Wednesday, December 28, 2011

1999 Books Read - Last Installment!

The last day of 2011 is almost upon me, and I have recorded neither November nor December books read in 1999. I am a procrastinator, I admit,  but had I not so rudely interrupted myself for the last three months with things other than blogging, I already would have been finished with the (seemingly interminable) list of books I read in 1999.  

Fear not; the list is not long. As I have written previously, I was a voracious reader until I discovered rubber stamping in September that year. The number of books read in a month declined precipitously from there on.

Without further ado:

November -

China Trade - S.J. Rozan
Concourse - S.J. Rozan
Mandarin Plaid - S.J. Rozan
Payment in Blood - Elizabeth George
Well Schooled in Murder - Elizabeth George
A Suitable Vengance - Elizabeth George
Rewrites (audio) - Neil Simon
Catnap - Carole Nelson Douglas
Brewing Up a Storm - Emma Lathen

December - 
Dakota - Kathleen Norris
The Cloister Walk - Kathleen Norris
Amazing Grace - Kathleen Norris

At least I finished the year with something other than murder mysteries.  If you are interested in things of a spiritual nature, I recommend Kathleen Norris' work to you.

                           THE END!

Back later with different stuff.  Tomorrow is also a day!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Christmas to All

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My Christmas cards have been designed, created, and mailed.

The gifts I am giving to family and friends are wrapped. Those that needed to be mailed to far away places have been sent -- on time!

The house smells like Snickerdoodles and Oatmeal, Cranberry, Walnut cookies that have just come out of the oven. As soon as they are cool, they will be packaged into hand-decorated bags for delivery to my close neighbors this afternoon.

A special Black Forest Cake for my Good Neighbor will be in the oven in a few minutes, and will be cooled, decorated and ready to deliver before suppertime.

At church, all the brass and silver has been polished, the Christmas frontal and other special hangings have been placed. The area behind and around the altar has been decorated with white and red poinsettias, small rosemary trees and even a couple of small fir trees (sans bells and trinkets). The window sills are dressed with tiny pine wreaths and candles, and beautiful. large wreaths are hung on all the outside doors. The nativity scene is set up, ready to receive the baby Jesus during the Christmas Eve service. It's all beautiful.

I'm happy and content.

My wish for all of you is a Blessed and Happy Christmastide. I hope you have a wonderful day.

Please remember --

The Work of Christmas

When the song of the Angel is stilled,
When the Star in the sky is gone,
When the Kings and princes are home,
When the Shepherds are back with their flock,

The work of Christmas begins:

To Find the lost - To Heal the Broken - To Feed the hungry -
To Release the prisoner - To Rebuild the nations -
To bring Peace among brothers and sisters -
To make music in the Heart.

- Howard Thurman