Happy New Year


Best wishes for a beautiful new year that is filled with laughter, good health and many blessings!

My holidays were lovely, fun, and filled with laughter.   Although I was very sad that my son and his wife were unable to be with us this Christmas.   Maybe next year.



We had a fun Christmas Eve with the family. We attended a service for Christmas Eve where Santa made a surprise visit and paid homage before the manger with the children. It was beautiful.


On Christmas morning we had a lovely breakfast with our daughter and her family, and last night we enjoyed a quiet New Year’s Eve at home. 


Violets 1-1-08In the needlearts department . . . over the holidays I began working on a surprise for my sister-in-law.   My DH’s mother, Violet, died last spring after a brief bout with uterine/cervical cancer.   She lived a long, full life and passed away at the age of 87.   Last month my friend, Marjorie, gave me some old magazines.   In one of them I found a cross-stitch pattern of Violets done on a lovely English Rose Jobelan.   My SIL is having a hard time with the passing of her MOM (as we all are), but I thought this saying would be a nice remembrance for her.   The stitching will say “The Violet, a lady with a charm, grace, and beauty all her own. I will show my progress as I complete it.   Here’s the first photo.


Here are the earrings that Marjorie made for me as a gift.   They are lovely, Swarovski crystal trees. I loved wearing them over the Christmas holiday and received lots of compliments.  Thanks Marjorie.


Here is a photo of the manger my mother had when I was a little girl.   While my heritage is English, this set came from Germany and I wil treasure it always.

And as I sit here in front of my computer and contemplate putting away all the Christmas decorations and tree….I am still sitting in front of it enjoying the beauty and peace of the season.  Maybe in a week or so I will be ready.