For Today (While I’m Still Finding My Way)

     I hope that you’ll allow me a bit of time to carefully, and cautiously, re-enter the blogging world.  It’s been awhile, and a lot of water has passed under the bridge.  Some of that water was a raging torrent, but most of it was just the gentle flow of living this life God has given me.  Lord willing, I’ll have a couple more posts this busy week before Christmas.  While I’m still finding my way, I thought I’d pop in with a Daybook entry. 

FOR TODAY:

     Outside my window…We’ve had a few days of moderate to heavy rainfall, and there is water standing everywhere on our property.  The poor sheep are tippy toeing their way through the puddles to graze in their pasture, and the goats haven’t poked their heads out of the barn since the first rain drop fell last week.  It’s cloudy and windy and looking very much like winter will arrive in California on time tomorrow.

     I am thinking….about how much has happened in these months that I’ve not written here, and yet, how much things remain the same.  Life is funny like that.

     I am thankful for…My husband’s ability to take his annual vacation at Christmas.  Law enforcement doesn’t take holidays (aren’t you glad?), and his normal shift would have had him working Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.  Taking two weeks of vacation now means that we will have him home with us for all of those holidays, as well as the days leading up to them, between them, and immediately after them.  Yep, thankful!

     From the learning rooms…There are a few papers in my boys’ baskets that need to be filed away into their notebooks before Christmas.  Homeschooling is on vacation through the first of the year.

     From the kitchen…Monday night is Dani’s night to cook, but we’ll be in town shopping all day.  Popcorn for dinner sounds good! Homemade Gingerbread Lattes and/or Peppermint Mochas will definitely happen, too. 

     I am wearing… my favorite white, zippered pull-over sweater (a lovely, cozy hand-me-down from a dear friend),  jeans (two sizes smaller than this time last year), bright polka-dot socks, and my favorite shoes

     I am creating…too many things at once, but that doesn’t surprise you, does it?  Christmas stockings:one for my granddaughter who is having her second Christmas (because I didn’t get her stocking done last year) and one for my newest grandson (who will soon be four months old).  The stockings are cute.  The babies are cuter!  On my knitting needles I’ve got a vest for my Will which is about 5/8 done, a growing stack of colorful face cloths promised way too long ago for a young friend in Florida, and warm, stocking caps for my boys just keep on coming. 

 

heartboys in hand knit stocking caps!

     I am going…grocery shopping for our two big holiday meals with Copper and Dani.   Hoping we don’t get too wet or wind blown.

     I am reading…My Bible, of course, following Professor Horner’s System.  The following titles are also in my current reading basket: this amazing book by C.J. Mahaney , this book for parents of teens recommended by a good friend, and this novel about enslaved women in pre-Civil War America.

     I am hoping…That the advance planning and preparation of the last couple of weeks, and today’s trip to town for food, will keep this week peaceful and calm, at least until Friday.  As always, though, I’m holding my plans loosely.

     I am hearing…Dani and Copper chatting.

     Around the house…  The doorways in my front hall and entry way all have beautiful new trim, though the wood remains unpainted.  The windows in the entry way and parlor/dining room are waiting for the new trim, too.  Painting, new light fixtures, and all the decorating fun that follows that, is still to come.  We’re on hold, waiting for delivery of a couple of gift cards earned through My Points.   

     One of my favorite things…Spending these long, almost-winter evenings at home, fire in the wood stove and the inside of the house lit only by our various lit garlands and Christmas trees.  Peaceful.  Pretty.  Warm. 

     A few plans for the rest of the week:  We’re hosting and cooking a soup, bread & dessert buffet for twenty-one family members on Christmas Eve, and then Corin & Rob and all six grandbabies will be here for dinner and much fun Christmas Day.  Most of the week will find us baking, prepping and cleaning in anticipation of the weekend, but there will be plenty of time for reading, resting and game playing, too. 

     One more picture of the detail on my granddaughter’s stocking.

     To visit other daybooks, or to add your own, be sure and visit our hostess at The Simple Woman’s Daybook

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11 comments to For Today (While I’m Still Finding My Way)

  • Oh my goodness!  Her stocking is SO cute, and so very very her!

  • @The_Botzy_Blog – Thanks, Sweetie!  I like it, too.  The lettering is, I think, very “her”, too, but I carefully concealed it in the pic.

  • The stockings are super cute!  Did you glue or stitch the buttons on?

    Your Christmas gatherings sound great too ~ love the ‘easy’ soup supper that leaves room for all the eggnog and cookies  =)

    Nice to meet you via daybook ~ Welcome back to blogdom!

    ~melanie

  • Love your blogging and am SO glad you are back. Jump right back in…the water is fine!

    Beautiful stockings. Hope we get to see Will in his spiffy new vest! My fingers are like raw meat from all the power quilting. I always do this to myself the week before Christmas!!!

  • @melanie – Stitched!   The buttons are all stitched on individually, which got a bit difficult for those that I stacked four high!

    @tjsNana –  Thanks, my friend!  It’s nice to be blogging again.  Be patient as I wade back in slowly.  Can’t wait to see all the beautiful quilts that I know you’re working on.

  • LOVE the buttons on the stocking! That is just too cute!

  • Hi Cheryl,

    It has been good to get caught up with you. Have a Very Merry Christmas.

    Hugs,

    Elizabeth

  • I think of you so often.  (((HUGS))) 

    Cute stocking!  Hmmm… does your grandson like older women?  Anna is seven months old now but just as cute as can be.

  • Cheryl, I just can’t tell you how happy I am that your blogging again.  You were so missed.  Blessings for a very, very, Merry Christmas and I look forward to pictures.  We are looking forward to Christmas Eve with my inlaws and Christmas dinner with dear friends.  My husband is a bit under the weather with a bad cold and I just got over a bad bout with broncitis.  Here’s to a healthier New Year!

  • Stockings are cute…I loved reading your daybook entry…holding plans loosely is a good way to go….I hope the Christmas holidays bring much joy and happiness to your family.

    Mama Bear

  • So glad that you are back~ you have been VERY missed!

    Wishing you a blessed day and a very blessed and Merry Christmas…