...to extend best wishes to all who celebrate Christmas. May it be happy, healthy, safe, and filled with the love and warmth of family and friends.
I'm getting ready to head east and will be seeing all my kids at various times over the next couple of weeks. Our first present exchange will be with Heather and her family. January, Maggie and I will go up there Friday, stay overnight, exchange our gifts Saturday morning, have a little more visit and then come back to January and Maggie's new home. They just moved into what sounds like a delightful house on December 1 and I'm really eager to see it. Then, Monday afternoon sometime, Chris will come over to January's house and spend the night there and we will do our gift exchange on Christmas morning. January is going to cook a wonderful slow-roasted pork that she made one Thanksgiving, and I've been thinking about little else ever since she told me that's what she's having.
So, I've been busy with a little last minute shopping, wrapping - which I hope to get finished before I leave Huntington, and, strangely enough, changing my miniature Christmas shop (which I changed into a pottery shop a while back) into a Christmas shop again. And one thing I've learned is that if you make a mini you like (in this case the first Christmas shop), don't take it apart and turn it into something else! I'm quite pleased with my change back to a Christmas shop but I really miss the wallpaper I used in the first one. But I added a few more bits and bobs to make up for the wallpaper not being very exciting.
Here's how it ended up.
And the two sides:
Here's a link to the first Christmas shop just in case you want to play "can you spot the differences". (tee hee):
By my count I added eight things and changed one thing and rearranged a couple of things.
So it will now remain a Christmas shop forever and I'll have to figure out another little display for my pottery.
I saw a neat piece at the annual miniature art show. A woman had used a shadowbox-type frame, attached little short shelves, staggering them on the back, and put one little piece of pottery on each shelf. I think I'll see if that's something that I could do with my pottery collection.
And, now that's it! I have to get going and finish everything up and be ready to get on the road tomorrow morning. Thank heavens, the sun is actually shining today and I'm going to try and get the car fairly well packed while it's not raining (which it seems to do constantly!).
And we heard her exclaim as she drove out of sight..."Merry Christmas to all, may it be a delight!"
- Mary Lynne
- West Virginia
- When I started my retirement travels - the first of which was my solo overseas trip to Italy in 2009 - I wanted a way to share it with family and friends as it happened. Hence, "My Travel Journal". However I realized I wouldn't always be on a trip and wondered what to do with the blog in between times. My daughter pointed out, wisely, that travels can also include trips to the kitchen to try a new recipe, trips to visit family, trips to my neighborhood Starbucks, or a fun day trip with a friend. You're welcome to join me on any of these journeys!
P.S. I've set up separate pages for each of my major trips (see tabs above).
I recently added an "Italian Word a Day" thingie which shows up at the bottom of every page. You see the word and can click to hear it pronounced. I've been enjoying it and I think my accent is improving as time goes by.