Wednesday, December 21, 2016

What It's All About

Tuesday I went to a luncheon at Betty's home with other women of our church.  Betty had 3 tables set beautifully with lovely china and sweet flower bouquets at every table. The dining room was set with rose patterned china and the florist was able to harmonize the live roses with the lovelies on the china. A hand-picked florist for a hand-picked bouquet.

Which brings me to my bouquets. Needless to say my florist are the bins at Trader Joe's or an occasional trip to the grocery store. Nothing fancy but I appreciate the convenience and the price. And this time of year I don't even have to look for a vase or arrange any flowers since poinsettias are my go to flower for Christmas.

The house is decorated at last, took me forever this year. The boxes were stacked in the entry way for days. The kids would find little pathways thru to get to and from the front door, finally they gave up on the paths and just began jumping over the mess. Now I wonder just how long it will be before it all comes back down. My Mom believed that if you didn't take the decorations down before January 1st we would have bad luck the whole year. I really think that was a ploy to get us to move a little quicker in helping pack the Christmas decor away for another year. In days gone past my sweetie would do all the packing away.

The kitchen has some festive touches, a little tea set that I bought from a store no longer in business many years ago. That was in the era that nothing was on "sale" until after Christmas. I can't even remember when the business of sales before Christmas began, probably the same year that stores began decorating for the holidays before Halloween.  We seem to be in a constant state of change.

The Christmas cards appear in the mailbox each day which always brings me joy. (guess who the ham is in the middle??) I love seeing families grow and change and since most of my family live so far away sometimes the only way to see them is thru the greetings that come once a year. Thank goodness for facebook.

And speaking of are my two. Getting them to sit in a chair and look at me both at the same time is in itself a small miracle.

I have posted on Focusing On Life today with "my best of" list. Love to have you stop by. Happy first day of winter, happy?? we have been in a deep freeze for days. It's just now beginning to thaw. And Christmas day is predicted to be 50 degrees. Like I said, changes are constant. Breathe deeply and think calm thoughts as we approach the last days before Christmas, let's all remember what it's really about.

"As long as you live, keep learning how to live." ~ Seneca

Until next time.....

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

JOY (sometimes)

Sometimes it's difficult to find joy in the season, especially for those who are in the middle of a health crisis, or a dear one who has recently passed away, or those seeking employment, or who may be estranged from their family. There are many reasons why some cannot seem to find joy in this season. They cannot sing out "Joy to the World". There are many around the world in crisis, many of us in the US are uncertain what is ahead.  Everyone of us has some kind of struggle, whether it's outward or inward. The happiest season of all can be the most difficult for some. Now I am not trying to put a damper on anyone's joys, but I think we truly need to be aware of those who are hurting.

We can all play a part in bringing joy to the world. A simple smile, a thank you, reaching out to give a hug or a handshake. Offering to pray for someone is a powerful overture. God has blessed me with a loving family and a great many friends, those of whom I couldn't have dealt with my sweeties' health issues without them.  If we just reach out, call that friend, post that note in the mail, drop a few coins in those Salvation Army pots, we may be lifting their spirits and bringing a little joy into their world.

"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen."  ~  Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Until next time.....

Monday, December 12, 2016

Filled With the Spirit of Christmas

Target was my go-to spot for choosing the Christmas gifts for a child I chose off of the angel tree at our church. Our congregation supports the people residing in an Indian Reservation in Sisseton, South Dakota. And one of these is buying gifts for the young children in Sisseton.  Naturally I procrastinated far too long and all gifts were to be wrapped and delivered to church before the 9:00 AM service on Sunday.

Yes, I went to Target, yes I bought several gifts, and yes I wandered off of the main course and purchased a few delights that were not on my list. See the cute banner above? I thought it would add just the right touch to the window in front of the tree, I defy anyone who walks into a Target and not stop at the $1 and $3 bins loaded with "stuff" no one needs but in that moment feel they can't live without. You are a better person than me if you can walk right past those bins and not blink an eye.

Yesterday (Sunday) was filled with the spirit of Christmas. First morning services, breakfast with one of my gal pals, home for a nap and then to dinner with friends and a slow and treacherous drive back to church for "Carols and Candlelight". A most treasured celebration of the season. It began to snow early in the morning, continued lightly during the day and right before I was getting ready to leave for dinner, the heavy flakes began. Big splats on the windshield, but fortunately I live in a town that clears the streets even on a Sunday. I told my hostess that if I didn't have her invite for dinner I probably would have just snuggled in for the evening. The dinner was delicious, the concert divine, and the drive to and fro was uneventful. (Thank you God).

And I woke up to this.... taken from my front door in jammies, robe and slippers.

Nothing on the calendar for today so hopefully I can take a quick trip to the Arboretum to capture some of this white beauty!!  Have a good day and a lovely week ahead.

"One of life's most fulfilling moments occurs in the split-second when the familiar is suddenly transformed into the dazzling aura of the profoundly new."  ~  Edward B Lindaman

Until next time.....