Monday, December 26, 2011

Inquiring Minds May Want to Know

A BIG Thank You to those who voted for you favorite gingerbread house.

To the Stitchin Schoolmarm and Lynn - AD and I had already tallied the votes and the grand and consolation prizes had been given out on Christmas morning before I read your comments. Not to worry though. It didn't make a difference for the grand prize winner.

House #1 was the big winner and was designed by G1. He received a gift bag containing a box of HoHo's and a box of Ding Dongs with a tag that read, "Ho Ho from your Ding Dong Granny."

Ok, well I thought it was funny. . . .

Second place was House #2 and belonged to G2. If this had been one of the boys' dirt track races the announcer would have said something like, "G1 edged out G2 by one car length" when the checkered flag fell.

In 3rd place was House #4 was designed by G2's girlfriend.

G1's girlfriend's house came in at #4.

The consolation prizes were a package of Reese cups, a package of Hershey bars and a box of Skittles. The runners up got to choose their favorite in the place where they came in. G2 chose the Reese cups, his girlfriend chose the Skittles and the Hershey bars went to G1's girlfriend.


I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.

Ours was a little hectic but a very good day and we couldn't have asked for better weather. We were at AD's mother's home in the afternoon for lunch. Her home is very small and with 32 people in attendance the good weather made it possible for the kids to play outdoors.


Did anyone venture out early this morning for the after-Christmas sales?

We haven't done that in years. This year though we decided we really needed a new tree for next year. (My family prefers artificial trees. Does that make us a "green" family? You know, because no trees are harmed in the decorating of our home.

Anyway, I'd checked out all the local stores a few days before Christmas and found the one that would work best for us. This morning we drove into town and when the doors were opened there were still some available so we're all set for next year.

Of course I had to look around in case there were a few more bargains to be had. I picked up some wrapping and tissue paper, a few bags of candy (who cares if they're wrapped in Christmas colors?), a couple of Oklahoma University ornaments for AD and the most beautiful angel tree topper. Instead of sitting atop our new tree next year though, I think she'll be sitting on top of one of our bookcases.


As 2011 draws to a close I'd like to thank each and everyone who drops by my blog for a visit. I so enjoy reading comments that are left.

I also want to say how much I enjoy visiting you in your blog-homes. I feel like I've made some wonderful friends I never would have met otherwise.

Wishing each of you a very Blessed and Happy New Year!


  1. Yea for #1! Your 1st place prize is so cute!

    Happy 2012, Debby! I look forward to reading your blog and seeing your pins on Pinterest in the new year!


  2. So sorry I missed being able to vote for my favorite gingerbread house. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. I have wanted an artificial tree for the past couple of years as they look so real now, but the husband insists on a live tree. Of course he's not the one who needs to clean up the needles every time the dog slides past the tree.
    Wishing you an amazing New Year,

  3. Congrats to the decorators! All the houses were beautiful and creative. We had a lazy holiday and did not go near the stores today. And I love Ho Ho from Ding Dong Granny! Happy New Year!

  4. Love your wit on your prizes!!!

  5. I didn't get a chance to vote on the houses, doggone it. They were all lovely. I will go as far as the Dollar General Store to buy wrapping paper after Christmas but that is as much "after Christmas sales" as I care to participate in!

  6. Sorry I did not get to see them before today but I really liked #3
    They were all really good however and thanks for sharing them with us.

  7. I think that was so fun!! Happy New Year.

  8. So glad you and your family had a great Christmas. Even if it was a little crowded. Just makes it more interestingly fun.
    No shopping for me, but my son had a blast spending his Christmas money.
    I wish all of you Okies a prosperous, healthy and happy NEW YEAR!!!

  9. Sweet houses and such fun to make! Happy New Year to you and yours!

  10. No after Christmas sales for me. Slept late and enjoyed some yummy junk food. Our Christmas was wonderful. Thanks for stopping by.

  11. WEll, I certainly did enjoy all the houses so glad they are ALL winners! BTW, NO I did not go out to the fter Christmas sales; nothing I need warrants the insanity and in fact, haven't even been out at all since the holiday :)
    Have a blesed new year!

  12. Wishing you and your lovely family a Happy and Healthy New Year granny.

  13. Glad you had a wonderful holiday. We did too! So glad I "met" you! I love to visit with you!

  14. Congratulations to the winner! All were good.. so glad everyone got a prize! Happy New Year!!

  15. I am so sorry I missed out on the judging -- although looking at the entries I can see it was no easy task. Everyone did a great job! Btw, you made me spit out my coffee with your "HO HOs from your DING DONG Granny!"
    Wishing you a healthy, happy, love-filled 2012!

    Your Friend,

  16. It's great to hear ya had a wonderful Christmas and girl...I'd be happy to be a looser in your contest...the consolations prizes sound yummy!

    God bless ya and have yourself a wonderful day sweetie.

    You have been a light in my world this past year!!!

  17. Ho Ho's and Ding Dongs...breakfast of champions. Great prize. Have a wonderful week-end.

  18. Merry New Year to you!

    Just popping in to say hello.... I've been missing from action for awhile ...