Friday, December 23, 2016

Poetry Friday


Haiku #22

Christmas Helpers

Awaiting Santa
Ever watchful dog and cat
Eying evergreen

It is soon to be Christmas Day.  I'm excited for the day after Christmas and the morning after that.  That's when we will be having "presents" day.  Christmas Day will be spent at church, morning and night.  The next evening, my daughter, her husband and children; and my son will be here for the opening of presents.  I've decorated, but I'm holding off on the baking.  I don't do gluten and I don't do much for carbs.  So it should be an interesting holiday again this year.  But I'm not messing up my new way of eating just to join in.  I can have a good time regardless.  I'll watch my grandchildren eat the sugar cookies and candy canes!


But when it IS time to cook, I can thank Jone Rush MacCulloch for some festive and decorative essentials!  I have a new oven mitt and dish towel with cute snowmen on them.  The kids are going to love them AND I can keep them out this year.  Ginger (the yellow lab) has stopped stealing towels and eating them!  This should make life easier!

Jone sent the gift along with a collection of her poems in "Solace in Nature", a postcard with a beautiful poem and photo she created, and a beautiful desktop calendar with her gorgeous photos and poems.  They are so, so beautiful!  Although it is a desktop calendar, I think I'm going to rig up some magnets to keep it on my refrigerator.  Since retiring from teaching, I find it is harder to remember what day and date it is!  I miss doing that "morning message" on the big chart!

Jone, thank you so much for your wonderful assortment of poetry and photography, along with the practical and pretty kitchen items!


Now for more fun - and quite possibly more exchanges being shared - head on over to see the Poetry Friday round-up with Buffy Silverman at Buffy's Blog

Next week I'll be hosting Poetry Friday!  I look forward to seeing (and reading) everyone at the end of year Poetry Party right here!

13 comments:

  1. Donna -- I wish you happiness sticking to your new way of eating and enjoying life. Have a great time with your family. Jone's package looks wonderful!

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    1. I am researching ways to make my Christmas Cake so that I could have a small slice this year - if it's worth the time and trouble!

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  2. What wonderful Christmas helpers you have there, Donna! I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family enjoying those grand babies!

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    1. Oh, the help they have been! Noah was getting on my wrapping table and pushing scraps off the table for the Ginger to play with. Scissors, lights, garland...everything is just so interesting!

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  3. Yay for labs learning to not eat dish towels (but oh mom, they were so delicious!) Thanks for sharing the ever wonderful haiku with your ever wonderful furry friends--Merry Christmas to you!

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    1. Her other trick was to eat my husband's handkerchiefs or my tissues. Yuck! Thanks for hosting today, Buffy!

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  4. The poem present exchange sounds wonderful! I just read your (at least I think it was yours?) WONDER poem on another blog, and now seeing what Jone sent you! I don't think I'd ever be creative enough to participate! And as for that towel eating lab- yikes! I had a black lab mix that ate a 99 cent dish towel and cost me $5000 for surgery. Ouch!!!! Good luck with your clean eating campaign! Merry Christmas!

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    1. When Ginger was 1 year old, we had to administer hydrogen peroxide on two occasions to make her vomit. If you get to it fast enough, you can avoid surgery! She seems to have lost interest in chewing things up, or swallowing them whole now...except for puzzle pieces.

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  5. Thanks for sharing this lovely gift exchange with us. I love how you're sticking to your guns diet-wise. Such hard-won physical victories are worth the effort! (Maybe you could invent bacon cookies, or bacon ice-cream.) Have a blessed Christmas day, and day after with your family and presents!

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    1. Bacon gingerbread men...hmmm...gluten free? Of course!

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  6. I'm away from home this Christmas and missing all the baking and the sweets, especially those sugar cookies!!

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    1. How about making some of your own sugar cookies, Japanese style?
      https://cookeatshare.com/recipes/japanese-cookies-japan-310563
      Merry Christmas! Loved reading about your trip! More, please!

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  7. Donna, I admire your commitment to both December haiku and eating gluten free. I haven't made much progress with either, though I have tried! I want to check out that Japanese site for cookies! But it's also the sugar I need to avoid. I found a yummy chocolate chip cookie recipe using chick peas instead of flour. Let me know if this sounds interesting to you! Hope your family holidays were wonderful. Happy New Year!

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