I love this time. Decorating starts early November. Not with a rush; a couple totes or boxes
a day; setting up the peaceful, softly-lit village; arranging the puffy, cotton snow. A few years
ago, I scored a great cupboard at a yard sale. Last year it became my 'village table'. Perfect!
Over the years, I've added more and more trees around the house. The original hodgepodge
Christmas tree, a purple and silver tree for my bedroom, a giraffe tree, a vacation tree. A tiny tree
I used to set up in my dad's room at the nursing home before he passed. An OSU tree all
scarlet and gray.
Before I was born, my dad made a beautiful side table and it is home to my snowmen. Garland
and wreaths and handmade stockings. Too many (but not too many) decorations all over the
house. A wonderland of lights and sparkle that make me happy!
Making cookies with my kids and their kids. Planning menus. Anticipating the week-long visit
with DLR and Peter-my boys from Brooklyn.
A little sadness in the mix. A year since the "beginning of the end" with that man. Able to look
back with love and relief for the ending. Seeing the growth and increasing peace I've been
blessed with through the struggle.
So grateful to be alive and well and able to celebrate another lovely season of giving and living.
GOD BLESS US EVERYONE!