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Holiday stress. A reason to rejoice?

I feel a little stress this week. Why? Because I have too much.  Yup, that’s what it boils down to. Here’s what I mean: A job writing for a company whose product helps save people’s lives; An family of origin who still loves getting together to celebrate Christmas; A family I helped create who loves tradition; A book club that gives back to the community; A choir that welcomes my flute; Amazing people who I meet to interview for the newspapers I write for; Neighbors who feel comfortable dropping by; A treasure trove of Christmas decorations; The ability to sew…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock: 2017-43

What? This is post #43 of a weekly breather. I do believe I skipped a few weeks. There are 3 weeks left in the year and 52 weeks in a year. That means, hmmm.. 52-46=6. I went six weeks without a breather or a pause. The weather is warm, my Christmas list is under control, and CoCo got a clean bill or health. That seems like reasons enough to sigh a breath of relief. Here are few more reasons, in no particular order, why I’m smiling this week: School Christmas concerts: One for Mr. D last Friday, one for Mr.…

1,000 Words Worth,  “A Christmas Carol”

Saturday Loved-One and I took the grandkids for our 16th annual Christmas outing.  A lot has changed during that time.  We went from one to 12 grandkids.  We added daughters and sons, and lost a few through divorce.  I know there will be changes in the future.  For today, I’ll celebrate our abundance.     Edit   The Merry Christas season is now officially underway.

Gratitude Monday: Making a List and Checking it Twice

Gratitude required a bit of work today.  I have so much, yet I felt blue.  For one thing, tragedy struck a local family.  Another child, a seven year-old, with brain cancer.  It doesn’t seem right for me to count how blessed I am, when his family is feeling so Job-like.  An the killings in California make me cry out in anger and in sorrow; not to mention some of the uncharitable responses.  On top of that, I’m feeling blue because I couldn’t be in two places at the same time.  And don’t even get me started on the Christmas rush.…

RAK the Advent Calendar

It’s December 1.  CoCo gave all her nieces and nephews a chocolate-filled advent calendar.  Today they will open the first little door and find a sweet surprise. I presented CoCo and Loved-One with another kind of advent calendar. A Random Acts of Kindness Calendar.   Won’t you join me? I wish I came up with the idea on my own, but I borrowed it from Coffee Cups and Crayons. Hop over to Megan’s blog for lots of great kids ideas for the holidays.  She’s even got a blank RAK calendar, if you prefer to make your own list of RAKs.  Me?…

Photo Friday Link-up # 14

A Christmas Cactus Brings some cheer. Some Christmas Caroles this time of year. And a favorite band for all to hear. Okay, of course I didn’t video WOTE’s Christmas Movie.  Still, I love how everyone is playing the guitar. How could I resist? So what’s in your lens this week?  I’d love to take a peak.

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