Millie gave me the toadstool below. It's so squishy and friendly, isn't it? Are toadstools Christmas-y? Hmmmm. Gnomes sort of are. I moved lots of my gnomes to the basement because I put toadstool stickers on the walls to cover up the areas that are in need of paint. It's very Pom Pom-ish down there now.
Do you want to fill orange outsides with cloves again? I do like stabbing them with a skinny knitting needle and bedecking them with LOTS of cloves. I'll probably only do one.
Aren't these little flower ladies lovely? See little Noah in the background? Aw! Forgive my dried up thumb (not pretty) but I am not a manicure person and I'm hard on my hands in the winter (sort of a compulsive hand washer - yikes).
Sweet Gumbo Lily made this for me years ago and I love it so, so, so much! She also told me of a YouTube channel that you would all love. It's here if you want to click over: A Sweet Video
Today Bill was so nice. He took the weed wacker to the remains of the flower beds and made them all tidy. Next spring I shall be grateful again. This year, the sunflowers ran wild and got on my nerves. Next year, even though it's hard, I am going to pull up new shoots of cosmos and sunflowers because they wear out their welcome.
This is the first Sunday in Advent and they don't really acknowledge it at the church I've been going to. They just aren't "high church" at all and that's okay, but I LOVE the celebration of Advent and I'm definitely doing it up big here. I have a special journal for it, some great guidebooks, all the Little Women watching, listening and READING, a tea Advent calendar AND a lot of Advent knitting (a very pretty scarf that I shall show you soon).
We're going to a play tonight but tomorrow I hope to wake up feeling jazzy and festive so I can commence with the decorating.
Oh, my turkey stuffing was not good. I put apples and a bit of cinnamon in it and it did not go unnoticed. They were very "thumbs down" about it. My gravy wasn't my best either. I sort of felt like maybe I'm past my turkey preparation prime, but my mom said, "Some years are like that." I think she's right. I'll try stuffing again (no apples) soon. I do make good cookies, so I shall make sure I bake all the kinds I like very soon. I bought a big tin of cookies at Trader Joe's (why?) and ate 6 instead of lunch today. (eye roll)
Well, let's get started. I want my December to be holy and sweet, with candles and reading and prayers. Stay tuned, sweet visitors. xo