Category: Holidays

A New Year to Explore

Filled with dreams of exploring new options and changing habits, New Year’s morning always feel hopeful. It’s a great feeling to write through. I took a minute to go back a few years and reflect on my hopes and dreams on the past few… Continue Reading “A New Year to Explore”

Christmas #2 – Pandemic-Style

2021 is almost over. I’d like to say I thought things would be back to normal by now, but I always thought this pandemic would be longer and more troublesome than our little results-oriented minds could fathom. I remember doubting that the initial estimates… Continue Reading “Christmas #2 – Pandemic-Style”

Let the Christmas Season Begin!

I have a couple of friends – one from Germany and one who just likes to travel to Germany – who keep telling me about the wonderful Christmas Markets they have there. The ChristkindlMarket is in downtown Chicago, and I’ve visited a couple of… Continue Reading “Let the Christmas Season Begin!”

Indulging My Cravings

When I need a day that is nourishing and that makes me feel like I have everything in the world that I need, I want to reach back into the dark corners of my mind and pull out a snapshot of today. From the… Continue Reading “Indulging My Cravings”

An Impromptu Adventure

I just could not take it anymore. I had a meltdown talking to my coach yesterday, and she led me to take a small step that would make me feel a little more in control. I wanted a taste of civilization …. a city… Continue Reading “An Impromptu Adventure”

Reflections in Luminosity

I have three Christmas trees. One is a beautiful Balsam Fir I purchased from Balsam Hill. It was a treat I gave myself since I’ve enjoyed my tree so much the last couple of years. It’s perfect although Michael says I’m not fluffing it… Continue Reading “Reflections in Luminosity”

The Joy of Naked Simplicity

How many Christmas seasons have been way too busy? How many have cost more than expected because I felt I had to travel? How many nights did I have way too many parties to attend than I had hours in the evening? How many… Continue Reading “The Joy of Naked Simplicity”

Stollen My Heart: Christmas Stollen

When I was in my thirties, I was an avid bread baker. I bought all of the tools and became a King Arthur Flour groupie. I subscribed to their quarterly publication, The Baking Sheet. I anxiously waited for every issue to hit my mailbox.… Continue Reading “Stollen My Heart: Christmas Stollen”

The End of a Decade

We are coming up to the end of the year which is wonderful reflective time, but we are also coming up to the end of a decade. This morning I was trying to recollect where I was at the beginning of this decade and… Continue Reading “The End of a Decade”

Winter Diary: Day 2 Eggnog Latte Season

I left early yesterday to arrive early to my Thanksgiving Dinner location. NPR was playing a special that was of particular interest to my life so I passed up my hosts’ driveway to find a parking lot where I could listen to the end… Continue Reading “Winter Diary: Day 2 Eggnog Latte Season”

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