Thursday, December 9, 2010

Deck the halls

It's sooo good to have my 'puter up and running again.  I took it to my computer geek for what I thought would be Last Rites.  But it lives!  Yeah!

It's looking a lot like Christmas around our house these days.  Everyone has pitched in to help decorate.  The boys put up the outside decorations. Emily helped me set the village up.  We decided on a different location this year, which involved a ladder, agility and the fearlessness of a 13-year-old.  It's hard to get a picture of it, but it looks so pretty with all the lights on, nestled on this ledge.
 One of my favorite decorations is my angel tree.  My friend Kathy started the tradition for me after my mom passed away.  Each year Kathy has an ornament put on the angel tree at the hospital where she works, in memory of my mom.  The ornament hangs on the tree through the holidays, then Kathy gives it to me.  I now have 10 angels on my tree.  I should add that a few years after starting the tradition for me, Kathy's mom passed on, and now she has an angel tree, too.  Our mothers were dear friends.

The big star behind the tree is actually a mirror that was already hanging on the wall.  I like the way it adds more sparkle to the lights.

Em has been a big help with the baking. I was thinking it would be a good idea to start it early, but now I'm not so sure.  Perhaps it would help if I found a better hiding place for all the tins of cookies:)

It's good to be up and running again on my blog.  Now, I need to make the rounds and get caught up with reading all my favorite blogs.  I hope your season is merry!

10 comments:

Anita said...

I see that someone doesn't have a fear of height. :) Nice decorations!

I love the idea of you and your friend getting the ornaments that are are in memory of your moms.

Glad you're back in business with your 'puter! :)

Susanne said...

It all looks lovely Karen. That is one brave girl you've got. You wouldn't catch me out on the ledge. :v0

Sherri said...

Karen love all the decorations! WOW you 13 yr. old is brave hanging up there!

Becky said...

Great to see you back. You header is beautiful. Love the red against the snow. And your house is looking lovely. We didn't decorate TOO much around our tiny apartment. So I do love seeing everyone else's.

Rizzi said...

HI KAREN,
WELCOME BACK, YOUR VILLAGE IS JUST LOVELY. EM IS SO BRAVE, AND SHE DID A GREAT JOB. LOVE YOUR ANGEL TREE, IT SHOWS LOVE AND WARMTH. HOW ABOUT PUTTING YOUR COOKIE TINS IN THE GARAGE, YOUR MOM DID.
TAKE CARE, LOVE YA.
AUNT RIZ

Country Dreaming said...

It is looking very festive the in Colorado!
We are going to work on ours this weekend. Due to being so busy last weekend.

Hope to see you soon.

Melinda

Bill said...

Everything looks great! I think the angel tree is a wonderful way to remember your mother during the holidays.
I like the peek we got of your upstairs bookcase. I'll bet it's filled with good books.

Bee Jay said...

Must be a good feeling to have your computer back and running. Isn't it amazing how much we rely on technology these days? Love your little 'nest' where you've placed your decorations - congratulations on the 'fearlessness' of the one who dared put them there! Blessings!

Robin said...

What a perfect place for your village! It looks like it was made just for that purpose.
I love your header too - it looks a lot like the ornament I am making my girls this year!

Hooray for healed computers!

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

It all looks wonderful, but you know me - I HAD to see what you did with your Snow Village this year. And WOW, I can't believe you guys got it on that ledge, what a feat! It looks wonderful though and I know that you are all enjoying it and the holiday decorations :)

Merry Christmas!