Home It Is
We will be home for Christmas. Yes!
How lucky I am…
…as I set up our little tree in front of the windows that allow us to see the expanse of our hills and valley
…to get out the silver bell ornaments that John’s mom gave us every Christmas during her lifetime and the green and white Tom and Jerry bowl and cups that were holiday mainstays for my mom and dad.
And how about the remnant of a red Christmas sweatshirt from so many decades ago that said “Merry Me” as a hint to John pre-marriage—hmm… And the straw Dalarna horse and heart ornaments and woven and embroidered red and green designs from times abroad. And then there are the multi-colored twinkling lights on our mantel wrapped around our glassy baby candles. And the large holly wreath and its accompanying mini-wreath that adorn our mantel and front door. Hello, Holidays❣️
In the mornings, I light a few candles, have my latte, give thanks, and write in my journal. Over the last few days, I have become re-enamored with the words “home” and “hearth” and all the words contained in those two words. I love that “home” has “he,” “me” and “om” in it. Oh, my. And then look at all the words contained in “hearth”…have fun discovering those little treasures.
And so—I think I’ve already received all the gifts I need this holiday season—life, love, beauty, health, hearth, and home. Wowza!
Wishing you all a blessed holiday season filled with health, comfort and joy. ❤️🎈❤️
What I’ve Been Reading:
♥Christmas From the Heart of the Home by Susan Branch.
This is a wonderfully illustrated cookbook that I have had on my bookshelf for many years. I am again reading and enjoying it and will be making some of its recipes—like Sweet Potato Casserole with Walnuts, Creamed Spinach, Poached Salmon with Lime Ginger Sauce, and Turkey Lasagna.
♥Ciao, Biscotti by Dominica Marchetti
Yet another rediscovered cookbook that I’ve already baked from this week— Christmas Cranberry-Pistachio Biscotti—they are good! The next one will be of John’s choosing.
♥ Draw and Be Happy by Tim A. Shaw, illustrated by Cachetejack
I have been doing an exercise from this book most mornings over the last few weeks and it is fun, colorful, inspirational. There’s an exercise called “Calming Curves”—“soothing” and “lulling” as the author says—and another about making your own postcards to send when you’re on a holiday. Or how about the one that I turned to this week—“Draw Your Future.” Okay…There are 75 exercises to help you, as the author says, “Go forth, draw, and be happy!” Why not❣️