Sunday, December 8, 2013

We're not alone

while we're busy 

decorating our homes 







and shopping



for the season.


is also polishing its 




and decking its 




for its

guests of honor





the table of celebration




and merry-making.


I want to

surrender my crown


for a woodland wreath of peace 


and dance 



the rhythm of

earth's intelligence.


Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

This is SUCH a stunning and eloquent post! Thank you, Anita!!! xoxo

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

Beautiful post - love all the fun things you have shared, with preparing for Christmas.
Have a wonderful week

Barbara said...

Dear Anita, one word to mind as I look at your post – Perfection!
I love the music, the illustrations and your wonderful words. It must take you hours and hours to put all this together, but it is so worth it!
Thank you for visiting me earlier today, I always look forward to hearing from you.
Barbara xx

My Notting Hill said...

Beautiful images. I'm partial to the cat w/the scarf!

Cathy Hickman said...

Really Beautiful my Dear Anita. Bless you my are very gifted!!!

Susan said...

Oh, this was lovely - thank you!

Seawashed said...

You never cease to take my breath away. That last photo will linger in my soul. Nature's decor is the most is where I always long to be. Must be my Native American blood ( I am 1/18th).

A Bit of the Blarney said...

You've done it again!!! I'm smilin' from ear to ear!!! Love the snow on the rooftops...waiting for Santa? Have a grand week!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Is this my dear Susan from Whittier?

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita,
Your post is such a beautiful way to enjoy the holiday season! Love the bears, love it all!
Merci dear friend!
Love, Penny

Kerri said...

Oh its so lovely! The pictures & your inspiring words of nature. My mom had a jacket like the one in the last photo. It reminds me of when we briefly lived in rural Ohio. I just decorated my tree, all hot pink & spring green with gold accents and clear lights. I am amazed with how pretty it actually turned out... wasn't so sure about it when I bought the new balls this year. I've been creating items all day and even made a blog post. Very productive day, but I still have to bath Benz (one of my champion boys) ugh!

Have a lovely week! :)


Unknown said...

Anita dear~with all the decorating, wrapping, shipping, list and merrymaking, this little respite in my day was just what I needed to calm myself. I take a deep breath, focus on the beauty and those little dancing bears, and smile. It will all get done it's good time.
Such a beautiful reminder of the season.......lovely visions, my lovely friend.
xx, Heather

Anonymous said...

Anita, this is beautiful. You capture the perfect images and used the perfect words to describe the seasons. My favorites were the nature ones; that kind of Christmas is really calling my name this year. '

Marie Angelique

Sarah said...

Beautiful as always, Anita. The images capture the meaning of your words and fill my heart with joy. Exquisite thoughts!!!
Hope you are enjoying the season. Our home is beginning to look like Christmas. Almost finished here…….Hugs, Sarah

Purple Flowers said...

Your post is beautiful, as is the music. I was listening to that CD just this morning over breakfast. I love the feeling you convey with nature in all its glory!

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Oh how I love this post dear friend. The beautiful music and photos. Oh how I wish I lived closer so we could share the beauty of this season together in person. Love to you.

Leslie said...

Oh goodness Anita!! This is a feast for the eyes!! I adore the rustic feel juxtaposed with a feminine touch. I need to get this CD!! Your home must be stunning with your amazing eye for decor. I hope you are enjoying the seasonal festivities and not working too hard! xxleslie

Preppy Empty Nester said...

Beautiful, Anita!!! Love the music as much as the photos!! Thanks for the eye and ear candy! Have a wonderful week.

Kelly said...


Thank you Anita, for bringing such beauty to light and joy in my heart and and AHHHH just the way I want to feel this time of year!<3
This song is one of my favorite!!!<3<3<3

Bohemian said...

What a Delightful Post! I just Loved the Sentiment and Visuals of it all! This Truly is what Pure Joy represents to me.

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Divine Theatre said...

These images are what nature allows us to see. I wonder what they do when the paparazzi exits? :)



Art and Sand said...

Wonderful homes . . . beautiful animals . . . sweet pictures . . . and I hope you get that wonderful skirt for Christmas.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I adore this post, absolutely adore every shot, and that last one of the horse and the girl??? Oh, how cute! And the birds and the houses... sigh. All gorgeous!



"Create Beauty" said...

b e a u t i f u l thoughts and images..... and the deer, love him, adding him to my image collection!

oh how heaven and nature sing!!!!

and we bow down and lay our crowns
at the feet of the King.

~ Violet

Gail Peterson said...

Awe love it all! I would be happy with a wreath and peace too...Savor the Season,
xo Gail

The Dutchess said...

So sweet and pure...wishing you the best of Christmas (and there will be mail with Hilltop news)xoxo

Suz said...

Amazing. Beautiful and serene. Nature at it's best.

Unknown said...

Thank you for your kind words. We will keep this short today.
Have a marvellous Monday.
Best wishes Molly

Unknown said...

There is nothing that can compare to the beauty of nature, Anita...stunning post, as always...enjoy the preparations :) xx

Anonymous said...


nélinha said...

Je m'abandonne à la joie de découvrir la nature si joliment en fête, tout simplement Nature...La Magie de noël commence bien à l'extérieur et nous humains au fil de nos passions, de nos sentiments l'invitons à rentrer dans nos douces demeures, parés nous mêmes d'élégance pour mieux l'accueillir et la sentir le tout agrémenté, d'une harmonie musicale des plus sereine et pure.... It's really wonderful my dear Anita....
French Kiss
Bisous, bisous....

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Beautiful post Anita!!!!!!
I love the photos and the snowman, icicles, chandeliers, snowflakes.... So festive!!!!!! I can't believe Christmas is right around the corner!!!!!!
Hope you have a wonderful day!!!!!
Luv and Hugs,

It's me said...

Like it Anita !!! wonderful.....i will dance with you ....beautiful lady !! from me...x !

Peggy said...

Simply magical...

Gem said...

Anita, this blog post is exquisite. I adore your words and photos. You really do have a way with words. Sorry I haven't posted comments, the iPad is useless for commenting. Ah I have really loved this post. Baby due in 4 days!! EEEEEK! Will keep you posted. Gem x x x x

Morena Ciambra Dreamartdolls said...

You touch my soul with your words and your images fill my heart.
Thank you Anita!

Simplement ... said...

Magnifique choix de photos !
Voilà qui me donne envie de pousser la porte ...
Gros bisous chère Anita

Unknown said...

Anita, this is just a visual delight, each photo more beautiful than the next. I always enjoy stopping by and this one especially is filled with loveliness :)

p.s. Thanks for stopping by my new decor blog--I can tell from the little glimpses I've seen of your home that it's filled with sparkly magic!

xo Mary Jo

Little Miss Titch said...

We so want to share Christmas with you,it would be one fabulous Day Anita,xx Rachel and Speedy

Karena said...

Dear Anita, so many serene and ethereal images, adore!
The Arts by Karena

Divine Theatre said...

Hello Beautiful Soul!

Thanks for visiting me!

I truly think the animals dance with wild abandon when no one is looking!


Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Thank you for visiting me again! Wishing you a beautiful day

Martina said...

Wow, Anita, such a wonderful seasonal post - and i love the message. Yes - if we'd all surrender to earths intelligence, we'd be in a different place now ... maybe it's not too late! Oh, such cute images you found - i adore the animal ones! Have a super start to your week - and enjoy pre-christmas season! xox

Sherry at The Rusty Pearl said...

Anita. YOUR vision is amazing. I can't even describe to you what a joy it is to visit your blog, YOUR home your music YOUR heart. I just love it all . I love when you visit to my blog too. I feel uplifted just knowing you. Thanks for sharing this once again BEAUTY . The images just magnify beauty and nature. Not to mention I want that dining room table and chandy OMGUSH !!! YOU have such a gift my beautiful friend. I am so happy GOD crossed our paths. Thank you from my heart. Just loved it and felt better for it . THanks so much .

Down by the sea said...

I need some new words to describe your post - beautiful is inadequate! For me the beauty of nature is greater than anything that we can recreate in our homes.
Sarah x

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I showed my daughter this post. We both loved it! Adding the animals was so genius! Have a wonderful week, Anita!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Anita, I am with you surrendering my crown for peace any day, my friend...sigh...any day.
This is precious. I just finished writing a holiday post, short and simple, but a reminder to enjoy all of life's gifts and I can't think of any that reflect beauty more than nature. This is beautiful, my always.

Sylvia said...

This is utterly beautiful, my sweet friend! Mother Nature is the greatest artist of them all...Enjoy the preparation!

renae said...

Oh Anita Sweeta! Very nice post. Very nicely done. The dynamics were superb. Yes, I shall have a nice week and it is already booked to the hilt. But that is okay. My blog will just have one 'outfit post' per week for a while until things settle down. and ...that's okay, too. Love to you and Ruben and peace and comfort in your home, too. ♥

Red Rose Alley said...

Tears........One year ago Nel walked down the isle at her church to the beginning of this song. I LOVE THIS SONG SO MUCH. It has to be one of the prettiest Christmas songs ever because it was sung by God's special people, CHILDREN. I loved everything about your post today - all the images and the words that you express so eloquently.

You have just stirred my heart and lifted my soul.


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Thank you for visiting, Peggy! Anita

Christel said...

Oh Anita, maybe it's because it's such a sentimental time of year, but I think this may be my very favorite post of all time from you! It's so eloquent, and beautiful. Thank you for always saying the right thing. XOXOXO Christel

deb famularo said...

Bonjour Anita...
breathtaking.... There is truly nothing more beautiful than nature. What a true meaning of Christmas you portray.
I don't know how your come up with these posts, each one surpasses the next! You are so gifted my friend! Your blog is my happy place.... xOxO

The enchanted home said...

Anita!!!! You have me goosebumps and eyes filled with tears (happy ones). You chose one of my most favorite songs to go along with your magnificent post, I LOVE THIS POST!! I must share it with my readers on my next random musings are just too good my friend, this is worth sharing with the world......nature inspires and always leaves me in awe. Simply magnificent.
Now need to send it to your biggest fan, my mom:)

Willow said...

Anita , yet again you have taken your truly marvelous thoughts and wonderful way with words and combined them with the most delightful images . Your post always stir my soul .
Fabulous my friend , I love every bit of it !

Willow said...

Anita , yet again you have taken your truly marvelous thoughts and wonderful way with words and combined them with the most delightful images . Your post always stir my soul .
Fabulous my friend , I love every bit of it !

jerilanders said...

Oh honey, that was so perfectly perfect! I love subtle, understated, Christmas greenery on homes and buildings. Let Mother Nature put on the REAL Christmas show! And put it on she does!. Sebastipol Geese with the curly feathers, I want some! Dancing bears, I HAVE some... in my book. Donkeys and snowmen, Hurrah! Anita, what a joy this was

jerilanders said...

And I didn't even mention the video, which I am about to watch for the third time... so emotional touching, wow.

Anonymous said...

wow....magic!!! Tks <3
Sonia from Italy

therelishedroost said...

All those images are Christmas Card worthy!! Now if I could only get Remy to wear a scarf!!!
Xo and peace-Karolyn

Sonia said...

Hi There,
This post is looking so beautiful with Awesome Pictures ! I have been here after a while but enjoyed browsing through your rest of the wonderful recipes. It was a real delight to see and learn so much from your each and every post. Hope to see more of your creative endeavors in the New Year.
Have a wonderful Holiday Season and stay Warm !
Best Regards, Sonia

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

What a visually beautiful post that put me into a peaceful place.
Just returned from a family holiday visit in Palm Beach Florida and 82 degrees to lots of snow in Philadelphia!
Thanks for your words, photos and stunning post.

Bilancia Designs said...

Absolutely STUNNING! The photos are simply beautiful...your poetic touch is heavenly.
You carry it wherever you go, my friend.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

LISA! Hello there! I so wish I could leave you a comment, but here I come to greet you at my "doorstep" with fond wishes for a peaceful season, and always!

I thought of Charlie and Mooney when I found that pic of the two horses with the Christmas wreath...give them a hug around their big necks for me! :)


Kirsten Steen said...

Love the decorating, interior and exterior! I just got home to snow here too. Hoping you had a lovely Thanksgiving and are ready for the full swing of the holidays soon to be upon us! Hugs to you, Kirsten

Beth at PlantPostings said...

Every trip to your blog is a treat, Anita! So it's all linked to your Pinterest boards? That's a unique way to do it! I love the way you add the music at the beginning to set the mood. I hope you're enjoying the season!

Elaine said...

I have the boxed set of Christmas CDs from Trans Siberian Orchestra and Christmas Canon is my absolute favorite. I fear it will wear out I've played it so many times.

I love the images for this post especially the rustic wreath and the gorgeous wildlife shots. Such beautiful escapism at such a late hour here in New England. I will dream peacefully after surrendering my crown.

hi-d said...

Hi Anita!!!
What a beautiful post. You know just the words to go with those beautiful images. Those bears = Adorable! That crown = Gorgeous! You must be getting lots of snow? We only has a light dusting. Boohoo! I wanted more! Haha...

Have a beautiful week!

Jade said...

What a magical post, my dearest Anita, so full of beauty and peace! And how I looooooove all those cute animals!!! Thank you so much my dear friend, for the breathtaking atmosphere here on your blog! Have a wonderful Christmas time,

with love and hugs, Jade

The Charm of Home said...

What a fabulous post! Love how you worded it.
Merry Christmas!

ivana said...

earthly magic <3

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Good morning Anita!..Oh my goodness you are on your way to work in the snow? Take care and keep warm lovely lady!
Such a beautiful, magical post as really do have such a special gift (I want to live in the pretty house at the top too!)'ve inspired me to start some festive decorating this evening with all these beautiful images and words!
Happy Wednesday!
Susan x
P.S Thank you for calling by this morning Anita!

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Simply magical dear Anita. Natures creates such lovely visions. I always admire your writing talents and beautiful photos. Happy Holidays....xoxo

YONKS said...

Helloooooo Anita,
I have finally been able to see your post. The internet connection is so poor in the cottage I have been trying to load it for days. It was so worth the wait. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Nothing more needed!

Ivy Clad said...

This this is my second time reading through this beautiful post. Nature has been busy decorating here too. We've had 8-10 inches of fresh snow in the last few days. There's nothing quite so pretty. But I confess I'm missing the sunshine just a little & my green thumbs are beginning to twitch! ;-)

I hope you're enjoying the Christmas season!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

I had to come back and enjoy the beauty of it all!!!
Thank you for visiting and leaving such a wonderful note for me.
Stay warm dear friend,

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Good Morning dear Anita! A beautiful, beautiful post.....I thoroughly enjoyed looking at the Winter Season and imagined preparations in the snow for the coming Festivities! Oh what a different world....imagine a fire for dinners, mulled wine........Here we have Salads, Seafood, Cherries and hot foods and easy Summer Living.....such a contrast in this Beautiful World of ours! Happy Pre-Christmas activities to you....Love Dzintra xo

Woodside Park said...

Magical! A most wondrous post filled with inspirations, beauty and a bit of humor. I loved it :) Thank you, Anita!!
Sending you good cheers and warm greetings,

French Girl in Seattle said...

Bonsoir Anita. Ce billet, ma chère amie, c'est la perfection! Les images, la musique, et bien sûr, tes jolis mots... J'adore toutes les photos que tu as choisies, mais ma préférée est celle des petits oursons dans la forêt. Adorable! Bisous. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Unknown said...

Oh, my friend, what a lovely reminder of how Christmas is everywhere and the beauty around us truly touches our hearts.

Anita, I updated my blog with my latest news. Ned and I have moved to Winston Salem, although we are back for the holidays. Ned got a job there and well you do what you have to do in life. The nicest part of this adventure is that the kids all moved into our home in Massachusetts. One cooks, one cleans and Ricky has been fixing everything that has been broken over the years, and Mike entertains all of them. He is such a sweetheart, that he wrote me a letter while I was in Winston.

Sarah and Mike are getting married in February, and Ashley and Ricky are expecting their second little boy in February. So, I'll be back often.

Wishing you a beautiful day.


Unknown said...

Oh my, you slay me with your beautiful images and poetry dear Anita. So sorry I haven't written in a while, but my heart is right there with yours. This is so beautiful and it is SOOOOO about nature in my book and love. See my post today! We shared an image :).
I hope you have a wonderful and blessed holiday and great break from school! Happy journey through the holidays. xoxo Nancy

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita,
I am so tickled that you enjoyed my little moussie, and she made you laugh... Thank you so much for your encouraging words dear friend.
Stay warm!!!

YONKS said...

You found my new blog! You clever girl. There are to be no words, just photos there. I am finding so much inspiration here. One day we shall spend some time together and share thoughts and experience, I am sure of it. Shall we meet in Paris? Thank you for seeking me out. You are the first comment YONKSphoto will ever have. The stags arr here just outside the cottage now, I feel their presence even when I can't see them, it's so dark.
Thank you for being there for me.

miss b said...

These are delightful, magical images. I'm always so impressed with the music you choose to accompany your posts and this is no exception. A wonderful time of year as you have shown so well here and of course a light dusting of snow is just extra special.

Seawashed said...

Have a wonderful holiday with your family in southern california. I love California...I will never ever leave it again. I hope you can go to Disneyland...or at least downtown Disney because it is so magical for the holidays xxo

Burlap Luxe said...

Cher Anita,
ma belle soeur, vous m'enchante à chaque visite et commentaire. Aimez tout ce que vous inspirez de ce jour férié Décembre rempli de Joyeux Noël.

gros bisous


Burlap Luxe said...

Ma sœur, pas sœur inlaw ...LOL ! Laughing at my grammar !!


Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Your words and pictures in this post send a powerful and magical message. A beautiful post.
Thanks for your warm welcome to my first post. I adore Dore's theatre she made. I'm always staging new productions. Would love to see some pictures of your beautiful french theatre productions of the past.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

When I want to dream I come here.
Thank you for sending me over to Vera's... What an enchanting blog she has, and what an honor that she would display Violet mouse in Dore's beautiful Theatre!
Enjoy your day tomorrow dear friend
Love, Penny

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Deana Sidney said...

No matter how many times I see the dancing bears, I never cease to be delighted with them. They just make me smile. If only everyone could look at nature and be fed and comforted by animals and landscapes... the world would be a much better place. The world is not ours to conquer. It should be ours to share. Happy holidays ANita!

koralee said...

Dear one...I am here and enjoying your lovely post once again. Such lovely images to make my heart happy today...inspiration everywhere I turn. Hope you are very well. I finished my first week back at school and boy oh boy was it a busy one! One more week! Now it is the weekend....time to bake up a storm as I am in a cookie exchange...9 doz will be made before the day is done! Off to find my apron and bakers hat!!! {and a cup of Santa Secret} xoxoxo

Madelief said...

Dearest Anita,

The combination of your beautiful photo's and music always touch me. They make this festive post into a beauty! Hope you are having a good time at school?! My daughters have one or two Christmas parties & lunches up next week. Such happy events! Wishing you lots of pre Christmas fun!


Madelief x

Madelief said...

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Palomasea said...

Perfection, dearest...absolute perfection. You are reading my thoughts exactly....what gifts are all around us...what blessings. And they do not cost a dime. I am in love with all of these animals....ALL of them... and so grateful for God's beauty....
And the music is so angelic....
We are on the same wavelength....this is so similar to the theme I am planning for the new Gypsy post, (which I hope to have up....!!!) if my computer cooperates.
Beautiful blessings and peace to you, precious Anita, dear are amazing.
Love you so,
- Irina :)

Palomasea said...

And let's dance with the horses someday, shall we?? :))) How darling!!!
BISOUS, chere amie...

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I have missed you SO! I believe there will be a time when we will dance with the creatures, all things beautiful! I will wait and watch closely for your post on Gypsy! Thank you for coming to see that last horse; isn't he cute, dancing with the lady?

Stacey said...

This was so mesmerizing! The message was a lovely reminder of what Christmas means and the images were oh so magical! That cat in the scarf stole my heart:-)

Red Rose Alley said...

I don't want this post to end. It's just so beautiful. :~)

Have a wonderful weekend, precious Anita.


Anonymous said...

oh my gosh, me too, i want to surrender my crown for one of peace!!!!

Lynne said...

I spent the day watching Holland moved by Tchaikovsky. Now, here, as always for my bedtime story.
Magic. Dreamy. Lifting.
Anita. So many times I am speechless after I visit you. I may visit two or three times before I can plant my words.
Meeting you has been one of the highlights of 2013.


Unknown said...

Your post really beautiful and fresh designed. I loved this type post that feel good. Home Decor Ideas is a one of the best important to decor a home.

June said...

Another magical post dear Anita! I always feel transported to some other realm when ever I visit here. Thank you for putting all this beauty together for all to enjoy!
Have a lovely Christmas season!
hugs from here...

Denise said...

Anita,Thank You for this post I want to come back again and again and enjoy the beauty of it.

Anonymous said...

So, so lovely. Brought tears of joy and wonderment ~

How precious are you?


Splenderosa said...

My newest mission (& I have several) is animal protection so you know I loved loved loved this post. We absolutely should not be allowed to hunt with guns for any reason. Living in Texas you know not all my friends agree with this, but they all listen. Love the geese, the bears, the horses, all of them. Merry Merry Christmas, Anita !!!

Ann said...

This is a dreamy post Anita.
I loved every part of it.

Merry Christmas dear!
In case, I won't be able come back again
during the holidays. said...

WHAT an absolute JOY it is coming here...just no more words to spoil this beauty...

francis said...

You had A LOT of visitors here .....
like when you had a party with lots of friends
and than .....every-one leaves
the house is empty and you wonder around
collecting glasses and bottles and plates
and remembering ....words....looks.......
and than ....the doorbell rings .....
a late guest .... with home-made cookies ......
Do you have coffee ..... I will help you clean up .......
COFFEE together at the kitchen table .....
Did you enjoy ! Tell me all about it ..... coffee and cookies .....

My wish ....sitting here in my house
I visited your last post a lot last week
enjoyed the music over and over and over again
wanted to write a comment ..... but what to write ?
today is sunday-morning here in Holland
I visit you .... here.....
a late guest ....I love late .... I love enjoying what was ....on my own.....
or together with a good friend and coffee .... like now!
Thank you Anita for being my friend !

Ivy and Elephants said...

So dear, Anita. You always find a way to weave magic with just the right words, music and pictures.
You inspire, and that is a true gift..
Big hugs,

Intangible Hearts said...

So lovely.

Madelief said...

Dear Anita,

Sorry for coming back to you so late! If you would like to use the Christmas tree, which I posted in your comments, the only thing you have to do is to copy and paste. That's all :-)!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Love, Madelief x

Seville at Nerissa's Life said...

What BEAUTIFUL pictures! They're all spectacular.


Roberta said...

Again, so inspirational- you hit a chord within me!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Roberta, thank you for visiting! I am not sure where to leave you a message, but I appreciate your visit! Happy holidays to all. Anita

Maria said...

~ Always, always so very beautiful.....i walked through my park just yesterday and felt alive from being close to nature as I thought ......she was only sleeping.......You have made me think, she is only resting before the big show, Anita! Big love's to you as always my friend...
Maria x

Unknown said...

Touching and lovely thank you so much!

renae said...

Oh, Anita!
Isn't red and green the best up against the snow? I love that look in December so much. Yes, I am back and with a renewed vigor. The drama is behind us with Pete's daughter and now we can enjoy Christmas. I'm off to get some shopping done and have lunch with my former sis in law, that introd me to my ex. I love that she and I are still friends. hahahaha. Have a fabulous last week at the crazy job and congrats on a fun holiday break (instead of getting your fingers stuck together with hot glue, seee..... if didn't forget....)
Love to you my dear friend,

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hello Anita!!!!!
How are you? It was snowing here over the weekend and looked so beautiful!!!!! I've been working on getting my Christmas cards finished. We have some holiday parties coming up. It's such a fun time of year.....
Hope you had a fabulous weekend!!!!
Luv & Hugs,

Anonymous said...

Hello friend, thank you for visiting.
I had NO DOUBT that you would believe a starfish shines, and what a perfect reason you've stated...they're alive...OF COURSE!!! =D
I hope you're staying warm on this beautiful December day.
Save me some salmon stew, please.

Cindy Albert said...


This is such a beautiful post.

Much love to you xoxo

Cindy said...

This post has put me in the Christmas spirit! Beautiful, as usual!

vicki archer said...

SO, so very beautiful Anita... I just adore the way you make these meaningful connections with your words and images... xv

Karena said...

Dear Anita,
Your posts nearly bring me to tears. The images are so mesmerizing and truly sooth the soul!
Thank you so very much for your friendship and encouragement throughout the year!

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Marie said...

Why look to Calgon when Anita can take me away...

Love you!

Pura Vida said...

not sure how many times I've looked at this...but it captures my soul every time!

Personally selected products said...

Hello ANITA !!
Thank You for your visit .
I came to your blog again, because you has the more gorgeus pictures!! always you know how to choose the most elegant places and pictures!,

Martina said...

Dearest Anita, thank you for your very sweet comment! I so treasure your friendship and your loving attention. Your poems and your posts are such an inspiration to me and i'm glad we've met here, Again: all the picturesand words you choose just how, how precious life is - and how magical! I wish you a very happy, sweet and peaceful christmas and new Year. Hope we'll have a super start into 2014. Moving will be stressful - but we found a lovely plaand i look forward to a new time in our life. More about it soon. Meanwhile, lots of lOVE to you and your husband, M.

LeeAnn at Mrs Black's said...

I always love the images which you so carefully curate to share with us! Some of these are absolutely exquisite. I especially love Nature this time of year and these images display so well the infinity of it. Have a wonderful Christmas. x

erin's art and gardens said...

hello sweet anita,
the images you have chosen beautiful and your voice just divine. i always stop and linger here at your gorgeous bloggy....
thank you, for all you are and what you give to us....
merry christmas to you and yours,

Decorpedia said...

Absolutely gorgeous. You really know how to put a beautiful decorating ideas and interior designs , thanks for sharing it with us

Barbara said...

Dear Anita, have a safe flight. Your Christmas Wishes are returned ten fold! Happy Christmas with love Barbara

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Anita, this is my favorite post ever! I love the words, the animals, everything! I hope that you have an amazing holiday!!!! Be safe!

Pamela said...

I will wear a woodland wreath with you, too. Let heaven and nature sing!
Sent with so much love and respect and admiration for all you are and the tender beauty you express here*~*~*~*~*

Lady of the Woods said...

"I want to surrender my crown, for a woodland wreath of peace"......
I was lost today, not knowing why, feeling inside out and frowning for no known reason. It was the mind which was wanting, in desire, and it was making me ill. That Woodland Wreath Of Peace has worked its Natural Magic all the way over to me here, thanks to you and your word-craft, I am peaceful with Nature again, with The Mother again and feeling right side up. I came here to tell you I got my wings today but I got another gift of flight, from a shadowy abyss to soaring up with Mother Nature as your Lady Bardship and her poetry so eloquently reminds.......Nature is always and in all ways the cure, the answer, the balm to ones soul.
" A crown, for a wreath ''. I shall remember. Namaste

Marfi-topia said...

this is beautiful Anita.
hope this new year is amazing sparkly beautiful healthy and happy!
big hugs:)

Barbara said...

Dear Anita, thank you so much for your visit and good wishes. We had family staying for a few days over Christmas so yes; we did have a lovely time. I hope you enjoyed your time in sunny California, and you are now home safe and sound.
Happy New Year xxxx

hi-d said...

Hi Anita,
So good to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by! It sounds like you had a wonderful trip to CA. Welcome back home. It must have been strange to go from such warm temps to snow!!! I wouldn't mind some snow here. Ha!

Merry Christmas to you and the best in 2014!!!


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