A Heartbeat In Every Line

A Heartbeat In Every Line

Scandinavian Star

My father was a geologist.

And with every trip and every car ride and every journey to a new state or mountain range or coastline, it was inevitable that he would excitedly exclaim and point and swerve the car to the edge of the road to show us an outcropping.

Or layer of shale.

Or a metamorphic or an igneous or a sedimentary rock.

And with great protests and eye rolls and shared glances, we would all stop what we were doing and begrudgingly listen to the rock lecture.

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A Christmas Wish

A Christmas Wish

blue and white Christmas decorating

Merry Christmas Eve.

Can I add an extra merry?

I know it’s a busy day full of family and friends and running and going and general merry-making.

But I wanted to press the pause button for a second.

Just a second.

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The Song That Never Made It On Star Search

The Song That Never Made It On Star Search

Christmas in the dining room

Last night was our Christmas choir performance.

I cried.

I couldn’t help it.

Mostly because hearing sheep and lambs and shepherds sing while simultaneously tugging at their headpieces and trying to look brave under the spotlights gets me every time.

And mostly because of two golden haired angels in long white robes and gold tinsel halos standing in the back of the room smiling at me and singing glory to God in the highest and peace to all men on earth.

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Four Simple Christmas Card Recycling Projects

Four Simple Christmas Card Recycling Projects

Christmas Cards

Every year at this time I love to walk down the road to the mailbox.

Inside the box are well-wishes and stories and pictures and catching up all found in Christmas cards.

I read every one.

And laugh.

And sigh.

And smile.

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DIY Pom-Pom Stockings

DIY Pom-Pom Stockings

diy pom pom stocking project

Have you ever had a light bulb moment in the middle of the dollar store?

You’re harried and rushed and your cart is full of things you couldn’t resist for a dollar like an entire row of glittered reindeer and mugs that say merry and tiny jingle bells that may become something one day.

And then you see those red stockings.

And roll your eyes.

Enough with the red stockings you think.

You’ve seen those stockings since episodes of Saved By the Bell appeared on television.

And then it happens.

Brilliant idea number 1028…..

….DIY pom-pom stockings.
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I Better Get Baking

I Better Get Baking


Christmas bright

The other day my disgruntled daughter asked me why I wasn’t like the other moms.

You know.

The ones who greet their children at the door with food after school.

She explained in great detail with arms waving and a look of exasperation in her eyes that other moms baked cookies and brownies and put peanut butter on celery with raisins and cut hearts out of sandwiches.

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The Farmhouse That Twinkled

The Farmhouse That Twinkled

Christmas at night Living Room

I’m not really an over-thinker.

Or a look-before-you-leaper.

I’m more of a blurter.

And an open-mouth-insert-footer.

And a what-was-I-thinking-and-why-did-I-say-thater.

If my life were embroidered on a pillow it would say….

…..”It is better to beg forgiveness than ask permission.

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Christmas decorating ideas 2014

I just finished my 577th Christmas movie.

It was a good one.

It was all about these two people who opened a bookstore to save the world and in the process they kind of saved themselves and a young couple who both had big dreams and following their heart instead of what their parents wanted for them and they were trying to figure out what direction they should take and the book store people were helping them and it was heading for a happy ending.


Until it said at the end of the movie……to be continued.


I can’t even.

And now I think I need another movie to recover. 🙂

rooms for rent

Look at this table setting.

Look at these chargers.

I am so happy that tree fell in our yard earlier this year.

See the rest of the decor and table setting here.


Every time I visit this blog I sigh.

Every. Single. Time.

I wish she lived down the street from me and would bring that gold flat ware and those tiny Christmas stockings over to my house.

See the rest of the decor and the table setting ideas….here.


I wish this would show up at my house on Christmas morning.

Merry Christmas breakfast to me.

Recipe found here.


This centerpiece idea is so easy.

Just add cranberries.

DIY and table setting found here.


And now in random news this week:

Nine things to get rid of in your home (I’m not sure I agree with all of them).

These snowflake marshmallows are so cute.

If you listen to podcasts the second season of Serial just arrived.

This made me laugh

And best Christmas House tour ever.

Thanks Fixer Upper.

dining room ceiling

And one more for the road.

I still love this Christmas tour from last year.

It’s worth a second look.

Happy Random Christmas Saturday to you. 🙂