• Just Life

    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…

  • Food & Drink

    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…

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    Sheffield Family Christmas | 2016.

    We had our annual family gathering yesterday at my sister’s. We’ve been doing this for years (maybe 20?) and the tradition has evolved into simply gathering on a holiday afternoon with fun food and drinks. Of course, “simply gathering” is a challenge now that three of the cousins live out of state, but everyone was there (and my mom is excited to be joining the party next year). No more group photos either (here’s one from 2008). It’s hard enough to get everyone in one room! Here are most of us, listening to younger niece Paula read Merry Christmas, Curious George. This was her first time reading a book out loud…

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    Weekending | Christmas.

    I was the last one to bed last night. Catching up on a few podcasts, casting on a new project, looking at the twinkling lights on the tree … a welcome pause after a full weekend. Saturday started dark early. I woke up at 4:30 and couldn’t get back to sleep (just like a little kid, excited for Christmas!). I sat down on the sofa with a cup of coffee and finally finished a Christmas book. Marc was up early too, and it was fun to be together in the kitchen. He made Nuts and Bolts (aka Chex Mix) while I started the cranberry conserve for the Christmas dinner cheesecake.…

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    Around Here.

    … it’s beginning to look – and feel* – like Christmas. I took a few photos this afternoon and wanted to share them with y’all (and document for myself so I remember next year). Here’s the entry hall. Just three poinsettias. There was a fourth, but he went into this week’s trash. maybe because that splash of sunshine didn’t come until just a few days ago. or maybe because I overwatered… Looking off to the right is the dining room. Those big poinsettias flanking the breakfront and the greens topping it are traditional, but the centerpiece on the table is new this year. It’s fresh greens, crystal, mercury glass and…

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    Throwback Thursday | 1965.

    I was three. We lived in southeast Texas (note the open window!). My dad worked for Texaco and back then one of their gasoline blends was called Fire Chief. Perfect for this hat! I remembered this photo when Charlie donned his fire chief hat for the photo with my mom last month. But it wasn’t until I looked more closely that I saw the similarity in the two dads. Both with big smiles … having a ball being dads! The Think Write Thursday crew is tackling a challenging topic this week – about staying positive when everything is going wrong. This blog is my best answer. I try to look…

  • Knitting

    Holiday Knitting.

    Yesterday, I invited three of my best knitting friends (who are also, lucky me! family) over for some “holiday knitting”. I mixed up a batch of sangria and chilled a bottle of prosecco. because of course drinks! Everyone brought a snack to share and cookies to swap. It was a beautiful spread. Katie (with Sam), Lydia , “the spread”, and Karen Knitters do just about everything better don’t they?, especially food. Katie brought vegetables and a warm spinach parmesan dip; Lydia made cranberry brie phyllo triangles; and Karen contributed bacon wrapped scallops (which she says she bought frozen at Trader Joe’s and I only halfway believe her … they were…

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    Sounds of the Season.

    Yesterday, our church was full of music. For the morning worship services, the choirs combined with members of the Georgia Symphony for a stunning performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria. In case you’re unfamiliar with it, this recording is beautiful (and it’s pretty to look at, too)! We closed worship with Angels We Have Heard on High. It’s one of my favorite hymns and accompanied by organ, strings and brass, a truly joyful sound! In the afternoon, we hosted the Alpharetta Community Chorus’ Holiday Concert. It was my first time hearing this chorus and it was delightful. They invited a local high school’s chamber chorus and mens’ chorale to join them for…

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    A Favorite Tradition.

    I’m joining up with Carole, Kat and the Think Write Thursday crew today to share a favorite holiday tradition. Much of what we do around the holidays has changed and continues to evolve…as it probably needs to when our family includes a new baby, an active toddler, a married daughter who lives close by and another daughter who lives far away. We will all be together on Christmas Day (as we have every year no matter where the girls are living) and for that I am most grateful. I certainly hope that’s a tradition we can continue, but it’s not the one I’m going to share today! Today’s topic is our…