We hope you had a Merry Christmas in the country or in the city and happy holidays all around.
Today I’m posting in anticipation of linking up with the other 24 participants in
Thanks so much, ladies!
My gift came from Jent at From My Front Porch.
Note: for Christmas in the Country, we listed some information about our likes and dislikes – it was very general, but still personal. How specifically delightful Jent’s gifts were to me is more than I put on that page.
It’s the tangibly intangible side of opening her package that has me smiling still.
Jent couldn’t have known I was not decorating my tree…
…because I couldn’t find my Christmas decorations…
…because our home has been in various states of a remodel for 18 months because we’re indecisive and overbooked with other jobs and just real special that way. ..
…because I didn’t WANT to find my Christmas decorations…
…because last summer we had a bit of a brown recluse spider problem, which makes all my nice organized plastic bins look a bit too much like spider habitat right now. I’m sure I’ll get over it by next Christmas. But for this Christmas, I set my prelit tree on my back deck for a day or two in freezing temperatures so any spiders hiding in it would die…
…I was not about to look for much less open an ornament box.
Jent couldn’t have known about all this or that a heifer helped me break a toe – in three places…one toe…how can this be? – just before the holidays.
I do mean a bonafide bovine heifer.
I’m telling you I was having a Christmas in the country like no other. Thankfully, Jent sent these merry bits to balance out my holiday!
Did you notice it’s personalized with my blog name! Wow!…she tipped my happy scale in favor of jolly for my holiday!
I am so remembering this next year. What a great gift for a housewarming or a newlywed couple…or a farmwife on the edge. :o)
Jent says she first found this craft project over at Kelly’s blog, Old Blue Silo.
The are 9 ornaments and they vary in size and shape, but coordinate just right with different patterns of twine inside.
As if that wasn’t enough…
Dark chocolate with almonds!
Oh my heart, it sangeth.
Sang twice before noon yesterday, actually.
Yes, chocolate for brunch!
And, umm, there was a lot more chocolate in the box, but I ate a lot of it before I took these pictures. It was all Dove almond dark chocolate, and it was all good. I’d say I’m sorry I ate before photographing, but I’m not going to lie to you like that. ;o)
While I’m being honest, I’ll just go ahead and tell you the ornament photos were taken after Christmas, too, as in after I undecorated the tree…
…because when I received Jent’s gift I promptly put them on the tree while chomping down on chocolate!
Jent, thank you so much for putting a bit of wonder back in my Christmas! I know you didn’t know…you were just participating and giving your best.
But isn’t it amazing how living like that any day, but especially as we celebrate Jesus’ birth, can just create all sorts of joy and hope, leaving smiles in our wake as we toodle along through our days.
Thank you, thank you, three bags full, Jent.
Gift: Christmas in the Country 2013 – what I gave.