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New Years Eve

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Folks everywhere are talking about their resolutions for the New Year, and I must admit that such thoughts for myself are running round in circles in my brain this week. I tend to look at the New Year as a time for new beginnings, time to take stock in how I lived my life in the past year and make corrections in the places where I seemed to get off course, be it spiritually, physically, nutrition wise or in accomplishing things I had set out to. I seem to take a more serious inventory of my spiritual direction in the fall.... Yom Kippur is my day of reflection, however January 1, is a time for new direction in many ways.
So many folks over indulge during the Christmas season. Eat too much, spend too much, and end up with lots of remorse for letting loose of the reins. It seems a bit strange as I write this, that Christmas, the very day we celebrate the extremely humble birth of a very humble Savior that we take that as a time to over indulge. The connection to the two seems…

The Wordless Wonder of The Day

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Winter Greens

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Last night the temperature dipped low in the 20's F. The house was a chilly 59 when we woke up this morning, making it difficult to climb out of a toasty warm bed. In no time, we had a fire blazing in the stove. How good it felt.
Doing chores just now reminded me that I need to have winter gloves in my coat pocket from now on. Cold fingers are not much fun. I gathered eggs, took time to look around and then headed to the garden to pick winter greens for supper. It is a blessing to be able to eat from the garden most of the winter. Once again, its time to get the fire blazing as the evening draws close.

After Christmas

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The house is quiet and I am feeling the need to put the holiday away and create a bit of starkness in the house. I suspect the weather greatly influences my mood. The bare trees, the shades of gray, contrasted by a red cardinal, bright berries on a bush, a sturdy rose that refuses to admit the season. This is a time for me to sit in reflection, ponder the great mysteries of life while looking out the window, gray clouds hanging low in the late December sky. Ice on fence posts and wood smoke circling and dancing in the winter winds. It is a time of the year I love, its moody, artistic in nature.
I am reading once again the book by the Dalai Lama titled, "Becoming Enlightened". It makes you think deeply about your own spiritual walk. In the 4th chapter there is a paragraph that I cannot get out of my mind...."In Tibetan the word for "religion" is cho, which means to adjust, to improve, to change for the better. The basic idea is to transform that which produces p…

Merry Christmas

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Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas day, filled with the blessings of love, peace and deep and abiding joy.

Dolls for the girls are done !

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'Twas the Night Before Christmas

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This is wonderful and reminds me of my childhood, it was this very Golden book that I read so many times that I have the entire poem memorized. What memories have been stirred by seeing these illustrations ! Happy Christmas to all !

One More Cookie Baking Day

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After heading out this morning for a breakfast date with Melanie and the children, we came home and decided to have one more cookie baking day. What fun we had. We let Mei-Ling do all the decorating of the gingerbread bears and people by herself and she did a great job. She has enough baking with Grammie experience to know how to roll out the dough and cut the cookies out without any help. How I love to see her eyes light up with joy as she works in the kitchen. I know, that the long tradition of bakers in the family will be continued.
Yen was more than happy to sit in his chair and watch us. Smiling and laughing the whole time. Melanie made some cute reindeer cookies using red hearts for mouths, pretzels for antlers, and mini chocolate chips for eyes.

What Shall We Give The Children ?

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What shall we give the children ?
Christmas is almost here.
Toys and games and playthings,
As we do every year ?
Yes, for the magic of toyland
Is part of the Yuletide lore
To gladden the hearts of childhood,
But I shall give something more.
I shall give them patience,
A more sympathetic ear,
A little more time for laughter,
Or tenderly dry a tear.
I shall take time to teach them
The joy of doing some task,
I'll try to find more time to answer
More of the questions they ask.
Time to read books together,
And take long walks in the sun,
Time for a bedtime story,
After the day is done,
I shall give these to my children,
Weaving a closer tie,
Knitting our lives together
With gifts that money can't buy.

~Source unknown~

A Busy Season

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Papa was outside working on a little gnome home for the grand-children to play with. We had recently cut some large branches off of the apricot trees and had to cut down a mulberry tree, so what better to do with the wood than to make a little house. There is still a hammock and swing to be hung and fences to be put around one level, but I wanted to share how it was coming along.
I just love this time of the year, when we make gifts from our hearts and hands. There may even be a bridge added by the time we finish this little gnome home.

Two Waldorf Babies Done

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The little ones are done and ready to be wrapped and put under the tree

Yen's Waldorf Doll

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I finished Yen's little doll for Christmas, he is a roly poly doll, which makes it easy of for little hands to grab hold of. I have Victoria's baby about 3/4 done and then on to finish the big girls dolls. Nothing better for a child's toy than a warm doll to snuggle up with.

Simplicity 8916

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Here is the pattern number for those that wanted it. I think you can still get it but it has a different number than the one I have. Here is the Simplicity link for it Childs Apron # 4286

Aprons Are Done

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Now just to wrap them and put them under the tree !
The photo shows the front of one apron and the back of the other. I really enjoyed making them except sewing tiny black bias tape is not my favorite color to work with late at night : )

Little Girl Aprons

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When my girls were little, my mothers best friend made them aprons using the same pattern. The girls loved them and so didn't I. Kept their dresses clean when they were helping me in the kitchen, when they were painting or eating at a fellowship dinner at church.
So now, I make the very same aprons for my little grand-treasures. I found the cutest busy bee fabric which just seemed perfect for two little busy bee's that love to help their mommies in the kitchen.
Looks like they will be done in plenty of time for Christmas, wrapped up under the tree, made with love by Grammie.

December Weather

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Deep in my veins runs Yankee blood, and that blood loves to feel cold air. My senses love winter. To smell the smoke coming from a chimney, mixed with how mittens smell when drying on the radiator after a long afternoon playing in the snow. I love the sound your footsteps make when you walk down a snow packed pathway. And nothing...nothing at all tastes as good to me as hot chocolate with a spoonful of Fluff on top after shovelling snow. Yet, with all this love of snow, I am living in a state that has very little snow in winter, some years none at all.
I come alive in cold weather as if the summer heat had cast a sleepy spell on me, with the first cold north wind waking me. This morning as I took my little walk, I watched three squirrels playing chase around the trunk of the big old pecan tree next door, and watched the December sky change by the moment as the upper winds tossed and turned the clouds. My eyes dictating my next step. Mistletoe in two trees, too high up to pick...a sigh…

A Poem..."This Christmas Season Let Us Try"

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This Christmas Season Let Us Try just click the link above to read a wonderful poem by a dear Amish woman by the name of Emma Lapp, found in her book, "Getting Ready For Christmas.

Saint Lucia in Sweden

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So many wonderful memories of Melissa and Melanie waking us before the sun was up on the morning of the 13th of December with a tray of hot chocolate and fresh Lussekatter. Melissa with her shining crown on her head, white gown, red bow, and Melanie as the little star child. We never remembered to have the camera ready on these occasions, but we have the memories etched in our hearts, pictures we carry with us.

Time To Make Peppermint Stick Sauce

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This is a family favorite around holiday time. Easy to make and so good on a brownie sundae !
Peppermint Stick Sauce

Pictures From My Morning Walk

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Without ever leaving our property ~