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Christmas in Cologne, Germany

Christmas Markets, Cologne Germany, December 2017 06

Welcome to the 465th Metamorphosis Monday! Merry Christmas! Since Met Monday falls on Christmas Day this year, I'm putting this post up a bit early. I guess my Before and After this week is a travel one since I'm spending Christmas in a way I've never done before: floating down the Rhine River stopping every so often to visit the Christmas Markets and historic sites we find along the way. The Christmas Markets have all closed now, but our program director has … [Continue Reading...]

Christmas in Heaven

Angel-Themed Table Setting for Christmas

Welcome to the 482nd Tablescape Thursday! Elena always creates the most magical table settings. Earlier this year she experienced a tremendous loss when her sister, Anna, passed away at the age of 62. This Christmas will be the first Christmas since Anna's passing. Elena shared some photos with me of the beautiful table she created for Christmas this year. Elena said, "My idea of a different kind of main Christmas  table came to me when I was browsing through … [Continue Reading...]

Packing for The Netherlands, Germany & France at Christmastime

Clothes for Travel to Germany in December 07

I've received a few comments asking if I would share what I will be wearing during my upcoming trip to Germany. I'll be packing the usual suspects: pants, sweaters, turtlenecks, scarves and boots, but I'm finding packing for this trip a lot more challenging. The problem is sweaters are really fat and fluffy, so they take up a lot of space. But I love sweaters so I'm determined to take several, even if I have to sit on my suitcase to get it closed. The good thing … [Continue Reading...]

A Whimsically Decorated, Fantasy Porch for Christmas

Lantern Light for a Christmas Porch

Welcome to the 464th Metamorphosis Monday! I'll be leaving soon to visit the Christmas Markets in The Netherlands, Germany and France. I plan to post some while I'm away provided the ship has WiFi that will let me upload photos to a post. The biggest issue I've found when traveling in the past is that it seems everyone on the ship tries to access the wi-fi at once, which pretty much brings it to a crawl. We'll see how it goes this trip, I so hope to share this … [Continue Reading...]

Last Minute Christmas Deals & The Coat I’ll Be Wearing In Germany for Christmas

Long Plaid Sweater, Black, Blue and Green

A lot of stores are having last minute sales with free shipping for the holiday season. Here are a few that caught my eye. Sundance is offering 20% off this weekend, along with free shipping. I'm eyeing this beautiful cardigan here: Cardigan.   Frye has a great sale going on, 25% off with the code: CHILLY at Checkout. So if you've been lusting after a pair of Frye shoes or boots, this is a great time to shop. See all their boots here, including … [Continue Reading...]

Woodland Christmas Table Setting with Magnolia Centerpiece

Christmas Table Setting, Magnolia Centerpiece

Welcome to the 481st Tablescape Thursday! Remember that crazy snow storm we had recently...   ...the one that left an epic 8 inches of snow in my yard?   The magnolia tree in my front yard lost more branches than I've ever seen it lose during a snow or ice storm. Once the storm was over, I found branches laying on the ground all the way around the tree. There were so many in the driveway on the other side of the tree, I couldn't get … [Continue Reading...]

A Christmas Markets Trip Along the Rhine & Soup to Warm You On This Cold Day

Christmas Markets Along the Rhine

I had a big decision to make today. So what did I do? I procrastinated and started cutting up vegetables, instead.   This is the best vegetable beef soup! It smells so insanely good while cooking...makes the whole house smell that way, too.  It's made from a recipe I found in an old Southern Living magazine, if I'm remembering correctly. I always change the recipe a bit by adding some stew beef. The recipe makes a big pot of soup, which means … [Continue Reading...]

Goodbye Shoulder Bumps: Hangers Designed for Holding Cardigan Sweaters

Sweaters Hanging on Flexible Hangers Designed for Sweaters

Welcome to the 463rd Metamorphosis Monday! This has been such a wacky morning. When I "woke-up" my computer today to complete my post for Met Monday, the "Caps Lock" button was stuck in the "on" position. The key itself wasn't physically stuck down, but it was showing a little green light indicating the caps lock was on, and no matter what I did, it wouldn't turn off. Can you imagine me typing out and publishing an entire blog post all in caps?! Ha! I decided … [Continue Reading...]

A Few Winter Wardrobe Additions and Gift Ideas

Wool Jacket, Plaid

This fall/winter I've been on a quest to completely overhaul my winter wardrobe, focusing on two things: comfort and warmth. I added a few more pieces this past week and thought I'd share those in this post in case you're looking to update your winter wardrobe, or just looking for some additional gift ideas. Before this fall I didn't own a single Fair Isle sweater. A lot of the ones I've found over the years were a bit too colorful for my taste. I've added three … [Continue Reading...]

Winter Wonderland

Christmas House with Wreaths in Snow

Snow: some people love it. Some, not so much. I'm afraid I fall into the "not-so-much" category. Wish I could send it all to my son, dil and grandchildren...they love this cold, white stuff.   It snowed off and on all throughout the day.   Earlier in the day I came out long enough to get the snow off the boxwood shrubs and to snap a few pics.   Notice the dovecote, it's not completely covered in snow. That's going to … [Continue Reading...]