{Friday Foto Friends} Catch Up

I skipped last week's post...I just didn't get around to it, but this week is break, so I've got a little time to catch up!
I'm joining Debra at Breathing in Grace for Friday Foto Friends.

This is an afternoon moon that I happened to see when I let the dogs out one afternoon. That is the actual color of the sky.
A couple of weekends ago, CH & I went to Asheville to see OS. We took time to walk around downtown for the first time. The view from the upper parking deck: 
Another moon shot before the sun went down. I don't know what this building is, but the architecture is really pretty.
Asheville happens to have a Basilica, so we walked down to it and had a sneak-peek inside. It was absolutely gorgeous! The Basilica was built without using any wood...only tiles and stone. It rivals the European Churches I've seen.
We went into this building for a quick beer (and to warm up a bit). The website says that this building was built in 1907, and has been a lumber supplier, automotive supply company, and a bluegrass/barbecue place. More historically significant, there is a door in the basement that allowed people during prohibition to travel the passageway to obtain their illegal liquor.
 When we got back to the car, we were in the middle of a Santa Party. And I mean, "party"! They were having a really good time! There were Santas all over town while we were there.
This guy is visiting while OS is on the West Coast. He looked a little cold, so I covered him up. 
 This is a Tea Ring that was given to me. My mom used to make these for our teachers when we were in school. I've never tried to make one on my own since it involves yeast.
 Our Christmas Tree this year. I think it's time to get new lights! I didn't bother putting up all of the ornaments, but there are still plenty on there.
My new ornaments for this year: the Santa is from our trip to Edisto; the other Santa (below right) is actually from our Charleston trip a couple of years ago (oops!). Top right angel and rocking horse below are a little piece of Denmark for this year (from CH's uncle). Under the horse is an ornament from Steamboat Springs, Co., where we camped for a few days. Under that one is an ornament from Mt. Rushmore; to the left of that is a SD ornaments, and the one to the left of that is from Edisto.
We have a couple of bushes in front of our house that doesn't seem to have any rhyme or reason as to when it blooms. It seems to bloom all through the year, and it's blooming now:

Here's wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!


  1. Great pictures and stories to go with them. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  2. I enjoyed all the pictures, the tea ring looks yummy!! Merry Christmas!

  3. Love the photos and the stories Mary. A very Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  4. What a wonderful surprise! :-) And I'll have to check out those 'Texas Millionaires.' The tea ring looks fantastic, and they take a lot of work, so I tend to make pies instead. LOL Have a wonderful Christmas!

  5. Love your oyster shell Santa! We have several of those the girls painted when they were younger. We also painted Santas on starfish and crab shells. That tea ring made my mouth water. I need to find food. Now. :) Your tree is lovely! I didn't put all the ornaments on our tree either but, like you, there are plenty on there. Merry Christmas!

  6. I lived in Toccoa, GA for many years and loved the area at Christmas time. Sadly, I never made it to Asheville to see the 'tourist' places, so I'm happy to see your post. I am also fascinated by the moon in the middle of the day! You really should try to make a tea ring, yeast is your friend :)
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  7. Oh my goodness, that tea-ring looks delicious! I enjoyed seeing your ornaments and especially the photo of the Basilica in Asheville! I wish I had known about it when we were visiting there. I think your tree looks great! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!!

  8. HEY!! That's my neck of the woods!! Hope you enjoyed your visit. Visiting via FFF! Wishing you and yours a merry and blessed Christmas. 🎄

  9. Such a variety of photos. I want to visit Biltmore soon and maybe take in downtown Asheville. Thanks so much for sharing and linking up. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!


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