Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Good News at Christmas Time

Yay! Surgeon doesn't want to replace DH's shoulder until all possibilities are exhausted. The first surgeon irrigated the area; some patients get relief with this. Also gave DH some alternatives to try first. He will eventually need the replacement done, but it could buy him a few years. So good news for us! Thanks so much for your prayers, comments, and well wishes. They were all truly appreciated.

In light of the season, I've seen some beautiful decorations, trees, nativities, etc. I thought I'd share a few of my own.

Truly my favorite room at Christmas. I love everything about the tree. Each year it grows to accommodate the increasing mass of ornaments. However, this is the last year for many of these. My children will all be married by next Christmas and I'm giving them most of their ornaments for their own trees. However, I retain the right to a few of them. :)

I crack up every time I see this. I love this plate, but do you notice the incongruity? Doesn't everyone have a machete hanging in their kitchen?? (Gift from DS from HS mission trip)

These candles on the top and the little sparkly church and house below on the right are very special to me. They're from my childhood and before, so I guess in some eyes they would be ancient LOL. My soon-to-be new SIL gave me the Dickens house last year; it has a lacemaker and he knew how much I loved needlework. Think we'll keep him...

And as always, nativities are my passion. I have many in various forms, but I love all of them.

This particular one a dear friend stitched for me years ago. Many hours of hard labor here. We have to be somewhat careful where we put it. Zoe (demon cat) knocked off the little lamb, and Indiana ate him. So we're trying to preserve the rest!

BTW, in case you noticed the threadbare condition (chewed on, I should say) of Montana's "couch", Indiana "made it his own" first. This is our dining room that was originally used as a den. Now it's an extra room that I'll turn back into a dining room when I don't have to worry about said "puppy" chewing it all. Hence the lovely sofa....LOL (See last post)
While not in the pictures here, I have gates in front of some these items to keep Montana away from temptation....

And I leave you with one final picture. "Santa" (my brother) surprised us with a gift under the tree on Christmas Day a couple of years ago. What house is complete without a Harley Santa? Is he ugly or what?!, but DH thinks he's hilarious...sigh.

Hope you all have a wondrous Christmas season!

46 comments:

Parsley said...

Love your decor, even the machete.

saras said...

Love your tree!

nima said...

oh...beautiful decor...and lovely tree...

Meari said...

All your decorations are beautiful, Carolyn. I love the room with the Christmas tree in it. Very pretty!

Emily said...

Glad to hear the surgery can be postponed, may the alternatives work. You have a lovely tree and house.

Charlene said...

Great news! Since he knows it's serious, he MAY take it a little easier so it will last longer?? Your home looks lovely! We all have a 'machete' of some sort, don't we?

Kathy said...

Beautiful Christmas decorations. Each room looks fabulous. As for Montana, well, I guess the couch is now "his". :) I hope he learns to leave the rest alone. :) And all I can say is "Good Luck!" I haven't put my tree up yet. But with Rory it should be interesting. LOL

That is wonderful news about DH not needing the surgery. I do hope the other ideas work for him.

Louisiana Momma said...

your decorations put mine to shame!! I am kinda diggin the Harley santa.. I would get one for my dad if I could find one.

Daffycat said...

What a beautiful home. Your holiday decorations are stunning! The puppy will grow up but face it, mutton is hard to resist and the cat gave it to him!

J Rae said...

Such beautiful decorations! Cracked up at the machete. No, I can't say that I have ever seen one hanging in the kitchen before. :-)

Mel said...

So glad to hear about your DH having some more options.

Wow, that is a beautiful room with the tree! Just beautiful!

Ricki said...

Your home is so wonderful!
And your decor is perfect and beautiful! Very rettty!!

Karen said...

Very pretty tree! Guess I better get busy and get mine up. Christmas is when????

Glad your hubby can avoid surgery for the time being.

Shari said...

everything is beautiful!!!! your tree room is gorgeous!!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear that your DH does not have to have the surgery now. Love your decorations and the tree.

Marl

Nancy M said...

Your tree is lovely! Love the windows in that room! It's great to have such special memories with our decorations. I wanted to get the Possible Dreams santa with the motorcycle and Mr. and Mrs. Santa on it. Or the blowup decoration with the Santa on the motorcycle. So far, I don't have either! Montana will get older eventually and hopefully the gates will be able to come down!

Vinniey said...

I love your christmas tree! so full of ornaments. Very pretty! :)

Terry said...

Your decorations look beautiful! I know what you mean about the gates. I have the Christmas tree behind a baby gate and most of the other decorations are either back behind it or way up high. lol The boys still manage to get an ornament or ball off the tree. lol

Michelle said...

Thats fab news hun :) and your home looks lovely and christmasy i love it :) xxx

Carol said...

So good to hear that your husband doesn't need surgery right away, Carolyn!

Your home looks so inviting and warm :)

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Kathy A. said...

Beautiful, beautiful home decorated for Christmas. Love the contrast with the plate and the machete. That Santa - hmmm!
Glad to hear that DH will not have to have surgery while alternatives are being explored.

Wendy said...

OMG!!! I love your Christmas decoration. It looks like a nice cozy place. Love the picture with Montana :)

Wendy said...

Oooh and I'm glad to read you have some great news for your dh!
You both are still in my thoughts and prayers.
Wishing you all the best.

Donna said...

How pretty it all is, even Harley! I love the stitched Nativity! So very pretty.

Cyndi Harris ~ said...

You have such a beautiful home! And great news on DH! I'm so happy for you!

Shelleen said...

you have a lovely house

Rene la Frog said...

BEAUTIFUL....Everything looks so festive, too pretty for words.

That is great news about your DH. I hope the doctors can do something to help with the pain and postpne the surgery for a few long time.

Sophos said...

quel beau sapin !!!
Superbe ;-)
Good day !

sophos

Von said...

Wish my pets would have at it with my sofa downstairs so I could really justify something new, lol! Perhaps Montana and Indiana would like to visit?

Glad surgery can be postponed!
Thanks for giving us the Christmas tour of your home; it's so pretty and cheerful!

Gabi said...

I LOVE that window of yours. So pretty. Beautiful room and tree. So glad to hear the good news about your husband. The manchete made me laugh. Mike got himself one too and has his next to his bed...until he finds a better place...which might happen somewhere in the years to come.
Montana is cute as always. Had to laugh about his couch

Dani - tkdchick said...

Oooh your house looks so lovel and festive!

CindyMae said...

I just simply love all your Christmas decor!!! I love that plate but most of all, I LOVE all of your Nativities!! Thank you for sharing all the wonderful pics!!

Chars said...

Wonderful to view your house and decorations :)

I wish you and your family a very special festive season. A lovely Christmas and all the best for 2010 may all of your dreams come true.

Thankyou for your continued friendship and support and I look forward to getting to know you better next year.

Hugs Chars xxx

Hazel said...

Absolutely beautiful tree. It must hold many memories for you. What a fab blog. Glad I found you. x

Sharon said...

Carolyn, your decorations are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. Glad to hear your DH doesn't have to have surgery!

Shelley said...

Awesome news about DH! Hope that he is able to go longer without the surgery. All of your decorations look fantastic. I wish we had as much space for Christmas stuff as you seem to have.

gazette94 said...

What a lovely Christmas decorations ! I love your tree !
Everything is ready for a marvellous Christmas ! and that is exactly what I wish for you !

Michele said...

I just love seeing everyone's Christmas decorations. Your's are beautiful :)

Always smiling said...

Hi Carolyn

Good news about your DH and your tree and decorations look wonderful
Have a very Happy Christmas and enjoy your time with your family
Love and Blessings
Chris x

Stephanie M. said...

Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Marcy said...

That's good news about your dh.

Your decorations are lovely! Merry Christmas.

Barbara said...

Your decorations & home are lovely, Carolyn. My brother is also a Harley guy & would LOVE that Santa. lol Good to hear the news for your DH. And what would we do without our wonderful fur babies to make our lives more interesting! ;D
Barb in TX

Brigitte said...

Your decoration is very lovely. I hope you and your family were having a great Christmas and are enjoying a relaxing weekend now.

CameoRoze said...

Always fun to see how my friends decorate.

Carol R said...

I love the room with the Christmas tree! Such beautiful windows. The row of stockings look fun!