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Saturday, December 28, 2013

All Christmas

Well I hope you had a great Christmas. We had a fun time here at our house. I gave some home made gifts...
Knitted cosmetic bag
 
Emergency clutch for car or backpack filled with everything under the sun
 
Chap stick stocking
 
Fingerless mitts
Slippers
Pinecone, cinnamon, Rosemary fire starters
(I added a flexible lighter and a bag of coffee to top it off)
 
Just a few simple home made things to say I love you.
 
When my Grandkids were small I started doing a scavenger hunt mainly to keep them occupied but then I began doing it to challenge their math skills and spelling and etc. Well, they have always loved it and low and behold even though I have a 16 year old and a 22 year old they still ask "Are you going to do a scavenger hunt?" This year I decided to challenge them to know more about their Grandma:)
 
Here is the first clue:

déjà vu
She is a mere three years older than thee “Granddaughter”
And he four more than you “Grandson”
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 Our Wedding picture
 
Next clue:
This belonged to my Dad (Your Great Grandfather) and he used it as a boy. Bigger than any you would see today and held the real thing instead of toy. You have walked by it many, many times and never paid attention. It holds things that were once needed but thanks to technology the flick of a switch will do.
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My Dad's tool box that now holds un-needed wood thanks to gas fireplace
 
Clue 3:

My Mother (Your Great Grandmother) taught me how to do this when I was about 9 years old. I started out making chains and then little rosettes. It has been a gift to me to be able to do this have made many things but only one pair of these have I ever made and I kept them and framed them as a gift to me.

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 crocheted pictures
 
Clue 4:

I hang on the wall and am 70 years old. I was given as a Christmas greeting by (your great grandfather) in 1943.

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My Dad was a Holsum Bakery Representative and gave these out as a Christmas greetings as noted on the little calendar below it. He went to war soon after. This was a hard one for them to find as it hangs on a wall in a little nook area but they got some nice gift cards off this one.
 
Last one:
 
When I was just a girl I would take the tiny key and walk down to the corner and on tip toe open it. Years later it required me to drive and a combination memorized instead of a key. I hold something different today but a replica I am of days gone by and sweet memories.
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Mail box replica bank
I added two $5.00 bills and they had to split the change
 
It makes some fun memories and even the adults try to figure them out!
 
Christmas Day hubby and I went up north and spent the night at the Prescott Resort. I love this hotel because of the view...
From our room over-looking Prescott
 
They had some pretty decorations...
 and every year they have a gingerbread house contest.....here are just a few:
 first place individual
 
 firehouse
 

and many, many more.

We took a walk down into the conference center to see if they had any new art that I liked and this one hit a soft spot...

And way in the corner at the very back was another cute little Christmas tree
Not all worked out as planned as the restaurant could not take any more reservations so Christmas dinner was chicken sticks at the bar (:

Next day we decided to come home a back way and boy did we take our life in our hands...
Snow and ice on top of the hill and hoping we didn't meet another crazy couple like us. But it was so pretty and pure it was worth the risks and besides Hubby had never tried out his four wheel drive.
 
 
Just one more stop before we landed home and that was at Rock Springs Cafe. This picture was in 1940.............
 
It has become known as the "have to stop and have a piece of pie place". They have the best pie ever and people from the valley drive all the way up here to pick them up and take them home. There are some of the old time things inside like the pie list on the wall:
 We had JD Pecan hmmmmm
The old time fireplace:
The tin ceiling:

and the plain old cement floor:

Easy off and on and so worth the stop for pie and coffee
 
Just New Years to go and we will be starting a new.


 


 
 
 


 
 





6 comments:

Mevely317 said...

Love the scavenger hunt idea ... both the clues and results!
Love these photos from Prescott -- what a great impromptu experience!

Happy New Year!
Myra

Michelle said...

I love the idea of a basket of firestarters! Excellent!

Nancy said...

Love the idea of the Scavenger Hunt for gifts - such fun.

The painting of the cowboy and new calf touched a soft spot in my heart, too.

Happy New Year!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Happy New Year! I love the idea of a scavanger hunt! We usually do that at Easter as an egg hunt. I love that cosmetic bag that you knit..wonderful gifts! :)

Granny Annie said...

Happy New Year Monica! Sorry I am so late arriving. This post was wonderful. Can I come to your house for Christmas next year? What fun you had because of your very creative spirit.

Coffee Lady said...

Happy New Year.

I really enjoyed this post. and loved your pictures. Your homemade gifts were great. Very creative! Do you have a Etsy page to sell your crafts?