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“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”  Oprah Winfrey

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“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind.  To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”  Calvin Coolidge

Black Friday.  Everyone goes shopping on Black Friday!  Well, everyone except us!  I won’t be caught anywhere near a shopping mall between now and the New Year!  The frenzy and madness are just too much . . . Christmas is not about the best gift I can buy for someone . . . it’s about the love and caring and sharing of spirit between you and the people you love.  We’ve just become a society too caught up in commercialism . . . and have forgotten what it is to give from the heart.   Today we spent time with family at a local “farm” that was a pumpkin patch and corn maze just a month ago, but is now decked out for Christmas with snow slides, horse rides, and many other fun activities for families to enjoy.  The snow is all machine made because it really doesn’t snow here in the Central Valley of California.  

That doesn’t matter though – because the spirit of Christmas is in our souls, not in our surroundings.  If we are lucky, we carry that spirit with us all year round.  We just celebrate it more at Christmas.  I’m not a religious person, so I put this all in a context of the goodness that each and every one of us has the potential to share with one another.  It’s all about choice . . . and maybe, just maybe – the goodness and loving spirit that I share with everyone I cross paths with has a positive ripple effect on the very fabric of human kind.  

That’s my hope anyway.  

Let the Christmas Season Begin!

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“Let them eat cake.”  Marie Antoinette

Tomorrow is Baby Girl’s second birthday party.  We are expecting upwards of 40-60 people/kids to show up.  So we need lots of food, and lots of cake!  One of my talents is Cake Baker/Decorator.  I used to do custom wedding cakes and special occasion cakes . . . but haven’t done if for money for many years.  I now mainly do it for family special occasions.  I’m prepping the cake here . .  . theme is Bubble Guppies.  I’ve enlisted the help of my husband, who will create the characters out of icing.  They won’t go on the cake until tomorrow morning before the party.  It’s a lot of work to bake and prep the cake, especially when you’re making it to serve that many people.  Cupcakes too!     So – tomorrow you’ll get to see the final result of what I’m working on here.  

Happy soon to be birthday, Baby Girl!

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