I awoke to witness another lovely sunrise following Christmas Eve’s glowing sunset. Quiet as I write; the furnace, chugging along, keeps the house warm. A dog’s bark – that momentarily shattered the peace- has ended. Frost adorns rooftops and grassy surfaces.
~a friend is a present you give yourself~
Arriving just yesterday, a package from friend Kathy; I open this morning and am greeted with a delightful mug and all sorts of Christmas/Holiday themed paraphernalia to include in my Christmas album/journal. I squeal -only to my ears – with delight!
My second cuppa tea, graced by a delicious Christmas cookie made by friend Betsy. Yum! Betcha can’t eat just one! Right. I treat myself to two!
Two new books, under the tree, ahem, await my perusal. Gifts from me for me. Simple Abundance is an updated version marking the 25th anniversary of the original publication. 366 days of reading await! Norman’s gift is in the freezer: steaks; burgers; pork chops…what he requested. In my car, new floor mats…
Today, this morning, will be quiet; we’ll join family mid afternoon. I’m excited to see what Santa brought the little ones: Chris, 5 and Elias, 2. Two Christmases ago, Elias, after a two months’ early arrival and nearly a month in the NICU, was home for Christmas. We are so grateful that both he and his mom are doing well.
This week, Michelle GD is inviting us all to take a moment to pause and reflect on our day’s gratitude; you can learn more, here . Thank you Michelle; I am always grateful for this inspiration and invitation to pause and give gratitude for the moments that make up our lives… Today, for me:
- a crystal blue sky that provides a backdrop for (what’s left of) the autumn leaves;
- a gathering with quilting friends and a safe journey home;
- an update from a friend who had surgery and is recovering very well;
- an afternoon nap – tho’ I’m not a napper I felt the need today – grateful that I not only could, I did!
- a brisk walk to and through the park ~ love watching children play … and last but not least,
- a quiet evening to read, relax …
It is now 6:40 pm EST! The sky is dark. I am delighted that we have turned the clock back to real time and yes, I realize that’s arguable since clocks are man made constructs…
What’s on your gratitude list for today?
One of my quilting friends made this adorable Christmas Countdown quilted calendar for the little boys; I’m eager to give it to them but probably won’t til Thanksgiving… Elias will be two! the day before! Hardly seems possible.
We’re getting new exterior doors, both front and back – at ruinous cost I might add; hopefully, installed before Christmas and the cold weather.
We’re all pumped about the Nationals’ playing in the World Series… even Hazel is ready to cheer the team on: Go Nats Go!
I’ve been playin, er uh, practicing the Continental knit stitch… I do like it and may be able to re-program my fingers and my brain.
Norman made chili today; the aroma has been enticing me all afternoon. Time to fix a salad. Hmmm, wonder if we have any Jiffy cornbread mix… that would be good, too.
I am now “real!” My new driver’s license did arrive a couple weeks ago; today I stopped by the library to renew my library card. Showed my real ID/license and library card; a computer key was pushed and voila, my card was renewed. I didn’t have to fill out a single form.
Fall’s colors are finally showing up in the trees; especially vivid today against grey skies; reminds me of the first autumn I ever spent in Washington DC – I was here for a weekend conference; never then did I think I’d wind up living here. Never.
Have a great weekend!
Today started with an emergency weather alert : flash flood warning til 11:15 am, accompanied by thunder and lightening … and the rains came. Then magically, just about 11:15 am, the rains stopped, the sky brightened and all was good.
I spent most of this day – as well as a few last week, purging stuff – mostly paper. Saturday, we took quite a haul, including the stuff that’s been languishing in the garage far too long, to the city’s solid waste and recycling center. It occurred to me one day last week that most of the stuff in my craft studio is paper:
- books and magazines;
- files – some may need weeding;
- journals – both filled and others, waiting;
- supplies: memory keeping; office; printer;
- scrapbook albums (approximately 50 – some completed, most are “in process”);
- holiday cards and assorted notepapers; just plain stuff.
I think I should rename my craft studio my stuff studio .
The rain has ended; the sun shines; I do not know if there was any flash flooding. Soon, Monday will come to a close and I will have all day tomorrow to purge more
5:41 pm | 91 degrees |unhealthy air quality for sensitive groups
Hearing a clap of thunder…
Seeing tree leaves sway a bit more and birds dart across the sky …
Watching the sky change from sunny and blue to grey as rain clouds are ushered in…
Listening to jazz vocal hits …oldies and some new …
Taking a loooong sip of ice cold water …
Laughing at Norman who just suggested that we could “turn the AC off; it’s cold in here.” I responded: “It’s not cold in here. Would you like a blanket?” And we both laughed …
Thinking I’d best wrap this post – the thunder claps are getting louder and closer, the trees swaying even more and the sky, greyer…me thinks the storm’s just moments away!
Enjoy the weekend and the last two days of June!