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Archive for December, 2013

End of Year

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

I started my New Year process last night with Susannah Conway’s New Year workbook. Strictly speaking, I started by checking my website’s analytics, which were dismal. Oh, the year over year wasn’t bad, but looking at the numbers since the relaunch was dismal. Then I collected the goals I had set for myself in last […]

Winding Down

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Janalisa brought us these super cute cookies in a Christmas basket. At this point, all the kids are gone — the girls back to their homes and the boys on a rock climbing trip. I was back at work today but I do intend to spend the next couple of days taking stock and planning […]

Fiona, 2000-2013

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

We had to take Fiona to be put to sleep. She was in pain and had stopped eating. Sad day.

FOs of 2013

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Unless I’ve forgotten something, these Christmas gifts are my finished objects of 2014. Fluffy scarf Cotton-silk sweater Wool sweater

Christmas 2014

Thursday, December 26th, 2013


Christmas Eve

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013


Monday, December 23rd, 2013

The kids are here and we are having fun. “Love Came Down at Christmas” is the song for the day, because that’s what it’s all about.

Will You Be Ready?

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

“Will you be ready?” in this modern Advent carol is about spiritual readiness, but I am worrying about being ready in a more worldly sense. Do I have enough stuff for stockings? Will I get #2 son’s sweater finished in time? Can I get the grocery shopping done and also get the house clean and […]


Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Christmas songs can be exciting, but right now I don’t really want excitement. Calm would be good. I therefore offer you “Wind Through the Olive Tress,” which is a calm and pretty little song. It is said to be a setting of a traditional Gascon carol, which fits with the olive trees. You can sing […]

Those Who Have Been Drinking…

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

It is customary in choirs for people to ask questions on behalf of their section. “The altos,” we’ll say, “need to hear measure 19,” or “Can you play the tenor line after the fermata? We’re confused.” So it was not surprising when Miss M said, “We’re confused about page 2.” But someone contradicted her. “Those […]

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