Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
In the Catholic church we celebrate Christmas for weeks which is refreshing in a culture that has already moved on to Valentine's Day.
Here's a few clips from their 1st CD. I listen to it all the time while driving and find it happy music.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Still, still, still,One can hear the falling snow.For all is hushed,The world is sleeping,Holy Star its vigil keeping.Still, still, still,One can hear the falling snow.Sleep, sleep, sleep,'Tis the eve of our Saviour's birth.The night is peaceful all around you,Close your eyes,Let sleep surround you.Sleep, sleep, sleep,'Tis the eve of our Saviour's birth.Dream, dream, dream,Of the joyous day to come.While guardian angels without number,Watch you as you sweetly slumber.Dream, dream, dream,Of the joyous day to come. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o454Yo-EZEw&feature=related
This beautiful, Austrian Christmas song was sung at the Midnight Mass . It was so peaceful and in front of me were children who were falling asleep. The song sounded vaguely familiar to me. I think the Von Trapp family sang this song in German.
We had a wonderful Christmas Day and the weather was so nice that we spent a lot of time outside. I didn't take many photos but here's one of the sunset from our house (on Christmas Day) and a couple of Mikey.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Here's a video of Carol of the Bells with some nice bird photos in the middle.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Here's a beautiful Christmas song which I first heard Joan Baez sing. It's very pretty with the harp.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Mikey is feeding the chickens here. The chickens are outside now and we put a light in the chicken tractor on cold nights. A couple of days ago, it was 63 degrees and the following day the high was 36 degrees!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
I went to a very fun cookie exchange party last night!
I made Thumbprint Cookies (I got the recipe from the Samantha, the American Girl, cookbook) to share and thankfully, I was the only one who made these.
There were 75 ladies there and we also did a white elephant gift exchange. This was hilarious! You get to take from others what you want but people can also take from you. I ended up with a nice handmade scarf. I almost got a Pampered Chef casserole dish but it was a h0t item.
Anyway, I came home with 2 dozen (plus) homemade cookies of various kinds. My favorite so far has been a Cappuccino Crisp! Wow! These taste and smell yummy!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
"My wife had been nagging me all week to get a ticket, so I when saw the Lotto sign ... I sprinted in to get the ticket before they closed," said the man, who asked not to be identified — normal practice among lottery winners in New Zealand .
"I must have been their last customer of the night," he said, adding that the young married couple had had a "rough" couple of years, reduced to one income after having children.
"I have never been so glad to listen to my wife's nagging," the man said Tuesday.
He discovered their newly won fortune Sunday thanks to his wife's request for a barbecued sausage.
Out shopping for bargains, the man said he didn't have enough money to buy his wife the sausage she'd asked him for. So he decided to check his Saturday lottery ticket in case he'd won a small prize.
"I could not believe it when they said I was actually the big winner," he said.
When he showed the printout to his wife, she initially thought they had won $4,200.
"When she realized how much it really was, she fell to the floor, and then said: 'but all I wanted was a sausage .'"
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
We have been listening to beautiful Christmas music on the harp. This is so relaxing and perfect for slowing down to appreciate this season of Jesus' birth.
I received my first Christmas harp tape from my older sister, Caryl, over 20 years ago and enjoyed it so much. This is still my favorite music for the Advent and Christmas season.
http://www.heavenlyharpist.com/christmas-music-cd.htm Just click on the highlighted ones to listen.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
The chicks are bigger now. We've taken them outside on warmer days and they are already trying to fly around. They're getting closer to laying those wonderful eggs.