Hello friends….and happy hump day. The day when we are halfway to the weekend. And, today, I am especially grateful for this middle-of-the-week reset day. This is the first morning in quite a few days that I have no commitments on my agenda. Nowhere I need to go and really no need for makeup (although I always put on my makeup!) I am thoroughly enjoying an extra slow morning and, although I have several things I hope to accomplish today, I do not plan to really up the pace. Slow and steady is the theme for me today:) And I am so okay with that. Wednesday seemed like an “odd” day for a daybook type of entry but, then again, it also seemed like a good reset type of post. With that in mind, here is a look at my world right about now…..
The Weather – has turned cold. Much more in keeping with 11 days before Christmas. The last few days were a bit milder which was nice while our company was here. Of course, with no need to leave the house this morning, even the frost looked pretty earlier! I think it is supposed to be even colder this weekend. There is a slight prediction of ice or snow but, hopefully, that will prove to simply be the early excitement of our local forecasters. (They love to start putting those words into the forecast!) My friend’s daughter is getting married on Saturday and they do not need ice. Or snow.
As I look outside my window – I see several deflated Christmas blowup things lying around the neighbors’ yards. I have to admit, those are not my favorite type of holiday decorations. I guess they are a quick, easy way to please your kids but I would put them in the tacky category. If you have them, fine. We can certainly still be friends. In fact, we really like our neighbors:)
This morning, I am – going to enjoy a second cup of coffee. Just because. I’ve been drinking my favorite holiday coffee – Santa’s White Christmas. I ground a fresh batch this morning….and doesn’t freshly ground coffee smell the best? I also plan to spend some extra time in my Bible and I hope to get completely caught up responding to comments here and visiting all the blogs I love!
Lately, I have been thinking about – Christmas. Christmas memories and how they have affected/shaped me. I have not been super deep but I find myself remembering past holidays – and all the emotions, etc that went with them – and I’ve been so cognizant of how that impacts how I feel about celebrating now. I suppose this “season of life” also plays a part in it as well. Defining the “real” meaning of Christmas is different for me now than it was even just a few years ago.
What I’m wearing – lately, I’ve been wearing some of the new sweaters that I picked up earlier in the fall. Yesterday, I wore the first (heavier) winter one. I think they call it a fair isle sweater. (I have a similar one on my Pinterest board.) It is pink and black and super cute but, I will admit, it was a tad bit scratchy. Sigh.
On the menu this week – well, that is a work in progress. We did way too much eating out last week and we just have not gotten back into the routine of (mentally) meal planning and eating at home. We cannot keep “grabbing something while we are out.” For me, that is a sure plan for healthy eating derailment! I need to go through my recipe binder and pull out some old favorites. I’ll add that to my very loosely defined agenda for today:)
I’m looking around the house – and it looks festive, Christmas-y as well as cozy and warm. I like it. Goodness, but it took so long for me to get our Christmas things out. I was really dragging my feet but they do add a nice feeling of home around here. Do you decorate every room….or multiple rooms of your house? We have some of our favorite things throughout the first floor where we spend most of our time, but I do not typically decorate upstairs. This year, I put a Christmas pillow on my bed. Feeling wild and crazy with the Christmas spirit over here!!
My To-Do List – for the rest of the week: finish my wrapping, a special (semi/sorta) dress rehearsal practice with the kiddos on Saturday before our program the next day, and I’m thinking about making some Christmas cookies. I did make some candy earlier, which was yummy – and sweet! – but the cookies seem to be what my family really wants for Christmas.
A verse to share – Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Matthew 1:23
And, from my camera. We went to a Holiday Fair on Saturday and stopped in a Starbucks after browsing. This cutie was enjoying a coffee break with her people:) Have a wonderful day friends!!