Sunday, December 19, 2010


Katie and Becky received some flour from the school a few days before their off track time began. They have wanted to make their bread. They were instructed to make 2 loaves, one to keep and one to give away. I finally found a window of time that Katie could make her two loaves. Oh the aroma that came from our oven as that bread baked. I love the smell of bread baking. The loaves turned out beautifully.

In the afternoon was the "Bowling & Crafting Friends Party". Annette and I have taken turns hosting this fun little party. We had a nice potluck luncheon of soup, salads, rolls and yummy desserts. I have to say the ladies that come to this party are great cooks. We spent an hour eating the yummy food, visiting and laughing and then the "Yankee Swap" portion of the party began. There were some fun gifts that became pretty popular: a wooden handmade standing snowman, sherpa blanket, a cute metal snowman, an apron and cookbook set...But the big fun came with the swapping. So glad we all have a great sense of humor and don't take anything too seriously.

I am so very grateful for each one of these ladies . and their friendships that they have been so generous to share with me. Some of these ladies I have known since we moved to the neighborhood and some I have been blessed to get to know better this year. I have learned so much from these women. I have learned about loyalty, compassion, creativity...I am honored to have each one of these ladies in my life. A wonderful gift that I get to carry with me all year long. We ended the day with attending Belle's Choir Concert. The singing was quite beautiful, but by far my favorite part of the evening was Belle played the piano to accompany the choir for one of their pieces. She has not taken piano lessons for 2 years. The piano teacher we were using got quite ill and had to let her students go. It has been a little difficult to find a teacher. She has definitely comes by the talent of playing the piano naturally. I was so impressed at how well she played.

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