Here we are at the beginning of a new year! I came across this wonderful poem written around one hundred years ago.

The Land of Beginning Again

I wish that there were
some wonderful place
In the Land of Beginning Again;
Where all our mistakes
and all our heartaches
And all of our poor selfish grief
Could be dropped like a
shabby old coat at the door
And never put on again.

I wish we could come on it
all unaware,
Like the hunter
who finds a lost trail,
And I wish that the one
whom our blindness had done
The greatest injustice of all
Could be there at the gates
like an old friend that waits
For the comrade
he's gladdest to hail.

We would find all the things
we intended to do
But forgot, and
remembered too late,
Little praises unspoken,
little promises broken,
And all of the
thousand and one
Little duties neglected
that might have perfected
The day for one
less fortunate.

It wouldn't be possible
not to be kind
In the Land of Beginning Again,
And the ones we misjudged
and the ones whom we grudged
Their moments of
victory here,
Would find in the grasp
of our loving hand-clasp
More than penitent lips
could explain.

For what had been hardest
we'd know had been best,
And what had seemed loss
would be gain;
For there isn't a sting
that will not take wing
When we've faced it
and laughed it away
And I think that the laughter
is most what we're after
In the Land of Beginning Again.

So I wish that there were
some wonderful place
Called the
Land of Beginning Again,
Where all our mistakes
and all our heartaches,
And all of our poor selfish grief
Could be dropped like a
shabby old coat at the door
And never put on again.

--Louise Fletcher Tarkington

There is such a land. It is called Regeneration. We enter that land spiritually when we are born again, and all who are thus born again shall enter that land eternally when Jesus comes again. In the eternal Regeneration of Christ's Kingdom, earthly things shall "be dropped, like an old shabby coat at the door, and never put on again." --Duane V. Maxey

Wishing you many blessings in the New Year!!


I hope everyone has had a special time with family or friends this Christmas!
We have enjoyed a most beautiful White Christmas (the first in several years!).
There is still alot of snow on the ground.

Here are some of our pictures I'd like to share with you......
On Christmas Eve, our daughter Jami fixed an assortment of appetizers. In addition to some of the usual ones we have each year, she also served these delicious stuffed plum tomatoes, and Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Jalepenos. They were so good! I will be posting the recipes on my Recipe Blog shortly.

Table set for Christmas lunch.

Side table set for serving
Appetizers and
Hot Spiced Cider


We usually have brunch on Christmas day
instead of lunch,
but this year decided to have
Hungarian 'Christmas Soup'
served with Sourdough bread and
European butter, along with a
Fruit and Spinach Salad.

Bill made the soup,
which contains primarily
Kolbasi, Sauerkraut, & Mushrooms.
It was very good!
I think our relatives in Slovakia
would've been proud of him!

Paper whites starting to bloom
on Christmas Eve.

Amaryllis on Christmas Eve.

....then on Christmas morning.
The mantel lit up on Christmas Eve.

Our living room on Christmas morning,
after the gifts had been opened,
and the mountain of wrapping paper, bags
and boxes had been removed.

Chocolate Torte, anyone?
This is actually the cross tie wall
outside our back porch door.

Below is the door at the opposite end
of the back porch.
& the walkway leading to
garage apartment.

Jami had to put on my old snow boots
to walk around outside.
6"-8" of snow
with some ice underneath.

Here's her car in the driveway.

Front yard.

Closeup of snow-filled birdbath.

Front porch.

The pond.
(Neighbor's house in the distance).
I'm hoping the roads aren't too icy tomorrow,
but it has been a lovely Christmas weekend!!
Hope it was for you, too!


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friends and family
a wonderful Blessed Christmas!

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I just had to share these
rather humorous old Victorian postcards!

Is that a holly bouquet he's giving her? OUCH!

And PETA would be all over this gal
for all the little critters she's wearing as muff & scarf!
I'm sorry to have to report
that the economic slowdown
has even effected poor Santa Claus.
He had to let the team of reindeer go,
and has resorted to hitchhiking this year.


Santa's really fallen on hard times!

It looks like now he's even had to

pawn his red suit!

Some off these old postcards
from the early 1900's
may not have been intended to be funny,
but I get a chuckle out of them.
Hope you do, too!


Another one of my favorites.....
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There are so many wonderful Christmas carols! This is one of my favorites!

O Come O Come Emmanuel!
The favorite O Come, O Come Emmanuel carol was originally written in Latin text in the 12th Century. Each of the seven verses featured an Old Testament prophesied name for the coming Messiah. The author of the words and composer to the music of O Come, O Come Emmanuel is unknown. It is , however believed that the melody was of French origin and added to the text a hundred years later. In 1851, five of the seven Latin verses were translated into English by John Mason Neale.

O Come O Come Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan's tyranny
From depths of Hell Thy people save
And give them victory o'er the grave
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai's height,
In ancient times did'st give the Law,
In cloud, and majesty and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,
Who orderest all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And teach us in her ways to go.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Between now & Christmas, I hope to feature other favorite carols.
If you have a favorite, just let me know, & I will include it!


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December has arrived & I've been away, so haven't posted in awhile.

December 1st was my daughter Jami's birthday. Jami, I'm so happy we were able to get together to celebrate with a birthday dinner at Red Lobster, Weds. evening! Hope this will be an especially great year for you!

Bill & I have just returned from another trip to Florida to check on & spend some time with my mother, as she had taken quite a bad fall (the second fall in recent months!), & was hospitalized again.
She's a trouper, though, & even in such a declining condition, still has her smile and sweet spirit!

As we turn our thoughts to the celebration of our Savior's birth, here is an early Christmas wish for you.....

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