Thursday, December 28, 2017

Blogmas 2017 - 25 Days of Christmas/Christmas Day!

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These December posts are going to be all about Christmas.  I'll answer a questions, post a picture and discuss something "Christmasy".   Please feel free to leave your answer in the comments below.


Today is Christmas Day!








Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Blogmas 2017 - 25 Days of Christmas/Christmas Eve

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These December posts are going to be all about Christmas.  I'll answer a questions, post a picture and discuss something "Christmasy".   Please feel free to leave your answer in the comments below.


Today is day Christmas Eve!











Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Blogmas 2017 - 25 Days of Christmas/Day Twenty-Three

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These December posts are going to be all about Christmas.  I'll answer a questions, post a picture and discuss something "Christmasy".   Please feel free to leave your answer in the comments below.


Today is day twenty three and today's question/topic is:


A season of cheer with dear friends far and near







Friday, December 22, 2017

Blogmas 2017 - 25 Days of Christmas/Day Twenty-Two

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These December posts are going to be all about Christmas.  I'll answer a questions, post a picture and discuss something "Christmasy".   Please feel free to leave your answer in the comments below.


Today is day twenty two and today's question is:



A special birthday dedication!


Do you guys remember Kasey Kasum's weekly radio special and his birthday dedications?  Well, today is my Pop's 74th birthday and that deserves a great birthday dedication.

Happy Birthday, Pop!  I love you!

Stacy






Old Photo Friday: Happy Birthday, Pop and Candy


WHO: James Y. Brady and Family Friend, Candy Etheredge (Dahl)
WHERE: Ralph and Virginia's on Hilyard Street in Eugene, OR
WHEN 1976-77

Happy Birthday to my Pop who celebrates #74 today and to our dear sweet family friend, Candy, who celebrated a birthday yesterday.

Enjoy!
Stacy

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Blogmas 2017 - 25 Days of Christmas/Day Twenty-One

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These December posts are going to be all about Christmas.  I'll answer a questions, post a picture and discuss something "Christmasy".   Please feel free to leave your answer in the comments below.


Today is day Twenty-One and today's question/topic is:


Favorite Christmas Poem, Story or Reading


Wrapped was the world in slumber deep,
By seaward valley and cedarn steep,
And bright and blest were the dreams of its sleep;
All the hours of that wonderful night-tide through
The stars outblossomed in fields of blue,
A heavenly chaplet, to diadem
The King in the manger of Bethlehem.

Out on the hills the shepherds lay,
Wakeful, that never a lamb might stray,
Humble and clean of heart were they;
Thus it was given them to hear
Marvellous harpings strange and clear,
Thus it was given them to see
The heralds of the nativity.

In the dim-lit stable the mother mild
Looked with holy eyes on her child,
Cradled him close to her heart and smiled;
Kingly purple nor crown had he,
Never a trapping of royalty;
But Mary saw that the baby's head
With a slender nimbus was garlanded.

Speechless her joy as she watched him there,
Forgetful of pain and grief and care,
And every thought in her soul was a prayer;
While under the dome of the desert sky
The Kings of the East from afar drew nigh,
And the great white star that was guide to them
Kept ward o'er the manger of Bethlehem. 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Blogmas 2017 - 25 Days of Christmas/Day Twenty

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These December posts are going to be all about Christmas.  I'll answer a questions, post a picture and discuss something "Christmasy".   Please feel free to leave your answer in the comments below.


Today is day twenty and today's question/topic is:


What is your favorite local Christmas play, musical performance or activity?


This year we got to see two great holiday performances.

The first was in Tigard, OR at the Broadway Rose Theater.  The ensemble cast performed the Holiday Hit Parade.  In an old forgotten hotel, ghosts of Christmas music past materialized to perform anew the classics of the 40's, 50's and 60's.



The second was at the Greenlake Theater in Seattle.  The Flight before Christmas tells the tale of spending Christmas Eve stranded at the airport.  It was a heartwarming new holiday show about finding your way home and the family we discover in ourselves. 

Then a yummy dinner at the Greenlake Alehouse!




Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Blogmas 2017 - 25 Days of Christmas/Day Nineteen

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These December posts are going to be all about Christmas.  I'll answer a questions, post a picture and discuss something "Christmasy".   Please feel free to leave your answer in the comments below.


Today is day nineteen and today's question is:


Do you have a favorite Christmas Cocktail?


I just made this up a few days ago as I am a complete nut regarding Egg Nog.  Did you know you can freeze an unopened half gallon of egg nog in your freezer to have next summer?

Here you go.....

Egg Nog Martini

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon sugar
1 candy cane, smashed in a plastic bag until very fine
ice 
1 cup egg nog
1 jigger vodka or rum
small candy canes, garnish

Directions:

On a small oval dish, mix together the sugar and the candy cane.  Set aside.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice (I like one whole ice cube and 1 ice cube smashed with the back of a spoon so you have shards of ice in your shaker), egg nog, rum.

Shake well!

Wet the rim of your martini glass with water, turn upside down and set in the sugar candy cane mix until your entire rim is lined with sugar and candy cane.

Turn your glass right side up and fill it up to the top with the egg nog mix.

Garnish with candy canes and BOTTOMS UP!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Blogmas 2017 - 25 Days of Christmas/Day Eighteen

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These December posts are going to be all about Christmas.  I'll answer a questions, post a picture and discuss something "Christmasy".   Please feel free to leave your answer in the comments below.


Today is day eighteen and today's question/topic is:


How do our outside decorations look this year?





Sunday, December 17, 2017

Blogmas 2017 - 25 Days of Christmas/Day Seventeen

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These December posts are going to be all about Christmas.  I'll answer a questions, post a picture and discuss something "Christmasy".   Please feel free to leave your answer in the comments below.


Today is day seventeen and today's question/topic is:


Stocking stuffer ideas ($40 or less)


For Her....

Eos Lip Balm


Burt's Bees Beauty Kit



Dylan's Candy Bar Hot Chocolate Set
For Kids/Young Adults...


Hatchimals CollEGCtibles





Zenoplige Fidget Spinner

Roku Express Steaming Stick

For Him...

MiniPresso Espresso Maker

Harry's Razors Winston Set



Anker Wireless Charger



Saturday, December 16, 2017

Blogmas 2017 - 25 Days of Christmas/Day Sixteen

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These December posts are going to be all about Christmas.  I'll answer a questions, post a picture and discuss something "Christmasy".   Please feel free to leave your answer in the comments below.


Today is day sixteen and today's question is:


Christmas Trees revealed

How lucky am I?  I have three trees in Beaverton and 5 trees in West Seattle!



Friday, December 15, 2017

Blogmas 2017 - 25 Days of Christmas/Day Fifteen

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These December posts are going to be all about Christmas.  I'll answer a questions, post a picture and discuss something "Christmasy".   Please feel free to leave your answer in the comments below.


Today is day fifteen and today's question is:


My favorite Christmas decorations

I guess I could say, just about everything that I put up every year has a special memory!

Here are some of my favorites!






Old Photo Friday: Merry Christmas,1973


WHO: Stacy, Jennifer (Mom) and Grandma Cavey (my Pop's grandma)
WHEN: Christmas Eve 1971-72
WHERE: E Street in Springfield, OR

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  Don't I look happy...I just got a baby doll for Christmas!

Enjoy!
Stacy

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Blogmas 2017 - 25 Day of Christmas/Day Fourteen

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These December posts are going to be all about Christmas.  I'll answer a questions, post a picture and discuss something "Christmasy".   Please feel free to leave your answer in the comments below.


Today is day fourteen and today's question is:


Favorite childhood Christmas memory

This story is pretty legendary in our house.  

One of the first years after my parent's divorce,  my Pop and I went out to get a Christmas Tree.  I wanted at least a 6 foot tall tree and when we got to the Christmas Tree lot on Main Street and I picked out a tree, Pop said no...it was too tall.  He claimed that when you put it in the Christmas Tree stand, that the stand adds another foot...foot and a half to the tree size, so he grabbed a smaller tree, loaded it into the back of the pick up and off for home we went.

The rest is history and the tree tells the tale.



Enjoy!
Stacy



Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Blogmas 2017 - 25 Days of Christmas/Day Thirteen

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These December posts are going to be all about Christmas.  I'll answer a questions, post a picture and discuss something "Christmasy".   Please feel free to leave your answer in the comments below.


Today is day thirteen and today's question is:



What are you reading this Christmas?

This year's book reading goal was 18 and I am currently on book 20!  Setting a reading goal is something that I have been doing for about 5 years and each year I've met my goal (not too bad for someone who didn't have a library card until they were 44 years old).

Here is this year's Christmas reading selection....


The small town of Parrish Springs is not ready for Matilda Honeycutt. A strange older woman with scraggly gray hair and jewelry that jangles as she walks, Matilda is certainly not the most likely person to buy the old Barton Building on the town's quaint main street. When it becomes apparent that her new shop doesn't fit the expectations of Parrish Springs residents, a brouhaha erupts. After all, Christmas is approaching, and the last thing the town needs is a junky shop run by someone who looks and acts like a gypsy. But as townsfolk venture into the strange store, they discover that old memories can bring new life and healing.


Every year on the first Monday of December, Marnie and her twelve closest girlfriends gather in the evening with batches of beautifully wrapped homemade cookies. Everyone has to bring a dish, a bottle of wine, and their stories. This year, the stories are especially important. Marnie's oldest daughter has a risky pregnancy. Will she find out tonight how that story might end? Jeannie's father is having an affair with her best friend. Who else knew about the betrayal, and how can that be forgiven or forgotten, even among old friends such as these? Rosie's husband doesn't want children, and she has to decide, very soon, whether or not that's a deal breaker for the marriage. Taylor's life is in financial freefall. Each woman, each friend has a story to tell, and they are all interwoven, just as their lives are.




Introducing a series utterly perfect for cozy fans of Alan Bradley, Alexander McCall Smith, and Louise Penny. The Reverend Tom "Father" Christmas, the newest vicar of Thornford Regis, an idyllic rural town in England, turns detective when one of his parishioners turns up dead in a drum, and everyone in town seems to have something to confess. Tom Christmas came to picturesque Thornford Regis with his young daughter to escape the terrible experience of losing his wife in the city. Her murder sent him packing to the bucolic and charming town, where violent crime isn't supposed to happen and the greatest sin is supposed to be nothing a member of the clergy can't handle. Then, at the town fair, a woman is found murdered. Tom soon learnsthat everyone in Thornford Regis has a secret to hide--infidelity, theft, even past murders.