7 Days ’til Christmas!

Hiya, Welcome back to PEP! Not much to talk about today, being the last week before Christmas, I’m in a crunch to finish my last Christmas gifts. Most of them are done and everything is purchased, though I’m still waiting on four of them from Amazon and JCPenny’s in three separate packages. I just have a bit of sewing and some baking to do for the last few and then a lot of wrapping. There’s just two of us in my family and I don’t have any friends that I buy gifts for and this year, I don’t have any work-obligations that I have to buy gifts for out of non-existent money so all of my gifts are for one person. Posted below is a picture of one of them. I also have a couple of gifts for my two cats. Last year, I made them little houses out of boxes and fabric with a pillow inside and a toy dangling from the top for them to play with. This year, I’m making them blankets to go in the houses as Lucy loves burrowing herself into anything she can. But she is quite skinny and even with all of her fur; I imagine she probably gets cold. Lily simply likes soft surfaces and makes a bed out of anything she can get.

First knit-loom hat

If you’re making a gift for someone, let me know? I’m always looking for inspiration and enjoy seeing what other people come up with.

This week’s question: Name 10 things that delight you.

My answer: Top ten things that delight me, or in my mind, make me happy: Writing, baking, animals, tea, books, music, cold weather outside, scent of cinnamon, knit-looming, and photography-on the shooting end of the camera-not the focus or the picture. Any combo of those ten things and I am very happy.

What’s your answer?

This week’s baking: I made a Chocolate Cherry crumble that was really good as well as a new candy-I’m experimenting with candy currently alongside the more ‘normal’ baking recipes. It’s called Georgia Goober Creams, really, really strange name but it’s actually really good though I would actually call it something similar to peanut brittle but really sweet and not as hard. I’m doing a lot of baking this next week-it’s Christmas. I’ll be baking cherry pie, fudge, gingerbread cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, chocolate mint cookies, red velvet cake. Like I said, a lot of baking-from scratch.

This week’s writing:

“You can’t keep kissing strangers and pretending that it’s him.”

Brianna studiously ignored her friend.

“I mean it, Bri. They’re not him and he’s gone.”

She still ignored her but she wouldn’t let up.

“Seriously, he’s gone and isn’t coming back.”

Finally, “You don’t think I don’t know that. I know he’s not coming back and I’m not pretending they’re him.”

“You could’ve fooled me.”

“I’m trying to find someone better than him! Someone that won’t leave me like he did.”

“Oh, I didn’t realize.”

“Of course not, you were quick to judge me, just like everyone else. And to think, I actually believed you were my friend.”

“W-wha… I am your friend.”

But her plea fell on deaf ears as Brianna left her behind, finally done with the fakes and ready to seek a new reality.  © Paula Crofoot

Monday Motivation: Christmas isn’t just a season; it’s a feeling. A feeling we really should keep going all year long.

Writing Prompt: Angel face; Devil thoughts.

Just a quick pic of the girls as well as the first two cats-Sponge and Sparkle- several years ago:

Music I’m listening to as I’m posting this: Sun Goes Down: David Jordan-Set the Mood

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