This week was a real mixture of joy and sorrow, easy and hard.
A dear friend lost her Mom.
Another loved one’s husband got laid off.
December is so very dark, and many I know, including myself, find that adjustment very difficult.
The holidays often bring up lots of bitter sweet emotions that we have to feel, and then let go of.
I was also feeling low physically for most of the week.
But making a list of what brought me joy truly does help to comfort achy spots.
So here goes:
A JOY list for the week on December 12, 2011 :
Art Journal time taken. Yay !
Christmas cactus blooming right on time !
Christmas shopping underway, and going relatively stress-free.
Even included a few little gifties for myself !
(A puzzle for the deep, dark, January evenings. Thanks to my friends, Kim and Riley, who reminded me of my love of puzzles this past summer !)
A couple’s dinner at my friends, Lois and Mike’s, house that included great conversation, laughter and an exchange of handmade goodies. I love my owl, Lo !
My pets never fail to bring me moments of sweet joy, just by being around.
How’s this for a silly portrait portrait of my 8 year old puppy, Chica ?
(Leave me a caption for what you think she might be saying if you are inspired to add to the joy to the week !)
It was also a joy to see the Christmas decorations that have been stored away for a year come out of their boxes.
Certain ones made me feel really nostalgic this year. Many have been around for 11 years or so, since David and I celebrated our first Christmas together.
Like this one, that is a favorite of my friend, Suzanne, who is celebrating her birthday today !
Love you, Suzy !
Happy and joyful Holidays to you, Beautiful Ones !
Much love !
More joy at Meri’s Musings