The beach was stormy and snuggly; just the way I like it. Most of the time the rain and wind was a constant flow so we never took our regular walk on the beach. Instead I snapped the morning seascape out the Commons window.
Oh how I love the beach.
Below is a typical thing that happens when I don't keep my camera right next to me. The girls, all full of giggles, take over my camera and leave me surprises on the memory card. Here are a couple of the more cute ones.
This is Pippin and Rixxi. They manned the camera every chance they had.
They make me laugh all the time.
I love the sparkles in their eyes.......you know, the mischievous sparkle.
This is Puddin' and Novia. Girls and snacks in the middle of the night.
They had just finished a rousing game of Apples to Apples.
The below picture is of the girls making music together.
They sing side by side in choir so their sound was instantly a beautiful harmony.
All too soon it was time to head back to the city with our hearts full of great memories.
While at Nana's for New Year's day dinner, I took a few close up pictures of her bells.
As I said before, her tall Christmas tree is covered in them.
More bells can be found throughout the house decorating the banister railing and hanging from lights.
They shine, sparkle and glow as the lights reflect off of her creations.
No two are alike. The sizes of beads, colors and imaginative adaptation to
the original pattern make each one stand out on it's own beauty.
See the green one in the upper photo? It is made from a tea ball.
I remember having a pink one in my room when I was a little girl and it was filled with pot pourri powder.
Nana's favorite beads to work with are called berry beads.
I like how she combined this one with berry beads and golden hearts.
I like how Nana adapted this one. The shape and color always makes me think of an angel.
Now that it is January 6th and all of the normal schedules are back in full swing, I know it is a bit late to share these photos. But here is a secret that I must tell......I am still mailing out our Christmas cards! No really. I figure late is better than never. Last year, after just coming home from taking care of Daddy, I didn't do anything. I think our "around the world friends and family" that don't hear from us often deserve to know why it appears we have fallen off the face of the earth.
In all you do this week, do it with the knowledge that you are so very loved by God.