Decking the Halls

















Oh, how I love this time of year – a nip in the air, Christmas shopping with my daughter, a steady dose of Christmas music, hot chocolate, unwrapping ornaments that were made with love so many years ago. I love my wonderful neighbors that pitched in to make Christmas a glorious day for a single working mom with twin boys. And, how about all those sweet Hallmark movies that make you cry, even though you know how they’ll end an hour before it’s over.

Of course, I still have a million things to do. There’s gifts to buy, lots of wrapping and cookies to bake – I haven’t even begun with that. This weekend might be the perfect time to whip up some dough and pop it in the freezer until later next week. Then it will be just a matter of baking and decorating. I’ll put on some Christmas music, light a candle and enjoy every moment of it.

I’m still working on a couple of things I’m making and hoping they’ll be ready on time, but I’m not allowing myself to stress out over it or anything else. I’m actually trying to keep things as simple as possible. My daughter, granddaughters and myself will get together on Friday to prep food for the holidays. I love spending time with them and as my mother used to say, “many hands make light work.”
Then we can all sit back and enjoy!

I hope you’re all finding beauty and joy in this most blessed season.

With love,
Susan xoxo


  1. says

    Your halls are beautifully decked, and I am so glad you are enjoying time with family and friends as you celebrate Christmas. If the snow we have had makes its way to you I hope you will be safe and warm and able to enjoy it too…along with more Hallmark movies :) I’m watching, too! xx

    • says

      Thanks, Gracie. That snow you had has made its way to the east coast, though it’s supposed to turn to rain later in the day. Right now it looks beautiful. I’m going to take a page from your book and get the soup going.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  2. Helen says

    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy seeing beautiful pictures of of your home. Thinking of your Mom and the delicious cookies she made at Christmas time.

    • says

      Funny you mentioned those cookies, Helen. I haven’t made them in about three years and I was just thinking I’d do them again this year. I just make one batch – my mother must have made at least 10, so she could share with everyone. Best wishes to you and your family for a very Merry Christmas. xoxo

  3. Laura says

    Your house is gorgeous as usual, simply gorgeous! My big sister has always been a decorating genius! You picked the place you’ve always dreamed of to live and I’m so happy for you! Even your garage is beautiful! Got a chuckle this morning at The fact that Bobbys wrestling photos are hanging in the garage! Hope you are well, love and miss you very much! I will try to give you a call this week, love you, Laura Bell

    • says

      I only take pictures of the good stuff, Laura. Notice I didn’t include a photo of the chest I’m refinishing in the family room with the bench piled with paint, brush, wax, etc.
      Yes, I do love it up here. The pace is just right for me and I love the scenery in every season, though Bob would be happy to be down south in a milder climate.
      Sending love to you and D and wishing you both a Merry Christmas. xoxo

  4. says

    I find the same joy in the things you do:)
    Have fun w/ the girls..and your home looks lovely..LOve the beadboard entrance too!My of the same..has the same:)
    Happy Holidays!

    • says

      Kindred spirits, Monique. It doesn’t take much to make me happy these days and I know you feel the same.
      Merry Christmas to you and yours. xo

  5. says

    Good (snowy!) Morning Susan!

    I just want to teach in and steal that plaid stocking! So cute!!

    I’m so glad you’re enjoying the season as it is meant to be enjoyed…doing what you love and being with your precious family.

    Wishing you a wonderful holiday and healthy New Year!

    • says

      Thank you, Doreen. I really am enjoying the season without knocking myself out – those days are gone.
      I know you, too, are enjoying this time of year in your beautiful cabin.

  6. says

    you NEVER disappoint. this post is a Christmas feast … visual first and then perfect words and memories to inspire!
    I leave with my beloved marine tomorrow to finally go where his son is stationed in Georgia. I cannot wait to see all three of my boys and my sweet Reve’.
    Jacob is hoping he is taller than I am finally! he turned 12 this summer!
    his brother Blake is crowding 6 feet at 17 years old! they’re growing up too soon.
    We’re returning on the 22nd. so I’ll be having a cozy little Christmas right here at my Safe Harbor. and I can’t wait. I will OD some more on Hallmark Christmas movies. aren’t they wonderful!
    have a wonderful warm and simply cozy Christmas dearest bean. love you! XO♥

    • says

      Oh, dear Tammy, I’m so glad you’re here! And even happier that you’re finally going to Georgia to be with all your boys and Reve. What a wonderful treat for you. You’ll have to let me know if you bring the bike home with you. I know how much you were looking forward to that.
      I can’t tell you how much I’ve missed you and your wonderful words of wisdom that have always brought me so much joy. I hope you’re enjoying your respite though – I think it was much needed.
      I’ll be thinking of you this holiday season, hoping you’re enjoying the Safe Harbor you’ve created.
      Much love to you. xo

  7. says

    Writing with snow outside,18 degrees and forecasting rain in two days here in the foothills of the Cascades. I have spent my time decorating the home as I could not get out of my driveway. Now I am prepared to shop till I drop. I love the snow but I miss my four wheel drive. Silly me bought a car that doesn’t like a lot of snow.
    I love your warm post and look forward to many more in 2017. Happy holidays Susan!

    • says

      I did the same thing this year, Sharon. Traded in my Jeep for a smaller car. Hope I’m not sorry because I have a feeling this winter is going to be a real doozy.
      So glad you’re back. Merry Christmas

  8. says

    Happy Christmas Susan and what a beautiful post, full of the true joys of christmas, memories past and makimg memories of the future. Have a wonderful time with your dear family, and thank you for your beautiful blog, which I always enjoy so much X

    • says

      Thank you so much for all your kind words, Penny. I’m sending wishes to your beautiful part of the world for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. xo

  9. says

    So cozy and welcoming. I love your living room, and your mudroom area – beautiful! We’ve been moving at a frenetic pace this semester, so I didn’t get as many handmades finished as I had hoped, but was able to choose a good number of local products for gifting to family. The girls and I just made cookies yesterday, and I have to pull the ham out to thaw for Sunday. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from Maine!

  10. says

    susan! I miss you.
    and I worry about you because it’s been so long. at least in terms of blog land it has been. I hope your own absence is because you are busy enjoying and just living LIFE.
    I am hoping all is well and good with you my dearest bean.
    we did take the trip to Georgia. and Jacob tried to get me to eat alligator tail.
    he said “I love it Tam! it tastes just like chicken! I always order it. ”
    “JACOB… it’s a REPTILE!!! no thank you. YUK!”
    and a few weeks ago when he got the flu with strep throat that’s going around…
    he told his mother…
    “mom… I think it’s finally caught up with me. I’ve been eating too much swamp food. and now I have swamp fever.”
    that’s our Jacob.
    if you see this… please know how much you are missed. you’re what they call a keeper. you’re a quiet beautiful treasure that simply makes life better.
    alias ‘one who will NEVER eat swamp food.’

    • says

      Oh, Tammy, how wonderful to hear from you! So glad you finally go to go on your trip. Did you bring home your bike? I sure hope so – spring will be here before you know it and I like to picture you cycling around enjoying the scenery.
      I miss your blog, (your voice) so much. I haven’t felt motivated to blog lately – I guess I lost my mojo, but I imagine I’ll get back to it at some point. Are you planning to start up again? I imagined you turning your blog into some sort of business. A few extra dollars are always welcome.
      Please keep in touch. I really miss you! xoxo
      ps – swamp food – Oh, dear lord! So glad you turned it down.

  11. says

    he had crashed his bike susan! and he had the scars to prove it!
    i’m on my own in getting one. :) his old one is history as they say.
    but it’s not a big deal for me…
    my mojo for biking AND blogging is like you say… “lost” a the current time.
    but my ups and down go in cycles. LOL! no pun intended!!!
    spring is on its way.
    we’ll all meet up right here someday when your beautiful cozy living mojo is back!
    XOXOXO♥ I am subscribed so even though it always notifies me a day late for some reason…
    I will know when you return… and i’ll be HERE!!! much love and huge snoopy hugs.

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