope....Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin