Monday, December 21, 2015

The Magic of Winter Solstice

Today is one of those special days that often gets lost in the hustle of the holidays, but it's nice to pause on what is the shortest day and the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. It reminds me of the many lovely winter solstice celebrations that my son's piano teacher and her charming German husband Ewold held in their home. We were a part of these recitals for many years and what great memories. After the kid's pieces were played they served homemade stollen, punch and Evold would read a poem aloud. It was such a simple gathering yet heartfelt and made one feel these are the things that matter.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Thoughts on Festive Attire

I hope you are enjoying the holidays. It's been crazy. More posts with some fun things coming if I can find the time to get them written! I thought I'd share what I did clothes wise for holiday parties this year. It's always a dilemma for me...Do I buy new or use something already in the closet and likely not worn much. This year I cleaned out anything that didn't fit well, or look good, so I had nada. I had to hit the shops just days before a big event. Never the best idea. I did okay though.

My husband had his company holiday party aboard one of those Hornblower Yachts in San Francisco Bay last week. It was the most stormy night and wet, but I survived. I tell you I am not a fan of boats and especially in storms and at night, but I was a good wife, took the dramamine and bound myself with all sorts of compression bands and got through. I had one cocktail too.

  My photo from the party of the Bay Bridge. Does this tell you anything about my state? Lol.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Power of Thanks This Holiday Season

I'm way behind on posting this month. It's always a crazy time for us with both kid's birthdays and with Christmas coming. It's easy to get the feeling I am overwhelmed. I haven't ordered our Christmas cards yet and have no decent photo from the year I'd want to send out of any of us. I have a smattering of shopping done and thinking about what would make each person happy makes me worry I can't deliver. Then there is the whole baking thing. I have always baked with my boys and yet now I am not sure when we will find time between finals, college apps, and all. Yet there is the whole big question about how this holiday will be without my dear mother. It's something I almost cannot think about yet have to get through and help my dad with too.

Still, I have so much to be thankful for and there is nothing like the holiday season to bring that to the forefront. Today my wonderfully positive friend Aimee posted this article on having a grateful heart and I just loved it. The author was going through a hard time in his life, finding little to be thankful for and decided to begin by writing 365 thank you notes. One a day. The impact he made on so many changed his life as well. Maybe you've heard this. The book was called A Simple Act of Gratitude, but just this article alone was uplifting. So I am going to remember to make a point of thanking those in my life, my friends, my family and my community and also try to be thankful in my heart for what this season brings and not focus on getting through the holidays, but just enjoying each moment.

I'm thankful for the music my son brings into our lives and the school who taught him cello and his pals who gathered him on a cold night to raise funds for Syrian refugees.