holidays, life


This is not a picture of the snow at my house (thank God). This is on my dad’s property in Wisconsin.

The header photo is also from my dad’s place. Both pictures are screenshots from videos he sent, so they may be a little blurry. It was his first snow for this season, and it happened about a week ago.

We’re only 84 miles south of him and we haven’t gotten any. I’m careful what I wish for….so….only a few flurries with a dusting would be nice for Christmas.

I’ve not been keeping up regularly with the blogging world. If I’m being honest, I don’t know how to pretend to be perky when there is much on my mind about the world’s affairs.

As I posted before, I’m grateful for all the simple things in life, but aside from the usual Christmas movie watching, baking cookies, and gift wrapping, there isn’t much else going on. Well . . . aside from those world affairs.Back to some peaceful scenery at Dad’s place – I think the deer took a break from pulling a certain sleigh for a bite to eat from the tree.

Last year, well, every year we usually go into the city for the ChristKindl Market (pronounced, Krist-Kindle). No, it’s not a store for the Amazon Kindle reader. It’s a cozy, outdoor German Christmas festival. It’s always packed with bundled bodies carrying hot chocolate from the stores. Very sad for the vendors this year.

I’ll likely not be around the blogging world through the holidays, so I wish everyone a Magical Christmas. May the coming year bring much better times and good health for everyone.

To add a little color after all that white stuff in the other photos, I’ll end with hand painted ornaments from the ChristKindl Market.





17 thoughts on “Greetings”

  1. Lori, your father lives in the most idyllic Christmas landscape and I love the deer outside the window! Just the sweetest! If we had that much snow in England the whole country would grind to a halt! It is indeed difficult to lift the spirits and here things are just going from terrible to horrific but Iโ€™ve decided to try and forget it all for a few days.

    A thoughtful post echoing what so many feel. The photos are magical and I love the hand painted Xmas tree decorations. Did you buy some last year?

    Wishing you likewise a cosy and safe Christmas… bringing light and hope to the day. Hugs xx

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  2. Yes, I think so many of us are just terribly exhausted, both emotionally and physically. I recently had to take a week from work because my blood pressure got out of control (still working on it, but itโ€™s somewhat better). I agree with Jill. Try to focus on the moment and do the things that make you happy; hold on to your peace.
    Seasonโ€™s Greetings! ๐ŸŽ„

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    1. Hi Lynette. I’m glad you’re doing what you need to do to take care of yourself. I know you have a high stress job, and the world affairs don’t help matters. I’m doing fine, just not the best company right now. I’m looking forward to a little break. I hope you have a nice Christmas break. Stay well. ๐Ÿ’—

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  3. Sometimes we can’t control our circumstances, but we can control how we respond to them. Enjoy the holidays with your husband and focus on the moment. Do the things that make you happy and don’t allow the world around you to steal your joy, Lori. Hold onto your peace. Merry Christmas! xo

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    1. Hi Jill. Thanks for the encouragement. I don’t mind accepting whatever I’m feeling in the moment. It’s just that I’m not always good company, and why a brief break will be good. I’m always grateful, though, for all of my blessings. I hope you and your family are all doing well. Merry Christmas to you, too.๐Ÿ’—


  4. I liked looking at the pictures from you dad’s place, especially the deer out the window. And that ornament pic is so cool! ((Hugs to the parts of you that don’t feel perky)). I don’t think pretending we feel other than we do will make anything better. It’s a sad time in our world. For myself I watch sadness come and go. As Rumi says, never sure who will show up in the Guest House each day. Merry Christmas and enjoy your blogging respite.

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    1. Hi Kathy. Sometimes my mind is fully occupied by the world’s affairs, and I can’t bring myself to discuss other things that don’t seem as important. So, as I said in another comment, I’m baking lots and lots of cookies and focusing on my WIP.

      Thanks for the nice comments about the photos. Those deer in my dad’s yard were in a video he sent us. It was cool watching them in action. They were getting on their hind legs and eating from the tree. I wanted to post a screen shot of that, but it was too blurry because they were moving.

      Warm wishes and many blessings to you, Miss Kathy. ๐Ÿ’—

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  5. I know just how you feel, Lori. We just have to go through the motions and take what pleasure we can from the old traditions, and maybe it’s good for our mental health to tune out the reality of the global situation and the politics going on right now. It can be downright depressing, I know. Just tune it out and try to be happy. We only live once and there are some things we can’t change, so there’s no use fretting about them. Have a peaceful relaxing break from blogging and from the crazy world outside our control.

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    1. Hi Anneli. Sometimes all that is on my mind is what’s happening, and I struggle with discussing other things. So, for now, I’m baking lots and lots of cookies and focusing on my WIP.

      Keep in touch and have a nice Christmas. ๐Ÿ’—

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  6. Hi Lori, Screenshots from videos, a good reminder for this yearโ€™s Christmas photos. Your photos are still beautiful. The world affairs do make me feel weary even when I know that part of life is beyond my control. Wow, the hand painted ornaments! โ€œMay the coming year bring much better times and good health for everyoneโ€ a quote from a wise woman.๐Ÿ’•

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    1. Hi Erica. I like your word describing how the world’s affairs make you feel – weary. That fits me as well. You’re right about some things being out of our control. Sometimes I also get weary of those who think they can control everything.

      I’m no wise woman, but you sure are kind. Thank you. Blessings to you. ๐Ÿ’—

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