I’ve never been big on Advent Calendars until a couple of years ago. That is when I discovered the ones put out by Jacquie Lawson for your computer or iPad. This years is Edwardian and I am thoroughly enjoying it. Although I would most likely be one of the maids at that time, I am enjoying all the decorating, etc. My favorite so far is day 3 when you get to make your own flower arrangements and decide where to place them. If you don’t want to be a maid you can choose the Alpine Village. It’s not too late to join the fun!
one of my flower arrangements
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Outside my window…leaves are falling.
I am thinking…about the exciting days ahead.
I am thankful…that in 8 days my oldest son and his wife will be here.
In the kitchen…pumpkin bread for my English class ladies.
I am wearing…my go-to apron.
I am going…to teach one my English classes for the last time.
I am wondering…if I will ever get my Christmas shopping done.
I am reading…The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs
I am looking forward to…all of my children in Japan for Christmas!
I am learning…to prioritize my to-do list.
Around the house…a scented candle is burning.
I am pondering…the Light of Christmas.
A quote for today…
“Christmas is so much more than a holiday. So much more than buying and wrapping and cooking and eating and trimming with tinsel and mailing out cards. It’s a season for reflection, for preparation, for renewal.” ~The Women of Christmas, pg. 4
One of my favorite things…white lights and nutcrackers. Oops! That’s two.
A few plans for the rest of the week:
-trip to Costco
…missing my doggie as I decorate for Christmas this year. She would have been 8 years old on 12/06. She used to growl at my snowmen and we always took a picture of her in front of the tree each year. Her eyes looked so sad in this picture. Now I know why.
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I mentioned T-tapp the other day and it generated some interest, so thought I would remind you of the sale and giveaway here. I also wanted to tell you about the Cyber Monday sale at the T-tapp website. If you are new to T-tapp, I recommend the Basic Workout Plus for only $19.98 at the bottom of the page. Have a great Monday!!!
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“In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”
~I John 1:4
I am reading from The Christmas Bible Reading Plan this Christmas asking the Lord to give me a renewed sense of His marvelous gift to us of His Son.
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“The important thing is—how are you acting? Are you bitter and resentful that you must live and work under such circumstances? Or are you asking to be conformed to His image, seeking fellowship with Him in this human suffering, watching for His resurrection power to be manifested, confident that you will know Him better when the discipline is past, and to be satisfied with that? The circumstance will pass in time, but the revelation you will receive of Himself, His love, and His power will enrich you forever.” ~In the Arena by Isobel Kuhn, pg. 31
*photo taken last week by my hubby at beautiful Asuke
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There is no Black Friday sale good enough to tempt me to join in the frenzy. Having said that, I’m in Japan and we don’t have it here. I might do a little on the internet later, but first things first. Putting up the tree today!
My inbox has been full today with all the Black Friday sales. One is for T-Tapp. I don’t usually talk about diet and exercise here, but maybe I should after the meal most of us ate this week and the promise of more to come! HA! I started doing T-Tapp August 2012 and quit the gym I was attending for reasons I won’t go into here. I.am.a.believer. I haven’t lost many pounds, but the inches are slowly melting away. My arthritic knee that was paining me is now pain free. I was able to walk 15k around a lake in September with no preparation other than T-Tapp. The best part for me is that in as little as 15 minutes a day, you can see results! My favorite online trainer is having a sale and a giveaway. Hope you’ll check it out. There’s no better time like the present to get started. It will help with that annual holiday weight gain. Have a great weekend shopping…I’m off to decorate the tree. =)
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