Saturday, December 30, 2006

Sweet Northwest

Welcome to the 14th Annual Gingerbread Village Tour.The six gingerbread displays are created by Seattle's architecture firms and the Sheraton's culinary staff. Donations from the displays support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Above, the Space Needle, Westlake Center & its winter festivities, Santa's Monorail, Mt. Rainier.
Pike Place Market with rooftop reindeer parking. More photos later.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Look Out New Year!

01/01/07 update: So this hat didn't work its way into the new year's eve celebration after all. It will be a nice addition to the barn / potting shed so no worries. Hmmm... quite the find at my favorite second hand shop! It looked like it had been a hanging decoration and it had a layer of dust on the flowers. A good soaking brightened it up. Check back in a few days and see if it shows up again!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

We've Been Fished!

We returned home last night to find some additional lights on our outside Christmas tree.A nice string of fish have mysteriously appeared! Hmmmm...
We've had quite a time with this tree. First, the serious challenge of getting lights to the top of it (really, honey, they don't have to go ALL the way to top). Then the lights went out and it was only on Saturday DH discovered the cut wires (creatures or clippers, we cannot imagine?). New lights in place and now it's catching fish! So how to find out who has a fish story to tell...?

Monday, December 25, 2006

Joyful Christmas

May all the joys of Christmastide
Within your happy home abide,
And may God keep you in His care
As down the path of life you fare.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
-Petunia, Petunia's Gardener, and the DH
(poem from a card sent to my Grandparents in the 1940's, photo from Petunia's Garden)

Friday, December 22, 2006

Jingle Jangle Jive

Jingle Jangle tree and reflection. The first outside night shots I've tried with this camera just aren't working like with my old camera. Sort of liked this one anyway. I'll try again if we can get the tree lights to work again ....

Like this picture, this week has been a little too jingle jangly and I don't yet feel like Christmas is only a few days away. So many plans and not enough hours. But, really, those plans aren't needed to enjoy some time with the DH and do some little surprises for a few others. You know, the 25th only gets the 12 Days of Christmas started! So who's late?

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

2007 Calendars Available

Still needing a 2007 calendar?
Beauty & Strength 2007:
Women of Mary’s Place Speak of Homelessness & Hope
$10 Postage Paid ~ Now Available

A compelling wall calendar celebrating the beauty, strength, courage and hope of women who have experienced homelessness. Proceeds benefit Seattle’s Church of Mary Magdalene & Mary’s Place Day Center. More information at or 206-621-8474.

Print the order form here or from the website:
(note, this form can be slow to load, but it will load)
The calendar is beautiful and inspiring, just like the women. Let me know if you have any questions about the organization or the calendar. This is a community of women supporting one another through very difficult situations. They'll appreciate your support and you'll be inspired all year long.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Home Warm Home

On this third Sunday of Advent, I'm very grateful to be in my little home, warm and rested. After the windstorm Thursday night, there are still many without power, with big trees lying on and in their houses and other less than restful situations. It's cold now too, but the snow in the picture is gone.

I'll spend the rest of the evening now, in humble appreciation of the little things, writing Christmas cards and drinking my own version of gl├╝hwein (probably only as close to the German version as I am at this moment close to Munich where I first tried it! that is... probably not close). Warm wishes to all of you, wherever you are tonight.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Christmas comes early (to good gardeners)

Special delivery Arizona grown and dried gourds:
Remember these bottle neck/bird house gourds growing on our pumpkin patch fence? We called DH's brother for some expert advice as we could not see how they would ever dry. Just about hopeless in the Pacific Northwest is what we all decided (see below). Brother M recognized the disappointed sound in my voice and surprised us with a nice variety of quality AZ dried gourds!

Washington grown and mostly rotting gourds, in the barn: And a few trying to dry in the house:
Thanks, Brother M! This is indeed better than my suggestion of mailing you our moldy, undrying ones.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

A box on our doorstep!

And it doesn't say "Do not open until Christmas!" But just in case, Santa, note this isn't me.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Christmas Welcome

This cheery banner hangs in our entry every Christmas. It is another creation from Sis. DH has had this one longer than he's had me, I think. The garden (& other) critters are a joy to have around during these rainy, dark days.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

The Garden Waltz

Frosted carrot greens, gardeners dreaming inside, sunny days ahead full of glee; Spring's on her way, mail will come one day with seeds, seeds for you and for me...

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Hawthorn Berries

Oh yes, and a little blue sky.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

It's Here...

I'm making my list and checking it two, three or four times. Gonna leave it laying around the house 'cause Dear Husband needs to knows how much to put on the gift certificate he'll make and leave in my stocking. But shhh... he likes it when he surprises me.

Territorial Seed Company

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Hope & Preparation

We'll have an outside Christmas tree this year so Sis' (DH's sister) little angel will stay inside with us. She's topped all the trees since we've been married and happily announces Christmas from tabletop or tree alike.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Industrial Moles and ?

We have a mole problem. Well, we thought we had an industrial size mole problem. But now we see what is going on. Initially, there was one natural aerator at work and we sort of ignored him. The first one wanted more time to spend in the fluffy garden soil so he called in reinforcements to handle the pasture - from all corners of the universe, apparently.