These Days of Christmas

Dusk is falling on this second day of Christmas. Yesterday and last night, an Arctic chill blew strong and settled in, seeping through the cracks of this old house. Christmas Day was a quiet delight of waking up late, savoring coffee, opening gifts and talking. At noon, my kids joined us, opening all their gifts…

Gifts for the Bookworm

Oh, this post will be fun! If you’ve got a book lover on your Christmas shopping list, here are a few ideas: Book darts, like these from Modern Mrs Darcy. Or handmade bookmarks like these. A Book Light would really come in handy. If you travel a lot or like the convenience of e-readers, the Kindle…

A Quiet Advent Evening

  Have you been on the go this December? Ours has looked like concerts and basketball games, shopping and our own performances, filling orders for Delicata House (my craft business), spending time with friends and family, and so on. These are all positive activities that I am thankful for! Except when days go by and…

The Quest for Health and Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

  I’m getting ready to celebrate five years of gluten-free living this January 1st. That’s something I wish I wasn’t celebrating because it’s a pain in the neck to live this way, except that I’m much healthier because of it. My tale of digestion woes stretches back to early childhood when I developed a strong…

Shortie Book Review

I went out on a limb and read a book outside my comfort zone: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. The reason it’s not the type of fiction I would usually pick up is that the story starts with a child’s death. Although I haven’t yet taken Anne Bogel’s reader personality quiz, I have…

Just the Flax, Ma’am

On Saturday, I was a vendor at a holiday craft bazaar at Ithaca First Assembly of God Church. Over forty vendors set up tables and displayed their handmade items in the sanctuary, the entryway, hallway, main fellowship hall and a smaller side room, which is where I was located. This was my fifth craft fair…

Three Books I’ll Read This Advent

A friend asked me for Advent recommendations today, so I thought I’d share them here. I learned about Advent when my children were little because I was looking for ways to make our Christmas traditions richer and not simply about getting gifts. Because I wasn’t raised in a Catholic or a Protestant mainline church, I…