Santa Is Almost On His Way!

Hey everyone!  Isn't it hard to believe that Thanksgiving has already passed and now there is only one more day until December 1st?  About a week ago, I wasn't even sure I would ever get around to putting a Christmas decor post together, but "Snail's Pace Me" finally did get finished, and I'm so excited to share our Christmas Home 2015 with all of you!  I'm definitely not going to show you everything all at once.....I need naps, people, and so would you if I tried sharing a gazillion photos all at one time!  We will just take it slow and easy, and I'll start with the foyer and dining room.  Why don't you just indulge yourself (and me), grab a warm beverage and a cookie, kick back and relax while I share what I've been up to!

As I share over the next few weeks, you will quickly realize that I am NOT a "minimalist," NOT a 
"less-is-more" person, NOR am I a "let's keep it neutral with just a splash of color" kind of person.
I LOVE color!

You will also see that my "style" is ECLECTIC, in every sense of the word.

I have Christmas treasures that are as old as this little guy looks, and I'm still using them!

I just cannot bring myself to go for many of the "trends" and buy all new decorations every year.

I loved this vignette throughout the Fall, so I just tweaked it a bit and now will love it
throughout Christmas.

Something I tried for fun a few weeks ago, was printing a few FREE printables on vellum & used them to cover some of my battery-operated candles.....I love how they turned out!

I love how the top of the china cabinet turned out.....both in the daytime and

At night!

A couple of weeks ago I took an old twiggy thing that I had already painted white, added some small snow-covered pinecones (I used spray snow), and now I have a "white twiggy-thing with pinecones"......sorry, just what would you call it?  LOL

Are you wondering just how many pics of bowls of ornies I might need.....well, apparently 
quite a few, but I'm done now.....sigh!

A bit of glitz and glam never hurts!

Well, how about that?  I didn't even feel the need to explain away every single pic.....this may be a new trend for me, but don't hold your breath on that one!  I am so glad you stopped by, and I'm even more glad to have some Christmas posts to share.  It's certainly better, and more fun, than health-updates.....just so you know, I'm doing fine and have only 5 more chemos to go!  

I'm so excited to join a few parties and see how everyone is "decking the halls" this year!  Have a great week and come back any time.
Warm Hugs,
I often party with these lovely bloggers:

Cindy at Dwellings--The Heart of Your Home for Amaze Me Monday

Maria Elena at Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at Our Home
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life  for Inspire Me Tuesday

Suzy at Worthing Court for The Scoop

Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace at Home
Pamela at From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday


Health, Christmas and Thankfulness

Hey everyone!  I'm sure everyone is super-busy this week getting everything you need for the quickly approaching "Turkey Day!"  This is probably the first year since I've been married (46 years), that I am not planning to cook the entire meal or making pies & other such Thanksgiving fare to contribute to another family member who might be hosting the meal.  It seems a bit strange but not in a bad way.  It is what it is, and it's only one Thanksgiving out of many.  The photo above was my brief tribute to the Pilgrims and their Indian friends as they came together for the first Thanksgiving.  This was on display for about a week after Halloween before I started packing the Fall decor away and having The Man bring in the Christmas crates.  I know that many of you are greatly opposed to Christmas decorating until after Thanksgiving, but I love getting our home decorated early, so we have plenty of time to enjoy it.

Health-wise, I am doing great.  I seem to be trying most all of the possible side-effects with this drug, Paclitaxel.  I have some neuropathy in my fingers, a rash that doesn't itch, dry nose and throat that causes nose bleeds and a cough, and "wacked-out" tastebuds and mouth sores, and fatigue.  I find that crocheting really helps with the neuropathy, long sleeves & pants cover the rash, moisture sprays help with the dry nose and throat, different mouth rinses help some with the confused tastebuds, and naps work the best for fatigue.  The side-effects that are most common that I have not "tried" -- nausea (not one little bit), complete loss of body hair.....eyebrows, eyelashes, & all other parts of the body--still just my little bald head!  So I feel very fortunate.  I'm on the home-stretch with only 5 more chemo infusions to go!  My last infusion will be December 28th, so I will celebrate the New Year with Chemo behind me, and look forward to getting the next fazes -- surgery and radiation completed, and being Cancer-Free!  I cannot possibly express how much I appreciate all of your sweet comments, encouragement and prayers.  I am so lucky to have such a wonderful group of cheerleaders.  I am so truly blessed to have a great hubby.  He has been with me every single step of the way.....he has started referring to me as his "Project!"  I am such a lucky person to have all of you in my life!

Now before I wrap this up, I thought I'd share a little "sneaky peek" of my Christmas decor.  I think I'll be finished in the next few days and will share more in the weeks ahead.

I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, however you are celebrating.  Take care, be safe and enjoy all those leftovers!

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