Mr. HB has been busy stringing the white Christmas lights.
He has been up on ladders to add some twinkle and sparkles to The Humble Bungalow.
I like the dark wood details much more at night when it takes on a warm glow.
Daytime it can be dark inside and I find myself turning on lots of lights.
(I did not use the flash as it looks far too harsh)
view from the kitchen butler's pantry door
looking east into the dining room
mantle above the fireplace
sporting the resident
Ojibwa tamarack duck decoys
Mom and babe...
a native plant,
simple and natural
in a mercury green glass vase
a gift last year from a friend
The Paper Whites are growing taller
I hope they bloom for Christmas!
Dining room plate rail lit with white
subtle and just enough to add warmth to the dark fir.
Simmering on the stove is a tomato sauce
made with whole tomatoes,onions, garlic, basil and red pepper flakes
a healthy glug of Worchestershire sauce
salt and pepper...
I'll boil up some pasta and dinner is done.
Quick and easy are the meals these days as there are lots of things to do to get ready for the holidays.
Most of the gift shopping has been done.
There will be some more baking as I give homemade goodies away.
My uncle, who lives alone always gets an assortment of treats.
I take some to work and share them with the staff.
Then there is the fellow who hauls away our garden refuse to the compost centre
and various others who provide us with service over the course of the year that I try to remember at Christmas.
The Food Drive is in full swing at school and the truck will be overflowing with food for the needy.
The sock drive is at 500 pairs with our goal for 1,000.
Street people need to keep their feet warm and dry.
The Hampers are getting filled with toys for the families at the school who are experiencing hard times.
With generous hearts
this spirit of giving could happen all the time.
I'm thinking of dedicated tireless volunteers
whose helping hands and hearts of gold
make such an enormous contribution to our communities everywhere.
I am in awe of you all!
There's lots to do this weekend and I may not get to it all...
what's on your agenda for the weekend?
Have some fun!