Sunday, December 21, 2008

Winter Solstice

From Pink Saturday to White Sunday. It has been winter wonderland around here since yesterday afternoon. I even lost power for 3 hours this morning. It sure did get chilly in the house fast. My DH and DD worked together cleaning the cars and driveway.
I wish a pair of red cardinals would show up at the bird feeder. I just love when Mr. & Mrs. Red are showing off their color against the white of the landscape. The flower beds are covered with just a few dried flowers lingering around.

And oh how lonely this table and chair is. It was so full of life all summer long, with laughter as we wined and or dined there. I long for the days of late sunsets and dinner on the deck.

But there is nothing prettier than evergreens with their blanket of white.

It not only looks like actually is. I won't have to dream of a white Christmas.
Happy Holidays,


shirley said...

I love the trees when they have a blanket of snow on them. Evergreen trees of course. The mighty oak not so much as they always break limbs when heavy with snow.

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Charlotte said...

Such gorgeous snow. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Christmas blessings

kayellen said...

OMGoodness Ellen...look at all that snow!
I was in Boston in Early what a difference two months make!
Merry Christmas!!!


Happy To Be said...

WOW!! that banner your sister made it just great how cleaver she is?? and the snow looks like my house right now and so long as I am inside I love it...nothing more warm than a winter day inside a warm house..your blog is wonderful and I am so glad you came by might I am going to add you to my list for sure..hope you and your family have a safe and blessed Christmas...hugs and smiles Gloria

Jeanie said...

Happy Birthday -- hope you are dug out from all that snow. I'm not! And I love your birthday banner!

Shabby Cottage Collectibles said...

I love to look at snow when it's fresh and no one has made a mess of it. Thanks for stopping by my Shabby Cottage. Happy Holidays, Esther

sweetmemorymakingmom said...

Happy Belated Birthday. What a pretty banner your sister made you! Hope you had a Wonderful Christmas! You got a lot of snow! hugs, Ellen

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

I just had to comment on how lovely the banner is your sister made you! Love it!

Happy To Be said...

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas..and Happy New Years to you...hugs and smiles Gloria

Fifi Flowers said...

Pretty snow... GREAT banner! Happy Birthday! Hope you had a great PINK Saturday too! ENJOY! Fifi

Linda said...

That's a fantastic birthday banner.

Beaded ornaments

My 50th Birthday banner my sister made for my surprise party

Hedda Hopper


May 2, 1890

Feb. 1, 1966
Actress, Journalist. Despite a 23 year career that encompassed over 120 motion picture appearances and chorus girl roles on Broadway to motion pictures, she is best remembered for her newspaper column and radio show that focused exclusively on Hollywood gossip, a subject she was able to tell more about to her audience due to her Hollywood insider status. Born Elda Furry in Holidaysburg, Pennsylvania, she left school to act on Broadway. In 1913 she married marquee star William DeWolfe, a man who was 32 years her senior. They had one son, and divorced in 1922, but she kept his name for the rest of her life (and changed her name to Hedda on the advice of a numerologist). In 1931 she began “The Hedda Hopper Show”, which initially ran as a 15 minute gossip show mostly devoted to Hollywood marriages and divorces. Enormously popular, it ran until 1951, and on the strength of its popularity she started the “Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood” column in the Los Angeles Times in 1938. She steadily gained a reputation for exposing tidbits about the lives of Hollywood figures, and created a character of herself in her own right, especially in regard to her vast collection of sometimes outrageous hats, and a long standing feud with rival gossip columnist Louella Parsons. With the advent of television’s popularity in the late 1940s and early 1950s, he radio show waned, but she herself became a staple of television programs and game shows, being a frequent panelist on “What’s My Line?’, and appear on shows like “I Love Lucy”, “The Colgate Variety Hour” and “The Beverly Hillbillies”. In 1960 she received the Journalistic Merit award, and published her autobiography “The Whole Truth and Nothing But!”, which recapped her over 20 years or being an Hollywood insider. She died in Los Angeles of double pneumonia in 1966, working right up until her passing. As a Hollywood icon, she created a number of friends and enemies; she gave harsh advice to actress Ida Lupino, which helped her gain recognizable part, but was despised by actress Joan Bennett, who once sent her a skunk. In 1985 a movie about the feud between her and Parsons was released as “Malice in Wonderland”, which Jane Alexander as Hedda Hopper and Elizabeth Taylor as Louella Parsons