50/52: The Spirit of Christmas Edition

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This week, I’m grateful for:

  • creating my own Christmas traditions.
  • embracing past Christmas traditions.  Like still putting out my Santa teddy-bear.  My brothers gave me this cutie pie when I was 17 years old to add to my collection of teddies.  He’s traveled with me to multiple countries and looks as good as the day I got him … and that’s a very long time ago. 😉  Even if he was ratty, I’d still put him out.  My brothers were so young back then but they pooled their piggy bank funds together to get him for me.  That makes him all the more special.
  • being able to take the time to feed myself well during this very busy time.  Chowder was the perfect complement for a snowy day.
  • the love of reading my parents instilled in me since I was a child.  All my “kiddos” will be receiving books from me this Christmas.  I even threw two in there for me.  Can you guess which ones? 😉
  • the beginnings of first real snow of the season.  Made for a very cozy Saturday.
  • snatches of Christmas around my apartment.
  • being able to celebrate the birth of Christ and not get carried away by consumerism.  Or at least, try my best not to.  Christmas is so much more than what is material.

With less than two weeks away from Christmas, I know things must be getting super busy for everyone.  I’m hoping that you all are having great weeks despite the busyness of the season and here’s to a great upcoming one.  Off to go write up my cards! (Yes … I know … super late!)

49/52 The “Tea Lover’s Paradise” Edition …

The week started with me leaving my house at the crack of dawn on Tuesday for court.  While that was the low-light of my week, there were many highlights that I needed and appreciated for the love, the thoughtfulness and the generosity they were filled with.  This week, I’m grateful for:

  • the legacy of Nelson Mandela.  He followed up his commitment to equality with conviction and was ready to die for his convictions.  His actions brought about monumental change to an ingrained system; what an impacting life he lived!


  • Graciousness.  Me being able to have a disagreement with my mom aka bff numero uno then have her be gracious enough to admit that she didn’t think of the situation the way I saw it once I explained my position.  She’s definitely my prime example of how to say “I’m sorry” and mean it.
  • My co-workers A & N, who went over and beyond with jokes and conversation to help me through a particularly difficult work day on Wednesday.  When they were done with me, I was laughing until I cried. I even snorted, so that should tell you how much I laughed!!!  😀
  • My co-worker who brought me a bag of greens because according to her “you’ll know what to do with them”!  Can somebody say soup?  😛
  • Being able to use my creative skills on four … yes I said four … projects this week.  It felt good to be knitting and crafting again and I forgot my self-consciousness and did so on the subway. 😳 That allowed me to introduce a rider to Ravelry and knitting.  How much more awesome can it get?

IMG_3867My retro colour-blocked cowl.  Almost finished.  I can’t wait to wear it.

IMG_3889A homemade clay ornament.  It was still drying here.

IMG_3897Blinged out mistletoe ornament for one of my swap partners.  ❤

The other project is a gift so I’ll post that once she receives the package.    That project allowed me to be reacquainted with my sewing machine and I think there’ll be a lot more stitchery in my near future.

  • To end the week with a class at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens about growing a garden in my apt.  The presenter was engaging and it was wonderful to just do something for me.  No pressure.  Just enjoy the information and my classmates.  I even came home with my own desert garden.  I can’t wait to see it get bigger.
  • IMG_3933And the cherry on top of this week is a swap box from Mama Mellie in my Crafty Hookers group.  That box was as one person described it, a “Tea Lover’s Paradise” and it really was.  I got MamaMellieTeaThese yummies came with a stoneware steeping cup, a tea bag squeezer, chocolate, a beautiful oriental themed tea canister, empty bags for me to make my own tea combos with the loose leaf teas I have, a heart shaped infuser, some yarn and this beautiful ornament MamaMellie Ornament

Her package was definitely a beautiful end to an “interesting” week.  😀

Hope you each had a wonderful week and here’s to an awesome upcoming one! 😀