Saturday, December 24, 2011

Comfort & Joy

Old Country Roses mug, a past gift from Terry!

Merry Christmas! I can't believe how time flies. It's been three weeks since my last post!

Tree ornament

I'm just getting over a nasty cold/sinus infection that's kept me down for the count for several weeks. 'Tis the season to get sick!

Writing out my Christmas cards.

I finally sat down last weekend and wrote out my Christmas cards.

This year's Christmas cards.

I put on some Christmas music, and fixed a delicious mug of cappuccino and some chocolate almond biscotti to get myself in the Christmas spirit.

Cappuccino.

Terry bought me this Old Country Roses mug years ago for Christmas. He didn't know it was one of my favorite patterns, but he instinctively knew it would make me happy.

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My taste buds had started to come back! Yay!

Terry decorating the tree.

I usually set up the Christmas tree and decorate it, but this year, Terry did it for me! He did a wonderful job. It looks beautiful!

Tree ornament

Ordering gifts online is a joy, especially when you're too sick to go to the mall.

Santa Cat.

2011 was not a good year for us. This past June, our sweet little cat Penny died suddenly. It was a shock, and saddened us for many months. So many of my blogging friends also were writing about losing pets, and I stayed away from blogging so as not to read about any more sadness.

A Gift For You!

But time does heal, and life goes on.

Great message!

I wish you all a beautiful holiday season.
Cherish your loved ones. Celebrate life and make merry!

And, in my next post, I'll tell a much happier tale!


Sunday, December 4, 2011

An Early Birthday Present

Train Station

This weekend, my sweet husband Terry took me out for an early
birthday present! We hopped on a train to downtown Chicago...

Train Station

We passed through the Christkindlmarket for a quick
glance at all the pretty things for sale...

Christkindlmarket, Chicago

Christkindlmarket, Chicago

The food smelled SO GOOD!
But there was no time to eat anything today...

Christkindlmarket, Chicago

Christkindlmarket, Chicago

We had a little time to kill,
so we walked around the mall awhile...

Mall, Chicago

Oh, the Apple Store! But no, that wasn't in today's plan...

Apple, Chicago

The Allsaints Store! Oh, I just HAD to stop and gaze at
the wall of antique sewing machines!

Allsaints, Chicago

Allsaints, Chicago

I mean WALLS of sewing machines!

Allsaints, Chicago

Steampunkers would absolutely love this store! Pricey, but fun!

Allsaints, Chicago

I had to make a stop to visit with my pals, the carriage horses!

Carriage Horse

And gaze upon the famous Chicago Water Tower...

Water Tower, Chicago

Finally! We're here!

Peninsula, Chicago

The Peninsula Hotel!

Peninsula, Chicago

I paused to pose by the piano...

Peninsula, Chicago

Then climbed the grand staircase to...

Peninsula, Chicago

Afternoon Tea in the lobby!

Peninsula, Chicago

Doesn't Terry look dapper?

Peninsula, Chicago

We love that the Peninsula serves a vegetarian tea on request.

Peninsula, Chicago

We both ordered a pot of Earl Grey decaffeinated.

Peninsula, Chicago

Then our 3-tiered server was placed on the table,
along with a basket of scones and the jam,
lemon curd and Devonshire cream!

Peninsula, Chicago

We enjoyed our finger sandwiches first...

Peninsula, Chicago

Followed by these scrumptious three cheese and leek quiches...

Peninsula, Chicago

And finally the scones and the sweets!

Peninsula, Chicago

A warm chocolate chai moelleux was a delicious bonus!

Peninsula, Chicago

Peninsula, Chicago

We sipped, and ate, and sipped some more...

Peninsula, Chicago

Until everything was gone.

Peninsula, Chicago

Peninsula, Chicago

The darkness fell over our view from the window.

Peninsula, Chicago

We took one last look at the tree, and were on our way back home.

Thank you, Terry, for the elegant and delicious birthday present!

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If you've never walked down the streets of Chicago at night,
come along with us as we leave the Peninsula and
walk back to our train. We cross the Chicago River in two
spots, pass the Christkindl Market at Daley Plaza, and
happened upon PuppetBike.com... and I gave the puppets
a dollar bill!




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