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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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    Monday Merriment.

    It seemed like I enjoyed a full month’s worth of merry this past weekend, and yesterday … seemed like a full week’s worth! I went with my mom to sign the final paperwork and pick up her keys (eeep!! we start moving in today!) Then we went to Target (first of many trips, I’m sure). After I dropped her back at my sister’s, I raced home, cleaned up, did laundry and showered and drove to Katie’s. We had front row seats for Charlie’s Holiday Program! waiting for his class’ turn to perform Charlie did not sing, but he was very good at standing in a straight line. Charlie is just…

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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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    Thanksgiving Weekending.

    I’ve already shared much of Saturday and Sunday’s activities, so today, I have just three more stories. First up, the food. Our “turkey sandwich Thanksgiving” was a huge hit. I decided we needed homemade sides so I did end up cooking more than I’d planned. Going along with the sandwich theme I made kale and brussels sprout slaw and in lieu of potato salad (Marc doesn’t eat them) found a delicious wild rice stuffing (gotta love the Pioneer Woman – that’s prosciutto frying upper right 🙂 I also made blue cheese dip to accompany store-bought potato chips. We repeated the whole thing on Friday when we visited Katie. and then…

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    Memorial Day Weekend 2017.

    The rest of our weekend went much like the photos I shared on Friday. Blue skies and sunshine made it great to be outside. We played non-stop through Friday and Saturday (although I did get an hour of quiet time with a book on the deck Friday afternoon while a crew went to the pool). The house quieted down when the Tiemans left Sunday morning. We spent a very relaxing (honestly, almost a little too relaxing for me – I can’t remember the last time I sat around for four hours without a book or knitting) afternoon cruising the lake with one of Lydia’s co-workers. The lake is huge –…

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    Mother’s Day.

    Holly and I arrived safely home this afternoon; we did not travel the newly-reopened I-85, but the traffic on the other highways seemed to be responding favorably to having that thoroughfare back in business! I have a few more stories to tell about the rest of our time in Florida, but for today, how about a quick re-cap of Mother’s Day. At this point in my life, it is especially dear to me that I got to spend the day with my mom. We finished up the last to-do on her List (2016 taxes!) yesterday morning and celebrated that accomplishment with lunch out at one of our favorite places. Of…

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    Tuesdays with Charlie | Valentine’s Day.

    First Halloween and now Valentine’s Day – two holidays made much better* with time (and grandchildren). A few weeks back I noticed that Valentine’s Day would fall on a Tuesday and started making plans for heart-shaped pancakes, cookies and (yes) even cucumbers. My plans fell – a little bit – by the wayside when we realized Charlie spending all day with me would mean missing exchanging Valentines at school. Slight change in plans – Charlie went to school in the morning and was there for all the Valentines and Marc and I got to enjoy our favorite morning walk by the lake. I picked Charlie up from school and we…

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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.…