December 2012

There are 4 blog entries for December 2012.

In the Frame

Monday, December 31st, 2012 at 9:28am. 1,204 Views, 0 Comments.


Picture Framing on the Cheap!

 by Celia Hayes

Smoke House Framed Gift by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comIn last week's post I mentioned the gifts that I was intending to give to three people who – because I am in business with, sporadically employed by, or just really, really fond of them – rate something a little more permanent than a jar of pickled pineapple spears and some fig jam. Of course fruitcake is permanent – but it's not something you can hang on a wall. Among the items that my daughter and I bid on when we went to an estate auction in Fredericksburg this summer was an envelope of prints. They were by two local artists, of Texas subjects, were printed on high-quality paper and rather pleasing to look at, if not particularly valuable. I had the notion to frame three of them properly and present

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Texas Neighorly Christmas Goodies

Thursday, December 20th, 2012 at 9:44am. 1,194 Views, 0 Comments.

Christmas Goodies Neighborhood Style

by Celia Hayes

 

Henry the Cat, Unamused by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comI know, I am trying as hard as I can to get into the Christmas mood – an uphill fight, since I have been sidelined most days by the Cold From Hell. This is the cold that I developed after Thanksgiving, which sends me coughing persistently as if I am about to hack up a large piece of lung. It saps about three-quarters of my energy, and an equal portion of my interest in life, the universe and everything ... including Christmas. The good thing is that I got just about all of my Christmas shopping done, thanks to the internet and a nicely-timed and generous payment for some work accomplished ... so, on to gifts intended for two good friends. At the estate auction in Fredericksburg this summer,

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Authentic Foods from Spain

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 at 1:17pm. 1,594 Views, 0 Comments.

More Flavors of Spain

by Celia Hayes

What's for Dinner? By Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comMy mother just sent us a basket of gourmet foods from Spain as a Christmas present for us again, since last year's basket from La Tienda was such a big hit. We loved living in Spain, loved the food, adored grazing from the little plates – the tapas – invitingly set out at bars, loved the fact that a 'bar' in Spain was usually not just a seamy joint serving spirituous liquors to an assortment of skeevey low-lives. A bar in Spain was much more likely to be a kind of café, coffee shop and neighborhood club-house, the place housing the pay phones, ATMs, video game machines, and clean bathrooms ... and oh, yes – serving snacks and alcoholic drinks of every possible description. It also mildly freaked out many Americans

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Texas Gifts

Friday, December 7th, 2012 at 12:09pm. 2,938 Views, 0 Comments.

The Gifts of Texas Are Upon You

by Celia Hayes

Sister Creek Vineyards Award Shelf by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comIt is that time of year again, isn't it? It's that happy season when custom commands that gifts large and small, yet always carefully and tastefully chosen, are bestowed upon spouses, children, families, kinfolk, co-workers, neighbors and sometimes even relative strangers. It doesn't matter much that it's Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa; custom commands that suitable gifts be exchanged at this time of the year – and in fact, the relative health of our national economy often depends upon lively retail sales during the last fiscal quarter of the year. Coincidentally, I most always have good sales of the printed editions of my books during this time, although that may just happen because I bestir myself to

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