Hello from Sunday night

December 21, 2014

Hello from Sunday night my dear and so loved friends.
I can’t even begin to thank each and every one of you for your deep and loving wishes on my last post. You’ve all moved me to tears and I treasure every sentiment of good will.

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And even though the weather is our typical dreary wetcoastness, my heart is warm and shiny.

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Inside there are flowers. Beautiful flowers. Beautiful Christmasy flowers. The top bouquet of red roses and green chrysanthemums came from mom as a happiness prezzy and the beautiful one below came from Chloe as a wonderful surprise for me when I came home from the last treatment.

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I have an old book from 1908. It’s one of my favourite books in the whole world. It’s bound in suede and is called “White Hyacinths”. The author, Elberd Hubbard, writes, “If I had but two loaves of bread, I’d sell one and buy white hyacinths to feed my soul.” Flowers do feed the soul, don’t they?

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The house is shiny with Christmas warmth.

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I’ve hung up my Oxfrodshire Christmas map above the mantle so I can see it every day. I really love this map. I painted it over Christmas at West Cottage a couple of years ago.

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One one side of the old Craftsman mantle is an old, (but new to us), Christmas village. We’re into watching Murdoch Mysteries and, when I saw this little village in the local thrift store for something ridiculous like $14, I though it reminded me of that gentle Canadian era, and beside, I always wanted one. I haven’t figured out any lighting for the houses and lamp posts, but give me time and I will.

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Also on the mantle are these two ancient alabaster cups. I love how they glow with candle light.


The last of the autumnal apples are keeping cool on the back porch. They are still delicious and crisp. Inside, in a big wooden bowl, are cookie cutters ready for this year’s gingerbread. I think it’s about time I got my act in gear and made some, don’t you?

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Last time I looked Milo was sacked out on C’s bed, but I’m not allowed into C’s room right now because of the Christmas prezzie situation, but here’s Morgan, eyeing the baubles on the Christmas tree. One of my ornaments, a beautiful glass peacock, came apart this year. Not a big deal, just the bottom clip separated from the glass base. Before I could glue it back together, Morgan grabbed the peacock feather part and made off with it to play. Luckily she didn’t break it. Scrubby little cat.

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And, just in case you think it’s all beautiful and bucolic round here, here is a photo of the kitchen table, where we are hanging out at the moment. R is researching replacing a missing lead to some headphones and I’m writing this post. Please note the sculpey, the tape, the sheep’s wool duster stuck behind the table, the camera lens cover and other detritus of life. 😀

Happy solstice and big hugs to everyone.

Sharing with Judith and the mosaic bunch. 😀

From our house to yours, Merry Christmas
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  • Reply Lavender Dreams December 21, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    I was very touched by your post, too my friend. What a beautiful and strong woman you are. AND talented! I love the map painting you did and that wonderful Christmas village you found. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas! Sweet hugs, Diane

  • Reply Pamela Gordon December 21, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Love your cozy living room. The Craftsman style is one of my favourites with all the great builtins. I’m happy that you are feeling well and buoyed by the good will from your readers and are in the Christmas mood. Wonderful! Have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones. Pamela

  • Reply sorrygnat December 21, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Hi V, my husband died, and I am moving and have some medical issues of my own; I don’t thinki responded to your last posting, but I’m one of the wavers at the curb waving for you at the top of the parade, love and hugs, esther

  • Reply Bungalow Hostess December 21, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    It’s nice to see your home looking cozy and ready for Christmas….I love the wisdom of Elbert Hubbard.
    Have fun making your gingerbread cookies…happy holidays.

  • Reply Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti December 21, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    I’m so sorry to learn you have been ill, Veronica,and I will keep you in my prayers!

    Your home looks warm and beautiful decorated for Christmas. I love the ceramic village you found at the thrift store–I would have also purchased that. Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Janet December 22, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Sorry to read that you are Unwell at the moment, I wish you and your family well and I will be thinking of you and sending good vibes your way! Have a fantastic Christmas and your house looks fab! x

  • Reply Cathy Keller December 22, 2014 at 4:35 am

    Your kitchen table is still tidier than mine! You have warm and comfy post for gray and chilly day here!! Thank you! Merry Christmas!!

  • Reply Judith @ Lavender Cottage December 22, 2014 at 4:39 am

    Flowers do feed the soul and I’m glad they are helping you to feel better Veronica. I went back and read your last post and was stunned by the artwork you created in the book during your ‘wonky cell’ journey. I’ve always admired the paintings you share but choosing words to describe your day and painting around them was remarkable.
    Christmas blessings to you and family with a special prayer of good health included.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

  • Reply Sharmon Davidson December 22, 2014 at 5:50 am

    The flowers are gorgeous, and so is your home. Love the map, too! Merry Christmas and happy new year to you, Veronica!

  • Reply debrashewhoseeks December 22, 2014 at 7:12 am

    I wonder how long Morgan has coveted that peacock feather? May everyone get their heart’s desire this Christmas!

  • Reply dayphoto December 22, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Your home is lovely! It shines with care and the love you have for the things you have placed within your abode! We are all sending Magic Thoughts and Prayers for a speedy recovery!


  • Reply Tammie December 22, 2014 at 8:49 am

    so lovely to have a glimpse into your holiday treasures
    surprises and joy.
    i so agree about flowers….. they do feed us in a way that only they can
    sweet holidays to you and your family~

  • Reply daryledelstein December 22, 2014 at 9:15 am

    oh please … you don’t know from messy til you’ve been in our tiny apartment between vacuum events .. hopefully one has occurred today … between THREE (what were we thinking) cats and my hair and the dust yuck from living on street level across from a park … well its never truly clean here ..

  • Reply Donna@GardensEyeView December 22, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Such a lovely, cozy warm house filled with love….Merry Christmas.

  • Reply Ann December 22, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Your home looks warm and cozy. And your tree is wonderful. Hope Kitty only admires it. Merry Christmas

  • Reply Snap December 23, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Flowers do feed the soul. I love your Oxfrodshire Christmas map and the Christmas village is a great find. Your home is so warm and cozy …. just like you! The hard part is over. Now you focus on getting back to you! May this Christmas bring you many wonderful memories and blessings. Merry Merry!

  • Reply Melodye Shore December 23, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    I am utterly smitten with your Oxfrodshire map, festooned as it is with images of your own journey. So glad you’re being bathed in the glow of candlelight, and that you’re surrounded yourself with the things (including humans & other creatures) you hold dear.

  • Reply dianadomino December 23, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Replacement light bulbs? http://www.amazon.com/Department-56-Accessories-Collections-6-Socket/dp/B001FS61FE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1419387553&sr=8-1&keywords=village+light+cord

    I love my Christmas Village, though I don’t set it up every year. ^_^

  • Reply Patricia A. McGoldrick December 23, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Two village houses are nestled on a side table, near the Christmas tree. Wishing you all the best for the remainder of 2014, going right into the new year. 🙂

  • Reply Mary Howell Cromer December 24, 2014 at 12:37 am

    I am happy that you are feeling better and your home looks really lovely and all ready for Christmas! It is very early here, but I wanted to be sure and say Merry Christmas to you. My left arm is still not pain free and it is causing numbness down into left hand and so I will be copying and pasting this message for my blogging friends, but did not want to leave anyone out of this greeting, coming from my heart to your own. We have a blog draft in the works for publishing on Friday and then a hope and a prayer that the New Year will be good to everyone~

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