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A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Friday, 16 July 2021

Christmas in July

Celebrate love. It is the breath of your existence and the best of all reasons for living. ~ Author unknown 

Hello my dear friends! I hope you are all well. It has been a couple of weeks since I have posted anything and there is a reason for that which I will get into further down.

This time of year I always think of my Daddy because his birthday was on the 27th of July. He adored Christmas so this post is in memory of him. 

"Christmas isn't just an event - Love came Down and is among us! All year long, we can celebrate the Greatest Gift."DaySpring

As some of you know, my father loved the Old Country Roses pattern, so I am featuring this pretty china today.

It is summertime so I have a sparkly starfish on the table too just for the whimsy.

Most years in July, I always try to have something festive out to celebrate the season, but this year, I haven't done that. I do have my topiary lit up for the pictures though.
Tea always tastes better in a china teacup. Just a few touches makes the tea table a little more festive. Little silver birds and a pine cone nestled next to the cup, add that festive touch I'm going for.

Warm sticky date pudding is something I try to make twice a year. Most of my recipes you can find on my sidebar using "search this blog."

Do you celebrate Christmas in July? When the weather is hot, it's not easy to think about the holidays but when you snuggle into a cozy arm chair and watch the Hallmark Christmas in July movies, it is a treat just for a couple of hours.

My pictures today are borrowed from earlier posts. 

I mentioned before that I haven't posted much lately nor have I visited my blogger friends and I apologize for that. I have been ill with a nasty infection for about six weeks. Alas, I was scheduled to have my second vaccine shot in June and I had to cancel. Now I am waiting for another appointment. I have also gone back to physiotherapy twice a week. 
So, I don't have a lot of time on my hands these days. My son and his family are planning a trip over from NB in a couple of weeks and sometime soon, we hope to make a trip over there to see them and their new home. Therefore, I have decided it is best to take a blogging break until the end of the summer. We are all busy so I know you will understand.

Thank you so much for visiting. Enjoy your Summer and please stay safe out there! 
Much love to you all and I will be back soon!

Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life. ~ Mark Twain

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi


  1. I am so sorry to hear that you've had such a difficult time with an infection, etc. Praying some change of scenery to NB will be just what the doctor ordered, as well as the kids coming to visit you...That should brighten your spirits and make you feel much better...praying so. Love that tea set. It is one of the prettiest ever. My sister has some of that pattern. I truly love it. I've never done the Christmas in July theme. It's all I can do to manage Christmas in December! No, here in Florida it is just too hot for me to even think of anything Christmassy. But I love that you have decorated and added sparkles to your tea setting...and that pudding looks wonderful. Enjoy that and enjoy your family. Please be well my friend. God is with you, I know.

  2. Your tea table always looks lovely! Christmas in July is such fun. I usually watch Christmas shows on DVD, at this time of year. I hope you are feeling better. Enjoy your summer break. God bless!

  3. Oh Sandi, I'm sorry that you've been so ill. It will be lovely for you to have your son and family visit you soon. I hope you'll be able to get the second vaccine, too. No, we don't celebrate Christmas in July. Summer is so short that I like to get all the enjoyment out of it that I can. But a good book or a movie on a slow afternoon is lovely any time of the year. My MIL had the Old Country Roses pattern and it was parceled out to her granddaughters. The date pudding looks like something my husband would especially enjoy.
    Take care, Sandi, and have a great summer break.

  4. So sorry you had that prolonged infection. Hope all will be well for you now. Happy travels and bloggy break!

  5. Dear Sandi: Rest, relaxation, inspiration and a blog break seem very appropriate and prayers are going up for you! Praying for your health!

  6. i have the rose pattern in blue....called moonlight rose...such pretty china whatever color

  7. Oh Sandi, I’m so sorry that you’ve been ill. Hopefully your son and and his family coming to visit will cheer you. I know that you’re excited to see their new home on NB.
    I don’t do Christmas in July, as I can’t begin to think about it as hot as it is here. I do enjoy your pictures and your OCR pattern that your dad so loved. You take care and know that you are prayed for daily. God bless you.

  8. I don't celebrate Christmas in July, but I enjoyed your post with the pretty OCR teawares!

    Sorry to hear about your infection and I hope you'll be able to get your second dose soon.

    Enjoy your blogging break and visit with your family!

  9. I love OCR too. I’m sorry you were ill, and I know you’re looking forward to seeing your family soon!


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