This was a very good year.
I am looking back on it and remembering all the things I did, some of the things I didn't do , some things I wish I had done.
I'm glad I did my day by day posts, I'm glad I had a good garden. I'm glad I had vacations and visits and company.
I'm glad that I had everyday days.
I want more of them.
It has been so cold this fall heading into winter Jim hasn't done much work. They don't work Fridays in the winter which meant long weekends at home for projects and enjoying family visits.
We started that vacation with our daughter coming back home from college. Even if she didn't come from very far, there is a familiar coat hanging on the hooks.
Jim's sister came to visit and she has been longing to paint the living room so that was in the plan, but first we had all three boys during mom's volunteer time.
Those lower shelves have two baskets that hold my cookie cutters and various other small tools and trinkets, and make a lovely noise when dumped and great play toys as well.
Lynette's choice for a holiday treat were these cinnamon roll pancakes that are making their way around pinterest. They were pretty easy to make, but we had a hard time with the melted butter and cinnamon in the bag. At first it was too hot to hold, and then after cooling was too stiff to squeeze nicely onto the pancakes. And the taste? Only ok.
Jim's sister brought us Spam for a treat. I know people make fun of it. We ate a lot of it when I was a kid. I know I liked it then. She says buy the real thing or else,
(you will regret it)
I made cut-out cookies to take to Lorene's for supper on Christmas day. I haven't made any for a few years. They were a family tradition when I was a kid, and when my kids were little. They were raised with soft cookies and some of these must have been thinner than others. Who wouldn't want to find this note among the cookies?
Christmas day was a nice day. A beautiful day for the time of year and since we've had more below freezing days than not since the middle of November. The temperature was in the 40s so Zane got his birthday present early and had one good days of jumping before the temps plunged again.
December 29th. A lovely fall of snow, but after my folks got here the next day, the wind blew all that snow around. I'm glad I have a built in snow removal system.
Mother/Daughter lunch date with our favorite. Lo Mein.