Monday, January 5, 2015
I had a lovely Christmas and time with my family while the kids were on break. Saw "The Hobbit", took a nap or two, cooked a lot, cleaned a lot, and enjoyed lots of cocoa and board games, including The Downton Abbey Board Game. Love it!
I'm back now and ready to SIT. And TYPE. No excuses. Gotta get this manuscript finished!
What's on your plate as you start 2015?
Monday, December 22, 2014
In the busyness of these days, I hope you can take a few minutes to experience His peace. Set aside time with your Bible. Pray. Reflect on what it means that the God of the Universe took on flesh and was born for your sake. That He loves you.
That's something this song helps me remember.
Praying you and yours enjoy a blessed Christmas.
I'll be taking a break until January 5. See you in the New Year!
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Congratulations to Caryl! She's the winner of A Cup of Christmas Cheer Volume 3, thanks to author Debbie Lynne Costello!
Caryl, I'll be in touch for your address.
Thanks for the giveaway, Debbie Lynne, and thanks to all who entered!
Monday, December 15, 2014
Let me see…ten things about myself.
Thank you, Debbie Lynne! We have a lot in common...Christmas, genealogy, and coconut, for starters!
Don't forget to leave a comment with a way to contact you to be entered into the drawing before Thursday, Dec 18, 11:59 pm PST (winner announced Friday, Dec 19)! Cup of Christmas Cheer is a keeper, just the sort of book I leave out all December long. The stories are short but full of holiday spirit. I can't say it enough: enter to win this book! You'll love it!
|Available from Guideposts! Click here.|
Here's a bit about Debbie Lynne's story:
Monday, December 8, 2014
How is your December going?
I'm having a lot of fun so far with holiday prep, Christmas parades, open houses, shopping, gift-wrapping, and kids' activities.
But I'm not doing well at savoring the season. Sitting down with a cup of tea and enjoying a good holiday story while enjoying the tree, jotting a note to a friend, or thinking of the Incarnation and how it changed the world (and me, too!).
Will you join me in trying to squeeze in time for a cup of Christmas tea? You know the poem, but let's not wait until Christmas. Let's set aside time this week for quiet, peace, and reflection...and a nice hot cup of tea.
Monday, December 1, 2014
That’s an Anglo-Saxon greeting of good health, part of an ancient custom that’s changed in meaning over the centuries. One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the image of the wassail bowl, filled to the brim and redolent with sweet and spice, ready to be shared among friends.
the hero, far-hidden; no harp resounds,
in the courts no wassail, as once was heard.
Our toast it is white and our ale it is brown;
Our bowl it is made of the white maple tree;
With the wassailing bowl, we'll drink to thee.
Among the leaves so green;
Here we come a-wand'ring
So fair to be seen.
Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail too;
And God bless you and send you a Happy New Year
And God send you a Happy New Year.
1 cup cranberry or orange juice
Simmer until hot. Enjoy!
Monday, November 24, 2014
Still questioning the wisdom of this. I could have answers!
But I wouldn't necessarily be able to speak about them, which is half the fun.
|It's already available for preorder on Amazon! Look how big the babies are now!|
Speaking of spoilers, avert your eyes for a bit if you wish to know nothing about the current season. I'm not giving anything away, mind you, because I haven't seen the current season. But I do know a bit and I want to know what the hoopla is about:
- Who might be moving to America? Tom, you are forbidden to go anywhere!
- Why is George Clooney in the Christmas episode? (Celebrity gossip tangent: George became friends with Hugh Bonneville while filming "Monuments Men" and that is how he got the gig. If there is a bit of poetic justice in the Downton Universe, he will be there to woo Edith and won't care a figgy pudding about Mary.)
- What happened to Edith's beau/baby daddy?
Meanwhile, I have my Downton Abbey possessions to comfort me (yes, this is a joke).
Last year I scored for Christmas. Mom gave my daughter and me D.A necklaces that are super fancy. I was also given Downton wine (according to the label, it was chosen by Bates himself). I photographed it next to Downton Abbey wrapping paper, which I found at World Market (they also sold china, white with little gold and black flourishes).
|Ooh la la! I'm just like the Crawleys!|
I was also given a D.A. plum pudding, which we ate Christmas Day. It was dense, sweet, and chock full of raisins.
|Of course we set it on fire! If you look closely, you can see the blue flames.|
And this year my friend gave me some D.A. tea. It's delicious!
|Yum! Other flavors are available, too, but this is mine!|
Scouring Amazon, I found new goodies for this year. Behold, a cd of Lord Grantham's favorite Christmas tunes! Elizabeth McGovern (Cora) sings! The classical pieces look fabulous. Of course, this isn't the first D.A. cd. There's a soundtrack out, too.
|Want it under your Christmas tree? Click here.|
Speaking of Carson, he's written a book on staff management. It'll be out Nov. 25.
|If you're having problems with your footmen, click here.|
Is there nothing that man can't do?
Last but not least--because I could go on forever, trust me--is the official board game. This is something I may have to buy so I can play with my local D.A.-fan friends, and haul in a suitcase to next year's ACFW for some cutthroat competition with a few Inkies.
|Oh mercy. Guess what I want for Christmas.|
|It looks a bit like Clue, but the directions describe tasks to complete.|
Squee! Roll the dice and have a sip of D.A. tea while the Christmas cd plays in the background. We're on!
Who's with me?
originally appeared on Inkwell Inspirations