Thursday, December 16, 2021

This and That #4

Well here we are enjoying the magic of the holiday season, trying to make the holidays special for our loved ones. Our three year old grandson Quinn FaceTimes with us each evening from their home in Albany, and he wants a tour of the house each time he calls. He spotted these cookies I made for the four littles, and we'll see Quinn and his family on December 18th. Boy is he ever excited about Santa this year.  
Some of you may recall the amazing hardware store we have near our camp, and since they get a lot of tourists, they always have a place set up to take holiday photographs. 
Here is one of our Christmas trees that was fun to decorate. Most of the ornaments on this tree came from the Dollar Tree this year, and a few from Walmart. Each year I enjoy doing one themed tree, and the other trees are traditional with collectible ornaments on it.  
Sipping hot cocoa our living room was fun. 
We travelled four hours to a funeral in Rouses Point, NY but it was also a celebration of Ted's life as he was 66 and was not supposed to live beyond one year of age. A miracle!! Our dear friends appreciated our support. We knew there was a lovely B & B we could stay at, and we lucked out that they had two rooms left and it was decorated beautifully for Christmas. They served broiled pink grapefruit with maple crystals one morning, and they were a big hit.  
We got a group of friends together and went Christmas caroling. So joyful, and we were very well received. You have to pick your houses carefully :-) We went around dinner time, and could see children through the windows so we stopped. We also went to a few of our friend's houses and surprised them.  
My friend Bobbie served peppermint martinis after we returned from Christmas caroling. 
I just love this sweet owl ornament sent to me to inspire me to make some felt owls for my tree. Thank you Monique! 
A photo that I took of an owl on our hike. Joe always asks me how I spot them, and I tell him to just look up. They are pretty easy to spot when the leaves are off the trees.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours. Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Love all these fun activities, Debbie. You look adorable in your outdoor outfit at the hardware store! You make a dollar look like a million on your tree, and that owl is way special- great, dimensional detail!
    Enjoy your winter holidays!

  2. Merry Christmas from Scotland UK

  3. Love your post, so fun of Christmas outings and sweet family. Love the photo of you, adorable. Enjoy your merry making...........

  4. So much fun you're having! Love the hardware store photo bench and your sweet cookies for your grands. Your owl themed tree is beautiful and caroling with friends, how wonderful!

  5. Always so chic!Love that entrance..and all your MC treasures..C'est toi! That house is so pretty..the B and B so charming..I loved making those cookies for the Littles..your home always looks immaculate!

  6. You look so ready for Christmas and your tree is beautiful! That owl was meant for you and what a great owl capture! We don't see owls but lots of turkeys lately. We are on a regular turkey trail lately. They've even been roosting in our big maple trees at night. So fun to watch them fly up into the trees. What fun to go caroling again! Have a wonderful Christmas with your grandkids, Deb!!

  7. I really love those cookies that you made for the littles! I’d be like Quinn, and ready for Santa! Your tree looks beautifully decorated, Debbie! I’m so in love with that B&B you stayed at; my kind of place. Merry Christmas to you and Joe!

  8. What a beautiful send off you gave your friend. A true celebration of life and friendship. You obviously have a great group of friends who share your sensibilities. What a blessing. I would have never guessed you dressed that tree from the dollar store. It is stunning. You have panache my girl. Merry Christmas Deb!

  9. What a lovely post with all the fun random things! I love reading stories about your grands. I know they are so excited about Christmas. Children truly make the season magical for adults. LOVE the owl photo! Merry Christmas, Deb!

  10. Such lovely post Debbie, love your themed tree. Gotta love Walmart and the dollar store. Hot cocoa sounds wonderful and I love how you arranged everything. The photo in front of the hardware store is darling. Love your boots. Sorry to hear about your friend’s passing. The felt owl ornament is precious. How special you can. Saturday owls. Love your photography. Merry Christmas to you and Joe.


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