Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A Furry Blissful Christmas

Welcome to Christmas Bliss.
Won't you come inside? Let me take your coat. First door on your left, my dear.
What's that you say? Ah yes, the house is very Christmassy looking, glad you like it. I love decorating for Christmas, don't you?
During the last few weeks before Christmas the days are very short and as they are usually dull, dark and dreary we need to cram in as much lights as we possibly can.
This year we have only a small Christmas tree because of puppy Tara, a big tree would be too dangerous. This little one is high upon a pedestal, safely out of puppy reach.
It's tiny, but still a Christmas tree, wouldn't want to do without one.
Yes, those Paperwhites smell divine, I always have them at Christmas and the same goes for Hyacinths. I love the wonderful scent they provide. Speaking of which, would you like a glass of mulled wine, judging by the smell of it, it's about ready to be poured. Glass or bucket? Only joking, you know how I am, forever pulling people's legs.
Is that the time already? Not long now before the magical hour starts. You haven't heard of the magical hour on Christmas Eve before? Really my dear, such a careless oversight on somebody's part, I'm sure. Sit down please and I'll tell you all about it. You see, it starts tonight after the last stroke of eleven and ends on the first stroke of midnight. It's the only time of the year when you can open the door to the past, to Christmas Past. It's almost time now; listen, the clock is chiming the hour ...........one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven...........
Shhhhhhhh, be quiet, close your eyes, breathe in deeply and then
they are here, my silver ghosts of Christmas Past 1988; dear Bebop(l) and his sister Purrfect Melody. Aren't they simply adorable and as sweet as can possibly be? It's so good to see them again, how beautiful, so full of life and young they were then.
And here they are on Boxing Day 1988, after they'd just stripped the tree of a few of its decorations, the little darlings.

Hang on, we're going fast forward, suddenly it's Christmas Past 1997 and awwwwww, there is widdle Dolly, how tiny she was then to fit in that little box.
Cute, doesn't begin to describe her. But where is she now, on Christmas Present? Do you see her? Oh, there she is.
I don't think I've told you yet, but during the magical hour you can not only open the door to Christmases Past but also see who people really are, their true selves. Our Dolly is Santa's little helper and such a help she's been through all these years.
Kadootje (=present) is certainly living up to her name, her presence is certainly the best present anyone could ever have. And look at ................ Wait, what's that?!
Tara, stop it, give Dolly her hat back!
Tara: Fat chance, it's mine and I'm keeping it. Yep, we certainly are showing our true colours tonight, I'm the evil puppy of Christmas Present! Grrrrrrrrrrr!
Meanwhile something is happening on the Russian front; Pippa has suddenly sprouted wings,
real wings made of real feathers and that's not all, look at Willow who's laying next to her.
A halo has magically appeared above my little girl's head; I always knew my Russian Blues were true angels.
See how angelic Willow is looking? The presence of all those sweet little angels must surely have some effect on puppy Tara?
But no, she is still her rascally self, or is she? Isn't that a strange glow I see in her eyes? But what's happening? ZAPPPP!!! An unexpected flash of blinding white light and then .......................
Tara has turned into an ickle Christmas Faerie complete with pink fluffy bone. Awwwwwwww!
A Furry Blissful Christmas to all who visit Bliss, Past, Present and Future!

copyright 2008: Y.E.W. Heuzen

47 comments:

Gail said...

Oh YE...if your cats had an opposable thumb you would be in trouble! Wonder what costume they would have in mind for you~~They are of course angelic and adorable!

Have a Happy Christmas filled with bliss!

Gail

Carol said...

Merry Christmas to all the creatures stirring about at your house and garden, YE. It indeed looks merry and bright and full of mischief.

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Margo said...

Het moet niet gekker worden, Tara met vleugels. Nou ja, ik denk dat ik die foto ook maar op mijn blog zet :)

Connie said...

Merry Christmas! I can almost smell those paperwhites. :-)

Flighty said...

Many thanks, and to you too!
Happy gardening in 2009! xx

easygardener said...

Your animals are very amenable when they see you approaching with a camera (lol)
Have a good holiday.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What a delightful post Yolanda. The Bliss team is full of it, "BLISS" that is. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Pam/Digging said...

Very sweet, YE. Have a merry Christmas with all your furry friends! They look as if they could keep a body warm.

Robin's Nesting Place said...

Such sweet little angels.

Merry Christmas, Yolanda!

jodi said...

How sweet to see your furbabies all celebrating Christmas with you, Yolanda! I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas, and here's to a joyful gardening 2009.

LadyLuz said...

Felices Fiestas to all those adorable furry friends in your home - and to their staff, of course.

Thanks for all your entertaining posts, Yolanda, and your encouraging visits to me throughout 2008.

Karin A said...

Your Christmas decorated home is beautiful and so are Tara and the cats. :) Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

Kram Karin

Cat with a garden said...

What a lovely decorated house! We wish you a very Merry Christmas, too!

shirl said...

Beautiful, Yolanda! Wishing you a beautiful Christmas too :-D

Kylee said...

Yolanda, this was a delightful post! I hope you and everyone at Bliss has a wonderful Christmas season!

*hugs*

Ewa said...

Merry Christmas Yolanda! Your house looks so beautifully decorated.

Poppins said...

I just love your photos of your little darlings. They look so sweet in their Christmas fits.
And your home looks so lovely and warm. It is true that the days are short and grey and we need some glamour to help us through this dark time.
I wish you een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
Love
Poppins

lisa said...

ADORABLE post Yolanda!! You are truly blessed at Bliss! Merry Christmas! *~<]:-)

stadtgarten said...

Dear Yolanda,
thanks for inviting us to your house, which is so lovely decorated for christmas!
Seems like you have had a wonderful time!
All the best wishes for a good, healthy and peaceful ne year!
Groetjes, Monika

Andrea said...

Hello Yolanda, what a Christmas past and present. Even Ms. Tara turned into a fairy infected by the Christmas spirit! Loved your post! Andrea

The Garden Faerie said...

Dolly sure was cute as a kitten, but I like her Christmas present even better--that look in the hat is priceless!
~ Monica

Kerri said...

Furry delight indeed Yolanda Elizabet. I'm smiling at all the photos, but especially that last angelic puppy face :)
I hope you and all the Bliss team had a wonderful and very merry Christmas.

Kat Wolfdancer said...

ADORABLE hardly describes it, and Blissful certainly does. Bright Blessings O Bliss Crew! and a Blissful New Year!

>^,,^<

Glo said...

A lovely post as usual full of your blissful photos ~ I'm not sure that Tara is quite convinced she should wear that halo ~ so cute :) Happy New Year!

Matron said...

That is a wonderful final picture of Tara! She really looks as if she is enjoying the festivities.

Pat Leuchtman said...

Beautiful post. Light and Life! Our two cats, Holly and Frank are way beyond the kitten stage, but the big family excitement was the anticipation being endured by 2 grandsons who go to the animal shelter this week to choose two kittens now that they have made everything ready with kitten books, toys, and a Rolling Rocker.

Layanee said...

How blissful your home looks this holiday! What fun!

Birgit said...

Liebe Yolanda, danke dass ich nun noch einen Blick in das wundervolle Christmas-Bliss-Haus werfen durfte. Wunderschön ist alles bei Euch.

Ich wünsche Dir und allen Deinen Lieben, Menschen wie Tieren, einen guten Rutsch und ein gesundes und schönes 2009.

Liebe Grüße, Birgit

healingmagichands said...

Tara looks so sleepy! did you have to sedate her to get a picture of her in wings and halo?

Thanks for the tour. And yes, I'd love a bucket of that mulled wine if you don't mind. . .

mormor Hannele said...

Hihi, nice photos ;)

Tracy said...

Hi, Yolanda! So glad to catch up with you see you're enjoying a wonderful holiday...and all the team too! Tara as the Christmas Fairy is a delight! We're just back from our Christmas trip to the USA and getting over the jet lag and settling in...ringing in 2009 will be quiet here-LOL! Wishing you & yours love & joy in the New Year! ((HUGS))

Angela (In the Cottage Garden) said...

Oh my gosh, your fairies and angels are so cute! I love them. And your Christmas decorations are lovely, too! Happy Holidays!
~Angela :-)

Cheryl said...

Oh Yolanda how cute was that post......I love the thought of Christmas past and fond memories.....

Little Tara is so beautiful and soft.....I am loving to get to know your new furry friend......

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hello dear Yolanda, I am smiling, laughing and enjoying every bit of this wonderful post. You are a lucky girl to have all those wonderful friend around you!
2009 tomorrow and a new garden year! I have great hopes for it, I wish you and your huge family a Happy, healthy and Proserous New Year!
Lots of Love Tyra

xoxo to Tara too!

guild-rez said...

Hello Yolanda!!
Every picture is great, love your post! I wish you and the whole Bliss team a very "Happy New Year".
Gisela
Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.
Perhaps we will..

Betty said...

Yolanda,
What a delightful posting! I'm so glad I dropped by...the kitties and Tara are precious...

Your home is lovely...

Happy New Year....Betty

Aiyana said...

Wishing you a wonderful New Year!
Aiyana

Sue Swift said...

Hi Yolanda Elizabet,
Just wanted to say that I really enjoy following your blog, even though time problems have meant I´ve not been around much recently. And of course to send my best wishes for a Happy New Year! I was in Holland two days ago - nowhere near you though.

Anonymous said...

Poor animals, what didnt they have to go through for our enjoyment! :-D
Loved the little angelical russian cats.
Look in their eyes wasnt so holy, though...

marga said...

Aaaaaaaaach.........die foto's van Tara en de poesjes, wat een dotjes zijn het toch ook!!!
Kom je een fantastisch, liefdevol en gezond 2009 wensen.

marl1 said...

Wooow- nog geheel in Kerstsferen...;-)))kwam ook wat laat ' op visite' )
Prachtige decoraties Yolanda, van huis en dier.....
Voor jullie èn al het beestenspul een geweldig 2009 gewenst!

kate smudges said...

It was great fun reading your posts for December. Lovely little Tara ... she does look angelic even with a fallen halo. The cats are gorgeous as always decked out in their holiday finery. Your house looks spectacular! I wish you and your loved ones (of which there are many) a wonderful New Year!!

LostRoses said...

Your lights and decorations are beautiful and your pets look adorable - and full of mischief! A belated Merry Christmas to you, Yolanda Elizabet, and a Happy New Year!

Elke said...

Have a happy new Yolanda! I love your christmas decorations, all the gold and white things and - of cause - your astonishing, cute little pets.
Elke

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Molly said...

You have a puppy! Oh, she is so adorable. I haven't been by to visit for a long time so it was a wonderful surprise.

delia said...

What a delicious cats, I love them!