I am improving little by little, thanks to Robitussin 12 Hour Cough Relief. Sleeping better is helping me to get my strength back. Still loving my slipper socks. I'm modeling the other pair today. Had to show off their cute message.
I'm at the computer in the guest bedroom.
Under the glass dome are two special books. My mother mentioned to me many times about her love of the book Lorna Doone. One of her teachers read it aloud in class. Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre were favorites of mine in high school.
Years ago after the births of my children I gave this paperback volume to my mother, and thankfully she filled out every page with her personal information and thoughts.
It's a treasure to see her handwriting on every page.
I feel the new year started without me. I have already lost several days in January. I have been inside for days, trying to feel better and stronger. Maybe this week I can venture out and resume some normal activities.
Jo's little boys gave me slipper socks for my birthday in November, and I have really used both pairs while I've been sick.
My every entry will not be joyful.
Already I have written about the misery of flu.
However, I really am thankful for my life and fully realize the many joys I have been given.
Also it is up to me to find the joys in each new day.
Little ones excited about the arrival of Santa Grownup kids back with us for the holiday
We use two different tables to accommodate adults and youngsters. Our menu is the same from year to year with turkey, ham, dressing, gravy, sweet potatoes, corn pudding, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and rolls. However, this time we added macaroni and cheese. I am blessed because Corkey is the main chef around here. Of course, we had cakes, pies, cookies, and candy for desserts.
The afternoon of the 26th the decorations started to come down. I took my time taking the ornaments off the tree and putting them back into storage.
Tree was taken down, and the church pew went back to its usual place.
Thankfully the flu bug did not hit me until the 27th. I am still sick, but wanted to do this last post for 2017.
Hope you are well and looking forward to the new year. This past year has been turbulent. Praying 2018 will be a better one.
I am enjoying my quiet home before kids and grandkids start arriving on Friday.
Bottle brush trees may be my favorite simple Christmas decoration.
My mom helped me with this sampler when I was in the fifth grade.
The trophy was a P. T. A. merit award presented to her in 1959.
The items on this tier stand are mementoes from the past:
a 1977 covered bridge ornament, a tiny vintage nativity,
childhood photo of my mother, a family pewter ornament
I purchased after Lauren was born to signify our family
of four, and a fun paper ornament of a naughty and nice list
with names of our blended family.
Three views of the vintage ornaments I collect and love
Some lucky person will choose this unique door prize from Saturday's Christmas Open House at Plantation Antiques. It was an enjoyable day, watching people select Christmas gifts and treasures.
I still like this folk art reindeer from Kentucky.
Three thrifting finds adorn my coffee table trunk -
the tray, bowl, and angel.
The alphabet printouts remain favorites on the mantel.
When I bought this six dollar tree I had no idea where I was going to put it. But I'm happy to report it looks wonderful in the seat of the rocking horse my brother made for my firstborn. Four handpainted ornaments and tiny vintage balls get noticed on this slender, simple tree.