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A busy week

 Even though Christmas is fast approaching, the temperatures here haven’t felt as much.  We took full advantage of the seventy degree days to get a bunch of needed items done.  I put some finishing touches on the new rabbit hutch so we could finally move the bunnies out of the chicken coop.  

We also replaced two more of the front steps leading up to the cabin, and repainted the porch a steps.
  

I worked on stepping up my hummus game.  Ever since our trip to Israel two years a ago, it has become a staple in the pu-pu rotation. 

  

We also gave ourselves a Christmas present that we have been talking about for a couple years now.  We bought a new record player so we could finally revive some of those family heirlooms living in the bottom of the closet.
 

Now onward to Christmas my friends.

D.

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A little more Christmas 

While the Christmas tree is definitely the star of our Christmas decorations, we do have some other beloved items we put out each year.  

We have two nativity sets that we put out each year. One large elegant one. 

 
And one simple carved set.

   

As well as a few signs. 

    
And of course you have to have an angel or two.

  
Then we get into some of the items that we think are special, such as this little penguin. Unfortunately someone in the factory put his feet on backwards, but we love him anyways.

   
And this this little elf, who couldn’t love a face like that. 

 
Then there is one of my favorite items we have.  It is a simple painted terra cotta Santa who looks downwards, like he may be sad. Well at some point the end of his hat broke off several years ago, and we left it near him until we could fix it, but it just seems to work better now as he looks longingly down at the poor broken tip of his cap.  Each year we put it out just as is and it makes me smile. Poor Santa. 

  
This seasons mantel theme was stars. 

  
D.