Sunday, December 19, 2010

And the Rains Came...

As I sit here at my computer
I am listening to the rain 
pounding on the roof.

I am having the most wonderful day.
It has been raining for 3 solid days.

 Today and all last night 
was the hardest .
It never let up.
 We are a little flooded . . . 
but I just love, love 
the sound of the rain.
I could watch it for hours.
I sat in the living room this 
morning, drinking my coffee 
and looking at my tree. 
It is a big one!
It is the only
one I put up this year.
I really do love it.
Year after year, subtle little
changes here and there.
I still love it.
So does Mark! :)

My girlfriend Sandy's daughter 
is having her first baby today!
We are on baby standby!
Go HOLLY!!!!

I got some wrapping done today. 
I only have a few more gifts to buy.
I baked my first batch of 
gingerbread cookies! YUM!
I have a big pot of Carmelized 
Onion and Shitake Mushroom 
soup on the stove.
Smells Heavenly in here.

A fire in the fireplace...
Christmas music on...
and it's raining. Still.

Life is good!
Merry Christmas everyone!



marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh it does sound like heaven. Love the sound of rain. Your tree is stunning. I love all of your ornaments, they are so pretty. I can't wait until you are here, I am so looking forward to seeing you. In the meantime, I hope you and all your family have a very Blessed and Wonderful Christmas. Hugs, Marty

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

What a blessing that your friends daughter is having a baby at Christmas Time, How Lovely! I'm sending lots of prayers their way! Your tree is SPECTACULAR!!! LOVE IT!!! Oh and the rain, I would tell you "You may need to build an ARK", BUT that's a WHOLE different biblical story and NOT the one we are centering on this "Beautiful Christmas Week"!!! Merry Christmas to you and yours,
Hugs, Donna

Netty said...

The tree is totally gorgeous with the beautiful ornaments. Wishing a very happy Christmas and a Joyous New Year. Annette x

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I love the rain too! Your tree is beautiful and it is big!! glad you had a nice relaxing day!!

sissie said...

I can't think of anything more relaxing and peaceful than to sit by the tree and listen to the raindrops hitting the ground. Sounds lovely.

Have a wonderful Christmas.


Ginger said...

Karen the tree is gorgeous. You put a lot of love (and work) into it, I can tell.
It's been raining here in Vegas too. My daughter took my granddaughter to Disneyland this weekend for her birthday...rained all day long.
Merry Christmas to you and Mark. (and the boys too).
Hope Holly and baby are fine.

luluslovlies said...

Merry Christmas Karen, I just love the rain too, it has been raining here for a few days, enjoy the holidays and the new baby that is coming! Hugs Marilou

Lisa said...

Your tree is gorgeous! It sounds like you are having a perfectly lovely day. Enjoy the rain...and your yummy soup.:)

Theresa said...

I know how you love the rain:) Love your Christmas tree and precious ornaments, it is all gorgeous! Sounds like your weekend is PERFECT! Love you bunches!

Keetha Broyles said...

I've been hearing about your rains out there - - - it's making the news even here.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Karen:
I love the rain, too...and your soup sounds like a delicious complement to the day. Best wishes to your friend on the birth of her child.
God's Blessings from our home to yours,
Donna, Kes and Fezzik Inconceivable

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Karen,
Sounds pretty good to me! Your tree is just gorgeous my dear! Such pretty sparkly ornaments!
And the meal sounds wonderful! I feel like heading right over.
And speaking of heading over, I bought my plane ticket today! WooHoo! I fly into Phoenix late on the 11th! I may need a ride to the get together! Can I hitch one with you?
Hugs Dear,
And see you soon!

The French Bear said...

Karen, what a glorious tree!!!! I can smell the soup and just imagine how wonderful it must taste!!!! Seems strange to think of rain as the snow piles up over here.....I do like the freshness the rain brings!
How exciting for your friend to be having a Christmas baby!!!
Margaret B

Sall's Country Life said...

Rain??? I love a nice rainy day too, but not in December??? That would be against all of nature here in the Dakotas! I look out my window and when the snowflakes are floating straight down, it's a good day! What fun to be awaiting a birth this close to Christmas, blessings to the family! Your tree is beautiful! Have a great holiday season, I'll send you some snow flakes!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Karen...I am so with you. I am sitting here at my desk...typing away listening to the rain on the skylight above my head. Same here, raining for the past three days and I love it. It is my favorite kind of weather. Like you I love my tree. It's rather smaller than usual but the house smells wonderful.
If it keeps up we will have to call our yard, Ingalls Lake.
Isn't it grand?? :) I loved your post! Merry Christmas and happy baby watching! What a great season to be born! :)

Mimi said...

SEnd the RAIN to ARIZONA!!!
I love it too!!
rain makes it seem like Snow!!!
I love your large tree!!it is spectacular!!!!
so MANY great THINGS ON IT!!!I love them all!!!!
I wish you a Blessed week and a Very Merry Christmas!!!
many hugs 2 U,

Vintage Style Downunder said...

Oh karen I LOVE your gosh, how tall is it?? You obviously have wonderfully high ceilings! lol...well, in that part of your house anyway! Ours is 7'8" and I don't think I"ve seen much larger for sale here...(manmade, not 'real'!)...truly fabulous. I'd love to see pics of other areas of your house if you've decorated??? We have had heavy, heavy rain too which I love the sound of, but it's meant to be SUMMER so I have mixed feelings about it!! lol...
Anyway,have a lovely Christmas! blessu heaps
jessie x

Joyce said...

Your tree is gorgeous and the soup sounds you share the recipe?

Merry Christmas!

Mieke said...

Rains in California and Australia, Snow in Europe, seems like everyone has weather-issues...

Charlene said...

Sounds wonderful!!!! I LOVE your tree. I wanted to do gold & silver this year but, the GRANDS are coming & I told Hubby I need to do it geared toward them. They are growing up so fast that we need to do the magical as long as they care. There's plenty of time for gold & silver later. Hope you'll stop by to see mine too. Send some of that rain to us! We need it sooooooooo badly but, you guys are really having a lot & it sounds like it is starting to cause a few problems. Stay safe. HUGS!

Elizabeth said...

All of it sounds devine! I too love the rain - all my friends think I am nuts but there is nothing as soothing as listening to the rain as it falls. Hmmmm, soup sounds yummy too, don't suppose you would like to share that recipe? hmmm? Well and the tree and the fireplace, ok I am sold, when can I come over for a visit? :D
You are sounding much better from a few posts ago...I am very glad!
Happiest of Holidays,
Hugs Sorority Sister,
Oh, I just revamped my blog, yes, again so if you would like to stop by for a visit that would be lovely.

Ann said...

No matter how much it rains, looking at that beautiful tree will make up for the wet weather. We are having really bad snow here in the UK with -10. I am just busy indoors getting ready for the big day. Happy Holidays

Lululiz said...

Karen, your tree is amazing! I dread to think how long it must have taken you to decorate it. I couldn't have done it, lol, I hate ladders, surely you must have used a ladder? Your ornaments are so precious.

Our Back Porch said...

Just another thing we have in common. Oh how I LOVE the rain! And if there is thunder and lightening...all the better! Your tree is MOST gorgeous!!!!! I wish you and your precious family a most wonderful Christmas!

Merry Hugs and Blessings,

debi said...

Oh Karen, your tree is gorgeous! Sounds like you are having a very peaceful and wonderful day. Good for you!
Merry Christmas!

Cidinha said...

Dear friend,

I appreciate your company and friendship and wish you and your family a Merry Christmas filled with blessings, and a New Year filled with love, health and peace.


Something Special said...

That is one beautiful large tree. If I were you I would sit and look at it too. I do my trees, but they are much smaller.