Christmas Cookies, originally uploaded by ducksRfriends.

Its not that I haven’t been wanting to write, its just that I have been running around ridiculously, and not managing to take photos of any of it (and I really don’t like posting without photos, its just too boring). It seems that the holidays tend to do this. To date, I have all but two of my immediate family members presents. Wrapped and everything. The package to Seattle has even been sent already. I’m missing Mike, who still hasn’t gotten back to me, and Chris- who doesn’t really want anything, and I know too well to buy random stuff that I already know he doesn’t need/want. Makes it tough.

Next week is Chris’s family Christmas event. We’re doing a cookie exchange, so I made my traditional family cookies. We don’t have a name for them. The recipe just says “festive cookie dough”, but they’re made with creamcheese and chocolate chips, and dipped in chocolate and sprinkles. I think we managed to cook them the perfect amount, too, which is always tough because they look uncooked when you take them out of the oven, but when they cool are soft and just right. Even though I don’t think I’m going to get a little tree this year, making the cookies makes me feel like the holidays are really here.


Yup, didn’t get to that shirt, or to the hair clips. Lots of errands, melting in the heat….  We got the ingredients for jambalaya at Reading, but even thats been put off till tomorrow.

On the plus side- my African Violet is finally blooming! It hasn’t bloomed once since I bought it at the grocery store, but I bought some food for it, and its been doing well ever since. A few days ago I noticed the buds- and now its blooming! I’m pretty excited.

the first blooms

work., originally uploaded by ducksRfriends.

The sun is staying out later and later. Soon I’ll be catching sunsets on the way home. Still, dark falls before I hop on my bike.
The ride seems longer in the cold, and is slower to start.
There is no relaxing time lately, always more to accomplish, more I should be doing, more to complete. Still, veggies and pasta with some wine and a reeses heart makes a nice night.

Every weekend feels like it’s too short, and too much has to get done. I think I’ve put off my list-making for to long- writing everything out lately has been overwhelming. But making those little check marks can be rather satisfying….

Pearl Arts & Crafts on South Street will be closing its doors at the end of the month. I’m surprisingly upset about this business joining the legions to shut down. It was always such an inspiring place to wander around. It’ll definitely be missed.

I think I’m ready for winter to be over. I want to renew my attack on the garden. Spend time reading outside. Drink iced tea at the café, spring can’t come soon enough.