i spent the last five days cleaning and reorganizing the house, out with some old, in with some empty space. there are still a few areas left to be done but for the most part we are cleaned and ready for the new year.
yesterday afternoon before a house full of company arrived i grabbed my camera and went looking for images that capture the feeling of reflecting on the year gone by and anticipating the year yet to come.
i know people who pick a new word or theme for the new year, then try to live it out. wondering if that would be good for my soul. seems like a big committment, one word for a whole year. now for a bit more home organization, some family games and some anniversary homemade pizza tonight.
a few times a year, i get together with a friend to spend the day talking, laughing, measuring, washing dishes, filling jars with hot sugary goodness in a steamy kitchen that smells of summer berries and Christmas spices. we drink coffee with special creamer, and taste our creations with good cheese and crackers. truly days that i look forward too and often long for.
today was the day.
48 jars of Christmas jam later, my feet are tired and my heart is full.