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2010...it's here!

Happy New Year everyone.
It's now 2010. Hard to believe.
Why I remember way back in the 1950's I never dreamed of seeing the year 2000...and here I am sitting at the computer [which I also never dreamed of back then long ago]...in a new year, ten years into the new millennium. When someone would lightly say "Wait 'til you're 50."...which meant the year 2000 to me.....Holy crap!

For a few posts, I'm going to be playing catch up with all that's been going on around here. After I read a meme question about 'do you go to the neighborhood and drive around looking at the lights for Christmas'...I answered 'we have, but haven't in a long time'---on Christmas Eve we made a special trip to an area in town that has over 200 homes within the neighborhood....all with lights galore!! This one in the photo was my absolute favorite. They even had 'fake snow blankets' all over the yard, with blue lights, icy looking and snowmen and penguins, and of course santa. But lordy, what a beautiful sight we had that night!! It took us nearly an hour driving around each and every street and cul de sac. Today, I thought I'd share my Christmas gifts received....Our son, Erik, will arrive shortly and be 'til early Sunday. I hope the holiday season found you filled with happiness we all deserve---being that it was a most trying decade for the world [I believe...my opinion of course]. And I hope, if you observe, that Santa was good to you. Around here I got a few surprises; always good surprises. From wonderful blogging friends, I received several Christmas cards in snail mail...all so very beautiful. And from online friends, from years of friendship behind our belts, we exchanged small tokens of our lasting friendships. I got a beautiful cardinal tapestry [as a 'pay it forward', which I think I failed to mention...sorry Mary!!] that now is hanging next to the cardinal print she sent me last year!...and a wonderful lovely and fragile glass ornament from overseas; from a dear dear friend---to mention just a couple. Santa and family members---well, they left me jewelry, a book about Mary Todd Lincoln and her slave, a DVD of such a fabulous movie...Ice Age the Meltdown. Another Jim Shore Santa [this one he's on a Polar Bear], a 2nd piece done by Jim Shore...an ornament for the tree...it's two-sided. Scrooge [awesome!]. And to add to another of my collections, an audio Gone With the Wind ornament -but I take the 'hanger' off and have them sitting around all year in the master bedroom- this one this year, it's with the infamous scene "Rhett, what'll I do...where'll I go?" "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn."

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For Bud, he got a lot of necessities from me. LOL Like underwear and socks and of course books...oh, his love of books!! Then, I finally found a peacoat for my old salt!! He's always wanted one...had one when he was in the Navy years ago, and of course out-grew it once he started having home cooked meals each and every night. LOL. I thought, since we've been having some nasty cold, damp, days, instead of him wearing his expensive leather jacket to the beach, get him a peacoat. I swear the man was very happy!! He's like a little school boy...not wanting to take it off. Ol' Anni did good this year. But, really, it fits his Navy personality and looks! He is a seaman at heart!! Now all I need to do is find him a cream colored turtle neck and have him start smoking a pipe again....and I could call him Ahab!!! Or Captain...or something! Read origins of the pea-jacket [pijjjakker] HERE. PS--while standing in line at the bank the other day, the guy next to him offered him 'big bucks' for his coat...Bud, he wouldn't part with it. Fool!!!
    "The name “pea coat” comes from either the Dutch or Frisian word 'pijjjakker' or 'pijjecker', which 'pij' refers to the type of coarse cloth that the jackets were made from."

Posted: Friday, January 1st, 2010
4:15 a.m.


  1. Hi Anni! It's nice to see you again. What beautiful lights are on that house. It sounds like a fun night.
    I love the peacoat. My hubby has wanted one for awhile too. Bud looks great in it!

  2. Happy New Year to you too dear Anni!!!!

    Yes I never thought I would get this far... BUT!!! there is still a long way to go for you , for me, for all of us...:)

  3. hiya anni! i sure have missed you!!! i'm glad the holidays treated you both well, and i'm happy to be back in your warm welcome words! happy new year!!!

  4. I have always LOVED pea coats! He does look the dashing sailor. I just taught "A Christmas Carol" before the vacation, so I love the Scrooge ornament. I have an animated Bob Cratchitt with Tiny Tim that is about 4 feet tall, moves, and lights up. I found it probably 20 years ago after Christmas.

  5. Anni, I think it's on my computer; I'll look and if it is, I'll let you know!

  6. Ginger I'd love to see it....thanks for taking time to search for it. :o)

  7. Anni, I posted the Tiny Tim/Bob Crachitt photo; it is small and I have already packed them away, but it should give you some idea.

  8. I think this new background is liked by my computer more, the other one kept shutting everything down when I went to open it... my computer must be short of something vital to cope with all the colours.
    I think Bud looks great in his P-jacket, well done on the perfect gift.
    Love Granny

  9. Granny Ya, the last background WAS animated, so it probably was using too much of your memory or sum'thin'

  10. Happy New Year!

  11. Happy New Year, Anni. I hope the new year brings you health and happiness. I'll be back next week. Have a wonderful weekend.

  12. Sounds like a lovely time was had by you and Bud! Thanks so much for the snail mail card - I haven't done anything about cards or letters this year - the concerts took up so much of my time and effort. I'm thinking of doing a Valentine's letter, as I did once before, since we live in the Valentine Capital of the World!

    Love the things you got - and the pea coat - where did you finally find it? They had a lot of them for women at Penney's this year.

    I hope you didn't ruin your computer when you spewed oj all over it when you saw the picture of Calli in her finery! She is such a big, huge dog and looks so cute, but it amazes me that she's willing to wear that stuff. My SIL got it for her and she's a happy doggie. Kev misses her so much.

    I can't believe the good news about the iris and cannot wait to see a picture! Wow.

    And yes, Estes was gorgeous - they do Christmas decorating very nicely. We were only there long enough to eat, but it was a great outing. Good prime rib at Nicky's. That's why we made the jaunt - we had it last year when we stayed up there for our anniversary, and DC wanted more!

    Well, have a wonderful day and a fabulous year - it has to be better than last!

  13. You got beautiful gifts too and the peacoat looks very chic on Bud !
    We don't decorate houses outside that much, just a few lights around the trees or entrance doors, but that's it. I saw one house with a little more, guess who lived in there ... an american family, lol !
    Didn't you miss blogging ?

  14. What precious little miniatures. I am especially fond of the scene in the movie when Rhett tells Scarlett he doesn't give a damn! Love pea coats, but haven't had one since college. Happy New Year to you.

  15. Hi Anni! Good to see you, as we begin this new year! LOVE your new Gone With The Wind ornament!! I have not seen, or heard, ornaments like that yet! I did, however get a few new ones this year that light up!... Glad to hear you had a nice Christmas! Best wishes to you and yours for 2010! ~tina

  16. Love your new header and enjoyed catching up on Christmas news! I wouldn't part with my Peacoat ... acquired YEARS (no decades now) ago while I was still teaching 5th grade and taking my students on an overnight field trip aboard the Brig Pilgrim in Dana Point Harbor. Wishing you and yours a marvelous new decade ;-)
    Hugs and blessings,

  17. Hi Anni!

    nice to meet you! Thanks for sharing! I know what you mean about all the years...and did ya ever think?!

    Stop o by...

    love, kelee

  18. Love the lights, and who doesn't love Gone with the Wind? Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!

  19. Love the look on his face! Priceless!
    Looks like you were a good girl. I like that Jim Shore Santa.
    Thanks again for the beautiful design. Sometimes I just go over and look at it. It gives me so much pleasure. You're a sweetie! Oh, and the love birds in your header remind us all about the love you two share.
    Happy New Year's Day
    Mama Bear

  20. Anonymous1/01/2010

    Hau’oli Makahiki Hou to you and your family. Welcome back my friend. Loved the pictures. Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas :)

  21. Happy New Year, Anni

  22. First of all Anni I have really missed you! Love this post of your catching up and I don't blame your captain for not selling his coat. lol
    Not sure you should tell him but it looks good on him and yes a tan turtleneck and pipe would really fit this picture. I love it.
    Please let me know how you are and what you have been doing. Love your comments they are always so funny and uplifting to me.
    I so can relate to thinking way back when about the year 2000 and like you I never thought in a million years I would be here on a computer and talking to people all over the US and other countries on a thing called a Blog. hahaha And especially talking to a lady by the name Hootin Anni that has a personality that is so contagious and loveable.
    Happy New Year

  23. Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas holiday. Here's hoping the new year brings you much joy and happiness.

  24. Anni,

    The lights were beautiful, I'm sure, and I'm glad you and Bud got to drive around and enjoy them.

    Glad you enjoyed the tapestry. When I saw it, I knew you'd love it. I told Dwight, "That was made for Anni."

    Bud looks great in his pea coat. Glad you were able to find him one. It sounds like Santa was good to both of you. Here, we didn't exchange gifts. Instead we kept that money to spend in Washington.

    Wishing you a very Happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.


  25. Happy New Year! Seems like only yesterday people thought computers were going to crash all around the world--Y2K. LOL...I'm amazed we're talking 2010 now too!

  26. Looks like a wonderful Christmas. The peacoat looks great and warm.

  27. It sounds like you had a fun Christmas, Anni. I loved your story of Bud and his pea coat. Men are kind of like little boys aren't they?! Great gift!
    Happy New Year...Kathy

  28. Loved the post! Pea coat is great! We need parkas here right now!

  29. That house with the lights looks amazing! I never made it out to look at lights this year. The Christmas season seemed to just speed by so quickly this year! I love all your gift and I really like the peacoat! It looks great on him! I don't blame him for not wanting to take it off! I hope you have a wonderful New Year!

  30. I love such tastefully done but bright houses like the one in your picture :)

  31. Being such a GWTW fan surely you know he only said that in the movie - not in the book, right? Happy happy New Year crazy lady B : )


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