Category Archives: Christian Walk

Usually Bunnies, This Year Fish

Two years ago I wrote about all the items I have that are related to fish.

A brightly colored fish (about 8" long).

A brightly colored papier-mache fish (about 8″ long).

As it turns out I have even more

Glass and ceramic dolphins with shells and a polished geode.

Glass and ceramic dolphins with shells and a polished geode.

and, dare I say, even more interesting fish.

The grey dolphins are Swedish Konstglas and the white bisque group are Lenox.

The grey dolphins are Swedish Konstglas and the white bisque group are Lenox.

As I totally missed decorating for Valentine’s Day, except for a vase with a heart on it, I’m heading strait on to Easter this year eschewing my bunnies for some fish décor.

I had lots of shells in storage with the dolphins.

I had lots of shells in storage with the dolphins.

The fish as a Christian symbol comes from the an acrostic made of the Greek word  for fish, ichthys, which translated means “Jesus, Son of God, Savior”.

I keep moving items around until the whole vignette changes.

I keep moving items around until the whole vignette changes.

The mantle has been fishified.

Conch shells and a geode.

Conch shells and a geode.

To complement shells on the mantel I placed others around the room.

Similar shells mounted on white blocks.

Similar shells mounted on white blocks.

The coffee table has some shell shock, too.

A bowl of shells on the bistro table in the conservatory.

A bowl of shells on the bistro table in the conservatory.

Even the conservatory is not exempt.

What sign of spring are you waiting for?

Merry and Bright

Charlie and I wish our readers and supporters a very Merry Christmas.

Even during the day the Christmas tree twinkles between the living room and dining room.

Even during the day the Christmas tree twinkles between the living room and dining room.

We look forward to more DIY and crazy little sidelines in the months to come.

I never noticed before that it looks like someone bit a chunk out of the left side of the tree halfway up. So strange.

I never noticed before that it looks like someone bit a chunk out of the left side of the tree halfway up. So strange.

Have the best day ever! Christ is born indeed.

Are you having a favorite treat today?

Late and Lazy

I got busy yesterday morning before work and started ironing the unfinished living room curtains so I could hang them temporarily.  I ironed one panel.

Ironing makes a huge improvement even on half-done curtains.

Ironing makes a huge improvement even on half-done curtains.

Then I shifted into hurry-up mode and just hung the remaining 3 panels. After moving the furniture back into place and tweaking the side table and lamp placement I hung 2 of my favorite pieces of art: portraits of me and my son at approximately the same age by the same artist.

I have no other wall that will hold these portraits -- maybe I'll try shorter lamps.

I have no other wall that will hold these portraits — maybe I’ll try shorter lamps.

I like us to face each other so I put my portrait on the right side of the sofa wall and his on the other.  I was careful to hang the tops of the frames at the same level from the ceiling and the side walls.  Also I try to put the faces on the portraits at my eye level so things don’t get too far off the floor.

The front corner of the living room has an antique washstand topped with a lamp and some photos and my childhood pastel portrait hanging above.

The front corner of the living room has an antique washstand topped with a lamp and some photos and my childhood pastel portrait hanging above.

Tonight we have our church’s Christmas Eve program featuring the choir.  This year, instead of choir robes, we’re wearing white shirts and red ties for the men and jewel tones for the ladies.

Lady K'abel coast -- will I look like a Mayan queen?

Lady K’abel coast — will I look like a Mayan queen?

Since I’m the conductor I generally have my back to the congregation so I don’t want to be too flashy. Just a little glitz.

This is the night of our dear Savior’s birth. Hallelujah!

Are you celebrating?

Ooooooooooo Tannenbaum

I told you here that our children brought us a tree. I thought they cut it down themselves.

The tree was delivered on Saturday morning.

The tree was delivered on Saturday morning.

Turns out they bought one all tied up so they could carry it on top of the car.  Even though Charlie cut about 4 inches from the bottom it was still 8 feet tall. (Our ceilings are 8 feet 6 inches high.)

Difficult to tell if this will fit in the house.

Difficult to tell if this will fit in the house.

When we took the string off the tree turned out to be enormously FULL. We put it in the spot we had planned and set it up straight.

I always put an old shower curtain under the tree stand.

I always put an old shower curtain under the tree stand.

I’m of the “get it right in the stand and you’re good to go” school and Charlie likes the extra security of tying it off to hooks in the wall.

We tied the tree off with the twine that ad originally tied it up.

We tied the tree off with the twine that ad originally tied it up.

Just because our totally decorated trees have tumbled over in the past is not reason enough for me to mistrust a tree stand.

Viewed from the living room.

Viewed from the living room.

Takes all the fun out.  Right?

From the kitchen view Charlie would like to give the tree a little trim -- a slippery slope.

From the kitchen view Charlie would like to give the tree a little trim — a slippery slope.

FYI – It’s tied to the wall.

How do you keep your tree upright?

My Christmas Color Scheme

I started bringing down the Christmas bins which I organized decades ago.

The Christmas bins stashed in the attic.

The Christmas bins stashed in the attic.

Everything stays neatly and safely tucked away 11 months of the year in the attic.

The ornaments I'm planning to use this year are under the front window.

The ornaments I’m planning to use this year are under the front window.

For years I’ve used only red and gold balls on the tree augmented with some special one-of-a-kind ornaments.

The red and gold ball with white lights had been the rule for decades.

The red and gold ball with white lights had been the rule for decades.

This year the color theme in the house is blue and green ONLY with gold or silver highlights.  Anyone trying to insert some red into the mix will be disappointed.

I found a couple strands of blue, green and gold lights -- woo hoo.

I found a couple strands of blue, green and gold lights — woo hoo.

Outside decoration will be the more traditional red and green. I think we’ll use our 3 vintage sleds but in a different aspect. (See Donna’s project at Funky Junk Interiors.)

This year we're going to turn the sleds back to front and try something new.

This year we’re going to turn the sleds back to front and try something new.

I’ve corralled the red balls and plan to pass them on to our son who along with the bin of his own ornaments collected from childhood would make a snazzy tree.

At least 5 dozen red Christmas balls are on their way to new surroundings.

At least 5 dozen red Christmas balls are on their way to new surroundings.

I started the mantle which has plenty of glitzy blue and green and now needs some natural elements.

For the first time I tried hanging ornaments on the mirror.  I got the idea here.

For the first time I tried hanging ornaments on the mirror. I got the idea here.

Perhaps Charlie and I will have time in the next few days to gather some pine boughs and holly from the numerous trees in the woods surrounding The Glade.

We have seemingly endless varieties of evergreens from which to choose just outside the door.

We have seemingly endless varieties of evergreens from which to choose just outside the door.

We’ll try to get the decorating finished this coming weekend and I’d like to get the living room curtains sewn up. Too many goals?

I have 11 yards of fabric to make the living room curtains.  I just need to start.

I have 11 yards of fabric to make the living room curtains. I just need to start.

My go to Christmas music: Elvis, of course.  We’d have a Blue Christmas without him.

What’s your favorite Christmas music?

First Sign of Christmas at The Glade

My very favorite Christmas decoration — the thing that makes Christmas for me — is the manger scene or crèche.

One year I put the Holy family under a glass dome and surrounded them with lights.

One year I put the Holy family under a glass dome and surrounded them with lights.

In the past I have used a crèche on the mantel and even on top of the piano. I have a small collection so I like to spread them over the house.

The mantel display from 2011 included a crèche, fresh pine boughs, and lights.

The mantel display from 2011 included a crèche, fresh pine boughs, and lights.

This year the ceramic crèche has moved from the mantel to the bottom shelf of the glass coffee table where it can be easily seen but relatively safe from breaking.

I've placed the Wise Men in the East but it seems to throw off the balance so we might rearrange discarding historical accuracy.

I’ve placed the Wise Men in the East but it seems to throw off the balance so we might rearrange discarding historical accuracy.

I like this manger scene because it was the first one I ever owned and the faces of the figurines are so pretty.

23 more days!

22 more days!

As the days go on we’ll be bringing down even more seasonal items from the attic in an effort to deck the halls.

What makes it Christmas for you?

Ready for the Thanksgiving Kaffeeklatch

We have a lot to be thankful for here at The Glade.  Charlie and I send blessings to everyone who reads LFTM and wish you a wonderful and peaceful Thanksgiving Day.

We sliced and sautéed loads of onions.

We sliced and sautéed loads of onions.

We spent yesterday cooking anything that could be prepared ahead of time in anticipation of our Thanksgiving morning open house.

We're setting up the coffee station on the peninsula.

We’re setting up the coffee station on the peninsula.

We went to bed with the buffet table set and the breakfast food ready to pop into the oven.

I like to lay out different types of silverware on the table so folks can select what they like.

I like to lay out different types of silverware on the table so folks can select what they like.

This morning we’re finishing up a few cooking details: baking the French toast casserole, sautéing apples, making cranberry turnovers, and assembling turkey sliders.

We wonder how we used to have parties with our former tiny kitchen.

We wonder how we used to have parties with our former tiny kitchen.

Other than coffee drinks everyone should feel free to concoct their own drinks.

The cold drink station is near the refrigerator with an ice dispenser on the door.

The cold drink station is near the refrigerator with an ice dispenser on the door.

We can’t wait for our first guests.

The dining room is prepared for a breakfast buffet.

The dining room is prepared for a breakfast buffet.

Happy Thanksgiving.

How are you celebrating?