Many of you have asked where in the world I've been.

All I know is that after 7 plus years of blogging and a different lappy, which I don’t like, I seem to have lost my blogging fervor.

Someday, when you least expect it, I will post again.

For those of you still waiting I say thank you.

Meanwhile, I am rather prolific on twitter. Find me: @KeethaB
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Sunday, December 14, 2008

You Can Stop Worrying Now

I'm just in time for Boomama's tour.

Some of my bloggy fans were a bit horrified when they heard that I had not started decorating for Christmas yet.

Well, you need worry no longer. Just look what I did around the house today.

Besides - - - I will leave this up until nearly Valentine's Day, so WHAT WAS THE HURRY???

If some of these pictures look familiar - - - like deja vu - - - it's probably because they are!

I am a true creature of habit, and tend to put the same little treasures in the same little places each year.

And since I posted a few pictures last year, and the year before - - - you may well have seen some very similar ones then. (BTW - - - this little wooden candle tree is one of my faves - - - I've had it for YEARS and YEARS and still love it. The picture does not do it justice I'm sad to say.)

I do have a confession to make while I'm at it - - -

While I DID get out all these decorations, and packed up the nonChristmas "stuff,"

And put all the boxes back in the closet - - - - I DID NOT get the tree decorated yet. It is still standing naked, except for its lights, right in our family room.

(Later addendum: Tree's decorated now - - - see the next two posts for pics and details of THAT process)

That's what I plan to do tomorrow evening after school.

I hope.

And with that, let me just say:

Merry Christmas to all,
And to all a good night!!


JIWB said...

I like your christmas stuff!! I always go all out when I put our stuff out!

It is my fav time of year!!

Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!!

I can't find my blog said...

Make sure to link at BooMama's place tomorrow!

Jewel said...

YAY! It's finally Christmas at the Broyles' home!

Dustin and Kayla said...

i love your nutcrackers, they look like little watchmen!

Lone Butterfly said...

I agree with the above comment - I think the nutcrackers are my favorite. But I also love the little kitty on the stool.

Hope you tree doesn't stay nekid for long! ;)

Carol said...

I love how you marched the nutcrackers up the stairs like that. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Merry Christmas!

Bonita said...

It's all pretty, but I especially like how you decorated your staircase, both the garland and the nutcrackers.

Pam said...

You moved the pie safe across the room - did Greg lend a hand with that undertaking?

Julie said...

Everything looks so beautiful!! I love the garland going up the staircase. BTW: The train you were asking about-the track clamps to the center of the tree (at least that's what my resident handyman said). I think we bought ours at Lowes. Your grandson would LOVE it!

Keetha said...

I love the nutcrackers on the staircase - what a great idea!

Merry Christmas!

Keetha Broyles said...

I can see my Nutcrackers made a hit!!! But could anyone see that ONE of them is a fisherman nutcracker???? Hmmmmmm - - - I WONDER who that one belongs to!!!!???

Pam - - - help schmelp - - - Greg set the tree up, lit it, AND moved the furniture all by his little ole self.

Oh yah - - - and he ran the vacuum too!!!

Thanks all for visiting my Christmas open house.

Keri said...

Looks great as always, Mom!!!

I have a memory that involves that little wooden candle tree. One year around Christmas time, we had the candles lit for Sunday dinner. My awesome friend, Angie, was holding her foam plate up while you were dishing her out some food and her plate caught on fire!! Remember that?!?

And is that a picture from last year or did you get more snow?!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for coming over to tour my home! With so many homes, my it's gonna take us till Jan to tour them all!!

WHat a wonderful home you have also! Love that painted stool with the patchwork kitty sittin on it.

See you teach at a Christian School=THank you! I homeschooled then boys went to Christian School in HS- I know the low pay your get compared to what you could in the public arena- Thank you for your dedication and Love for Children!

By leaving a comment you have been signed up for 1 of 2 giveaway that I am giving!!


Keetha Broyles said...

Oh Keri - - - how could I EVER forget Ang and her plate melting right through!!!


Fun times.

Thanks Mary for visiting and for your words of encouragement for Christian School Teachers!!!!

nancygrayce said...

Well it all looks great! I love the nutcrackers too. I have some but no stairs to put them on!

Lora said...

I love the cozy quilted cat on the painted stool. And the last picture with the wreath around the light is so very pretty. Thank you kindly for stopping by my home today. I was glad to have you visit.
Peace and joy,

Anonymous said...

Hey it's still early!! I love your nativities and your nutcrackers on the stairs. Have a very Merry Christmas!!

Amy said...

The quilted cat on the stool is too cute! Can't wait to see how the tree turns out. Merry Christmas!

Cat said...

Hi there, I love the wreath around the lamp and the nutcrackers.

Thanks for visiting my blog, and Merry Christmas!

Cate in New Zealand

Keetha Broyles said...

Oh the flurry of visitors when we participate in these Mr. Linky deals is just toooooo fun!!!

Thank you ALL and Merry Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Hello, and thank you for stopping by my "house" yesterday and leaving your comment! Molly and her jingle collar got rave reviews...she was the most popular part of the post! :)

I must say that while your tree isn't completely decorated yet, you do an awesome job with the lights! Wanna come do mine? :)I also love your collection of the nutcrackers and your wreath...which has snow on it! Send some our way to TX, please!! Merry Christmas!

Kether said...

Thanks for stopping by my house yesterday! I had already seen yours, but didn't take time to comment on people's homes because I was desperately trying to get through so many. I had yours bookmared to come back to because of the name thing! I had thought the same thing when I Stopped by your place. My name is actually Hebrew and means crown, but also the first manifestation of God.Its pronounced like Heather with a K. What about the origin of yours?

Erin said...

I love the garland on the stairs! Very pretty. Merry Christmas!

phillips phamily said...

I love the nutcrackers lining the stairs. I'm starting a collection for my youngest by buying her one each Christmas. Great idea!

Your comments on my blog were so sweet! Thank you very much.

boysmum2 said...

The garland round the light outside is so cute.
You have some lovely decorations.
I only got my decorations out and up a week ago, so no worries!
Merry Christmas

The Ratpack said...

Thanks for the comment! That cracked me up! I know, we can't stand the Horns to do well! : ) Your decorations are beautiful!

YaYa's Funhouse said...

Nice decorations.

Niki Jones said...

Thanks for visiting me. I love your home. Your personality shines through your blog. GROTTY means a little dirty-muddy-ketchupy around the face. LOL.

Margaret said...

Love the nutcrackers! We collect them also, I have given each of my kids a nutcracker every yar for Christmas since they were 3! Needless to say we have lots!! Thanks for sharing your home and the fun photo of your work in progress tree and hubby!

Lora @ my blessed life said...

Your home looks great! I especially like the wreath hanging around the outdoor light, so pretty!

Thanks for dropping by my place!

Merry Christmas!

Carey-Life in the Carpool Lane said...

Your house looks so warm and inviting. I love the garland on the stairs with the bells, the wreath around the light outside and the nutcrackers all lined up and ready for duty.

Thanks for stopping by my place...
Happy Holidays!

Erika said...

I love your garland... and your nutcrackers... and your tree of candles... and your kitty on the stool!! Great decorations!

Thanks for visitng my blog!!
Merry Christmas!

Joan said...

Thanks for the tour. Love the nutcrackers going up the stair. If my collection gets too big I may have to do that.

Merry Christmas!

Kym-Anne said...

I love the garland on your staircase and those cute little nutcrackers.
Thanks for your visit, our grandson loves the polar express too, he can't (won't!!) keep his hands off it!
Have a great Christmas,
Nanna K

Kim said...

Wow, you're really fast at decorating! It took us all morning just to get a swag up :-)

Really enjoyed your photos and got a kick out of the "life size "hubby -on -the -couch -wrapped -in -Gators -blankie -holding -Gators -hat -on -lap" Christmas ornament" that we can't have because you've almost got him just how you want him. hehehehe Good one!

Thanks for swinging by my blog today. I'm certainly enjoying this party! Getting some great ideas from those of you who are more together with the whole decorating thing. I have high hopes for next year!

Linds said...

Hello there from Switzerland....or more importantly, the place above yours on Boomama's list! Thanks so much for visiting. I think it is going to take till March to get to see everyone's home. Have you seen how many there are now??
I absolutely love the way you decorate your stairs! Back home in England, I have that same little wooden tree, and like you it is one of my favourites. We do have stockings, by the way, So do people here who I have met. The slippers were a fun gift my sister's friend made her in Christmas fabric one year, so they always come out!
Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Hello Marion - Ft Wayne here :) Your house is lovely, and thank you for sharing that your tree isn't ready yet. Looking at all the houses decked out to the 9's was making me a bit insecure! Merry Christmas, and thanks for coming over to my place too :)

the voice of melody said...

I like the nutcrackers stanging guard in the staircase. So cute!

life, in recipes said...

Hi Keetha - thanks for sharing your home, and your ongoing tree deocorating with us. It's always a work in progress at my house, too. I'm glad you stopped by my tour earlier. Your nutcrackers are definitely a hit!

::Traci:: said...

I love the Nutcrackers. So fun!

Merry Christmas!

Kelli said...

Thank you for having us over to your beautiful home! I love the nutcrackers up the stairs...too cute! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Rhondi said...

Love the nutcrackers marching up the stairs!

One More Equals Four said...

Love it, especially the nutcrackers!

Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog...your home is lovely. Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year to you and yours.

abby said...

Thanks for stopping by! I'm glad you got your house decorated in the nick of time! Everything looks great! Hope you have a blessed holiday!

Lydia said...

Your home looks very Christmasy! I love the nutcrackers. Have you seen the nutcracker stamps the post office has this year? Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. Merry Christmas!

Jodie | Velour said...

Your nutcrackers are great! I've really developed a thing for them. I still don't have any of my own, but I love looking at them! I never buy them b/c I don't have anywhere to put a collection, but one day... :)

Yours are wonderful! And thanks for visiting me & taking the time to comment. :)

Merry Christmas!

Sherry said...

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I really like your decorations. The tree is beautiful and I just love the staircase. Everything looks so warm and cozy and ready for Christmas.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely Nativity set, and your tree is beautiful! Thanks for stopping by my part of BooMama's holiday home tour!