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    Family Fun Weekending.

    The last weekend of 2018 was full of family fun. We celebrated the end of Sara’s work week (aka “Friday night”) with a puzzle, holiday mules and mussels for dinner. I was up early Saturday morning and enjoyed the most recent Christmas episode of Call the Midwife along with a little ADVENTurer knitting.We had the puzzle about 80% finished by the time we left for Steve & Lydia’s – this year’s hosts for the annual family holiday party. It was great fun having the whole family together (for the first time since my dad’s memorial service back in April, 2016). Sam kind of stole the whole show 🙂 but Charlie gave…

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    Making Merry.

    Good morning and Happy Boxing Day! How was your Christmas? Ours got off to a dark, chilly start – the power went out at 3:15am. Thank goodness for candles and headlamps, gas fireplaces, and gas stoves and french press coffee makers. And gathering at Katie’s for the afternoon.  The little boys make everything more fun! Reindeer, racecards and legos for table decor. Socks as mittens?! The power came back while we were gone. It was wonderful to return to a warm home and lights! Today, Sara and I have plans to meet Katie for a late lunch and then see Mary Poppins. a practically perfect way to continue making merry…

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    Around Here.

    …the sun is shining,(the poinsettias are much happier this year) the dining room table is ready for a puzzle, the mantels are dressed, the stockings are hung, the presents are wrapped, the last photo is hanging atop the advent tree, Holly has her jingle on,(yes, that’s my mom and Sara in the background!) …and dinner is almost done. Around here, we’re ready for Christmas! I hope your week is off to a bright start as well. and if you’re celebrating, all the best for a most Merry Christmas! (and if not, Happy Monday!)    

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    TGIF.

    Hello friends and Happy Solstice! We haven’t seen the sun in a few days, so I’ll just have to look forward to the later sunsets. Maybe tomorrow?! And of course it’s Friday … of the last weekend before Christmas … so without further ado: Thinking about my one little word for 2019.  (are you?) Grateful for a “free day” on my calendar – tomorrow! of course I’ve planned two days worth of things to fill that time, but still … it feels good! Inspired by today’s reading in Advent in Narnia. The devotion is inspired by Chapter 11 where Edmund finally realizes that the Witch won’t make him king. or…

  • Food & Drink

    Sometimes Mondays.

    …make you smile. Especially when you spend Sunday afternoon with a few of your favorite people, a table full of snacks, a pitcher of holiday sangria and dozens (and dozens) of homemade cookies to share. and everyone gets into taking photos. My sister hosted us this year, which means she was in charge of the lebkuchen. She made the dough the day before and yesterday we rolled it out really more like patting – it’s sticky! (of course Charlie thought that was huge fun) – baked it, iced it, and eventually cut it into pieces to share.And that’s the only photo I have of food or cookies, but I’m sure…

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    Christmas Weekending.

    I hope y’all had a wonderful weekend … and maybe now you’re enjoying a bit of quiet and a glass of wine, with Alexa playing Charlie Brown Christmas … the perfect accompaniment to looking back on these last few days 😊. Saturday morning I hosted the whole family (13 adults and two little boys) for brunch. All three of the non-local grandchildren (now living in DC, New York and Nashville) were here, which made it extra special. Sadly, I have no photos, so you’ll just have to trust me – it was great to see everyone and it was all delicious. Much later, while Marc and Sara were napping, I…

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    Around Here.

    Today was my day here at home (well, except for a quick trip to the vet … no worries, Holly’s fine!, a quick stop at my mom’s – lots less boxes!, and a not-so-quick trip to Costco) and I finally got gifts wrapped and “stuff” cleaned up enough to make my annual photo walk through the house. Sadly, we have not seen the sun (in days!) so the light’s not great, but it is December! Here’s the view from the front door. Four poinsettias by the stairs and three trees. The poinsettias are struggling (not as bad as last year); I’m not sure if it’s lack of sun (I moved…

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    Snowy Weekending.

    I’m sure y’all have heard the big news by now – it snowed here this weekend. An early December snow is unusual here … and 6-10+ inches is, too. We got both! The snow started Friday morning (thankfully after our walk) and didn’t end until Saturday. Marc and I spent three hours Friday afternoon assembling our new treadmill the photos don’t show it – but I really did help! …time very well spent since it will probably be a few more days before the sidewalks are clear enough for a dark early walk.  Friday evening we had snacks and continued our binge through Bosch Season 3 (that show has really…

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    Three on Thursday | December Love.

    December and I have a … complicated relationship. Mostly my fault because of The Holidays and unrealistic expectations. but a little bit December’s because dark and cold (and yikes, y’all, I live in Georgia!) Yet this year, I find myself feeling lighter (in the spiritual sense … it’s 4 o’clock and getting dark outside) and maybe (finally?!) ready to embrace the wonder and grace that December offers. inspiration for my new blog banner/theme … winter 2017! And since it’s Three on Thursday, here are three things I’m loving about December right now: 1. twinkle lights on the trees. I have three trees in the house and the “big tree” featured…

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    Throwback Thursday | A Special Dinner.

    I forwarded the email about this week’s Think Write Thursday topic – to plan a dinner party, inviting 3 people, living or dead – to my mom, suggesting we collaborate. Last night, we started to talk about it. Hands down we agreed my dad had to be the first guest – he loved a good dinner (party) and he was a fabulous guest (ate everything and talked to everybody). From there it wasn’t long before we decided that recreating one of our five-of-us family Christmas Eve dinners would be fun. Family dinner was the norm in my house growing up, but Christmas Eve was special. of course my mom isn’t…