God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith;
the warmth of Christmas, which is love;
the radiance of Christmas, which is purity;
the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;
the belief in Christmas, which is truth;
& all of Christmas, which is Christ.
--Wilda English

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


Just popping by to wish everyone a happy & blessed Thanksgiving!  Tomorrow I will be quite busy getting food ready to cook on Thursday ... making the traditional Jello salad, cutting celery & onions & bread for the stuffing, etc.    

Despite all the stresses & problems & other things that can cause anxiety & bring us down throughout the year, we all still have so much to be thankful for.  Right now I am thankful that I found my box of cross stitched ornaments!!!  Yesterday I pulled out a plastic container in one of the spare bedrooms that definitely has cross stitched things in it,  I sat it by the tree & opened it this morning to unwrap the ornaments, but surprise!!!  It was shelf sitters & pinkeeps & the like.  I therefore went into the Christmas/other storage section in the lower level (sounds nicer than saying "in the basement") & pulled out a bunch of boxes, looking for a label on one of them that would tell me my precious cross stitched ornaments were inside.  I knew I wouldn't have put them in a taped up, ready to move moving box, & I didn't.  They were in a plastic container.  That is where I thought I would find them at the beginning, but again I pulled out that plastic container yesterday thinking that was were they were, but I had forgotten the quantity of cross stitched ornaments I have!!!  Where I found them just a few minutes ago was in a larger plastic container.  Anyway, hooray!  I found them   : )

I mentioned in my last post that we are going to be having a bare bones sort of Christmas this year.  It seems odd not having all the decorations out & about, but that is the way it's going to be.  The cross stitched ornaments will be displayed on our skinny primitive tree ... just like when we were living in our home back in Utopia.  I have not decorated with my cross stitched ornaments since back then ... three years ago ... so it will be fun to see all the ornaments & remember the exchanges & to once more marvel at Myra's finishing skills.  I will, of course, take a picture or two to post.  

Once again I wish you all a very happy & blessed Thanksgiving!      


Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here but I am thankful for the return of my blogging friend Shirlee! I am looking forward to seeing your decorated tree too.

gracie said...

Enjoy Thanksgiving Day my friend.

Vickie said...

I am glad you found your cross stitched ornaments. Have fun decorating your tree. A Happy, Blessed Thanksgiving to you and John!

marly said...

Three years ago you were living in Utopia? Oh Shirlee. I only remember the house you hated! What did I miss? Time is flying by so quickly isn't it? Enjoy your ornaments and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Danice said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Shirlee :)

Robin in Virginia said...

Shirlee, I hope you and John had a wonderful day of Thanksgiving yesterday. I am glad you found your stitched ornaments and hope you will share a picture or two of your tree here. Thinking of you!

Vicki said...

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, Shirlee. I'm eager to see your tree with your stitched ornaments, it'll be beautiful!