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Friday, January 03, 2020
Friday five for January 3
Wow -- the first Friday five of a new month, a new year, and a new decade! It's good to start all of those off with praise to the Lord for some of His blessings.
Don't you love the scene above? It's a scan of a Christmas card front. The winter scene is by an artist named James Cox, just to give credit where credit is due. I think it's absolutely gorgeous and it reminds me of scenes we often see on our walks during the winter. Brooks not frozen over yet and still rushing along through the landscape, pretty birch trees and evergreens amid a snow-covered landscape, and the brilliance of winterberries adding a welcome touch of scarlet color to the scene. I so wish that I could paint!
But on to the Friday five ...
1. A brief but lovely chat with our Nevada daughter on her birthday, the 27th. Her youngest daughter's birthday party had been put off from the 12th due to illness, so they were celebrating together on Friday. Joanna was decorating the cake when we called to sing our birthday wishes to her. Below is a photo she sent us from their Christmas tree-cutting this year. Note all of the yarny Viking details. You may want to double click on this one!
2. A simple coffee date on Saturday afternoon, followed by a little after-Christmas shopping at Marshalls. Below you see a few of the deals we found -- a gorgeous red cookie sheet ($5!), two pretty mugs that will make perfect gifts, and a roll of striped wrapping paper.
3. A good visit with our friend Terry on Sunday. Although she is not in good health at all, God gave her the strength to prepare a lovely Christmas dinner for her kids and grandson. What a blessing, and what great memories they will all have!
4. A few low-key days with time to do some blogging, catch up on a few simple tasks, and do lots of laundry. Once my almost-retired hubby finally stops working (in another week), we are going to dive into house-emptying at my childhood home with a vengeance. So I'm thankful for some quiet days to catch my breath.
5. Time for a nice long walk yesterday. Although it was cloudy, some sun peeked through, the temps were mild (in the 30s) and there was no wind to speak of. It was very pleasant for walking.
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.