Merry Christmas, Y’all!!!

House Style, Just Good Stuff, The Parakeets | Posted by Jannie on 24 December 2012 @ 12:10 PM 43 Comments












A few scenes from Funsterland for you, the most recent taken just before sunrise today.

We wish you the merriest, sweetest, funnest Christmas ever!!

Thanks for being my blogging friend!

I love YOU!!!!!!!


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  • 1

    On 24 December 2012 at 1:06 pm

    kaykuala said, 

    How sweet, Jannie! It has been a wonderful year. I am fascinated by the wonderful array of pics that accompany your posts, all the time! Thanks for connecting ( though I may have missed a few) Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and family!


  • 2

    On 24 December 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Daisy said, 

    Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas, Jannie! :)

  • 3

    On 24 December 2012 at 7:37 pm

    SnaggleTooth said, 

    Merry Christmas!
    Jannie, Jim, n Kelly, n Kitties!
    Have tons of fun!!!
    Did you give away a guitar?
    Always remember to save one for you!

  • 4

    On 24 December 2012 at 10:46 pm

    brian miller said, 

    merry christmas jannie and family…i hope the jolly guy is good to you…smiles….

  • 5

    On 24 December 2012 at 11:58 pm

    LL Cool Joe said, 

    Happy Christmas to you and your family Jannie!!!

  • 6

    On 25 December 2012 at 2:15 pm

    TheWeyrd1 said, 

    Merry and Happy Choose Your Own Holiday!

  • 7

    On 25 December 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Colleen@LooseLeafNotes said, 

    I have a brown leather knapsack pocketbook that my sister calls a “big ham.” Love the progression of shots and the delight they embody. So Merry!

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    On 26 December 2012 at 9:09 am

    Alice Audrey said, 

    I just got an iPad for xmas! Yay! Still getting the hang of it. You’re the first person I’m leaving a comment with on it.

    Great Pumpkin is a great name for the backpack. Fits with Christmas, too. Love the cat under the tree. So did you have a good Christmas?

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    On 26 December 2012 at 10:25 am

    Hilary said, 

    Hi Jannie .. lovely to see the happy Christmas photos of everyone and different colours … and the Mischka pussy-cat … and those keets …

    Have a really happy end of 2012 and a successful, cheerful, comforting 2013 – many hugs to you and BB .. from Hardwick and meeeee … Hilree xoxoxoxo

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    On 26 December 2012 at 11:54 am

    Jannie said, 

    Ahhhh, what perfect way to spend a few minutes, drinking coffee and blog-chatting with my fave peeps.

    Cold here today too finally, like… a bit below freezing — love it!!


    DEAREST HANK… there is so much to photograph each day in life — so many wonders and blessings, and wow — what a way to share, eh? This Internet thing is so awesome!! I missed a few of your wonderful posts too, but you are ever in my heart, you rainbow sunshine guy you!!

    DAISY, MY DAISY!!!! I wish the same to you and wonderful yours. I bet you had a wonderful Christmas, because you are a wonderful person!!! With a wonderful outlook, spirit and way about you.

    DEAREST SNAGGLE — yes, Jim bought a kids learning guitar at a yardsale, kind of a sunburst “cowboy” style guitar for Kelly but she still likes the little classical one we bought her off eBay when she was 4. So… I sent my 6-year-old nephew the cowboy guitar in the Baby Taylor case I bought for my little blue Pignose electric guitar. Sold the Pignose on eBay. And yes — I have me a guitar, my old Raines acoustic. Well, not that old, maybe 5 years old. Time to get new strings for it again, at least I know now how to put them on correctly! I can play and sing 8 of my songs well now, so I’m excited. I’m writing / working on another 4, then I’ll be ready for my 1-hour show, whooohoooo. As the French say… “Petit a petit, l’oiseau fait son nid.” (Bit by bit, the bird builds its next.) whooohoooo. Did you get to carnk out one of your guitars this Christmas?

    THANK YOU DEAR BRIAN, well yes the Jolly guy was AWESOME to me!!! Here, I’ll show you… he brought me the one thing I wanted — A NEW BROOM!!!!!! yay_i_got_a_new_broom I’m the luckiest person I know!!!!! And you guys? Santa found you, your beautiful wife and the boys, I assume??

    JOEY, DEAREST!!! I was just talking to another Joey yesterday, my brother!! yes, delightful. And you guys? I can’t wait to get over to your latest posts. I bet they are all artsy with gorgeous pix of your holiday.

    WEYRD 1 DEAREST… and it’s Festivus for The Rest Of Us!!! Did you get your Fetivus pole out and dance? You get to Fredericksburg lately? I wanna go there, to see all the pretty pansies, and drink me some German ale and chow down on some ribs.

    COLLEEN DEAREST — A big ham, LOL. Well, a new backpack is on it’s way via eBay for Kelly, a big brown one with all kinds of colorful characters, pockets and such. And at retail it better last her for at least THREE years. :) I bet Floyd was and is just a hoppin’ with Holiday Artsy Joy. Can’t wait to see your pix, I know they’ll be awesome.

    ALICE AUDREY!!!!! Oh, an iPAD, I’m so jealous!! How I’d love to go out to the beach or into a wildflower meadow and BLOG to my heart’s content (well, as long as said field or beach was within reach of an AT&T tower!! So cool. Were you expecting it, or a total surprise? And is it the latest bells and whistles model? Ooooo, and ya done good on leaving the comment. (Quite please it was at my blog first!) :) Yep, a great Christmas. See above that I got my brand-new broom??? Yes, that’s all I wanted. Santa loves me SO much!! Oh, as I said to Colleen above, her new backpack should be here any minute off eBay… This one… (Hopefully that link worked…)

    HILREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Christmas Angel! The same to all you. Did Hardwick get the plum pudding BB shot via the Tunnel? He baked it himself, it was not bad at all, and I think the eggshells added a crunchiness that was almost pleasing. Oh, and that’s actually Karma Kat under the tree — I should’ve labeled him. :) hard to keep up with who’s who in the cat world here. Wait — no, that’s Mooshoo — I can tell from the patch of white on his back. Hope you are having fun today!? Blogging and such? And wine later maybe? :)

    And now, I believe little blogging angels left comments on previous posts, so I’m off to those.


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    On 26 December 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Lynn said, 

    Love the lights on the bicycle! Love all the pics! I am glad you got your new broom – I quite understand. I asked for the same a couple of years ago. :) Thank Blue Bunny for the blog visit. I love both of yas. xoxoxo to the moon and back!

  • 12

    On 26 December 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Mary said, 

    Jannie, what a wonderful Christmas post!! Loved seeing all of your beautiful pictures. Hope your Christmas was wonderful and your new year will be even better. (I will be waiting for the surprise you promised me next week. LOL.) Enjoy your day.

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    On 27 December 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Pat Hatt said, 

    Quite the countdown at your sea, hope a great christmas was had by thee and haha love the one of the kitty.

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    On 27 December 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Kim Nelson said, 

    So much love and liveliness in these photos, Jannie. Thank you for sharing!

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    On 27 December 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Poet Laundry said, 

    Merry Christmastime to you as well Jannie :-) Hope you and your family are enjoying it! I love the Christmas lights on the bike and the Great Pumpkin made me lol! Happy New Year too…

  • 16

    On 27 December 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Dearest Lynn, my plan is to take Sweety over there after I post this comment. it’s dark now. Hope they have it lit tonight! Yes, and I tried out my new broom today!!! Nice sharp angle got all the cat hair bunnies out of the dining room corners. I like it! Yes, BB’s help proved quite advantageous for me to relax with the fam while he was out blogging. :)

    Mary, Mary, Mary, a name so nice I had to write it thrice. I’m making turkey soup! Yes, YOU are the next side button recipient. Hopefully next week! The same to you on Christmas and New Years. And each moment from now on better and more joyous than the previous.

    Pat, Pat, Pat, a name so pat, and patty-caked is all that. Did you see the patty cakin’ kitties over at Lynn’s blog the other day? (She’s the Lynn just 2 comments above you there. But a rhyme, a rhyme, Yes, I do have tyme. And turkey in the pot. Watch it — steam’s hot!!

    Dearest Kim, I take pix pretty-much every day and have for years. Just something I enjoy doing. And you know what, before I go on to read the next comment I’m now going to zip up and again view all the loveliness and liveliness you speak of… (haven’t looked at these pix today yet…) Oh yes, those are good. :) Dad said on phone tonite they got the card today from the P.O. for them to go pick up the geetar in town. Hope he likes it. My mom has a nice mahoghany one her mom bought her in like, 1955, and understandably she’d rather not get it beat up, so Austin can beat up the little used one he’s getting. Sent him a blue Snark tuner too. Only $10.00 landed off eBay!!

    Hey Poet Laundry, yeah the Great Pumpkin pic. That’s a LOL for me too!! She’s very petite for her age anyway, and that backpack is so HUGE. Anyhoo… I am just about to become envigorated by the night chill and take Sweety over walking to that bicycle lights street. With iPhone in pocket, maybe I’ll get a good shot, now that it’s dark out.



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    On 27 December 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Margaret said, 

    How much fun do you have viewing the world? !! (and my heart just loves those kitties in the post below. If my husband wasn’t “allergic” to cats, I’d have more than two. ;P

    Merry Christmas!

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    On 28 December 2012 at 8:49 am

    Dr. J said, 

    That’s a beautiful photo essay, Jannie!!

    Interestingly, my cat spends a lot of time under the tree, sleeping of playing with the ornaments! She thinks it there for her pleasure every year!

    I don’t mind sharing :-)

  • 19

    On 28 December 2012 at 10:26 am

    Jo Miffo said, 

    Hello darling ~ How the dickens was your christmas day? The day that baby Jesus was born to Mary, the virgin mother! In a stable! Isn’t that just an amazing fact from I to you :D

    Hope the new year brings happiness & good health to my blonde buddy in Texas & all who you love xoxoxox

  • 20

    On 28 December 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Dearest Margaret, as you know and well document with your own camera and beautiful eyes, the world presents us with a constant stream of photographic delights. All we have to do is open our eyes and our camera lens. Tell your hubby the more cats you have the bigger allergy tolerance you build up! I used to be allergic, but now I’m not!

    Dearest Dr. J. Well, just a photo a day pretty-much of things that catch my fancy. And maybe they are an essay, all combined. A treatise on cats, kids and kitchen sinks. I almost DID take a photo of my kitchen sink the other day with the giblets in it, but moved on to something else, the stuffing preparation, I guess. Yes, I’ll share any of our Christmas trees with any of our felines too, if they keep managing to look that cute!! :)

    Jo, Jo, Jo, Jo, Jo, Jo, Jo, Jo, Jo, Jo, Jo, Jo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ello, Love. Well, our Christmas Day was the dickens darn good, thanks for asking. It IS an amazing fact of Jesus being born lowly, the King Of Kings who was perfect in every way. And he made some good sense on his teachings. That whole Brotherly & Sisterly Love and some good medicine for all that ails ya. Speaking of my natural blondeness, I am very soon off to shampoo and fluff up these golden tresses so I can look great later at Starbucks as I sit mysteriously in the corner tapping more stuff like this on my laptop. But what WILL I wear!??!? Reminds me, to put the clothes in the dryer before I get my raspberry-watermelon shampoo out. Oh, and how the dickens was YOUR Christmas day? Did you eat a whole pie, as did I? Well, I actually ate it on the 26th and 27th. And it wuz goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood. Didn’t have it with vodka, tho. With tea.


  • 21

    On 28 December 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Heaven (@asweetlust) said, 

    Your family pictures are precious the one with the broom ~

    Looks like a wonderful holiday and here’s wishing you Happy New Year ~

    Cheers ~

  • 22

    On 28 December 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Galen Pearl said, 

    So glad you popped over to my blog. We have a lot in common. I say y’all (I’m from Memphis), I have birds (finches and a canary), and I love donuts! But I can’t sing. Happy New Year!

  • 23

    On 29 December 2012 at 3:10 am

    claudia said, 

    those are lovely pics…i like how your house…looks so cozy…your daughter is so lovely as well and was smiling at the illuminated bike and the great pumpkin…smiles….have a wonderful new year jannie

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    On 29 December 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Jannie said, 

    HEAVEN must be missin’ three angels. :)

    HEAVEN!! I KNOW!!! My new broom, my new broom. And she who modeled it are precious beyond compare. And I’m gonna donate my old broom to the Museum of Modern Repurposing. Anyway… are you happy today? I sure hope so!

    GALEN!! Finches and a canary. How lovely. Do they fly free in your house? With cats we can’t let them out. But, they do get to hang in the backyard in the day when it’s above 50 degrees. They really party it up out there with all the other happy fauna. Donuts — oooo, you speak my language!! :) Graced you followed me back here, thank you. I’ve been blog friends with Patricia for about 4 years now. She’s the most WONDERFUL lady, as you probably well know. And did you know our Friday Flash Fiction in 55 Words “Daddy” is a Galen too! Yep. Cool name. Sounds very British sunlit moors windy-ish and wonderful, followed by an evening of hot cocoa by bonfire laughter.

    HI CLAUDIA! Fun new gravatar. I like how your phone matches your shirt. Is that the iPhone 4? I still have my old 3GS, and it still loves me too. With love from Jannie in Kozy Korners, USA. :)


  • 25

    On 29 December 2012 at 4:00 pm

    ayala said, 

    Great pics. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family. Xoxo

  • 26

    On 30 December 2012 at 9:39 am

    G-Man said, 

    TWO Galens???
    How strange is that?
    Funster….Thanks for that last pic….:-)
    Thanks for everything.
    I hope to have you return this next year…I miss you Muchly.
    Have a Kick Ass New Year….G-Daddy

  • 27

    On 31 December 2012 at 11:15 am

    Laura Hegfield said, 

    wishing you a very happy new year dear Jannie!

  • 28

    On 31 December 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    It’s not one of the roaming ones. I have to be near a wifi to make it work, but I can’t afford the plans anyway, so it suits me. The whole family got involved and each got a different part for it so I ended up with the pen, the cover, two cards for apps which I’ve been setting up like crazy. Now all I need is the headphones, a microphone, and a camera card reader. :)

  • 29

    On 31 December 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    Wow, that’s definitely a backpack that won’t get lost in the crowd.

  • 30

    On 1 January 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Chris Edgar said, 

    I’ve always wondered whether Pokemon Land was a real place, and now I realize it’s your backseat car window that I’ve been looking for all along. Perhaps that’s where the real Wonderland is too. But seriously, happy holidays and I feel privileged to know you J!

  • 31

    On 1 January 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Thanks, all.

    I’m sick in bed today with fever. :( see ya later.


  • 32

    On 1 January 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Liara Covert said, 

    Jannie, always appreciate glimpses you offer into your enchanted world. Notice how life is like a card game. Imagine everyone you meet is sitting at a circular table with his or her own hand of cards. Your Spirit sees all the card hands simultaneously. It is the guiding force of your life. Reality is not something being done to you, it is something that flows outward from you. The human is conditioned to assume life is a test, full of experiences to be endured. As you integrate the view of Spirit, you see this life is a playground and everyone you encounter is a teacher. Everything is a stepping stone to appreciating all that you are. All realities, all things you imagine into being, are simply games to be played. Every one is a mirror.

  • 33

    On 2 January 2013 at 1:11 am

    Madeleine Begun Kane said, 

    Fun pics! Happy new year!

  • 34

    On 2 January 2013 at 4:05 am

    LL Cool Joe said, 

    I hope you has a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year to you! May you have a bumper year on ebay!!

  • 35

    On 2 January 2013 at 4:28 am

    Ravenblack said, 

    Happy New Year, Jannie. Cheers and best wishes!
    Hope you are feeling better too.

  • 36

    On 2 January 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    Hugs. Get well soon.

  • 37

    On 4 January 2013 at 4:57 am

    Jo Mifflin said, 

    Happy New year darling ~ Hope ya feeling better ~ Mr Mifflin’s been in bed with a terrible cough, snotty nose & head ache :( I’ve been very lucky to get away with not having it :D my illness as come from drinking far too much vodka, wine & bailey’s, not all in one glass, but all in one night ;)

    Give my love & best wishes to every one, including every animal you have living with you…

    By the way, i love the pumkin, it’s almost as big as Kelly lol… love it!!!

    Another by the way ~ Poop starts her new contract with cunard in february on the grand Queen Mary & it goes to Canada :D if she can get me a freebie aboard, I will be stepping foot on your home turf!!! Off the top of my head I think it goes to Halifax, Nova Scotia & Quebec & some other place :/ unfortunately my mind isn’t what it used to be…

    Love you & miss you lots my cutie pie, sending you big hugs to get better soon with a sprinkle of get well soon magic star dust :D xoxoxox

  • 38

    On 4 January 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Hi sweet friends, I’m feeling quite a bit better at the moment.

    thanks for being here.


  • 39

    On 5 January 2013 at 7:31 am

    Yvonne Osborne said, 

    I like your house too. Happy New Year, Jannie!

  • 40

    On 7 January 2013 at 11:38 am

    Limda said, 

    I hope you and your lovely family had a wonderful Christmas. Here’s to a great new year! Happy New Year!

  • 41

    On 10 January 2013 at 10:29 am

    Jannie said, 

    Thanks, sweeties. Sickness kept me from answering comments as I usually do.




  • 42

    On 22 January 2013 at 12:22 am

    Liara Covert said, 

    Jannie, love your beautiful reminder shared in the diversity of these photos. We are each invited to love something about every moment, to appreciate the lighter side of things, the blessings in our lives and to evolve with whatever unfolds. Some aspects of life are ever-changing while others remain constant, such as the love overflowing from the heart.

  • 43

    On 4 February 2013 at 10:46 am

    Jannie said, 

    My Dear Liara, I like the evolving with whatever folds idea in the moments we create.


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