Here it is December already! What happened to that extra week? I've only just started on decorating. So much left to do! If you would stop doing so many interesting things, I'm sure that I could pay better attention. How're you doing on the decorating? Have you begun?
Here's what I have done so far...
~kitchen window with Friendly Village tea cups~
I've got my work cut out for me or, at best, plenty of tweaking to do. All that and I've vowed to keep it simple this year. Yes, right.
I took so many photos trying to find the correct angle, that I finally decided to make this here mosaic so I could use them all. It may or may not have anything to do with a kitchen light.
And speaking of the kitchen light, I am not a DIYer; I did not find a sweet, chippy, old bucket or a rustic lobster crate or an apple basket or a vintage bird cage and create my own unique light as you might have done, my talented, think-outside-the-box friend. I am so in the box, I'm growing square.
If you've been reading here for any length of time, you have heard me say that I live in a wee home. I do. It's small and I don't even have a real kitchen. It's a corner of a larger space where a dining and living area have been eked out. The former living room, which sits at the front of the house, is my guest bedroom and office and portal to Blogdom.
You can see the layout in the following photo...
I am standing in the living room area. You can see the front wall of the house just down there through the wee hall. Living in a small home came as a huge shock when the kids and I first moved here after living in a much larger Cape Cod with four bedrooms, a laundry room, a dining room, a living room, a pantry, a kitchen, a sunroom, a shed, and a barn. Now that I am a little lot older, I can see the joy of not having all those spaces to clean and maintain, though it certainly took some time.
But then we were talking about lights...see the problem we had? Trying to keep some semblance of complementary because of the dining room light to the left in the above photo. Now I'm looking for a photo showing the former light...let's see...hmmm...*clunk* *rattle* *shake* *sift* *bump* Oh, here's one...
Usually, I did everything possible to disguise that light fixture. This one, taken last Christmas, made it because I had to get the antlers in. Wonder what she'll show up wearing this year. Oops, off-topic again!
I didn't like the former light fixture because it seemed too small (not that the new one is so big); however, it was those $25 light bulbs that really did me in.
Today, I should use my baking center. Small kitchen, not much space=baking center on kitchen table.
Know what I'm doing with those melts? Take a peek right *here.*
Enjoy a wonderful Friday and a sweetly blessed December weekend...
This was the view when I first opened my eyes this morning. I bounded crawled from my bed and flew hobbled down the stairs to retrieve my camera. I tell you, I'm going to have to start taking that thing to bed with me.
So, and this is the truth, my friend, I was planning to show you my new, cheap, kitchen light right from Lowe's. I spent yesterday afternoon getting the kitchen to sparkle, though it simply is not possible. It was the old trying to make a purse from a sow's ear story. What a dilemma! Anyway, perhaps if I have more time to come up with a better angle today, by tomorrow, I'll have something to share.
In the meantime, may I show you this photo of John taken four years ago last summer at the Norman Rockwell Museum. (Even I see the amusement in this. All my photos of the Museum are of John...hahahahahhaha) We were on our wedding trip. We have not yet returned to Vermont and Western Massachusetts, but we send everyone who would like to go!
We had some errands to run yesterday taking advantage of the freedom that comes from Molly's being at the Groomer's for the morning. We usually start such mornings with breakfast out at our favorite haunt. What a treat it was to watch the gals decorate for Christmas! It's very quiet in there early on a Tuesday morning so we had the place nearly to ourselves.
Then it was off to find a new light for the kitchen. The former one used those whacky little bulbs that are incredibly expensive. It would have cost more to replace the bulbs than to switch out the light. I've been chipping, nagging, sweetly reminding that something had to be done about the growing dark. First one bulb blown, then the next, it was just a matter of time before the third and final bulb left us in the dark. Now John has that chore done and someday, when my kitchen is sparkling, I'll show you.
I did a little practice baking recently. This is *a recipe from MGCC for refrigerator potato rolls* and I learned a few valuable things while practicing. I should have kneaded it more and baked it less. I'm adding those points to the recipe. I am guilty of trying something new for the holiday table without giving it a trial run first. We had no trouble eating these rolls, believe me, and the joy is that the remaining dough can wait in the fridge for up to four days. Do you serve homemade rolls? Do you remember to practice new recipes first? (Edited to Add: Here's the next *potato roll recipe* I'm trying at Podso's.)
A couple of tidying up points: 1. Has anyone had trouble viewing my blog in recent weeks? One of my dear friends has been... 2. November's Note Card Party was cancelled so that it did not squeeze December's. It was originally scheduled for the day before Thanksgiving...not good timing. 3. Please check out The Giveaway referenced at the top of my sidebar...it's a great one and there will be three winners.
All of you getting a winter storm, stay safe and cozy!
Come and gather around at the table In the spirit of family and friends And we'll all join hands and remember this moment 'Til the season comes 'round again
Let's all try to smile for the picture And we'll hold it as long as we can May it carry us through Should we ever get lonely 'Til the season comes 'round again
CHORUS One night holy and bright Shining with love from our hearts By a warm fire, Let's lift our heads high And be thankful we're here 'Til this time next year
May the new year be blessed With good tidings 'Til the next time I see you again If we must say goodbye Let the spirit go with you 'Til the season comes 'round again
May the new year be blessed with good tidings 'Til the next time I see you again If we must say goodbye Let the spirit go with you And we'll love and we'll laugh In the time that we had 'Til the season comes 'round again
~Jarvis, John Barlow, Randy Goodrum
Such a good song with such good advice.
Hang on for ♫I Need a Silent Night♫ if you can! (The quality of the first video is not terrific...don't click through unless you'd like to really know what the melody is. I sure miss Playlists and Grooveshark for sharing music. Edited to Add: I found a great You Tube for I Need a Silent Night. Just click on the notes plus words highlighted or watch below. )
Formatting is wonky here today because of the copy and paste I did on the lyrics. ☺
Have you planned what your Christmas will look like specifically? If not, may I suggest that if you do, your Christmas will take on even more meaning and joy than you might ever imagine. I was reminded of this recently while reading *one of my favorite posts of all time* written by the incomparable Brenda of Coffee Tea Books and Me.
So I am taking Brenda's advice again this year...I took it two years ago, which you can read about in Brenda's comments because I told her all about it while I was there.
Christmas 2012 List in no particular order
* lots of Christmas music
* lots of candles and pleasant aromas
* honoring Advent Sundays and having an Advent wreath for the table
* Christmas cards with notes for the ones we love
* some baking
* lunch out with Bea
* breakfast out with John
* breakfast out with the family
* some crafting
* some sewing
* manageable chore lists
* making a Christmas Day menu early * having a visiting schedule that works
* Christmas Eve service at church a must!
* watching some quality Christmas programming and movies
* wrap gifts early
* Devotions by the tree with it LIT
* Keeping Christmas lights on for those dark and gloomy days
* Re-reading Shepherds Abiding by Jan Karon
* Perhaps it was a visit from a new great-grandgirlie... * Perhaps it was a visit from a daughter or even two... * Perhaps it was a visit from the first great-grandgirlie who had just been to see The Nutcracker Ballet yesterday and can now dance on point... * Perhaps it was the teddy bear in the tree... * Perhaps it was the lights reflected in the window... * Perhaps it was the reading of Christmas recipes...
Whatever the reason, it felt like Christmas today.
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.~ Isaiah 9:6 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. For those who lived in a land of deep shadows— light! sunbursts of light! You repopulated the nation, you expanded its joy. Oh, they’re so glad in your presence! Festival joy! The joy of a great celebration, sharing rich gifts and warm greetings. The abuse of oppressors and cruelty of tyrants— all their whips and cudgels and curses— Is gone, done away with, a deliverance as surprising and sudden as Gideon’s old victory over Midian. The boots of all those invading troops, along with their shirts soaked with innocent blood, Will be piled in a heap and burned, a fire that will burn for days! For a child has been born—for us! the gift of a son—for us! He’ll take over the running of the world. His names will be: Amazing Counselor, Strong God, Eternal Father, Prince of Wholeness. His ruling authority will grow, and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness he brings. He’ll rule from the historic David throne over that promised kingdom. He’ll put that kingdom on a firm footing and keep it going With fair dealing and right living, beginning now and lasting always. The zeal of God-of-the-Angel-Armies will do all this. Isaiah 9:2–7 The Message Festival joy? Sunbursts of light? Sounds like Revival and Restoration to me. As we go into Advent season, which begins next Sunday, my prayer is for Revival. He has already come to us as an infant. The next time He comes to us will be as the Ruler of the World. Can you imagine a world where there will be no limit to the wholeness He brings?
One of my favorite videos ever! It rather sets the tone for the season.