Friday, December 14, 2012


The fireplace is finally, finally done.  NOT fooling with it anymore. :)  Still have to decorate the tree..but I'm willing to bet you've seen a lot of those already.  The only thing that has changed about my tree since the 1950's is that I no long use tinsel. 
Also, are wondering why I am showing you the fireplace's because it's FINALLY DONE!!!  I have procrastinated as long as I can.  I HAVE to wrap it up..and soon.  Christmas decorating I mean.   I need desperately to be more methodical.  Did I spell that right?  I'll look it up later. 

Also...I love Prims.  Not doing the rustic Country style but some of the Prims are just too darned cute!  I found the old wood wagon at a garage sale last year..the Santa on Ebay last year also. 

Here I am at this ripe old age and still have no clue as to what my style is...

..and also....This is probably one of the few idea's I had that I didn't see anywhere else..but now I see it every now and then on someone's blog.  I love it, and since I have a couple of cake extra I can use for desserts..I can keep plates here and change with the seasons. 
Also, I am really hooked on "spooners"..I love the look and the convenience.  Is it...because I'm always ready to eat??
Never mind that....
Silverware is courtesy of garage sales!  Now collecting that is something I haven't given up.  I always have my eye out for old silverware. 
It poured rain all day long today so no garage sales this Friday or Saturday.  Cold and wet outside.
Are you sending cards out this year? 
I'm sending a few.  I've got to hustle on that one too.
And..I also have to finish a tablescape...yep...soon...but..PH eats and reads his paper at this table every morning when it's cold out. 
 I cover the end with another every day tablecloth..put his little lamp on it...and he's all set.  *smile*  A problem moving all the dishes and silver tray etc. ??  Heaven's NO!
The maple dining room set was Howard's.  Mine?  It's still in the garage.  This one is very retro and I love it.   Well..but then so is mine.  What to do..what to do?? 
Also I want to add that I dearly LOVE snowmen!  I always start collecting things..and then give it up and move on to something else..not so with snowmen. 
Do you know how many lamps I have in our family room...hmmmmm?  Nine!!  I know!  I know!
It's a lot, but I DO love lamp light. (I know..nothing at all to do with anything!)
Diane of The Blue Ridge Gal asked on her blog if we had caught the concert at Madison Square Garden last night. (the night before's after midnight here)  Yes.  Yes I did.  And...did we donate..and yes, yes I did. 
Do I appreciate what I have?  You bet I do!  I realize that everything I have, everything I have collected over the past 50 years could be gone in nothing flat!  I live in Southern California RIGHT ON THE SAN ANDREAS FAULT LINE!   One day we here in California might need could happen to any of us.
God bless,
Mona more "also's


  1. Mona, whenever I see your home I want to pop round for a cuppa! A bit too far to travel though! You say you dont have a style but you have STYLE girl! I must do a Christmassy post myself now, you have inspired me! I hope you have a lovely, peaceful Christmas and wish you and your family health and happiness for the New Year. love from AnneMarie xx

  2. Your mantel looks like a fairy tale. Just don't touch it again, it is perfect. You talk about not having Style....humph what a lot of belonie,
    You have your own style that we all dream of having. If only I had your style, I would be more than happy.
    Love your china reindeer.
    Huge Hugs

  3. Your snowmen are adorable... I have just a few and those little fellas make me smile every time I pass by them in my kitchen. I say collect MORE snowmen since they are just so doggone endearing.

  4. Love, Love, LOVE your mantel:) All of your decorations are precious BUT those snowmen are my faves! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

  5. Mona, love your new header, how cute is that. Your fireplace mantel looks beautiful and I love your dining table vignette too. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

  6. Like the "Spooners" . . . I use that idea for casual family gatherings. Looks like you are all set for Holiday decorating!

  7. I think it is looking a little like Christmas at Mona's! Love your mantel. I like spooners, too...I have been using vintage glass ice buckets that I found at thrift stores for almost nothing.
    Wishing you and Howard a very Merry Christmas!

  8. Oh Mona my girl your house looks so festive and beautiful all decked out for Christmas. The mantle looks fabulous. I long to have one of my own some day soon. Have a lovely weekend.

  9. Hi darling, oh my goodness, your mantel is GORGEOUS!!!!
    I would love to be a gift at your table, now or any other time of the year. hugs ~lynne~

  10. Your home shouts Christmas :-) So far I've brought up and decorated my little spruce and that's it :-)

    Have a great day!

  11. Cards...girl, I am a Pony Expressin' card sendin' gal. I've probably sent darn near close to 70 this year.

    Lovely lady, I'd sure love to add you to my list, just email me your address and I'm on it like a duck on a June bug! Heeehehehehe!

    You always do such an excellent job with you home. It always looks so very warm and invitin'! The love shines through.

    God bless and have yourself one terrific weekend sweet friend! :o)

  12. Mona- I love the idea of the plates on the cake stand. I don't think I ever saw that anywhere before myself. Your mantle looks great- and I love your bits and pieces of prims. Nice job- xo Diana

  13. oh mona! everything looks so wonderful! i like spooners too!

  14. Mona, I love your decorating! I wish we lived close & could have coffee & go garage saling together. I just know we'd be great pals!
    Sandy from Ohio

  15. You had an earthquake this morning - 6 point something.

    Love your finished fireplace.

    Prayers. sandie

  16. Like you, I like things OUT, where I can get to them in a hurry. :)
    I love cabinets...shelves...
    Your house is looking beautiful.
    xo bj

  17. Thank you for the idea of storing your plates in the cake dish. Very smart you are!! I don't really know my style either. You're not alone. Wishing you an early Merry Christmas! ~Amy

  18. Mona, your house looks fantastic- so festive and cozy. I like things out of cupboards and out on display. Just wanted to say something about about being the odd man out posting on a "silent day." Who decided this "rule" anyway? Who are "they" ? I do what I want to do when I want to! But then you know me! Lol
    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family! XO Sue


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