Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Mid-Week Winter Warmth and About My Christmas

Hello everyone!  A very warm welcome to you all! 
I had a great time on Christmas day!  A couple of friends of mine invited me over to their place for Christmas dinner and it was wonderful!  There were 7 of us in all, not a large group, but it was very nice. My friends are great hosts and had 5 guests, including myself. We had a delicious meal consisting of:  a platter of fresh vegetables....broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and celery, and there was a really nice dip for them.  We had turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, and Tourtiere pie (meat pie).  And the turkey was really delicious, so moist, tender and flavourful!  My friends have a Rival counter top roaster, and they used it to make the turkey. Perhaps one day I will be able to purchase one myself.

One friend gave me a lovely and warm (also waterproof) pair of gloves.  They are so warm and comfortable, perfect for our cold Montreal winter days.  Another friend gave me a $25 gift card, and another friend gave me a $15 gift card.  Another friend gave me $20 and I feel really blessed to have great friends.  So my Christmas was quiet but quiet is great for me and I enjoyed the time I spent with my friends.  :)  I hope you all had a great Christmas. Thank you so much for being here!  :)

The videos I have chosen for this post are:

Santa Claus Grants Final Wish to a Dying Child

Marine Surprised with Early Christmas Present

10 Fun Facts About Adorable Sleeping Animals

Ocean Whisper - Peder B. Helland - HD (beautiful nature and relaxing music)

Winter Hokey Pokey - The Kiboomers  :)

For the following, I am providing the link sources beneath each photo.  You just need to click on the images to see a larger view.

I am grateful for...the people who make me laugh a little harder, smile a little brighter and love a little deeper.

Happiness is the spiritual practice of living every moment with love, grace and gratitude.

I'm just thankful for everything, all the blessings in my life, trying to stay that way.  I think that's the best way to start your day and finish your day.  It keeps everything in perspective. - Tim Tebow

A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but on her own wings.  Always believe in yourself.

Gratitude is an expression of humility, a recognition that even before we ask, good has been given to us.

Keep walking through the storm...your rainbow is waiting on the other side. - Heather Stillufsen

Looking back on 2016, I can appreciate those who never gave up on me.

People will always notice the change in your attitude towards them but they will never notice it's their behavior that made you change.

People come and go in life, but the right ones will always stay!

In 2017, do good and expect good things to come back to you.

Don't rush anything.  When the time is right, it'll happen.

Love has no season.

True friends not only stay by your side in life's storms...they help you laugh again.

It's okay if you get a little tangled in your tree sometimes.  Drink a cup of hot co-coa-coa, bungle up your mistletoes...and fa-la-la love yourself anyway!  :)

Thank you all so much for visiting me here!  I always appreciate and enjoy reading your kind thoughts, which you are always welcome to share!


  1. I like the meme about true friends. So true.

  2. Carissima Linda, salutiamo il vecchio anno che se ne va e brindiamo al nuovo anno che sta arrivando!

  3. sono felice che tu abbia trascorso uno splendido Natale e ti auguro un altrettanto splendido 2017.

  4. So glad you enjoyed your Christmas and that it was nice and quiet with peace. That meal sounds so delicious! I could eat it right now. Have a great rest of the year as well and I wish you a Happy New Year.

    Mersad Donko Photography

  5. Hola Linda, me alegra saber que disfrutaste de una noche estupenda y que cuentas con grandes amigos/as, eso es muy importante. Espero y deseo que en el año nuevo sea para ti inmensamente feliz. Un fuerte abrazo.

  6. Thank you for your lovely videos and pictures. Have a nice day.

  7. Hi Linda! Thank you for visiting my blog! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you a happy and healthy 2017!

  8. Hello Linda,

    It's nice to read about you Christmas celebration! Lovely friends you have :)

  9. Sounds like you had a great Christmas Day. Happy New Year to you!

  10. So happy you had a nice Christmas, Linda.
    What great friends you have.
    Happy New Year

  11. Nice you enjoyed first Christmas Day Linda! 10 Fun Facts About, is very sweet and nice to see. I wish you a happy Wednesday.

  12. Good morning Linda. I enjoyed reading about your quiet and peaceful Christmas with friends. A few sspecial friends makes for a happy, fun time just as much as a houseful of noisy guests.

    Thank you for the soothing Ocean Whispers. I hope you enjoy the rest of the holiday and Best Wishes for the New Year.

  13. Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas with your friends! I like quiet and cozy, with loved ones, that's the best :-)

  14. Hello, lovely images and words. I am glad you had a happy Christmas. Enjoy your day and the week ahead! I wish you all the best in 2017, Happy New Year!

  15. Hello Linda, how wonderful you had friends to share Christmas with. No one should be alone on Christmas. I wish you a wonderful New Year.

  16. Good Morning, sweet Linda! Sounds as though your Christmas celebration was pure delight! It's always humbling and great to be around genuine friends, and bring that joy with us, and take a little of theirs away in our hearts.

    I have been in an exacerbation since Dec 23, but it's not as bad physically as many have been, so I'm grateful for that. But I was not able to visit as often as I'd like. You are always in my thoughts, and have inspired me greatly. Thank you for that treasure, Linda.

    Hoping your New Year is healthy and enjoyable, Linda, all year long. hugs, de

  17. Sounds like you had a lovely Christmas sweet lady. God is good to us to surround us with such sweet friends. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  18. Glad you had a nice Christmas. Enjoyed your selection of quotes today.

  19. belle citation de Heather Stillufsen..Linda

    et il me fait plaisr que tu as passé un bon Noël


  20. Your Christmas celebration sounded fun. The turkey and tortiere must be so delicious. We are grateful for delightful and generous friends. Enjoy the Holidays.

  21. Tourtiere is a good way to have a Christmas dinner!

  22. So glad you had a lovely Christmas, Linda! Your choice of videos in this post was perfect. Wonderful images & sayings, too - great for the season. Happy New Year, Friend!!

  23. I'm so glad you had a great Christmas Linda. Your meal sounded really great too. Nothing like juicy turkey with potatoes and gravy. Yummy.

    I loved the Santa video. That would have been very hard. I'm glad he didn't give up.

    Oh the puppy was the perfect gift for this young man with his struggles.

    All the sleeping animals was adorable. I didn't know all those facts either.

    Have a fabulous day Linda. ♥♥♥

  24. So good you had a wonderful and blessed Christmas, surrounded by great friends and good food. This year I missed the roast turkey.

  25. Ihana kuulla että teillä oli ihana joulu Ja lahjoja olet saanut paljon Minullakin oli hyvä joulu Hyvää ruokaa perheeni kanssa nautimme ja joulu kirkossa kävimme Kiitos kauniista kuvista ja videoista myös kauniita sanoista Oikein ihanaa tulevaa Uuttaa Vuotta Halauksiin

  26. Linda, I checked out the menu for your favorite chicken menu. I love chicken on the rotisserie but my favorite chicken is fried chicken...not fried chicken 'tenders' or 'fingers', but rather whole pieces of chicken.

    Your Christmas gathering sounds great! I would especially like the meat pies. They're hard to find down here in the states but we've eaten them in the upper Midwestern US, in Canada, Scotland and in New Zealand. They are always a treat for us.

    That story about Santa Claus and the dying boy started here in East Tennessee. It's a great story and I believe its true. The press went after "Santa" since they couldn't verify his story as he wouldn't identify the child or family involved. He'd promised not to tell. He regretted telling anyone the story because he was roundly attacked by many who doubted him. He had nothing to gain by telling the story so I'm on his side!

    I didn't know that elephants only sleep about 4 hours a day and that giraffes sleep even less! As for that puppy that was given to the marine with PTSD, one of our neighbors regularly fosters dogs to determine if they have the temperament to act as a service dog. I love animals...they tend to calm the human soul.

    Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  27. I stayed home alone, Linda, but it was nice.

  28. Que j'aime les citations!!! Bise, bonne journée tout en douceur!

  29. I really do think having a pet is one of the most therapeutic thing a person can do. I go into homes where people who have pets and see the difference it makes.

  30. Such a nice post!
    I always enjoy reading yours.
    Have a good evening

  31. Like these past days, continues to enjoy of the Christmas and that next year fill your life, of love, peace and happiness.


  32. Happy Holidays Linda !


  33. Happiness is the spiritual practice of living every moment with love, grace and gratitude.
    i believe this true Linda!
    so nice that these lovely friends invited you for Christmas dinner, and you spent wonderful moments with them, and you had presents too! really Christmas spirit:)
    have a good week

  34. Your Christmas sounded just lovely Linda. Beautiful friends and delicious food. Getting to choose what you'd like by way of gift vouchers and money is always good fun I feel.
    Thank you too for all your inspiring videos and quotations.
    Enjoy your week, cheers now :D)

  35. Hi Linda, I thought I would come on over to this new blog too. Oh my, the Santa video is extremely touching..It brought tears to my eyes and I know that these things do happen. Oh the little children in the hospitals...It breaks my heart.

    The soldier and the puppy, that was also extremely touching to me. These fur babies are truly fur angels.

    Cute little snowman hokey pokey! That made me *smile*...I needed that one today! *big smile*

    It sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas with true family. Those kinds are the best.

    Blessings to you Linda, may the rest of the season treat you real good. : )

  36. So happy you had a wonderful Christmas. Bless the couple who invited guests to share their dinner.

    Here's hoping that 2017 will be as wonderful each and every day.

  37. Your Christmas sounded wonderful. There's no better gift than friendship!

  38. It was lovely to read about your Christmas, I'm so pleased you had an enjoyable day, with good friends and good food.

    Enjoy the remainder of 2016 and all good wishes for the coming New Year

    All the best Jan

  39. I am a little late in checking the blogs I follow. I was busy today putting away the rest of my Christmas decorations and putting out my snowmen for the month of January. I am so glad you had a wonderful Christmas. I did also. Great videos and quotes. Have a blessed evening. Madeline

  40. Happy Wednesday Linda, I think spending time friends is an awesome way to spend your holidays... I hope you have a great New Years too xox

  41. Yummmmmmm!!!! All that you had and enjoyed at your Christmas dinner. Glad you had a great time, cheers!!!

  42. So happy you had a lovely Christmas!! I love meat pie and now you made me hungry :) catchatwithcarenandcody

  43. I sww by the comments that you have quite a number of online friends along with the special ones you shared time with at Christmas. How fortunate you are.

  44. I loved the vidéo "10 Fun Facts About Adorable Sleeping Animals"
    Glad you had a fab Christmas :)

  45. Hello Linda,
    Nice movies.
    Great the fun facts. And a lovely nature movie.

    I wish you all the luck and health for 2017!!

    Kind regards,

  46. Bom dia, o Natal já passou, agora é tempo para lhe desejar, feliz ano de 2017 com a concretização de todos os sonhos.

  47. Coucou Linda,
    Je vois que tu as passé un beau Noël et je suis très contente pour toi.
    Merci pour tes posts et vidéos qui sont "top" Belle fin d'année et à bientôt

  48. Blessings to you Linda
    The Marine surprised early present puppy brings is heart warming, uplifting, encouraging, hopeful... Thank you!

  49. Dear Linda, your Christmas sounds just perfect to me. You have lovely, caring friends which is such a blessing. I love my family but sometimes think friends are the ones who really understand us.
    I’ve just watched Santa Claus granting a final wish to a dying child and the marine with the puppy and have tears in my eyes as I type this. Lovely, lovely videos as always, thank you so much.
    Happy New Year xx

  50. Sounds like you had an absolutely wonderful Christmas... I also got nice warm gloves from a friend! Happy New Year! <3 -

  51. I agree with Barbara, sounds like a great Christmas.

    Your blog always makes me smile. I always read something I need to read when I stop by.

    All the good things to you in 2017 Linda. :-)

  52. Dear Linda!
    I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year 2017!

  53. Anonymous4:00 PM

    This is a lovely post Linda. I wish you lots of life, love and blessings in 2017. Happy New Year in advance!

  54. I'm glad you had a wonderful Christmas with friends. Your quotes were delightful as always. My favorites today are the ones about the right friends staying in life and not to rush things because everything will happen in its own time. Reminds me of the verses in Ecclesiastes about a time for everything. May God bless you with a wonderful New Year, Linda!

  55. Merry Merry Christmas! No photo of you celebrating?

  56. Lovely post as usual Linda!!!
    I hope you enjoyed your holiday and you looking forward to the new year!
    Kisses, Paola.

  57. Glad that you enjoyed your Christmas, and wishing you a Happy New Year!

  58. You are rich indeed to have such wonderful friends to spend Christmas with. I enjoyed your post especially all the encouragement to be thankful! Happy New Year, lovely Linda!

  59. I am so happy you had a great Christmas Linda!!
    Winter Hokey Pokey! LOL!
    Big Hugs and thanks for another special post!

  60. You have wonderful friends, Linda. What a nice way to spend Christmas!

    Mine was a quiet one too. Just dinner with a few family members and catching up with each other :)


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