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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Christmas Week 2016

Christmas is over and we had a very quiet, relaxing holiday. Christmas Eve we went out around 5:30 for a couple of cocktails and appetizers at Carrabbas. It was so nice. Then, our neighbor came over and we had a little spread we put out. The air conditioner was on and we lit a fire to make it cozy with the tree lights twinkling, haha. Only in the south!! It really was a lovely evening just sitting around and chatting and getting to know one another better. 



Christmas Day was a pleasant day. I got up early and made a breakfast casserole. After getting that in the oven, I prepared the dinner and put it in the slow cooker. By then my back was screaming so I had to sit and stay off my feet. My granddaughters called me and opened their gifts over the phone. They were very pleased with everything. It's getting harder at 14 and 15. 

After Ray got up and we ate our delicious breakfast, we put on such lovely music by a variety of artists. Soft, relaxing and a perfect way to spend the day. We opened our gifts and Ray puttered around with his art. I relaxed with a book. It just couldn't have been any better. After eating our wonderful Christmas dinner, his daughter and boyfriend came over for dessert. We had such a fun visit. She's a lovely girl at 19 and her sweetie is just that...a real sweetheart.

Our weather has been stellar for this holiday so yesterday I decided to take advantage of it because cooler temps are coming Friday and Saturday. My favorite place on earth is the beach. I crave it. It is my place to go for clearing out my mind and appreciating the beauty of nature here in sunny FLA. The sun on my face, the sound of the waves and it didn't take long before I fell asleep. I woke up after only a short while feeling energized. I highly recommend it to anyone that needs to clear out the cobwebs. Even in the cold weather, a visit to the beach can be beneficial.




And with that, I am now ready to face New Year's Eve. Not sure if we will do a repeat of Christmas Eve, but it doesn't matter. It's an end to a chapter in life and the start of a new one. I look forward to 2017 with anticipation and positivity.

Until next time, remember...


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21 comments:

  1. Sounds like a relaxing holiday! I'm going to a wedding tonight and then hosting a family party tomorrow, but looking forward to staying home NYE for our traditional crab legs and champagne. Happy 2017 to you!

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    1. Have fun at the wedding and your family party. I'm sure you'll really enjoy relaxing on NYE after that! Crab legs and champagne sounds fabulous.

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  2. I love the photo of your home. It really does look so warm and cosy. Well, that does, indeed, sound like a lovely relaxing Christmas Day. So glad that you had a call from your girls, and that they liked their gifts. You're right - it does get harder as they get older! Good too that Ray.s daughter called by. Christmas Eve evening also sounded very pleasant indeed. I'll just take this opportunity to wish both you and Ray a very happy and healthy New Year. Let's hope it's a good one ❤️

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    1. Ray and I wish you a very Happy New Year also. Thank you so much for supporting me over here :-)

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  3. What a lovely way to spend Christmas! I think our New Years Eve and day will be like your Christmas. So happy for you that you were able to get a beach visit and siesta!
    Here's to a wonderful 2017~
    Hugs and Loves~Loves~Loves~

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    1. Here's to a less painful and more mobile 2017 for us both! I'll drink to that. Cheers! Hugs and love!

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  4. That is my kind of Christmas.

    Enjoy the New Year.

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    1. Thanks Joe. I hope we have a quiet and uneventful 2017 with good health and happiness!

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  5. Sounds like such a lovely Christmas. I've never in my life been in a warm region for the holidays. It's always been a Canadian type. My husband says we should go away one year and experience that. Maybe one day we just might!

    Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog, so I can find the link to yours and be able to hook up!

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    1. When I lived in the northeast, I could never imagine a Christmas in warm climates. Let me just say that I was wrong!! You can always build a snowman out of sand! Lol. So glad we've re-connected. Thank you for your support.

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  6. When Ray becomes rich will you adopt me? Only way I'll get to the beach...

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    1. Well, in theory that sounds good but I'm not sure it will ever happen. Go to Plan B! Lol

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  7. I haven't ever once had a quiet relaxing stay at home, just the two of us Christmas. Ours are loud and full of children running here and there and bouncing off the walls. If I had a magic place to go to calm myself after it would be the mountains, because I am a mountain girl at heart. That is my Eden.
    Have a happy and safe holiday!

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    1. When my granddaughters were little they brought so complete, lovely chaos to our house on Christmas. I do miss those days but I must admit it's nice to just take in the peace and enjoy the spirit all around us. The mountains are beautiful too. Before I discovered the beach, I found the Adirondack mountains in NY to be my go to place.

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  8. Sounds like a lovely and relaxing Christmas, I understand about the back pain my back was giving me hell on Christmas Day through all the cooking

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    1. Somehow we just trudge on, don't we?

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  9. Ugh. Don't tell me about your nice weather. Yesterday I had to drive through a snow storm to reach the airport to fly home. Glad you had a lovely Xmas though. Best wishes for 2017, Bee Bee!

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    1. Thanks Debra. The downside of nice weather is a neighbor who decides to cut his lawn at 7:50 a.m. on New Years Day after we've all been up late. What a moron!

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  10. I just realized who this awesome Bee Bee is. Smiles.
    A wonderful New Year to you and Ray.

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  11. Happy New Year!! Sending your way many wishes of love, strength, health and abundance!

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  12. I love those little Christmas trees. What a beautiful and peaceful setting you had there, and it sounds like you had such a wonderfully relaxing Christmas. I'm freezing my ass off in a foot of snow, so enjoy that beach. Even when cold, it's better than this!

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