Sunday, December 1, 2013


All of us have had the experience of
a sudden joy that came when nothing
in the world had forewarned us of its
coming - a joy so thrilling that if it was
 born of misery we remembered even the
misery with tenderness. 
~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

This has been a long weekend
filled with joy, a joy that fills
me up, a joy that I hope continues
as the holiday season unfolds, a joy
I'm holding tight to.

Thanksgiving was splendid, filled
with family, good food and love.

I have made three batches of stock
that are now stored in the freezer
just waiting to become a soup
or a stew.

The house is ready for Advent
and I have spent the last few
days working on 'top-secret'
gift making, my favorite kind.
The sewing machine is even out
as this gift making stuff is
serious business.

I haven't been to town in over
two weeks, and really wouldn't
mind if I never stepped in a store
again. An all handmade Christmas
sounds perfect to me.

I am preparing for a trip, one that
I will travel alone, leaving my
two guys here to fend for themselves.
Ten days!
It's been years since I've flown and
I've never traveled alone. Oh,
my world is changing.

Joining with Amanda.


  1. It sounds bliss where are you off to on your travels? Can't wait to hear about what you have been making. :o)

  2. Oh Tracey it sounds like you had the most wonderful weekend, and that makes me so happy :)

    I am with you on the handmade Christmas, they are the best kind.

    Good luck on your travels, have fun wherever you are off to.

  3. sounds like a wonderful weekend. and a mystery... where will your travels take you for 10 whole days??

  4. Sounds like the best Thanksgiving. But your holiday sound fun too what an adventure I hope you'll be meeting up with someone fun.
    Happy days.

  5. Oh wow - cant wait to hear more about your travels! So glad you had a great holiday weekend - I havent been in a supermarket or store for tow weeks either xx

  6. Can't wait to hear the travel destination! I know you will have FUN. I don't care for crowds so I only shop early in the morning before most people wake up. It works for me.

  7. What a wonderful weekend! A handmade Christmas sounds splendid to me.

  8. That sounds so exciting, can't wait to find out more about that trip!!
    10 whole days, even flying, my mind of off to explore all the possibilities... :)

  9. Have a good trip and a wonderful Christmas season!

  10. my idea of shopping is the same year round....a trip to the grocery store. I don't think I've been in the mall in years (and have no intention of doing so this year, either!!!) sewing machine, huh??? I'm intrigued! What's up!???

  11. How exciting! A trip all of your own. I do so enjoy those! I hate shopping and usually end up heading out to shop at the last minute because I dread it so much and put it off. If I were a planner, I could do an all homemade Christmas, but I'm not.

  12. where ya going? where ya going? oh come on....I want to know!

  13. It was nice to cross your path and make a connection last week. I look forward to reading more about your inspirational life and style. Safe travels to you and God bless!

  14. Hope you have a wonderful trip and I can't wait to see the updates. On both the trip and the top secret project.

  15. I am so proud of you for embracing change and spreading your wings!