Saturday, December 30, 2017

Recent Photos

These are Christmas Candles that Mom has put in her window for years.  I just love them.  They are electric, red candles with clear plastic halos around the bulbs.  There is greenery on the front side.

I was home for 3 days over Christmas and the weather was very cold.  Plug in cars and stay inside as much as possible.  I'm so glad Mom and Dad can get their exercise in the hallways and stairways of their building now and do not have to go out in this cold.

I had to go outside in -30C degree weather to take this photo.  I have applied a watercolor filter to the photo.

This is so Christmas to me.

I brought home three of these clear plastic bells for my Christmas tree from my trip south to visit my niece a few days before Christmas.

Loving clear and glass things makes photography a challenge.  I set up the tripod and still took many shots to get a few in focus ones. 

We are stuck in a deep freeze here in Canada.  I know that areas on the east have lost power and received tons of snow so I am grateful "It's just cold!"  We have ski hills closed, New Year's festivities cut back or brought indoors.  I have been hibernating with tea, books and TV. We are going onto a week of crazy cold.

My Christmas have been placed on my card  holder.   Of course, much fewer than in others years.  There are some great ones though.  The 2 central ones in the photo are ones I especially like - the watercolor red poinsettia and the soft nativity in warm tones.  I received some lovely cards this year.

I finished this book this week which was recommended by my sister. It is a true account of the author's work in Pakistan to build schools to educate girls.  The book's title was inspired by a saying Haji Ali shared with Greg Mortenson: "The first time you share tea with a Balti, you are a stranger. The second time you take tea, you are an honored guest. The third time you share a cup of tea, you become family...".

I found a Christmas mug at the thrift store while visiting my niece before Christmas.  Upon some research it is by Johnson Brothers - Victorian Christmas coffee mug.  One of my favorite makers. 

The bow is more burgundy than red which does not quite match my color scheme but I am happy with my purchase.  I had several to pick from and this one was light in comparison to the others and it just felt right.

Sharing with Share Your Cup #277 hosted by Jan at Daily Cup with Mrs. Olson.

Through my Lens hosted my Mersad.


  1. Beautiful pics and a pretty mug.I miss Christmas with internet I think people don't send cards by regular mail anymore,only virtual,unfortunately...Keep warm and a Happy New Year to you and yours!Hugs.

  2. Michigan is in the deep freeze, too. But it looks cozy in your world and I send you WARM wishes for the rest of the holiday! (Love Johnson Bros! One of my faves, too!)

    Until 2018, Happy New Year!

  3. Real Christmas cards are one of my favourite holiday traditions. We are also under an extreme cold alert here, but not as bad as in Alberta. Tomorrow, there is supposed to be a polar bear drip in Lake Ontario. I'm surprised that it hasn't been cancelled. Your new Christmas mug is a great find. Happy New Year, Sylvia!

  4. Sylvia, your mother's candles are so unique! I have a couple that light up, but I have never seen any with a ring. The bell is lovely, and the book sounds very good! Wishing you a wonderful New Year! I love getting Christmas cards. I usually send them, but not this year. Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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