Good Monday Morning 12.11.23

Good Monday Morning!  Here’s hoping it is a dry Monday for you….just as I am hoping for here.  Yesterday was a drenched Sunday, for sure.  It poured in the morning, the middle of the day was drizzling, fog-covered and very grey.  Then it poured again after dark.  Truly, one of those days you just want to stay curled up under a handmade quilt or afghan.  And, yes, part of my day may or may not have included just that:)  But today is Monday and time to start a new week.  My week does not look horribly busy.  At least not like last week but there is a bit of Christmas fun on the agenda.  When it comes to planning things in December, I try to plan and/or host as many of the Christmas activities as I can during the first ten days or so.  Each week after that, I purposely plan a simpler schedule….with the hope of simply enjoying and savoring Christmas as it arrives.  It doesn’t always happen perfectly but I try.

This past weekend was, hopefully, the last of the really full weekends.  We were busy but we actually had a lot of fun.  Before all the rain moved in:)  Here’s a peek back at the weekend…..

Something to remember – on Saturday, we attended an outdoor “Christmas Market and Holiday Craft Show” in Alexandria. There were so many unique booths and so many talented vendors.  I love meeting the artists and crafters…and really enjoy supporting them as I am able.  (Some of them are very pricey!  Just sayin.)  I did not find as many gifts as I had hoped but we had such a nice day visiting all the booths and tents.  There was some entertainment, or music provided.  Customed carolers were singing karaoke style.  It wasn’t open to the public and they were performers, I suppose, but it was interesting, to say the least.  Do you like karaoke?  Speaking of music, we had lunch at a popular restaurant near the square and the music in the restaurant was so incredibly loud.  I know I sound old…but is that really necessary?  Have you ever left a restaurant because of the music?  Please tell me that I am not the only one.  (We did not leave yesterday but I am not above doing so.  Grrr.)

After the shopping and (loud) lunch, we stopped by a Christmas open house at our pastor’s house.  I admire those who open their homes, especially during the holidays, and I really should do it more often.  Some people – like the pastor’s wife – make it seem so easy and stress-free.  Entertaining is not stress-free for me.  But I do admire those who are able to do so:)  Note to self:  try to plan something for the holidays next year.  I’m writing it here so I can’t forget:)

Food for thought – is this quote from A.W. Tozer (but the emphasis is mine):  “Have you noticed how much praying for revival has been going on of late—and how little revival has resulted? I believe the problem is that we have been trying to substitute praying for obeying, and it simply will not work. To pray for revival while ignoring the plain precept laid down in Scripture is to waste a lot of words and get nothing for our trouble. Prayer will become effective when we stop using it as a substitute for obedience.”

Worth sharing – these little mug holder men/thingys….I’ve no idea what to call them but aren’t they cute??  I found them at Aldi.  I thought the kiddos in Junior Church would enjoy them at our small Christmas party; however, they won’t even see them if I continue to enjoy them all!  They are actually tasty too!  I love to dunk!  I know….not everyone appreciates dunking but I can’t, for the life of me, understand why.  These may not rival an Oreo dunked in milk, I will admit, but Oreos aren’t that cute on the rim of your cup either!!:)

One thing I would change –  is the amount of eating I have been doing.  Not really a necessary topic for the blog but it is, truthfully, exactly what came to mind when I considered what I would change…and not just about the weekend.  The change is necessary!  There are wonderful delicious treats everywhere this time of year.  And the sweets are not my worst temptation.  It just seems that every event, celebration or simple get together with a friend includes food.  And lots of it!  Not sure why I feel as if I need all the food.  I’m fairly confident that I can “celebrate” and enjoy all the fun without every.little.edible.thing….and I will feel better if I do!

That’s it for the weekend.  Tomorrow is our Christmas luncheon after Bible study.  Hard to believe another semester has come to an end, but it’s true.  I’m setting the tables and planning to make some macaroni and cheese in the crock pot.  I pulled a recipe from Pinterest and, wow, so much cheese!!?  Do you have anything planned – holiday-wise:) – for this week?    Whatever is on your calendar, here’s to a blessed week ahead!!  As always, thanks for stopping by!

9 thoughts on “Good Monday Morning 12.11.23

  1. Jennifer, I just have to say that I have enjoyed so much seeing your Christmas decorations. I think we could be kindred spirits in that respect. And, YES! I am a “dunker” too! I, like you, can’t for the life of me figure out why others aren’t. 🙂 Your weekend sounds lovely. I have a small amount of baking to do this week in preparation for our church Christmas fellowship dinner this coming Sunday. Have a wonderful week!

  2. Your food for thought comment is so very true. Praying is very important but so is obedience. Thank you for the reminder. Those little cookie men are so cute and I love dunking too. Hope you have a great week!

  3. I always love your posts, Jennifer! You have a way of exuding joy through your words and photos. I feel as if I am chatting with you over coffee!
    We had a full-blown family Christmas in July this year with all the decorations, trees, cookies, presents…! This was a better time for our family to travel, we had less risk for the seasonal viruses, and now our children can spend the holidays with other loved ones. So, we are enjoying a quieter, slower season. And, as if we knew “this would happen,” my hubby now has the flu–right on schedule!
    May your holidays bring much joy and peace.

  4. The outdoor market sounds fun! I admire artisans so much and do try to buy things from local artists at events. I have only left an eating establishment once due to loud noise and it was when I was a young wippersnapper of about 35 years old. So it not just an old(er) person thing- it´s anyone thing who wants to be able to converse during a meal! I have been eating more than I should- get togethers with friends have been a huge blessing to me- but not to my caloric intake :(. Have a great Monday!

  5. Hi Jennifer 🙂 Sweets are my temptation too. I have to have a cookie or two every single day. It doesn’t sound like much, until they add up! But honestly, what’s life without a little bit of sugar? That’s what the new year is for! Starting fresh…with veggies. So maybe enjoy the next few weeks and then declare your love for all things healthy 🙂 Christmas only comes once a year! (good thing!)

    Have a wonderful week!

  6. I ask the waiter to please turn the music down and if not, we just leave. Nothing worse than Booga Booga music when you’re trying to think. You can always tell when the manager isn’t in house…the young staff turns it Up! lol
    I love the cookie idea! Too cute!

  7. I get annoyed when restaurants have loud music playing because then I feel like all the other tables start talking louder and it just feels like chaos inside. I’d much rather relax while eating and talk to those I’m with (and if I’m alone I’ll happily pull out a book and read!). We don’t have a single holiday thing planned until next Saturday (the 23rd) and while I’m not really loving the idea of food galore for 3 days in a row I am kind of loving how quiet our December has been (well, Christmas-wise anyway; in other ways it’s been a really crazy month).

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