Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Very Best Of Times....

....this Christmas. I had tried to find time to do a pre-holiday post, and like everyone else, life got crazy with little things that needed finishing up, plus our area has been preparing for a blizzard, which may or may not hit today. We're right on the demarcation line, so I'm holding my breath, but the snow blower is ready as is the operator. (Moi)

It was a good, GOOD Christmas here. I could not have asked for better. I learned that hanging around half the day in Jammies and hand knit socks is QUITE GOOD, but sticking a bow to one's fuzzy head is QUITE BAD, as removal of said bow removed hair too. OWIE!!! (live and!)

Even the Miser Brothers decided on a few minutes of Peace On Earth to send out happy wishes! Hey, if they can, can't the rest of US??? The posts on Face Book of late have just been beyond my ken. Mean. Fear-mongering. Things are split in a season that we should all be coming together.
A little KINDNESS please.

We did our usual non-traditional meal of New Orleans influence and I can honestly say I am so stuffed from crawfish and shrimp, I don't care to see either for......oh, a day or two??? ;-D Things were definitely YUMMY as we rolled quietly into the evening.

Another learning experience:

While these little guys smell like HEAVEN cooking, leaving the empty shells till the following morning is a BAAAAAAAAAD IDEA! Oh my. Yeah, I was having a Vieux Carre moment.....walking down Bourbon Street in the morning with the smell of, well, NOT GOOD wafting through the air.
I tended to the chores quickly.
And to cap off a lovely evening, as the sun dipped, with clouds rolling in, there was color for a brief moment.
Winter makes you run to catch those bits of amazing atmospheric change. Wait too long and it's all a dream, wondering if you saw it.

And so Christmas 2012 is wrapped up, today, Boxing Day, should prove interesting too. I await 2013 eagerly.
Sometimes the very best times you have are the ones you think may never be seen.
I know that well.
Here's hoping you and yours were given sweet moments to remember and that you'll have many more to come!



Debra She Who Seeks said...

Sounds like an awesome Christmas was had at your house! I thought of you on Christmas Eve, Anne, when My Rare One and I went to a Catholic evening mass to hear a friend sing in the choir. The priest was wearing nice vestments but his long stole was nowhere near as spectacular as the works of art you create -- although I imagine your creations are probably worn by the higher ups like bishops, archbishops etc.?

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Debra,

No, my pieces are worn by the local levels! If the higher ups want something fancy (fancier!) they better do a Scrooge-McDuck and let the moths out of the change purse! (I would LOVE to do fancier work~~there is amazing stuff out there beyond my current budget)
We had a lovely day and sounds like the Mass you attended was pretty lovely too.
A good good day for all!


Corrine at said...

Oh how did I know that you would have crawdads for Christmas darlin. You look soooooooo cute in your pj's, glad Christmas was a good one. No more bows on your head! LOL xox

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Corrine,

Well, they're that cheery BRIGHT RED!!! (and oh-so-easy to fix!)
Yeah, no more bows. Who would have I sat there whining, looking at the hair, roots and all. hahaha!
Hope you and yours had a great day!


Whimsey Creations said...

Oh my goodness I'm coming to have Christmas dinner at your house next year! YUM!!! But I can imagine the smell the next morning LOL Bet that is the last time that happens LOL So glad you had a wonderful Christmas. Hope the new year brings you many blessings.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

LOL! Our dinners vary all the time. I can't recall the last time I fixed turkey or ham...though I *DO* like duck also! :-)
The kitchen was PUNGENT this morning....holy cow! I know better, I DO, but was sooo full and tired...OINK! OINK!
Hope you have a wonderful New Year too!


Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

You ...alone...are the greatest Christmas present! I wish you good health and real Peace in 2013! You are so loved! Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey my dear~~
We both are pretty amazing women; gotta keep the world in line---right?!
Hope 2013 is very good to you.


kj said...

"Sometimes the very best times you have are the ones you think may never be seen."

i think we were thinking along the same wavelength this christmas, anne. big challenges, small nuisances, middling confusion; all of it seems to do best when we just let it happen in our real or metaphorical jammies :^)

what you said to mary helen, i say to you: i hope 2013 is very good to you.

with love

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Yeah KJ, for our *Season-O-Glee*, it sure took a quick about face, eh? lol!
I loved this Christmas, and it was very very good in that simple, relaxed way that no amount of planning can bring.
And I am thankful too.....especially for good friends! ;-)


Robbie said...

And Happy holiday's to you and yours!!!! Take care and the best to you in 2013!
We're headed off to Florida on Thursday if the snow/roads allow us!!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Thanks Robbie, and right back at ya!
Not sure how the roads will be down this way, or thru Ohio (not sure which way you head).
We did not get as much snow here as predicted, but it's darn slippery under the snow! So, be very careful.....
Have a great 2013!


Nikki said...

That was Absolutely Gorgeous Dahling!!! Thank You I really enjoyed the post. You are a Doll Baby with that Christmas Bow......Oppsie it pull your hair. Bad Bow!!! LOL Those Mudbugs look so Delicious. I know they were GOOOOOOOOOOOOD!! OH MY and Heat Miser brought back so many childhood memories. We used to tease my cousin, calling her Heat Miser because her hair was always a Hot Mess. Bad Kids!! LOL...... Well Sis let's get ready for 2013. A Week Away!! Let's Goooo.
NOLA HUGS and you know I LOVE YA!!!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

LOL!!! We have Heat Miser in common....should of known! hahahaha!
Wish you both could have been with us as the *bugs* were AMAZING. Best I've had since NOLA, no joke.
Checked my head this a.m. and there isn't a hole where the hair went, so it must not have been THAT MUCH! :D
Here's to everything good in 2013!


yoborobo said...

That dinner looks delicious! I"m trying to get back in the swing of things after the Christmas festivities. For me, the best day is always the day after Christmas - I guess because I have nothing to do but enjoy the day, and the leftovers, and sleep. :))

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Pam,

I always feel that way after dinner has been served; the obligations are over and the relaxing can begin! Sometimes the day after, I have a hard time kicking into gear again~~sort of like "What do I DO NOW???" lol! You know what I mean!


Nancy said...

What a lovely Christmas Day! Great socks, by the way. Best to you for 2013.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Nancy,

Thanks on the socks! (didn't think I'd get the little stinkers knit in time for the Holiday season...WHEW!)
We had a great time...still basking in the glow. :-)
Hope you have a wonderful 2013!


Jo Murray said...

You are an inspiration Anne...with the year you've had. It's wonderful to see you making the most of Christmas with some royal celebrating. Love the jammys and socks, and the food looks extraordinarily yummy. May 2013 bring you health and joy.

Robin said...

Happy 2 Days AFTER Christmas! A-ha-ha! Love your photos - you DID have a warm, wonderful day! Love those jammies and socks! (The Bow-on-Head is also cute!)

Gorgeous meal...ummm....I can smell all the delicious aromas wafting through the kitchen!

Big Hugs -'s to a FANTASTIC 2013 - in every way!!!!



Jan said...

I'm glad you are here to celebrate the season, and especially glad you enjoyed such a wonderful one! Here's to even more good health and happiness in 2013!

Laura said...

LOVE your new socks... all in all sounds like a wonder-full Christmas... may this New Year be one of continued healing, grace and joyful moments strung together like shining lights. Thank you Anne for being in my life. I feel so blessed knowing you!

Silke said...

It's so good to be able to visit your blog again!! I see that your Christmas was all that and then some! I am glad to see that we aren't the only ones who eat and eat and eat around Christmas! Food is so good and your meal looked more than delicious!! Lots of love! Silke

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