We're enjoying busy days and cozy evenings by the fire.
We are loving our new fireplace, burning some of the wood we saved from having some small trees taken down last summer.
We engineered some hooks for hanging stocking that would not require damaging the new mantle and would fit under the decorations. Now the stockings are hung by the chimney with care.
Most of the shopping is done, much of it on line, and now packages are being delivered to the house by the mail man and the UPS driver.
On Wednesday we took our annual Christmas Shop field trip. Two of our retired teacher lady friends were our guests. Since I am not doing the Lucia Day dinner party for the breakfast group this year, I wanted to have the house decorated and cookies baked for these two especially. They toured the house and then we had coffee and cookies before our drive north. I was so relaxed and enjoying myself that I forgot to take a camera!
Here's a taste, from last year, of the over the top, sparkle aplenty, amazing displays in these garden center shops.
I finally got started on my sewing projects Tuesday and then worked on them Thursday and again for a bit today, in between our Friday morning breakfast out, a walk, and an afternoon with family.
I heard earlier this week that one way for seniors to stay healthy is to go for a walk OUTSIDE every day, no matter what the weather. So I have made an effort to do that. It was cold and windy the last two days, but the rain held off for the 35-40 minutes I was out, and it really did feel good.
This afternoon Tom picked up the kids at 1:40 while I stayed home to get a big beef stew ready for the oven. Jill has been really tired, and Corey usually doesn't get home until about 6:30, so I said I would cook for them.
The kids can be so addicted to screens, and they love Tom's tablet.
I set the timer and after I was done in the kitchen, Isaac and I resumed the Monopoly game we have going for Friday visits, and Irene worked on a craft project.
Corey was able to make it by 6:00, Jill had time just to lounge on the couch, catch up on email and Facebook, and we had time together to go over the plans for our various holiday activities.
And then we gathered around the kitchen table to share a big pot of stew and happy conversation.