Hello friends. I hope that your holidays have been merry and bright. Ours certainly have been. Aside from, you know, the stomach bug to end all stomach bugs ravaging our entire household within 5 days, including two days before Christmas (that’s when my time to suffer came ‘a calling!).
Otherwise, things have been grand. So grand, in fact, that I’ve been craving a very, very analog life, as it were, and less of a digital one. This past year was pretty intense, working back-to-back on two books. Once the holidays began ramping up, and both books were done and I had more time to hang out in my p.j.’s with my fellas and soak it all in, or don our winter gear and go get out in it, that’s precisely what I wanted to do.
There have been cookie exchanges and handmade gifting sessions and Solstice walks and all kinds of merriment taking place. There have been friends visiting and family cookie-baking days and the consumption of copious amounts of baked goods and homemade cocktails (YES!). Would you believe there’s even been another (another!) book proposed, and, it would appear, accepted (I do so love to write, you know?!)? There has been so very much goodness brewing that it has actually brought me to tears at times.
As we move into a New Year, full of possibility and, for some, uncertainty, from our home to yours, sincerest wishes for abundant health, creativity, and happiness. Big, big love, friends.
*Images, top to bottom: My boy and his bearded friend; looking into the kitchen from outside; helping me roll out biscuits; entryway greeting; sugar cookie fixins’; cutting out shapes with Gigi and Nanny (Huxley’s grandmother and great-grandmother); setting out cookies for Santa (first time we’ve done this-so much fun!); Christmas tree bonanza (after my mom came over and added her gifts to the growing mound of goodies); opening gifts with a 3 year-old is the best gift of all!); a gift from mom to keep my noggin’ toasty; our Christmas meal feast; my incredible cache of gifts from Glenn (he knows me so very well); a Christmas light spectacle at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center (oh my!); and dinner with our beloved friends Jen, Jon, their daughter Awynn and Jen’s parents Bill and Caroline at Stone Bowl (amazing Korean food in South Asheville-our first visit but far from our last!).