To start off, I need to explain about The Nativity Tree / The Advent Tree. It was my take on the original from: . Melissa, Shawn and I just painted the ideas rather than cut them from felt. I used to hang it up after Thanksgiving. I, also, used it in the 2 & 3 year old Sunday School class I had taught for a few years. Now, it is more of a treasure because of the memories attached to it.
The 1st ornament 2003 / Wire Star. On the 3/3 post, I will have a list with each ornament year and it’s name.
2004 / The Rose: the words on the card are from a song Bob likes, sung during Christmas time. He gave me the idea for this ornament .
2005 / King Of Kings. I had visions of this turning out wonderful. I did not buy fabric suitable for the Pretty Punch tool. Oh well. Each ornament takes a lot of thought. I like to make them so I can work on them, anywhere. I get the various parts ready for assembly time.
2006 / Heart / Names For God-were on the card. I hope to find the original. The dark type and dark paper made it hard for folks to read. My apologies.
2007 / Star. It seems that Shawn was the only one to realize the lighter paper and that if held up to the light the star showed through the orn shape design on the paper.
2008=JMJ. Mom and 2 other people, out of at least 150, were able to figure this design. Joseph with his arms around Mary and baby Jesus.
2008=JMJ. 3 people, out of at least 150, were able to guess the design. Joseph with his arms around Mary and baby Jesus.
Regarding organizing: Since a friend has asked for my help, I have put off my personal organizing. It is my hope that we can make her apartment a comfortable place to be. In time, I hope she will be able to use her cooking and sewing talents, to bring joy to others. The goal I keep pushing for. Through our time I will share tidbits to help bring encouragement to others who may need to organize. I have spent some time shuffling items. I have a place set up for sewing items. There are containers of clothes that we will sort through. When an item needs to be given away or returned, it goes to the front door area. Each week I ask her to accomplish 3 tasks for me.
Before I started helping my friend, this is what she said about her living situation: She would come in; bathe, sleep, barely exist. She saw no way out. She was drowning. She had no hope-of having a place she would love to come home to. Then the first day happened. During our 2nd get together, I had plans of going through the spare room-I wanted to have a place to organize from. My friend had other plans for the day, but was willing to let me stay and shuffle. I use the shuffling time to think of ways to make the reorganizing work best. Since school is back in session, my time is limited. I, also, need to make sure I am not being to pushy about the process. Since Shawn’s death, I am very aware of things being overwhelming. Plus, when it comes to letting go of items-when one is in the grief process, some of us have a harder time letting go. I have made my friend cry a few times. The day she had been gone while I worked on the spare room. The day she was gone and I shuffled , in the kitchen. During one of our talks, my friend mentioned about her front door. The manager didn’t understand why it looked so awful-tape marks from delivery people. In a few minutes, gave the door a refreshed look. I have encouraged my friend to find a couple of items to have outside her door-that are cheerful. I want her to be able to see those items and take a deep breath and be glad to open the door. Down the road, I will be thrilled for her to open her door for guests. My friend has worked on her own to make the kitchen area a place she can enjoy. She was so thrilled about what had been accomplished, that she made a pasta salad, put cooking things away and even made pickles. Here are some giant steps: she has been opening the curtains !!! That is a huge deal to me—I am one of those folks that needs to be able to view out windows. She has been taking garbage out regularly-might I say-she was cheerful when she told me. She has been working on assignments. For now, the progress has been amazing. The happiest thing for me is that my friend isn’t dreading going to her apartment. I am thrilled that she is making efforts with our weekly assignments.
Exercising: today is 1 of 33, for part 2 of Walk it off in 30 days. I really like this program. I am not losing the weight as I would like, but I feel so much better after a workout. Not giving up— Forward On !!!
Bye for now, K