Christmas has passed

In the blink of an eye its gone! The tree remains until Epiphany as is the tradition, but Christmas day has passed us by. It was busy with cooking, but calm. Nice to spend it with friends and glad we had friends we could spend it with.
We’re in Abruzzo and a long way from our daughter in Colorado, but she called us, and was happy. She was with her husband and they’d been skiing. Had she been miserable it would have torn us apart.
Now it is “Il giorno di Santa Stefano” in Italy, which is a holiday! The village is quiet other than the sound of the church bells.
It’s also my late mother’s Birthday. I miss her.
What to do today? I think I’ll potter around the house and faff! Yes, when you retire, there is time to faff! No sunshine today, gloomy and cloudy. Maybe a good day to catch up on the children’s book I’m writing, learn a little more Italian and then maybe watch TV and relax.
Life passes by so quickly. You’re young and then suddenly…you’re retired.
I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas even if you were alone.

Canterbury Cathedral at Christmas

Colorado is my home. I love the laid back atmosphere, the rugged countryside and the people. However at this time of year I long for the Christmas’s I used to enjoy in England. The magnificence, majesty, history and atmosphere. Feeling nostalgic as I share this photo.

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2012 – The end of the Mayan Calendar. Not the end of the World!

Here we are, it’s 2012. Am I panicking? No I don’t think so. Well maybe a little. I am not panicking about the end of the world because the Mayan Calendar is no more.

2012-joke

My problem is time. In December we have to work, socialize, bake, cook, shop, write Christmas cards, wrap presents, etc. etc.

Hey, it’s a good problem and I wouldn’t have it any other way, so for those of you worried about the Mayan Calendar. FORGET ABOUT IT and enjoy December. It’s a magical month of wonder no matter your age or religion. Have fun. I love the craziness of the season. No matter what your religion, enjoy it and share it with those close to you.

Christmas in New York

Christmas in NY

Christmas in Rome

Christmas in Rome

Christmas in my home state of Colorado

Christmas in Colorado

Wherever you are, enjoy the countdown to Christmas.