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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Top 6 Favorites of 2016

 I wasn't sure I would do a top favorites posts for the year, because I just got back to blogging here the beginning of August. But when I looked at our most popular posts, I discovered an interesting cross section of topics; a garden, a DIY project, crafts, a recipe, and a pictorial essay....an eclectic mix that truly portrays what this blog is about! So, here it is...

Top 6 Favorites Collage

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

How To Enjoy a Blizzard

  The sun did not shine.
It was too snowy to go away.
So we sat in the house
All that blizzarding day. 
I sat there with Brian.
We sat there, we two
And I said, "I'm so glad there is NOTHING to do!"

Ok, so it's not quite the Cat In the Hat...but I'm no Dr. Seuss!

Snowy scenery

 Being storm stayed on Christmas Day wasn't part of our plans...in fact we had opened our gifts the day before because we didn't plan to be home at all that day! But when a blizzard hits, you just have to make the best of it!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Saturday Snapshot, Merry Christmas From Me To You!

We've had an early start here, and already opened our gifts! I'm enjoying a cup of coffee in my new Tim Horton's cup, watching the weather forecast, and hoping the expected blizzard passes us by, or at least waits until tomorrow night to hit. I hope everyone has a great Christmas, wherever you are!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas Greetings


Manger scene, Isaiah 9:6

 I don't expect many will be around over the next few days, so I thought I'd send out a Christmas greeting today. I want to thank everyone who has supported Manitoba Gardens through commenting and sharing posts, and by following our FB page. Brian, (our main photographer) Danica, (my video creator) and I really do appreciate all of you, and we welcome feedback.

 This past few months has been a hodge podge of topics as we find our way through this blogging world, but we hope you all find something of interest here. We're looking for ward to the new year, especially spring time, when we can get back to touring gardens!

  For now...Stay warm and have a Merry Christmas, making memories and passing down family traditions. Most of all, may you know the one whose birth we celebrate. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 
Isaiah 9:6

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas Traditions




  With just a few days until Christmas, we've come to the end of our Christmas Craft and Gift Series. I hope you've enjoyed these posts, and perhaps found some that you would like to add to your own family traditions. Today, I'll be sharing one final project, as well as a slideshow.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Manitoba Sky Monday, December 19/16

It was just too cold to go outside and take pictures, 
so this is all I have...warmer temperatures for this week though.
Sunset

Sunset

Sunset

Sunset
See you next week!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Dad - He Knew That He Knew

For many years, this blog stayed as a tribute to Dad and Mom, and the beautiful garden they created together. This post was written December 18, 2009, two days after Dad passed away. 
Gerald Murray Blair 1927-2009

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Story Of the Candy Cane


Candy Cane story

 This project is a very simple little gift that we've made a few times over the years to hand out to people before Christmas.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Winter Survival Gift Guide

Gifts to warm the heart, nose and ears of someone you love

All of my blogging friends have been posting Christmas gift guides, and after the nasty week of snow storms we've had, I decided to post a gift guide filled with gifts to warm the hearts, toes, and nose of someone you love!

Saturday Snapshot A Cavalier For Christmas


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A Christmas Pinate

How to make a pinate


  Are you looking for something different to do this Christmas? 

  One of our many Christmas activities from years gone by has been making a pinate. It's been several years since we've done one, so some of these pictures are from previous Christmas seasons.

  It's a slow process that takes a few days, but the kids have fun making it, and even more fun breaking it open and eating the candy!

Monday, December 5, 2016

First Snowfall


 Our first snowfall arrived late this year; the end of November. Along with it came a lot of icy roads...a good time to stay home and drink hot chocolate and decorate for Christmas! 

Manitoba Sky Monday, December 5/16

Snow on the roof blends with clouds

 This pretty much sums up the week...lots of snow and not much blue sky!
I liked the way the snow hanging off the roof just blended in with the clouds.

Snow on the roof blends with clouds

See you next week!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Winter Greenery Arrangement


 I don't usually do seasonal decorating outside our house, other than some lights during Christmas, but this year I was inspired to do a winter greenery arrangement by our front door.