A Quick Catch-up for December 2015

I have absolutely no excuse. Let's say the chaos of the holidays has just gotten in the way. Let me quickly share some of the happenings around here in picture & caption form, then I'll be caught up and can get back to the business of blogging. Sound good? Let's go. . .
Fall finally came to the Gulf Coast, if only briefly.
Though we've discovered lots of stuff on the property, these kumquats were still a happy surprise.
For the first time in about ten years, we got a Christmas tree!

Both of the cats found that they liked the tree too. That was fortunate!

I traveled with my nieces to Auburn, AL for South's BEST regional robotics competition. And, their little Catholic school fared fairly well in the competition. YAY St. Vincent de Paul!
After I got back from Auburn, Pat had to head up to New York for work. He left me in charge of cleaning the pool each morning. As I went out there one of the mornings, I realized this guy was caught in the trap that had been left out for the armadillo that's been tearing up the yard. After some phone calls and texts to Pat and a couple of anxious hours, the little possum made his way out of the trap.
I've gotten very little creative work done lately except for a couple of art swaps and a few resin pendants. I was stricken by the colors on this piece of deli paper I was using as a palette.
Though this fall and winter have been way warmer than usual, we have had a few cooler days here and there. We were invited to a friends to enjoy a pot luck and bonfire. Fortunately, it was one of those rare cold evenings.
The nieces came over for a few days this week and we made some easy Christmas treats. They were so, so easy!
It's been rainy and overcast here for DAYS upon days. Taking a walk around the property, I discovered more varieties of mushrooms than I even knew existed. It was amazing.

There's been all that and more going on the past several weeks. I do apologize for my absence and hope to be getting back on the ball. The end of the year is near, and each new day is a new start.

I had a wonderful Christmas yesterday and am looking forward to second Christmas with my in-laws tomorrow. How have the holidays been treating you?


  1. Hi Hope,
    Wow that sounded like a full and interesting month of activities. I am glad you had a nice Christmas and I wish you all the best for 2016. I had to work Christmas Day, law enforcement never shuts down, but after work I went to my Mom's and had a wonderful time with my family.

  2. And don't forget you painted that piece of furniture. I keep looking at the photo you put up on Tumblr trying to get the courage to paint my own furniture. What you did inspired me to get going started.

    1. Oh yeah, the tv stand. I should totally post about that! I adore the color blue we went with. Everything else in our living room is a neutral color, so this really pops. I only hesitated a second with painting it. But, the piece was an old unit that was left here that we took apart, leaving only what we wanted/needed. So, if it didn't work out, it wasn't a huge loss. Look at is this way, if you don't like it, you can paint it something else - or strip the paint off and start again! Can't wait to see what you do :)

  3. Merry Holidays Hope! Love your abstract on the deli wrap!

    1. Thanks Jenna! I hope your holidays were really merry too!

  4. It sounds like an eventful year! Happy holidays!


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