Thursday, December 22, 2016

Christmas---Its a Wrap!

Its been a week of magnificent sunrises and sunsets. Last night this sunset just kept getting redder and more beautiful. I was cooking dinner and I had to go grab my camera and run outside. You know a camera just can't capture the majesty. I was outside taking pictures when Ron got home from work. One of the things I love about him, is he knew just where I would be, and he came outside and we watched the sunset together.
Its the simple things in life that make me the happiest.

Here is the other morning sunrise. It too was beautiful. Lots of red.

When you can see Bear Mountain that clear in the distance, you can almost bet on it that we will have rain.
We did and it was lovely.
We have more rain in the forecast. Its seems like its been years and years since we had rain like this. I love every bit, even the cold. I can now say, that having such nice cold temps, I won't have to relocate to the North Pole. We are supposed to even have snow in our local mountains Christmas Eve which is really exciting for us.

This week I have been mixing and baking and just having fun in my kitchen. I have made jam and different flavored mustard and today it is going to be a little more of the same. I haven't got it out of my system. One day I made 9 batches of boysenberry jam. I made cranberry too. I always wondered why people don't make cranberry jam this time of year, so I did. I have made bread and plan to make more tomorrow.
Its so nice when its cold and cloudy and foggy. I just want to cook. I wish I didn't want to eat but there it is, I have to keep up my strength, know what I mean?

Do you remember when Ron and I took our beach trip?

We picked up lots and lots of rocks. For a month now, Ron has been polishing the rocks we picked up in his rock tumbler. Today, they were finally finished. He used four kinds of grit on them. Course, medium,
fine and polish. Today here they are all polished.

Aren't they pretty? It was worth picking up all of those rocks. We need to go back and pick up some more.
When he starts making trees again he will have rocks for bases. Not to mention our grand children really like rocks. You wouldn't guess what a plain ole rock can turn into with a little grit and polish. I can just make all kinds of spiritual applications with these rocks. I will just say, I feel like these rocks and hopefully the tumbling of 2016 made me just a little more shiny.

Can you believe that last year at this time, we were planning that secret wedding? They are going to celebrate their one year anniversary pretty quick. I can tell you they haven't let any grass grow under their feet. My point is this year has been slow paced, and I have had such a nice slow Christmas this year. Our youngest grand daughter is a year old and I am so thankful and look forward to 2017.

I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas. I hope you all have a white Christmas. Thank you so much for following along with me in this last year. Thank you for your comments and your thoughts. I am thankful for all of the wisdom and love and kindness you have shown me.
I hope your days remain Merry and Bright.

I wish you blessing upon blessing from all of my heart.


My 2017 goal---Windmill in the pasture. I don't think Ron would let me put up an old barn, but it would sure be nice. ;)


Debbie said...

Yes, God's masterpieces are sure hard to capture in a pic, but you have done a really good job. Soo pretty. It's been raining her (ALOT!) since yesterday morning. Pretty much non stop, and it's supposed to continue through tomorrow. Then Christmas Eve and Christmas day it will be quite cold for us...low 50's is the high. I am sooo looking forward to it. I've enjoyed the rain too. I'd love to be baking but I don't dare. I've no discipline at all. The rocks are SOOO beautiful! Who knew? I soo enjoy visiting here, and I wish you and your sweet family a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Empty Nester said...

I am always hopeful that we'll have snow, though it rarely happens. Snow is so beautiful and I'm thrilled y'all might get some on Christmas Eve. Will it come to your house or close enough to go see it? I love the cold, too. It also makes me want to cook. And eat. Ha! The rocks are beautiful! The girls loved collecting rocks and so did I when I was little. I remember all my rocks but I have no idea what happened to them. It was probably Mother that happened. LOL Please post pictures if you get snow! When I'm taking picture in the heat or the cold, I never notice the temps. Walking to and from the spot is another story, however. :) Merry Christmas, Kim! And to that big, wonderful, talented, loving family of yours! Hugs all around!

acorn hollow said...

We have been in the deep freeze and today it snow again so a white Christmas it is for us.
your sunrises and sets are beautiful
Merry Christmas


Pom Pom said...

That sunset IS gorgeous! Wow!
You have been a busy little bee in your kitchen! You are filling the store stump (Brambly Hedge).
God be with you, dearest Kim. Merry Christmas! I love you!

Rugs and Pugs said...

I can't believe it's been almost a year since the secret wedding. Time sure is a flyin'.
So happy you are getting rain. I hope you get lots and lots.
No white Christmas here in Ohio. It's the only time I ever wish for snow.
Merry, merry Christmas!
Hugs :)

Gail said...

The stones are beautiful.

Merry Christmas.

Alica said...

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas, Kim! Enjoy the rain, the sunsets, and dreaming about your windmill!! :)

GretchenJoanna said...

I'm glad for you that you have had the time to do some special cooking projects. And your sunsets are glorious!! Thank God for each one. Merry Christmas!!

annie said...

I love those rocks, I love to get them off the river bank, but there is competition so I don't find as many as I used to.
That red stripy one you have is a beauty!
Merry Christmas, I hope you have a lovely holiday.

Joy said...

Merry Christmas Kim!

Debbie said...

The skies have been amazing, I never feel like my pictures really capture what I see!! Your images are beautiful...

I remember the rock collecting and who could ever forget that amazing wedding 😀

Merry Christmas Kim, I hope you have an amazing holiday!!

Velva said...

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. Look forward to reading your blog posts in 2017.


Bonnie K said...

I love the rocks! In fact I am infatuated! How cool. Love the photos. I hope you have a Merry Christmas!