2018

Katelynn’s Winter Concert 2018

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Tonight was Katelynn’s first Winter Concert performance at her High School. Next to “Stille Nacht” (German for “Silent Night” by Franz Gruber), the Synphonic Band also performed “Bravura” (C. E. Duble), “Old Days” (James Pankow) and “Jingle Bells” (James Pierpont).

Here is “Stille Nacht” performed by TCHS Symphonic Band:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhSM2vtxLMU&feature=share

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2018

A Peanuts-style Christmas II

πŸŽ„β›ΈπŸŽ„β›ΈπŸŽ„β›ΈπŸŽ„β›ΈπŸŽ„β›ΈπŸŽ„β›ΈπŸŽ„β›ΈπŸŽ„β›ΈπŸŽ„β›ΈπŸŽ„β›ΈπŸŽ„β›ΈπŸŽ„β›ΈπŸŽ„β›ΈπŸŽ„β›ΈπŸŽ„

Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!

πŸŽ„β›ΈπŸŽ„β›ΈπŸŽ„β›ΈπŸŽ„β›ΈπŸŽ„β›ΈπŸŽ„β›ΈπŸŽ„β›ΈπŸŽ„β›ΈπŸŽ„β›ΈπŸŽ„β›ΈπŸŽ„β›ΈπŸŽ„β›ΈπŸŽ„β›ΈπŸŽ„β›ΈπŸŽ„

2018

The Last Days of Autumn 2018

This morning, the day started out frosty. But it became a very nice, sunny afternoon. Usually, Autumn stays around all the way into mid to late December, here in North Texas. But recent high winds blew most of the colorful leaves off the trees, early on. Only a few trees are left with some Autumn foliage. One is the neighbor’s Sweet Gum tree, I photographed last months. The crape myrtles opened their pods to release their seeds. And the Chinese Tallow has beautiful white berries, which usually attract many birds; however mainly the neighborhood doves seem to go crazy for them.

Marlena, the Mockingbird, looks for berries and seeds in our yard. By 3:20 pm, she sits on the Christmas deer antlers and waits for Sara to come home from school. Once Sara greets her and walks into the house, Marlena goes back to her insect hunting in our yard.

2018

Tomtenisse ~ Scandinavian Christmas Gnome

πŸŽ„β„οΈπŸŽ„β„οΈπŸŽ„β„οΈπŸŽ„β„οΈπŸŽ„β„οΈπŸŽ„β„οΈπŸŽ„β„οΈπŸŽ„β„οΈπŸŽ„β„οΈπŸŽ„β„οΈπŸŽ„β„οΈπŸŽ„β„οΈπŸŽ„β„οΈπŸŽ„β„οΈπŸŽ„

Since the Scandinavian Christmas Gnome became popular in the US, I started like this cute, little Nisse (Danish), Tomte (Norwegian), Tomtenisse (Swedish), and Tontto (Finnish). It is a mythological folklore associated with the Winter Solstice and Christmas in Scandinavia. The gnomes cute little nose, his long beard, and the cap covering his eyes, are just too adorable. ❀ I might have found a new “character”, I can collect for Christmas. πŸ˜‰

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My adorable tontenisse (Swedish for “Christmas Gnome”)

πŸŽ„β„οΈπŸŽ„β„οΈπŸŽ„β„οΈπŸŽ„β„οΈπŸŽ„β„οΈπŸŽ„β„οΈπŸŽ„β„οΈπŸŽ„β„οΈπŸŽ„β„οΈπŸŽ„β„οΈπŸŽ„β„οΈπŸŽ„β„οΈπŸŽ„β„οΈπŸŽ„β„οΈπŸŽ„

2018

Christmas Outdoor Lights 2018

β›„οΈπŸŽ„β›„οΈπŸŽ„β›„οΈπŸŽ„β›„οΈπŸŽ„β›„οΈπŸŽ„β›„οΈπŸŽ„β›„οΈπŸŽ„β›„οΈπŸŽ„β›„οΈπŸŽ„β›„οΈπŸŽ„β›„οΈπŸŽ„β›„οΈπŸŽ„β›„οΈπŸŽ„β›„οΈπŸŽ„β›„οΈ

Since two weeks, we have the outdoor Christmas lights up in the frontyard. Finally I come around to post some photos of them. This year, we’ve got a new edition: I love the snowman with its blinking star. All we need now, is some snow to get more into the season’s mood. But it is too warm. So, we have to deal with the cool rain.

β›„οΈπŸŽ„β›„οΈπŸŽ„β›„οΈπŸŽ„β›„οΈπŸŽ„β›„οΈπŸŽ„β›„οΈπŸŽ„β›„οΈπŸŽ„β›„οΈπŸŽ„β›„οΈπŸŽ„β›„οΈπŸŽ„β›„οΈπŸŽ„β›„οΈπŸŽ„β›„οΈπŸŽ„β›„οΈπŸŽ„β›„οΈ

2018

Saint Nicholas Day 2018

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Happy St. Nicholas Day!

πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸŽ„

2018, Gardening

Our Garden In Early December 2018

This Summer/Autumn season I didn’t do much in our home garden, due to health issues earlier in the year. Therefore, I don’t have very little for harvest. Our green onions and rainbow chard did well throughout the year. Other than that, we only have a few herbs left. It is still better, than nothing at all. I will take a break from gardening, until January; it will be time for seedlings to start for the Spring/Summer season. In the meantime, we’ll enjoy our fresh herbs until it gets too cold for them as well. πŸ˜‰

2018

Our “Weihnachtspyramide”

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As you probably have noticed, our Christmas is a little bit more European traditional than usual, this year. Since I want to show Katelynn and Sara some German traditions, Kevin ordered a Christmas Pyramid for us in November.Β  The girls seem to enjoy the Advent Wreath, the decorated tree and the Christmas Pyramid (“Weihnachtspyramide” in German). For Katelynn, it means the roots from the country she was born. Sara loves all the lights, candles and colors. She will understand it more, the older she will get.

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Our new Christmas Pyramid with a cozy fire in the background

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