Final Farm Fotos of 2011: No party animals here

As the sun sets on another year, we get ready to welcome in the new...... 

Thanks to the new lights that were put in a few weeks ago by Hubby and his brother (who just happens to be a great electrician), it looks like a festive party might be taking place in the sheep barn.

In reality, once the sheep come inside the barn for the night 
and fill their bellies at the feed troughs, they will probably pass out until morning.

No big celebration for the chickens either, 
who will have been asleep for nearly 6 hours by the time midnight rolls around.

There probably won't be much of a party inside the house....
 just Hubby and I sipping coffee and sharing a box of these.
(Which for me beats being at Times Square on New Year's Eve any day.)

After stuffing ourselves with the worlds' best doughnuts, 
me, Hubby, and Lily will snuggle by the fire and watch the festivities on TV.

Actually, we will probably start out watching a football game
then fall asleep halfway through the second quarter.
We're such party animals around here...

So long, 2011.....

And hello, 2012!
Happy New Year, everyone!


We're home!

Just a quick post to let everyone know that Hubby came through his surgery just fine, 
and now we're home resting and recuperating.
And there was one mighty sad little bulldog who had to stay home all alone that was really happy to see us when we got back. In fact, she hasn't let hubby out of her sight all day today....
Thanks for all your prayers and well-wishes, dear blog friends.... they mean so much to me.
Be back next week- Merry Christmas, everyone!


My wish...

This will probably be my last post until after Christmas-
Hubby is having surgery this week to repair a herniated disc in his back
and we will be spending a quiet holiday at home while he recuperates.

In between taking care of everything
(and everyone) around here, I will still be visiting my blog friends ....
My wish for all who reads this is that you have the most wonderful Christmas ever,
with plenty of joy and laughter and time spent with the ones you love.

"And the angel said unto them,
Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you:
ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."


Pumpkin seeds and Decorations

December Sunrise

This morning I'm toasting the last of the pumpkin seeds I saved from our fall decorations.... I had planned on saving some for adding a tasty little crunch to our tossed salads from time to time, but I doubt very seriously if they will last that long. I ate most of the first batch as soon as they came out of the oven and this time I had to try and control myself to keep it from happening again.

I seem to have acquired a taste tester in the kitchen.... 
I don't even want to think about what pumpkin seeds would do to her digestive system, 
so she'll just have to settle for something else to sample.
(And preferably something that won't give her any more gas than she already has....)

Mmmmmmm... they're still sizzling....
Can you hear them?

They're saying, "Don't wait until we cool off... savor the flavor NOW."

"Just one little taste won't hurt me..."


Hubby got the Christmas wreath up on the barn last week.....

The sheep are happy with it... but the Silkies? Not so sure...
Their coop is right next door to the barn and every time the ribbon flaps in the wind,
they think the world's largest hawk is coming in for a landing.

One of my goals is to some day have all handmade ornaments on our Christmas tree. I only have just a handful right now, but I'm getting there by adding a few more every year.
I'm still working on my new ones for this year- I ordered this pattern from a website called Connecting Threads... my good blog friend and quilter Charlotte told me about them and said she had ordered fabric from them before. I saw the kit for these tiny little mitten ornaments in their online catalog and I just had to have it- the pattern came with everything you need to make all six of them including the felt and floss.

I know some of you probably like to collect certain type of Christmas decorations, like Santas or angels... my thing is snowmen. I just love all sizes and shapes, and especially their sweet faces. These are my caroling snowmen- aren't they cute?

I also love making the table look festive this time of year...
is it just me or do the meals seem cozier when the table is decorated? ;)

Well, I'm off to put some more wood on the fire,
then work on my little mittens and to do some blog visiting.
Happy Thursday, everyone!