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It’s going to be okay.


The good news is yesterday turned out okay. Thank you for all your kind comments. My Dad is still alive and happy. They aren’t home yet but so far so good.

I plowed on through with my crazy craft project and Isabel loved it. Yay! I guess it did turn out pretty cute even though it was a pain in the neck when I was in the thick of it. I think most of my pain was just my time constraints. Stupid wintertime lack of sunshine. If I could have taken my time, it probably would have been way more fun. So if you are going to try it, pour yourself a tasty beverage and savor every step. Haste makes waste.


I especially love all the paper boxes. I may have to use them in another craft someday. While I was in the middle of making them, it crossed my mind that it might be easier just to make an extra twenty four and use them as box lids and forget the whole calendar cover page thing. But of course little paper boxes has been done before and well so I had to stick with my original plan.


Bug thought it was cool and really, that’s all that matters. I love having a kid at Christmas time. It’s the best.



The other day we put up Christmas lights on our little patio. I’ve never actually put up Christmas lights outside before. I didn’t celebrate it when I was a kid and when I got older it seemed too daunting of a task. But now that we have a tiny little smidge of a patio, it seemed like just the task for me. Two nails, done.

lighting up

Plus, I hate the sound protection window panes on my patio. I know why they are there, they block out the road noise from a pretty busy street nearby but I used to live on a highway. That road noise is a mere rippling wave compared to the all the squealing crashes, blundering Harleys and bus air breaks that I used to put up with. Mostly I don’t like the windows because they are always dirty and there’s no way I can clean them easily. Half the smudges are paint splatters from all the times they’ve repainted the place. I guess I could ask the management to clean them but I just feel too high maintenance asking. Everyone else seems to be okay with them. I might as well be too.

cozy patio

So lights fixed them right up. Our patio is so happy and cheery now. I can’t stay stressed out that long. Everything is going to be okay.


  • Kuky

    Oh my! I’m playing catch up going the wrong way and I don’t know what’s been going on and your first paragraph was shocking. I think I’ll just stop there and read the other way.

  • Penny

    Your patio looks so cozy. My brother used to have a smallish little back yard that was privacy fenced with a gate to enter his back door of the townhouse. Your patio reminds me of that. We used to have many wonderful talks in his tiny little yard. I miss him and that yard. Thanks for the reminder. You always make your place so homey. I love that.

  • Alma

    That advent calendar is pretty awesome and I love the pic of bug by the window. So glad that your dad is doing better, I believe in the power of prayer.

  • Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian

    I’m glad to hear that your dad is still okay. I hope he feels better soon! I’ve had a couple of really bad days like the one you talked about in your last post this month and I know how it feels when it seems like every little (and big) thing is going wrong.

    Also, that craft looks pretty awesome! I would have loved to do something like that when I was a kid.