Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas at Maplethwaite Manor.

Good morning everyone!
Merry Christmas!!!
I am joining Beverly at
for Pink Saturday.
I still have some last minute shopping to do. Tim and I are going out this morning to brave the crowds and watch the craziness of last minute shoppers!!

I roasted a small turkey on Wednesday and Wes, Tim and I ate it with dressing (stuffing), mashed potatoes, green beans and gravy. I usually do my turkey dinner the week before Christmas, but with all the cleaning and decorating I have been doing, I had to postpone for a few days. It was worth the wait!!

Our house has been very quiet at Christmas time for the past four Christmases. In 2006 I was recovery from a breakdown. In 2007 we were grieving the deaths of my Mom, June 2, 2007, Tim's Mom, June 16, 2007 and Tim's Dad, December 1, 2007. In 2008, I was having more health issues. In 2009 we were grieving the death of my Dad, February 4, 2009. Plus, I had just had shoulder surgery at the end of October, 2009.
Now Christmas time 2010 is here and I have decorated the house inside and out! Our tree is the best one we have ever had. My mother would have loved it!
On Christmas morning we will be having a huge brunch with ham, eggs, latkes, orange French toast, special coffe and Mimosa! (champagne and orange juice mixed)
During the afternoon we will relax and watch movies, read our new books and go for a walk across the fields in our back yard.
Merry Christmas everyone!

Love and hugs, Laura

P.S. I'll see you in 2011!


  1. Wishing you all the best this Christmas, Laura!

  2. Oh my! Last minute shopping...Mr. Mutt says it's crazy out there (he braved the crowds too). Have a Merry Christmas! Your newest follower.
    Licks & Wags, Niki

  3. I love all your decorations and definitely know about how holidays change when we have lost loved ones. New memories are made now and I'm happy that this a more precious Christmas for you all. May you all have a wonderful day.

  4. Laura ~ MERRY 'Christ'mas ... may your day be filled with joy & blessings.
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  5. Merry Christmas, Laura....You have endured much sadness in the past and I hope this next year will bring you bushel baskets of happiness...

  6. Happy Pink Saturday and Merry Christmas to you, Laura.

    Your tree is gorgeous, and everything looks wonderful. Thoughts of lost loved ones are especially strong during the holidays. I have to keep my memories of my father to myself during the holidays. I still miss him so much that I cry if I talk about him.♥

  7. Happy New Year dear sweet friend. You bless me and I just LOVE stopping in to read your beautiful blog, peek at your gorgeous pictures and of course getting my huge dose of inspiration!

    Blessings to you for a awesome year!

    Love, Rebecca