Hope you had a lovely holiday full of laughter and love. We filled the house with food and friends and feasted on The Feast of Seven Fishes. I’m ashamed I didn’t take more photos, but I can assure you I was busy for several hours and nothing was left on a single plate. It was delicious.
These are a few of our handmade spinach ravioli with Dungeness crab filling. This was a huge win for us because we’d never made them.
After the guests had departed I received my presents. The first was the book above. We’re planning a trip to Italy in 2014 so I need to get my green hat on again soon. This book will help me. I’ve never been, and John is taking me to see places from his childhood. He wanted to take me to Sicily too, but I’d rather see friends, so we’re thinking about alternatives. I’m excited, but traveling is always hard on my body so I have a lot of planning and special physical therapy exercises in store for me.
My second gift was this pearl necklace. No one has ever given me anything like this before and it means a lot to me. I can only afford the basics within my budget so this is a true gift. I feel a bit grown up wearing it. Last night I wanted to fall asleep with it on. I felt like a little girl playing dress up and that made me happy for some funny reason.
I’m pretty sure I’m not allowed to garden with it on, but the thought did cross my mind.
I am getting John a kitten. This is crazy since we already have 3 cats, but it is what he wants. (More on that new arrival soon. We are being very careful with our choice.)
So, the future looks bright and my garden is waking up and I’m looking forward to revising it in the coming months. There will be more shared meals and laughter in this house. I hope to meet new people and have more creative energy and ideas. Best of all, I want to continue to help people and share my thoughts about what I’ve learned through managing my own chronic illness. I’ve built up more and more strength and I am ready now. It was rough to revisit where I was in my life but I’m truly supported and encouraged now by those around me.
The only immediate issue I currently have is about continuing my education. Part of me wants to study again, but I will need more strength and endurance. What to study? Horticulture, garden design, writing? I don’t know, but I’m open to developing my potential again. I want to dig in, get involved, and become more of the professional I know I am.
With that, I must bid you all adieu!
(More from the garden soon!)
12 thoughts on “Merry Christmas”
Merry Christmas, Ann! My MIL used to garden in a skirt and jewelry, but I'm pretty sure it was costume jewelry. That necklace is a pretty amazing present. I hope you have a great time in Italy, I'm looking forward to hearing all about it. I'll be rooting for you to have no health issues while away.
Merry Christmas to you! Glad you had a wonderful day & here's to many more to come!
Can't wait to meet the new kitten
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Yikes! Typed your web address accidentally in Google search and accidentally had Google set on Images! Wozzers!! Envy.
Happy new year.
DavidLMO from Etsy.
Got my seeds today – thanks.
Happy Holidays! It has been so nice to see you blossom and bloom in happiness this year! I am wishing you a year filled with incredible adventure ahead!
If you were a gardener in the south, you would not be out of place gardening with your pearls on. Happy new year to you!
Thank you Alison!
Merry Belated Christmas to you too!
Kitten still isn't here but should be soon. Hope you had a great holiday season too!
Hi David! Glad to know they arrived.
And yes, I've got a lot of garden and plant pictures floating around out there on the Web.
My family came to Oregon from Tennessee and Kentucky by way of Virginia and North Carolina. Maybe that's where I got it from? Happy New Year Les!
Thank you so much. Seriously. I am so happy nowadays.