Thursday, December 01, 2016

After Thanksgiving

It is difficult to believe Thanksgiving was on this same day last week.  Where has the time gone?  I had no intention of being away so long (Saturday and Sunday were planned annual re-posts) so this is the first time I've been back in person (so to speak) for awhile. 

Thanksgiving was a lovely feast with Mrs. Christopher's family around the table, making it a festive occasion. The days were busy leading up to Thanksgiving and it took a couple days resting on the sofa (while still attending to the everyday homemaking necessities like cooking, washing dishes, laundry, etc.) to recover but it is worth all the work for this now annual day of giving thanks together.

On Monday I started bringing in the Christmas boxes from the garage and had an Epiphany, which I will write more about on Sunday.  However, I can say today that over half of my decorations are now at our local Goodwill.  It was time. 

But sorting through all of them and making careful decisions of what to keep and what to give away took up a few days.  Which is why my only presence online has been a few Instagram* photos... and two of them were photos of Piper her mommy allowed me to use from her Facebook page.  Another was the above photo posted yesterday.  I decided this year to gild the lily on the silver service and I quite like the result.

I am way past due on some letters, including one to the ladies in the barn.  With Thanksgiving in the rear view window and  the weather finally turning more seasonal, the Christmas washi tape is now in a vintage looking tin on my desk, stamps ready to ummm... stamp, and other card making essentials sit on the nearby shelves.  So the card making and letter writing will commence tomorrow... God willing and the creek don't rise.

Piper at four months.

If you are looking for some lovely Christmas writing, Lanier and her writing partner, Laura, have begun a Christmas blog**.  I have been enjoying it very much.

Okay, I'll be back on Saturday but I will share one of the Piper photos from Instagram.  You twisted my arm.  She really is a cutie. Oh, and thank you to everyone entering their Amazon shopping through the links or a widget!

*The blog's Instagram account is @coffeeteabooksandme.

** Golden Hours, Keeping and Chronicling Christmas... here.


Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

I sorted through decor last year and this year, and gave stuff to Nate and Kay to use including a tree. They have no storage available so the stuff is still stored here, but it's no longer my stuff! Feels good. Piper is adorable. Love her hair so much!

I have been enjoying Lanier and Laura's posts very much this year.

Jennifer Williams said...

Wow, Piper is a cutie-pie! You must be a proud grandmother. :-) I pared down our decorations last year, and was so please with myself. However when we got the Christmas boxes down from the attic yesterday, I was shocked how much there was! I obviously need to be harder on myself this year and get rid of a lot more! :-)

Vee said...

That Piper is one beautiful baby girl. I know that she was the favorite pumpkin on Thanksgiving Day.

Oh your tea service looks outstanding. Gild away!

Judy said...

Your silver service surrounded by more shimmer is very festive.

Sometimes less really is more. I hope you enjoy displaying your pared down collection this Christmas season.

Lovely to see a new photograph of your wee Piper.

Carol said...

Adorable picture of Piper!!! (MD)

Kathy said...

Aww Piper is adorable! What a special Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

Love the photo of Piper! (Such a cute name, too!) We find out next month what our new grandchild will be, boy or girl! Can hardly wait!! Wow! You are paring down your Christmas decor and I'm adding to mine! I made a little miniature scene for my dining table. And I'm always on the lookout for another angel or a lamb for my nativity scenes! I suppose someday I will have to begin paring down.....but until then, I will enjoy what I have, as long as I still have the energy to unpack and display it. It is my favorite seaon after all!
Hugs and Blessings,
Laura C. (WA)

Debbie said...

Piper is adorable! I am so glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.