Forward - From the Heartland of Carolina

This is a continuing story of the journey Forward shared by 2 people, Lynne and Tom. Both love to LIVE life to it's fullest, which currently means spending lots of time outdoors, working on various projects from gardens to patios, flowers to vegetables, sunrises and sunsets, birds and woodland critters, and spending time with family. Don't forget to check the monthly archives, and please feel free to leave us a comment so we know you stopped by.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Decking the Halls...

... although we don't have much in the way of halls ;)

Well, to start things off, we still had some nice fall color from the Bradford pear in the back yard early in December...

Our hawk has returned to watch over the yard when the cats get too lazy

The yard is still giving us a little from the flower department as well! Here's a Camellia that's still in bloom, and the Geranium pot is still as lush and colorful as anytime during the season.

Right after Thanksgiving weekend, the fall decorations get packed away, and just as quickly, the Christmas boxes make their way down from the upstairs over the garage. This year, the oldest cat, Simba, and Mom's cat, Tinker, pulled security duty, watching over the many village houses before they found their final destinations.


Speaking of Mom, she was VERY busy during the Summer and Fall. During that time, she made over 400 beaded ornaments, as gifts for family and her friends from church. Here's Mom with a stash she took to her Sunday school class at church, and here she is with Ruth, who helped her pack things up to go out in the mail. Many of the ornaments she's made over the years were displayed on one of the trees Lynne decorated this year.

Here's an assortment of Mom's canvas crafts she had scattered about the house this Christmas season.

Then it was off to set up the villages. A different year, a different look :)

Of course, the villages didn't all get done at once. There was the matter of setting up the trees as well.

And, there were other little scenes to set up on available shelves and spaces

While Lynne was busy inside decorating, I once again had charge of all the outside lights.


After several weeks of decorating, trips up and down the stairs, climbing on the roof and all, I took a well deserved nap with Simba, while Shadow was wondering where his seat for Christmas dinner was.

That's it for now... Next time, Christmas Week revisited.

Peace to all, this chilly night, from the Heartland of Carolina.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absoltuely incredible!
I bet it took forever to get that all up and then back down, but it sure looks like it was well worth it!
Lynne, your mom does some beautful craft work! I can remember us talking about it years ago! I'm glad to have been able to see some of it!
Love you guys!

21/1/08 1:22 AM  
Blogger Allison said...

Awesome and Beautiful guys. You have outdone yourselves again. Now after looking at all of these pics I need a nap!! You have made me tired. LOL!!

21/1/08 11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe how beautiful everything is!!! I didn't see all your Christmas pics. You guys are awesome! :)

21/1/08 12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow-those are great pictures Tom-it's like your house is the neverending Christmas house! It's beautiful! Everyone must have worked really hard to get it put together! Can't wait to see more pictures!
Love you,

21/1/08 6:07 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Oh my! You DO decorate alot for Christmas! It all looked wonderful!
I'm still thinking you should be highlighted in Womans world, or Birds and Blooms with your gardens, or Backyard living or one of those magazines! Your home/yard looks incredible year round!

21/1/08 9:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How beautiful your home is with all the decorations. It sure takes a lot of work, but the result is incredible. Thank you for sharing, I am disabled and just can't decorate anymore, but sure love to look at all the wonderful pictures.

21/1/08 10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey - You almost slid in some more pictures without me noticing. Did you get a picture of all the trees? I'm not sure you didn't miss one, or 2, or 3... ;)
I'll be checking for more pics.
Love Ya Lots!!

22/1/08 8:10 PM  
Anonymous Hoosier Honey said...

It's hard to pick a favorite tree! You guys did an awesome job decorating! Christmas must be so festive at your house!

(PS: I love the craft room with the wall of organizers---looks just like my sewing room!)

23/1/08 11:26 PM  

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