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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of three. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and will have been married for 57 years this February.

Saturday, December 10, 2011


Wow,  have you looked outside at that big full moon? I kind of felt like howling tonight and I was wondering  why... lol.

I lost a calf yesterday as the cow wouldn't come in the barn to the calving pen and my husband tried three times and she kept getting away from him so he let her be. She had her calf by the gate inside the shelter  in the afternoon but instead of having her calf on the dry hay, she chose to drop it in the water by the gate. The poor calf probably drowned when it tried to breath. It was raining hard the day before and water had puddled by the gate.
On a happy note, all my calves are drinking from the pail and it saves me lots of time at feeding time.

After two weeks of my dishwasher sitting in the entrance, my hubby finally got time to install it this past Sunday. You guessed it, I bought it on sale and now I'm having a bit more time to spend on Blogger... lol... The old one was broken for at least 20 some years and I never really missed it until I got really tired of washing dishes one day and I saw this on sale at the Co-op.

I've been putting up Christmas decorations here and there in the house. I got this nativity in 2000  from my daughter Christine and I love it. I want to make some kind of stable for it of papier mache some day. I put those two small trees but I'll probably will move them somewhere's else. I'm not really fond of them there.

  I kind of like snowmen and bought a few more this year at Value Village. I just buy when the price is right for me and so far I've been lucky. The stuffed one are on the mantle and in the tree. The paint on the wall is sage green and looks gray on this photo.

 My Christmas tree has ornaments from all over the world that my traveling girls brought back from their travels and some old ornaments from my kids when they were younger. I cherish all those ornaments as they all have some special meaning to me. It's nice to look at them and remember the days gone by

A friend of mine gave me that victorian handmade angel when I was going through chemo and I cherish it. I've been collecting some small nativity scene of the Holy Family and I've grouped them here.

I've found another house to add to my set of homemade ceramic village,  (the one on the right), it's porcelain.  Unfortunately it will never be complete as I lost all my village molds in the flood, I still have a school to paint but never got around to painting it. This year I added a little hill and a tree in the background and a small  birch that is partially seen on the left edge and a small gate with two cardinals in the center of the picture.

A large stuffed snowman bought at our Co-op last year and a gingerbread man bought this year from the Co-op   and a Value Village basket and pine cones. The bow came from a gifted poinsettia last year.

I couldn't resist the woodsman snowman to add to my Value Village finds.

I couldn't believe that I got this heavy three dimensional country crock snowman  for only $4.99. I better remove the price sticker.

I went to a Christmas party last evening for my husband's fraternity organization and won this poinsettia as a door prize. I win one every year it seems.

This little bear is hanging on my back door closet.

I found this Lost Mittens sign for $.99. It's prim and I love it. I embrace all kind of style of decorations.

I couldn't resist this cute glittery snowman stocking. I have another one hanging on my front door but will show it later. I already have too many pictures. I haven't shown all my decorations and I'll call it  enough for now. I admire the creativity that goes in to these decorations.

I still have some shopping to do and more baking. I especially have some serious thinking to do to get ready. I have a few homemade presents to finish. This week I've been getting my senior drug prescription and health plans in order.

I'm slowly taking out my Christmas mugs as I need them. I'm slowly getting in the Christmas spirit but not very exited yet. Could be that I'm just too tired from working every day.

Today I had my two grandsons helping on the farm and I had 5 males with big appetites for lunch and made a huge pot of spaghetti and a pan of date squares. I never took a picture of the men at the table as it never occurred to me.

I hope that you are getting the Christmas Spirit with joy in your heart at remembering that the best gift of all at Christmas is the gift of LOVE, PEACE and  JOY that Jesus gave us. It surpasses anything that you can possibly get this Christmas.  Hugs,  JB


  1. I honestly don't know how you do it.
    All that work with the animals and feeding your helping hands and your house is spotless. It looks so pretty decorated for Christmas. Sorry about the little calf. Wonder why the mom was so stubborn. Happy Holidays.
    I am about as done as it gets for me.
    Now I can clean my house and pack for our trip out West to see some of your kids. (((((HUGS))))

  2. Oh, I am so sorry for the loss of the little calf. Your Christmas decorations are so pretty and your tree is beautiful! Congrats! on the new dishwasher. Sometimes I wish I had one but really have no room for one since my kitchen is so small. Enjoy! Hugs

  3. What a lovely warm inviting environment you created, Julia ;)

    Love the pictures and so sorry about the little calf..

  4. Julia ~
    You are as busy as always!
    I, too, cherish the ornaments my boys made when young and those from family and friends!
    I still need to get one more hooked mat done. Argh! I'd better find some time to hook tomorrow before it's time to head back to work on Monday.
    Pug hugs :)

  5. I've enjoyed hearing about your calves so am sad to hear about this one. :-(
    Your house, however is wonderfully festive! You are right, I too, cherish especially all the decorations I've received as special gifts over the years. Your Nativity scene is especially beautiful, Julia!
    I love the Christmas season, all the celebrations and decorations...enjoy your time with the granchildren!!! (I sure do!!)

  6. Your decorations are lovely! The tree is beautiful. I love all of your little areas. The Nativity is beautiful.

    For the record....sage green is absolutely my favorite color. I have a wall in my kitchen/dining area that I've painted that color.

    So sorry about the calf! Sometimes I gotta wonder what some of those darn cows think. We had a dairy for a few years and I swear (I did that too) some of those girls were dumber than dirt. You would think they would have an instinct to deliver out of the weather.

  7. So sorry for the lost baby. But on a happier note, you house looks wonderful and so festive!
    Karen & the Hounds

  8. So many wonderful decorations! I love the nativity and that glorious angel! Plus, the little village...I've always liked those...I think I wanted to live in one! Sorry to hear about your calf. Everything looks beautiful and Christmas yummy...especially those date squares!

  9. Sorry to hear about the calf. But here is wishing you all the Christmas spirit you need for you to enjoy the season. And a little reminder to sit down and take a break when you need it. The dishwasher should help out some there. LOL.

  10. Your house is sweet and warm with the spirit of the season bouncing around. I am so glad you got a dish washer. It must be a relief to have it. I know that there are only David and I and love my dish washer. What a waste of time standing at the sink. Your farm is busy as always.
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  11. Sorry about the calf, I guess some cows just aren't good moms.
    Your house looks amazing. You are way ahead of me.
    My Christmas joy begins when my kids and grandkids arrive on the 22nd.

  12. Thanks for the tour of your decorations. That was fun! So sorry for the loss of your calf. You are very strong.
    Wishing you a Fabulous relaxing Christmas! congrat's on your new dish washer. More time to relax...

  13. Sorry to hear about the poor calf. :( Was it a heifer or a bull calf?

    The house looks wonderful and festive!!! I can hardly wait to go home in 2 weeks. I have one more ornament that you to find a home for. ;) I think it will go with that sage green nicely.

  14. Hi Julia, I love your house it looks so homey and inviting you are a blessed woman. I am sorry about the calf bad Mom cow! I finished Baby Jack's stocking and now I am painting more Garden train buildings,Hugs Cheri

  15. Christine, the calf we lost was a heifer.

  16. So sorry honey about the calf dying. I guess the Mom was confused and did not know what to do.
    Your home is lovely and like Cheri says very inviting.
    You have really been busy with your decorating. I did manage to get my big tree up this year but have not taken pictures of it yet.
    Just wanted to come by and say hello and to check on you my friend.
    Love ya

  17. poor baby calf:(
    ...I thought mama cows were a bit
    more maternal than that
    love your Christmas tree!
    Mine is filled with a hodgepodge
    of ornaments from all over,
    each meaning something to me, too.
    I love it that way.
    So fun to see your halls all decked!
    Hope this December is the most
    beautiful you've ever known,

  18. Your house is looking so festive. Its only a matter of time for all that festivity to creep into you. There seems to be a lot of "delayed spirit" this year.
    Sorry about the calf but at least the triplets are drinking out of pails and freeing up a little time for you.

  19. So very sorry about the calf, sometimes it seems that the old girls go a little stupid when they are calving, the same has happened here on occasion. Breaks your heart. Oh but your house is beautiful and very festive,love your nativities. Hope you enjoy your dishwasher, what a great time to get one.Thank you for the tour of your Christmas home!

  20. 'Nothin' like feedin' a bunch of empty pits, huh?? Those date bars look magnificent!

    So sorry about the calf. We that farm know ya just have to go with the punches sometimes when thing happen outta our control.

    I'm so happy ya have your babies bucket broke. It does really save time.

    Woohoo on the dishwasher, it looks marvelous sweetie as does your very cheerful Christmas decorations.

    God bless ya and have an outstandin' week sweetie!!! :o)

  21. wow cooking, decorating, and all the animals. Really I don't know how you find the time to do it all! and 5 big appetites! wow you must have some great recipes up your sleeve. Love you decor! so festive

  22. Your decorations are so cheery! I love that your ornaments come from all over. That's really special! I quite like my village of houses too!

  23. Julia ... Your decorations are very festive... Too funny. I have the same snowman krock, but it is in blue.... Have it for a couple years now. I really do not know where I have got it... I envy the people that are in the Christmas mood.... I just cannot seem to get into it this year....
    Take care