Good morning Folks ~ I hope that today will be a day filled with hope and love for all of you, no matter where you are. We have a fresh week ahead of us, a new chapter with pages in our books to be written.
It is hard to believe that Christmas is so close already. I know a lot of you are enjoying all of the preparations and that is so much fun. The expectancy, baking, decorating, gifts, and family gatherings.
It is so warm down here that it doesn’t feel like Christmas at all. I did have a wonderful little get-away to a lovely wonderland of Christmas this morning via blogland and Jeri of Hopalong Hollow Gazette. Do go visit her, you will be inspired. I was by one of her photos, so did some tweaking under my tree.
The little boy baby DH picked up at a flea market many, many years ago when we had our antique shop. It was ‘supposed’ to be for sale, but ended up staying in my little collection. I’m not sure where the little bear came from but he’s a cutie. The hand made primitive doll I bought at a local flea market many, many years ago for $2.
The little boy’s head is split from ear to ear, which you can’t see in the photo. I really need to make him some sort of hat. He has one hand missing and the other is being held on with string.
The above photos made me want to take a photo of some of my favorite teddy bears.
Here’s a photo of the TB’s sitting on the back of our little sofa.
From left to right they are:
Gift from DH many, many years ago. It’s a well-loved antique. He paid $1.
The little sweetie with flowered hat is one I got in a teddy bear swap. It is a Boyd’s.
Another well-worn bear was DH’s second teddy. His first one fell apart.
The little black one was crocheted by me many years ago.
The next two are flea market or yard sale finds.
The one on the far right is one my DH bought me in Switzerland while we were on vacation there while we lived in Spain during his 4 year hitch in the US Navy. Maybe in 1972. These make me feel happy.
The other evening I went out for a little mood change and while out there I was overwhelmed by a scent. I had a feeling as to where it was coming from, looked and sure enough. The Dracena Fragrans. The scent of this was always too much for DH. A little of it goes a long way, but unfortunately there is hardly ever a little of it. It was almost too much for me this time. I came in for the camera and here are the photos. We have two clusters of these growing. One up front and one behind my shed by the enclosed clothesline garden area. These bloom at night.
Here is the sunset as seen through the bedroom window last night. Excuse the power lines, but that is part of my view too.
Below is an excerpt I found this morning when searching quotes about sunsets.
by Charles E. Jefferson (1860-1937)
“Stand near to a sunset and what do you see? Examine It through the microscope of science and what have you? Vibrations, dust, aqueous vapour, air-currents. That is, all It seems as though these things might have been swept together by the wind, as though it all might be due to a fortuitous concourse of atoms, as though bits of matter might have fallen into a meaningless hodgepodge.
But wait! Stand back! Farther back! Now look at it! A picture! Outlines such as no artist ever sketched; cathedrals, minarets, spires, ancient castles, majestic palaces, towers, domes, more majestic than those of which any architect ever dreamed. And colours oh, what colours! Delicate tints, exquisite hues, artistic shadings, bewitching gradations, combinations of lights and shadows such as never entered into the heart of man to conceive.
Ah, this is none other than the work of God the work of the Infinite Artist
If Moses took off his sandals in the presence of a burning bush, well may we bow our heads and hearts in the presence of a sky all aflame with God!
Wishing you all love, peace and joy filled holidays. Let God speak to you through His creation. Listen for His still small voice.
Love ~ FlowerLady
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