Thursday, December 25, 2008

White Christmas

After a week of snowy weather, it melted a bit yesterday afternoon, and then dumped another inch or so of snow last night. So we woke to a freshly white morning. The little birds are happy at the sunflower and suet feeders, and hopping about right outside the sliding windows where we've sprinkled a bit of mixed seed. Calvin (our old and increasingly persnickety kitty) sits and watches them, but has given up wanting to go outside. No place to roam for little kitties with a foot of snow on the ground.

It's a quiet Christmas with John and Jason, which is good. I've been teary quite a bit, with good memories and sad memories. I was wrapping the presents for the stockings, using bits and pieces of left over and saved papers, and turned one over to cut it out and there was a sticker "To Mom From Jen". So, after crying a bit, I cut that piece out and will include that in her memory journal. I felt her with us when we were sitting with the candles glowing watching the tree. I know she's here with us, I just want to be able to hug her one more time.

Wishing everyone Peace and Joy in the coming year.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Making Art and surviving

The holidays are being hard this year. I keep seeing things that Jen would love, and it makes me sad. Decorating reminds me of when she was here playing with us, and it makes me sad. It's hard not to be teary all the time.

I've visited with my sister Julie a few times this past month, and have her hooked on Artist Trading Cards now too. We haul our art supplies back and forth and play! Last time I was down I brought her some beeswax and paper napkins and we had fun creating. This ATC is one I made when we were together recently.

This chunky page was created for Els in a Play it Forward swap… the larger envelope has a John Muir quote folded up and tucked in it, the smaller a leaf charm.

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