Thursday, December 29, 2011

Identification, Please?

A lady at my church knows how much I love vintage goodies.  We are usually at the same estate auctions, and spend a lot of time chatting with each other while waiting for the items we want to be sold.  Recently she told me she had a set of glasses she wanted to give me, so I went by and picked them up.  What she gave me are these six gold leaf beauties.

The design on them is attractive, and in great condition overall.  The only problem is, I don't know who made them or what the pattern name is, if it has one.  I know there are some collectors of glassware that follow my blog, so today I'm asking you to take a look at these and see if you can tell me anything about them.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Putting the Pyrex to Work!

Some of my huge collection of vintage Pyrex was put to good use for Christmas.  I'm not a great cook, unless you want boxed macaroni and cheese and frozen pizza for Christmas dinner.  So, I took some of my vintage Pyrex over to Mom and Dad's and Mom put it to good use.  Here it is in action!

Can you spot it all?

First up, corn casserole in a 2.5 quart Golden Poinsettias promotional.

Next, hot rolls in a 404 4 quart Golden Leaf promotional.

Finally, broccoli and rice casserole in a 2 quart Holiday Casserole promotional.

I hope you all had a great Christmas!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Glory to God in the Highest!

On this, the day of our Savior's birth, I wish you a very Merry Christmas.  May you and your family know true peace and happiness today.  If you are traveling today, I pray for travel mercies for you.

Where ever you may be, Rejoice!  For today is the day our Savior came into this world to save us all!

Luke 2: 1-14 NIV

The Birth of Jesus

    1In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to his own town to register. 
    4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. 

The Shepherds and the Angels

    8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ[a] the Lord.12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." 
    13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 
    14"Glory to God in the highest, 
      and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas 2011

I don't usually have time to put Christmas decorations up until after I get out for Christmas break.  That trend held true this year.  So, I didn't go overboard decorating.  Just a few things in the dining room and I called it good.  So, here they are:

Pretty simple this year.  I just got the aluminum 4 foot tree at an auction this fall.  It was $35 (which is more than I normally spend, but much cheaper than antique store prices).  It is decorated in vintage red and gold ornaments in honor of Pittsburg State's national championship victory.  I have filled a couple of Pyrex bowls with ornaments (the green dot square bowl was part of my Christmas present from Mick over at Everyone Goes to Mick's).  I also had to put up my ceramic tree.  Aside from some small pieces, that's it!  Merry Christmas!

Carol Countdown - Silent Night

I have made it a tradition here on the blog to share the same post each Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Here is this year's Christmas Eve post, along with today's carol, Silent Night.

Tonight we continue family tradition, heading to church for Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion at 6:00 which always ends with the congregation holding candles and singing Silent Night.  Then we're heading over to Grandma's house for dinner afterward.  We have done this all of my life.  Grandma's now 91 years old, and we provide the food instead of her, but we still meet at her house.

This year's version of Silent Night is sung by the amazing Susan Boyle.  I absolutely love listening to her sing.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Carol Countdown - Home for the Holidays

Today's song, Home for the Holidays, is the fun version that T-Mobile used for their big Christmas production this year.  Something about this song makes me feel so relaxed.  This version was beautifully put together.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  I don't know how many times I have watched it since I first came across it a couple of weeks ago.

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Carol Countdown - Angels We Have Heard on High

I love singing this song in church each year.  Then again, I love singing Christmas songs each Sunday during the Christmas season.  Today's version of Angels We Have Heard on High is sung by David Archuleta.  Enjoy!

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Congratulations, Gorillas!

This past Saturday, my alma-mater, Pittsburg State University of Pittsburg, KS, won the Division II NCAA National Football Championship.  I want to take a moment to congratulate the Gorillas and share some Gorilla pride!  Below is the video of the celebrations in Pittsburg when the team arrived home Saturday evening.  I was in Pittsburg a few hours before to pick up my national champions shirt, but other commitments kept me from being able to join in the celebrations.  Oh well.  It looks like it was an exciting gathering!

Here's a pic of me with one of my coworkers wearing our new Gorilla gear to work on Monday.  The quote in smaller print at the bottom of the shirts says "Not too bad for a team picked 5th in the conference."


Carol Countdown - Carol of the Bells (Updated)

I am celebrating the first day of Christmas vacation by sharing one of my absolute favorite Christmas songs with you.  I have loved Carol of the Bells for so long.  I have yet to find a version that I don't care for.  Today I'm sharing a few different versions.  First, something from my rock n' roll side, a version by August Burns Red.  What a great beat!

Next, a more traditional version by the Vienna Boys Choir.  I absolutely love this version!

Third is this unreleased version by Thrice.  This just might be my favorite of all.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Carol Countdown - Mele Kalikimaka

It's the last day of school this year!  On this day the teachers are just as excited as the kids!

Today's song for Carol Countdown is Bing Crosby's "Mele Kalikimaka".  Ah, spending Christmas in Hawaii, what a wonderful thought!  If I did that I might never come home though.  So, in Missouri I will stay!

Merry Christmas - or should I say - Mele Kalikimaka!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Carol Countdown - We Wish You a Merry Christmas

I'm finally starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel - until January 2 at least.  A day and a half, and Christmas vacation will begin.  To count down the days until Christmas, I'm sharing some Christmas songs.  I'm starting the party out with The Muppets singing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" (last night's post was an "oops!  clicked on the wrong button!" post - so, you get an extra song this week).  I love this version because of the little extras that Miss Piggy puts in during the verse about figgy pudding.  Piggy pudding? Ha!

I hope you all are enjoying the Christmas season and are not too rushed.  Don't forget to sit back and remember the real reason for this season!

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Carol Countdown - Mute Monks - Hallelujah Chorus

I stumbled across this version of the Hallelujah Chorus a couple of years ago.  It's so much fun.  I hope that you all enjoy it as much as I did!

Merry Christmas!