I was debating with myself whether to post a blog entry today. After the busy-ness of the last several days (weeks!) I wasn't sure if I was ready to get back to 'routine' just yet. But as I got my morning coffee and looked at all the wonderful things that I received as gifts the past couple of days, I wanted to share some of them with you.
I admit that I wasn't feeling my best about Christmas this year. So many friends and family members have been going through hardship. It is difficult for me to be happy myself know that those I love are hurting. I also missed my children terribly. While I always miss them, seeing everyone's families reconnected over the holidays somehow made it harder on me. I found myself wishing the impossible wish of being in two places at once, and I almost allowed it to get the best of me.
But with things being as they are, they always seem to work themselves out. I think that the best gift that I gave to myself this was to "let it be" and not focus on what couldn't be, but what actually WAS and enjoy the people that were around me and made my every day life good. It worked well.
We had a wonderful Christmas Eve at Keith's mom's house with his mom, his brother and wife. While the group was smaller than it has been in the past, it was fun and relaxing and a beautiful evening. Keith's mom made another amazing dinner and it was nice to visi and catch up with his brother and wife, who now live in Halifax. I felt my sense of peace returning.
Yesterday we headed to Digby for dinner and an evening with my "Canadian Family" – Bernie, Ellen and their daughter Cindy who is my age. Keith's mom came with us the second year in a row which made things extra nice. While it was a small group again, everything was wonderful. Ellen had a full turkey dinner and everything we had was amazing. It was again so relaxing to sit among the Christmas lights and decorations and just visit, without having to worry about anything. It was turned out to be quite a beautiful holiday.
Of course, we exchanged gifts, and while we had all promised to keep things to a minimum, as usual there were lots of presents and everyone got beautiful things.
Keith and I went in together and bought ourselves a camera. While it may not seem to be the most 'romantic' of gifts, both of us are not in want or need of anything and we thought it would be OK. We are still learning to use it though, and it will take a bit of practice to feel completely comfortable with it, as it is a bit more sophisticated that our previous point and shoot cameras.
Jacqueline and Mark gave me this beautiful print by local Halifax artist Shelagh Duffett:
I just love it. It is whimsical and makes me smile just to look at it. I wonder how they knew I would like cats?
Cindy got me some wonderful wool scraps to use in my designing. I know this may sound silly, but I was looking for small pieces for my various needle felted critters and I got an entire box of them. I also got this cute pin to wear on my black coat.
(Sorry for the slight blurr – I stil need to work on the camera settings!)
She also got me the cutest socks in the world! ;)
I am wearing them now and not only are the adorable, but soft and comfy too.
Ellen and Bernie got me this beautiful scarf that Pancakes decided to model for me:
I think he was going for the "Afghan Girl on the Cover of 1985 National Geographic" look:
He is such a comic! ;)
I caught him trying to take some "Selfies" too!
I can see I am going to have to keep the camera out of his reach! :/
Today will be a day of relaxing. I don't know what I will be doing yet. Later on today, we are having a 'movie night' with Kieth's brother and family and then the holiday will be officially "over". Of course I will keep my things up until the New Year, but my little tree has been a bit of a disappointment in the light department this year. I have multi-colored lights for Christmas on it and first all the blue lights died (less than a week after I put it up) and I noticed this morning that now the green lights died as well. The tree only has red lights left. I had just purchased the lights when I bought the camera, less than three weeks ago. It seems that no matter how many colored sets I buy, they just don't last. This is probably the fourth set of multi-colored lights I have gone through since last year. "When I was young . . . " lights lasted for YEARS, not DAYS.
Ah . . . progress . . .
In any case, I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my favorite treasures. I really loved everything I got this year. But most of all, I loved the TIME that was spent with my family and loved ones. It is truly what made the holidays extra special this year.
Have a wonderful weekend!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"