Merry Christmas!

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I just wanted to take a moment to say MERRY CHRISTMAS! to all of you who celebrate it. I hope your holiday is wonderful, and filled with love, and lots of laughter.

Having a little one in the house has given me an opportunity to watch a favorite Holiday movie.  Frosty the Snowman.  I enjoy this movie and song so much I had to add the ornament to tree.

So, what’s going on at my house besides watching the old Christmas animated movies?

I’ve shared with some of you about my tradition of putting my collection of stuffed bears, and animals around the tree as soon as the tree goes up in December.  Part of that tradition is that the bears and animals leave sometime before Christmas. They leave a note on the tree telling us that Santa really needed their help to get all the final things ready for his most important flight of the year.

I woke up yesterday morning and they were gone. The note was on the tree saying they’d gone to the North Pole to help Santa Claus and Elves make ready for Christmas.  They thanked us for understanding, and assured us they’d be home soon, and signed their note with lots of ♥ and paw prints. 🙂

#1 Grandson who just turned 5 this week is a bit concerned about their departure and is anxiously waiting for Santa and the Bears, and other animals to return. He is worried about the Bear Cookie Jar that went too. He’s worried it might get broken.  I hope it doesn’t, but I’m sure Santa can fix him if it were to get broken. 🙂

Big Baby Boy, and the Dark Haired Beauty flew in last night. We’re all excited to have them home for Christmas.  Dark Haired Beauty is the reigning 2016 champion of the game  Mexican Train a family favorite.  We’ll see if she can be unseated this year.

Baby Girl’s sofa, Coffee, and end tables arrived yesterday.  She’s very  relieved that we all won’t be sitting on the floor while she hosts her very first Christmas in her very first apartment.

Our new house has a renter. I’ve still got mixed feelings about that as I’d love to be living there; we can’t right now, but things are lining up.

While I haven’t been too chatty with my posts this year good things are happening here.  He-Man and I are beaming with joy, and feel very blessed for it’s been a really great year so far. (knocking on wood!) 🙂

I’ll be back next week with Wordless Wednesday, but will be on a wee break til then spending time with my children, and Grandson.

If you don’t celebrate Christmas I hope you find some delight in the Holiday joy, lights, decorations, and enjoy a day off. 🙂

MERRY CHRISTMAS! xx

Nikon Df| Nikkor 105mm| SanDisk Digital Film| PS CC 2018

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Wordless Wednesday 31/52 Thistle

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Thistle

Nikon Df| Nikkor 28-105mm + Canon 500D Close Up Lens| PS CC 2017

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Christmas Cheer!

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Laura Macky started a post that invited everyone to post something they love about Christmas and I decided to play along.

One of my favorite things about Christmas in addition to the presents are the decorations.  I love Santa Claus, trains, the Christmas Tree, lights and Nutcrackers.

Here’s an image of my very first Nutcracker, but I only have a few. I usually set this one and my others on my mantle.

Christmas Nutcracker

What do you love about Christmas?

To find all the other images shared on Laura’s post click here;

Nikon Df| Nikkor 50mm| Hoodman Digital Film| PS CC 2017

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What’s Blooming?

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Rose

Nikon Df| Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D| Delkin Digital Film| PS CC 2015.5

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Torch Lily

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Torch Lily has several common names- Red Hot Poker,  and Tritoma, but its real name is Kniphofia uvaria.  It gets it’s name Red Hot Poker from the shape of the blossom, and Torch Lily from the blossom, and the shape of its leaves which are similar to the Lily.  They get to be quite tall, and can bloom at different times of the growing season. I made this image in the Spring while out birding.

It’s looks amazing against a green or dark background.

Flower Photography

It’s a non-native plant to California. It originated in Cape Provence of South Africa, but it isn’t uncommon here.

When reading about this plant I discovered it’s become invasive in south-eastern Australia and they consider it an environmental weed.  I guess it spreads easily damaging native and sensitive ecosystems.  It may come to that here too, but it’s pretty, and a show stopper.

Nikon D700| Nikkor 200-500mm| Hoodman Digital Film| PS CC 2015.5

Heads Up– Adobe PS CC had a Bridge, and Adobe Camera Raw Update today.  If you have PS CC just open your  cloud thingy and Bob’s your Uncle!  I will say since moving to the subscription service Updates are easy.

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Gingerbread House

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It’s been a long time since I last made/decorated a Gingerbread house.

Gingerbread House

This time I bought a Gingerbread House kit to save me some time fooling around with a template, and measuring and marking the doors, and windows myself. As it turned out this particular kit didn’t have the door or windows stamped on the Gingerbread so I ended up having to do that anyway. It also didn’t have enough icing. Next time I’ll make my own Royal Icing. Piping, icing, and working with fondant is challenging. I need a lot more practice, but it was fun watching the transformation from plain Gingerbread to the finished house, and I think my Gingerbread Christmas Trees look pretty good with the house, and next year I’ll make a couple taller trees too.

Nikon Df| AF-D Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 @f/4.5| ISO 250| Tripod| Manual Priority| Matrix Metering
SB 910 @ 1/32 pwr camera left front high through shoot through umbrella, SB 600 @ 1/32 pwr camera front low as fill light for the tree behind the Gingerbread house.Triggered w/ SU800

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P52 51/52 Christmas Cookies

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I saw these in my grocery store’s Holiday magazine and thought they were cute so, I bought all the ingredients to make Gingerbread Cookies, and new cookie cutters in order to make them.
I think they’ll look great with the Gingerbread House I plan to make next.

Do you do a lot of Christmas or Hanukkah baking? Me. Some years I do a lot and others next to none.

P52 51 of 52 Christmas Cookies

Nikon Df| AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8g| SB910 camera left low bounced off ceiling @1/8 power|

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