Lights, Camera, Action: X-mas 2021 Dining Room

Today we view the Dining Room decor. There is a LOT going on here, so I’ve done multiple shots. please excuse the mystery photographer in the Green Lantern shirt!

View from the Living Room.
Curio #1 Lit (Peanuts and Xmas dishes – sorry for the crooked plate.)
Curio #1 Unlit
Curio #1 top of cabinet
View from the front window side
Peanuts Place – this replaces Reindeer Way, and the canvas print is new. (I LOVE it.)
Curio # 2 Lit (Peanuts and favorite Cocktail glasses)
Curio # 2 Unlit
Curio # 2 top of cabinet
Peanuts Tree with Snoopies galore (many move and play music.)
Curio # 3 Lit (Rankin Bass Pieces)
Curio # 3 Unlit
The Bar with cherished Reindeer cocktail glasses. (That snoopy plays music and shakes his head.)
Isle of Misfit Plushes Stairway
View from the stairway
Personal Ornament tree with Mooseknuckle Junction at base
Front window with mini TVs – Peanuts (L) and Rudolph (R) scenes (both light up, rotate and play music.)
Merman Tree – this is up year round, but we added Santa hats for the holidays.
This space is new so we’re still playing with it. I have 2 more of the red and white holly cotton branches coming to make it look fuller.
View from the back wall

I love how this room looks and wouldn’t change a thing, except I want to replace curio # 3 with a new curio that has recessed lighting and opens from the front instead of the side, like this one does.

Lights, Camera, Action: X-mas 2021 Living Room

I’m a terrible photographer (unlike several other talented bloggers) but I did the best I could. This is the living room from the front door, then counter clockwise (for the most part.) It’s a very small room, but we’ve done our best to make the most of the space and decorations.

I love the jingle bells that sound every time the door opens. The corner shelf is our collection of “whatnot” figurines. Note the Santa beard masks hanging from our key rack. (I’ll do a post of just holiday themed masks when I’m done showing off the house.)
This is the opposite corner from the first one…the Grinch statue is new this year.
Our bay window display we created last year and repeated this year.
Our mantle with a miniature Santa’s sleigh display and the reindeer picture we had made.
The Living room view from the dining room.
The far wall viewed from the front of the house.
The Living Room viewed from the front door.
The far mantle wall (door goes to the garage.)
The kitty corner view from the kitchen.
The view from the garage door.
Another angle from the garage door.

We stuck with coppers, golds, and whites (with the slightest touch of red and light blue) to work with the earth-tone colors of our house. Next: the Dining Room.

Lights, Camera, Action: X-mas 2021 Outside

As agreed, I waited until after Thanksgiving to share our holiday decorations. Instead of sharing them all at once, I will do a different post for each spaced/room, starting with the outside front of the house. This is always tricky, because daytime photos are pointless since you can’t see the lights, and night time photos are tough because you lose definition and detail. But here’s the gist of what you see when you face our house at night. (Every window has an electric candle.)

So simple and pretty.
Our ancillary front door and porch.
(That’s an LED tree with multiple rainbow light displays.)

Underneath the dining room windows.
(They’re ice skating Peanuts figures.)
The main front door. I’m living the snowman light covers.
Our welcome mat.

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day, designated on 1 December every year since 1988, is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease.

The acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a life-threatening condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The HIV virus attacks the immune system of the patient and reduces its resistance to other diseases. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations, and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control.

Wrapping up the Weekend

It was a quiet day. We did not have anything on the agenda, so we had a late breakfast and lazy morning. The frigid weather kept us inside all day, where we all curled up on the couch and watched some stuff on our various streaming services for awhile. By the afternoon, I started getting fidgety, so I headed upstairs to the guest room, where I sorted Christmas presents and the huge stash of empty boxes we’ve been collecting since October, for gifts. Once the sorting was done, I popped back downstairs to make lunch: roasted Swordfish Rollatini (made in the Ninja Foodi, of course.) It was quite good, thank you very much.

After lunch, I headed back upstairs and wrapped gifts for a couple of hours. By the time I got back downstairs, Jeffrey had a fire going and, after some discussion, we decided to eschew a proper dinner for sandwiches and various leftovers.

It was a great weekend. Hopefully the first of many more to come.

Stay safe, all!


We had our first snow of the year yesterday. Not a lot of snow, but it stuck and froze, so our lawn is now a solid slick sea of white. Pretty, but treacherous.

Today, we had our first guest in I don’t know how long. Our friend Mark came for brunch. The Brunch Menu consisted of:

Fresh Fruit Salad (purchased)
GF Chocolate Donut Holes (purchased)
GF Biscotti (purchased)
Spinach Salad with Walnuts, Craisins, and Blue Cheese Crumbles (purchased)
Bacon, Egg, Sausage and Cheese Cups with Chives (homemade)
Cinnamon Cake (homemade)
French Toast Bake (homemade)
Egg Nog (purchased)
Mamosas (homemade)

It was a nice (and delicious) little spread, if I do say so myself. Conversation was light, laughter was plentiful, and it was a great visit. I have missed being a host and seeing friends.

After brunch, we said good-bye to Mark and headed out into the brisk winter air to my Mom’s to drop off some items and say a quick hello. Then we returned home to watch movies in front of the fire. Today’s triple feature was Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2 (starring Andrew Garfield) and A Nightmare Before Christmas.

We decided to skip an official dinner, and opted for grazing on various leftovers from Thanksgiving, Brunch, supplemented by a random assortment of snacks and food items.

Yet another enjoyable and normal day. If this keeps up, I just might get used to being happy and healthy again.

Stay safe, all.


It was a great day yesterday. Dinner was good, and we enjoyed a proper meal at our dining room table…a rare treat indeed.

I love our rarely used bear dishes!

Today, we enjoyed a quiet and relaxing day, munching on leftovers and just lolling about the house, no chores, tasks, or errands. I hope this is how the rest of the holiday season goes for us.

Gobble Day Gratitude

Nice Meat!

I don’t usually do a “what I’m Thankful for” post, but I think I need to this year. Since January, I have struggled with my health, enduring a lot of pain and suffering, missing out on so many celebrations, plans, trips, and events, and honestly wondering if I’d even survive the year, let alone return to any quality of life. But here I sit, pain free, returned to relative health, enjoying a quiet morning at home with my dogs, listening to my husband peacefully snoring in the bedroom, enjoying the beautiful decorations on display (mostly thanks to my best friend), and anticipating enjoying a nice simple Turkey dinner that we were able to order most of, pre-made. (I’ll be whipping up a gluten free stuffing this morning.)

I am so very thankful that I was able to have surgery that saved my life, from which I recovered quickly, and has returned me to a quality of life I have not enjoyed since 2020.

I am thankful for a husband that helped me through the transition and gave me the love, strength, and support I needed to adjust to my new normal.

I am thankful for all the healthcare workers that have taken care of me and given me my life back.

I am thankful for the BFJ, who has lent his support and help in any and every way he could.

I am thankful for my amazing dogs, who have been such a source of joy, affection, and comfort during this year, even when I was at my lowest.

I am thankful for a job that has provided the salary, benefits, and flexibility I needed to get the help and care I needed, without costing me a day’s pay, and purchase all the supplies I need.

I am thankful for this beautiful home I get to enjoy every day.

I am thankful for the many friends, fellow bloggers, and family members who have sent continued messages of support and concern and wishes for a quick and complete recovery.

And, finally, I am thankful for having a future to look forward to.

Stay safe, all.

Test Drive

With Jeffrey off today for the long holiday weekend, we decided I needed to do a trial outing to build up my confidence leaving the house with my new equipment. To make it more exciting, we headed to one of my favorite stores – Hallmark – to check out their current Christmas stuff. The trip was successful, but did cause me some pain…in the pocketbook.

I grabbed this little addition to my Jim Shore Peanuts Christmas Collection:

Santa Snoopy, hurry down my chimney tonight.

Then I grabbed this out of season one, too:

Without Linus, it’s just the pretty good pumpkin.

There was a cool non-holiday item purchase, as well:

Elastigirl from the Incredibles.

When we got home, I found these two shirts waiting for me in the mail:

Super Gay Giraffe?
Anyone besides Robzilla get this one?

It’s amazing we got out of the house at all, considering I started the day “puppy trapped” by Harvey:

Could you move him?

Tonight, I cooked dinner for the first time since my surgery, then we watched a movie in front of the fire.

It was a great (and normal) day, indeed.

Stay safe, all!