It’s Sunday morning as I write and I have a list of errands and chores to do today, culminated by a cookie exchange late this afternoon. All of the husbands will be watching the game out in the refurbished garage/game room and all of us womenfolk will be partying it up in the house. I still have to pack for Florida (we leave early Tuesday morning) and tomorrow will be dropping George off to stay with my good friends, Jeff & Karen, over in NJ. I’m also picking up my son, who is back from Stockholm, at the train station in Philadelphia.
I am moving kind of slow this morning. I had one glass of wine too many last night (did I just say that out loud?) and truth be told, I really don’t drink much anymore. But it’s the holiday season and all, you know, and the wine seems to help in the creativity department because last night I wrapped all the little gifts I have for people and when I woke up this morning, they look pretty beautiful. Ha! Oh, the things I am saying out loud this morning . . .
The images you see below were all taken this week with my cell phone. Because I always have it with me.
Heading out to the car on a cold and foggy morning.
Same scene the next day, only it was much colder that morning.
I will say it again – I love this property where I live.
The sky on the way to work. My husband told me once that he thought he might want to be buried in this cemetery and here’s why: So that when I drove to work, I would always think of him. The cemetery is right around the corner from the school.
First of all, I think of him all the time. And secondly, I really don’t like this cemetery. He is in a much better place.
As I was leaving work one day, the sun had come out and was shining on the cupola on the top of the building. I thought it looked beautiful. I was pretty far away though, and the photo is pretty grainy but still – pretty.
My favorite day of the year at our school is not the first day or the last day. It’s the day before Christmas Break when we all gather in the lobby to sing carols around the tree. The school has doubled in size since I started working there 16 years ago and we have to sing in two shifts and are thinking of going to three. This is the first shift – the lower school. Parents join in, alumni return, and it’s a tradition that everyone loves. I took the photo using the night mode (no flash) on my cell phone.
I took this photo just now from where I’m sitting in my living room and used night mode again.
It’s gray again this morning and this room has always been dark.
Photo by Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman
I made these cookies yesterday and didn’t take a photo of them so I’m borrowing one from The Pioneer Woman’s site. Each year that I’ve been attending this cookie exchange, I’ve brought a different cookie and this year I wanted to try these. They are a chocolate round, dipped in melted almond bark and then sprinkled with crushed peppermint candies. They are a little time-consuming but are pretty yummy although my son and I thought the chocolate cookie part was a bit dry. Still good, though.
I won’t be taking my laptop with me to Florida so if you don’t hear from me for another week, this is why. I’ve never been anywhere other than the cold North during the holiday so this will sure be different. And it will be good to be with my sons and my husband’s parents and two other relatives who are coming on Christmas Day.
Hope you have a peaceful holiday. I’ll be back next week ~
Oh my gosh! The sun just came out!