Paths forward through the pandemic

Christmas is but a few days away. The hustle and bustle of previous years is dissipated, gratefully so. I for one do not miss the frenzy. Record snowfalls in some parts of the U.S. and cold temperatures everywhere encourage Christmas bakers to practice their art. Snowball cookies, or nut butter balls, pressed sugar cookies, chocolate turtles and Christmas buckeyes, are all waiting to be devoured. Gifts of orange and walnut sweet breads are baked and delivered to friends. (The oranges are shared offerings from our neighbor’s citrus trees!)

My New Mexico family will be missed, as will my New York family. Joyfully, Connecticut arrives tonight.

In recent days, walking on our beautiful Island has brought a calm and peaceful feeling. Somehow knowing our New Mexico family is enjoying the great outdoors and walking their own path makes me happy.

Not together, but part of the same and taking time from the business of life to move forward on paths to happiness.

Merry Christmas. Let the sparkle fill your hearts!

About Jayne in Georgia

Wife, mother, and owner of pets much loved. Gardener of three decades, amateur photographer, ardent about art, antiques and books.
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7 Responses to Paths forward through the pandemic

  1. Merry Christmas! My family is on the other side of the country for Christmas. I think many of us are in the same situations. Better times ahead.

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  2. Anna says:

    A lovely post. Merry Christmas!


  3. shoreacres says:

    It’s an odd year, for sure, but I’ve had so many ‘odd’ Christmases and have so little family left, it’s probably not as hard for me as for those with extended family. I hope your celebrations are pleasing, and that we all have a better year ahead.

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  4. bittster says:

    This reminds me of how lucky we really are. In college I could only afford a single call home on Sundays, growing up I remember my mother excited over the rare letters from her friends in Germany and the occasional call to mom. Now we can call and text and video and email and forward jokes and photos at any time of day as often as we like. We just can’t visit for a few more months.
    Enjoy your holidays! New Mexico looks amazing as usual 🙂


  5. So, I have a little confession. Every year on your blog and I search back to 2013…”So this is Christmas” I shed a few tears for all the wonderful people I love and miss. Then, magically I am filled with gratitude, love, and I can remember all that I’m thankful for this year and always. Thank you for that gift. Merry Merry Christmas dear Jayne! The bitterness does glorify the sweet things at least eventually. oxoxo


    • Oh Linda, that is so sweet. So, we learn to live without those who were so much an integral part of our past, but we continually look for the signs that they are still part of our today. I can get in a sticky situation or a puzzle I’m trying to solve, and my mind goes to an imaginary conversation with A. and I find that things can be much clearer when I am finished talking it through. I guess anyone who counted her as part of their life, found that she had a way of listening unequal to most. Merry Christmas to you and yours! Thank you for reading my blog..I love that you do!


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