Good morning Folks,
Yesterday morning the winds started blowing in from the north, it got colder all day and right now at 7:29 est. it is 44 and feels like it is 35. For us down here in s.e. FL that is COLD. I brought orchids into the porch, brought the anthurium inside and everything else should have been ok.
Here is the ground orchid that is blooming right now.
Gifts have been arriving by mail, some for Christmas, some for love and support at this time. I’ve been putting it all under/around the funky Charlie Brown Christmas tree. It looks festive and joyful and makes me happy. Whether physical gifts, or gifts of love, prayer and support I know they are all gifts from your hearts and I am grateful for the outpouring at this time. It all does so much for me, heart, soul and spirit.
A few days ago I got a pkg in the mail (the one on top), yesterday I got a colorful one in the mail, (one on the bottom with info erased). It was sitting inside the gate when I got home from work. Isn’t that a neat idea to send the pkg. wrapped like that instead of brown paper? I’ve got to remember that.
A fresh avocado from my boss and his wife, from their tree, and also the jar of raw, unfiltered, wild flower honey from the Ocala National forest area. The bottle of wine and poinsettia are from a friend from work and his wife.
This sweet pkg is from dear Gina. She wanted to send me some things to help brighten my days. Three things are under the tree, two in protective bubble wrap, the third in a little Santa bag that she told me to open last. She also sent three wonderful books that I can hardly wait to start looking at, but I am ‘refraining’ until Christmas. And you can see a lovely piece with doves all over it.
This is the sweet little prayer blanket. Last evening I was having a rough time missing DH something awful. I had read some bits in a couple of good books for widows and laid down on the bed to read some more and unfolded and placed this piece over my heart/chest area and fell asleep for about 30 minutes. I woke up feeling much more relaxed and refreshed. I had it on DH’s side of the bed during the night and would wake up and take hold of it gently. I am ever thankful for all of the prayers at this time.
Here is a gift of homemade goodness from LemonVerbenaLady and Herbal Husband. I can hardly wait to try that Spicy Basil apple jelly, it sounds very interesting and I know the raspberry jam will be delicious.
Another sweet friend sent me a gift card. I haven’t decided as to what to get, but I think it will be garden related.
I am truly blessed to have the online friendships that have been made. We’ve never met, but there is a bond that binds us all together. Every time I read a comment or email my heart is touched by the love and thoughtfulness from each and everyone of you. Thank you.
Last night was a rough one earlier on, but this morning I woke up feeling so refreshed and thankful for the gift of a new day.
I will close with a couple of photos of the piece I made for DH on the first of December. I had forgotten all about it in all that has happened and found it last evening before bed, on his side of the bed, on a bookshelf leaning up, right where I had placed it. It made my heart feel good and I took it and hung it on the tree.
He called me RaineyWife and that’s how I signed the back. My last little handmade gift for him, which he liked.
Love is Forever.
That’s it from Plum Cottage. I’m going to take a little break.
Have a wonderful holiday.