Showing posts with label NEW YEARS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NEW YEARS. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


Although we didn’t stay awake to ring in 2013 at midnight, we did ring it in with our New Year’s Day dinner with all those good luck foods.
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(Dinner plates: Lenox Moonspun (our wedding pattern); Glass dinner plates: my mother’s; dessert plate: Wedgwood Vera Lace; Silver Champagne stems (which I used for dessert):  wedding gift; Silver water goblets: estate sale)
I am linking to Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish Wednesdays and Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.  2013 just sounds weird!  I don’t know how long it will take me to get used to this change.  Wishing all of you blessings in the new year.  Please continue to pray for our grandson, Cooper.  Thank you. laurie
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Monday, December 31, 2012


I warned you that my New Year’s mantel was wild and crazy.  A couple of years ago, I purchased a box of vintage New Year’s hats at an estate sale, and now they are decorating our mantel. 
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Even though these photos look like we’ve already had a celebration, my sweetheart and I welcomed  2013 (doesn’t that sound weird?) with a very quiet night at home.
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I’m linking to A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday.
Wishing all of you the best in the new year!  laurie
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Saturday, December 29, 2012


Those of you who have followed my blog posts for long enough know that after Christmas, I remove all of the Christmas ornaments from our two Christmas trees (which are about to shrivel up and turn brown by now.  Uh oh, was I supposed to water those things?)
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As you can see, I replace them with New Year’s hats, beads, leis, and streamers.
I’ve always said that I love to decorate for New Year’s, because I think New Year’s décor can be wild and crazy, and that’s kind of the way my decor rolls on a regular basis.
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Monday, I’ll be posting the trees with the New Year’s mantel, so be sure to check in.  You don’t want to miss the wild and crazy mantel! 

HAPPY 2013
Have you seen the button on my sidebar about snowflakes for students returning to Sandy Hook School?  My grandchildren and I will be making some.  They need to be sent in time for the students return to school on the 12th of January.  If you’d like to participate, please visit Maryann at Domestically Speaking for the information.
I am linking to The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays. 
Some of you have asked about our grandson.  Our little Cooper is still struggling, so your continued prayers for him are so appreciated.  laurie
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Sunday, January 1, 2012


“Make new friends, but keep the old.  One is silver and the other gold.”
As we begin the new year, I am reflecting – in my mind and heart as well as on my table. (Get it?  I used mirrors and silver and gold on the table – I know, I’m lame.)
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I’ve been blogging for more than three years!  When I type those words, my mouth is wide open in shock.  Who would ever have “thunk” it?  Certainly not me!  I started out, as many of you did, thinking I just wanted to see if setting up a blog was as easy as bloggers said it was.  I did a post on this blog in October, 2008, and thought it would be my one and only post – just so I could say I did it.

center 2Then, a strange thing happened.  I started “meeting” other bloggers.  As if that wasn’t strange enough, I began to think of these bloggers (and some non-bloggers who left comments) as friends.  Granted, most of them are friends I’ve never met and I’ll probably never meet most of them.
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Friends, whom I have known all of my life (the old friends), have stuck with me, even though most of them cannot imagine why I’m crazy enough to spend so much time blogging.  (I think they probably roll their eyes and talk about “Laurie’s imaginary friends.”)
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How can non-blogging friends understand that I probably know the thoughts, personalities, and styles of most of my blogging friends better than I know the thoughts, personalities, and styles of some of my friends whom I see on a regular basis.
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There is one other difference between my old friends and my new friends.  My cyber friends don’t know I’ve aged at all in the last few years.  The profile picture that I posted in October of 2008 remains my profile picture today, so there is an advantage to having friends that I’ll probably never meet.  To my blogging friends, I am only as old as the day that profile picture was taken.
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Yes, I know I could change that photo for a more current one, but I think I prefer that y’all never know how much I’ve aged. 
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Okay, I got sidetracked a little.  The point I was trying to make is that, as I begin this new year, I am feeling blessed to have old friends (some of whom have been my friends since childhood) as well as new friends (most of whom I’ll never meet in person).  For my New Year’s Day table, I used silver and gold to signify my gratefulness for both old friends and new friends (and also for reflection!).  I also used my grandmother’s and grandfather’s pocket watches, because they are definitely old, and I used a clock face and clock hands from the Graphics Fairy, who is one of my new-through-blogging-friends.
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Three years ago, I could not have imagined that I would feel such friendship with people I’d never met face-to-face, or that I’d get to know all of you so well.  (It’s still kind of hard to believe.)
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It certainly wasn’t what I was thinking about when I did that first blog post, but I am so grateful to each and every one of you for your friendship and for all that I’ve learned from you over the last three years.  The only reason I’m still posting to this blog is that I am so saddened by the prospect of losing contact with my new friends.
Thank you so much for all you’ve given me.  I look forward to learning more about you, and from you, in 2012.  Laurie