Reflections on a Snowy Day – stay tuned; a short slide show at the end!
It’s snowing outside and I don’t have to be anywhere today.
The holiday season was busy and fun. It started with Thanksgiving, a holiday here in the states where we think about all that we are thankful for. I like this holiday because it causes me to stop and think about all that I am thankful for and the end result is always joy.
The next event was my birthday, not a milestone year, but just as important because I can celebrate the fact that I was born and that I have lived another year. I do enjoy birthdays and though gifts on your birthday are nice, it’s not high on the list as why I enjoy birthdays so much and it’s not just my birthdays I enjoy. I am a firm believer that everyone should celebrate their birthday, because like I said, the fact that they were born is cause for celebration.
Twelve days after my birthday was Christmas, I know this holiday isn’t celebrated the same by everyone and some even abhor the holiday; but I love it! First of all, the greatest gift of all was given to the world; Jesus. It’s also a time with family and though ours was a little bit different than our usual, it was very enjoyable. Every year, my husband and I cook a Christmas breakfast, the menu kept going back and forth from something easy to our usual which is; an egg bake casserole, hash brown casserole, bacon and sausage, orange juice, three different pastries, toast and coffee; I don’t think I left anything out. My older son and his wife came, my sister, my younger son and his girlfriend and my granddaughter were all here and we feasted and exchanged gifts. Afterwards, everyone left and went to other celebrations and my husband and I for the first time ever spent Christmas day just the two of us. We were tired from all the prep work and after we cleaned the dishes up, we had a relaxing day. Cooked ourselves a wonderful simple steak dinner, our steak was tender and we had baked potato and roasted asparagus and shared a bottle of wine. It was a great day.
My twin niece’s birthdays came next and quickly followed by my daughter in-law’s birthday; but we didn’t celebrate my daughter in-law’s birthday until after the New Year.
New Year’s Eve was just my husband and I and we spent it quietly, we watched TV and about 11:45 after I saw Taylor Swift perform on the New Year’s Eve count down special we were watching on TV, we decided to call it a night and I fell asleep before the year ended and the new one begun. I think I do this every year; it’s the only time I can say goodnight to my husband and add, ‘see you next year!’
And now, it’s a snowy day and I have no where that I have to be. I think I will bead after I make a glutton free cake for my mom.
And speaking of beading, I participated in a bead swap this past fall. Thistle Beads hosted the bead swap, we all turned in beads we wanted made into something to Thistle Beads and we gathered a couple of months later to get back what we had turned in. It was kept a secret as to who had whose beads and so nobody knew what to expect what they turned in would look like when they got the beads back made into something. We gathered about six days before Christmas and had a party and we gave back the finished piece;. I had been given two tubes of superduos and gave a white opal crystal ravoli. I made a bracelet with the superduos and Lynn loved it, she works with metals, not beads, so it was something she wouldn’t have done herself. I got back this wonderful necklace done up in a black and white, something I would never have done for myself or even think I would know how; it was made by a bead designer, Anita.
It’s a new year and new creative possibilities, set do-able goals and make plans; it’s all good!
Happy New Year! J