Thursday, December 29, 2022

Light the night sky

 I know it's hard to see the sky in these pictures, but I thought it was really fun to see the buildings lit up at night.

This is the office building where my daughter works.

                                          Skywatch Friday 

Monday, December 26, 2022

Milk and Cookies

What better way to enjoy the rest of Christmas week than with Christmas cookies and milk.


Sunday, December 25, 2022

A Christmas Prayer


Loving Father, help us remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the Song of the Angels, the Gladness of the Shepherds, and the Worship of the Wise Men.

Close the door of hate and open the door of Love all over the world.  Let Kindness come with every gift and Good Desires with every greeting.

Deliver us from evil by the Blessing which Christ brings, and Teach us to be merry with Clear Hearts.  

May the Christmas morning make us happy to be Thy Children and the Christmas evening bring us to our beds with Grateful Thoughts, Forgiving and Forgiven.

For Jesus' Sake........ Amen.
(Robert Louis Stevenson)

Saturday, December 24, 2022

Baby it's cold outside

Our Florida weather turned freezing this morning. At 29 degrees even the fountain froze.

I think the birds could have skated on the ice that formed.

Hope you are staying warm where ever you are.

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Dressed for Christmas

And around the rest of the house.

Wishing you the merriest of Christmases.

Monday, December 19, 2022

The Legend of the Candy Cane


The red and white striped candy cane has become one of the most popular symbols of Christmas. Legend has it that in 1670 a German choirmaster, wishing to remedy the noise caused by children during church, asked a local candy maker to make sugar sticks for them. He asked to add a crock to the top of each stick, which would remind the children of the shepherds who visited the infant Jesus. The candy was originally white in color. The candy cane became associated with Christmas time.

The white canes made their appearance in the U.S. in 1847. Designed by a candy maker in Indiana, he thought about several aspects of Christmas and used these ideas in the candy canes design. The pure white represents both the virgin birth of Jesus and His sinless life on earth. The smaller red stripes symbolize the "stripes" Jesus received when He was whipped shortly before He died.  The larger red stripes stand for his blood that was shed as he died on the cross. The curled top makes it appear as a shepherd's staff. Upside down, the cane forms the letter "J" the first letter of the name of Jesus. Most of these symbols are not commonly known today. 

ref - American Holidays - Bill Perry'



Monday, December 12, 2022

Let's celebrate Christmas on the porch

Living in Florida affords the luxury of wonderful weather. Enjoying the warm and sunny days, I opened the doors to the porch and set a Christmas table.

 The tool box arrangement was inspired by a post from the amazing Rosemary and Thyme when she shared a Christmas Home Tour.

I hope this Christmas season is a joyous one for each and every one of you. 
                                                     All About Home
                                                      Grace at Home

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Florida in winter


                                                            Skywatch Friday 

Monday, December 5, 2022

Famous for a Living


Famous for a Living is the story of New York influencer Cat Cranwell. Who finds herself being accused of financial mischief along with her business partner.  Needing to get away and out of the spot light, she accepts her uncles offer to work at the Kannery National Park, Montana. She meets her match when she meets mountain man Park Ranger Zaiah Smith.

Melissa Ferguson writes contemporary stories that are humorous and challenging. I fell in love with the secondary characters. Mina, Jax and Kevin added so much charm and humor to the story. The topic of social media addiction brings home a good point. I did enjoy Ferguson's other books a bit more, but this is good clean reading, in a beautiful setting with a bit of rom-com. 

 I received a complimentary ebook copy from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Night sky in Seoul


                                                        Skywatch Friday 

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Where the Blue Sky Begins


Where the Blue Sky Begins is the first book I've read by author Katie Powner. The story is full of emotion and depth. 

An unlikely friendship develops between Eunice Parker and Eric Larson. Eric is sent to small town Montana to handle family business. Eunice needs to settle her affairs. She has little time left and runs into Eric, literally, and their meeting changes everything.

A contemporary fiction writer, Powner has written a thoughtful story that centers around friendship and forgiveness. Her writing tugs at the heartstrings. An inspirational clean read. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

Monday, November 28, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving holiday

 Did you have a happy Thanksgiving? It is sometimes hard when loved ones are missing from the gathering. But gather we did.

And of course there is always the food
And Black Friday found me at the outlet mall, where Christmas was already making it's appearnce.