WElcome to the Flowerpot Christmas Cafe - this is a season of joy and happiness for everyone. It has been a long year with many ups and downs and we all need to find things to make us rejoice so come on in, sit a spell, hang your ornaments on the tree and warm yourself by the fire!
I put up a pine tree for all to decorate right next to the bar. How do you like the new wallpaper and hardwood floors, better for dancing than that carpet we used to have, but watch out BB when we come down off the tables it won't be all cushioned anymore LOL!
Well, as I was saying out with the old! Fritz got the fire going and that Zebra thingee and MJ outght to be toast by now!
I brought some more ornaments down and got the lil tree out of the barrel too. It needs a little tidying up yet. Im still moving B'Hilders pumkins. She had to lite out of here on Halloween in a hurry and Jeez...forgot to twitch her nose and left me with manual labor.
Dang that old witch...terri almost took another header in the slime again.
Well, I need to get going...6'2" and I got some catching up to do so catch you all later!
Candee, you've made a fantastic job of the outside decorations. WOW! it really looks beautiful at the Christmas Cafe'.Well done!!! The new wallpaper looks ... well, like an English pub LOL! Good idea to get rid of that old carpet. The pine christmas tree smells lovely in here, I'm bringing me pears in to hang on it!
Well Hi terri!! You sure are in the spirit of things! Im pooped. Mind if I put my feet up and set a spell. I could use a hot chocolate.. would you be a dear? Straight up if you will, Im having to drive tonite to make deliveries and dont need no accidents.
Glad you like the decorations, nearly fell off the ladder putting up those stupid star lights, but Fritz brought them from his old business and was determined to have me get them hung!
Those pears will really spice up the tree Terri thanks for thinking of them.
Oh the chocolate wagon sure reminds me of the good ole days. I think I'll sit here quietly with BB and let you bring me a hot tea as I am still under the weather and need a bit more rest myself.
Hope the rest of the gang gets here to the cafe soon, I am sure they can see the lights from miles away!
Okay, Zany said she was providing this funky gold boa as a decoration and I managed to get Terri's sparkling pears on the tree. Hope you like the drape I put behind it for the season, just didn't care for the pub look during this festive season.
Now come on all lets get some decorations and gifts in here and don't forget the table arrangements.
Peggy, surely you jest - if you aren't rolling on the floor after seeing Zany at the bar well then I don't know what would tickle your fancy.
Chocolate? what did you have in mind? Will this spread work for you?
Zany bows and grins with pleasure. I am so glad you like the outfit...I was afraid it might be a little drab... But DG won't take animated gif's so I couldn't ust the sparkling boa, the blinking hat or the shaking tamborines like I wanted. I was even going to animate it to have me dancing on the bar doing the funky chicken... but that is probably all the better since it kept me from going way over the top with it ;~}
I haven't decide what color I'm going with. Just doing a 4 ft. tree but probably in organics...which may not be proper to put organics on a fake tree but ...oh well.
I just checked my hydrangeas heads ...they're a nice grown color. Should have cut them in cream stage but I think I'll do the new in color this year of "brown"( and creams). Hope I can find my turkey feathers.
Bigred may be feeling the holiday cheer a bit more today. I put lots and lots of "extra" in that eggnog before sending it down to the Humbug Shack. I peeked in on her late and she was sound asleep hugging that wonderful blue tree and had a gerbera in her mouth like a flaminco dancer's rose.
I like the idea of using organics on a fake tree. It kinda tells a story of the history of Christmas trees from olden days to modern times and that the spirit is still alive.
That is a humbug shack - how humdrum humbug!
Glad you didn't dance on that bar there Zany you might have fallen into the tree and it isn't even finished being decorated yet.
Nice blue tree and Peggy perhaps you should consider organic blue for your tree Terri's looks good in that color.
Now pass the chocolate and the nog that is just what I need to help my ailing.
That sure brightens up the humbug shack Peggy and I think the browns are fab, you heard brown is the new red!
Guess I will bite the bullet and put up our little artificial tree this weekend even though we won't be here. I do miss having a real tree, but they are so pricey these days and not really worth it since we go away although I miss hanging my ornaments and homemade bows too??? Wish I could find a real one at a reasonable price I would go ahead and put one up.
yes,I seem to be on a chocolate kick. I've even bought and traded for a lot of chocolate hued flowers for this coming year.
The presents turned out nicely. I put some of the smaller ones in brown luchbags,folded down the tops,punched holes in the top and treaded gold and brown curling ribbon thur the holes and tied them into bows.
no,I have some left over from last year as seen in picture but I have done a cowboy themed tree making ornaments out of painted brown kraft paper...yellow stars,boots and cowhide chaps if I remember correctly...red bandans,small black cowboy hats and the smallest bales of hay Hobby Lobby had...heavy jute string for garland and stryofoam balls wrapped in ripped strips of "western" looking fabrics. One tree I failed,for some reason,to take a picture of and I just gave the paper ornaments to a friend.I think I still have the book that has the patterns in it somewhere.
A poem to live by Zany, you sure have a way with words.
WE have lived by that for the past 12 + years. No gift exchange at our home, no gifts for the kids anymore and none for ourselves and none for each other. Just some simple decorations, a small gift giving to Aby, Eva and Colton (grandbabies) at the Thanksgiving holiday and come Sunday 12/20 we will be headed to fun in the sun.
We stopped the gifting at Christmas many years ago, just got way out of hand the the kids have enough to exchange with their own families now and their childen. There is nothing that Steve and I need other than each other and the only way we could get the kids to stop buying for us was to agree to stop buying for them so we did! The holiday is so much more enjoyable w/o all of the hustle and bustle and worrying about what to get for who and wrapping and all of that mularky!
Sure makes a much happier holiday for us and no shopping involved!
Candee, that is exactly what we have been doing! It was a little disconcerting the first year to see no mountains of wrapped presents but the stress levels dropped drastically and now we actually enjoy the holiday more than ever. Our only "gift" is a love offering to our favorite charity.
The rest of the season is spent sharing our favorite holiday movies and reading the original Christmas story from the family Bible on Christmas eve.
My neighbor asked if we were finished with our shopping yet and looked at me like I was scrooge when I tried to explain how we celebrate ;~) But when it is all over, I guarantee that we will have had a holiday worth remembering.
Zany, Haighr, we spend it very similiar. Our greatest gift to each other the love we have for each other. We go to midnite service for Christmas eve at our place of worship. It is a candle lite vigil and so nice to spend with loved ones there and to celebrate the true meaning of the season. When we come home we venture out to the stable and enjoy the cold nite air. This year too, I am trying very hard to put a special donation into our charity.
I have put up our small tree. It has been a 20+ year tradition. I have a larger tree that will stay in the closet this year. All I want for Christmas and daily is the spirit of Joy and the Saviour to fill every house and heart we know. The rest will take care of itself as the Almighty sees fit.
While we have no little tiny children to do the real Santa thing at our house, I still think the Santa tradition is VERRY COOL! So pardon me while I don my hoary cyber face! Ho ho ho! And A Blessed and Merry Christmas to all and small!
Now, boyz and goyles... tell Santa what you need, what your doing or hoping for for Christmas. If you dont share, the elves and I cannot get the messages out to the angels to help you!
When the grandkids were small,I'd give them 10 presents each...one fairly big present then the rest would be just small stuff...mostly crafts stuff because I believe children should use their hands and minds instead of sitting stupified in front of tv or computer(that's my job..*G*). Then as they got older I went down to four each...now I every year I give them ornaments so when they get older and move out on their own,they have stuff for their first tree and the ornaments will always remind them of their Mimi...and I give each a box or package of their favorite candies. The older ones were asking about ornaments at Thanksgiving.
Great idea on the ornaments red, that is something they can cherish for years to come.
I can just imagine you out in the stable after service on Christmas eve, what a calming way to end the evening.
As for Steve and I - well Christmas eve is our anniversary. We will be swimming with the dolphins using wet suits and those motorized water things that help propel you in the water and then we will take a little boogie board ride while two dolphins propel us by our feet!
On Christmas day we will be on a nice quiet coastal cruise along the coast of Freeport in the Bahamas.
I think that sounds like a significant lack of stress!
Well so long as the dolphins don't get the best of us lol!
I need to add that we are leaving on Sunday 20th. so if you want to get any more decorations up in here we need to get a move on if you want me to hang anything else! I'll try to bring in a big tray of goodies before we leave and perhaps you all can finish the tree?
Oh man, swimming with the dolphs! Can I come...I w iwll be a good lil elfe and hid in yer luggage so they dont catch me at the airpport! Man the north pole has been hard on my arthuritis and that would be awwwwesome! Happy anniversary too! Now how many years again? Oh thats right, not long enough. We wish you many more!
No hiding in luggage at the airport needed, we are going to make a 1+ hr. drive to Baltimore and get on the ship down there! You can just hide between the 2 of us and they will never notice! lol, only way we know how many years is to ask one of the kids as they seem to keep much better track than us! We just know we want many more and have no complaints about the ones behind us!
Well this is one Santa that is very glad to hear about a working marriage! Happy couples, happy familieas thats whats called being RICH. We always tell anyone that asks us " its not been long
enough" Saves the embarassment of counting!
Ok, heres a lil fishy fer Flipper. Ho ho ho! If there are two things this Santa dont like is one animals that aint treated right and kids that are not fed. And that goes to those adults out there too. We are working on that so ya'll dont starve. So I am commissioning all the Elves to go door to door and bring in at least one can good from the families that are able and get them to their local charity pantry. If you can do more.. have at it.. My elves have strong backs! The pantries are in weak supply. Nuthing worse than paying Elvis to twiddle his thumb! He knows what its like in the Ghetto. Sing it honey!!
Now on Dasher and Dancer! And heck if I know all that rot and all those names anymore, Im a couple hundred years
(Well, even Santa lies about the age, but hes timeless!)
...old yano and you kids need to remind me! Ho ho ho...Donner and Fritzen...Rake, shovel, wheelbarrow its off to the garden it goes! Hoe hoe hoe! I want ta see a clean shelter. And a proper compost pile. NOW GIT DANG IT! Dont be irritating old Rudlofs and my proboskissys with all that smell. Ya'll know how to take care of that.. but I gotta git after ya cuz I know yer lazy. Giiiit!
Er I will get Grannies whip after ya. Yahno I had to revive that old girl after the last accident the odor ya'll caused when she well, yano got runned over by
that Prancer and Cocoa the elf ran out of control and hit Grampa with the John Deere. Now go be off.
I think that it is wonderful to read about how others celebrate the holidays and the unique family traditions.
If you ask my kids (who are all grown up now) to tell about their most cherished Christmas they all tell the same story. They were 6, 8 and 9 at the time and we were so broke it was scary. I broke out the strings of lights and hung them on a potted ficas and the kids and I cut out over a thousand paper snowflakes from white paper and strung them on the tree and ceiling and in the windows. Their gifts were all the same. Each recieved a ream of blank paper, a box of colored markers, a box of crayons and a box of colored pencils.
After they opened them on Christmas morning I asked them to create a book by telling a story and making pictures to illustrate it. They worked on their books for several days, each one keeping it a secret as to what their book was about.
When they were finished they shared their books with the family on New Years Eve. They all had told the same story about the first Christmas and had drawn pictures of shepherds and wise men and angels, stables and mangers and Mary and Joseph. The youngest, showed the babe laying in a Manager's lap...He had drawn a picture of a short, red haired woman holding the baby...that looked like a caricature of the woman who was the manager of our apartment building. When he was telling his version of the story he stopped and asked..."How old is that Manager lady anyway? "
Swimming with the Dolphins! Now that sounds like a really fun thing!
When Bob and I are asked how long we have been married (33 years) we usually answer..."not nearly long enough"
Great story about the best Christmas Zany. I am impressed, at least you know the # of years.
When we got married I wrote a poem to Steve and put it in a frame and it hangs in the hallway upstairs, but I never have my glasses on when I go up there and the print is small, should have thought it through when I first wrote it and made it in big FONT lol, - at any rate I believe the date is on it, but may not be so if really hard pressed I could go find out, but it doesn't really matter how many as you are all keenly aware -
"IT's not the quantity - it's the Quality"! and it appears we are all abundant in Both!
Like a roll of toidy paper.. the librarys are gettig older and some are closing.
Well gang, I want to raise a glass of cocoa here to toast those who have gone before us. Their memorys are precious, let us not forget them in our prayers nor forget those that are sick, tired and hungry and in far away places wanting to come home. Some face danger for freedom, some are lonely and depressed. Some just dont know what heck the Spirit is. And lets toast and pray also for ourselves. Caint hurt yano! And have faith the Almighty will do the rest.
Ring a ling, ring a ling..
um hello...Yes, this is Santas hot line. No, I have not seen her yet. Its babys first Christmas, well, tell Yardqueen we hope she can make it. We are having a jolly good time heyar at the Humbug Cafe! Oh and yes, I got that tire for 2few. Im just having techincal difficulties on how to arrange with her to pick one up.. Perhaps she can call the local farmer and he can get with her on that!
Whoooah ho ho! Mare-y Christmas!! That will be two bales of straw for you my equine friend! And here, a carrot in your stocking!
Ok, now... are all the stalls cleaned? The pets stockings hung?Cuz I know a gramma is just itchen to use this... She knows better than I do on whose been naughty or nice and tidy and neat...and she knows how to use it!
I raise a glass to that BB well said!
Now what are you hankering to do with that thare thigamagig? Looks like a cookie cutter on a stick or is it one of them fancy pancake shape makers that I could use over the firepit at the cabin????
Or does it have some to do with the "swine flew" lol!
I swear where has everyone else gotten to? do you think they are all trapped in the crowds at the shopping malls? I haven't seen elle, or steven or terri or sue or well they are all among the missing? I hope they find their way here before I leave on Sunday. If now please Zany and BB would you wish them all a happy holiday from me?
Ho ho ho! They must be caught in the cold. The weather has been sunny, but very nasty cold in parts so I will have to whip up some mittens and gloves for them to make their trip in more pleasureable. I hear the kiddies at school could use some new gloves under their mitten and scarve trees so dont forget to do your knitting there my fine fairy elves!
Elle must be putting on the new sweateres I sent her goats and chikerns!
Dont know about the rest! Ho ho ho!
Guess you and I will have to keep the milkie Joe pumping the cocoa until they arrive!
thank for the sweaters
we got the new chickern house done
we getting about 11 to 12 egg a day
the goat are fine
i working so many day
when i get off
i just do not have time to make thing
i love all the picture
hope every one have a joyful xmas
god bless every one
here we go some Xmas lillies & others.
Every year we have a Xmas function & the staff get free drinks & a bunch of flowers for the ladies & a gift basket for the men...
The flowers are lovely but Id rather have a basket of tasty goodies.
Those are beauties Dalfyre, I'll take them over chocolates any day!
Elle, sorry you have to be away from your dh on Christmas, but am sure you will spread your joy at the nursing home and your day will be fulfilled and dh can have you all to himself after work!
BB, we expect a foot of snow tonight and tomorrow, but no worry (I hope) all should be fine as we head to the Baltimore Harbor on Sunday at noon and we will be boarding at 2pm and set sail at 5:30 heading out under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, can't wait to see your face when we go under that monstrosity with all the lights and such!
I'll try to keep in touch via the cyber cafe on a couple occasions as I will be wanting to email the kids as well since a cell phone call will be $2.45 per min from the ship, but then drops to only a whopping $1.99 per min. in Nassau!
I'll be twitching my nose just to get down the road tomorrow. It is still snowing strong, can't believe my eyes! This is a huge storm. You can't even see the fountain now, it is just a blob out there. We must have 21" already and more coming.
Haighr, I think the milky Joe has gone on the fritz and thats why you got all that snow. I asked for a frosty cone and eversince I did that.. oops! You been getting it royal. Terri better fix that thing. I heard there was a conspiracy to get me with a snowball, but looks like her plan backfired and your getting it instead!
Oh man, only a few more days guys and goyls and Christmas will be here!
Oh no.. the power has gone out on the East coast.. Candee are you you ok? Darned that milky Joe, qwick terri, fix that thing.
TERRI.. Wake up!
Soils, you better start twitchen yer nose to help her too. The snow has started to zap my powers. I just used every last ounce I had getting the New Years Sign for the new cafe and sent the elves ahead to take care of building the new Eatery for us all.
LOL! I tried putting the elf hat on our mutt! Do the words NO WAY JOSE mean anything to me? Not on her life was she wearing any froo froos! AND She will leave it in my shoe, my carpets, anywhere possible. With or without a ribbon.. the critter is encourabable.
Maybe I could get the donkey to do Santa? Hmmmm.. now who hijacked my Sanity clause hat?
Well, I missed Candee's departure. I hope they have a wonderful time in the sunshine.
I tried to take a picture of Pyxle in a santa hat but she had it off and torn to ribbons before I could snap a single shot. I bet she will be in more of a holiday mood when she gets that big ole bone from the Ham though!
Red, Cassy looks a bit upset about that ribbon but I bet she is glad for that sweater when she has to go outside to do her business!
She likes the sweater but hated the ribbon.She's just barely 2 lbs. so in this cold weather she needs it. Wished I could find boots small enough for her. Her lil tooties are so cold when we come back in from outside.
Great card BB and hope you all had a very happy and merry Christmas! Sounds like it has been quiet since I have been gone, we had a great time and are glad to be home and on level ground rather than the water!
So BB where is that New Year Cafe??? Been looking can you send a link?
Sit back I am off this week as well and will post a few pics of the excursion, I was swimmin with the dolphins this trip! and it was the most fun ever!
Candee - what a great way to spend a vacation. Glad you are back safe and sound.
BB - nice, quiet, and peaceful makes for a good vacation too, and I hope the rest of the cafe regulars had a good holiday.
We had a double celebration this December - my mom's 80th birthday on Dec. 19th in addition to Christmas. My brother and his family came in from Philadelphia for 10 days, so the five of us siblings were all here for the birthday gathering. We have not had a family photo in about 10 years. I took my Philly brother and his family to the airport this morning, and all the other out-of-towners have gone home...a quiet house again. It was a great gathering though - I hope that I am as healthy as my mom is when I turn 80.
Candee - you were braver than I was...here is my photo of me and a baby alligator, with a slight difference on how much the mouth can open loL.
Hey Dianne so glad you had a blast of family for the holiday, sounds like a great time for everyone. I remember your gator pic, now I do notice that yours is taped, they told me that Brutus is so home tamed that they don't tape his jaws anymore. Here is a pic of that flap in the back that keeps the water out when they do snap.
Ooops NY eve, better go to the New Year cafe and get decorating before BB gets to naggin!