December 1, 2010

December – A Look Ahead

December 2010 blog post picture

Yow! It’s December already! It’s that frantic time of year when we have to do all the holiday tasks in addition to the normal tasks, isn’t it? Check. Oh yes, and it’s supposed to be joyful too! Double check. No wonder we console ourselves with lots of Christmas cookies and treats! And why-oh-why do people drink eggnog this time of year? What a vile concoction. Leave out everything but the booze and I’ll drink it, LOL.

That’s enough of my ruminations. I’m getting off-track here! Let’s get on with a look at my planned December activities!

As I mentioned in the previous post, we’ll be on the road for a while, heading east to Seagrove, Colonial Williamsburg, and Mount Vernon. After I endured a very frisky TSA rubdown on our last airline trip (thanks to my bionic knee), it will be a nice change to travel by car! And I will have some festive pictures to share with you later!

I won’t be decorating our cottage any more this month. I’m done. Kaput! To minimize time requirements and frustration, I decided not to put out my extensive Santa collection. There’s always next year! Later on, I’ll be sharing pictures of our two Christmas trees and other miscellaneous decorations. One tree is decked out entirely of handmade needlework ornaments. I probably have several thousands of hours of work represented on it! There are a few ornaments hanging on it that were created by friends, but over 95% were done by little old me. And the tree is so covered that you can barely see any lights, LOL.

I never did show you a picture of the Santa I made back in June at a workshop in Berea, Kentucky. So be looking for a picture of that grand fellow later on. I think that he looks a bit like Gandalf from Lord of the Rings! It was my very first time to do any sculpting and polymer clay work, but I know that you will be ever so kind in your comments.

My temporary work contract is scheduled to end this month, and I don’t know if they will decide to extend it. I’m fine either way. The workload has greatly tapered off since mid-October, and I am only needed a few hours a week. So it doesn’t interfere with my retirement activities now.

During the last half of the month, I plan to start some sewing projects in my lovely studio room. In the past couple of months, I’ve made a lot of handmade cards which feature my photographs. But it’s been long overdue for me to do some fabric work! I’d particularly like to create some more fabric bowls.

We will be celebrating a quiet Christmas at home. And as the year closes, we will reminisce about 2010, one of our best years ever. It has been filled with adventure, major changes, and many blessings.


  1. I can't wait to see pictures of EVERYTHING that you are doing. Traveling, decorating, crafting! All of it. I'm sad that I haven't even begun to decorate due to the fact that we're moving. *sigh* I'll just have to kick it into overdrive and drink lots of coffee!
    I know that we are going to look back at this year and all that's gone on too.
    Have a beautiful day my friend.

  2. Donna...Looking forward to your matter what they are of!

  3. I'm remembering to be joyous! Yesterday I saw a quote that resonated: "If you can't be thankful for what you've received, be grateful for what you haven't received."

    I'm thankful for both what I've received and what I haven't received! I'm sure you and Mr. Jim are too. Happy December!

  4. Oh your tree with all the decorations you've created sounds wonderful and, of course, I will certainly be kind about your Santa creation. Happy trails and check in from time to time!

  5. I'm glad you wisely decided to cease with the Decking Of The Halls, when it felt right, to you. We all need to do, just that!

    Some don't "feel right" till every surface is "decked," and that's fine. Some "feel right," far sooner. I do tend toward the later. :-)

    But we don't do many Holiday Events type things. Thankfully! One Christmas Party to go to, and that's just fine!

    Your trip is just ideal, of course. And come home to a lovely, quiet Christmas. Very, very nice!

    Gentle Winter hugs...

  6. Sounds like another busy month for you. I like the idea of going minimal on the decorating. I used to go all out but I think it's time to cut back and just put out the stuff I really love and enjoy

  7. Yes, we must not let anything interfere with the retirement activities :) Agree and I'm looking forward to having you share them with us!

    I'm East of Greensboro...

  8. I'm lost too....west of Greensboro LOL

  9. Can't wait to see your trees. You are SO talented, my sweet Donna! :)

  10. I know your photos will be Wonderful! Can't wait 'til "we" get out onto the road for our Next adventure!!!
    Happy Day to you sweetheart!

  11. Sounds like a busy and yet productive time.
    I seem to always be playing catch up!
    Christmas cars are yet to even write! Have drafted a letter on the pc to include but need to add a boarder and that...I am hopeless like that!
    I bet your deccies look great!

  12. I'll try to be patient as I await your photos. Have a great weekend!

  13. I'm here to say THANK YOU for taking the time to comment a reply, to my blogging Questions. Thank you! And for all the help you have tried to give me. I'm dense and slow but maybe someday...

    Gentle Winter hugs...


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