Good morning Folks ~ I hope your holidays were happy ones and hope 2015 is a good year for all of you.
I found the rock below, in our driveway, right before Christmas. The coloring caught my eye. When I picked it up I saw sparkles and to me it was a gift of love from God and Mark. We always picked up interesting rocks when we saw them.
Christmas Eve morning.
These goodies below were from my neighbors, who Mark used to do a lot of work for. I had half the shrimp Christmas Eve, the other half New Years Eve. I cut the smoked ham in half, put half in the freezer, other half in the crockpot with a topping of brown sugar and sherry Christmas day. Yummy!
I had my usual two cups of coffee Christmas morning, and while I opened my gifts I sipped on a little eggnog with a tad of sherry in it from a small ruby ware glass that had been my great grandmothers. The eggnog little tradition was started by my BIL Pepe, and his wife Fern, when we all gathered at DH’s family home for Christmas years ago. I enjoy it.
After I opened my nice gifts…
I got the urge to take down Christmas and that’s what I started doing after breakfast, and was done by 12:30. I was just so ready for the new year. I got it back into the attic Sat. morning before I left for work. I’ve never taken decos down that early.
New Year’s Eve was pretty quiet compared to other years, for that I was thankful. New Year’s Day I went to my dear friend’s house and had a lovely lunch and visit, then came home and took a nap.
Last night my brother-in-law and his dear wife took me out to eat at a funky little restaurant we had heard about but not tried. We had beer battered haddock which was delicious, fries and coleslaw. For desert, 7-Up cake. Yummy!
I had emailed my BIL the day before showing him tools I planned to get this year. I asked his opinion about one of them, and when they showed up last night, he handed me a gift-wrapped box and he said this will answer one of your questions. I exclaimed with delight when I saw what it was. He said the one I had looked at used too small of nails for what I wanted to do. He said now we can both use our nail guns when he comes in a couple of weeks for us to put up more faux bead board paneling in the bedroom. I am EXCITED! My sis-in-law just shook her head and smiled. She thinks I’m nuts, but I ‘love’ tools. I got that love of tools from being with my DH and working with him on projects for 43 years. (We didn’t have one of these, didn’t need one. But I thought this would help make things a bit easier for me now that he’s not here.) Yippee, now I have one. A great gift for 2015 and projects in mind. I’ve never used one before, but have seen women use them on you-tube videos and thought to myself, heck I can do that if it’s not too heavy.
I had read a dear blogging friend’s post on New Year’s Eve morning about Cardinals, and received a blessing the next morning, New Years Day. I didn’t ‘see’ one, but as I was walking around looking at flowers, one burst into song and just kept singing. I felt it was another gift to me this holiday season and I thanked God for it. DH and I always enjoyed their song. I didn’t hear any singing yesterday morning, so that makes it even more special to me.
I looked up a Cardinal’s song and came up with this little interesting you-tube video you all might enjoy.
‘Birding By Ear’
While taking a blogging break, I worked on some more needlework. I took and an antique lace medallion and started beading it onto a piece of felt. I’ve done more since these photos so am almost done with the beading, not quite sure what I’m going to do with the piece yet.
I am really excited about this new year, even though there is a huge possibility that I am going to lose my job of 17 years, as my boss and friends next door are selling the building and retiring.
I do believe the ‘widow’s fog’ I’ve been in for the last two years, has lifted quite a bit and I am ready to do projects. I plan to fill my little Etsy shop with some of my creations, after this hiatus I’ve been on.
I wish all of you a wonderful 2015. May we all be open to new opportunities, lessons to learn, joy and beauty and growth in all areas of our lives.