Somewhere on this site I have photos of a beautiful day last week! Thanksgiving and the days around it were in the 50s and I was running around without a coat! So we've had our Indian summer and are now moving into cold again! This bouncing around really leaves you wondering what's next!
I put up a few lights on my front porch, a wreath on my door, and once my creche is up I will be done! The creche is a beautiful creamy white edged in gold ceramic set Mom made for me years ago. She made one for Greg as well. Very precious.
As I continue down-sizing it is amazing to me what are my "treasures" -- those items I will not part with. They are often odd ball items but they have a hugely sentimental value. To someone else it is just "stuff", but to me it is "my stuff" and thus it has great value.
In discussing down-sizing someone used the words "Swedish death purge" which was unknown to me. Now I see there is a book by that name so I am going to have to track it down and see what it is all about! Sounds intriguing especially since I have a strong affinity to my Swedish roots! Maybe there is something more here than what I first thought.
I had a good visit with a dear friend this Thanksgiving Day week-end. She lives out of town but comes to visit her mother so I get to see her periodically. I have a photo of her at my first grade birthday party. We grew up at the same church and school; we have Scandinavian roots; we went to the same college; we are in the same professional career; we are both single, never married; Is it any wonder we are so comfortable with each other. Every conversation is simply a pickup where we left off last time. That is a true treasure.
Around this holiday season when family is far away, friends become the family we choose and cherish. On this Thanksgiving week-end it is good to remember "We are so blessed."