Rose Chintz Cottage

It is always possible

to be thankful for

what is given rather

than resentful over 

what is withheld.

One attitude or the other 

becomes a way of life. ~ Elisabeth Elliot

Greetings, my dear friends! It is January, and how quickly the holidays have come and gone! I hope you all enjoyed the holiday season! 

I am reevaluating several things right now. I am not one to make new year resolutions but this year, decisions have to be made, and I need to take better care of myself. More about this in an upcoming post.

I still have three trees up and Hubby is happy they are still up. The Island is dealing with a lot of sickness right now so, it’s nice to still have some pretty lights around. We will take our time putting Christmas decorations away. There really is no hurry.

How wonderful it was to have my Michigan family here for a few days! It had been three years since they were here. They drove all the way from MI and did just fine without running into any  problems. Of course, Mama was praying that the tests would go well and the weather was good!

Unfortunately, our Christmas did not go as planned for Hubby and me! We were all supposed to go over to NB to spend Christmas with our son and his family. But I was in no shape to travel. My back has been so bad that I had to stay put and not make the two hour drive to NB. But I was thrilled that everyone else got to spend the holidays together. 

My family has not spent Christmas together since 2006, so it was a great celebration. All but my hubby and me and two grandsons in Ontario were able to make it. Everyone had a marvellous time!

HAPPY are they who take life day by day, complain very little, and are thankful for the little things. ~ unknown

They cooked a thirty pound turkey with all the trimmings. This is our handsome cook and my granddaughter.

Notice how the gravy is sitting in a well made in the mashed potatoes! There were mashed potatoes with gravy, root vegetables, homemade cranberry sauce, which my youngest son made, savoury dressing, and salad. Yum! I’m sorry I missed it! Most of all, I missed celebrating with everyone!

The cook and my youngest grandson.

My son’s tree.

My little grand fur baby, Boomer. He’s tuckered out because he had a very busy day with a houseful of company as well as another pup!

Our New Year always begins with a birthday. This is my birthday bouquet; a gift from my Island son and his girlfriend.

We had a dangerous blizzard the other day and I made some sticky date pudding with warm toffee sauce just before it arrived. It was so good! 

We got 38 cm of snow and the winds were 102 km. Those were probably the highest winds we have had in years. We didn’t lose our power however which was a huge blessing! Apparently there is another one headed our way again this weekend and the winds are supposed to be even higher! I am yearning for springtime already. I think Boomer is too. Up until this year, he hasn’t seen much snow because he lived in BC.

Boomer and I hope your New Year is off to a great start! Thank you for visiting and do take care.

As I live each day may I make a difference

And touch one heart….

Each day it is my goal

To bring smiles and laughter

Into a soul! ~ author unknown

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

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