December 6, 2017:

Hola!

It's COLD here. Cold and windy. But the Sun has been out for the past 2 days so it's bright, and that helps me to bear the cold and the short days. Only 15 more days to Winter Solstice, and then each day, a few more minutes of daylight will magically begin to be added, and even though the cold and snow will continue, the "worst" will be over because I know we are over the hump and headed toward the Spring Equinox.

Meanwhile, I am busy decorating the tree. I dug out an old collage of photos from the former Maison Newton (above). Gosh, that was a beautiful fireplace. My current gel fuel fireplace is great, but no match for that large and lush gas fireplace in my former home. In my case, downsizing meant not only much less square footage and a single story (which IS nice), but no fireplace until I purchased my gel fuel fireplace. I love it, but there was only one wall I could put it on, and this current living room is much smaller than my former living room, so I sized the fireplace accordingly. (It was also much less expensive and did not need to be installed by professionals).

Yesterday I womaned up and muscled, huffed, puffed, cussed some, breathed heavily and heaved mightily to get my Christmas tree up the basement stairs and dragged into the living room, and then into position in front of the picture window overlooking the front of the house. Whew! Quite the work-out. But I wasn't ready this year to switch to a "single woman of a certain age" (4 foot tall) tree. Maybe next year...NAH!

Jan

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Wedding Pictures

Some photos from my niece's wedding:

My sister Debbie, Heather, Randy
Bride's brother Ken, Mom (Grandma Newton), Grandma Varble
Half of me and jokester of the family, brother
Jeff, with baby doll
Great-niece Taylor, princess in training

Great-nephew Austin and nephew-in-law John

 
Heather, her best friend maid of honor,
great-niece Milena and daughter of maid of honor
(I don't remember their names!)

 
Great-nephews Matty and Austin 

Heather and Jim

My sister Debbie

Great-niece Milena
Heather and Jim
Wedding cake

Bride's father Randy, my sister Debbie, Mom, Heather's
big brother Ken behind Debbie and Mom
 
Jim's Dad, Jim, Jim's Mom

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