Friday, January 8, 2021

On a more positive note...

I don't like having yesterday's post as the most current one on my blog. We can all get enough of the news elsewhere (and likely you're all as sick of it as I am) so I decided to kick off the weekend with a happier post.

First of all, I wanted to show you the beautiful holiday cards I got this year. I couldn't bear to put them away with the rest of the Christmas stuff at the end of December. I also kept out some fairy lights that I put around them so that they'd glow and sparkle at night.




Next, here's something else that's making me happy. My orchids and my Christmas cactus are blooming. The orchids are my favorite.




The weather has been wet and cold this week. On Wednesday morning while working from home I started a crockpot of homemade vegetable beef soup and let it simmer all day. It's been our supper for the past two nights, and it's maybe one of the best batches of soup I've ever made. Delicious, and just the thing for the kind of weather we've been having. This is comfort food at its best.


Last of all, this sweet boy. He loves basking in sunshine as much as any cat. On bright days he follows the sun through the house and parks himself wherever he can soak up a few rays. This was early yesterday morning.


Wishing you all a weekend filled with comfort, content, and the happiness that comes from the little things in life. 

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  1. Your George and my Sammy could be related--they look very much alike. Sammy likes the sunshine, too, but will not 'do' rain...or baths...or anything related to water other than an occasional drink of the stuff. :)

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    1. George HATES rain and wet ground after a rain, and he's not very fond of baths, either. You should see his woebegone face when I bathe him! Haha.

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    2. Ha! Four WWF wrestlers couldn't get Sammy near a bath, much less in one. Our neighbor is a groomer and she is the only one he allows to trim his nails, brush his teeth and give him a DRY shampoo 'bath' and only because he adores her. :)

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  2. Yes, yes, yes to soup and sleepy dogs and twinkle lights and the blooms of flowers, even in the winter.
    Let us cherish these simple things that warm us, heart, soul, and body.

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    1. Yes, they are the things to cherish and hold on to.

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  3. I made soup this week too and it was delicious if I do say so myself!
    Your dog looks so sweet soaking up the vitamin D in the sun!

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    1. I wish you had a blog so you could show us your soup! What kind was it?

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  4. You're right, a glimmering ray of sunshine has begun to shine through the clouds.

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    1. We're going to be okay, I think. And this is the last full week of the Dump presidency. That's something to celebrate!

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  5. Why not keep your cards and some fairy lights out. It is still winter and so dark so early. Your Christmas Cactus and Orchid are so beautiful.'
    cheers

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    1. Thank you Gayle! The cards are still out, and thanks to another comment I've decided to put the fairy lights around the orchids after I take down the cards.

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  6. Show us your Christmas cactus! I love the photo of George in the sun. Your soup looks fantastic! Our orchids are forming blossoms too. It's weird that they do it in winter. I've never understood that.

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    1. I'll post again later today and show some pics of the Christmas cactus. I didn't have any good ones when I wrote this post!

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  7. That soup looks wonderful. We left some of our Christmas fairy lights outside to brighten the winter darkness.

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    1. I'm thinking of making potato soup this week. It's really chilly and gray outside and more soup would be nice.

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  8. Beautiful!!!!! I and my mother still have Christmas up....I think we needed to after this week. I take me down once back home.

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    1. Why not?! There are no rules saying you must take down your Christmas stuff by a certain date, or for that matter at all! Haha.

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  9. Everything's beautiful. And oh that face!

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    1. George makes the best faces! He's especially cute when he's sleepy.

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  10. I was gonna go all crazy for the soup and then you threw is that dog's punum!!!!

    Thanks for the smiles today!

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    1. Big Georgie always makes me smile too! Thanks for stopping by, Bob!

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  11. lucky georgie! I wish I had some sun, but it's been all cloudy. :(

    small things, like cards and food and flowers, mean so much right now.

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    1. They really do mean a lot. Thank you! Hope you're doing well!

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  12. Our Lucy is a sun worshipper.
    Yay for small joys!

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  13. I love all your beautiful cards with the fairy lights! The soup looks perfect for a January day. I love making homemade soup in the winter months. Your orchids are as beautiful as George's face in the sun. He looks so happy and content.

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    1. George is so happy these days! His life has changed a lot since we lost Ginger, and we worried about him for a while, but he's starting to really adjust and move on.

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  14. It has been unendingly gray here. If the sun ever shines again, just like George, I will follow it from window to window...and I will BASK.

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    1. We've only had a few hours of sunshine here and there. George takes advantage when the opportunity comes along!

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    1. Even in the summer he occasionally likes to bask in the sun, even when it's hot outside.

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  16. Your soup looks delicious. My hound Thoreau (long dead and still missed) used to follow the sunbeams in the house so he could soak up the warmth. When I went to bed, he'd hop in with me and growl at X when he tried to join us. He was a smart dog.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. If I could, I'd make you a potful of the soup and bring it round. I hope you're feeling better and stronger each day, Janie. Please take care of yourself, and know that so many of us are pulling for you!

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  17. I like your title; we all need to think positively at the moment, especially on your side of the pond.

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  18. I have left some of those tiny lights... they are wrapped round three white orchids....(the short variety with small flowers)and yesterday I found another set in a drawer, put new batteries in and now have more lights on the shelf above round the plants there .So pretty in the evening!

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    1. What a good idea! When I take the cards down I will put the lights around my orchids, which are blooming now. Thank you!

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  19. Your cards are a pretty reminder of your friendships far and wide! I have put mine away but will re-use some of them as decorations in December.
    That soup looks yummy, and really just the thing in weather like this!
    Aaw, sweet George basking in the sun... we‘ve not had a sunny day in what feels like weeks.

    O.K. and I are spending the weekend at my place, enough reason to be happy! And to top it, it is my sister‘s birthday tomorrow. Because of the lockdown restrictions, there will only be the two of us sharing a bottle of sparkling wine with her over a late breakfast at her place, but it will still be a special occasion.

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    1. That sounds like a nice birthday celebration. Sometimes simple is good!

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  20. There's an excellent card in the third photo down. Is that Chatsworth House by any chance?

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  21. I never thought of mixing cards and fairy-lights. What a good idea!

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    1. I use the fairy lights for all kinds of things during the year. I love them.

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    1. Posts that feature George and or Marco always get the biggest response, so you're not alone!

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