Last year we didn't celebrate Christmas until some time in February,
and we had such a good time
when it did happen,
we decided that we might make it
a new tradition in the family.
We had our Thanksgiving dinner and my birthday celebration this passed weekend.
it may not become a family tradition
but when traveling and job related
time is involved
we do it when we can
and it doesn't lose any of the
significance or happiness
no matter when it happens.
The kids all supplied the Thanksgiving and birthday staples
and we provided the table, chairs,
potatoes and gravy.
It was so good to be together.
The only downside to it all was that
Jacenda stayed home
fighting allergies and a bad cold
and Tami and Tim had
to take a detour to get home.
They left the Cottage around 3 PM
and didn't get home until 10 PM
so it turned into a
very long day for them.
I always try to have
a little homemade something of Christmas for the girls to take home with them
and this year I painted
quilt squares and snowflakes
in their favorite colors.
The snowflakes are sparkly
but you can't tell in the photo.
Jake and Jacenda gave me
this pretty coffee table book
about plants and flowers.
Did you know that the common sunflower starts out its day facing east
and as the day progresses
the stem turns and by sunset
it is facing west.
The head of the flower
and the roots do not move,
just the stem rotates and follows the sun.
I did not know that fact
and find it fascinating.
See, I didn't just look at the pretty pictures and I'm taking a wild stab
that this is why it is called a sunflower.
It seems like something
I should have known
but I had never heard of that.
I'm sure those of you
who are avid gardeners have.
This bright bouquet came with the dinner
as a birthday surprise
from Tami and Tim.
Its timing was perfect
as we had a dark, dreary, cold and rainy day.
I turned 84 years young
this past Tuesday.
It sounds soooo old
but I have to tell you,
I am so happy to be celebrating it.
I have lost a couple of girl friends
and a few family members
who weren't so lucky to reach this age.
I will admit that I am slowing down
but it has been
an enjoyable experience so far.
We all need to slow down a bit
no matter what the reason.
Age is just a number
and I am beginning to treat it
with the respect it deserves.
I hope you all had a Happy Halloween.
We had a lot of happy trick or treaters
and some candy left over
for the rainy days!
I moved the beautiful orchid
over in front of the mirror.
I'm thinking that these old house windows
might be too drafty during the winter.
It seems to be still thriving.
I want to thank Linda at Life and Linda
for sharing my last post on her party,
Love Your Creativity.
Until next time...
May your dreams be of all good things...
Joy is on the way.
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