Sunday, December 26, 2021

Christmas Gifts and Rabbit Trails



It becomes increasingly embarrassing for me once again to blog when I've been MIA so long.

Nevertheless, when I have this photo of my darling granddaughter opening a Christmas present from Mimi and PawPaw how could I not?

How many 7 year olds want a purple hummingbird feeder for Christmas? I had to get her to pose again for this picture since I didn't get a shot of the big smile on her face when she first pulled it out of the Wild Birds Unlimited sack. That smile was there! I hope that the feeder and the other hummingbird accessories we gave her will bring her much joy next spring when once again the "living helicopters" return. 

Just as she and her big sister and parents bring us so much joy when they take that 3 hour drive and come visit us. 


 It's so tempting to try to catch you up on all the things that have occurred in my life since I last posted here but I won't. Maybe I will mention that RH and I celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary since I last posted here. There was a whole post planned about that but it never happened.

Rather than write about more happenings during my absence, I'll ask you if your holidays have been lovely, too? I hope so!

Here's a quote from a book I recently read that's led me to reading more of her novels:

The hummingbird is a living helicopter. It's also the most beautiful of animated beings. And with all that, the female is a dedicated homemaker. A perfectionist."

                        Margaret Culkin Banning 

                        I Took My Love to the Country

That makes me appreciate even more the tiny birds who will one day feed at my granddaughter's purple feeder, especially the females who don't get as much notice as their colorful male mates.  But I'm not going to go down that rabbit trail. Not now, anyway! 



  1. It sounds like you had a lovely Christmas with your family! I love that your granddaughter wanted a hummingbird feeder for Christmas. What a great gift! She sure is a doll...I love her curly hair.

    We had a nice Christmas, too but as usual, I'm glad it's over. I've been busy taking down all the decor now.


  2. A purple hummingbird feeder, how wonderful. I hope your sweet granddaughter gets to see lots of hummingbirds coming around next Spring. That's a great comparison about hummingbirds being living helicopters. They are such beautiful little birds, and supposed to bring a message or two when they flutter around us. I often see them hovering around my flowering bush in the front yard when I water my plants. Your granddaughters are getting so big, Dewena. I'm glad you're well, and Happy Anniversary to you, 60 years, that's amazing and special. I loved seeing a bit of your charming home at Christmastime, and it's nice you got to visit with your son this season. I hope the new year brings you so many good things. : )


  3. How lovely that your beautiful granddaughter cares about the hummingbirds and wanted a feeder. She sounds like a sweet soul. I'm glad you've had an enjoyable family Christmas. Belated Happy Anniversary to you! Sixty years is definitely something to celebrate!
    We had (and keep on having) a good Christmas. For me, it's not over until after New Year's. We are sitting with the lights twinkling on mantel and tree and feeling very content.

  4. Merry Christmas and Happy Anniversary. That's quite a milestone! I hope you celebrated in a big way! Happy New Year, Dewena!

  5. We had a very busy Christmas. One more visit to go and then all my decor is coming down. Your grand girls is so cute and how sweet she wanted a hummingbird feeder. Glad you had your family with you to celebrate. Big Hugs sweet friend. xoxo Kris

  6. Such a beautiful family and, yes, Christmas was most pleasant. My post didn't update nearly all that's happened and, can you believe, I totally forgot to talk about my new grand niece?!
    Dewena, Blessed Christmas to you and a safe, happy New Year in all the months to come. God bless and keep you and yours.
    Sandra at Thistle Cove Farm

  7. Happy Anniversary and congratulations on having such a sweet granddaughter! A child who loves and appreciates nature has a good heart. Happy New Year to you!

  8. Happy New Year my dear friend. And I love the idea of gifting a purple hummingbird feeder. So very sweet.
    I loved seeing all those smiles.

  9. this is such a wonderful post. and the fact that such a tiny human Loves and Appreciates tiny helicopter birds! it's priceless.
    she will remember that present and the givers of it and every Spring it will bring more and more Joy! I'm glad you had a happy Christmas.
    here's to a wonderful brand new year! sending you love. XO

  10. Good morning, Dewena. Your precious granddaughter looks beyond thrilled with her marvelous present. It is so wonderful that she has such interest at her age.
    I have missed your post, even though I am late to comment these days. Life does seem to take over. However, I wish you belated Happy Anniversary wishes. 60 years is amazing. Mike and I will celebrate 50 in July.
    Do keep posting - you are missed. Wishing you and your family a Happy and Healthy New Year!

  11. It’s so nice to read you again! The birds bring so much joy in times of partial seclusion. Your little granddaughter seems so pleased. We were very quiet this Christmas. My husband was in the hospital so my daughter and I watched a lot of old movies together. Happy New Years!

  12. I'm also so glad when you post, dear Dewena, and very glad indeed that you got to spend a nice Christmas with your family, not to be taken for granted in these strange times. Wishing you all the best for the coming year, my friend.

  13. I just love it that she is so happy with your present!
    I have been like you this year with not posting thoughts I wanted to write about. I am going to try very hard to keep up my blog,and comment on others' blogs,and reading more this year. "Good Lord willin' and the creek don't rise"!!!

  14. And also, what a beautiful cozy room!

  15. Your granddaughter is precious, Dewena. I love those curly locks! And I love that she wanted a purple hummingbird feeder for Christmas. How enchanting! You have a beautiful family. Those smiles say it all. I'm glad you had a wonderful Christmas. Mine was equally wonderful, as I spent it with my son and his family. First time in years that I've been with them at Christmas. I came home feeling warm and satisfied. Happy New Year, dear friend! Hugs.

  16. Deweena, it is so good to see you, congratulations on your 60th! I am glad your Christmas was so good. Thank you for letting us comment, too. I have a confession... when I first started blogging ten years ago, I blogged daily... working full time and taking care of all the animals we had at the time... I do not know how I did it. Now if I post once in six weeks, it's a miracle, though I managed a Christmas and New Year's post. For me, it's a record of the mistakes made and happy times had, especially when Keith was still alive. I love looking back at the old posts, watching my grands grow, and things change here at home.
    Good to see you!

  17. Happy New Year, Dewena! No need to apologize for your absence. I have been all over the blogging-sphere this past year, jumping in and out and around and about. We all do the best we can. The hummingbird feeder is gorgeous! and how wonderful that your granddaughter loves it and asked for one. Congratulations on your 60th! And, now, with the start of a new year, I'm once again setting new intentions for my blog and aim to be a more frequent visitor to yours:)

  18. That's a fun and beautiful gift!

    Happy New Year, Dear Dewena!

  19. Beautiful post - and i love that gorgeous room of yours.

  20. oh and 60 years - congratulations. We did 50 this past year. Looking forward to 60 also.

  21. Those living helicopters will be dizzy with excitement at the sight of that purple hummingbird feeder - an inviting, pretty, little palace, stocked with sweet refreshment!

    Even happier will be your adorable granddaughter, Dewena, who will surely twirl with joy at the sight of those winged wonders swirling around that feeding station, swinging to and fro!

    Those merry faces in your own home are such a pleasure to see, too! How wonderful that you all got to spend special quality time during Christmas! In this case, pictures speak louder than words!

    Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year,

  22. Your granddaughters have such sweet smiles. Holding that purple feeder and those curly locks reminds me of a picture I saw recently of Shirly Temple. She reminded me of her when I first saw her. Such a sweet family picture and so good you enjoyed your Christmas with family. Many Great Wishes for You and Yours in the New Year! Betsy

  23. Hello Dewena, I do hope you are doing well.
    This is a lovely post, nice to see the happy smiles.
    Take care and my good wishes for 2022.

    All the best Jan