We finally got the decorations up, thanks to Jim. My little tree looks good with all my Santa ornaments on it. And the rest will have to do. I’m not one of those people that overdo with Christmas decorations in every inch of my house. I’m a minimalist. But I wanted to have it feel Christmas-y for when my family comes over for our family gathering on Christmas Day. I got so busy making candy, making gifts, and shopping that I thought I was doing pretty well, emotionally. This will be our 4th Christmas without James. Different times of the year are particularly difficult, Christmas is one of those times. When I came downstairs and saw that Jim had started putting up the decorations, it felt like someone punched me in the stomach. It actually took my breath away. Damn, it’s really Christmas, again, without James. But just like getting punched in the stomach, you eventually catch your breath. You get up, dust yourself off, and you move on. I miss him more than I can ever articulate. But I move on. The sun has been so kind to come out the past couple of days, so Millie and I have been able to take our walks. I need that, both physically and mentally. That little fur ball has been such a blessing to me, even when she eats chocolate and needs a trip to the vet right before Christmas. <sigh> I’m pretty much ready for the big day.
I was happy to quilt one of my own quilts today. This is a quilt I made from a class with Lee Fowler at Ocean Waves Quilt Camp this past fall. I’ll take a picture of the whole thing tomorrow in the daylight. I quilted it using a pantograph called, “Bubbles” from Willow Leaf Studios. It’s a very bright, happy quilt and I love how it turned out. I’m going to sew on the binding tomorrow, then I hope to make some progress on Cindy’s One Block Wonder quilt I’ve been working on for….a long time. It’s going to be beautiful when it’s finished. Only about 45 blocks to go…..