December 30, 2017


Are you hibernating?
We are winding down the year of 2017....
winter weather is upon us here in Texas....
yes, it is indeed time to pull out our jackets...
we are expecting a wintry mix and
 very cold temps for New Year's Eve.

The hustle and bustle of Christmas is over and life is moving
at a slower pace.
The sky is gloomy and blue....but I love that.

The darling is going through puzzles like crazy as he continues
to recuperate from his knee surgery...harder than we expected.
That total knee replacement surgery may be coming sooner than planned......

I have treated us to holiday breakfasts of toasted
everything bagels with cream cheese and smoked salmon....
along with Mimosa's....

All the Christmas decor is now on the dining table...
just a few more big trips upstairs to pack away...
making good progress this year however.
How is your undecorating going?

Miss Abbie texted me this picture of her kitty, LULU,
all cozy in her new Vera Bradley throw I gave her for Christmas....
how precious is this?

I texted her back this picture of Mae Mobley...
looks like great kitty minds think alike....awwwwww...

How about your plans for New Years Eve?
I am breaking pork roast and sauerkraut....
I am serving Ina Garten's Turkey Sausage Lasagna
and a big Hershey's Chocolate Cake.
It's going to be the start of a brand new year......
here's hoping......

I look forward to catching up with everyone as
we enter 2018.
The darling and I decided to stop Hello Fresh for a while....
he missed my cooking.....
so we enjoyed a Friday night dinner of
Hamburgers, baked beans and Mixed Berry Cobbler....
I will be sharing recipes that are tried and true
this year, along with fun fashion, beauty, books and travels....
y'all stay tuned!


  1. I had not realized that your darling had knee surgery...bummer! Glad that he has his pursuits and that you keep him well fed. I am not quite ready to put away the decor and will likely leave the tree up sans ll but the lights for the winter. It is such a long, gloomy one here. Stay cozy on New Year’s Eve!

    1. Hi Vee...we so miss you! Wishing you the best that 2018 will bring!

  2. Happy New Year!
    I’m still working on a Christmas Cardinal puzzle that I started two years ago. I have it out on the den table hoping to finish it this next week. No camper in the country for us until the weather warms up a bit!

    1. Oh Miss Linda...thank you for blogging and sharing your life with us! It is a true gift..Happy NEW YEAR LOVE!

  3. We have been hibernating too and I'm beginning to get cabin fever:) Today we are going into town and meeting 2 other couples to see the 3-D Star Wars picture and then out to lunch. So, that will be a great break from being inside so much. I'm not a Star Wars fan, but they all are and I love being with them, so it will be a fun afternoon. This is the third time we have planned this outing . . . between weather and health conditions it has been hard to get us all together:) Remember when we were young and nothing could hold us down, LOL
    Happy New Year!

    1. I hope you enjoy the movie Connie...some love it and some don't...mixed reviews from my boys....but enjoy being out and about! Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you happiness and good health for 2018! AND....yes we could certainly party until the sun rose in our youth!!!

  4. Did your husband happen to have meniscus repair surgery? I had this over a year ago and it did not go well for me. I believed it would be pretty simple but that was not the case. I struggled mightily after it for a good six months! And I'm still not great even 14 months out. Hope your husband gets better soon. We sure take these darn knees for granted until they go out on us. Ha!

    1. Hi wonderful you shared this of your surgery. Yes, he had a torn meniscus and he seems worse than before the surgery. It was a golf injury which apprently is very, very common. I so hope you improve...I know aging arthritis is a factor! Wishing you a lovely and bright new year! Warm hugs.

  5. Happy New Year Betsy. I certainly hope your hubby heals quickly. Some of those surgeries do go well..and some take a bit more time. I love his puzzle. Oh the cats know how to handle winter don't they? Keep warm there and stay safe. We are in for the next few days here. Super cold, winds, frost bite warnings, all nasty. Sending new years' wishes for good health and happiness. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

    1. Winter is blowing in everywhere....stay warm by the fireside Susie...happy to read you had a joyous Christmas. BLESSINGS for a healthy and happy 2018!

  6. I am staying home these few days as our temps are -31 and cold and windy daily. It has been such a busy Christmas that today, Sat, I am not leaving, cooking or having Our last left last night. It was a wonderful season but I am pooped. I hope your Mr. Darling's knee gets better. That surgury is harder than a hip replacement on the patient but given time I have seen it one of those very successful procedures. New Year's and with this continuing cold and some snow thrown in, we are going to our daughter and son-in-law's to babysit the little ones (4 little girls). The youngest 2 will go to bed early and the older two 6 and 7 respectively along with my husband are going to have their first fondue. I will prepare that tomorrow early. I don't expect that it will be a very late night as the parents are going for a 9:00 sitting for dinner. We are taking the grandchildren one by one for a one on one overnight with nana and papa during their Christmas break. We have already had Hazel who is 2 on Dec. 28 overnight (what a delightful child) and Tues will be Eve and Friday will be Audrey. We won't take the baby yet as she is only 7mos old, so busy until after the new year and the children return to school. I am so looking forward to your 2018 posts. I have surely enjoyed the 2017 posts. Have a very Happy and Healthy 2018.

    1. Oh darling Patricia..I love reading about your holiday and all the babies!Your family must be the sweetest. You must be pooped after all that busy visiting! Best wishes for a very happy new year!

  7. ending the year with soft sleeping kitties! purrfect. (sorry. I just couldn't not say it.)
    maybe next year will find this old bean with a dash more wit. I hope it finds ALL of us well!
    I have to say I had wondered why on earth anyone who can and does cook like you can and do... why you would even consider Hello Fresh? Heavens to Betsy girl. good grief. I have turned into a corny pun person. what is in this egg nog?
    Wysocki is pure New England enchantment. a cozy fire and a puzzle of his art and miss Mae so soft. sleeping on the back of their head means some kind of precipitation within 24 hours! according to my beloved New England Gram... Jennie Estelle! she was better than Doppler Radar.
    it's been lovely spending this year with you dearest bean. xo♥

    1. Dearest are such a love and make me smile so often. You have been a true blessing! Wishing you the best 2018 has to offer....warm hugs to you and those you love!!!

  8. Japan is New Year 's Eve today.
    Last year was a great year for you, and I know you’ll have an even better one this year.

  9. I am really sorry that hubby's recovery has bee slower/worse than expected. Life is just not easy sometimes! Glad he is able to enjoy putting puzzles together anyway.

    I made some small quiches for our New Years Eve and will follow that up with an ice cream dessert. I cooked for the last 3 days while the kiddos were here along with my daughter. They just left so the bedding has already been washed and beds remade..and I am done cooking for the day/night. lol

    Blessings to you and your hubby in this upcoming year- xo Diana

  10. Betsy, i’ll Pray that your darling recovers well fans that replacement surgery can be put off for several years!

    Enjoy your winter weather.

    Happy New Year!


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