Wednesday, December 8, 2010


This is where I spend at least an hour or two a day.  When I am tired of working, or need a feeling of calm or an escape into another world...this is where I come.  A very favorite spot in my home.  A touch of Christmas makes it even more special..

Sometimes when I'm playing I find Sweet Husband sitting in the little rocker behind me when I hear him joining me by singing one of his favorite Christmas carols.  I play badly but he doesn't seem to mind, bless his heart!   Sometimes we go through the book....that's what I call Christmas SPIRIT!
This little owl also listens patiently.  I mean..where else could I put a "Christmas Owl..?"  Do you ever wander around with something you love in your hand...looking...looking...looking for a place, just the right place to put this case, him?  Lets just say he "landed there!" :)

A touch of Christmas here and there... 

And ice ice skates...always has to be a pair of skates..

These were bought last year and sat on the piano.  Hand painted roses with fur tops and sparkling sweet and a favorite of mine.

Roses are a winter plant and bloom beautifully here in Southern California through December and then must be pruned back...but I have roses all year you can see...

The yellow Poinsettia was one of the twenty five fresh ones I bought on my Black Friday early morning trip to Lowes...and Home Depot..beautiful!

I never did paint that coffee table white!  I am still waffling..a Libra you know.. :)

The blue chair that belongs to the late mistress of this home.  Notice I added a touch of blue in the lamp shade...made by Cuttest Cottage Lamps.  (I had to use the flash so this didn't turn out too well)

A Cup Of Christmas of my favorite Christmas stories..  I met my second husband at Christmas and read him this book on his first visit to my home.  I wonder what he thought... :)  It must have been good, because I met him the first of December and we were married that very New Years Eve.   Christmas does that to folks.. I was 65 and he was 70.  I had him for just a little over 6 years. 

Never too old for toys... Last year I gave my little table to Great granddaughter, Emily..but another one is one the way.  Thank you, Bea!  I can't wait for it to be finished. 
Every girl needs a doll...and...that is my living room. 

She has a Christmas dress....somewhere.  :)

So this is Christmas....

Love and hugs to you..


  1. I love your beautiful home. I think I told you that I had the pleasure of "performing" A Cup of Christmas Tea when Emilie Barnes spoke at our church a number of years ago. I know your daughter now owns her sweet home. How fun!

  2. That is so pretty Mona! I love the couch, love the skates, love the Christmas touches eveywhere!
    And you my dear, tell such a sweet, sweet story!
    Hugs my friend,
    Come by and say hi when you can.

  3. Miss Mona,

    What a beautiful home you have. I love the ice skates. Your special quiet place is inspiring, I can see why this is your special place.

    Love you, all of us do...


  4. Very pretty, Mona. Granny always had a doll sitting out. Love it :)

  5. I definitely will be visiting with you more. I love your Christmas home and could just sit on that lovely floral couch and soak it all in. What a beautiful atmosphere that even comes through in your photos. Have a blessed day.

  6. Talk about being sweet... Mona, you're the sweetest!! I love all of your Christmas red. It's so cheery.
    Ladybug Creek

  7. Oh Mona, everything looks so pretty and so lovingly put together. I hope you have a very Blessed Christmas. Hugs, Marty

  8. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Mona's...everything is so festive, even the owl! You have decorated your little cottage very nicely.

  9. Hi Dear Mona! Oh, you play Note Songs too! I love this! Your piano looks so pretty all decked out for Christmas!
    Your home is very lovely and Christmasy.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  10. Your home looks sooo warm and inviting, Mona, with or without Christmas cheer! I love the picture of your precious granddaughter. Mine is coming to visit tomorrow, and I'm so excited. ;)

    Thanks for the visit to my cottage. Did you notice my fantastic year-end giveaway in the sidebar? Just click on the picture for the details.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  11. Mona, what a sweet and loving story told from a loved filled home. You are truly one blessed lady. hugs ~lynne~

  12. Wow I love your blog. That couch is to die for, and the ice skates are beautiful. Love all of the colors and flowers in your decor. Love the blog decor as well.
    Happy Holidays,

  13. I think it is so sweet that you play for your husband and that you sing together, I can't play the piano or hold a note!! lol!

    Your home looks so festive. I love the Christmas owl and the dolls are beautiful. You really wrote a great post, Mona, I had a tear in my eye.

    Happy Holidays.


  14. Hi Mona! Thank you for popping in to see me. I wanted to tell you if you want to see little Carter, scroll down through my blog around Thanksgiving time and you'll see her. They have moved across the country and while son-in-law drove with the dogs, Dear Daughter and little Carter came for a ten day stay! I was in hog heaven to say the least! :)
    Hope you're having a great week.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  15. AAaaaahhhummm, here I go...It's beginning to look allot like Christmas...and so very beautifully I might add. Your place always looks so inviting and charming sweetie.

    God bless ya and have a splendid day!!!

  16. Mona your home looks so cozy and beautiful. I love all the touches you have put into it. Those Ice Skates are just adorable!

  17. I love playing the piano when no one is around---I play terribly, but it is soothing and uplifting and fun. I agree with what you have said about it!

  18. Hi sweet lady!
    Your lovely home is so warm and inviting. I can just picture you and your dear DH singing carols and enjoying each other's company. I loved all of the Christmas vignettes around your home and the sweetest one is of the yellow favorite.

    Happy Holidays!
    Deanna :D

  19. What a touching post. You have a beautiful home; I can feel the love.
    Wishing you a great weekend with your man.

  20. Such a beautiful feeling of Christmas in your home! I think it's great you and your hubby sit and sing Christmas songs!

  21. Good Morning Sweet Mona,

    I think that your floral couch and table with the tea set look absolutely beautiful! I had to laugh at the walking around looking, looking comment because I do that all the time. I mean ALL the time. Then I go and move it again and again and I am never quite satisfied. I am glad to know I am not alone on that!


  22. Good Morning my Dear friend...Girl I really loved this many things I can relate to here...Those skates are to die 4 girl and those sweet Dolls..Oh be still my heart...did I ever tell you I also love dolls and have a room full of them...and how sweet that you can play the piano, I have one but put a quarter in it to play ha ha!!...I wished I had the house all done girl...I lost my MoJo this year...too dang many things going on in my real life sighs....Love ya my Dear friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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