I am alive and living well in Adelaide. Have a grown family and am currently "owned" by a very aloof black and white cat named Chloe. I love to read and write and am a cruciverbalist.
I love this beautiful world we live in and I find joy in the little things of life and I wake thankful each morning for the gift of life. My journey has not been an easy one but I feel I am ready to fly and I am who I was born to be.
I wish you love and laughter, sunbeams and moonbeams, health and happiness, music and magic, and diamonds in your sky.
It is January 3rd. already in my little corner of the world and 356 days until Christmas - I have been busy taking Christmas down and packing things away.
There are a couple of exceptions that will not be going away and these are my lovely silver tree - far too nice to be hidden away and my little teddy bear named
Tinsel Toes - how could I stuff her in a box?
Part of the pleasure of Christmas is keeping it in your heart for the whole year and Tinsel Toes will help me do that.
I have been taking things down slowly and still have work to do - seems to easy going up gradually but much harder putting it away. I am doing it slowly and making any repairs necessary now so that when the time comes again everything will be in good order.
I will leave my big trees in the Lounge and the Family room up until 12th. Night (6th. January) and take my cards down on the same day.
I have already packed lots of things away and gone through my journal and discarded recipes I will not be using again and carefully filed those I want to use again. I have made the decision to make fairly plain Christmas biscuits next year and have the shapes all ready - a bell, a snowman, a Santa, a star, a shooting star, Christmas tree and holly shaped leaves. Sometimes a plain biscuit is nice in the midst of all the indulgence.
My journal has been gone through and notes made about quantities and varieties of food which will be helpful when the menu planning comes around again.
My Berry Trifle turned out well and ended up at Naomi and Alexis Boxing Day party and I have been commissioned to make one for that party this year.
When I take down my Christmas cards I shall make a coffee and sit and read them again before deciding what to use them for. I shall then make the necessary changes in my address book and add notes as needed.
So you can see that Christmas 2011 is already happening for me in my little corner of the world - at least it is in my mind and my journal.
I must decide on a colour theme for this Christmas and have no real idea at this stage. Currently I have a clothes line all decked out in purple and gold from the 2010 Christmas and I will be putting that away without ironing it as
it will be necessary to iron it all again before using.
I am determined to enjoy every Christmas thought and all the planning and to make 2011 Christmas as stress free as I can. 2010 was beautiful and I would like to do it all again.
Good luck with your planning and I hope it brings you happiness.
This is all about memories and making memories, sharing and caring - all about Christmas and the love and joy it brings. There will be recipes, helpful hints, seasonal things - all about Christmas. So have yourself a merry little Christmas.