Friday, December 20, 2013

Ready or Not!

My precept to all who build, is,
that the owner should be an ornament to the house,
and not the house to the owner.
                          Cicero
    

 Another Random 5 Friday and lucky for us Nancy is back hosting and I for one am very happy about that. Here are my Random 5. Thank you Nancy.

1-   It is now officially the holiday season that I knew was coming but it certainly did seem to sneak up on me this year. I have decided if only to keep some sanity in my life that what has not been done will not get done and what is done will have to be good enough. Simple and back to the basics is what I was going for.


2-   The beauty of this time of year never disappoints and I take great pleasure in enjoying those things that change day to day and I just have to take notice. As you are reading this I may according to the weatherman be out taking photos of ice from an upcoming freezing rain storm. Oh I do hope he is wrong this time.


3-   Like many of you my Christmas traditions will be changing this year and I look forward to seeing just how that change will actually impact my life. I have learned over the years that changes in the way we have had to do things are inevitable especially as we age and we should try to embrace any new traditions that come about because of those changes. It, in my experience, has usually brought unknown joys that I would never have expected.


4-   Our girls will be coming home from the big city for the holidays (If the weatherman is wrong) and I cannot wait to feel those hugs I have been missing and hear the familiar giggles and that laughter that will be echoing down the hall when someone is trying to sleep, always bringing a huge smile to my face and stirring memories from long ago.


5-    My Hero will be home for a couple of weeks which means the cows will see his handsome face sitting in that tractor seat those early cold mornings instead of mine. I am sure they will not notice and I am positive those two weeks will go quickly.


In keeping with that whole what is done is done and not worry about the what is not done thing, I do hope you enjoy these unusual holiday cards as there will not be any arriving in your mailbox but please know I really do care.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone from my family to yours.
 Your friendship and support mean more to me than I could ever express. Thank you and see you soon. Enjoy the holidays for all they are worth.

Hugs B

Random 5 Friday
Later

73 comments:

Laurie said...

what a wonderful post, Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Sounds like good times are in store! Love your pics.

MarmePurl said...

Merry Christmas Buttons!

Alica said...

I need to adopt your attitude this year. I've been hard on myself because I didn't get Christmas cards done this year...but it just didn't happen. Maybe no one will really notice! :) Enjoy the time with your girls!!

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

I know how that sound of daughter's laughter is so heartwarming. I am hearing it too :-).
Merry Christmas!

diane b said...

A great attitude, "What isn't done doesn't matter" It must be exciting having the girls coming home. Have a wonderful holiday with your family.

KathyB. said...

Ha ! I was just thinking this might be THE year, the only year, I don't get Christmas cards out in the mail, and maybe that is O.K. Then I read this post and decided, yes, it really is O.K. ( but I won't blame you )So I'll be putting the stack of cards away for next year... and attending to what my heart sings about.

Have a blessed time with your family and I hope you all share & create sweet memories of this season while you're together. How could you not ?

Optimistic Existentialist said...

The changing of Christmas traditions can be tough can't it? I know it is for me. I miss our old family traditions. But the good thing is we can make new traditions :)

Beth Edwards said...

how i have to ask how did that cow get all that hay on her head? i am still giggling. ( :

will you share your changes? i hope so. i will be interested to see. i know this is not the happiest thing to talk about ... but any who we have lost a lot of elderly family members so our Christmas times are very quiet. a lot of our decent family are not close so our Christmas time continue to change. it is pretty quiet to say the least. i miss them terribly. but you deal & you remember the memories & good times. but you know that Christmas song about "if fate allows" ... i hate fate. i want them here. rather there in heaven. sorry that is the kid in me. miss them. i try to remember what my Grandma Mary sounds like - i see her face in my mind ... but her voice. God i miss that. back then we didn't have a videos ... so no real chance to hearing her again. i dream of her often. ok... i have really rambled on ... oops. hope you have a Merry Christmas. big big hugs. ( :

by the way - since you are Canadian would you email me ... got a question for you. thanks.

Delores said...

Traditions may change but one thing remains the same...that tingly feeling of excitement on Christmas morning. The Merriest of Christmas's to you and your family.
may your tinsel be sparkly
your icicles hang straight
and may Santa's reindeer
leave poop at your gate (for luck)

Snap said...

Beautiful post. Life brings surprises and changes. Love the cow with the hay all over -- I'll be smiling all day. Merry Merry and a Happy Happy

Monkeywrangler said...

Merry Christmas, Buttons! I hope you and your family have a wonderful time together. I bet those cows will miss you in the mornings, though. You just wait!

And I have not yet done the Christmas card thing either. I need to snag a box and get started.

whiteangel said...

Merry Christmas to you, your husband and family.
Pleased your daughter's are coming home for Christmas.
A rest from feeding those cows for you, bet you will enjoy that.
Sometimes the change at Christmas time is a bit hard, but we have to smile :)...Hugs M xx

Robyn G said...

Miss B,
I love this list and can hear myself saying the same thing.

I have done very little Holiday Baking and we have bought almost all of our gifts on-line.

It is amazing how things change over time due to the reality of life. I do hope your girls make it home and home safe. A hug from you will make their Holiday great.

Enjoy being the gate opener instead of tractor driver!

I started my blog in February, by December I decided I am not going to send cards. I put a lot of time and effort into my blog. It is current and those that really care can check up on us via the web.

Merry Christmas, My Dear Blog Friend!

Sharon Wagner said...

I thought cows were supposed to eat the hay and not wear it. Ha!

Maggid said...

Thank you for your wonderful sharing this morning . . . It is filled with Comfort and Joy.

Dimple said...

Love the hat, and your holiday philosophy, Buttons
Thank you for the Christmas greeting, and for the visit to meet my friend! May your Christmas be more joyful than you anticipate!

Blessings!

Nancy Claeys said...

Oh, I do hope the weatherman is wrong for your sake B -- and you are right about changes. We may not be able to embrace them, but we can certainly try to make the best day we can with what we've got.

Happy Holidays my friend. xo

Lori Skoog said...

Hey (hay) Miss B! I'm sure you will make the very most of all you have done. Enjoy this time with your girls and your hero! "Tis the season.

Laurel's Quill said...

Love your holiday "mantra"...being "DONE" is a good thing! Merry Christmas!! Laurel

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Lovely post! I know what you mean about changes. They come whether or not we want them. We have experienced changes in our family, too, and the holidays are very different than what they used to be. But we still try to find joy. So glad you'll have your girls and Hero around you! Merry Christmas, dear B.

Beth said...

A wonderful post Buttons!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

TexWisGirl said...

i like your happy, hay-loving girls. hope your other girls get home safely and you enjoy your holiday.

Willow said...

Ha HA that first photo gave me a BIG smile my friend !
Great post love your virtual holiday cards and your warm heart felt sentiments .
Happy Holiday Buttons
Hugs and Joy
Willow

Karen said...

Oh I LOVE that first shot Buttons! Hope your girls make it home and you have a wonderful celebration!

Lynn said...

Love your post and the photos are charming, darling and too cute! Happy Holidays to all of you.

Weekend-Windup said...

Happy holidays. Merry Christmas!!

EG CameraGirl said...

I hope you enjoy this special time with your husband and girls, Buttons.

My fingers are crossed that the weather people have it all wrong about the ice storms.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Love your 1st funny cow picture :)

A great post. I think we all ( well I do ) get a bit frantic around this time and as I was just working on the list of groceries to get I was reminding myself...you don't have to cook all of this in ONE day...you can do such and such early ( etc..do you talk to yourself and SOOTHE yourself sometimes? LOL I do : )

Inger said...

I loved every single picture of yours and I am so happy that your family will be home for Christmas. Merry Christmas dear Buttons to you and yours.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours, B! I love these photos, especially the first one. The cows look all furry for the cold :)

Dotti said...

Sounds like you've got the winning ticket for a marvelous holiday. What's done is done, what ain't, won't be missed. It's really all about the people. Enjoy! Have a very merry Christmas!

Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

Your cows have such sweet faces, hope they keep nice and warm.
Have a wonderful Christmas.
Lynne

The Little Acre that Could said...

Your first photo made me smile. That's just how my bunny looks a lot of the time. She pulls hay out of her hay rack and buries herself. It's so funny.

The next one of the tree in the field is beautiful. I'm just loving reading your Christmas card today.

I hope your girls get home for Christmas and that you have a joyous time. Your friendship means so much to me. I wish you the best.

Debbie said...

lovely holiday greetings, your images are just perfect!!

my christmas cards are still at american stationary, apparently i didn't understand that 1 - 3 days means at least 10 days, it's "christmas" you know. hehe, "yes", i replied, "these are my christmas cards you are not shipping. and by the way, i also know what business days are!!

all my cards will arrive after christmas, that will be a first for me!!

i hope your girls get home. no snow and warm temperatures here at the jersey shore. it doesn't feel at all like christmas!!

happy holidays my dear friend!!

Ida said...

Christmas is such a wonderful time. Even though I find it hectic I still haven't scaled down (yet) but I do love the idea. Your holiday cards were wonderful. Loved the party hat and the last snowy scene. We had a similar scene here today with unexpected snow. Merry Christmas to you & yours.

Dawson Cattle Company said...

Thank you for the wonderful comments my friend! I love your pictures! Have a wonderful holiday and enjoy all around you..

Nancy said...

Your photos are so homey and warm. I so agree that keeping things simple is the finest way to enjoy this wondrous season. You are going to have such a precious time with your girls. That is what's important. I'm glad for you. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving the nice comment. Merry Christmas! Nancy @ A Joyful Cottage

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

I love these more than I can say! They are wonderful!
Merry Christmas to you...your words brought happy memories to mind this evening.

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh! How wonderful that your girls will be home. I know you will love having their laughter and love filling up the house.

Your cows are beauties! I am such a fan of farmers. My Daddy is one. I am thankful for you and all you do to make our world a better place.

Sending love.

Stephanie said...

Lovely post, Buttons! Love your photos especially the cow. Have a very merry Christmas, enjoy your family! I am happy to have found your blog this year. I look forward to reading about your life, your ups and downs.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

First of all, I want to say, I love the quote. Then I laughed. That photo of the cow with the hay on her head - sometimes I feel that way these days. Yes, holidays do change over time, don't they? I am blessed to have my children coming home, but there are those I miss terribly....So glad you have your girls to share the holidays, weather permitting and that you have your dear hero home for a little while. Have a wonderful Christmas, Dear Buttons, and your family, too - and I wish the very best for all of you in this coming year. Hugs xo Karen

Kelly said...

What a beautiful, heartwarming post!!! I know you will enjoy every minute of having your loved ones surrounding you. Love your cows too!!! Visiting from Random 5

CDH said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family. Enjoy your cows and kids, I know I will! :)

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Your positive attitude will help you sail through the changes that are happening. I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas...doesn't sound like I need to send snow does it?

Jen

Jill of All Trades said...

Beautiful photos. I quit doing Christmas cards about 3 years ago after faithfully doing them for over 40 years. Just couldn't do it anymore. Maybe I will again. Merry Christmas and thanks for the visit.

Bonnie K said...

I needed to hear number 1. I have many things left undone. My Christmas cards are one of them. I just can't think of anything witty to write and I'm running out of time.

Sharon said...

Wonderful wintry photos -- I love the muted tones. Sounds like you are going to have memorable family times. Wishing you a merry Christmas!

JOTA ENE ✔ said...

Great photos ...

Cindy@NorthofWiarton said...

Yes I do hope the Weatherman is wrong, as I have my closets loved ones going to be out there tonight working or going to work. Hoping your girls get home safe & sound. x

Tanya Breese said...

buttons! that first photo has me smiling, how cute!! merry christmas to you and your family miss b!! hugs!!

Missy George said...

Merry Christmas..Love your cards..I'm a farming fan

Red said...

Have a great holidays. The cows may not miss you but you'll miss the cows!

Rob-bear said...

Christmas greetings to you, your Hero, your daughters, and the girls.

Blessings and Bear hugs, too!

Here I Am Carrie said...

I am so taking on the attitude of what gets done gets done. So much more relaxed this Christmas season. Also helps to not fret about the snow we get anymore. Lovely scenes you have shared here, but it does still look so cold out there. I will be heading south in few weeks to the warmth of the desert for the rest of the winter. I have had a 5 weeks of snow so far and still love it,but will look forward to not having to wear so much cloths. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

bon bon said...

what a fashionable girl you've got there! lol!
i've had to adopt your attitude over the years too. do what you can in the time you've got, and avoid the stress.
i hope you and your family have a beautiful, joy-filled, (ice-free) christmas! xo!

Kathy McB said...

Haha..that first shot of your cow with the hay on his head just makes me smile :) Thank you!

edenhills said...

Absolutely love the shot of the cow wearing the hay hat. Adorable! I do hope your family made it home. Seems like we've already had plenty of bad weather this year.

augcott said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family!
**hugs**
diane @ aug's blog

pattisjarrett said...

It's a lovely card, Buttons. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Saun said...

Beautiful card making my rounds to wish all of my blogging friends Merry Christmas!! By the way I did the same thing this year my card is posted on my blog,FB ,and Instagram is that wrong. Enjoy your two weeks with your hero and your girls.

Hugs Saun

Judy said...

Good to catch up with you!!! I love the photos, especially that elegant hat!!! Hope you have not been too badly hit with the ice storm - we have not been affected by this one...

Bee Lady said...

Best Post Ever! I love unknown joys!
You are so right...it's about the memories. I'm behind, everything might not get done, but what gets done, gets done. I'm not stressing either! Not yet!
Merry Christmas to you!
Cindy Bee

Gert Jan Hermus said...

Merry Christmas from the Netherlands! ;-)
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Michaele said...

So glad you have family coming. It must be hard saying good bye to your hero so often.

Susan said...

It certainly is a different Christmas around my house. Not sure I like it much. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Hope your daughters get there safely!

Terri Buster said...

I am behind on my visits I see...and I just busted out laughing with the first pic! I hope you have a wonderfully blessed holiday with your family. Merry Christmas!

Rick said...

Lovely, and unique, holiday cards, B. I trust you'll enjoy the holidays and starting new traditions, immensely.

Have a blessed Christmas, and health, happiness and much fun in 2014.

fernvalley01 said...

Enjoy your time with your hero, and the break form chores, I know for me its very nice to have hubby home with me over the Christmas holidays!
Merry Christmas my friend

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Buttons, I'm never ready for Christmas but it comes anyway.
Merry Christmas to you and yours; may you be blessed greatly!

A View From A Brown Dog said...

Oh I love these photos. Merry Christmas B to you and yours, sending wishing for a wonderful day!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

change is the only constant, well, other than Christ. so glad Mr. Farmer was able to be with you for Christmas...a blessing and a gift.

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Our holidays change every year, and while I think traditions must be nice - I also appreciate that my family is flexible enough o make being together the highest priority - however it works out. I'm happy you adopted the attitude of accepting what is already done - and I love your holiday card! (Still catching up...)