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Wednesday: Wild, Whacky, and Wonderful Women (TOTS)

18 Dec

“I would always rather be happy than dignified.”
― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
Today, we celebrated our annual TOTS (Table of Talent Sisters) Christmas extravaganza. Normally, we meet a a local restaurant, but this year, the girls agreed to meet at my house. This way I could celebrate my new home and my new life with my old friends. Very special!

What makes our gathering so special is that each creative and talented girlfriend usually makes, designs, bakes, or paints a fabulous gift for our exchange. We used to make one gift for each member, but as our group multiplied in numbers, we started having a drawing, or we’d be crafting till the cows came home. Wait, I think Gail has cows, or is that horses and sheep?

We have such a fun group of wild whacky women. Everyone brought tons of food, so, we ate, laughed, chatted and got down right silly. (As evidenced in this video.)

I totally forgot to take individual pictures of each gift. Duh! Silly me. I did take pictures of the food. Shows where my priorities are.



Now, a picture of the original TOTS. Lynne, Sherry and me, in front of my beautiful TOTS tree with handmade ornaments.



Tuesday: Time to Trim the Tree

3 Dec

ALWAYS REMEMBER : The greatest gift you ever own is not found in the shops or under your Christmas tree. It is found in the hearts of your family and your true friends.
I was all set to decorate my Christmas tree On Sunday. I dragged in four or five big plastic bins labeled Christmas from the garage into the a dining/piano room. When I opened them up, none of them contained my special handmade ornaments. My little tree is my TOTS tree. I decorate it only with my special ornaments made by my TOTS (Table Of Talent Sisters) girlfriends. I found dozens of store bought or old family ornaments, but no TOTS ornaments. So, I put the nutcrackers around the fireplace and sprinkled some holiday items around the house.

Monday, I searched the garage again for more Christmas boxes. I found two more, dragged them in, and sifted through the items. Nope!

Last night, I gave it one last try. IT’S ALWAYS THE LAST BOX, ISNT IT? Buried in the bottom of the last possible bin, were the long searched for ornaments.

Each item holds a special memory. The special tree topper and base were made by Sherry, along with several Santa items.

I really enjoyed placing each ornament on its special branch and turning on the lights. I’ve painted thousands of ornaments in my artistic journey, and I hope people get as much enjoyment when they place each hand-painted ornament I’ve created on their own tree. Nothing says Christmas and the holidays like HOME MADE.



Theme Song Thursday: Thank You for Being a Friend

20 Dec

We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.
Mary Dunbar
Today was our annual “TOTS” Christmas party at Snug on the Square. Our little band of “Table Of Talent Sisters” started meeting in 2008. We began as three new friends, Lynne, Sherry and me. As the years went by, other friends joined us. Now, we are over a dozen VERY AWESOME and TALENTED women. We rarely get the entire group together, but Christmas time is an occasion we hate to miss. The gift exchanges are amazing. This year especially, my gracious and loving friends have helped me get through some very tough times, and have made me smile after we shared a good cry together. This is what true friendship is all about.


Songwriters: ANDREW GOLD
Thank you for being a friend
Traveled down the road and back again
your heart is true you’re a pal and a confidant

I’m not ashamed to say
I hope it always will stay this way
My hat is off, won’t you stand up and take a bow

And if you threw a party
Invited everyone you knew
You would see, the biggest gift would be from me
and the card attached would say,
Thank you for being a friend

Thank you for being a friend
Thank you for being a friend
Thank you for being a friend

If it’s a car you lack
I’d surely buy you a cadillac
Whatever you need, anytime of the day or night

I’m not ashamed to say
I hope it always will stay this way
My hat is off, won’t you stand up and take a bow

And when we both get older
With walking canes and hair of gray
Have no fear, even though it’s hard to hear
I will stand real close and say,
Thank you for being a friend…