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And So This is Christmas

If you have watched any Hallmark Christmas movies, like at least of third of Americans, you know that aside from hot chocolate and romance, they are all about traditions and keeping them alive. Our Sentinel columnist, Scott Maxwell, who is normally a serious political reporter, had a funny column in todays paper about how even he has been sucked into the feel good movies that always have a happy ending. And he is not alone, according to this fascinating report about a Christmas convention! Some fun reading in that piece.

And so, although I am always poking fun at the movies while Bruce watches with nearly rapt attention, I am so onboard with the tradition part. In my opinion, traditions are such an important part of life that until they are no longer, many folks don't realize how much they depend on them. As Connie was leaving for St. Cloud yesterday morning, she relayed some of their family traditions, one of which is to have lox and bagels on Christmas morning in honor of her Da…

Ups and Downs

In a week with a fair share of ups and downs, seeing Bruce engrossed in a book warmed my heart.
Where the Crawdads Sing is the book he is reading; the sixth to do so after he gave it to me earlier this year. Now that is some serious re-using, huh? As well, he, like the rest of us, got into it pretty quickly. Although I've yet to finish it, I'm nearly done with the Nickolas Butler novel, The Hearts of Men, and to say it is full of ups and downs is a serious understatement.

So just what was a downer then? Well, I've had yet another flop come out of my kitchen, this time in the form of a Gingerbread Cake that I made for Michelle's birthday dinner last night. Doesn't that sound festive? Not the flop of course.
I used a Molasses Buttercream frosting, and my idea of decorating, a little clump of caramelized ginger in the center. You might be wondering where I got the idea, so let me tell you. In my search for the Gingerbread cookie recipe given to me by my mother in law, …


I've been thinking a bit about the word change and how since it's been attached to the climate, it has a bad connotation. But seriously, isn't that what life is all about?  Saturday morning began with torrential downpours, however, by three in the afternoon, the day was glorious with abundant wind rustling the leaves in the trees behind our place along with warm sunshine casting long shadows.
Our Scripture reading yesterday from Isaiah 35 was chock full of changes, both in nature and humanity.
The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus,2 it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God. 3  Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; 4  say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine …

One Thing After Another

I've been trying to get to my blog, really I have, but one thing after another has happened and my little space has gone empty. The truth is, I'm just not as fast as I once was, tasks seem to take longer, or I make silly mistakes that cost me time. For instance, earlier today I headed to the post office to mail a few packages, one domestic, and two international. I'd addressed them yesterday while waiting on our lunch guests and thought I'd gotten them right. Somehow, while filling out the customs forms, I thought I'd left off the postal code on the one heading to London. Duh! Texting Matt, I awaited his reply, although I knew it might be delayed as he was probably at work. Leaving the post office to visit Maureen, I vowed to return once he got back with me. He did, and I did. To make this long story short, it was on the envelope all of the time!!! Sometimes you just have to laugh at yourself!

Speaking of Maureen, and I so wanted to write about this immediately, wh…