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Sunday, December 26, 2021

The Day After Christmas


This Christmas was very quiet for me.

I had many plans, but they fell by the wayside

as I was home alone self medicating.  


I am feeling so much better 

today and I can breath again :)



Sending a big thank you to 

Marilyn of 

Pink Paper Cottage

She made me this little angel last year.



And this year sent the little sign

that now hangs in my vintage window nativity.

That old window was part of our home

when we purchased it :)

I think it looks perfect there.

Thank you, Marilyn.



Speaking of Marilyn . . .

Marilyn of Mountain Top Spice 

Sent me this lovely postcard

made from one of her amazing

Montana photographs. 



Now it is time to start packing away

the few decorations that I put

out this year.


Something that I did to make 

things look more like Christmas 

without doing much decorating 

was putting

little red berries and pine cones 

here and there around the house.

It's sweet how a few berries and pine cones

can made your everyday decor look 

more festive.



Even the bathroom . . .

some pine cones and a towel

from our 5th wheel camper

and it's transform into Christmas :)



Now that I have the farmhouse table

in the dining room  . . .

I put my smaller table in the kitchen

and put the kitchen island into the

mudroom/laundry room.

It makes a great folding table. 

I love the bright light in the 

kitchen for reading in the morning.

I should have done this sooner :)



Some of you might remember . . .

Beulah came home to live with us

one year ago, two days before Christmas.


This was taken last Christmas . . .

the one time that Butchy got to feel

like a big dog, LOL.

Beulah is much bigger than Butchy now,

but she knows who rules the roost . . .

actually they are very good friends.


Well, that's my post.

Thanks for visiting


If I don't post again until after

the new year . . .

Here's wishing you all a year

filled with good health and great love.

Connie :)


  1. Your house looked very cheery indeed. I agree about the berries and pine cones here and there really having an outsized effect on making it Christmasy! I am glad you are feeling better today. I am, too. How tiny Beulah was last year!

  2. Glad you are feeling better! 🍵

  3. Glad you are feeling better! We hosted our kids the Sunday before Christmas which worked out well since the person I sat next to at church the next day (who was not masked) called me later to say her son has tested positive for Covid. We sat home, ate leftovers and enjoyed each others company. I think your simple decorations were perfect.

  4. I am happy to hear that you are feeling better.

    Grace & Peace,

  5. I'm glad that you're feeling better Connie. Thank you for your comment about being nearer relatives this year. Yes, it's been wonderful, but golly, we miss our Spokane family too. It's like our heart is in two places at one time. We do especially love being near Mandy's family.
    I think your Holly Jolly sign with the truck is so sweet. As always, all of your decorations are beautiful. Simple is always best. I think I have too many things. Tomorrow I plan to start taking down and putting away decorations. I would like to get rid of some things too.
    Take care my friend and stay warm. It's been cold there already and it's on it's way here!
    Blessings and love,

  6. Happy New Year, Connie. So good to find your post this evening. Sorry you were under the weather. Your sweet little home looks so pretty. Pinecones, greens and a few berries were my primary seasonal deco this year, too, along with my Christmas quilts and table linens. The older I get, the more I find that "less is more." How could that be! :-) I love that photo of Butchy and little Beulah. It gets me smiling every time I see it. May your year of 2022 be filled with His peace and grace.

  7. How pretty your house looks, Connie, festive and welcoming. So sorry you havent been well, but hope you will feel refreshed and better very soon.

  8. I love all your touches of Christmas decorations. Sorry to hear you weren't feeling well. I hope you are better soon.

  9. HAPPY NEW YEAR to you CONNIE. Cool day here for Summer - lots of rain about. Best Wishes. KEV. (Sydney-Australia).

  10. I'm sorry that you were sick on Christmas. I hope you're feeling better by now.

    I love your simple touches of Christmas. Still pretty, but less to take down and pack away! I've been busy taking down all my Christmas decor, too. The living room and kitchen look bare now, but I like having a fresh start, especially at the beginning of a new year.

  11. Your cottage is lovely, Connie. I like the changes you've made with your tables, and your kitchen is so homey and welcoming. There's nothing wrong with a quiet Christmas at home, alone. I had one of those last year, and I really enjoyed it. This year I was with my son and his family, and extended family on my DIL's side. It was nice, however it was a long day for me and kind of "busy", if you know what I mean. I'm not complaining, just saying that I enjoy quiet times at home. Your pups are so sweet. I'm glad you have them in your life. May God bless you richly in 2022. Hugs.

  12. Hello there, and thank you for leaving a comment on my blog!!! It's lovely to meet new people, in Pretty Blog Land.

    I am so sorry you were sick for Christmas. But am also so glad, you are feeling better!!! -hugs, hugs, hugs-

    I love the peeks I have gotten, into your home, in your first 2 posts! And can hardly wait, to look at more posts, to see more of it. It is lovely!!!!!!!!

    I am 84 and my husband is 88, so obviously... Our decorations have cut down. Basically, I decorate the mantle with lots of loved items. And a couple of festive wreaths, hung... And have fairy lights around, all year anyway. This year even the smaller fake tree, did not come out.

    I was sick for weeks, with the 'awful, horrible cold' which was going around in our area. We know it was, from our pharmacist. And it turned into pneumonia! So it was a bad time.

    We ordered a wee, little table top tree. lol A bit too tiny, but it served the purpose, this Christmas.

    The decorations usually stay up for a while here. Until I feel "it is time" to put them away. -smile- And obviously, it will not be a big job, to do so.

    Again, thank you for stopping by. And thus, I have found your pretty blog, and will keep visiting. Hope you will keep coming to mine, too.

    Hugs and Love,
    From a 'Nana' in the upper North East of the US
    🌲 ⛄ 🌲 ⛄ 🌲 ⛄ 🌲 ⛄ 🌲 ⛄ 🌲 ⛄ 🌲 ⛄ 🌲 ⛄ 🌲

  13. I'm sorry to hear you have not been well, Connie, and I hope you are fully recovered soon.
    I love your nativity window and the new sign is perfect for it.
    Be safe, take care of yourself, and stay happy :)
    Hugz, Mxx

  14. What a lovely post and so nice see more pictures of your beautiful home. It always looks so warm and cozy and cheery.
    Glad to hear you are feeling better.
    Love the Nativity in the window frame!!

  15. I didn't get notice of your blog post yet.. it usually takes a day or so for me to get notice in my inbox! But I just had to come here today to see if you posted! And you did! I love it... love seeing the photos of your sweet house, tree and pinecones and berries here and there and everywhere! That towel in the bathroom looks just perfect, with the pinecones on the shelf! The little plaque is perfect where you hung it.... how did I know you'd find/have the perfect spot for it???!!! I loved seeing your kitchen, and the shelf of your preserves, and your book and teacup (or coffee?) at the kitchen table. I do most of my reading and "stuff" at my dining table, always have.. even with a craft room, I sometimes like to move stuff out to my dining table and craft things, so I feel more in the "thick" of things, where the tree is and the TV and kitties sleeping on the comfy chairs. I think your Holly Jolly Christmas truck sign looks so perfect sitting on your kitchen counter. I wish I had more counter space for things like that.... less IS more and I need to clear it off! I like things right "at hand" so keep many things out, but sometimes would love a nice clear kitchen counter. The pic of Butchy and Beulah when she was a pup is just precious. I'm so glad they are good friends now! Also thankful you are feeling on the mend now. Sending love and hugs......Marilyn

  16. I'm so sorry to read that you spent Christmas home alone and self medicating, do hope you feel much better now. I always love your creative touches throughout your home. Hopefully 2022 will be a better year for us all, and hopefully Covid will start to wane. Keep well keep safe and I'll look forward to reading more of your cheery chatty blogs next year.

  17. So glad you are feeling better. I love your simple decorations, they are very festive. Beulah certainly has grown in the last year!

  18. So glad you are feeling better. It was quiet here also but we did go to Christmas eve service and I always look forward to that each year.
    Sounds like you are getting the house put together just right for you, so nice to have a piece work in another room!
    Wishing you a Happy New year too!

  19. Hi Connie, I am so sorry you have been sick. I love your little reading table. It will be nice to sit and have a cup of tea and read. We had a wonderful exhausting Christmas with family and I loved it. I think we will leave our tree up a little longer as the lights are so cheerful when it gets dark so early. Nancy

  20. Marilyn is a dear person, and she takes the most amazing photos at her home in Montana. Her card is beautiful, and the words are perfect for this Christmas season. Your home is always charming, Connie, and I enjoy browsing through your photos and seeing all the wonderful things around. I hope the new year brings you many good things.


  21. I'm glad you are on the mend but sorry you were not well right around Christmas. I like the touches of greens and berries that you used to make your home festive.
    All the very best to you in the new year!

  22. Hi Connie, I always find something that sparks joy in every visit to Crafty Home Cottage. Today there are several things, but most especially photo #6 … “Cherish each day; it is a gift.” It reminds me of a decade ago when I underwent triple bypass open heart surgery. After being on the heart lung machine for a few hours while the docs are working on the heart … well, when that’s over, and you wake up, that’s when you will know each day is a gift. Thank you for your recent visit to my blog and your kind comment. Thank you for sharing your blog. I’m sending you a hug and wishes for a Happy New Year. All the best to you! John