A little bit of a few things…

Dear Friends,

I’ve lost blogging momentum because of some health issues in our family and procedures during the holiday. My mind has been a little preoccupied. But on the morning of Thanksgiving, my husband and I enjoyed a walk around the neighborhood. The sun was shining and the temperature was invigorating and brisk. After turning a corner, we stumbled upon a van that invited passersby to write their gratitude on the colorful hand turkeys provided. Sharpies and hand sanitizer were also conveniently supplied. We gladly participated and added our turkey to the eye-catching and humbling collection. God Bless the owner of this van, for even in dark times there is much to be grateful for.

Just like many others, we were ready for some Christmas joy, so we bought our tree on black Friday and we’ve never seen the line so long! Patience really was a virtue that day! We call our tree the “Family tree” because most of the ornaments are homemade from our son and daughter when they were little. The angel on top is our daughter’s creation and there is no reason to replace it. Our senses are heightened by the Noble Fir fragrance and the room is cozier than ever now.

Copper enjoys the warmth and coziness of the fire,
but he prefers not to be too close to the snap, crackle,
and pop.

Lastly, WordPress tells me that I have a 10-year anniversary to celebrate! Time sure flies when you’re having fun creating, along with meeting wonderful people all around the world. So, Thank You, for your support and friendship!

I hope those of you in the U.S. had a wonderful Thanksgiving and wish you all a blessed Christmas and holiday season.
Stay safe and well, too! Lauren

60 thoughts on “A little bit of a few things…

  1. That Turkey idea was terrific. I’ll be it brought a lot of joy and thoughts of thanksgiving. We used to get Noble Firs when we lived in California. There is nothing like them. Thank you for the holiday blessings and I hope the health and family issues are behind you, Lauren.

    1. Hi John, I wish I had thought of that turkey and gratitude idea. It’s really nice having the tree and decorations up, a little bit of festive joy. Unfortunately, the health issues aren’t over, just waiting test results. But we’re keeping positive thoughts because it’s the better alternative. Thanks for your comment and hope all is well with you.

    1. Those decorations mean the most to us and thanks for the congratulations wishes. I can’t believe ten years have gone by already and I’m grateful for your friendship, too, Alison. I always appreciate your kind words. Have fun setting your tree up. πŸ’—πŸŽ„

  2. Jane Sturgeon

    Wrapping you all in much love, Lauren, always. I love the picture of Copper, your beautiful tree and the campy van of Thanksgiving. Feel the love ❀ ❀ ❀ Xxxxx

      1. Jane Sturgeon

        Your love has a special energy, my friend. Thanks to you I am going over a hurdle and releasing paperbacks. Huge gratitude to you. Xxxxx πŸ’•πŸŒΊπŸ’•

    1. Thanks for your compassionate words, Balroop, and yes, I can’t believe it’s already been 10 years. I had moments of possibly saying good-bye to blogland, but here I am still. πŸ™‚ Wishing you a wonderful holiday season! πŸ’“πŸŽ„

  3. Happy -belated- tenth anniversary here, Lauren!!!!! Here’s to many many more of those and here’s to joys form now on, my dearest friend!
    Many hugs and love
    and a special kiss to that precious model by the fire, Copper! πŸ˜‰

  4. Dear Lauren,
    Your tree is absolutely amongst the most beautiful I have ever seen.
    Health may be a hard issue, but the feelings of love I get from you are a joyous issue.
    Your home, Copper, the fire, and the turkey messages all belie the joy that awaits us next year, when this pandemic has been put to rest.
    I’m sending you and yours my best wishes.
    Whatever happens, your Christmas will be very cozy, and filled with love.
    -Resa xoxo

    1. Thanks, Resa, for your most beautiful and kind words. Love definitely lives within the walls of our home and helps sustain us as we await results. We don’t like the short days, but the coziness we welcome. Sending you the very same wishes for a cozy and loving holiday season. πŸ’“πŸŽ„πŸ’“

  5. Lauren, I do hope whatever health issues you’re dealing with will resolve and that all will be well. Please feel free to text or email me anytime.
    Your post is most enjoyable with its Christmas wishes and photos. Copper always appears to be such a sweet dog. 😍
    Congratulations on ten years on WP!!
    Sending love and hugs to you, my friend. πŸ€—πŸ’•

    1. Hi Betty, thanks for your caring comment and sorry for the late reply. I haven’t felt like doing much blogging. But I am about to do a post. Results are good but still with some gray area. So, we’re waiting…thanks about the photos and Copper is a sweetie even when he’s being annoying. πŸ™‚ Haven’t you made it to ten years yet? I’m sure you’re ahead of me or not far behind. Love and hugs to you, too, and hope you both are doing okay…xoxoxo

    1. Thanks so much, Smitha, for your lovely comment. I will visit you soon because I’m a baker, too, following in my mom’s footsteps – however, not to the extent of your creations. Although, the cookies on my header are mine and a Christmas tradition. πŸ™‚ Stay well and Merry Christmas!

    1. Thanks, Debby, some things are good and new worries have surfaced. Sigh. What a year. One day at a time and many prayers, too. Thanks also for the congrats. I can’t believe 10 years have gone by already. Hope you’re doing well, also! xoxoxo

      1. Oh for sure Lauren. That’s how I live now – one day at a time. I’ve surrendered the micro-managing. It is what it is and we have to make the best of things. Tough year for so many. Bright side, we getting close to the finish line, all of us. Let us all remain safe and well and soon give this year the boot! πŸ™‚ Hugs ❀ xoxo

    1. Aww, thanks, Geraldine, and it’s so nice to see you! Hope all is well and Copper and I send you and Mr. Cheddar hugs back. Although, he’d probably chase Mr. Cheddar! πŸ™‚ Stay well and have a wonderful holiday season. πŸŽ„πŸ’“

  6. Lauren, a lovely cheery post! I love your tree and how wonderful that all the decs are made by your children as young, so special and I bet you reminisce over many as you hang them up! The van with the messages is inspired … there is much isolation so great to see a little togetherness whilst still keeping safe, a reminder the community spirit is very much alive and as important as ever. Finally, congrats on your 10 year WP anniversary… that is fantastic and here is to the next ten years! 🍾 πŸ’

    1. Thanks for your lovely comment, Annika. Yes, we reminisce each holiday season as we hang those ornaments, very special, indeed. I’m glad you liked the van, too – what a wonderful idea to add some cheer and gratitude in this dismal year. Thanks for the anniversary wishes, too. Time sure flies! Hope you’re safe and doing well. Our daughter and son-in-law have covid, so until they’ve recovered, we’re holding our breath. πŸ’—πŸ’—

      1. Lauren, I’m so sorry your daughter and her husband are ill with the virus … wishing them a very quick recovery. A frightening time for you all. extra hugs winging their way to you. xx

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