Dear friends, you must think I have forgotten about you, but au contraire!! I think about you all the time! I wonder what you are working on. (What's on those needles, in those hoops, and what's in those sewing machines.) I wonder if your days have been peaceful, and what you are planning for the holidays? I hope you are all well! The transition to the new home has just been incredibly time consuming. We decided not to have the kitchen done as previously mentioned, and to instead do some of the work ourselves. We are very close to done now, and I promise to share many new things when we are settled. I am so looking forward to it!
I think the fact that we celebrated Thanksgiving a couple days later, made me appreciate it that much more. With vases and decorations already packed, and sent to the new address, I only had one candle left at stone cottage, but a beautiful card, full of kind words from a friend, made a perfect display for the table.
After dinner, my daughter washed the dishes. She is in front of her husband at the sink. She called all the boys to make them dry. I've called her the substitute mama many times over the years. She is so very special.
The chilly mornings here are balanced most days, with warm bread in the oven...and coffee!
I'm knitting the pockets of my Anna vest. It's such a fast, easy, and enjoyable knit. I should have had it done months ago; but thinking ahead to all those snowy cold days that are sure to arrive soon, there will be plenty of time for finishing, and for wear. (Side note: It seems turtle necks are back in style!:)
Frost covered, misty morning skies, hot tea in warm mugs, wooly knitting, and Christmas cross-stitch. Oh, I'm so thankful for it all, and for this very special time of year.
This week will be our last week at stone cottage. Any sadness I feel has less to do with moving, and more to do with memories of a daughter living at home and growing into a beautiful young lady finding her way, and babies that I kissed, rocked, and sang lullabies to each and every night, and of toddler boys running, and making me laugh while watching them play in the yard, and wishing I could do it all again, only slower. Who knows, perhaps I'll think of these things even more now, and thinking of these memories, is oh so very precious, it could never fade because of a move.
A cottage tale continues as we make our new home our own. Two Christmas trees are already waiting there, and it will be a very special Christmas. I hope you'll join me there very soon! As always, I'll make tea!
May peace, joy, and love fill your heart each new day of this holiday season my friends.
xo Jeannine :)