Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I'm bored to bubbles.

Is it just me, or are you feeling this way too?

December is right around the corner, and it's been raining here in 
Ontario, Canada.

 The pups are all wet and muddy, but still on the furniture.

What's wrong mom?

 My trees are all decorated, so that's done.

 Vintage ornaments are up.
Miss Souris is waiting.

We should have a few feet of snow by now, not that I mind, but without the snow, it just doesn't put me in a festive mood. 
We had a nice snow day last week, but that's it.

Our pretty Cardinal.

Our yard.

Xmas music is playing,

and my "out of town" gifts are ready to go.
Cards are all decked out.

I'm usually not that organized or crafty. 

December is booming with birthdays.
Brittany turns 23, Colt will be 19, legal drinking age here. 
Girlfriend's are having birthdays too.


Maybe that's it. The kids aren't kids anymore. 

My sister Debbie will be in Fla.

But Sister Lolotte will be here. 
She was a little embarrassed when I put this around her neck, but we had fun.
She's a nun you know ; )

Maybe it's because my mom won't be here with us.

I don't know, I just don't know.

On a HaPpIeR nOte
 H*A*P*P*Y  B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y
 to our Sista Miss Bee today.
wE LoVe YoU


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

The first Christmas without my Mom, it was a blurr. I don't remember how I made it through it?
Now that you have your decorating done....just sit back and enjoy what you do have, that will put a smile on your face and a song in your heart.
sending you a hug!

Holly Loves Art said...

Hi Sweetie,
I'm sorry to read that you have a bit of the Christmas blues. Your pictures sure are pretty though! OH those little four-leggeds just make me smile from ear to ear! And your family is beautiful. :)

I would give anything to have the weather you're having. It's 82 here today and my boots are hot. Yes, I am still wanting feel like it's FALL so I'm digging my heels in the ground and wearing my boots and sweaters! It is, however, supposed to cool down to the high 60's for the rest of the week. Whoo hoo!

Big hugs,

Kimberly said...

I would like a little snow here too or at least it be cold. The past couple of days its been in the 60's. I feel I am in funk also. I am buying/decorating...but just going thru the motions. Love the pups!! My daughter looked at your blog and said are those all her animals?

wendy said...

Christmas is a funny time actually...I'm UP, I'm DOWN, I'm all over the place with it.
Snow does make it prettier, but perhaps ONLY for 3 days, Christmas EVER, Christmas Day, and the day after , and then "see you".
Gosh Claudie.....I won't be sending out a single card OR gift.
What a spoil sport I am. It's just....takes forever to mail things, and costs so much, and I AM NOT organized.
I'll have to think of something a little different for all my sista's.
Maybe something FUN for the NEW YEAR.
I haven't any decorations up yet. Nadda.
With me going to be gone on the 14th....see no reason too, Barry will put up his (ugly) artifical little tree when his mom comes. (sorry hon I said it is ugly...but it kinda is)
AND !!!!!!!!!!
Your mom will be gone, yes, but I think in every sparkly ornament you look at, you'll see her smiling face.
Love the photo of your kids when younger....Christmas Really IS more exciting with little ones around.
WOW....the yard certainlly looks different with all the snow...but you and I'd still find a way to turn up the tunes and sing CeeLo's son (tee,heeeee)
Love ya Claudie Girl.
Love your new blog header.
HOW FUN sister wearing the wreath. That made me smile.
I guess I need to get the Buble CD eh.

wendy said...

Christmas EVER...what the crap
I meant Christmas EVE

Linda said...

So sorry you're blue. Christmas is for family and kids. I know you miss your MOM But your family needs you too. Give them a big hug and tell them you love them.

Loretta said...

So sorry to hear you are in a funk...hopefully you will get into the spirit as the Holiday nears. Yor have such beautiful children, and the fur-babies are beautiful even if they are a little muddy! Take care my dear friend...sending you all the hugs and love I can muster! {{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}!
Best Wishes, Loretta

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

(((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))))) and I know the feeling dearest, I do know. Peut-être que l'absence de maman c'est la raison pour laquelle tu es un petit peu triste....sache bien que tu es bien-aimée... Anita

"Create Beauty" said...

Thank you ~ you are the very first to order from my new Etsy shop! I was gone all day and then saw I had an order from you, I will get it out first thing tomorrow!!!!

You are way ahead of me, I haven't done any decorating yet and I was going to do it early this year.

I spent the day with my daughter and her 3 little ones, and now must go feed my husband and these two hungry dogs.....

Thanks for making my day!
~ Violet

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Sweet Claudie...
Love this post. How wonderful to see more beautiful family photos. I hope you don't mind, I snatched 3 more. I had to add them. They are just perfect to complete the project. I am hoping to have the box in the mail by the first of next week. I want it there in time for Christmas. Oh I wish I could be there when you open it. Lots and lots of LOVE for you sweet friend.

The pups look so precious. Don't you just love those faces? They are priceless.

Hugs and more hugs to you. All love sweetie and many hugs, Sherry

Designs By Pinky said...

HI sweetie, I am sorry you are blue but I totally understand. The first year after my Mom died was so weird, especially because she had LIVED HERE for 5 years and I was taking care of her. Your children are beautiful and I know you will make Christmas beautiful for them and Randy. Try to enjoy all you have accomplished. Your Mom would WANT you to. BIIIIIGGGGGG hugs to you. XO, Pinky

Julie Harward said...

I know...I need snow in December too. You are ahead of me, I just finished up Thanksgiving and am putting Christmas up..but it is going to be minimal this year because our kids are not going to be here. We are going to them though so that is a-ok with me. I don't even know if I am going to do Christmas cards this year, that will be a first ever for me! I love the pic with the cardinal..I have never seen one in real life1 Have a good week and remember..mom will be checking up on you, always! :D

jeanne said...

Hello Claudie, Bill is downloading a gazillion music thingys and he won't let me use my computer. He said it slows the process down. He just went to bed and I am sneaking here to say hello and i love you.

Your header is darling and I did notice our matching pink Christmas balls. Great minds...

I LOVE your post and photos except the Christmas blues. Snap out of it my dear friend. I can't stand to know you are downhearted. It does make sense with the recent loss of your mom. Play some lively music and dance around the room. It works for me. HA! I adore the photo of the pups and your beautiful children. Christmas is more fun when children are a big part of the celebration. Bill and I decorated the tree tonight. Well, he hung a few fruit ornaments.BUT...then he did the dishes. What a guy.

It is after 2:00 am and I must go yo bed. Besides I will get busted if he sees me on my computer.

Be happy and remember you are loved very much by so many people. I must add that you are totally worthy of that love my darling friend.

Goodnight! You know I love you to pieces!!!
xoxoxo, Jeanne

Luna und Luzie said...

Dear Claudie,

this would be my first Christmas without my mom too and I know how you feel!!!

Oh, you had snow there !!! We have springy weather and no rain since weeks. We all hope for snow but we know it is unusual for northern Germany to have snow on Christmas.
Love the red cardinalbird in your garden. It fits perfect in your red yard! We don´t have those birds here.
Love your beautiful card!
And your tree is gorgeous. Love the sweet mousie pendant!!!
As you know we put up our trees in the house first at december 23.
Have a great week!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Claudie,
I am so sorry your blue but your pics sure brightened my day!
We don't have snow right now which is unusual in Wisconsin and it does seem kind of lacking without it.
Love your cottage pic with the cardinal! We have lots of cardinals too and they are my favorite bird!
I think the first year without your Mom is whats making you feel so down. It's such a huge loss and I feel so much for you.
Take care my friend and you have beautiful children who I sure have some of your Mom in them.
Big Hugs,

~CC Catherine said...

Hi Honey! You need your Sista's with you! That's what's missin!!! But ~ honestly, it is because your sweet precious Mother is not with you this year. It's going to be "different" without her ~ and that's only normal. I still recall the first few Christmas's after my brother passed...it still feels like an empty chair is at the table even when there isn't... It most likely will be like that for awhile, if not always. Maybe you can do something special to put her IN Christmas this year. Maybe you could do a collage of all your favorite pics of her and put it on the frig so you can enjoy her having fun in life. Did you keep any of her clothes by chance? I have my grandfathers ties...and I've been wanting to do something with them...make something...it makes me feel like I'm with my loved ones when I have a piece of their clothing in my hands. I still have some of my Dads things too... I'll be praying for you honey...I know it's not easy. Your package went in the mail yesterday and hopefully it will be to you by sometime next week. I miss you sweetie pie....I will be praying for this month for you...I know it's not going to be easy. I love you to the MOON & BACK!!! xoxo

~CC Catherine said...

Forgot to say - the first Christmas we were without my brother I made a homemade ornament and put his pic in it. I was in the bedroom getting ready to take it out to hang on my Mother's Christmas tree. All of a sudden while I was looking at the ornament,,,the reality that he wasn't with us overwhelmed me and tears starting rolling down my face. I forced myself to walk out and put it on the tree and stopped myself from crying for him. Don't allow yourself to "not" cry for your Mom if you feel like it ~ that was the worst thing I could've done for myself back then...I needed to cry; but wouldn't allow myself to. It's okay...just know that! I love you so much friend! xoxo

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

My darlin
I am right there with you. I promise myself every year I wont let it get to me.

This year is my first "everything" without my dear sis. I hate to whine on and on but I hear and understand your pain.

With my bday around the corner its also the 5th anniversary of my dad's passing.

Holidays are what we make of them and I am determined to not be so low. Sooo maybe between you and I we can have our own Pick me up holiday.

No job prospect yet-- not worrying yet (yah sure lol) but Christmas will be not much from my end I am afraid. Please do not think I wouldn't love to do more. Just know it really is from the heart.

I love you... miss you for sure!


Jen said...

Exactly how I felt last year being the first Christmas without my Mom.

As for the snow and cold I can do without it and don't miss it one bit! The muddy dog is another story! lol


Daisy Pink Cupcake said...

Cute...Cute....Cute!! Love your dogs, ornaments, kids, sisters, mom! Everyone is just cute! I am having a giveaway on blog and would love to see you enter! Now I am off to see more of your blog.

Red Rose Alley said...

I just loved this post and everything about it. It is amazing that you have everything all done for Christmas. That's what I wanted to do. I want to get all the shopping and running around done early, so I can reflect on the real meaning of Christmas. I know you miss your mom, dear. I missed my mom so very much too. Your front yard is gorgeous! Oh, how I wish we had snow at times. Now that everything's done, you can sit back and enjoy the season. I'll be thinking about you and that wonderful smile of yours. Oh, I loved the picture of Sister and the wreath!
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Linda @ A La Carte said...

It will be a hard Christmas but the love of your family will help. Lovely decorations my sweet friend. hugs, Linda

Judi said...

Hi Claudie *hugs*
Oh your blog is so pretty...your tree...your family...your puppies...the Christmas music...you are surrounded by family and love both there and in blogland but you feel alone...you shouldn't feel that way but I think it is your mom you are missing especially at Christmas.
I'm sorry about the way you are feeling though I know I feel it too at times.

We had some snow yesterday that we didn't expect but its pretty much all gone. I would send you some...:o)

I hope each day...until the snow falls...you feel better.
have a lovely day Claudie.

Sherry from Alabama said...

I hope your days get brighter real soon! I know what you mean about Christmas after the kids are all grown up. It's kind of sad but I'm just making sure the kid inside of me stays young!

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

Grace said...

Ah Holidays they keep coming around and we are so torn between missing loved ones and celebrating! They are with us in our hearts in our laughter in every word we speak. Think of this Christmas as a celebration a toast to your mom for putting all of you together and to remember all the happy times and Christmases of past. Happy Holidays. Grace xoox

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Claudine, your doggies are so adorable, don't you just fur babies?! Your family is a good looking bunch! I too get sentimental during Christmastime. Sweet memories of the past and missing those that have gone before us. Your tree looks so pretty. I set up a small tree each year in on or of my other and mother-in-law. :)

Love you sweetie,

Betty Jo said...

Claudie your blog is always such a delight! The cardinal in that bush is gorgeous. So sorry you won't have your mom with you this year. I lost my mom ten years ago, and still miss her terribly. ♥

A Touch of Grace said...

What a fun back yard, red and white stripes...great! Lovely cardinal do they often preach in your trees? We do not see many, this part of Canada...much blue birds though.
Very pretty decorations, I do believe all your fur babies must think so too:) I know mine love them, especially the ones that swing:))
I sorry that your dear mom has passed...Hold your sisters close...I pray you find comfort in each other as you celebrate Christmas.
My heart goes out to you...I miss my ma desperately...

Francesca said...

Wow, gorgeous pictures, I really enjoyed looking at them. You put me in the Christmas mood. I am following you from Rome, Italy but I'm Sicilian. Happy Birthday to Brittany!

Annesphamily said...

The holidays can really make us blue! But keep talking about it and we will all help keep you sane! You have such a way about you that I enjoy coming over here! You need to smile and relax. But I know the feeling you have. I try to surround myself by people I love and many that I care about. When I am sad my Sweets can always make me smile. We just laugh about the fact that his two crazy brothers both want to move back here! They currently live in Montana and it is a long sad story although you would probably fall off your chair listening to the nonsense of it all! One is single and experiencing the effects of long term drug use. The other one has 8 ex wives and no one wants to listen to the chatter! At his lowest, abusing prescription drugs, it was my Sweets who took the slug in. Eight ex wives, five biological children and three adopted kids and no one wanted him! We finally left him at the emergency room! 12hrs. later he was in a rehab center where we tried to place him in the first place! They say you can pick your friends but not your relatives. To which I say "AMEN"!!!!
Hugs Anne