Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Friends in All the Right Places

Gift-wise, this has been an interesting Christmas.

I mean that in a good way, of course.

The first gift Hubby and I received came all of the way from Alaska. And, it arrived in the middle of a blizzard, which was awesome. It, by the way, was a box of home-made goodies from Mike's cousin, June, and her family. The box contained yummy cookies--oatmeal, pecan sandies and chocolate chip (made with pretzel stix)--trail mix (a variety of nuts and dried fruits) and some homemade soaps.

There's nothing like homemade goodness. The oatmeal cookies served as Hubby's fuel on Sunday as he shoveled a path down the driveway through the 23 inches of snow we had. And Joey LOVED the trail mix. We all liked it, but he loved it!

Another very nice surprise gift was this intriguing and way cool object d'art.

It is made out of super-compressed graphite. That's the stuff they make pencils with. So, not only is it cool to look at, every surface of the object writes like a pencil. Neat, eh? I LOVE stuff like this.

The leaf is about 6 inches long and fits perfectly in my hand, for when I need to write something of course.

This bath scrubby of mine was selected and paid for by my granddaughter, Brianna (age 9).

Our oldest grandson, Gaige (age 6), shopped and paid for Hubby's gift...

... a small, ceramic dog. It's about 5 inches long and 3 inches tall, at its tallest point. Gaige apparently knows that Pop loves dogs.

Meg is wearing one of the gifts I got from Hubby. The big blue and white thing hanging from her collar is my new Pet's Eye View Camera, also known as a doggie cam. We can't wait to go to the WV place so we can see what she sees on the way to and from Buddy's house. Hubby also got me a digital picture frame, which I have wanted for years. Oh yeah, and a teleconverter lens for my camera, among other things.

My parents really surprised me with 3 bags of Seattle's Best Hazelnut Coffee, which Mom had shipped direct from Washington state with the help of a wonderful friend. I got some shopping money, too. And a short story book. I'm addicted to short story books, in case you didn't already know.

A dear friend sent Hubby and I a gift, which was accompanied by this card...

...that for some reason made her think of me. LOL!

As awesome as the card is, the gift is even cooler...

... real Belgian chocolate. YUUUMMMMMMM.

Oddly enough, we received it on the same day we received this...

This is the chocolate Mrs. Mac posted about that inspired me to try, and quickly become addicted to, Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels.

According to the Lindt Web site, this stuff "will surprise your taste buds with an unexpected alliance of nicely bitter, silky dark chocolate refined with tiniest crystals of "Fleur du Sel" - the flower, or the crown of the sea salt."

It was personally hand-delivered by Mrs. Mac, who came all the way from Switzerland just to see us, and her family, and her friends, and her former co-workers, etc.

It is quite delectable. You have to like dark chocolate, though, which I do. Hubby and I may be fighting over this one.

Speaking of chocolate... I couldn't resist taking a picture of the Rheb's candy, which Hubby and I gave several folks for Christmas. We bought ourselves a box, too, of course.

This image shows chocoholic Meg who is simultaneously wondering "Why, oh why, is Mama taking pictures of all of her chocolate?" and "Is she going to give me some? Is she? I like chocolate!"

This is a snowman ornament I've had for years. I can't remember if it was given to me by one of my girlfriends, or if I bought it myself.

I have the same issue with this ornament. Though I am pretty sure this was a gift from a girlfriend in a previous year.

I couldn't resist sharing this doggie picture. K and Belle were jealous that I was taking Meg's picture. So they joined in.

Wanna know why K looks so short?

It's because she sits on the steps with her butt on one step and her front feet on the step below that. We think it is easier for her to sit that way because of her very long forelegs.

I hope you enjoyed this little gift recap. I hope you have friends in fun places, too.


  1. I wish I could've sent you guys something, but with my mail issues recently, you'd probably get a delivery in time for Valentine's Day.

    The graphite leaf is cool; who got that for you? And the doggie cam seems like it will be a lot of fun. Can't wait to see the pics that produces!

    Have I not told you about salted caramels before? Dude, they are THE best and I loves them! Glad you and Dad discovered them, but just buy more rather than fight over them. :-)

    The Rhebs chocolate picture is very cool. And I like how you've framed all the shots. Is that hard to do?

    Alright, that's just about enough for one comment. I'm not tryin' to write a book here, lol.

  2. Just hearing your voice on Christmas was gift enough for both of us. (-:

    It's more fun to fight over the chocolates. Keeps life interesting.

    Framing is super-easy. I got new software -- Photoshop Elements -- which is like the layman's version of Photoshop. I have been experimenting. I'll show you when you get home. (-:

  3. Ah, boo. I thought maybe it was something that could be done within Blogger. And something that you'd show me now via Skype. LOL.


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