Saturday, December 20, 2014

Sit, stay






The wildest week is over. I ended up getting sick too and it was the worst possible timing. The small Bears were well enough to go back to school, and all the big events were happening, just as I was feeling worse and worse. I had to back out of things I had volunteered to help with. It felt terrible, but it was the right thing. I rested, watched TV and movies, crocheted when I felt like sitting upright. It wasn't so bad; we still made it to our events and I was able to help with the LB's class party on Thursday. Last night, we did our ritual meandering drive around the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights. The Bear even tolerated some Christmas music.

This time of year, I find that things wind down as quickly as they wound up; the school break is here, the Bear's work shut-down starts in a few days, and we're all settling in for the holiday. I'm mostly feeling better. I just came home from the grocery store. I bought food for the week, as well as for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners. Ham on Christmas, and for something different, crab legs on Christmas Eve. Lots of cheese both days. A pomegranate and a persimmon, cordial cherries and Clamato. A half-gallon of egg nog. It's flippin' festive up in here.

I realized that I've already made it to December 20 without watching Love Actually, and I think I'll remedy this tonight. After that, A Christmas Story is the only one of my must-watch holiday movies left to watch; we always watch it on Christmas Eve. I've got plenty (way too much) to eat, books and magazines to read, movies to watch and all my favorite people close by; let the holidays begin.

40 comments:

  1. Have a great time Jennifer, glad you're feeling better.
    It's been so good to find your blog this year x

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  2. I hope that you are feeling much better now and that you will have a great and relaxing Christmas! Happy Christmas! xx

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  3. Happy health wished to you. You sound all set up for the holidays, have a rest and Happy Chriatmas love from Jo x

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  4. It was a mad week here too, lovely, but oh so nice to reach that point where we're all home and there's nowhere we have to be. I'm intrigued by cordial cherries, they sound delicious. I do hope you're feeling completely better very soon. Enjoy all your Christmas treats, they sound exactly what I would like as well. Your pictures are so warm and cosy looking. Wishing you an excellent Sunday. CJ xx

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  5. I am happy to hear you are feeling better! I was also sick last week, but am feeling better now - thank goodness. Your photos are so lovely and peaceful, and that's the way it should be these few days before Christmas. I am hungry now just hearing about all the yummy goodies your bought from the grocery store! Love Actually is a great holiday movie that I haven't watch this year. Maybe I'll watch it tonight! I hope you have a great weekend, Jennifer!

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  6. glad to hear the bug is leaving your household.....sounds like the holiday is settling in to a wonderful time of the year!!! enjoy the quiet-er moments!

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  7. Sorry to hear you weren't well, Jennifer, but I'm glad that you're feeling a bit better. :o)

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  8. Oh goodness.. sorry you were ill, but glad you bounced back fast! It sounds like you're all stocked up for a fabulous homey time of good food, fun things to do.. just plain fabooooo! I'm happy for you. I wished you could have joined us for our blog girls holiday luncheon! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  9. I'm sorry to hear you were brought down by that nasty illness, Jennifer. It sounds like you've turned the corner though, so hopefully by Christmas you'll be 100% again. Enjoy watching Love, Actually tonight. I watched last night. I can't decide what my favourite scene is. Maybe when Hugh Grant starts dancing. What's yours?

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  10. Oh it's too bad you were sick when you had so much to do but really happy you're feeling better in time for Christmas. It sounds like you have everything planned out well as far as food goes. Yum! Merry Christmas Jennifer to you and all of the Bears.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  11. At first when I saw your blog post title, I thought maybe you had gotten a dog, lol. I'm sorry to hear you ended up getting sick, too. Yuck. I watched Love Actually a few nights ago. A little bit of a depressing movie - I cried at the end. We watch A Christmas Story every year. It's our fave. And then I have to watch my favorite Christmas chick flick (which I haven't done yet) - The Holiday.

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  12. While I am glad you and yours are on the mend, I'm sorry that you were ill, Jennifer. Your celebration plans sound just right. [We are having ham, too] I bought some "organic" [sugar is still sugar?] candy canes this year...but have not thought to use them to form a heart as you so cleverly did. You inspire me! Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas! xx

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  13. So glad you are feeling better and that you still managed to join in the events going on during the last week.

    I am hoping to make some sweet treats for little gifts today, may have to sample a few - all in the name of quality control of course!

    Helenxx

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  14. Sounds like you have everything in control Jennifer it's a nice feeling when you can say that's it I'm done. Sorry you got ill it's usually the case when there is so much to do, glad you are feeling better, just relax and enjoy the holiday and you and your family have a great Christmas. :) xx

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  15. Sorry to hear you caught the bug too, Jennifer, and hope you'll soon feel 100% again. Your 'treatment' sounded perfect. :-)

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  16. I knew I was forgetting something !! Love Actually ! Thanks for reminding me (although my hubby will not be so happy haha) !
    I hope you can chase away the last of those naughty bugs, and that you will be healthy and feeling OK with Christmas !
    Hugs and kisses from Belgium !

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  17. That last week or two before school ends is always so busy. I'm sorry to hear you've been ill, I hope you're feeling better now. I've got Eleanor poorly, Daniel's been dosing himself with Paracetamol as he feels as though he could be starting with something and my Dad's got a terrible cough. I'm sure that one of them will have passed on something to me by Christmas Day, it's Sod's law.

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  18. It certainly sounds very festive at your Jennifer, so glad your feeling a lot better to enjoy it!
    Wishing you happy times! :)
    V x

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  19. Hope your are feeling better, just relax a bit and have fun with your lovely family. I love Love Actually it's a great movie and I always watch A Christmas Carol with Alistair Sim, my all time fav!! Merry Christmas!!

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  20. Dear Jennifer,

    It all sounds delightfully festive. I hope you feel much better soon

    Stephanie x

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  21. Olá amiga, hoje quero agradecer a Deus pelo dom da sua vida, e desejar a você e sua família
    um feliz e santo Natal, cheio de saúde e alegria!!!
    Que seu coração esteja preparado para receber o Menino Deus!!!
    Um grande abraço, Marie.

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  22. Oh, poor you coming down with a bug/"the lurgy" in the last week of school which is busy, busy, busy :( I hope you recover in time for Christmas and prescribe multiple watchings of "Love, Actually" :D

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  23. Glad you're feeling better now. Congratulations on having all your grocery shopping done; I've got that little joy to look forward to tomorrow - after taking my youngest to the orthodontist! I love the last photo with the copy of 'Little Women' - so cosy. I don't think I've ever seen 'A Christmas Story', I must keep an eye out for it this week. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas. x

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  24. Hope you feel completely better soon. I had the creeping crud myself last week ... didn't get much done except sleeping but I suppose we can't have everything! :)

    Pomegranate and persimmon are such lovely words, especially in conjunction. We too are having ham on Christmas, by the way.

    Here's wishing you and all the Bears a wonderful Christmas together.

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  25. Hi Jennifer! Hope you are all on the mend, I've been having a horrid cold as well since the beginning of December, and just when I thought I was better, it started afresh, so I know how you must feel! Hope you manage to get enough rest. Enjoy your family time!!! I love your photos!
    Have a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones!
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  26. oh no, this is the worst time of year to get ill. I hope that Love Actually helped with the recovery, take care, heal soon xxx

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  27. Glad you are feeling better, sounds like you have everything done now so sit back and enjoy xx

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  28. You're all set for a great time over Christmas. Glad you're feeling better.

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  29. So sorry to hear you have been sick too Jennifer! Hope you will feel better for Christmas! Wishing you and your family a Happy time!

    Madelief x

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  30. Oops! Sorry to hear that everyone has been sick. Staying at home and sitting still sounds like the way to go for the holidays. We are on Winter Break and I'm crocheting as much as I can. Happy holidays, Tammy

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  31. I do hope you are feeling better soon and able to enjoy all that lovely food you have bought!

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  32. Bless your heart not feeling well this time of year. Take good care of yourself.
    Meredith

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  33. I love Love Actually. It's actually one of my favourite movies. (Do you see what I did there ?!)
    Jillxo

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  34. Oh no, I am sorry you were ill. Typical, at the busiest time of year, too. I'm glad you're feeling better and hope you're settled in now, enjoying the festive preparations. I make John listen to a lot of Christmas music too. I'd say he tolerates it. Barely. xx

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  35. That's right!!! Let the holidays begin!!! And yes! They wind up just as fast as they wind down...funny how that works!!!! So glad you are feeling a bit better friend...nothing worse than being sick let alone when it is the busy week with school functions! We have been running like crazy here too! So I'm holding up my eggnog and shouting a giant cheers to you! May this Christmas bring you all great JOY!!! Nicole xoxo

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  36. You sound all ready to cosy up for the holidays with everything you need! Such a lovely festive post. I am sorry that you were ill, but pleased to hear you are feeling better now. Wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas!
    Helen xox

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  37. I wish you and all your Bears the Merriest of Christmases....
    Best of everything for 2015....
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  38. :-)

    Love this. The photos, the lights, lots of bliss.

    Crab legs for Christmas Eve dinner...hmmm...now that's a great idea...!

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  39. Hope you're feeling totally better by now. Your festive eats sound delicious! Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year! x

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  40. I'm glad to hear you're feeling well again. Have a lovely Christmas with your family. Enjoy your feast! x

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