Can you believe that the last month of the year has arrived? I am shaking my head in wonderment! We’ve been traveling so much the last few months, we've completely lost track of time.
The cottage is partially decorated. I had every intention of finishing it up today, but it didn’t happen. So the feather trees will make their appearance tomorrow. There won’t be any big trees adorning the cottage this year. We’re giving our weary bones a break.
Neighbors throughout the subdivision had a burst of energy this week, and outdoor Christmas lights now blaze during the evening hours. We attended a party last night held by some lovely neighborhood friends, and we thoroughly enjoyed visiting with fine folks and tasting holiday confections. This dipping of our toes in holiday revelry has now gotten us into the spirit of the season. We’re looking forward to getting together with other friends during the month as well.
We didn’t volunteer our time with the Salvation Army this year, but we’re filling the kettles with extra donations of folding money instead. I hope that you will consider filling the kettles with some spare change as you go about your shopping adventures. The Salvation Army does such good work in local communities throughout the year, helping the poorest of the poor and providing disaster assistance.
My Christmas card list is getting smaller and smaller each year. I have a few to address and mail out to relatives and some far-away friends. We’ll be relying on e-cards to send out most of our greetings.
Most of our shopping tasks are done. We try to avoid the December crowds at all costs, and plan to only venture out for essentials like groceries and a few doctor appointments. We plan to bake and decorate some cookies soon, then knock on doors and give them away! Oh, we’ll keep a few for our own nibbling too. All in all, it will be a busy month, but also a restful one as soon as the decorating work is done.
You can look forward to more photos this month from our small boat trip in Alaska during July and also our polar bear adventure last month. Images that feature photos from our August trip to Montana and our 2011 Canadian Maritimes tour will make their appearances next year. I am excited that my blog is now only five away from the 800-post milestone! I’ll have to pick out a special photo for number 800, don’t you think?
Best wishes for a contented month, filled with fun and love. This is your final opportunity to say farewell to the grand year of 2012!