Friday, 9 December 2016


                                                                   photo from the internet

We awoke to a snow-covered world today and the snow continues to fall. So beautiful!!
I've been going out every hour or so to bring the Hummingbird feeder in, thawing and warming slightly before going to hang it out again,  For next winter I'm going to have more than one feeder since there have been issues  becaue one particular Hummer likes to defend its food source. Another thing I mean to do is have is enough feeders so I can exchange warm ones for frozen and eliminate the need for the warming up step.

The ground-feeding birds are not forgotten. I swept an area clear of snow and spread seed. No use putting down much because the snow quickly covers the seed. Keeping all my feathered friends fed is certainly keeping me hopping. Our snow never stays around very long and all too soon we'll be back to rain.

So far I've noticed countless Juncos and Chickadees, quite a few Sparrows, one Spotted Towhee and one Robin. Towhees are regular winter guests but the Robin must be very sorry he didn't go South with his flock.

Have an enjoyable weekend,

Thanks for visiting,

                    Granny Marigold

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

In my Kitchen

It's very cold today. Minus 5 C with a windchill of minus 12   ( -5C is about 23F) . For us this is cold!!   So I decided to warm up the kitchen and bake my Weinachts Stollen. This traditional German fruit bread is served only during the Christmas season.  The first two pictures
  are  from the internet and look so perfect. Then there are the ones I made. I console myself with the fact that at least mine turned out very tasty. My cousin and her husband came by for tea and he couldn't get over how good it was.  I wish I could make my baking look like the pictures though.
Maybe if I put lots of icing on them will hide the lumpiness.

Since I intend to freeze some I didn't ice them nor sprinkle icing sugar over them. I'll do that when I serve them.

My mom used to make icebox cookies that also used the glaced fruit. I have made them in the past but must have lost the recipe. I got one off the internet and it turned out just like I remember them.

It's so cold that the Hummingbird feeder froze. We brought it in for night and by lunchtime I noticed that the Hummingbird was hovering around the spot where it should be. I hurried out and I don't think I was 5 feet away before it was feeding.  The Chickadee feeder was full of sunflower seeds  and I spread regular bird seed on the ground for the other birds. I don't want to run out of food for the birds while this cold weather lasts.

I hope you are  all keeping warm and cozy, maybe doing some of your baking?

Thanks for coming by,

Granny Marigold

Monday, 5 December 2016


We walked in snow this morning. It was very close to being rain and fell very wetly. Later it turned to the soft flakes that are so pretty to watch but later still we were back to light rain.  The next two days are forecast to be cold and clear but by Thursday more snow!

Daughter #2 has this week off work and we went browsing in a delightful store full of pretty Christmassy things.  She had to cut our shopping short to go to a hair appointment but tomorrow we'll be going to do more shops!  Such fun to share the time with her.

Thanks for coming by,

                       Granny Marigold

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Finished Decorating my House

Yes, I've done as much as I feel I want to do this year.  The Teddies have their own little corner.

                                                    The tree in the sunroom

                                   Actually, this cupboard stays this way all year round.

          and this Christmas room 'in a box' also stays up all year. I've removed the glass that normally   covers the front, that's why part of the wood ( which holds the glass) is missing.

                              The old treadle machine is very simply decorated.....


Thanks for visiting,

         Granny Marigold

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Tea Cups

I had a fun time at the thrift store yesterday. I found some pretty Pansy patterned dishes. I already had these 3 tea cups and the small platter...

                      and these are the new items.
                     I now have enough to warrant a small cupboard just for Pansy dishes.

There was a stack of saucers with no matching cups. I chose these 4 lovelies. Who knows. Maybe someday I'll find their matching cups.

These Sadler Christmas tea cups were an especially exciting find for me.  Today I rearranged my cupboards so I have a designated shelf now for Christmas dishes. I had fun.

This is the way my mother would store her tea cups and I do too  if I have 4 matching ones.

Last of all I looked in the basket that has odd cups marked very cheaply. This one appealed to me.For a dollar I made it part of my collection of "odds".

So I spent my morning finding spots for the new dishes. At one point I made a pot of tea and enjoyed it in one of the Christmas tea cups. I also found some things I could put in the donation box and will try to find more.

After school the grands put up both Nativity sets and I think that finishes my decorating.  More photos to come.

Thanks for visiting. Please leave a comment however short so I know you've come by. Blogger tells me I have many views every day but I guess not many feel like leaving a comment. Some  think they can't post a comment unless they have a blog but in that case you just post as " anonymous".

Granny Marigold

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

A Special Day

      This is myself and my DH 53 years ago today!   Oh but we were so young!!

Thanks for popping by,

        Granny Marigold

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

500th Post

Yes, this is the 500th post. I find it hard to believe I've reached that number  and not bored you all to death.

As you've read in my last post my DH's brother died quite suddenly. It has been a week of lots of people coming and going and a mixture of sadness and joy in seeing each other. These pics were taken just before we left for the memorial. We really don't get "dressed up" that often so we made sure to take photos.

                          With us here is Kate, our eldest grand.  ( The picture behind her is not really crooked, it's the way the pic was taken.  I'm far too OCD to have crooked pics.)

                        The White tree is up....

                    and the Christmas cactus still has quite a few blooms

                  In the dining room it's a mix of Fall with the gourds still on the table

            The sideboard has a bit of Holly and Cedar and  a few cards but I need to put the tea set away and get out more Christmas decorations, after all, it's almost December!

I hope you are having a great week,

Thanks for visiting,

             Granny Marigold