Monday, November 16, 2009


The first thing we did this morning was head out to Home Depot to buy our roping for the fences and the screen room and some boughs to put around throughout our decorating.

We buy them there every year because the price is wonderful…30 ft. of fir for $9.99 and it’s put together beautifully.
So we ended up buying 9 of those beauties and also 2 of the Spruce/Fir roping for inside decorating and around the interior of the screen room where our check out is going to be.
Oh, and 4 bunches of Spruce and Fir boughs for here and there.

So Doug spent the entire day putting the roping and lights on 5 corner sections of picket fences…I just heard him come in the door…and it’s cold and windy out there today – glad it was him!

He asked me to come outside a minute ago to ‘approve’…lol and so I took my camera – NO GOOD PICTURES. Total blurr but I did get a fascinating one – not sure what was happening but I love the effect. I probably couldn’t do this again in my life. WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THIS?What is this

I got to spend it indoors sewing and packing up orders and listening to wonderful Christmas music!
I love having the SOUNDS OF THE SEASON music channel on and the pictures change every 30 seconds or so and this year they are exceptionally pretty….here’s a few samples.
TV 1
TV 2 TV 3 TV 4
TV 5

So every now and then when I would come up for air I would see a cute picture on the screen and also I forgot to mention – I grunged some price tags as well and added a bit of cinnamon so it smells like I’ve been baking all day long.

Right now I have scalloped potatoes in baking to have with our burger patties along with some peas. Not a very well put together dinner but it fills the void!

Oh the cutest thing I forgot to show you…my snowman I bought at SPINNING WHEEL on Monday. I did some wholesale shopping and had to get him.
Snowman 1
He’s something like 30 inches tall and really heavily weighted in the bottom.
Spinning Wheel has gone back to making their own products again and I’m so loving everything. If you need American Made Wholesale check out their site.

Guess that’s about it for me today – thought I’d check in and let you all know I’m still here.

Darren had the dye put in his spine this morning and things are a tad closed off on the left side – he’ll know more after his dr. apt. on the 20th. I want to thank all of you for your prayers and e-mails and comments. He’s his normal cheerful self that’s getting very antsy to get on with his normal routine. The one thing that bothers him the most is not being able to pick up Aidan. Oh, and sneezing hurts like the dickens. So I guess I won’t be seeing him none too soon…I have been nursing a chest cold that has now traveled to my head.

Have a great evening everyone!



  1. Hi Karen,

    I hope Darren learns that something can be done to open up the blockage so he can mend further. So nice to see you come up for air- I know how busy you are at this time of the year!!

  2. Your photo is awesome. I wonder what The Science is behind all those lines?
    You had a very packed day and for a Monday, a great one to boot! That's always nice.
    I hope you and yours are well and happy, in what is a very cold night here in the top of the mitt in Michigan.
    Thanks so much for sharing your day with us all.

  3. Hello Karen, Love that great snowman!!!!! I could surely find a place for that guy at my house!!!! He is really cute!

    Good luck to Darren. I'm sure his old routine would be welcome right about now.

    Take care, Karen and good luck with your open house.

  4. Hi Karen!....oh how I love Christmas music!

    I hope your son is able to get back to normal very soon!


  5. Hi Karen,
    Sounds like you are going at a dead run, getting ready for your open house. Sure would love to attend! Be sure and take lots of pics so we can see. I know your house will look beautiful, as always. Hope Darren can get something done to improve the block.

  6. Karen, it is indeed a very interesting picture, but pretty! I love your snow man he is so cute.

    I hope Darren gets the answers that I am sure you are all looking for. I can relate to what he is going through my DH had the same operation and ended up in a halo for 7 weeks.

    Pat in Texas

  7. Sounds like you guys are having fun!
    What is that channel you had on? Is it on Direct TV?


  8. Karen, your post has given me all kinds of things to search for. Gotta check out Home Depot for the roping and the music on the TV. Hope I can find that in my neck of the woods.

    I hope you and your family are on the mend soon. Things will get better.

    Love the snowman too. Have a great rest of the week. Sherie

  9. Scalloped potatoes and burgers sounds good to me.
    I've never heard of that music channel. I wonder if Time Warner has it? I love christmas music!
    Sounds like you had a wonderful day.

  10. Hi Karen,
    I so hope Darren finds something out, and this can be remedied soon for him.
    Your post makes me wanna go turn on the Holiday music--think I will! ;)
    Have a happy week...♥

  11. Hi Karen...........soon you will be able to sit back and say to yourself
    "Wow, all of that work was worth it,
    what a great show!"
    Would love to be there for it.
    Have a good day,

  12. I don't know where you and Doug find all this energy you have. Just thinking of all you have been doing makes me tired. Can't wait to see pictures of your open house.

    Still praying for Darren. This has to be so hard for him.

    Enjoy your week,

  13. Hi Karen, Oh my, I can't wait to see pictures of everything! I so wish I was able to come to your open house. Are you doing the whole thing or do you have other artists too?
    I hope Darren will be picking up little Aiden very soon!
    Have a wonderful week and DON'T WORK TOO HARD! Dawn

  14. Still praying for Darren. As a mom, I know it is a constant worry to you as it would be for me. But I just know in my heart he is going to be alright.

    Sounds like you have everything in motion for your big open house. I know it will go well. I wish I were close enough to come.

    Have a great week!

  15. That sounds like a great day...right down to what sounds like my kinda meal....scalloped potatoes, burgers and peas! Yum. Glad to hear Spinning Wheel is producing over here. I stopped using them.
    Your open house is going to be so beautiful.
    Sending all good thoughts and prayers out to your son. I hope they get their act together and fix that poor boy!, Dale Elizabeth

  16. Sounds like a wonderful day to me. Glad to hear from you.

  17. Oh I hope you feel better from your cold. It does not seem like a good year. And I hope for your Darren that life can get back to normal for him.

    I can't wait to see pics of your open house. Sure wish I lived closer so I could attend :) But then again, it could be dangerous...LOL

    I have ordered items before from Spinning Wheel and what I have received so far, I LOVE! They have really nice things.

    Hope you have a great rest of the week...


  18. WOW Karen..what a great photo..wonder what was happening there!!!

    That channel sounds so wonderful..I wish we had that here!!!

    Keeping Daren in my thoughts.

    Hugs to you,


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