Junie's Place: December 2009

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Today's Flowers~at 'Our Place'


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My 'Today's Flowers' post is at 'Our Place' this time!



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Mellow Yellow Monday- ( for Dec 28,2009 )


It's time for Mellow Yellow Monday again!

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OK-I'm a day late with mine but wanted to share this neat gift I got for Christmas from my son and his wife.

It's a pot for flowers, in the shape of a cup and saucer! I love the wise words on it, too!

My son... always a big joker... said, "Mom, you'll have to figure out some way to fix the hole in the cup so you can drink your coffee!" :)

Well, I decided to put one of my Christmas flowers in it instead! :)
Very pretty!


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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday ~ Dec 27, 2009- Santa and the snow man


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These are 2 guys who have been seen around my house the past few days!


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Saturday, December 26, 2009

We did it!! ( For the family )


We had a good Christmas here at 'Junie's Place!' Hope you all had a good one too!

Here are some pics from Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, at our house!

The food ~ The folks ~ The fun ~ My presents!

(we all missed Brian!)

(Some cool presents I got!)


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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Flowers for Mom-and a Merry Christmas to all.


Late yesterday Charles and I finally were able to take out some Christmas flowers for my dear Mom.

I usually like to have these for her earlier in the month of December but this time has been an especially hectic and worrisome time for me and I have not been able to do all the things I've wished I could!

My unselfish and sweet mom would say, "Honey, don't worry about it! You try to do too much!" Oh, how I miss my mom - especially at this time of year.


Last night I finally got my 'Magic Cookie Bars' made. These have long been a favorite of my family, along with the Harvest loaf and Banana pudding!

...I usually have my goodies made and stashed in the freezer weeks ahead of time...but - as I said - this time has been different! Oh well, we do what we can...
"It is what it is!"

Later - after my treats were made and cooling- I did a music listen of Dan Fogelberg's " The First Christmas Morning." That is the most beautiful Christmas album!! One good friend and I have made this listening to this album each year a tradition and it's something special I always look forward to!

You may have noticed I have some of the songs from this album on my song list! :) I recommend it to one and all!

Now...I must prepare for our Christmas Eve party tonight!

Celebrating with the family!! :)



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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Some Christmas stories of my childhood

Childhood memories...

Another Christmas Eve

Another Christmas Eve…
( In Immokalee )

This Christmas Eve, Mama and Daddy both had to work late.
We wait in the car, my sister and I, for their work to end; getting
increasingly more antsy as time drags by!
We want to get home … get to bed - to sleep - so Santa can come!

Their work ends, at last!

As every child on Christmas Eve must eventually do,
we managed to subdue our excitement enough to,
finally, sleep!

We had left a snack of nuts and fruit for Santa,
as was our custom.
In Santa’s haste to get out quickly and quietly,
after dispersing his gifts,
he dropped a small bunch of the grapes on the back stoop!
I know this to be a fact because Daddy said so!
He found the grapes! :)

My Christmas doll of that year not only talked,
but recited the Lord’s Prayer,
word for word!
I was amazed!

Remembering…Nov ‘03

This was my little sis and me at that time~ ages 7 and 10.

...a little further on down the road of our life...


The Christmas I was twelve, my sister got a beautiful walking doll with shiny blond hair!

I got a red silky and ruffled party dress. Mom gave me my gift early. I needed it for a very
special event at school. It was for a school-boy/girl type - social...a Christmas Sock-Hop!
We all danced in our elaborately decorated socks in the school gym!
(something new and exciting, for me!)

So I had one less gift to open on Christmas morning. I did, however, get my first camera that Christmas!

This was my first Christmas of not getting a doll and probably my sister's last Christmas doll!

SO...a page turned...

I felt a sadness in leaving my childhood behind...

( Some might argue that I STILL haven't done that! )


Just remembering...Dec. 2003


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Update on Brittany- Sally's granddaughter.

I copied this from Donna's blog! (I hope she won't mind!)

Please keep this young mom and her family in your thoughts, hearts and prayers !


UPDATE- Brittany will be having surgery Wednesday...Please continue to pray!

Sally (Whispering Hope) has asked me to post for her this evening...She called to say that Brittainy, her Grandaughter, was in a bad truck accident last Saturday night. Her neck is broken in three places and her foot is also badly injured. The whole family is under Such stress at this time...Prayers are REALLY needed....Bless All their hearts during this Christmas season...and Please remember them....

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Ruby Tuesday ~ (for Dec 22, 2009)



*Ruby Tuesday*

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Lots of Ruby scenes around my house this week!

This was Mom's favorite candy at Christmas time! She would always get a few boxes from kids or grandkids because everyone knew how she loved it!

I'm sure to have it at our Christmas Eve gathering every year - for Mom!

I enjoy my coffee along with Mom's candy!

My roses !
These little roses bloom all through winter here!

Poinsettia~ the flower of Christmas!

I usually add a Santa or two, to my collection every year! This time I had not done that. I have not done my usual decorating of my house or adding anyting new this year!
(just haven't felt up to it for various reasons- and I feel bad for that, especially for my son because he's always enjoyed our decorating and celebrating very much!)

my son and his wife surprised me a couple nights ago with this cute little santa snow-globe
~ to add to the festivities around here! It's the cutest thing , so colorful! It lights up with changing colors as the snow swirls around Santa!

( click on any pic to enlarge )

Junie Rose

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Sad news


I just read very sad news at Donna's blog-'Made in Heaven,' concerning a dear blog friend, Sally, at 'Whispering Hope.'

Please keep this family in your prayers this Christmas season!


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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday ~Dec 21,2009~Santa in July


It's time for Mellow Yellow Monday

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Some folks tell me my husband looks a lot like Santa...and some probably are
convinced he really is Santa!
( I'm not saying! )

Well...here he is during one recent Christmas season...

...and here he is in July of a recent year!

What do you think?

Looks like the real ' Santa' to me!

Junie Rose

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