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December Morning

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Oh how quickly December is passing.  There are still more gifts to be made, time enough though to do them and baking to be done and still a bit more decorating.  I seem to decorate our bedroom last, every year.  I suppose thinking, that if it doesn't get done, not too many folks will know.   There are still flowers blooming in the garden.  We have never had Angel Trumpets in bloom this late in the year but we certainly are enjoying them.   The mistletoe in the tree tops are full of berries this year.  We will cut a few and hang them for kissing in the doorway.   How I love the dark mornings, I really do.  I light the candles and enjoy a hearty breakfast, watching the sky lighten and the sun rise as we talk of the days plans.  We linger with that second cup of tea, enjoying the moment far too much to rush from the table.   The simple life is not a rushed life, even if the "to do" list is long.  There are no trips to the mall, or mad dashes to stores.  Our Christmas lists a…

Saint Nicholas Day

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Despite the fact that we no longer have children at home, we still put out wooden shoes on St Nicholas eve, hoping to find treats in them in the morning, provided we were good all year long !   We decided to each use one of Emery's wooden shoes, after all they are pretty big !   I must admit to looking through old photos and finding one of all the children's wooden shoes lined up waiting to be filled and feeling a bit sad that those days are gone, as if they didn't last long enough for us.  Time passes by so quickly.    How grateful I am for the grandblessings to daily remind us of the joy and preciousness of childhood.
We have so many friends that have gotten older and no longer enjoy the holidays, no longer decorate or care to remember the delight in picking out that special gift or seeing packages under the tree, even if they are just for one and you had to buy them yourself.  We all deserve to have fun and experience delight and the simple joy of looking at a decorated …

This World We Live In

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The news is so horrible these days.  Fear can grip you and squeeze you to the core, when you hear about all these shootings, so totally random.   You can find yourself wondering if you should go here or there.  No place seems beyond the reach of hatred.   When I start to think about all this, I tend to step back a bit further into our quiet life and be an ostrich for a while, completely happy to have my head in the sand for a bit.  To reaffirm in my mind that I was born a couple centuries too late.   To yearn for a quieter time, to mourn for the olden days when we had not even heard of the terms we use so often today on the news and social media.   This morning I had breakfast by candle light, as if to chase away the modern world.  I had my oatmeal in a pewter porringer, old and worn as if I could mingle the oatmeal with history.   We all need a respite from the insanity that rages around us.   I am reminded of the verse I love so well, Psalm 91:4   He will cover you with his feathers…

The Child In Me

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Christmas time is my favorite time of the year.  It wakens that inner child in me.  There is excitement as we head out to get the tree and decorate it.  On the first day the tree is decorated, we light the candles that sit on the branches in their sparkling silver holders.   The house is filled with the scent of pine and spices from the garlands of apples tossed in cinnamon and from the oranges, poked with cloves.    
The chill in the air invigorates me and has me going at top speed as I work on all the presents for Christmas.  We never have bought into the materialistic side of Christmas, but have always kept it simple.  Never spending large amounts for a gift or supplies to make a gift.  This year I have opted to make almost every gift we give.  I like the idea that the entire time I work on the gift, I can think and pray for the person I am making it for.  Perhaps that "Little House on The Prairie" episode where everyone was so busy making gifts for Christmas had a big imp…

For the Love of Red

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It is no secret that my favorite color is red !   Today my sweet husband came home with red carnations for me, because I have a cold.  I set the coffee table with my red dishes and enjoyed some Irish soda bread and chamomile tea while enjoying the beauty of the flowers.  Red berries outside by the front porch. Red shawl and barn bonnet just waiting for the first snow.

The Beauty of Life

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This morning as I sat in the chair by the window, knitting, with candle flame flickering and wood stove popping and snapping, I thought about this quote, by Tasha Tudor,
“Life isn't long enough to do all you could accomplish. And what a privilege even to be alive. In spite of all the pollutions and horrors, how beautiful this world is. Supposing you only saw the stars once every year. Think what you would think. The wonder of it!”                                How true those words are.  There are hard things in the world around us and yet, we wake each morning to see the clouds float above us in story book shapes, and hear birds sing to us in songs that gladden our hearts.  For me, I had a wonderful weekend with all my family beside me, hearing childhood laughter, the sound of happy running feet down our long hallways and squeals of delight.  There was laughter around our table and thoughts on all that we are thankful for.  There were pies to be eaten and mounds of mashed potatoes…

Are We Thinking Less ?

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Modern life seems to be all about "Doing".   Social media has played a part in this, since we post about all the things we do or about what someone else thought for us.  We take on peoples thoughts without much thinking ourselves many times.  "Oh that's good". Or, perhaps we see something and the thought comes into our head, "wow, that should tell them what I think" but does it really say what we think ?  We seem to be bombarded with other peoples thinking.  The commentaries after the news, the shows that are all commentary, and social media is loaded with tid bits of commentary about every subject matter there is.   Its wonderful to be informed and I love that aspect of how fast news travels and how small the world can seem in relation to world events, but its easy to loose our own thinking time and just instantly hit the "like" tab and take on someone elses thoughts on a subject, without giving the old gray matter much work at all.  One th…
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The room is scented by a mix of cinnamon and the homey smell of a fire burning in the stove.  There is a chill in the air each morning now and I love it.   Each morning I am up long before the sun to work on Christmas gifts for the family.  There is knitting and sewing going on each day.  There is doll making and candle dipping in between.  How I love this time of the year.  Holiday preparations are on my mind as I sit by the window sipping chamomile tea.  A little break from the busy-ness of the day.   There are baskets with projects in all the corners of the living room and some spilling out from the corners as they find their way closer to my chair and the light from the window.    This simple, somewhat old fashioned life we live, gives me a sense of contentment that is deep and full of joy.  Life is good.

Life is Good

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Things have been busy around here lately, well, actually its almost always busy around here because I like to stay busy.  But, perhaps this time of the year, that busy-ness gets upped it a notch or two with thoughts of Christmas around the corner.  I like to make as many presents as possible and this year, I am making about 90% of the gifts we are giving.  Which means, if I don't want some sort of mad rush towards the week of Christmas, my hands are busy from the first of October.  One major project is done and wrapped and I am on to the next, but in between, I decided to make a couple of quilts for me.  A small machine pieced quilt for the cradle, which all the grandchildren still climb into, the bigger ones squeezing in with laughter, and then a quiet contentment that often leads to an unplanned nap with bent knees.   The second quilt, just a simple pinwheel design, with fall colors.  That one may not be hand quilted until after Christmas !  
We have had a few cool mornings, not …

Fall Winds

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The air is cool and crisp today and I am loving it.  The dry leaves are dancing in the wind and it feels like fall.   The seasons bring changes, not only to plant life, but to me, the way I feel and think about things.  Spring time always motivates me to make changes in how much stuff I have around me.  And, it is a time of motivation for me.  I want to run everywhere and do things.  Summer, well, of late, the heat slows me down, that is until we planned a nice long hiking and camping trip !  Fall time, sends me inwards, thinking about what I believe, what is really important in life.  The falling leaves and cooler weather seems to send me to a place of defining what I believe on the deepest level.  It always makes me yearn for more simplicity in my life, more of that stepping back in time mood, where things seemed less complicated.   I am there once again in my thoughts.  Thinking more about "home fires" burning brightly accompanied by quiet and good smells coming from the …

Life With The "Enhanced" Accelerator Always On

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In downloading all my pictures onto the new computer, I grew annoyed by the "auto enhanced" feature.  It kept making my photos brighter than reality, changing the colors, sometimes subtly and sometimes with dramatic results and yes, I must admit, some enhanced photos made me say, "wow"  but at the same time, I realized that if I saved it that way, I would be saving something other than reality.   My phone does the same thing when I am putting pictures on Facebook, automatically enhances the photo.   After getting all my photos the way I wanted them to be on the computer, I started thinking about how it seems that just about everything we do now, is enhanced in some way.  The packaging on items are so often bigger, brighter and more appealing than reality.  Our television sets show life in something beyond "living color" with high definition that takes us far beyond looking around our own living rooms with our naked eye.   Music is enhanced to let us hear …

Basking in the memories

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Since coming home from our camping trip, we have been basking in the glow of so many wonderful memories.  It's been such a delight to look at the photos I took and remembering how much fun we had.   One of the best aspects of coming home though, besides hot, running water and no small tent entry to crawl through each night, is that this trip cost us just a bit more than our usual budget for a month and so we were not burdened with having to pay thousands for the trip and so many folks we know take trips to marvelous places that come with people waiting on them hand and foot and perhaps giving them a taste of how the privileged forks live...don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with that at all, its just so often people we know that have taken trips like that come home and feel sad that they have to come back to "reality" where they have to cook the meals, clean up after, and so on and so forth.  Its almost a disappointment for them to come home.   For us, we cam…

"We Took To The Woods"

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To quote the title of one of my favorite books, "We Took To The Woods", that is exactly what Emery and I did.  We headed off, tent, and camping supplies in the trunk of the car and we headed for Colorado.   No set time for the return trip and lets just day a very flexible set of plans.  One thing we did know for sure, we needed to get away to refresh our souls.  Emery retired a year ago and was long overdue for a vacation.  He had not taken one in decades, and we never had a honeymoon, so after 37 years, we thought, no time like the present.  Off we went...with our children a bit concerned about their parents going on a road trip with tent and sleeping bags !   What fun we had and memories that will last us well into next year, (we had so much fun, we plan on making a habit of this)   We stayed where we liked, for as long as we liked and forgot to look at watches, and calendars.   Most places we stayed had no cell service but we did manage to check in with the children enoug…