Saturday, December 22, 2007

Lemons and Flowers?

For those of you poor, unfortunate souls {tongue in cheek} that have to wake up to lemons and flowers in your backyard this time of year, I wanted to share with you a little of what I was fortunate to wake up to this morning in my humble neck of the woods (for those of you that don't know where I live, it's Minnesnowta!)...we woke up to a fresh coating of fluffy snow!!!

Mmm-mmmm, jealous, aren't you? Actually, I don't think I could handle waking up to lemons and flowers during the Christmas season. Christmas to me means fluffy white snow glowing atop the Christmas lights adorned on the shrubs outside. A fresh coating of snow gives you reason to stoke up the fire in the fireplace, put on your comfiest sweats, and snuggle in under the blanket with a cup of hot apple cider for a while....Christmas just wouldn't be the same, for me, walking out into the backyard and pulling a lemon off the lemon tree to make lemonade for the Christmas guests! Of course, I'm just having fun with ya. I guess, if I had to, I could tolerate sitting in the hot sunshine, on the deck, opening up Christmas presents on Christmas morning. But only if someone twisted my arm, for a whole hour, and then threatened to steal my first born child if I didn't do it. It's so wierd to me to think only a few thousand miles away, people are sitting around in shorts and tanks right now, and I'm sitting here freezing. That's the wonder of God, if I do say so myself!

I'll leave you with a chipboard album I finished up this week. I made it on behalf of my neighbor who is giving it to her lifelong friend for her 50th birthday. The chipboard album itself is from Prima, and the front cover is embossed. Isn't it scrumptious? I rubbed Ranger Distress Ink in Peeled Paint all over the embossing and over that rubbed Distress Ink in Walnut. I'm pleased with how the album turned out, but jiminy, it's thick! I hope my neighbor's friend likes it!

Wondering what's on my docket for today? 1. Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning. Yuck, yuck, yuck. 2. Wrapping presents. 3. Organizing the house. 4. Snuggling in by the fire. 5. Relaxing. 6. Hanging out with my family. Other than the cleaning, a mighty fine day if I do say so myself! I hope you have a great day too, hanging out with family and friends and celebrating the wonder and joy of the season!


  1. Amy, Sometimes after reading your blog I wish I lived next door to you. I'd for sure come over and sip cider by the fire with you. And of course we'd always have days of making cards - laughing and stamp, stamp, stamping! *giggle* I'm not a stalker really! OK now back to the warm drink by the fire - what a blessing when it's blustery outside. I too love snow for Christmas and here in Michigan we get plenty *wink* but as soon as New Years Day arrives I'm done with it and wishing for Spring or beter yet, a second Autumn. *grin*

    The photos you posted today are splendid - thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas Amy, from one of your faithful blog readers.

  2. Cindy H.1:49 PM

    Amy, I so enjoyed all the beautiful pictures you took - you're a great photographer! I'm with you - don't think I could get the Christmas spirit if I lived in a warm clime. True when we get buried in snow (Massachusetts) I can't wait for the warmer weather. We've been raking the roof this week! Actually, snow for Christmas is enough for me :)

    Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you and your family.

  3. Thanks so much for the gorgeous snow pictures! I'm originally from AR, where we had lovely snowfalls! Here in TX we hardly get any at all! Yesterday was in the high 60's & today it's 40! Cold & gray... wish I had some snow! I'm too used to warmer temps, so I'd probably tire of it quickly. Oh, well, at least I can enjoy your photos - thanks!

  4. Those pictures are beautiful! We aren't exactly in tanks and flip flips here (NC) but it's not that Christmasy here either. Until 4 years ago my Christmases were warm and toasty in N FL. It would be nice to have a white Christmas one year! I might have to crank up the fireplace this evening, though, it's nippy in here. Merry Christmas and stay warm!

  5. lovely pictures Amy! I, on the other hand, don't know what it is to be freezing on Christmas. In fact, in Antofagasta it doesn't snow *ever*, I was 17 when I "met" snow for the first time :P

    Merry christmas!

  6. malissa323:38 PM

    Greetings from the Texas Gulf coast, where my students wore shorts to school this week! HA! :) Love peeking in on your life everyday and seeing your wonderful creations! Merry Christmas!

  7. Hi Amy, I have just discovered your blog and looking at is on my to do list everyday. Your photos today are splendid. We hardly ever get snow over here in the UK, but it does get pretty cold. I did once live in Hong Kong and having Christmas there was very odd, all that sun and weraing shorts... just didnt do it for me.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family. Rosie in Sheffield UK

  8. Anonymous2:22 PM

    I'm one of those with flowers and lemons in her back yard, in fact, the kids are in the pool as I write this (hubby's keeping an eye on them). I couldn't agree with you more!!! It doesn't feel like Christmas without the gorgeous stuff you have coating your lawn. I always said that in a perfect world we'd have snow for a week at Christmas time and then it would all go away before it got mushy and slushy and gray! LOL!!! Now THAT'S dreamin!!! I AM so jealous of you...for the snow at Christmas AND for the experience of Spring and, my favorite time of year,'ve got it all girlfriend, but you know that, don't you!?! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

    Mary L.

  9. Beautiful snowy pictures. Has it all been blown off in the wind like ours? Have a wonderful, blessed Christmas.

  10. I am one of those who has both lemons and flowers in my back yard. I live in California right now, but I was born and raised in "Minnesnowta" and I miss it so bad. I have lived in CA for 4 1/2 years now and I miss home a lot. I am so jealous that you got all that snow right now just in time for Christmas. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  11. oh what beautiful scenes of a truly white Christmas! thanks so much for sharing...there isn't as much snow here in IL and i'm living vicariously. have a great day with the fam! know you'll be thinking of muriel...but i hope there will be some good stories shared while you celebrate.

  12. sigh.... no flowers or lemons, but no white stuff either! I'd love to break the cycle of green Christmas ~ white Easter in North East Ohio! We had two feet last Spring... poor bunny got all the eggs covered up!

    Have a wonderful Holiday and a blessed New Year!

  13. Oh goodness! That chipboard album is wonderful. So pretty!


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