Friday, November 11, 2022

Five On Friday

Actually I have seven not all that important things to share but Seven On Friday isn't a thing in the blog world and Five on Friday is. Quite often you have to use your imagination here. 

1. It's been a really rainy day here and we've taken advantage of the 'at home' time to get a few things done that needed doing. We've been gone more than we've been home these past two months and it feels good to slow down (ish) and catch our breath before the holidays roll in.  

2-I'm so excited to have my whole crew here for Christmas this year and we got the very first bit of decorating done today. I don't put my Snow Village out every year because the set up/take down is a bit tedious, but I know the grands will love it so up it went. 

I love it too. Takes me back to Christmases at my momma's as some of these buildings used to be hers. 

We won't put up any trees until after Thanksgiving, but I'm doing bits and pieces starting now to get  ready for the holidays. I've got my card sorted, stockings ordered for the two newest littles, and a few gifts bought. Baby steps. 

3. Last weekend daughter2 and her hubs and the cutest little boy in the world spent the weekend at a college reunion in Charleston. 

We were on their route home Sunday so they stopped for an overnight visit. We loved the unexpected snuggles with this munchkin. 

I could eat him up with a spoon. We Facetimed with the cousins and I cannot wait to have all four grands in the same house at the same time. 

42 days, not that I'm counting. 

4-We started watching the new season of The Crown and I have to say I'm not loving it as much as I enjoyed the previous seasons. I think the Diana storyline is still too fresh, and it feels strange to see the current royals in the news, then watch them fictionalized on tv. I bet it feels strange to them too. 

5-I loved the Amor Towles novel, A Gentleman in Moscow, and I saw this week it's being made into a Showtime movie starring Ewan McGregor. I'm excited.

6-This was the entrance to our neighborhood just a few days ago-

I'm sure all this rain will mean the end of the gorgeous color but we have really soaked it up these past several weeks. We've had beautiful moonlit nights too and while I love summer, it's the autumn skies that are my favorite. 

7-Heading to a little neighborhood Veteran's Day recognition ceremony this evening. My heart is so tender towards all who serve and towards their families too. I grew up in a military family and am not sure I truly appreciated the load my mother so often carried in my father's absences due to wars and other responsibilities relating to his service. 

And now I have a son-in-law in the Army and their various postings have once again given me the chance to spend time around the military community. These men and women and their families give so much that goes mostly unrecognized and is very often under appreciated  I'm glad we have this day to acknowledge all those who have served. 

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation 
is not to utter words, but to live by them." ~John F. Kennedy


  1. I'm so excited for you that you will have all 4 grandkids at the same time. How fun! Such beautiful photographs of the fall colors and night sky and of course the grandbaby!

  2. Your Christmas will be so great having all four grands there!! The village is very pretty and the boys will love it. Traditions to pass down!! Y'all had some great fall colors up there and that night-time sky is gorgeous. Have a blessed weekend!! xo

  3. That is going to be wonderful having your whole family together for Christmas. I really need to start going on Christmas. I know it's going to take me longer to do so I need to do a little each day. Your village looks awesome! He is so cute. So glad you got to spend some time with him. That's interesting about The Crown. I had one season I didn't like. The trees are beautiful. The moon is so pretty. When we took James to his swim class on Wednesday night the moon was fabulous. James was loving it! Yes, those who serve are amazing and I feel we need to do a lot more for our Veterans. Take care.

  4. I haven't put up anything Xmas yet; I'm nervous about where the tree will actually go, as we've rearranged that room so much that our normal spots are taken up by other things. So I am definitely procrastinating!

  5. I enjoyed your post Joyce. This year Christmas will be different for us, because of Sam's deployment. I have asked his girlfriend to come over and help me decorate, she said yes. :-) Our relationship is growing, I am so happy about that. Although we miss Sam, with him away has helped us spend more one on one time. God is so Good, and many times in ways that you don't even realize.
    I appreciated what you shared in #7!

  6. Your photos are beautiful and the baby so cute ! They grow so quickly ! I only have one grandson he is 12 and has the same size as me who is not a little woman ! I avoid to think about Christmas it will be the first one without my better half !

  7. How exciting that you will have EVERYONE at the same time! Your grands will love the village!!
    I know we will put up a tree with some lights and a few decorations but I'm not sure how much decorating we will do in the apartment. We don't have a mantle so this may be the year with no stockings. I know I will decorate some. I've enjoyed having a few Halloween and now fall decorations. It makes it feel more like home.

  8. What a lovely read!

    And what a special blessing to look forward to all of the grands at the same time. We have not had that in years, especially not at Christmas. Your Snow Village is sweet and the older two grands will appreciate it!