Christmas in my Kitchen
A few of my favorite things
I can't believe Christmas has come and gone....and I never posted anything until now! I've taken down my tree...it was getting a bit dry, but I still have my kitchen hutch decorated and the mantel in my living room....both with my favorite things. I'll keep these as they are until the Epiphany and then all will be put away.
I opted for a smaller, live tree this year and decorated it with red and white lights, lots of glass icicles, red and blue balls, some birds, and some of the "natural" things I found on my walks this fall. I know you can't distinguish any of that in this photo....but it came out nice if I say so myself.
I did this sketch in my journal...it truly is a season of joy and a season of sorrow.
Tom came home for the holidays which is the best part of all. When our children are small, we're always asking (telling) them to put their things away....but seeing these boots under the kitchen table was just pure joy.
One of his gifts from me, the latest Anthony Bourdain cookbook. He loves to cook!
Gifts from my sister - looking forward to using them
I received some pj's from my other sister...not pictured here but they're cozy and I love them. I received some wonderful gifts from both family and friends.
Some little sketches and the bear I collaged....thought he was cute. I didn't do much cooking as we were invited out to family and friends....both wonderful, on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and Tom and I attended the late services at our church on Christmas Eve. We missed having my Maryland sister and husband this year, but due to a health issue, were unable to make the trip.
Today marks my one year of retirement...it's been a challenge on many levels. It's a different way of spending your days and I'm still trying to figure it out. I've definitely been more creative and I've read tons of books! And...the company/program that I worked for folded....I spent 18 years there. I knew it was coming. I post much of my art on Facebook and Instagram. I have so much fun that I hope I can inspire others to give it a whirl. Art Journaling has been a wonderful outlet for me to express things that I'm thinking about. Some of my art is random....and some is definitely not. We are all creative beings and everyone can do some form of art...most people just don't believe they can. It's really rewarding.
So....a quiet New Year's Eve here. I have a yummy stew cooking. I'll have a glass of Prosecco...and Boomer and I will see the New Year in. Happy New Year.
Ready to be put away for another year....