Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Bringing Joy to my Little World

 One night last week I curled up in bed with Peanut and enjoyed a little escape from reality in the form of a Hallmark channel Christmas movie.  Even better because I had recorded it and could zoom through the commercials.  I think if I couldn't watch tv this way I would have given up on it entirely by now.  Mostly because I detest being inundated with commercials advertising drugs and all of their numerous, disturbing side effects.  It kind of spoils the entertainment factor to keep hearing these gross details.  Ugh! 
Prior to the Hallmark movie, I had been tuning in to the world news reports each evening to fill the quiet hours while Brett was away on business.  I find it a fine line between being informed and being overwhelmed when it comes to the news.  Lately it has seemed particularly overwhelming.  Which is why I've decided to lay off the news for the rest of the year.  It seems to come at us constantly now and, while it's good to be informed, there isn't much that I can do to change it.  So, instead, I'm focusing on bringing joy to my little world.  My own little way of spreading cheer to all who visit here during this holiday season.
Today was a day for morphing the turkey carcass into turkey broth.
How nice it will be to have in the freezer for future soup making on some of the cold, busy days leading up to Christmas.
As it simmered away all afternoon,  I worked on decking the halls.

As I unwrapped my collection of vintage decor, I couldn't help but think how many of these pieces have been around for a lot of years.  Each one of those years came filled with good times and bad times, peaceful times and times of unrest.  But, through it all, we are given the opportunity to choose to be joyful and spread cheer.

We may not be able to bring peace to the world, but creating a joy-filled peaceful home might be a good place to start.

 ~ Let There Be Peace on Earth 
and Let it Begin with Me ~ 


  1. What pretty vintage decorations you have! I love your philosophy of creating a joy-filled home in a world where peace is hard to find and turmoil everywhere. I'm going to concentrate on this in this Christmas season.

  2. Beautifully put Kim. Like you I too am so tired of the bad news around the world - much of it perhaps blown out of proportion causing us to stress and feel hopeless about the future.

    Your home is looking lovely already.
    Christmas arrives so quickly it seems so I'd better start getting down the boxes in the next week!
    Sending thoughts of peace and joy your way, and the vision of your exquisite Madonna and Child will stay in my thoughts each day.

    Hugs - Mary

  3. Love all your vintage Christmas girls. Your hutch is so pretty. I agree about the news, I want to be informed but just appreciate taking time to escape and watch a Hallmark Christmas movie....always makes me feel good.
    When ever I see the NOEL girls, reminds me of my friend..her family teased her Grandmother by always changing them to LEON

  4. Hi Kim - I love your holiday decor and the turkey soup sounds delicious! Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  5. What a lovely post. I agree with you about television and the news and all those drug commercials!!
    Your vintage decorations are so pretty.
    Home is a great place to start. : )

  6. Amen! I tolerate, just barely, the evening news, but I draw the line on those inane morning shows that pretend to be news. They, and all their "stars" make me ill...just like those commercials you mention. How does anyone dare to take any new medication? Good heavens. Your decor looks very like my childhood memories...special, special, quality pieces. I love the NOEL girls...darling. And I am very much enjoying my morning coffee in a certain mug you may remember. Tomorrow, I'll be enjoying it before a fully decorated tree. I hope!

  7. We don't watch much tv and always mute the commercials when we watch Leave it to Beaver at noon. It's hard to watch too much news now too. I love seeing your pretty vintage figurines. And you can add me to the list of those you are bringing JOY to this year. I have the sweet pixies in my decor that you sent me a few years ago. They bring me so much JOY every year! Holiday hugs, Diane

  8. Hi Kim! I agree! The news today is especially horrible. So sad.
    Your house looks great and your heart is so good. I hope lots of people come to your house this holiday season.

  9. Hello Kim. Yes, the news is dreadful all over the world. It can become overwhelming, or worse, we become numb to it all. This latest news about California is terrible - I heard it on the way home from work.
    Spreading peace and happiness in our own worlds can have wonderful ripple effects out to a world in need. Beautiful little Noel girls.

  10. Amen to that Kim! I use to watch the news before I went to bed and then would toss and turn. Needless to say I don't do that anymore...lol
    I love your cute Christmas figurines. My Christmas decorating is all done. We leave for one week to go see our daughter,SIL and our two sweet girls. So happy to be able to spend more time with them.

    Take care


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