Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Oh dear. May we have an extension, please?
Our goal deadline is supposed to be Dec. 31 (eek! that's tomorrow!) but there has simply been far too much fa-la-la-la-la-ing going on around here and we're wiggling the diet challenge into January! But fear not; we've not packed on the el-bees again ... just a couple,* which I sort of expected might happen during cookie season. Not too worried about it and waaaaaay too happy with the overall weight loss since August to slide back into that chubby zone. No weigh! But hells bells, I was just one pound away from goal when I last posted before Thanksgiving and then, well ... you know the rest!

I'm so sorry to have dropped off the holiday radar at that point! I apologize to loyal readers who tell me they kept checking in only to find the same ol' tired tale of a turkey sandwich. I became mired in preparing for holiday shows where I sell my handmade wares, which threw my festive holiday season way off this year. The tree got up really late, gifts I wanted to make never got made, and our own handmade Christmas cards never got made and sent. Horrors! I've only missed sending out Christmas cards once before in 35 years and I just hated that I missed this year! (But a Happy New Year card is in the works.) That's the price you pay when you have a handmade card biz ... you can't just dash-along-Dancer to Barnes & Noble and buy a few ready-made boxes. (Although I just might next year! Hey, just sayin'.) Noooo, you have to (attempt to) be ever-so-clever and MAKE your own Christmas cards. The pressure, people. The pressure! Anyway, belated Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to one and all! (Note to self: no more shows at Christmastime. It cramps the holiday fun.)

So stick with me here ... I'm playing catch-up on holiday photos and news.

Just after my last post, we had a whirlwind but lovely Thanksgiving trip to my sister Kathy's house in Mill Valley, California. Here are the three generations of Wells/Grant women (right to left): my 87 year old Mom (and by 87 I mean more like 47), my beautiful 22 year old daughter, my ahem! year old sister and ahem! year old me.
Despite my late start, we had a glorious and cozy Christmas at home ... just the three of us, plus my BFF of 46 years, Marilyn of Southern California. We love a Christmas steeped in tradition, and that includes this raspberry-pineapple-sour cream jello salad which has graced our holiday table for as long as I can remember. One of Elizabeth's favorites!
And here we are about to gobble the most un-diet-like Christmas feast. And by God, we enjoyed every bite!This week following Christmas is my favorite week ever, as it is always devoted entirely to reading by the fire, journaling, naps and bubble baths. I say leave the tree, the decorations, the house cleaning, and the social obligations.

Be Grateful.

And last but not least .... Rosemary, the Dachshund Dog and her people wish y'all a lickity-split, delightfully deee-vine, delicious and healthy 2010.

* But hey, but I'm not changing the Meltdown Meter. Those little pounds are only here for a brief holiday visit!


Midlife Jobhunter said...

I so hope my mom doesn't read that you have jello salad. I'll never hear the end of it.

Your mom looks so young, as do you. Waiting for my New Year's card. This post was worth the wait.

Jocelyn said...

If you're too busy living life to post...well, that's a good thing, right?

I have missed you, though. Good luck getting a beautiful 2010 card out!

ds said...

Happy New Year! I haven't sent holiday cards in ages *looks at feet* Guilt has changed that this year, but like you, it's a new year greeting.

Great gene pool you have going there--all of you could pass for 22!

kanishk said...

Your mom looks so young, as do you. Waiting for my New Year's card. This post was worth the wait.

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Maria said...

What a beautiful family!! I love your blog.

Debbie said...

I hope you are having a wonderful 2010 so far! I look forward to getting to know you even better this year.

Fragrant Liar said...

Great photos. Looks like you're had a fabulous holiday.

Received my holiday letter, and enjoyed it. Always like hearing good things about you guys.

(For some reason you got popped out of my blogroll, so I didn't know you even posted!)

Hope to see you soon.

Denise Burks said...

I love seeing pictures of your family. I've neglected my blogs, too. But boy have I been collecting lots of material!

We finally said Goodnight to Christmas 2009. It seemed a blink this year! I shot a few pictures before it all got put into the crawl space.