Thursday, December 1, 2022


 Hello, friends!  Welcome to December.  It's the end of the year and I don't know where the time has gone.  But here it is.

I have so much to do around the house to get ready for the holidays, but I have been in so much pain that I don't do much of anything.  No matter what, I have to get something done tomorrow.  I didn't sleep well last night and it looks as if the same thing is happening tonight.  *sigh*  I think things are weighing on my mind.  But that doesn't help me have the energy to do what I need to do.

I started my Vlogmas today on YouTube.  The link to it is right here.

Tonight after dinner we had our Advent devotions.  I am reading a book by Billy and Ruth Graham called "This Christmas Night: Reflections from Our Hearts to Your Home."  Really good.  I'm also reading Max Lucado's new Advent devotional "In the Manger."  Not as good, but still thought provoking.

We also began to burn our Advent candle.

I got the same kind as I had last year, although a different pattern.  Having a pillar candle that I don't need a holder for is a great help.  We burned through number 1 today and will continue each day until just a small amount at the bottom remains.

Tomorrow I have cleaning, cooking and studying to do.  I am taking an online college course and I got an email from them asking why I haven't begun the course.  No time!  But I am going to make the time to do this.  It is a survey of C.S. Lewis, one of my favorite authors.  I think I've read everything he has written.  So that is a priority.

Last year I had bought an Advent calendar for myself with different teas.  I thought it would be fun to try them.  I asked for black tea, but most of it was green tea.  Or peppermint tea.  Or some other things.  I hated every single one that I opened.  Finally, around the 15th I stopped torturing myself and threw the whole thing out.  

I then bought Joe a coffee one.  He liked most of them.  But because it was so late in the month, he never finished it.  He is going to try to finish it this year. 

This year instead of tea, Joe bought me a calendar with Walker's shortbread in it.  I love shortbread so I know I am going to love this.  I opened the first one today and it was a chocolate chip.  Can't wait for tomorrow's cookie.

I am going to try to get some sleep.  I hope I have the energy to do what I need to do tomorrow.  Have a good night (or day if you are reading this in the daytime).  I will see you soon.



  1. Hi Kathy. I hope you can get some rest and feel better. I sure know what it is like to not sleep well. We woke up to a lot of snow this morning. The drive to school will not be very fun, and our school delayed the start time by two hours. I hope to be able to listen to your youtube today. Have a good one. See you again soon!

  2. Love the idea of shortbread! A surprise each day! Sorry the teas didn't work out. Not sleeping can mess everything up. Try to find some way to relax.

  3. Pace yourself...that's what I tell myself each day. The Walker Shortbread Advent calendar sounds as if it will work out. I do love shortbread and must find myself a little package of Walker shortbread cookies...perhaps those scotty dog cute. Take care...

  4. This whole year went so fast. I love December so bring it on =) You are taking a college course, good for you! That's something I couldn't tackle...I admire you! Hope the new calendar will produce more yummy this sad the tea was a bummer.
    Take care. Hope you get a good nights sleep tonight!

  5. Kathy- I am so sorry that you have not felt well for so long. Add to that not being able to sleep properly and it can really make you feel miserable. I love the idea of an advent calendar with cookies in it. As far as the coffee goes-I only like a medium roast and no flavored coffees. Yep- I am picky.
    I hope you feel better today and can get a few things done that you want to do. xo Diana

  6. Thank you so much for your kind words of comfort this week and for all of those sweet hugs! I needed them and appreciate your friendship and your prayers. Sweet hugs, Diane

  7. The Christmas book by the Grahams sounds like a good one. And yay for an Advent calendar with shortbread!

  8. Hi Kathy. I've been watching your videos of vlogmas and enjoy them. For some reason, my computer won't let me comment on youtube. I'll figure it out eventually but thought I'd let you know I'm watching. I told you about Tim Horton's natural flavored maple coffee K cups and thought you might want to gift it to Joe. I did order it BUT it comes from Canada and it's pricey! ($19 for 12 cups!!) My New Hampshire kids will be here next week and they made a 5 hour round trip to Canada to get me some for Christmas. Yes, it's that good. I do add a teaspoon of real maple syrup to each cup. Have a blessed week.


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