Weekend Coffee Share; Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Weekend Coffee share is a time for us to take a break out of our busy lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)! Please grab a cup of coffee or tea and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? any weekend plans?

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays for those of you that celebrate this holiday season differently. No matter how you celebrate whether its for the birth of Jesus or other traditions it is celebrated all over the world one way or another and for me it means family time. I long for these days with my family so I am so excited about the next 2 weeks!!

Can I get you a cup of coffee or tea? I am drinking a decaf coffee as I need to head to bed as soon as I am done sharing this post. I worked last night and work tonight so I need to get my Z’s in and REALLY wanted to share one last coffee share before Christmas. I will be busy and so here I am wishing you all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY! I hope your wishes are granted and your dreams come true! Doesn’t that sound wonderful? Or sappy, I think it sounds wonderful, but some of my wishes are harder to grant ~ suffice it to say I wish for world peace and happiness. My hippie mind at work! ❤ ❤ ❤

My endeavors this weekend before Christmas. I baked 6 different kinds of sweets to give away as gifts! Pictured are 4, next are the other 2.
Homemade from scratch brownies! A cup of chocolate chips added to make them extra chocolaty!
A great recipe I found for Chocolate Chip Pecan cookies. Scrumptious!

I have been busy baking which I just love. I had lofty goals and met most of them. Pictured are Magic cookie bars (aka 7 layer bars), Sandies, White Chocolate cherry shortbread cookies, ginger molasses cookies, homemade brownies and chocolate chip pecans. I was going to make coconut lime shortbread cookies but ran out of time. I may make them one day next week as I bought limes and have all the ingredients. I have never made them before and am always wanting to try new recipes. 😀 😀 😀

The white chocolate cherry shortbread cookies are a first for me. They have almond extract so they have an almond cherry buttery taste, pretty darn tasty if I do say so myself!! It is really fun to give and super fun to bake! What do you do during the holidays? I use to bake much earlier and then mail to all my sister’s/brother but our family’s have grown and time just slips by so I continue to bake but just give to my employees, coworkers and friends. Maybe I will plan better and once again mail to my family, we will see!

Enjoying the trails in between baking! Haha, I can’t ignore my ponies. And yes, these are new photos. I just can’t help myself – I take a lot of photos!
Chloe, Zack and I out on the trails. I am ponying Zack and he is such a good boy!

You know I just have to share more photos of my weekend as I was able to fit in a few rides. I hope you enjoyed your coffee or tea with me as I totally enjoyed our visit! I have to get this finished. I hope you all have a great holiday. Most everyone I know are in a good place right now in their lives and so cheers to all! And for those of you who struggle through the holidays, stay strong, keep smiling, try and find the good during these weeks. I know sometimes its hard, especially if you miss a loved one or two. (I’m smiling up at my parents today.) LOVE TO ALL! ❤

Happy Christmas Crazy Grandma,

~Diana

My Weekly Smile; Dec. 18, 2019

What makes you smile? This is my weekly smile hosted by my blogging friend Trent! I just love to share!

I just have to smile and share this cute Kitty named Wolfie. He is staying at my house until we make an exchange with my son and his kitties. I talked about this kitty exchange in my last weekend coffee share. I just wanted to post some fun photos of this beautiful cat that will have great fun being back with his brother in just about a week. 😀

He fell asleep, he loves his bungalow!
Hard to catch him sitting still sometimes! He is so sweet!
He has knocked a few ornaments off the tree as expected! Haha!
He’s so intrigued. He has been up the tree a bit too, but mostly leaves it alone.

I have enjoyed sharing my weekly smile this week. I am trying hard to not feel stressed about the holidays. I need to still shop (whether online or in a store) as I’ve become a last minute shopper. When the kids were little we would plan better and often shop early and hide presents. Those were the days. Now it’s usually a bit frantic as we near Christmas. We are sharing presents during New Year’s this year so it gives us some extra days. I am really happy about that!

Now on to baking. I absolutely LOVE to bake and every year try and bake as many cookies as I can and I often try new recipes. I will have to let you know how it goes as baking starts tomorrow! I will put together gift bags with baked goods and a small gift to all my employees. And if I bake enough I will share with other friends and co-workers. I’m so happy that the kitty situation is moving along and all will be in their new homes by the end of the year! 😀

He loves to curl up on my lap. Love him!

Thank you for visiting my smile. I hope you had a lot to smile about this week. It is a busy time for many, and I am sure I am not the only one feeling a little stress through these holidays. Have a wonderful week!

Smiling Cat Grandma!

~Diana

Christmas Tree is Decorated!

I said I would share my Christmas tree decorated so I ended up taking about 4 photos and they all came out a bit different. I am just going to share all of them. The lights on the Christmas tree are pretty new, maybe only a year or two old and they change colors which I think is kinda cool. As I took the photos the colors kept changing from all colors to just white! It makes for a fun look I think. This has really put me in the Christmas spirit, maybe it will help you too? We haven’t gotten any presents yet this year, the time is ticking! YIKES!

This is the colorful lights. The other half of the 20 bears I have collected are all around the fireplace. Yes, I counted them and we stopped buying them after the 20th bear!
Another close shot of the colored lights – I accidentally cut off the star, too close! Lol
I like the softer colors of this photo even though it’s a little dark near the fireplace. This is the white lights as they change!
Same tree but with the lights white, pretty cool as I really like this photo and the lighting!

Now, if I can figure out what to get everyone for Christmas I think I would be good. I still need to buy the Christmas cards I wanted and then we are picking names for immediate family. This will help with the Christmas shopping this year! For me, my present is just being with family and enjoying each others company. THAT IS THE BEST PRESENT OF ALL! ❤

To Happy Holiday!

Love, Diana ❤

Weekly Coffee Share; December and Decorations!

Weekend Coffee share is a time for us to take a break out of our busy lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)! Please grab a cup of coffee or tea and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? any weekend plans?

Welcome to my weekend coffee share. I just got back from the stables enjoying my time with my ponies on a sunny day until the rain clouds moved in and they just rolled right on in and no more sun! It is raining now this afternoon and 50% chance of rain Saturday and Sunday. Basically it will be raining for the whole weekend. Welcome December! Wow, we had a crazy wet year last year and I was hoping for a bit of a break this year. I know we always need the rain, but when you own horses it’s a love/hate relationship with any kind of weather! I forgot to ask, do you need a refill on your coffee? or are you drinking tea, maybe ice tea? I’m getting a refill to go with my cookie snack! CRAZY WEATHER!!

My hubby is such a sweetheart and put out a bunch of Christmas decoration. I always decorate the tree. So this is the before photo, and I need to get off my lazy butt and decorate the tree. Instead I am sitting here writing this coffee share! 😀
Earlier in the day I was here getting them out, exercised and groomed! 😀
I called Zack’s name and he looked at me while Chloe ignored me. I’m lucky their stalls are dry under their shelters!
Chloe is so sweet. I can’t help myself and say often, I just LOVE her winter coat color! She is so dark this year, pretty girl!

I won’t show a decorated tree in this post because I really want to share this now and it will take me too long to get the whole tree decorated. It will be motivating instead to get the tree decorated so I can write a new post about my decorations! I like that idea, so ya’ll will have to wait to see the finished tree. I know everyone has seen a million tree decorations but it sure helps put me in the Christmas spirit! And I shouldn’t be so lazy, but working night shift and taking care of ponies, one gets a little tuckered out and now I have to decorate a tree! Are you feeling sorry for me yet? Haha, I’m just kidding of course, I enjoy Christmas but I have so many decorations I just need to get motivated to decorate! I’m just going on and on about this, I’m the hugest procrastinator. LOL 😀

I just LOVE our collection of Christmas bears! This is only half of them. There is one snowman in the bunch. We bought one a year as the kids were growing up!

I am trying really hard to get into the spirit and thought I would share my bears. How do you decorate for Christmas? I won’t put everything out as I do not have enough room. I definitely have too many decorations, just stuff I have collected over the years. Usually we decorate Thanksgiving weekend but with my sister and daughter visiting I didn’t want to pull out the decorations. Visiting with them was a ton of fun, and I still have plenty of time to get it all done. I will end with one more photo of my day. She always makes me smile!

Miss Chloe is so beautiful! They bring such joy to my life these two ponies! ❤ ❤ ❤

Thank you for sharing coffee with me. My thoughts are rather all over the place, thinking of family, weather, work, Christmas, what to do for Christmas! It can sometimes be overwhelming during the holidays. I’m trying really hard to just take one day at a time. I made it through Thanksgiving weekend and I thought it all went GREAT. Now I want to buy some Christmas cards and then we will pick names for gifts this year. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Thank you for stopping by! 😀

Busy with the Holidays!

~Diana

Christmas Adventures!

I am enjoying my Christmas adventures this year as I started out by baking cookies and goodies for a few friends and coworkers. I had fun baking and wish I had more time to bake more fun things. I was limited by time though, with work and everything I needed to get done it gave me little time to squeeze in baking, but I did get it done and I tried to make a few different goodies! 😀

Super easy all in one bowl brownie being mixed.
Fresh from the oven!

I ended up making everything from scratch, brownies with some extra chocolate adding a cup of chocolate chip cookies, butterscotch blonde brownies, oatmeal cookies with craisin’s, white and dark chocolate chips, and ginger cookies. The butterscotch brownies were really good and do not taste like butterscotch really since they melt into the brownie and it is delicious!

I forgot I took this photo of my extra added chocolate. This recipe is from Hershey using 
Hershey’s cocoa powder. It’s called Hershey’s Best Brownies, just google to find recipe!

I have read that a blog or writings should stick to one theme and I have a rather large encompassing theme called my life and so my writings might start out as one thing or on one topic and I do try to tie everything together and wrap up my thoughts and feelings in a way so that I think I make sense as I really find my writings rather therapeutic and to be honest it really is all an adventure no matter what we do right?

As I sit here writing this it is Christmas night and I can’t sleep. You see we will be leaving in the morning to go back home to California, so as I toss and turn I know my heart will ache to say goodbye to my family here in Arizona. I am so fortunate as my whole family, all three of my children with spouses in tow all came to Arizona where my son now lives so we all could celebrate Christmas together. We had a great day, enjoying the gift giving and wonderful food and even more special, time together.

My heart goes out to my daughter-in-law as on our first day here we went out to a mall to do some last minute shopping and with all of us together my little granddaughter looked like she was walking up to her auntie but then turned like she might walk into the street so her Mom rushed to grab her and slipped and fell and twisted her ankle and also got a hairline fracture near the end of her tibia. She has been in a lot of pain and bless her heart as we invade her house, well not invade, as she and my son have always made their house feel like our home too….. But I have to just say, prayers for a fast recovery and for the pain to subside soon. ❤ ❤ ❤

So peaceful Christmas morning as I sit waiting for everyone to join me!
She is an only child and an only grandchild so I don’t think it’s too many gifts! 😀
She is ADORABLE, they all are at this age!

We had so much fun watching this cutie pie open all her presents. She is 3 years old and she is really speaking well so this is a really fun Christmas as she knows what is going on. It is so fun to see Christmas through a child’s eye, this is just a really fun age. It will only get better the older she gets, and I know I could share a ton of photos but these suffice and I just LOVE her so very much. She just melts my heart! ❤

I am trying very hard not to be stressed out about our move to Arizona. But of course it is natural to feel this way as it is a big move not only for house and home but for my two very large creatures, my horses. I absolutely love where I currently board and we have done some searching here for horse property but it is turning out to be pretty expensive and I am not opposed to boarding in Arizona as it will help with new friendships and possible riding friends. I would also have connections at a boarding facility for farriers and veterinarians. I know I can find these things if I kept the horses on my property, but we are thinking it may be a stretch for us to afford horse property in the area we want to live. We are not done looking and we should really reach out to a realtor who knows the area. I see many trips to Arizona in the coming months to pin down everything and make these crucial decisions!!

Arizona sunsets I am told are a daily thing!
Same photo as above only I zoomed in which isn’t too bad from my phone camera!
Absolutely surreal, I just can’t believe these Arizona sunsets! LOVE them! ❤

I have so many wonderful photos, I am thinking I will have to write again soon or maybe it isn’t too bad having a lot of photos on one blog? You are certainly welcome if you’d like to comment as I love sharing my photos and I know I have been told to keep them coming.

This particular blog has a lot since I am compacting two weeks into one blog post. But I will definitely write again soon and I have one last photo I want to share as it just puts a huge giant smile on my face. I have to say it’s my family that makes my brain work on overdrive trying to not freak out about everything and to just take one day at a time and I know everything will work itself out one way or another. And I don’t mean my family freaks me out it is my motivation for my family that makes me want to get to my final destination, they are all so important to me and I know I tell them all the time!!

This is what puts a huge giant smile on my face, my daughter and granddaughter. I just want to squeeze them and hug them all day long. I’m crazy like that!

Thank you for reading this rather crazy put together blog. I wanted to write last weekend about my love of baking and I don’t want to miss the holiday season so I will just make this a little longer than my normal blogs. I so enjoy writing and interacting with who ever would like to comment. I also know that even though I can’t control everything in this life there is a lot that we can and even though there are decisions that are difficult, they will happen and all in good time. Bless you all and I hope this holiday season has treated each and everyone of you well. ❤

Lovingly,

Diana