Saturday, December 18, 2010


Happy Holidays from Hosta Cottage!  I am pretty well set for the big holiday dinner on Christmas Eve, most food has been purchased, the gifts are all done and some are wrapped and I am ready to start some Christmas baking.  Back in the days when all four boys were home, I would bake Christmas cookies every day and could be pretty much assured that they would be gone in time to make more the next day.  Now, not so much!  With just Bob and I to eat them I try to avoid baking until the last minute.  Tomorrow I will make a variety of cookies  for Bob to bring to people at work, then I will just veg for a couple of days before I really crank up the stove.  Of course, I have to make the donuts ( sounds like that old Dunkin' Donuts commercial) and then hide them (first in the freezer) so that they will be available when my baby gets home on Christmas Eve from California and his brothers also descend upon the house trying to out eat each other....aah, merry times indeed. Usually they make me laugh so hard at some point that I know my face is all distorted and looks ridiculous and I can hardly catch my breath.  Yep, that's my boys.

I will leave you with some pictures from the Providence Preservation House Tour on December 4th.  Unfortunately they don't allow inside pix and so the memories of the homes fade quickly, but at least we have a few outside decorations to contemplate.

                                  My favorite house inside and out!

This makes me laugh...perhaps they, like me, cannot stand to get rid of the bittersweet wreath:).  I just incorporate my bittersweet into my greens in an urn on the front steps.  No one says the berries in  with the greens have to be red!!

Happy Holidays.....



  1. Oh the houses, I could be a collector!
    The holidays really change as the kids get older, don't they?
    Baking? I hope I get to it this year. If not, well my clothes won't get any tighter:)

  2. Beautiful pictures! Love the houses.
    I also love baking, but am trying to cut back on it some this year. (written with my mouth full of fudge...)

  3. Janet, thanks for the pictures of the lovely houses. It sounds like we are living parallel lives. We must get together after the holidays! My son is home from California and the other two boys will be here next week. We just finished watching the Patriots game where we eeked out a win.
    Woodstock is lovely! I want to visit Rose Cottage.

  4. How beautiful Janet! My favorite part of providence for sure. Hope your christmas was a wonderful one filled with good food, family & friends~:) chris

  5. I just adore ur blog,All ur house looks stunning and each have its own unique style...Its sounds interesting!!!! Sweet Houses....

  6. Last year I did a theme entitled "Have a Zoopendeous Christmas" I decorated with zoo animals and put christmas hats on them. It was cute.


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