Summer where art thou?

This is rather topical because in South Africa we are in the middle of Winter. It is not a cold Winter by many people’s standards. We have blue cloudless skies, and on most days we can sit in the sun between 10am and 3pm in shirt sleeves. It is dry though. The grass is brown. Early morning frost burns tender leaves. Evenings are characterised by the haze of veld fires. ...more

What Happens After Christmas

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”Matthew 11:28 (NIV)...more

Five Things I Did To Make Myself a Merry Christmas

This year, I worked hard for Christmas. Not shopping, cleaning or cooking. I worked hard on my attitude. And it paid off....more

The Christmas memories.

Green jello?  Anyone want some green jello.Mom made jello every Christmas.  I am not sure anyone ever ate it.She said she made it because it was pretty.  Dad just wanted it out of his elbow space.   ...more

Christmas morning.

Good morning!Girls!I think someone has been here...Merry Christmas. (I can still hear her voice.  She had the nicest way of waking someone up.) ...more

First D.C. Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, DC was serene. Congress was on holiday; no C-SPAN to be seen.No stockings this year, and no tree to be had:Such things are too pricey for a recent post-grad.And I in my sweatpants, with hot mug of teaHad just settled down for The Grinch on TV.When out on the street there arose such a clatterThat I sprang from the couch to see what was the matter.My mug hit the floor, and I slipped in the mess(Mr. Moore missed that detail in his poem, I guess)....more

The first one.

Our first Christmas without Mom,Was two days after she had passed away.Amazingly, Mom had everything ready.The baked goods were in the freezer.The turkey was in the fridge.The bread was in the bowl drying.  ...more

20 Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Here are some things that our Elf, Bob, has been up to this Christmas season!Sack races with other stuffed animals. He is winning of course!...more

Christmas Morning Cheesy Bacon Muffins

Christmas Morning Cheesy Bacon Muffins...more