With just the three of us, I let a few traditions go. I pulled out serving pieces and washed them, but we ended up putting food on our plates from the stove. I've never done that at a holiday before. No centerpiece, no fancy napkins, no silver that needed polishing. No fancy tablecloth, no candles. Nothing but us. I think we even watched TV while we ate. After the dishes were safely ensconced in the dishwasher (no handwashing ordeal this year, either) rather than a long nap, we went shopping and picked up a few holiday gifts. Most unusual.
I missed all the traditions.
Another tradition at our house dictates we decorate for Christmas during the Thanksgiving long weekend. We did that this year. Rob wasn't going to put up all of the decorations he normally does and when he asked if I wanted to do all the things I usually do, I was a little put off. I missed the Thanksgiving traditions I gave up and was not willing to do that for two holidays in a row. So, when all the dishes we didn't use were put away and the last of the leftovers were packed for lunches, we started to decorate.
And, we decorated.
There'll be more on each of these pics between now and the holiday. And, between decorating and paying bills and eating out and holiday shopping and backing up all our photos, I quilted.
And, I quilted.
Okay, if anybody tells you that pebbling (snowballing) is easy, you just tell them that they are nuts. It takes way longer than the other background filler I did. The challenge is to see how many of those pebbles you can make exactly circular. Around, and around, and around we go.
If you did not get on your scale this morning, do not. Oh, how I wish I could take that decision back. Sometimes not knowing is better than knowing.
Take care and have a great Monday. Lane