Monday, December 31, 2012
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Saturday, December 29, 2012
Two days of snow in the same week! I think this is more snow than we've received since we moved here! Flakes of love from heaven : )
Posted by Shirlee at 11:53 AM
Thursday, December 27, 2012
This is the view out my diningroom window as I'm writing this blog post.
Posted by Shirlee at 11:02 AM
Monday, December 24, 2012
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Saturday, December 22, 2012
I thought that this morning I would share some of the gift stitchings I have done this year. I have shared a few of these before. There are 2 that I can't share yet & the reason will be obvious when I do get to share them : )
Finished by me
Primitive 1839 Winter Pinkeep
Finished by me
Primitive Merry Christmas Cupboard Hanger
Finished by me
Primitive Sleigh Bells Cupboard Keep
Finished by me
Posted by Shirlee at 9:39 AM
Friday, December 21, 2012
This is going to be a Christmas season to remember. It is, most definitely, one of my worst Christmas seasons ever, if not the worst, because of that very, very, very bad thing which I've eluded to recently. However, as bad as things are, the spirit of Christmas cannot be held back. Despite the hell I may have to live in for quite some time, I have been surprisingly functional through the stress of it all. Cookies & breads have been baked, crackers have been made, dinner goodies have been bought & are ready to cook on Christmas Eve. The house has been decorated, albeit very sparsely, but the sparseness is actually quite comforting. I think we've all heard it said, at least once, that "less is more." Whoever came up with that idea was onto something : )
Once again John & I will be alone for Christmas, but that's okay. We enjoy each other's company, most of the time ... lol! Our traditions are simple ones. On Christmas Eve the lights remain lit on the trees. The smell of turkey breast & ham taking their turns baking in the oven permeates throughout the house. We fill our stockings & put our gifts under the tree & admire how pretty everything looks. Before we go to bed, John reads me a Christmas book. Every year since our first Christmas together, he has bought me a Christmas book to read to me on Christmas Eve. Most of them are children's books & are quite short. Others are more for adults ... perhaps someone's remembrances of Christmases when they were growing up in the 30s or 40s or 50s, or perhaps some sort of humorous book. Whatever the theme, without fail, John reads a Christmas book to me on Christmas Eve. We then go to bed. When we wake up Christmas morning, once again all the lights are lit & we enjoy the contentment of another Christmas together. I make our traditional orange rolls for breakfast, then we open our stockings, then our presents. It's always a bit sad to start opening these things because we know it's the start of the end of Christmas. We take our time. We each open one gift, admire it, maybe play with it a bit if playing is something you do with that particular gift, then go on to the next one. We had our children open their gifts this same way when they were growing up & oh how they complained about it! But you know what? Our daughter has her children open their gifts the same way now ... lol! Our son is on his own ... he has always said from the time he was a little boy that he would never marry ... but I know he opens his gifts this way as well : ) We have never had a sit-down dinner on Christmas Day. I do all my cooking & baking, with the exception of the orange rolls, on Christmas Eve, & we just grab ourselves a plate & munch on whatever strikes our fancy throughout the day. In addition to the turkey breast & ham, I make potato salad. That's the extent of it! Nothing fancy. We make or receive a couple phone calls during the day, & we may watch a Christmas DVD or two during the day/evening. Then we sit back & talk about how lovely our Christmas has been & how we are looking forward to the next one.
I couldn't believe my eyes when I woke up this morning & saw snow outside! Now before you picture a blanket of white, I will tell you that on the rare occasions when it does snow here in the devil's playground, it looks as if God shook some powder from a talcum powder can onto the grass. Just a bit of powder. You still see the grass. You see more grass than powder actually. But, for what it's worth, it snowed & it's snowing now. It's very windy & the snow is falling sideways & nothing is falling to the ground, but it's snowing. You can't feel anything but happy when snow is falling ... even a pathetic snowfall like this. Fluffy flakes of Prozac falling from the sky : )
I have received some gifts that I would now like to share with you. I usually save any gifts I receive from friends or other than immediate family members & open them on Christmas Eve. However, this year I suspected that some of the packages I received from blogging friends might contain stitched ornaments for my tree, & since this year's tree was quite lacking in ornaments due to the fact that I didn't want to unpack any from the moving boxes where they have been residing since last year (some for quite a few years) anticipating Christmas in a different home, I decided to open these packages now.
June in England sent me this wonderful stocking ornament, an adorable sheep needle minder, a cupcake calendar bookmark assortment, yummy hot chocolate mix, & a beautiful handmade card : )
Posted by Shirlee at 11:37 AM
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
I can't believe this is my 500th post! I've been holding back posting anything the past couple days because I felt I should have something very special or exciting to share on such a monumentous occasion : ) What I could share with you is a horrific nightmare that has dropped like a giant boulder into my life in the past couple days, but that's certainly not a good thing to share on a 500th post. I will, however, ask for prayer. Lots & lots & lots of prayer. Lots of it. This is a bad, bad, bad thing that has happened & I may be dealing with it for quite some time. I need all the prayer I can get. Just so you don't worry, it's not medical, dental, or family related ... but it's bad ... very bad ... so please do remember me in prayer.
Posted by Shirlee at 11:41 AM