Well here we are, the last day of 2018. What a year it's been, ups, downs, good things, heartbreaking losses, just a variety of occurrences. It wasn't an easy year to get through, not at all, but it's taught me some valuable lessons that I'm sure I needed to learn, and for that I'm thankful.
As always, I don't know what the new year has in store, and that really used to play on my mind, but I've decided that there's no need for that kind of thinking, because the Lord is already there, He's already seen what is going to happen, and He has prepared me for it all.
And so I got into 2019 with an open heart and an open mind, and ready to claim it as the best year yet for us. My wish, for every single one of you reading this post, is that you are abundantly blessed, and that the new year brings you everything you wish for, but above all, health and happiness.
At the moment it is 40 degrees. We have sunny skies but it looks like we are expecting some snow and rain towards the end of the week.
Right now I am:
On the couch, under a warm blanket and having my coffee.
About all that I to do today, paying bills and getting some things done around the house.
On my reading pile:::
I have a few books for reviews coming up , but I am also rereading Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series.
Yesterday afternoon, I found my Kindle. I had completely forgot about it and wasn't even sure where I had placed it, but after some digging around I found it, charged it and powered it up. I was so excited, you could have sworn I got a new Kindle for Christmas. I have so many wonderful books on it, books that I haven't yet read. Can't wait.
On my tv:::
I have been indulging in some Mary Berry shows. If you love cooking and homemaking, you will no doubt know who Mary Berry is. Yesterday afternoon, while I crocheted, I watched Classic Mary Berry, and today I'm starting Mary Berry's Country House Secrets.
Favorite Blog post this week:::
There will now be a short interlude by Welsh Hills Again.
On the menu for this week:::
My next two week menu plan is all about simple recipes.
Monday - New Year's Eve. Jasmine is treating us to pizza tonight :)
Tuesday - Fajitas, Cilantro Lime Rice, Southwest style beans
Wednesday - Ham and Cheese Sliders, Homemade Fries
Thursday - Panda Express Chow Mein with Chicken
Friday - Sausages in Tomato Sauce, Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli
Saturday - Fettucine Alfredo, Foccaccia
Sunday - Sandwiches, Leftovers
On my to do list:::
Laundry - Kids have their laundry to do and I also want to wash my bed linens
Homeschooling - Nick has a few lessons to finish up for this semester
Take photos for blog review
Take down Christmas tree and decorations
What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
I started another corner to corner granny blanket to use up bits of yarn I have laying around.
I want to point you in the direction of a previous post I did back in 2012. Seeing as Christmas is over and you may have a real tree needing to dispose of. I leave you an idea on what to do with those beautifully scented pine needles.
Looking around the house:::
I need to give it a good clean, not that it's dirty but I just feel like it needs a deep clean. There's still Christmas decorations up and I'm ready for them all to be gone and my house to be back to it's usual state.
From the camera:::
I had forgotten just how much I loved my kindle and it was pure joy going through it again and seeing all the wonderful books I have yet to read.
On my prayer list:::
My friend back in South Africa, who's 21 year old daughter was critically injured in a car accident. She is fighting for her life. Please say a prayer for Kassandra.
My friend Courtney whose husband is fighting cancer.
My mother in law Pat, she just finished radiation.
My family, for health and financial stability.
Friends and family as well, who I always pray for.
Bible verse, Devotional:::