Today I am joining HHM ...
Good morning... it's the start of a new week... and soon to be the beginning of December.. one of my favorite months!
Today is dreary...dreary... dreary... temperature is 41 and 90% rain for the next 3 days!!!
As I look outside my window:::gray...gray...gray
Right now I am:::
Sitting in my draughty kitchen..... hahaha.. I love our home,,, but there is no heat source in our kitchen... the builders put a radiator under the sink back in the day when cabinets were not built in.... then years later prob in the seventies when they updated the kitchen they took the radiator out to build in the cabinet area...when we bought the house we lived here for a while before we realized there was no heat at all in here,, but that was fine becasue since we were both working it didnt matter for the radiators in other rooms finally warm the space... now that my computer station is here I have purchased a ceramic heater which I love....
Thinking and pondering:::
how the seasons of life change and bring monumnetal changes in how one plans for and creates the mood of Christmas...I remember when that day came for my grandmother.... the year her plans for decorating and baking changed dramatically. I suppose she was about my age, maybe ... but goodness to mercy she seemed old to me at that time! Yikes!!!! But no... now that I really consider it... it is how society has changed....back in those days the family at large lived relatively nearby... say at least within a few hours drive... they all, aunts, uncles, and cousins went to her house for the holidays and we all stayed for days... usually sleighriding and drinking gallons of hot cocoa.. shooting mistletoe out of trees.... it was all so deliciously wondeful... but that all stopped when she turned about 75 -80... at which time the family came but we all brought the food. so whew.. I do have about 10 or more years to go! Man! I do feel a bit better!
Today families are all so spread out.... our one child lives a two day drive away... times have changed... and I have to learn to adjust! But I can still remember... and dream!
On my bedside table:::
Jesus Calling.. by Sarah Young, a glass of water, and my December Bliss Magazine
On my tv this week:::
Now that we have Netflix..... so many things.... Foyle's War, The Great British Baking Competition of 2010 , Monarch of the Glen, Midsomer Murders, anything British! heheheheheh
O Holy Night from my blog
On the menu for this week:::
Monday - pot roast with all the lovely veggies and fresh baked rolls
Tuesday - leftovers
the rest is a toss up. I never plan ahead
On my to do list:::
Laundry - linens mainly
Finish decorating the house for Christmas
Start the Christmas cards
Happening this week:::
Monday -housework, cyber chopping for christmas
Tuesday - face time with our girls, Ladies' Prayer group, still need to get my hari color done
Wednesday - Dr.. appointments for us both,
Thursday - lunch out with a friend
Friday - hopefully nothing
What I am creating:::
A Christmas atmosphere for the two of us!
Having the time to sit in the light of the Christmas lights in the parlor and enjoy a cup of tea and listen to Olde English Christmas carols
Looking around the house:::
the word of the day is partial... every room is partially decorated... I'll be so pleased to get the packing boxes put away.
From the camera:::
Yesterday we went to our local Catholic church for an awesome performance of Lessons and Carols put on by the local College Choir.... It was as if the angels with heralding the coming of the Lord!!!
we arrived an hour early and the church was already half full.. By showtime there wa s breathing room only... but this was after all the first celebration of the Advent season!
The acoustics in the cathedral are amazing! The voices rang out clear and gloriously!
All my friends and family, our churches, our government, the crises in the world. our societal ills, and Israel and the Middle East
Bible verse, Devotional:::
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.