Monday, December 26, 2011


The secret of happiness is this:
Let your interests be as wide as possible,
and let your reactions to things and persons
that interest you be as far as possible
friendly rather than hostile.

         Bertrand Arthur William Russell

Well Christmas Day is over; the turkey is in the refrigerator, the rest of the meal is packaged up beside it. We will be eating leftovers for the week I am sure. I will be having company to help empty this frig of ours over the next few days. This is such a blessing as many people do not have food, a home, and only dream of refrigerator, we are extremely blessed.

Christmas Day was fantastic, we spent time together, just the four of us, we had much to be thankful for, this has been a year of many lessons, and truly amazing miracles. Our time together is rare and we were going to enjoy getting to hear what was going on in each other’s lives. There will be plenty of time to spend with more family after this day. It was not about the presents even though I received some very special ones, it was all about love.

We took our time around the kitchen table eating our breakfast. We watched the cows eating their hay and the little calves running back and forth. We talked about the good things in our lives. We laughed, and joked about the silly things that have happened in our busy lives. We talked about how Christmas Eve was so special while spending time with our families. The smiles on Oma, and Nanny’s face, forever imbedded in our thoughts.  We talked about plans for the future always remembering just how truly blessed we are. I love these times with my family.

There was no snow for our Christmas but that was OK, I never left the house. I had no desire to leave this laughing, and joking enclosure I was immersed in. I was surrounded by most of the truly important things in my life. I could sit here listening to the goings on, and still see my lovely trees, and bush off in the distance. I knew I would be out there tomorrow but for now I was content on peeling potatoes at this table and watching the coyotes sitting on the bales of hay in the field. There will be plenty of days ahead to worry about them. Today was all about our family, and those worries were not to be a part of my day. I only had one wish about that, I wish again I had a camera that could capture the beauty of that scene.

It is Boxing Day (my sisters birthday), and the girls have headed off to the City to shop. This has never appealed to me. I myself will be heading off to the bush and capture some shots and remember the Christmas Day we had all enjoyed.

 The girls will come home and show us what they bought; we will laugh, and joke about it and eat that leftover turkey. I will not be thinking of the day coming when we will be saying goodbye again. Life is wonderful.

I do hope all of you enjoyed your Christmas Day and are immersed in your families laughing, and joking, making memories that will get us all through this winter that I am sure will eventually come. I will return in a few days, after we make that trip to the train station and hopefully I will not cry.



  1. thank you for sharing your love with us. :)

  2. How beautiful to think on Christmas day this way!


  3. sounds just about perfect. may your blessings continue... :o)

  4. So glad you had a nice Christmas...not much snow here either. Enjoy your day!

  5. It sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas! It's all about the memories!'s ok to cry! :)

  6. You will cry. I will too. My mouth is already twisting into funny shapes just reading your blog and thinking about it. After a big, big family day yesterday we are quietly just the 4 of us today...and 2 dogs. We are quieter...2 boys watching a movie, me here, hubby studying about his new camera. We have today and tomorrow to cocoon before they leave. And I will cry. Just a little. Hopefully they won't know. I's a sweet, sweet time. Sandra

  7. Sounds like a wonderful time... and tears are not a bad thing, they express the depths of our feelings.

  8. What a lovely post. I always enjoy reading here! You write very well!

  9. WONDERFUL... and as far as the tears at the station... good luck with that one. I never make it!

  10. How nice that you were able to gather your girls around to enjoy the holiday. That is one of the best things about Christmas for me as well. Love the photos of your curly baby calves. I'd be they aren't sorry about no snow either.

  11. you Will Cry..we all do

  12. Your Christmas sounds perfect, thank you for sharing it with us.
    You are entirely entitled to spill a few tears - I would - I hate goodbyes. :))

  13. Just the way Christmas should be. I hope that you will cry if you feel like crying. It's not good to bottle up these kinds of emotions.
    Happy New Year.

  14. I love to read your words - they reflect so much inner thoughts that we all share...

    and those calves are SOOOO cute!!!!!


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