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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Christmas events all around the town! Five on Friday

 So glad that Amy keeps Five on Friday open  a bit longer for us to all join in.   She's a few hours or so ahead of us here in the United States and I really enjoy joining.  Yesterday, Friday, I planned on blogging, reading magazines, and sewing.  That was all I wanted to do, and let's just say it didn't happen.  "nuff said about that!

And I'm a week behind, but all I did this week was decorate and move boxes and tubs of stuff around, so I'm going to share the last week of November and the first of December.  The festivities have begun!

Here we go.....

I left off with Thanksgiving weekend with my nieces and we were making signs for a parade. 
On Sunday, my Shug and I went to the parade.
This is my sister, and both of my nieces dressed for the parade.
 My Sister's husband and My Sister, ready for the parade.  My Sister is President of the Noon Kiwanis group in Noblesville.
 I won't show you ALL of the pictures I took, but I'm going to declare it here and now...
L.O.V.E.  them.
They remind me of the good old days when towns came together and did things for each other.
And the people in this town definitely come out for this parade.  Even if it's cold. 
 So sit back and enjoy the parade!

 I thought this was clever.  The swim team dressed as Jelly Fish!

 And here they nieces!
Carrying the sign.

 And there's my sister, passing out candy.  That's the one thing this parade is known for, passing out candy to all the kiddies.  As a matter of fact, the kids bring bags for their candy! They're very prepared.
 And here you can kind of see my brother in law driving his Dad's car.

It brought a tear to my eye.
 You might remember his Dad passed very unexpectedly in October.

On Tuesday and Wednesday of that week, I was gathering gifts I had gathered through the year and wrapping them.
 I made two Christmas Countdown Calendars.  Only I didn't number the gifts...I just put them in this bag and told them to take one out a day.
I don't quite understand if they are Advent calendars, which I thought began on November 27, or Christmas Countdown, which begins on the first (or whenever I suppose you begin to count it down!)
It's been fun for me too, because I can't remember everything I bought.

On Thursday, we went to this adorable little church for a dinner.  They invite our entire little townish.  I call it townish, because 'ish makes it sound small, and it is.  And the townish I live in, is inside a City.  I don't understand it, really.  My address is the City, but when people ask where I live, I give them the townish name.  The church is as quaint as ever and reminds me of Little House on the Prairie!
Afterwards, I invited the Chata Chicks over, which I have got to explain to you in another post, but they all live in the same townish, so they were at the little dinner.  And when we were sitting at the table talking I found out one of them turned 70 THAT VERY DAY and I didn't know it!  I had been busy wrapping gifts for two days, then going to crochet group, then groceries and cooking for a dinner.  I hadn't been on FB so how was I to know!  I went in the other room and dug out a candle and a hostess cake and we sang! 

My Shug....on the First Friday of the month.  We went downtown to First Friday and visited a few stores and ran into some dear friends that we haven't seen in years.  I do not know why I did not get a picture of them, but I didn't.  We stood out by the fire in a barrel while they tended the hot chocolate bar put on by their church, and I didn't even get a picture of that.  It was a bit chilly so maybe that's it.  Either way, I went upstairs to what used to be my friend Beth's studio, and I saw something I wanted for Christmas. 
 My Shug and I also went THROUGH the mansion.  The weekend before we went to the lighting ceremony, but on this night, it was free to go through it, so we did.
I took a lot of pictures of the inside of the mansion but I won't bore you with them all.

I will just show you this one....see that landing...well.... 22 years ago this month, I walked down those stairs, and I stood on that landing with my Shug and we were wed!

On Saturday ( not today) Mom and I went shopping for a bit.
This is inside a little antique type mall in Tipton, Indiana.  They happened to have vendors that day. 
So did Horton's so we visited both places.
Then we went to Patti Becks place.  You can look her up on Herbs & Clay Pottery on Facebook. 
You won't be disappointed.  I love unique, local, small business, handmade gifts, and she fits all of those categories. 

And later that day my Shug and I went to a Christmas program that is at the church his Mom attended when she was living.  They had angels...
Wise men, Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus there.  It was a very special program, with fantastic singing.
It's been busy....I now have 15 days until Christmas and I haven't done my shopping so I need to we are about to get a big honkin' storm!

out for our area.
We had our first snowfall, but this is our first storm!

OK everyone, go check out what everyone else has been up to at Amy's blog, Love Made My Home, Five on Friday.  Just click on Five on Friday, and it will take you to her blog.  Then click on one of the names/blogs in the list and it will take you to that person's blog. 
Leave a comment and tell us what you've been up to this Christmas season, so we know you paid a visit.



  1. What a wonderful five, parades and friends and family, so good

  2. Well, I'd definitely say you've been busy. That house all lit up sure is pretty. Hope the winter storm won't be too bad.

    In response to your comment on my blog: Yes, that is oleander in the one picture. I had to look up its toxic tendencies ... and learned something new. Fortunately, we were only picking up garbage around them, not munching on the leaves. :) From what I read, most animals stay away from it because they know it's toxic and bees leave it alone entirely.

  3. Wow, I loved everything. I think that we live in the dullest town in the country when it comes to Christmas. There is nothing going on. Your holidays are magnificent . . . I'm a little bit jealous. The mansion is beautiful with all the lights and how lovely that you can go back and visit the place where you were wed . . . that's so romantic :)

  4. Such wonderful times you have had wth friends and family. The parade looks like great fun and the mansion so festive. I've loved your five:)

  5. What a great five, I loved seeing the parade such a lovely season my favourite time of year. What a stunning place to be married, you are certainly blessed.

  6. A post filled with Christmas joy - happy coming anniversary & Merry Christmas!

  7. You certainly had a full week. Thank you for sharing your parade - I loved watching it while warm and snug in my own home.

    Would love to see that mansion, both inside and out. Must have brought a very happy memory for you. What a lovely place for a wedding.


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