Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Three more sleeps!

So much is happening right now... how are you holding up during the holiday rush?

Summer is here in NZ and yesterday when I was doing the last of my Christmas shopping, driving away from the shopping center the temp. on the car had hit the giddy high of 30!
So you can imagine there were a lot of tired and stressed people walking around the streets of Auckland, all trying to buy the last of the gifts, for their loved ones. I always say that I will try and shop early but never seem to get around to it.

My thoughts are with those that have been effected by the snow, especially those that have had their travel plans disrupted. I really hope that the weather will improve so they can get home to their loved ones this Christmas.

I have finished writing the Christmas cards and now want to wish you much ~
As we come to the end of the year, I'm reminded there is so much to be grateful for.
We can visit wonderfully sweet places and friends at the click of a button.
Each day I can turn on my computer, sometimes while still in my pyjamas and know that there is something special waiting for me. Thank you dear friends for all the inspiration and love you have to share.

I hope that you are enjoying the Christmas week


  1. Carolyn, May you have a very Merry Christmas and fantastic new year!

    Sometimes the month of December just gets so complicated and busy that it zaps ones energy and frazzles our nerves.

    I'm more relaxed today and yet have sooooo much to do.

    I really would rather be full of joy and happiness.

    Wishing you much peace and well being,

  2. I stay away from the holiday rush. We keep it simple . . remembering the real reason for the season :)

    Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas, Carolyn :)


  3. Hi Carolyn,
    Thanks for all the inspiring posts and beauty that you have brought to us as well.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.


  4. Hi Carolyn
    Thank you so much for sharing your moms birthday with mine,
    I want to wish you a very blessed Christmas, thank you for all your inspiration throughout this year

  5. Oh sweet Carolyn, you are always thinking of others, it is hard not to when the weather delays travelling.....some of the photos in the news are showing the worst weather ever in the UK!
    I just wanted to say Merry Christmas to you and your family, may you have lots of good times and many blessings!!!
    Margaret B

  6. Oh my friend....can't image having that heat right now....snow everywhere here.

    Sending you blessings of JOY and LOVE my sweet friend for a magical Christmas. xoxooxoxo

  7. Two nights to sleep and than it is christmas evening......lots of snow here....tomorrow i do the shopping....the reat of the time i work in our shop !! have a nice time love love

  8. Carolyn, you are such a wonderful friend to all and thank you so much for the Christmas Card. I'm afraid I haven't got around to them this year so I thought I'd do Happy New Year cards while I'm on holiday.
    Aunty Davina was in our thoughts on Saturday as we all met in Dannevirke for a family lunch. I hope she is well.
    Enjoy your holiday wherever you are. Best wishes Karen

  9. Dear Carolyn, Wishing you and your family a 'Cool' Christmas, in more ways than one! It looks as though we may have that White Christmas we've all been 'dreaming of' here in the UK!
    May the magic of the season fill your hearts, Lynda x

  10. Good luck getting everything done, sweetie! I know, we are all in the midst of the mad dash :)

    Enjoy the holidays! xoxo

  11. Christmas Blessings to you and your family, From my mountain to yours Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  12. Hi Carolyn, isn't it funny that so many associate snow and winter with Christmas, yet we are having such mild temperatures here and everything always looks the same; and there in NZ you are in the midst of summertime.

    Our Middle School Principal and his family were stuck in Amsterdam, missed their flight, on the way to France, and then they were snowed in for awhile. My son Zack was keeping up with them because their son was posting to Facebook. Surely they've made it by now but lots of folks experienced the same delays.

    Wishing you much happiness this holiday season. Blessings, Tammy

  13. Holiday rush? I'm so busy with the work at my boutique. Apparently holiday season is really good for business :) Which is a good thing. But I'm longing for my holiday. A week feels like forever :p

    Is it all sunny and cheery down there in NZ, Carolyn? I read the newspaper this morning and found out that Australia's snowing... Hope you are enjoying the christmas countdown!

  14. Thank you, darling Carolyn, for your lovely posts and warm spirit!

    Hope you are enjoying your Christmas week too!


  15. Much love and many blessings dear friend
    God bless you and yours real good
    I love you
    Merry Christmas
    Peace on Earth Goodwill towards all men

    Love Jeanne

  16. Carolyn,

    Wish you a wonderful Christmas filled with family, love, and laughter. Thank you for the beautiful posts throughout the year and sharing your world.

  17. My dear Carolyn, I just stopped over to wish you and your family wonderful Christmas-days! It's so crazy for me to read that it's hot in NZ - yes, blogging is like visiting other worlds every day,it makes my world more interesting and rich and I'm grateful, too, that blogging gave me the opportunity to get to know wonderful people like you! Have a good time and enjoy the celebration! Warmest hugs, Traude

  18. Carolyn...

    Sweet, sweet dearest...

    HAPPY CHRISTMAS....really happy!!!

    Only for you kisses a lot.


    KISSES a lot. Smuak. NI

  19. Oh, how the SUMMER sun looks on your vignette! I imagine it is a trade off. ease of getting around but now white stuff for Christmas... for us lots of white stuff and slip slidn' around getting to loved ones.

    Merry Christmas Carolyn!

    xo, Mary

  20. Wishing you a Merry Christmas.

    Markka from Finland

  21. Well, we love you too Carolyn and are so happy that even in our jammies we can connect with you. It is funny for this American to think of Christmas being during the summer, but I guess that is how it is "down under". Hope your next few days are spectacular, spent with family and friends (and special bears, of course!) Thank you so much for being a wonderful supporter of my blog over these last couple of years. I really appreciate your kindness and friendship.


  22. I always try to shop early too but it never seems to happen. I am off today to do a bit today, i'd much prefer to stay home and bake!

    I want to thank you dear Carolyn for all the kind comments you leave my way. I adore your sweet blog, the kindness that you share, the inspiration I always find.
    Merry Christmas to you. I hope it is filled with the sweetest of blessings.

  23. Popping by to wish you the merriest of Christmases, talented sweet Carolyn. You are soooo close to Christmas eve already... Have a wonderful, cozy time. xxxx

  24. In some parts of Sweden, it is minus 30 degrees now. What a difference we have.
    Wishing you a merry christmas
    ♥ ♥ ♥

  25. Hello my dearest Carolyn,I wish you and all your family Merry Christmas:))
    Have a very nice Christmas time!!
    Big hugs
    With love

  26. The warmest of Christmas wishes to you dear Carolyn from here @ The Hedge. Thank you for all your beautiful posts this year & your supportive & generous comments. I really value our bloggie friendship, & am looking forward to continuing it again in 2011. Have a truly wonderful Christmas Day tomorrow with your precious family.
    Millie xx

  27. Dear Carolyn, wishing you and family a very happy and joyful christmas time, may you laugh a lot and have a delicious dinner time and also receive much gifts into your hearts.
    hugs and kisses
    maria cecilia


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