I feel rich with friends as I write out nearly 100 holiday cards this weekend. A lot of people look at sending out the cards as a chore, but I love picking just the right photo for the front of the card, composing a newsletter, coordinating the return address labels and stamps (yes, I'm THAT person) and feeling the satisfaction of taking a big pile of cards to the post office. With every envelope I address, I think of good times with that particular friend or relative. Then I eagerly await return cards telling me what's been going on with everyone across the country over the past year.
This year we couldn't get the whole family together for a photo, so I used one of my daughter looking out at the water with the sun on her shoulders and a gleaming Mt. Rainier on the horizon. In the dead of winter I figure it will bring some sparkle to the holidays. (And it only cost a penny for each photo at snapfish with a coupon.)
I found stamps of songbirds in the snow, as well as some traditional Christmas stamps.
I'm also feeling rich as I pack homemade presents for my various groups of friends. Sorry, I can't show you any of these gifts but they've been keeping me busy in the sewing room.
Here are some other glimpses around the living room, which will stay decorated into February because I need the lights, candles and cheerfulness during the dark Northwest winter days and nights.
Have a colorful day