Every once in awhile during the pandemic,
I have looked back to one year past
things have changed.
It seems that after
one year ago and change,
things are pretty much the same.
I can remember in 2020 hearing,
and wanting to believe,
that come the next autumn we should be getting back to normal.
it feels like it was just wishful thinking.
No matter what is happening in the world,
it seems that mine
At the end of 2019, we were looking forward to Christmas,
just as we are now.
At the end of 2020, same thing and now, in 2021,
we have come full circle.
My birthday is coming up next month
and as a yearly celebration,
I have always gone to Home Goods.
It is a good time of the year
because most of the Christmas items are beginning to fill the stores.
I have been very careful within the confines of the last year and a half,
only going out for specific reasons.
Trips for a doctor's appointment, or the blood labs,
or for an occasional bone density test or a mammogram.
All of my joy has been done online
and it hasn't always been
a rewarding experience.
Things look different in a catalog or an ad.
They are not always as expected.
So this year,
I have made up my mind.
I have been double vaccinated
and have an appointment on
November 3 to get our booster shots.
If all the planets are in line
then my mask and I
will venture out to Home Goods
where my "normal" will be happening again
after a very long dry spell.
we are having some stormy weather now.
The past weekend was proof of that.
The down side is
that we have finally gotten
some beautiful fall color
which will be washed away
but beggars can't always be choosers!
I just received Susan Branch's book,
Home for Christmas.
It is just a tiny thing,
easily read in one sitting
if you have some spare time.
It is a story of her growing up
and how her family celebrated Christmas.
If you were to roll up every story that Louisa May Alcott had ever written,
and sprinkled some of my
childhood memories in between the pages,
this is what her story is.
She is a bit younger than I am,
as I was attending high school when most of her story was just beginning.
Bits and pieces
of our stories, though not the same,
either were similar or brought back times
that I had forgotten.
It is a very entertaining and delightful read.
I would recommend it to anyone wanting a bit of pure Christmas joy
long ago childhood memories.
It is available through Amazon or susanbranchblog.com.
I am not receiving any compensation for telling you.
I do it just because I know
most of us already know and love her.
Halloween will have come and gone
before I post again.
Since the Cottage Witch has retired
there is not much Halloween decorating done here at the Cottage...
...unless you count in
the "Queens of Screams".
Even though cases in California
seem to be going down,
in our county they are still
too high for my liking
so we will be sitting out Trick-or-Treat
again this year.
Hope you all have a Happy Halloween
and I will leave you with a story I posted a couple of years ago,
part of the legacy of the Cottage Witch:
first appeared at Gold Country Cottage
October 23, 2018
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