Monthly Archives: December 2019

Twilight Tour at the Pabst Mansion & Other Bits

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Hello friends!  And Happy Solstice!  It’s the shortest day of the year.  I think I read there are only 9 hours of daylight today.  We have some sunshine and warmer than normal temperatures happening now.  I think everyone in the US does too?  It’s not very Christmas-y, but so much easier to travel for everyone who is visiting family and friends.

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We’ve had lots of cloudy days this fall, but once in awhile sunsets like these happen.

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All you knitters and crocheters understand this ornament, don’t you?  We laugh about often at a local craft group I attend.  It’s a problem for most of us in the group.  I don’t really count when I am knitting, but definitely when I am crocheting.

We attended the Twilight Tour at the Pabst Mansion in Milwaukee, Wisconsin last night.  We had previously attended in 2017 and enjoyed it very much.  Photos from the three posts in 2017 can be found herehere, and here.  This year the rooms were decorated by different designers, so they looked a little different which was nice.

The smaller photos will enlarge if you click on them.

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Musician’s Nook

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Beautiful ornaments on the dining room trees

Now upstairs… second and third floors…

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Emma’s Bedroom (the youngest daughter)

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Elsbeth’s Bedroom (first grandchild and only child raised in this house)

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Second floor landing with stairs up to third floor

Up to the third floor…

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The Library

The library has been taken over by teddy bears–my favorite room in the house this year.

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There are two guest rooms on the third floor.  The larger one, the primary guest room, also has a sitting room.  The two sons’ bedroom is also on the third floor, but was closed this evening.

We enjoyed our Twilight Tour very much again this year.  This Pabst Mansion is a treasure and I am thankful to all those who helped to save it from becoming a parking lot!!!

I hope you enjoyed coming along with me.

What are you up to this weekend?

Early Light

Good morning friends!  While I made my coffee on this ‘still dark’ morning it was cozy inside with Christmas lights  and candles flickering in every room–such a magical time of year.  I thought I’d share some of my cozy Christmas-y places with you this morning.

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We’ve decided to definitely forgo the real tree this year.  Our 2019 Christmas tree is this 4′ tree set atop our vintage drum table.  (This drum table originally belonged to my grandfather’s sister, then to my mother, then we recently inherited it.  I love it and treasure it!)  I added some of my favorite ornaments to the tree on Sunday; it is festive  and feels ‘just fine’ to me.

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I’ve shown you our dining room before, but in the morning it is extra inviting.  The dining room set is from my parents.  I couldn’t bear to have it sold, so I asked for it when they wanted to get rid of it.  When I was young it was in its natural wood state.  This set is only slightly older than I am, and has been in my possession since my daughter was a preschooler.

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In the kitchen we have this tiny tree all lit up with lights around the bay window.  We actually leave the lights around the bay window up all year.

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And outside the window above the kitchen sink is this little tree all aglow on the back deck.

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My sister-in-law brought this cranberry salsa to Thanksgiving dinner.  It was really good and fresh tasting.  I wanted to share it with you.  I’m hoping to make it for our Christmas dinner this year.

Cranberry Salsa

1 lb. cranberries (or 2-12oz. bags of fresh), fresh or frozen (thawed)

1/2 c. or 1 c. sugar (the recipe calls for 1, but my sil used 1/2)

2 t. grated orange zest

3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, and diced

3 oranges, peeled, and diced

2-4 Serrano chiles, stemmed and diced, with seeds, optional

1 bunch cilantro, chopped

1 bunch scallions, white and light green parts, chopped

Chop up the cranberries, if desired.  Mix together all ingredients.  Enjoy!

Not much new going on with dolly ensembles right now.  I still have something for Gracie in the works, but am not sure it will get completed this year.  We’ll see…, but most likely not. 😦  Poor Gracie!

Have a beautiful Wednesday! ❤  Just realized–this is the last Wednesday before Christmas!!!

It’s Festive and Getting Festiv-er

Hello my friends!  How are you?  I hope you you are well–and calm–and enjoying the holiday season.  My intention this year is to live in the moment and enjoy each and every day leading up to Christmas.  So far so good.

Yesterday I went shopping and didn’t leave my little town.  I usually drive for 20 minutes or more to go shopping.  This was mere minutes to each destination.  It was kind of fun.  I went to the local health food store to pick up healthy chocolates (if there is such a thing!) for gifting.  Next, I stopped at a gift store and found a couple of cute ornaments to slide in a box with Christmas cards.  It was a little busy in the shop which made it feel warm and festive.  I needed a card so I went to Walgreens instead of driving 25 minutes to the Hallmark store.  Then I meandered through an antique mall… and purchased brand new wreath hangers.  Silly, I know, but it’s all I found that I ‘needed’.  Last, but not least, I stopped at the florist for a beautiful poinsettia and a bouquet of carnations.  I also picked up a few tiny charms and more ornaments.  By then it was almost 5:00 and closing time for most local shops, so I came home.  It was a very satisfying afternoon.

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We haven’t gotten out to get our real tree yet.  My daughter and I would be fine with this small artificial one, but my husband wants a large (and real) tree.  Hopefully, this weekend we will get out to the tree farm.  My back is ‘better enough’ to walk around the tree lot.  I am very thankful for that.  Our small artificial tree still needs ornaments, but it is decked out with the prettiest red, green, and white fairy lights.  Looking at this photo it does look a little sad, but in real life is fine…especially once there are ornaments on it.

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The Snow Village set up in the family room is hosting my Pukipuki Sugar.  She loves it here.  It is like a play village for her.

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What have you been up to?  I’d love to hear your holiday season news!  Please share (if you’d like).

Sending you a holiday hug! ❤