“A wise old owl lived in an oak;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard...
Why can't we all be like that bird?”
― Edward Hersey Richards




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Christmas Treasures for the New Year...

Since I wasn't online or near the computer much [not even close to my smartphone much either which is a good thing!!!] over the holidays, I haven't shared my Christmas Morning with anyone yet. So, I am thrilled to show off my goodies that was under the tree. Besides my secret Santa who shipped me a carved, wooden, Santa about a week before Christmas I was gifted another Santa to add to my collection...another Jim Shore's work. It's 2013's SILENT NIGHT. I love the nativity carved into his Christmas Robe---


next, I opened this adorable Christmas Cup...it's made especially for Santa, but since I don't drink coffee, and everyone knows I'd prefer milk with my Holiday cookies...the cup has a slot under the liquid holder especially for a cookie!!



...another collection I love adding to is, everything Gone With the Wind. This time a small Scarlet figurine in her unforgettable green drapery gown!!


Now, there is a story behind this gift...I wanted to see it in the theater, but we never went. My excuse is...if I can help it now-a-days, I don't like to see movies that'll make me cry when I'm in a theater. Luckily, with technology, I can wait 'til it comes on DVD and play it in the privacy of my own living room --


...and lastly, the gift I asked for from Bud. He's such a sweetie!!! The book about Petra Kenedy, a prominent historical figure of the ranch lands of Texas history. Long ago, I read the book about Alice King [famed King Ranch and small town of Alice, Texas is named after her] by the same two authors. So well written and composed that book was, I was anxious to read this one also. I'm about half way done with reading it, and it's marvelous. A true book that will find a permanent place on my shelf....



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66 comments :

  1. Love the cute Santa and the mug. Lovely gifts. Have a happy weekend, Anni!

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    1. Hi Eileen...I'm just now working on a little Saturday Critters post...see you tomorrow!!!

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  2. All nice gifts but I am coveting Scarlett right now :)

    You asked about my cat..she was an adoption from the Humane Society many years ago...I think she is a mix of Himalayan and something else because she doesn't sound or act like a Siamese at all. When she sheds ( which is constantly ) and I brush her, her fur comes out like Angora. She's a real character..I named her Kanga, short for Kangaroo because when she was tiny she just hopped everywhere! :)

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    1. ...Honestly, Kanga is one gorgeous kitty!!! We too have adopted cats, they're such treasures.

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  3. You got some lovely treasures for Christmas and books, too! Happy New Year!

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    1. ...and a Happy New Year wish to you too, Snap!

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  4. Bright, Brilliant, Amazingly Fantastic New Year to YOU!!!

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  5. I love books about women pioneers, I wouldn't think that being a woman in this male dominated world of farming/ranching was an easy one and this will be a good read. I find any movie with animals good or bad happy or sad bring me to tears so I tend to stay away from any of them anywhere they are showing, I've grown into a big old tear drop where animals are concerned..

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    1. ...when it comes to animal stories, I too am a huge 'tear drop'.

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  6. Nice gifts you received, Anni. I will have to get that book, it looks really good. Have you read M. Wylie Blanchet's book, "The Curve of Time"? Wonderful story about a very interesting pioneering woman. She put herself, her five children, and their dog on a 25-foot-long boat every summer and explored the British Columbia coast! :-)

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    1. ...sounds like an excellent read!

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  7. Very nice gifts I love Scarlett and Gone with the Wind. Santa cup always a good thing with milk is perfect. The book about Petra Kennedy sounds interesting. I love pioneer books. and history. B

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    1. ...so far, it's a very good book with so much local history.

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  8. It looks like you did well for yourself on Christmas morning. There really wasn't anything that I wanted for Christmas and I knew DH wouldn't here NOT getting me something, so I told him I would like another 3 quart stainless steel saucepan. He wound up getting me a few other things, too. What I really would like is my dream house, but that won't fit under the tree and let's face it a bit too expensive. Maybe one day, though, right?

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    1. ...oh ya, I can relate. My dream house is on the West Coast Pacific cliffs...with the ocean views through all glass walls!!!

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  9. Nice gifts. There isn't a thing I would like to have now. When I think of something I think of where I'd put it and then forget about it. These are special to you and very interesting, especially the book.

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    1. ...when it comes to Santa collecting and GWTW [and Halloween witches]...I never turn 'em down. Of course, they're pack away after each season. Books on the other hand, if they're excellent, I save 'em...otherwise trade 'em in after reading them.

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  10. You recieved such beautiful gifts Anni. looks like you had a great Christmas !

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    1. ...it was a quiet peaceful Christmas with no stress...the best kind.

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  11. I love that Jim Shore Santa! I like all the things you got, and Bud is a sweetie to get that book for you!

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  12. oh, yeah, you'll cry...i rented it a while back...and cried!

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    1. ...well then, I'm glad to know I made the right choice. And, I haven't watched it yet...trying to convince myself to do so, but it hasn't worked yet. LOL

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  13. oh i loved that movie. i love the Jim Shore designs. you had a great Christmas!! Happy New Year to you!! ( :

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  14. That's for sharing your gifts with us. You received some well-thought-out gifts. Nice post.

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  15. Dear Anni, Thank you for taking the time to tell me about the header on my blog. I took it off and I hope this will do the trick for my friends to visit.
    It is very, very cold here. The temp says 14 degrees but the wind is howling out there. I went out to try to shovel a bit, but the snow made my gloves wet on the inside and my hands started to freeze. I gave up.
    Your Christmas gifts are beautiful and all with meaning behind. Those are the presents I love. I was never into the gift card. It is so impersonal and too easy. I love presents from the heart.
    I am a lover of Gone with the Wind too. It was my parents first date. My dad took my mom to see the movie.
    I often quote Scarlet, "I will worry about it tomorrow".'
    Blessings, Catherine xo

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    1. Yep, me too....afterall tomorrow is another day. And I've been known to quote Frankly my dear I don't give a damn. LOL

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  16. Anni what a lovely assortment of meaningful treasures all especially selected for you. I love the cup w a cookie slot....I am a Cookie Monster
    Hugs
    C and the Madster

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    1. I would have to have the plate [or bag] of cookies near by...and probably only use the cookie holder once. Then, just grab 'em off the plate.

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  17. I love your Jim Shore Santa! You received some very nice gifts. The book sounds interesting. Have a nice weekend!

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    1. ...these two ladies who researched all this about the King Ranch are phenomenal authors.

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  18. That mug with the cookie slot is genius!!! You hit the jackpot with your gifts, Anni. My husband got me a hardcover book on Birds of Louisiana and I was tickled pink. I think it was my favorite gift. Another was a tall fleur de lis battery operated candle. For me it's the small things and people choosing gifts they KNOW I'll love. You have a very thoughtful husband, my dear!

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    1. I would love to see the candle!!!

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  19. Love your Scarlett figurine. GWTW is my favorite book and movie. Every time I see the drapery dress it reminds me of a GWTW skit Carol Burnett did with the drapes. It was hysterically funny so it stuck in my mind forever.

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    1. Oh yes....that Carol Burnett skit was hilarious!!!!

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  20. I am a GWTW groupie, too, though I don't collect figurines. I've read the book at least four times and have watched the movie at least a dozen. I was disappointed in the sequel "Scarlett" that came out (10?) years ago. You received some lovely gifts!! Thanks for sharing the bounty with us!!

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    1. ...my prized possession is a first edition of gone with the wind...1938

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  21. Love the cup. What a neat idea. and how sweet of Bud to get you the book you wanted. I got an amazon gift card so I can order books for my Kindle. I love to read.

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    1. I too love to read. On my Kindle, I still have yet to finish Les Miserables...I just can't get myself to finish it. Much rather watch the musical. LOL

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  22. I love your new Scarlet!

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  23. I'm a Santa collector too! And I'm really coveting that Santa in your first shot. Incredible. Love the mug with the cookie holder. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing your Christmas morning with us.
    Visiting from R5F.

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    1. ...thanks Lisa. I hope sometime you share part of your Santa collection.

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  24. When I saw your Scarlet -- I thought it was the Barbie version -- one of which I have upstairs in my closet. I used to collect them many years ago. :)

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    1. ...I've never been 'into' dolls, But I'd love to see some of your Barbies!!

      thanks for hosting Nancy.

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  25. Cute Christmas cup but I don't think the cookie would stay in it's holder long for me. We ate in Alice, Texas a few years ago coming home from south Padre Island. The book sounds interesting.

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    1. I'm not sure I really like Alice Texas much...seems to be so much crime there in such a small town. Yes, the book is very interesting.

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  26. sounds like you had a nice Christmas. That cookies and milk mug is adorable

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    1. ...it was used right away too. LOL

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  27. Lovely gifts! I agree with you on not seeing movies that make me cry (problem is: I don't want to even watch them at home!).
    Thanks for visiting my blog today!

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    1. ...thank YOU, Dianna, for stopping by Hootin' Anni's

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  28. Your Christmas sounds rather perfect!! I will have to see if I can find the books you mentioned. I love reading about the women in Texas history!

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    1. ...oh do check it out [I found 'em both at the Library here in town]...they're both worth reading about the history of this area. And I must add the authors' writing style makes it all like you're right there with 'em in times past.

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  29. Everyone has their gifts.

    Santa is so generous.

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  30. I always love the detailing of Jim Shore's work. That sounds like a really interesting book.

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    1. Hi Sarah, thanks for visiting with me!!

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  31. I have a very large collection of Gone With The Wind items, most of which are packed away in boxes because I have no place to store them. I am thinking about selling off a lot of my stuff. It was an awesome movie and book though.
    Looks like you got some great gifts.

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  32. Such lovely gifts, Anni. I love your Scarlet figurine.

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  33. Looks like it was a great Christmas!

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