Such Guilt

My, my, my...the guilt has taken hold. A new good friend (which can be entirely as wonderful as an old good friend) asked about blogs today. My heart was heavy as I confessed, yes, I have one, and I've been absolutely horrid about maintaining it the past several months.

So dear bloggy buddies ~ I'm going to make a strong attempt to re-enter the life of Orange Momma, Beloved Mama, Faith, Hope & Love Mama, Peace with Elaine, Joy with Desserts and Sheri and her dripping window pane. I know there's a far better explanation for Sheri's blog title, but that's what usually comes to mind.

Things are fine here in Sunny. JJ & Honey are out on their own now in a darling one-bedroom house. Just far enough so DJ and I can't spy on them. I think they're quite fond of the situation.

Max is spending his free time chasing the bunnies in our yard. Yes! I know! It's January and we have bunny visitors! Imagine!

Certainly prompting a few blog posts in the future: We have a new Wii. If you have ever seen me attempt to throw, catch or chase a ball, well ~ I'm sure you're already laughing. I will do my best to keep you updated on the Wii adventures. One thing is most sure ~ Max does not like the tennis game at all. No way.

My dear friend, Janabanana, got married a few months ago. In honor of this I shall now refer to her as Janammm. Spook is still living the wonderful life in Nashville. Honey's sister, Lovely, would like a job, a real job. Actually, Honey would like one too. We'll have to pray harder for these two great young women.

DJ & I have been doing the Daniel Fast this past week. Honestly, DJ kept to it all week and I started on Friday. My body does not tolerate no meat too well. (I'm glad 3 days was a legitimate option.) We're breaking the fast along with the other fast-ers from our church tomorrow morning with communion. I sincerely hope the coffee shop will be open as soon as the pastor says, "Go ~ Eat ~ Enjoy Caffeine" know what I mean?

So that sums up a few of the happenings here in our little village. There's some big football game happening across the way tomorrow. I'll try to share the results with you. Chances are, though, they won't have a visiting choir to sing the National Anthem. That hardly ever happens anymore.


The Embers

It seemed like a good idea. I collected the sprigs of pine garland from all around the house while I was putting away the Christmas decorations. Tossed the lot of it into the fireplace and left it for a few days to dry out completely. Holding a match to a few branches, I expected it to gently burn away filling our home with the lovely aroma of holiday cheer. Several hours later, I have all the doors to the house open as wide as possible, hoping the smoke clears before nightfall. I’m consoling our petrified dog in the rear of the home and my coffee smells like soot. We may still have burning greenery on Valentine’s Day.

Christmas is put away. It's January. Hopefully, we're all ready...