Saturday, December 17, 2011

Evening stroll

I was on a holiday-induced high when I arrived home from work yesterday. It was the last day of school before our holiday break, and we had an early dismissal. On the way home, I had 3 stops to make. One was to a student’s house to deliver his laptop that he accidentally left behind (after I discovered to whom it belonged), another was to our former headmaster’s house to drop off fudge made by one of our families, and the final stop was to the printer to drop off a project I’d been working on.

I also stopped to buy a fresh wreath for one of our doors.

The last Friday before break is one of the happiest days of the year at our school. We hold caroling around the tree in the lobby, and many of our former students return to visit with us. I love it. And I’m so glad to have off for the next two weeks.

 

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I took the pup for a walk when I got home, and it was a bit cold out there, baybee.

 

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I still love squiggles.

 

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This is actually two photos, above. I did a panorama in Photoshop.

Choose file > Automate > Photomerge.

You can tell we’re on a hill in this photo.

 

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This season is so difficult for so many people. If you’re having trouble, please remember that you’re not alone. And that it won’t always be this way.

And that I care.

 

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Walking is just plain good for the soul. I remember my husband giving me these hiking poles one year and I absolutely love ‘em. They keep me steady, and the motion while using them is good for me.

Today I made 6 dozen gingerbread kiss cookies for the cookie exchange, using {this recipe} from the McCormick spice website. I’ll share some photos tomorrow.

 

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Tonight I’m planning on basking in the glow of my little tree, having a cocktail, and watching The Holiday, a new favorite of mine.

 

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This is rather lengthy, but the scene at the end grabs my heart every time I watch it. These little girls who play Jude Law’s daughters are so perfect in their roles. A good movie to watch this time of year.

Enjoy your weekend, my friends ~ and love one another.

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32 comments:

beth said...

that movie and love actually are two of our favorites....and we have to add elf to that line up just because :)

what a saint you are for returning a laptop before the holiday break....because you know, kids and adults alike, self destruct without their technical devices :)

and to see winter photos with NO snow....makes me happy. i know, i'm weird.

xoxoxo

Caroline said...

Love love love The Holiday...I watch it this time every year...and I still get teary eyed!!! Enjoy that much deserved cocktail!!!

Helene said...

Your entire post touched my heart. Hugs to you and yours and now I believe I need a cocktail! Hope you are enjoying yours!

Ruth Andre said...

Thanks for the movie bit. It was a nice interlude. Makes me think I need to see a whole movie soon. Enjoy your holiday!!!!

Mary said...

Oh, I love the English cottage in that movie -- so beautiful!

I love how your panorama turned out, too. It's fun to see a little more of your yard. Oh, and I love squiggles, too. xoxo

Brynwood Needleworks said...

I always love your images, Kate...seeing the world through your eyes. Your final school day before break sounds delightful.

Wishing you, your husband and George as beautiful Christmas.
xoxo
Donna

Cloudia said...

Lovely interlude!



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tina said...

I love the movie The Holiday! I'm going to have to try the panorama thing I've seen it in pse and have never tried it before. Enjoy your time off.

Candylei said...

It was chilly, but we got a beautiful dusting of snow. Did you get it too? Just adds to the festive mood ;-)

Karen said...

I love the angle of the house in that first image.

You're a good egg, all those deliveries...

and.. have a wonderful two week hiatus.

Kerri said...

Lovely captures my friend!
Have a wonderful time while you are off!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

How lucky are you to have 2 weeks off, we only have one. The student are so excited, I love seeing that.

Your husband is right about walking, it is WONDERFUL for the soul - I need to do more of it! But it is a tad nippy this morning!

Looking forward to seeing your cookies! Your photos are beautiful - I really need a class! That movie has become one of my favorite holiday movies, I've watched it twice already!

Happy Sunday!

Daryl Edelstein said...

oh fun . I am going to try the photo merge .. gotta get myself out and about with BIG camera ..

Country Gal said...

A awesome movie ! Loved your photos ! Have a wonderful day !

Jill of All Trades said...

Kate, love the pic's as usual. This time of year has always seemed magical to me. The twinkling lights, scents and the Christmas music make me feel like a child again, especially late at night looking at my tree in the dartk. Have a great Christmas break. I'm baking this week, hopefully! Carla

Deb said...

gorgeous photos...

Tammy said...

Your photos always make me smile. Your home and the grounds are so lovely. Merry Christmas to you and your hubby. Enjoy your time off, it will be nice after all you've been through lately! Big Hugs!!

Marcie said...

What beautiful scenes. And - one of the sweetest scenes in the sweetest holiday movie. Thank-you for reminding me!

Cait O'Connor said...

Lovely post
and kind words appreciated.

Carolynn said...

The Frenchman and I are always on the lookout for a good movie - although this one may fall into the Chick Flick category.

Bluebird49 said...

Thanks for showing us the manor-the panoramic picture was awesome.I only have a Photoshop Elements (old one) so I really don't know how much I can do with it. Sounds like you're filled with the holiday spirit--and I know your hubby is glad to see you're home for awhile. Merry Christmas!

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Great shots as always.

Looking forward to a week from Tuesday, in Wilmington...

JaneK said...

yes, this is a hard season and i can't seem to shake what grips me this time around; thanks for reminding me that I am not alone. You along with Carolynn from aglowingember brought me much needed reminders.... thanks....

Mental P Mama said...

As beautiful as ever...

The Japanese Redneck said...

That is such a beautiful place! Love that you share it with us.

mrs mediocrity said...

I LOVE that movie. And The Family Stone which I stayed up really late last night watching.

Gorgeous photos!

Hope you are already enjoying your time off. Happy Holidays!

Ocean Dreams said...

I love The Holiday, it's such a great movie! Glad you had a nice walk and I felt like I was going on the walk with you - just gorgeous!

Merry Christmas!

ELK said...

love strolling with you ~

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

Finally catching up with my blogs.... you deserve a break after your hard drive woes.
I'll be trying the gingerbread cookies this week. But NOT 10 dozen!!

julieQ said...

Thank you for this post...the good hearted-ness, the reminder of good people in this tough season...thank you.

Lili said...

Now I have to go back and reread your post as I completely got all lost in that clip. And Oh my yes, that scene at the end got me all misty-eyed. xoxo ~Lili

Oliag said...

Oh I love that movie too! I wanted to move into that house!