Sunday, December 15, 2013

Weekend stuff

It’s Sunday night and I’m watching Disney’s A Christmas Carol. It’s a really good movie but I feel a little guilty that I’m not watching the national news. Sometimes, though, I really don’t want to know what’s going on in the world. Is that so wrong?

Got my decorating finished this weekend and it looks great.


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Nah, this isn’t my place. Fooled you, didn’t I? This is The Caldwell Library at the school where I work. We’ve never put a tree in there before. I think it looks simple and perfect.


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This is the tree in our school lobby. This was me fooling with the focus ring to get some blur. Wednesday is our last day before Christmas Break, and the lobby will be filled with children in two separate sessions, singing Christmas carols. It’s a beautiful thing.


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Coming up the driveway to work on Friday.



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Cornfield in the snow.



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We had a little snow yesterday but it was followed by sleet that turned to rain by morning. The skies were bright and sunny earlier, but by afternoon it began to cloud over quite thickly. At one point, I was sitting in the living room and suddenly the outside became very bright. It was a break in the clouds and I went to get the camera.


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Some other things I enjoyed this weekend were, in no particular order:

Jazz Holidays Radio on Pandora

Soupman tomato bisque with Grilled Cheese sandwiches on rosemary bread

The movie, Love Actually

{This post} by Kelly

Planning to make {these cookies}

Decorating my house

Thick, warm socks

A newsy e-mail from my son in NYC

{Peppermint Chocolate Tea}

Hairspray, at the {Tidewater Theatre} in Havre de Grace

An impromptu dinner on board someone’s boat

Decorating my little tree

{This song} from the Love Actually soundtrack


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I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. 

~Charles Dickens


Here’s to a good week to come.

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George says hi.


Lisa said...

Kate what a lovely post.

Some things I enjoyed this week were some peace when I could find it..
Having my house decorated..
a nap
my hubbies cooking
laughing and smiling at life,
talking endlessly on the phone to a friend and my sister.
and looking back with a grateful heart.
Merry Christmas Kate.

Low Tide High Style said...

Your tree is beautiful, as are the trees at your school! It sounds like you've had a wonderful weekend! :) And Love Actually is one of my very favorite movies of all time!!!

Have a wonderful short week!

xo Kat

Cloudia said...

Pandora Jazz Holiday Radio - check
George - check
Avoiding news - check

Enjoy, Dear

great pics of Yankee land my dear

from Honolulu
Comfort Spiral
=^..^= <3

Jeanne Walker said...

Your tree is lovely...the colors are so vintage! I love the school building and the library is so inviting...with the tree especially. Impromptu dinner on a private tell! Your weekend was full and that'a good thing! Hope you have a wonderfully blessed short week! xo

beth said...

LOL...trying to fool us !!

it was 8 degrees this afternoon when i wanted to go out and shoot just for fun....didn't happen :(

now i have to check out your links....xo

JaneK said...

Whoa, whoa, back it up.... I'd like a little more info about dinner on someone's boat. Sounds simply marvy!!!!

The rest of it was good, too. I was really struck by the cornfields in the snow... Something you never see round these parts....

Marianne said...

Loved your post, Kate! What an extraordinary school! Very different from any school I've seen in Arizona. Don't feel,bad about watching the news; I stopped years ago because of all the gloom and doom. I get my headlines from and can dig deeper into any topic that interests me.

Anonymous said...

My goodness, you are surrounded by so much must feel blessed everyday. You sound like you're doing good and getting full into the holidays. I'm happy for that. ♥
Enjoy the children this week. It's a wonderful thing to see Christmas through a child's eyes.


donna baker said...

Hope your holiday is a good one.

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

You work at a beautiful place! I must say that it is quite impressive! You should see a photo of the school I used to work at (public) with concrete block walls and mold growing on the walls and sewer gas in the restrooms!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Lovely snowy photographs - and hi to George too.

Karen said...

WOW, that's one beautiful school!... lol the public schools my children and I have attended would never have a library of such beauty, maybe not even a tree!

BB said...

Axel says G'day back to George!
Oh how I adore Love Actually... it makes me smile. For hours and hours. And that first room... wowsers!

Kerri Farley said...

Great BOKEH with that tree!!!
Give George a scratch from me :)

Daryl said...


love the blurry shot actually!!!


Carolynn Anctil said...

Ha! Actually, you did have me fooled. :o) What a beautiful library. I'd spend most of my time in there, I think.

I don't watch tv, read the newspaper, or listen to the radio and haven't for years. News depresses me.

Give George a squeeze from me and tell him I think he's cute.

A Glowing Ember

GailO said...

So much beauty in this post! Love the beauty of your school, and of the cornfield, and of the the list of your weekend activities....but I have to stop and ask more about that impromptu dinner aboard a boat! What?!!

The JR said...

That is a wonderful school. I love that building. Really cool place I bet.

Hello Georgie!

Em Parkinson said...

Wow - lovely looking school! What gorgeous photos Kate. You must be feeling apprehensive about Christmas. Big hugs over the Atlantic. x

Hilary said...

That's a beautiful school and stunning library. It looks so sophisticated. And the tree looks great. Of course everything you do looks great, Kate. (couldn't resist the rhyme)

Cait O'Connor said...

I like you weekend likes.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Wait. Dinner on board a boat? Do tell!


jo said...

Good one! When I saw the first photo, my mouth literally dropped open!!!

Lee Owenby said...

Just noticed your new blog header photo. Love it! You always do a good job on it.

sharon said...

what a gorgeous school you work at. I love the song by Dido. Of course I like just about anything from Dido. Your tree is beautiful! my daughter would love the owl. She is so into owls these days. We only have our tree up this year and some lights outside. Usually we decorate the whole house but this year we are going to Red River, New Mexico for a couple of days. Then off to take my daughter to college in Idaho. Our house will be empty when she is gone. She keeps us young. have a great week and stay warm.

Bluebird49 said...

You've been busy, lady! I've been making tied blankets for my grands, knitting fingerless mitts, making the inevitable Chex Mix and Pretzel candies---but no impromptu boat outings here! Ah well... :) Give George a hug!

Sabrina Steyling said...

Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL photos! That school you work at is fantastic, so regal looking!

P.S. Hi George! :)

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Lili said...

So to get that fabulous tree shot you just shot it out of focus? I never knew that...what a great tip! You did fool me with that first shot...I thought it was the manor beautiful. xoxo

linmil said...

How is it that a total stranger (of sorts)and so far away be in your thoughts at Christmas, and yet, you have been. Because I know that first Christmas without. It's tough. I hope you were surrounded by much love and your heart was warmed by great memories of Christmases past. Bless you my dear for being so strong.