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I celebrated the Winter Solstice with Denise and a bunch of her friends. Women only. It was fabulous. I got there early (hurrah for a reliable vehicle!) so I could spend some time with Denise, and we talked and talked while she was cooking, and then her friends started to show up around 6:30, with lots and lots of good food. We ate and talked.  Made our head wreaths and then wrote our New Year's wishes on small pieces of paper, and then burned them as offerings in her wood stove.

A pottery student gave me a selfie stick on our last class (when we took that photo of us all with our Empty Bowls, I had joked that we needed one to take a good photo of all of us) so I was playing around with it, and finally got a good photo of us all!

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oops!

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That's better - but now I have to figure out how to take a good photo in low light on my phone.
Here's Sephora on Christmas Eve Eve:

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Christmas morning, I picked up my Mom from Mass. She was staying with my Brother C and his wife for the weekend, and since they were at their church, I was able to pick Mom up and take her back to their home.  Again, thank goodness for this reliable vehicle!

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Before we painted our bedroom, there was a built-in cabinet on one wall. When we tore it out, we found some old wallpaper still on the back wall.  So we saved the best square of it.  For my holiday present this year, Robert found a frame, and without the glass, attached it to the wall.  Then he mounted a cross-stitch portrait of Clara Bow that a friend had made years ago.  I love it!

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We keep our holiday decorations up until the Feast of the Magi.  Today, I am doing laundry, putting away paperwork, and we watched the Liverpool/Stoke game on TV. Here's a view from my chair.

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Wishing you all the best during this
holiday season!

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Dried tangerines for stained-glass-ish decorations


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18 Comments on the cow jumped over the moon: happy holidays!

  • Joanne Noragon
    on December 27, 2016 | 16:52 Joanne Noragonsaid :
    "I think that's a beautiful portrait photo."
  • Carol S.
    on December 27, 2016 | 17:43 Carol S.said :
    "Thanks Joanne! Happy holidays. xo"
  • Old Fashion Halloween
    on December 27, 2016 | 22:16 Old Fashion Halloweensaid :
    "Sounds like a fabulous Solstice gathering. I love the framed wallpaper. Happy Holidays and may 2017 bring you many good things! "
  • Carol S.
    on December 27, 2016 | 22:22 Carol S.said :
    "Hello dear OFH! Wishing you all the best. xox"
  • peppylady (Dora)
    on December 28, 2016 | 00:22 peppylady (Dora)said :
    "Sound like a fun gathering. We had a Yule party on the 17th.
    Did a log and ritual with the oak king.
    Coffee is on"
  • Undina
    on December 28, 2016 | 03:36 Undinasaid :
    "Happy Holidays, Carol, to you and your loved ones (including four-legged ones)!"
  • jane B
    on December 28, 2016 | 06:21 jane Bsaid :
    "What a great holiday you've had - love the tangerines : ) Many blessings to you & yours with the returning light. xx"
  • Carol S.
    on December 28, 2016 | 08:48 Carol S.said :
    "Thank you Undina!
    Happy holidays to you and yours (and happy birthday to Rusty, too!)
    xox"
  • Carol S.
    on December 28, 2016 | 08:49 Carol S.said :
    "Hello and happy holidays, Dora!!"
  • Carol S.
    on December 28, 2016 | 08:53 Carol S.said :
    "Hello Jane: It has been lovely! Thank you and to you and yours, happy new year!
    xox"
  • Darla
    on December 28, 2016 | 10:20 Darlasaid :
    "The framed wall paper is so clever - what a great way to save a piece of your homes history. Looks like you had a festive evening with "the girls". Good job with the selfie stick"
  • Carol S.
    on December 28, 2016 | 10:38 Carol S.said :
    "Hello Darla!
    I cannot take credit for the idea - I think I saw it somewhere else - in a magazine or on Pinterest ? I was initially trying to find wallpaper that was similar, but ended up just painting that bright watermelon color.
    We did have such a nice time, and I am getting better with that selfie stick! Will take it to DC in January! xo"
  • Vanessa
    on December 28, 2016 | 13:24 Vanessasaid :
    "Oh that's amazing about you watching the Liverpool/Stoke game, Stoke of course being up the road from me. And noted for its pottery! I rang ex-Mr Bonkers yesterday as he has been quite poorly over Christmas and he was down the pub watching the game! (Though still poorly.)

    I love your party photos and the one of Sephora - and especially like the picture with the wallpaper integrated into it. What an inspired idea!"
  • Elle Clancy
    on December 28, 2016 | 13:36 Elle Clancysaid :
    "Good wishes for a happy holiday! And tell your mom I adore her shirt...anything with a tree and sparkles works for me."
  • Carol S.
    on December 28, 2016 | 14:12 Carol S.said :
    "Hello Vanessa!
    I'm partial to Stoke because of the pottery :) Wish I could visit - my thoughts of visiting England in early 2017 have vanished but hopefully I'll be able to visit later in the year.
    Thanks for the kind words about the photos! I'm so pleased that our bedroom is now 'done'! :) Though I still want to make or get a headboard. We'll see how that project pans out. xox"
  • Carol S.
    on December 28, 2016 | 14:14 Carol S.said :
    "Hello Elle! I will tell her.
    At age 86, she still volunteers at Meals on Wheels - she's keeps going :)"
  • Vix
    on December 29, 2016 | 13:47 Vixsaid :
    "What a fab pressie from Robert, how thoughtful!
    Your Mum looks wonderful and so do your group of pals. Well done on mastering the stick!! Glad you had a lovely time and give Sephora a pat from me. xxx"
  • Carol S.
    on December 29, 2016 | 14:47 Carol S.said :
    "Hello Vix:
    I keep looking at that wall and smiling!
    Thanks so much, and Sephora is getting a special hug from you now. Happy New Year!
    xoxo
    "
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