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Friday, December 25, 2015

On a Lovely Christmas Morning...

Merry Christmas, everyone!

I’m up at the dining room table typing a quick post while the men folk are down stairs reviewing yesterday’s adventures in ATV riding, all recorded on go pro camera. 

The warmer weather up here has given them time to enjoy being out on the mountain, thus giving me time to squeeze in a little stitching of my own.  A gift of time to myself that I didn’t think I’d have.  I was okay with that, and then when time opened up for me to sit down and treadle a bit while they were out and about, I grabbed it.

It’s been an easy Christmas here.  A late start to the morning with everyone waking up at a normal hour –so much better than when the boys were little and up at 4am because they were so excited about Christmas they couldn’t stand it.  Yes, I miss those times, I cherish those times, but sleep is a luxury and a gift as well!

Breakfast will start as soon as I get this sent off, and following breakfast I’ll start preparations for our Christmas dinner.  This year is also simple.  I’ve got a spiral honey ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, rolls, salad and pumpkin pie.  With there just being the four of us for Christmas this year, this will leave enough leftovers as it is!


I also did some of this!

This might look like a disaster to you, but I have been wanting to do this for SO LONG!  I have boxes of random scraps that have not been tamed down yet.  I haven't had time.  The boxes contain odd hunks and chunks and pieces and parts that will work so much better if I can just cut them down into strips.

But first things first.  Dump the pile on the floor and start sorting into color families.  That is the first step for me.  Anything narrower than 2'' went into the big blue tub as the Quilt Villa String Bin.  When Mona gets back from Ohio, we are going to have oodles to play with!


Family Holiday Movie Night!

Home Alone!

I have to tell you, I've been watching this movie every Christmas for 25 years --and I NEVER paid attention to the scene with the treadle machine in the parent's bedroom!  Did you notice it?  I took this picture so I could biggie size it....that treadle head is just sitting on top of the cabinet at an odd angle, no belt attached.  LOL.

And then there was the basement scene:


Anyone recognize this machine?

In previous years I never stopped to think about where all the manikins came from in the one scene that made the house look like a party was going on.  I guess the mom was a seamstress.  

Hey, I'm quick -- it only took 25 years to put this together!


Two tired pups!

This is how things are here...Son on the floor, so Sadie takes the couch! LOL!

Oh!  I almost forgot!  Have you watched the Great Christmas Light Fight show?  This year the winner was my brother's neighborhood in Gilbert, AZ!  


How they got all of the houses to have their lights in sync is beyond me.  This clip doesn't show the interviews, but I have a funny story:


My brother Mark, my sis in law Sharolyn, nephew Spencer and niece Ashley!

Son Jason and his girlfriend were watching the full version on TV (Her idea, not his -- he was rolling his eyes, I'm sure!) and up comes a clip with my brother, and Jason took notice and said "Hey!  That's my uncle Mark!"  Jenny was of course saying "No, way!"  But it was.  Just a bit of a family chuckle there! I hope you enjoyed the clip.


I looked out the window this morning to find glowing pink clouds after a rainy stormy night. What a beautiful sight to behold on Christmas morning with my family.

Merry Christmas indeed, everyone!


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30 comments:

Mary said...

Wow; your brother Mark lives in a cool neighborhood!! I enjoyed the video. Merry Christmas Bonnie. :)

quiltingfrenzy said...

Really enjoyed the light video and loved the music also.

Stitch by Stitch said...

Thanks you for such a lovely share...Merry Christmas to you and your family, Bonnie

mcmelly said...

Wow, great video! How great that your brother lives in a neighborhood that knows how to work together! Loved Trans Siberian Orchestra's " Wizards in Winter" music at the beginning! Going to see them Sunday in Pittsburgh! Can't wait, it's a yearly tradition! Melody

Wanda Harrison said...

That was "amazing"! Thank you for sharing!

Debbie Lou said...

Merry Christmas, Bonnie! Fun video! Have a wonderful holiday with your family.

Kate said...

Merry Christmas Bonnie!

Josie McRazie said...

I love that the whole street came together as a one! That is truly the holiday season! Bringing people together!! <3

Jittina said...

And a very Merry Christmas to you and your family, Bonnie.
PS Loved the video.

Vic in NH said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Bonnie! Thank you for the previous mystery, "Carolina Christmas," which is on my bed nicely made! Thanks for all you do!

Elaine said...

Merry Christmas! It is just my husband and myself this year. He will play with trains and I get to get caught up on Allietare. Perfect!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Bonnie so glad to hear that you are having a great one with family. Thanks again for all you do. Jean in the Up of MI with no snow and so happy about that.

Anonymous said...

A computer engineering degree and a lot of patience.
Elaine
from warm and drizzly Ontario, Canada

Debra in Ohio said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family. Thank you for taking part of your precious time to post this blog. Merry Christmas!

Bev @ kwiltpharm said...

The Comstock Christmas program was really neat-warm weather Christmas in Hawaii and Arizona were very interesting. Me, I want to go to see the one in Hawaii-so love those islands!

Deb Peterson said...

Merry Christmas Bonnie to you and your family.

Deb Peterson

Wolfquilter said...

Merry Christmas Bonnie to you, your family, and the lounging Sadie!!! The light show was wonderful. Thank you for your blog and all you do. I look forward to it every day.

AJ (The Quilting Pot Podcast) said...

Merry Christmas!!!!!Thanks for sharing the Christmas light show. I loved it. I love Trans Siberian, they are my fav.. Congrats to your brother, his family and the neighborhood.

Sheppard said...

Merry Christmas and thank you for all the joy you bring us. You ARE Santa!!

Karen said...

Bonnie, thanks for the fabulous light show. I see the family resemblance in your brother. You both have great smiles. Merry Christmas.

Suzi Sunshine said...

I just love the picture of Sadie and your son.... at least now we know who is the top dog at Quiltville! I have to watch the video of your brother Mark later... dinner is calling... glad to see that he is feeling soooooo much better... Merry Christmas to you Bonnie, your family and all of your Quiltville followers!

Elaine said...

Love the sewing machine references in Home Alone. They're obviously not ready to sew on either, as you noted on the one in the bedroom, and as the one in the basement is snuggled up next to a post! Good catch on those machine sightings!

Noticed you have three comments from Elaines. Bet we're all baby boomers. I'm a 1951 vintage in Illinois.

Elaine said...

Love the sewing machine references in Home Alone. They're obviously not ready to sew on either, as you noted on the one in the bedroom, and as the one in the basement is snuggled up next to a post! Good catch on those machine sightings!

Noticed you have three comments from Elaines. Bet we're all baby boomers. I'm a 1951 vintage in Illinois.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful Light Show for the community to enjoy. I love neighborhoods who can work together. Thanks for sharing.

SoCal Jackie

Linda Craven said...

We watched the show on the Light Fight Christmas Eve waiting for my Grandkids to fall asleep so Santa could do his magic. It was indeed a good show and Comstock did deserve to win! Small world that your brother was one of the winners.

Patricia McGrath said...

Thanks for the video. I always find it amazing the time and creativity that people put in at Christmas when it comes to decorating with lights. Merry Christmas Bonnie

Sobuzy said...

Funny you picked up on both machines. 25 years of Home Alone!! And Wow! Loved the light show! Watched it while stitching a clue! Had never seen anything like it before but it was awesome --- how 1 neighbor would bring everyone together creating an entire and very special street to live on as they became 1 big family was more than impressive! I'm thinking your brother had the hot air balloon for the judge? Like I said, it was mesmerizing and that's probably why my clue did not get finished! And to think it was your brother's fault! LOL Glad you and the family had a Merry Christmas!

karenf said...

Going to have to watch Home Alone again. We watched Die Hard and Die Hard 2 Christmas Eve while last minute wrapping in the quiet before the next day's wonderful family chaos. That started after noon on Christmas. I do love that sleeping in and having all the kids and grandkids home. (but sleeping at someone else's house)

Love the light show clip. I'd have been like Jason giving the show the eye roll but entertaining to see the winning neighborhood entry. How fun to see your brother and his family holding the neighborhood trophy. I too admire the technical organization and cooperation, but grateful for this year's white Christmas in Idaho and sunny blue skies today, I smugly think: what else can people in Arizona do to create a Holiday atmosphere? light extrvaganza beats Mall Wars.

nankc said...

We had a beautiful Christmas with family as well! Beautiful pic of a beautiful morning! Happy birthday, Jesus!

Dar said...

Just getting around to reading some late blog posts. That was amazing in your bother's neighborhood. I think they deserve the award. Thanks for sharing.