Monday, December 22, 2008

'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS...







































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51 comments:

Roses and stuff said...

And I wish you a Merry Christmas too!
Such pretty pictures warm my heart.
Katarina

perennialgardener said...

How cute! Merry Christmas from my family to yours! :)

Shellmo said...

So magical, sparkly and sweet! (The ornaments, the kitties, and the "mice")

spookydragonfly said...

Katarina...Racquel...Shellmo


Thank you all for stopping by and the nice comments. I wish you all a Merry Christmas! I hope it's filled with the love of family and friends.

Sunita said...

Very cute, Kim! I love those mice! Merry Christmas from our family to yours! Hope you have a wonderful time.

Mo said...

Gorgeous and original pictures. I wish you and yours a very happy Christmas!

T and S said...

That's a beautiful series of images spreading the Christmas spirit

And Wish you and your dear ones Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year...Thomas

spookydragonfly said...

Sunita...My husband and I built the fireplace out of rocks found from all around the woods. I wanted a mousehole in the fireplace for a touch of whimsey, it's located just above the hearth. I had a tiny wreath above the "doorway", but the cats found it to be a toy this year! Thanks for the visit and Merry Christmas!

spookydragonfly said...

Hello Mo...Thanks for stopping by and the nice comments! I'm off to visit you...have a Merry Christmas as well!!

spookydragonfly said...

Hi Thomas...Thank you, I hope you and your wife have a wonderful trip this holiday season. Hopefully you will share some of your highlights, as your photography captures are outstanding. Happy Holidays to you both!

MyMaracas said...

What a wonderful post! I love the last one, through the mouse hole!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Richard said...

Your very own mousehole...cute idea. Merry Christmas.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

What beautiful Christmas pictures. How do you keep kitty out of the tree? The mouse is so cute!
Merry Christmas to you and yours on the pond.

Seeing Anew said...

Merry Christmas! Your pictures capture the warmth and magic of Christmas Eve! Love the little mice!

joey said...

How charming, Kim. I see you are surrounded by Christmas magic ... Christmas Blessings from my 'neck of the woods' to yours!

spookydragonfly said...

MyMaracas...Thank you, yes, I like my mice, too. It looks even neat with the light off. I hope you and yours have a Merry Christmas, too!

spookydragonfly said...

Richard...Most people try and get rid of mice. Since we've had all of these cats in and out of the cabin, I don't see them anymore. What's next...a permanent spider web?! Nah! Thanks for dropping in and Merry Christmas to you, too!!

spookydragonfly said...

Lona...Thank you, so far we've been lucky that none of our five cats haven't attempted to climb the tree! The two dogs haven't knocked it down either. Merry Christmas to you and your family, too! (five ornaments broke by the cats, though!)

spookydragonfly said...

Seeing Anew...Thanks for popping in...Merry Christmas to you!

spookydragonfly said...

Joey...Thanks for stopping by the cabin to share in the Christmas magic! Merry Christmas to you as well!!

Pseudothemis zonata said...

May God bless and help you all and may your Christmas beset a merry one.

spookydragonfly said...

Pseudothemis...Thank you...I am looking forward to seeing my family more this season. My adult children and grandchildren came out to the cabin this past weekend, along with my mother. It was nice. We will travel three counties north to be with family on Christmas day. I wish you blessings and peace as well!!

Anne said...

What beautiful photos and what a beautiful home you have. The spirit of Chirstimas really shines through your pics. Merry Christmas to you and yours. :-)

macroartinnature said...

Hey Spooky!
Wonderful images shown here showing the Christmas cheer that abounds in that area.
Love it!

Wish you and your family the very best Christmas ever, ... and a Happy New Year.

fishing guy said...

SD: This was a really neat post. I loved your tree and the little mice were outstanding.

Thanks for stopping by

Patsi said...

Oh sooo pretty.
Everything looks lovely.
Best wishes Kim.

Graceanne Grateful said...

What a beautiful and precious post.
And a very merry Christmas to you too, Spooky.
In HIS love, Graceanne :)

Natural Moments said...

There's a wonderful glow to all of these photos. May this beautiful light follow you always.

spookydragonfly said...

Hello Anne....Patsi...Thank you both for stopping by and commenting! Merry Christmas!!

spookydragonfly said...

Macroart...Thank you for dropping in this season! Keep that outstanding nature photography coming! Merry Christmas!!

spookydragonfly said...

Fishing guy...Thank you...I'm heading back up to your "neck of the woods" on Christmas day. Merry Christmas!!

spookydragonfly said...

Thank you, Graceanne...love your Christmas card that you painted! Hope you and Baker have a wonderful Christmas!!

spookydragonfly said...

Natural Moments...Thank you for stopping by the cabin! Have yourself a Merry little Christmas!!

garden girl said...

Merry Christmas Kim! Beautiful photos. Your decorations look so warm and homey!

Naturegirl said...

Oh such Joy and purzzzzzz..in this
post!
May the Spirit of Christmas leave its blessings on the hearts of you and yours as well the kittys! hugs NG

spookydragonfly said...

Linda...Hello, and thank you! It's interesting, before we built and moved here, my decor was Far Eastern, now I'm all about the down home look. Thanks for the visit and Merry Christmas!!

spookydragonfly said...

Naturegirl...Thanks for stopping in, there sure are plenty of purzzzzz here..five indoor and five outdoor! Have a very Merry Christmas!!

Maria said...

I love all of these photos! I'm wondering what kind of camera you are using...I love the softness of the indoor shots. Merry Christmas to you and yours! Maria

spookydragonfly said...

Maria...These photos were taken with my Kodak Easyshare(only a 6.1megapixel). The softness came from my soft effects on my picassa program. Thanks for visiting and the comments! Hope you had a great Christmas day!

Seeing Anew said...

I hope you’re having a very Merry Christmas! I see you’re in Carroll County. I’ve been over that way to have lunch at the Bluebird Farm Restaurant. It was a wonderful day out, and a good meal too! Have you ever been there? We also stopped at a Welsh gift shop called the Welsh Horn, in Carrolton. I’m not sure if it’s still open, but as I’m an occasional visitor to Wales, it held a lot of interest for me. I'm enjoying your Christmas pictures very much. Did you use any special effects on them? You really captured the warmth and magic of Christmas beautifully with them! For some reason, comments on my blog are all "anonymous" meaning I can't reply to them via email. But in any case, I wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy 2009!

spookydragonfly said...

Seeing Anew...I know of the Bluebird Farm Restaurant and the Welsh Horn, yet I haven't been to either one of them. I have heard the Bluebird Farm is a popular destination, though. As far as special effects in this post... yes, I did use the soft effects(picassa) to give the photos a somewhat dreamy look. My Christmas was wonderful, spent with family. I hope you had a Merry Christmas, too! Thanks for dropping by!

Pseudothemis zonata said...

Good evening. I have encountered a traffic accident in the afternoon of 24th in December. A car clashed with each other beside my bicycle suddenly. I have hurt a neck. I do a plaster cast to a neck now. The favorite cycling is postponement.

spookydragonfly said...

Pseudothemis...I'm so sorry to hear of your accident! I wasn't sure if you would want this comment published, but after some thought, I decided to go ahead. I know that some of my guests visit your blog, maybe a few may want to send you well wishes. I will pop over to visit you.

Thanks For 2 Day said...

I just got in to your blog! I don't know why I couldn't before--but, this is the cutest post! Your photos are so cheery and it's hard to have 'no' creatures stirring, isn't it?! Especially kitties...they always like to be getting in to mischief:) Hope your holiday was special! Jan

spookydragonfly said...

Jan...Hello, thanks for stopping by! In our cabin at night, the cats are in full force! Pictured is DeNiro having a swat at the ornament, but so have Scarlett, Sugar, Isabelle and Licorice all had their share at tormenting the tree! Surprisingly, I believe only five ornaments suffered. My holiday was wonderful, I hope your Christmas was, too!

Oh, and uh...Sultan nor Apache(the dogs)did any damage to the tree!

Teeny Tiny cabin said...

Your Christmas pictures are full of wonder and delight! I LOVED your kittys! My two elderly cat friends passed away last Spring and I do miss them so. They were a part of our life for 19 years! But our sweet Buckeroo has filled the void and brought us so much happiness.
I always appreciate your visits and kind words left at the cabin and want to wish you a wonderful Christmas week and very Happy New Year!
Blessings to you!
Claudia O.

Pseudothemis zonata said...

Hello.
It was a notable thing in my life that I was able to meet you this year. I write it down and give thanks.
I pray for you and your family's happiness heartily.
Be the good New Year.

spookydragonfly said...

Claudia...Hello and thanks for stopping by! I enjoy our cats as well, they are always a source of entertainment it seems. I'm sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved pets.

I hope you had the Christmas that you wished for...and a Happy New Year to you and yours!

spookydragonfly said...

Pseudothemis..Thank you, I appreciate your kind thoughts and words! It was a pleasure meeting you this year, too. Few people enjoy the damselflies and dragonflies as you and I do! I wish happiness and good health to you and your family as well. Happy New Year!

mothernaturesgarden said...

Everything looks warm and wonderful.

spookydragonfly said...

Donna...Thank you, I had a warm and wonderful Christmas with family. Hope you had a Merry Christmas, too.