Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Last 2 Days....

Good morning....not counting today 2 days until Christmas.  When I was a kid these last 2 days were absolutely the longest 2 days in the entire calendar year.  Now, 2 days needs to stretch to 5 at least.  How about you, are you still needing more than just 2 days to finish up?  I still need to wrap (and being the non-minimalist that I am you know I will wrap a little over the top), bake & buy one last gift.  But, I am taking a deep breath and know that if everything doesn't get done, it will still be a marvelous, magical, merry Christmas.

Don't ya just love that cute, cute snowman cup.  He is pretty special since he was given to me by a special dear friend.  She knows how much I love my Christmas cups/mugs.  My morning coffee tasted extra special this morning drinking from this extra special mug.  You would think by now I would be running out of different cups/mugs, but no, there are still a few left in the over-bulging cupboard.

Last night was my sweetie's Christmas party at the Memory Care Facility.  Singing, Santa and simply delicious goodies filled the evening.  I couldn't ask for a more loving, caring wonderful community of care-givers that watch over my sweetie.  I am truly blessed.  We sang together, ate together and had our picture taken together.  A wonderful evening.  Can't quite get him to look at the camera anymore, but there is a smile and for that I am thankful.

On the way home, I spotted these trees all lit up and had to stop and take their picture.  And you know you don't just take one picture....I snapped and snapped and snapped away until my fingers were not moving.  When I hopped back in the car, which I left running with heat blasting, my temperature gauge said 16 freakin' freezing degrees.  No wonder my little fingers were frozen.

If you need any last minute Christmas ornaments/decorations/wrapping stuff go to Michael's.  I stopped yesterday to buy a couple of paper mache boxes (project) and they have a ton of stuff marked down 70%.  Couldn't resist a couple of goodies.  Are you like me....when I am out shopping or browsing I am always thinking about props for photography...I do believe it is a disease that there is no cure.

Before I leave today I want to wish you much peace, joy, love & health for this Christmas.  Relish these last 2 days, live them a minute at a time.

"I've learned that if you want an honest answer about how you look, ask your little sister."  ~  Age 13

"I've learned that you can make anyone smile if you give them a box of crayons and a coloring book."  ~  Age 21

"I've learned that I can never go to Wal-Mart (Michael's, Hobby Lobby, Home Goods) and buy just one thing."  ~  Age 24  (seems to be true at a much older age as well)

"I've learned that if you hang something in a closet for a while it shrinks two sizes."  ~  Age 62

Sharing with Madge's Weekly Top Shot...

Until next time....


  1. Deanna, Lovely portrait of you and your sweetie!

  2. LOVE you ornament photo and what a pretty mug.

  3. Beautiful decorations and the tree lights are so pretty. What a lovely photo of you and your sweetie. Thank you for visiting my blog. Merry Christmas to you and yours! :)

  4. Such a lovely post, Deanna. The entire thing made me smile.

  5. the photo of the two of you is wonderful. :) your joy is immense.

    i like the '2 sizes' shrinkage one. :)

  6. Beautiful photo of you are your husband! Your lighted trees were beautiful! And I have to agree that photography prop buying is incurable!

  7. Beautiful Christmas photos, Deanna...and I adore the one of you and your Sweetie. Sounds like y'all had a wonderful night!

  8. Deanna,what a great shot of your and your sweetie. He is very handsome! Your photo of the ornament is beautiful love the bokeh you captured.

  9. Your sweetie is so are radiant. I'm glad you don't have to worry about your sweetie's facility and he's so well taken about small miracles....Merry Christmas Deanna.

  10. great shot of the two of you. sweet. love the quote about the closet. that is too funny!! enjoyable ... those last 2 days. they fly so ... can't wait. Merry Christmas!! ( :

  11. These are so pretty! Especially the two of you. Nice job!

  12. Hi!
    I'm new to your blog.. and I LOVE it!! I must say.. brought tears to my eyes about your hubby... I too have been there.. both my parents.. :( I turned to photography, which in a way.. became therapy... my question.. do you ever share your photog secrets? :) your pictures are beautiful.. clear.. simple... gorgeous... what do you have for a camera? I LOVE your photo's.. LOL
    thank you for sharing a part of yourself with us...encouraging.. uplifting, honest.. I love it.<3

  13. The photo of you and your sweetie is just precious! I love the one of your ornament too.
    It is funny how your clothes shrink two sizes when you leave them in your closet too long.
    Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  14. This is the first time I ever read your description on your side bar. Now I know why you were dragging your printer and all your ornaments with no help. I'm so sorry. It's nice that you have help with your sweetie and that you can go and visit him. He is smiling. I hope that means he knows you when you go visit. I know that has to be very hard for you. hugs.

    I love your line, "Relish these last two days and live them a minute at a time." I will try to remember that. Merry Christmas to you.

  15. The portrait of you and your sweetie just warmed my heart. As beautifully decorated as your house is, I can just imagine how magical your packages are and you did an awesome job in the freezing cold - cool take on the trees.

    As for the bit about leaving clothes in the closet and them shrinking 2 sizes - absolutely true. Testify!

  16. This was a wonderful post and I loved the photograph of you and your's just wonderful of you both! Thank you so much for sharing bits and pieces of your world with us! You are a treasure!!!
    Blessings to you and yours this Christmas!

  17. Enjoy these days - even with not celebrating they do seem to stretch - which is nice after a hurried month of hub-bub! You and your sweetie look so great - glad he shas such wonderful care takers!

  18. The photo of you and your husband is so precious -- I'm happy that you were able to spend some time with him and capture the moment. xo

  19. Gorgeous post Deanna! All that you write so true for all of us! The photo with your hubby is so precious! Happy Holidays my friend you are a true artist and magician with your magical camera!
    Loving that mug too!

  20. What a beautiful post dear bloggy friend! I love the picture of you & your sweetie ----- what a wonderful time you all had.
    Thinking of you & sending you giant {{{{hugs}}}} for a lovely, joyous Christmas!
    Yes - I think a meet up in Chicago would be wonderful, you can show me some photography tips!

  21. Such a beautiful post - especially the picture of you and your sweetie!

  22. Deanna, your photos are so inspiring! I agree that the last days before Christmas were the longest. In fact, the whole month of December felt that way to me!
    Lovely photo of you and your husband. Wishing you a wonderful holiday.
    Sharon :-)

  23. Your smiles are priceless and I know you cherish each moment... Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #62!


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