Friday, December 9, 2016

Come thou dayspring

I commend:
Shane and Shane A Worship Initiative Christmas album

Flurries of festive

The reason I didn't post last night was that I was planning on doing it in the evening, and I was busy from about five to midnight. There were several hours of music practice and singing, and then on to a Christmas movie to round off the evening. I'd never watched The Holiday. Delightful!
 By the time I went to bed, it was technically this morning.

The earlier part of my day was full too, but more full of crafting than of anything else.
 I watched a couple of cheesy Christmas movies while I crafted and went about my day. 'Get Santa', a very British, ridiculous, and Christmasy movie. And 'Pete's Christmas', which I thought was hilarious and enjoyable--Pete's stuck in the same Christmas on repeat. Classic cheesy Christmas. Both are available on Netflix. 

 Some days when you feel behind on your Christmas spirit, you just have to do this on your day off.



And I drank an entire pot of hot tea by myself.



Recommending to you Francesca Battistelli's Christmas for festive jingly fun.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A Wednesday in December



I feel productive today, in a different way than I do on work days. With more time, and being a little less tired, I can get more done personally. So this morning I went and got the oil changed in my car for the first time (first time for me that is, not the car). Then I washed dishes and cleaned the kitchen while watching this youtube of Rick Steve's European Christmas. I've always enjoyed it, Christmas traditions and festivity from different countries and cultures. Just cozy and fun. The music is wonderful too, and doubles as my sharing of Christmas music for the day.
I also spent a couple of hours at the laundromat. Got to do some reading, journalling. wringing out of my clothes when one of the washers didn't spin. But it's such a lovely feeling to come home with a basket full of warm laundry. (Even when its freezing outside.) Not to mention I now have pajama pants to wear again. And my favorite pants are clean again, (and so on).
And this evening I've done a little crafting, while watching Bones.
Good night, my friends!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Further In

I keep passing this by in my spotify albums because I couldn't remember why I liked them. Turns out today I was in just the right mood, and their album was just what I wanted to listen to! I'd put on a holiday pandora station at work, and when one of their songs came on, I had to go over and see who it was because I wanted to listen to more.... Anyway, I do hope you check it out.

Busy day at the coffee shop, since we were down a (wo)man. I love starting early in the morning though, catching the early crowd, and being around for when the sun comes up. Even when, like today, it was just ridiculously cold out, even in the middle of the day. Then I got to come home and talk with friends, eat guacamole, and drink tea. Quite perfect, if you ask me.

And then a bit of pinterest, a short nap, and a little cooking of supper. Small group tonight. Gonna go get my oil changed tomorrow...
You know, Life.

Merry festive season to you! These days I pretty much only get around to a plaid shirt and a little Christmas music. One of these days I'm going to have an actual craft and present and movie, Christmasy day. And make my 'shortbread' with almond extract.... mmmm

Monday, December 5, 2016

Skating through December

  

Crazy busy life got in the way of me posting yesterday. Church in the morning, small group brunch, and then fellowship with the squad and serendipitous friends in town. Walking all over downtown, across bridges, through snow and rain, into decorated public buildings. We caroled our way into the coffeeshop, and sang a large percentage of the rest of the time too.

Trying to collect my thoughts these days. Getting a few down in journals and things, pulling together disjointed thoughts and ideas. I hope to share more here in the near future. For now, I'm just keeping up with the present and very 'here' things. Mind processing, work to go to, groceries to get. Things to do, people to see.

I'm not in the mood for uploading another picture right now of the album covers, but I recommend to you, In the Christmas Mood by the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and James Taylor at Christmas.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Cheers

Here's a link to a bunch of Christmas Advertisements that I enjoyed watching.

And then there's this one, my absolute favorite:



And here's an album to enjoy: Josh Groban's Noel. Need I say more?

Friday, December 2, 2016

Joy to the world

















oh and as far as the album goes, I'd just like to commend to you, Beegie Adair Holiday on Pandora.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

In leu of an album

Here are three brilliant holiday singles by an old favorite of mine, Owl City.





This last one is new this year! I'm loving the sound.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

This is a song about hope

In the girl there's a room
In the room there's a table
On the table there's a candle
And it won't burn out.

I met several interesting people at work today. There were a couple of nice gals from Atlanta, who reminded my of my Georgia friend. I chatted with one of them for a bit. I spoke briefly with this other lady about liking to beautify surroundings, and feed people and make them comfortable. And there were others too...
Ben came by and we talked too. Now I'm relaxing at his place for the evening.


Here's today's recommendation:
Christmas Break: Relaxing jazz for the holidays.
It is the epidome of that

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Have I mentioned Charlie Brown Christmas?

This one is a true family tradition. Every year, we (my family) allow ourselves to start listening to it with the First Snow. It's classic, familiar, and terribly, iconically, Christmasy.

Monday, November 28, 2016

For your coziness.

Here at the pineapple house, we're getting ready for an evening of ample food and a few close friends. My day began early: a few hours at work, a hair trim, a visit to Ben, and a quest to find fresh turkey. There being none to be found, I settled on a couple of plump chickens, and headed home in a deluge of rain and hail.
It's quieted much since then. I've lit candles and baked apples with cranberries, so that fabulous aromas might pervade. The chickens are dressed and roasting. Christmas music is playing over our new speakers. We are wrapped in gladness.






True classic Christmas right here. 
Bing Crosby. Nat King Cole. Dean Martin.
Enjoy.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

A blessed Advent to you!

After a good night's sleep, and early service at church, I settled down to cleaning and decorating my room, and tidying up a bit around the house. Productive and soothing.
 Candles. Baking. Good cheer.
Today's Christmas listening recommendation is Christmas with Committed. I've known about these guys since they were on Sing-off six years ago. Love listening to them! Killer harmony and blend. Just the thing for a winter evening.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

2 trees in 2 days

Today, my featured album is Michael Buble's Christmas. Hard to describe and do it justice. With the first strains of music, and the velvet tones of Michael's voice, this CD ushers in Christmas.
This is what Christmas sounds like, the most wonderful time of the year.

Out to find a tree part one: tree farm with the fam






Out to find a tree part two: roommates in the city


And this was me today: