Month: December 2014

Out With The Old

I have a massive old California oak tree in my front yard. My arborist and his crew were working nearby and stopped by to check the tree. It needed shaping, balancing and trimming away the debris.  In nature it wouldn’t matter how this great oak tree grew, but sharing space with my home, I need to have it trimmed and shaped in order for me to keep it from dropping branches on my roof or the roof of my neighbor and to clear away the debris that died out and is still clinging. I thought this an appropriate metaphor for the coming New Year — this being the last day of 2014 and a wonderful way of welcoming in 2015 with infinite possibilities after clearing away all the old. Much of what we seem to do with our lives in preparation for the New Year or what all the New Year Resolutions are about. I do love that old tree. It was here before the house was built. In the olden days, women would protest by chaining themselves to the trunk of the tree to keep the contractors from cutting them down. This one in my front yard was saved. One down the street recently died due to lack of care with the lack of water and the owner not caring enough to give it proper nutrition and water. ...

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Thoughts For 2015

With the approaching of a New Year my thoughts turn to things I haven’t accomplished and wondering what opportunities will be coming my way. I do make a vow to myself to not worry about things, but to seek the good in everything I do. It’s important to wake up every morning with a smile on your face and happiness in your heart. I do believe we receive answers to our prayers . . . the trick is to be alert enough to recognize it. We are blessed in so very many ways. During Thanksgiving many took the time...

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Hot Buttered Toffee Coffee Recipe

  This coffee recipe will kick-start your New Year’s Eve celebrating off on the right foot. Ingredients: 4 ounces coffee mocha ice cream 6 ounces hot coffee 2 tablespoons almond liqueur (optional) whipped topping 1 tablespoon toffee pieces or 1 tablespoon chopped chocolate-covered English toffee bar Directions: Mix the coffee, butterscotch topping and almond liqueur (optional) together. In a large coffee mug, spoon in ice cream Pour hot coffee mixture over the ice cream Garnish with whipped topping and sprinkle with toffee chips Happy New...

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Disney New Year’s Eve Headgear Printables

The images and free printables are compliments of http://family.disney.com  These hats will give a fun Disney magic to help ring in the New Year at your New Year’s Eve Party.   Minnie and Daisy Happy New Year Crown Print out the template on card stock or regular paper. Cut it out and follow the directions. This is wonderful for the little princesses at your New Year’s Eve Party. I won’t let the gents out of this celebration. Of course Mickey will be on hand with this great New Year’s Eve top hat. Wouldn’t all the young men look dapper in this wonderful Happy New Year Top Hat? Add some feathers and this hat is ready to wear. If this seems too fancy for your New Year’s Party, then how about: Kids absolutely love Mickey and this Happy New Year Party Hat is a definite winner. May you have a Healthy and Prosperous New...

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Countdown To Midnight Goodie Bags Free Printable

The concept behind these goodie bags is to keep your guests entertained until the final countdown bag at midnight. That’s where you’ll find the noise makers and whatever grand finale you want to put in the bag for your guests to bring in the New Year! The free printables clocks begin at 7, but you can begin your countdown at 9 or anytime, actually. It all depends upon how many goodies you’ve collected for your guests and when they may need a boost to remain awake until midnight. I combine family game night with my countdown to midnight. I have plenty of snacks, hot chocolate and coffee prepared. We also tell ghost stories and do some reminiscing about the good times we’ve shared on other New Year’s Eves and dream a bit about the goals and expectations for the New Year. One thing that is helpful is to have guests responsible for filling one countdown bag. It’s amazing what they find at craft stores, dollar stores, thrift shops and in bargain bins. Everyone contributes to the midnight bag as well. This adds to the excitement and the build up.  This is a fun activity and every year it is different and fun. Here’s the link to the Free Printable Clockfaces Have a Healthy and Prosperous New...

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