Wednesday, February 15, 2017

BELATED BRAGGING ABOUT MY COOL CHRISTMAS GIFTS

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

I didn't blog much during January, but here I am, full strength, and still full of shit thanks for the great Christmas gifts I received.

Let's start with my favorite flowers: tulips!

My sister who wrote this blog post sent me a bulb garden. Before long, this is what grew in my little garden:



After the first blooms died, I moved the pot to my deck, where more tulips now bloom:


Another sister gave me


You can never go wrong when you give a book lover an Amazon gift card. My first purchase was Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. I HAD to read the book after I saw the movie.

Adorable Andrea at Maybe it's just me . . . blogged about making Christmas candy to give away to any friends she happened to bump into. I commented that I wished she would bump into me, AND SHE SENT ME SOME CANDY!

Photo? Uh, no. The candy kept calling me back to eat more of it so I couldn't even get out the camera to photograph it. Silly candy.

My beloved blog child, Rachel, of When A Lion Sleeps, Let It Sleep, said she intended to spoil me with Christmas gifts, and did she ever. She sent tons of my favorite vanilla-scented tea lights, but they aren't all plain vanilla. She managed to find Vanilla Bourbon and Cinnamon Vanilla. They really help cover up the dog pee odor that emanates from the living room rug. (Penelope says that everybody has accidents sometimes, and I shouldn't call attention to her peeing in the living room, which she has not done for a long time a while a few weeks.



Now here's quite the gift. See this big package next to the tree? The one that's too big to go under the tree?


Some of you may recall that I won The Chubby Chatterbox's giveaway. Sir Chatterbox, a.k.a. Stephen Hayes, sent the promised painting––complete with a lovely frame––well before Christmas. But I didn't open it until Christmas. Stephen is quite the artist, and I always enjoy his blog posts about art and about his own work. Stephen's work now hangs in my office, where I can enjoy it every day. Franklin and Penelope are ignoring the bastard cat have not noticed the pretty kitty in  the painting.



If you don't follow The Chubby Chatterbox, I urge thee to get thy ass sweet self to his blog right now. He's an excellent writer. His recollections of his childhood can be poignant and hilarious at the same time.

Last, but certainly not least, is the big large huge excellent something that Willy Dunne Wooters slipped to me before Christmas dinner.

Photos lost. Oh, darn.


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug


33 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you got so many nice things for Christmas. You deserve the best.

    Love,
    Rachel

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  2. Hi Janie - lovely flowers ... tulips are gorgeous ... the vouchers always helpful, lots of candles with delicious fragrances, then the picture - it looks so good and then your hidden prezzie from WDW ... lucky you ... cheers Hilary

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  3. Oh so many links, so little time. And here I go clicking away! Now if my house will just clean itself all will be good!

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    1. Why hasn't the self-cleaning house been invented?

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  4. You can never go wrong with Amazon vouchers although I tend to spend mine on music.

    And well done for winning Chubby Chatterbox's give away!

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    1. Only the Chubby Chatterbox would give away an original oil painting!

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  5. You have just cause to brag! What a wonderful Xmas haul!

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    1. I should brag about gifts more often, but that means people have to send them to me.

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  6. You certainly hit the jackpot with your Christmas gifts, Janie, especially the one from Willy. ☺ Beautiful tulips! Vanilla bourbon scented candles must smell especially good. Your friend is a talented artist. I'll be sure to check out "The Chubby Chatterbox". Have a good week!

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  7. How nice to have Christmas tulips blooming on your deck in February.

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    1. The weather is beautiful. It's seventy-nine degrees and breezy.

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  8. What a fabulous Christmas haul that was. I love it when you get presents you love. The painting is lovely.

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    1. It is lovely, and I had the perfect place to hang it.

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  9. I love candles too for masking the doggy odor. I have chosen hounds and even bathed weekly, they get a doggy smell. Too much bathing and and scratch and scratch, so candles are my friend.

    So jealous you won the painting. It's gorgeous!!!

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    1. I love a good hound dog, but, yes, they can get stinky quickly.

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  10. My painting looks terrific on your wall. I hope it brings you years of pleasure. Take care.

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    1. I have a clear view of it from my chair.

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  11. Homemade Christmas candy can be a wonderful gift. When I was a child I always looked forward to the assortment of candies my grandmother would make and send to us. Her chocolate covered English toffee was amazing.

    A painting is not only a fantastic gift, but can make for a treasured heirloom to pass on to others later down the road of life.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. My children love art, so one of them will be happy to own the painting some day. As for chocolate-covered toffee, all I have to say is nom nom nom.

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  12. OMG, I love that painting! You won it? Mega congrats.
    And you got a lot of great Christmas gifts too.

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  13. I can not believe how beautiful the tulips are and that they bloomed twice.
    Lovely.

    cheers, parsnip

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  14. What lovely gifts!!! I, too love tulips and those are really pretty.

    I just saw the movie Hidden Figures on Tuesday. I ordered the book from Amazon right after seeing it. Very interesting story.

    I have followed Chubby Chatterbox for a long time and he has an amazing talent. How lucky for you to have one of his paintings.

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  15. I swear I left a comment. The tulips are so beautiful.

    cheers, parsnip

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  16. All good stuff! And truer words could not be spoken:
    "You can never go wrong when you give a book lover an Amazon gift card"
    That would make me very happy, too!

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