Morning Meanderings….Count Down To Christmas


Good morning.

I hope all of you are well and snug and warm and ready for the week to come.

This season is odd for me now.

No tree is put up in our home.  I am not bustling around and wrapping gifts and making lists….

The joy of the season – for me is gone.  For now anyway.  And I hate even writing that because it makes me sad but it is also so true.

So what do I do?

This week I will do what I have been doing the last 5 months.  I will stay busy.  I will go to the gym, walk in the arb, have coffee dates and find my way through.  My friend Amy and I are going to make a make shift 5k for Christmas eve eve  (yes the eve before the eve) because having something to focus on works for me.

Enough of that though….

lets talk books.

WHAT?????  Books?

Yes yes.. ha ha.  I have not written a review in ages.  I need to.  I want to.  I am ready for a New Year in that sense as I can start my Good Read goal again…. the one I blew this year as I just…. didnt.

AND be sure to check out First Book of the year…..  AND soon to be coming/posting will be One Word…. our word for the year which I am still sorting through as I do every year…trying to pick just the right one.  It is a BIG DEAL.

So that is a brief what is happening with me.  I am off to the gym, making biscotti this afternoon while listening to audio and perhaps a walk in the arb with a friend.

Working my way back.

I am.


20 thoughts on “Morning Meanderings….Count Down To Christmas

  1. We love you Sheila. We may not understand what you are going through, or quite what to do, but hear this: you are loved. Not everyone celebrates this time of year. I’m walking on eggshells personally myself over tech issues right now, so the holidays suck here too.

    Superwoman be damned. Be Here.Now. I’m glad you are.

  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts…and find the joy wherever you can. Since you love Gilmore Girls…did you watch the revival? I just bought Lauren Graham’s newest book, and I’m eager to read it.

    Looking forward to First Book! And…picking One Word. Mine this year was Balance, and while I did make some progress, it’s going to take a lot more to turn this somewhat “OCD” person into someone balanced!

  3. Lovely strong Sheila! I salute you every time you write something, and I cannot imagine what you are going through as I haven’t lost anyone as special to me like your son was to you. I love the fact that you are not doing Christmas the “usual way” just because its Christmas and I hope your husband and your other son agrees with you. Grief takes time, spend it in the way its right for you.

    Love from rainy Norway (no, no snow for Christmas in the near future)!

    1. Thank you Elida – the three of us discuss this of how to do Christmas… I dont want to let them down. Brad understands and he is game for whatever…. we were never all that traditional anyway…. but what little traditions we did have (big dinner, board games, watching movies) seems impossible at this time.

      If they were more like me – I would be hiking my way through Christmas…. or exploring something…. but they are way laid back and like to keep things low key.

  4. Oh, Sheila – this time of year must be so hard for you and your family. I may not ‘understand’ or ‘know’ what you’re going through – but me, and many others within the book community, are thinking of you.

    1. Thank you. It is a hard time…I hate even knowing it is Christmas without Justin here… makes me so sad and angry. I have to remind myself often that many people hurt this time of year for many reasons and even worse then my own story. I remind myself to be thankful for the years I had… the relationship I had. I was blessed – I know it.

  5. I’m so sorry this season is now so difficult for you, Sheila. One day at a time, right? I;m glad you have good friends & things to keep you busy…and books!

    Excited for First Book of the Year because I was away last year and couldn’t participate. Looking forward to it this year. Thanks for hosting again!

    Thinking of you…and hoping you can find some joy in the season.


    Book By Book

  6. *hugs and love your way*

    You know we only live about three hours apart now? Once all the snow is gone and I feel safe driving long distances again, we definitely need to get together!

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