Wednesday, December 23, 2020


Christmas is going to be different for many of us this year. Normally on Christmas eve I go to be with my family for pancakes and to track Santa on the radar with Tessa.


This year I won't be doing that, but Tessa suggested we Zoom and watch Santa's progress together. That girl is so sweet. 

We will be opening gifts together on Christmas morning on my daughter Cary's big front porch. They have two outdoor heaters so hopefully we won't freeze. It is going to be a really cold day here in Georgia. 

Christmas gift

My daughter Katy will be joining us She hasn't left her house in months, but we will be taking every precaution to keep her safe along with the rest of us.

christmas ornaments

I feel very blessed because I know that many of you are unable to be with your families this Christmas.

While I am home alone I am enjoying the peace of a good book, a cup of eggnog, and a crackling fire with soft Christmas music courtesy of YouTube.

It is amazing how relaxing it is.

Now on to the birthday. On Sunday I will be starting a whole new decade in my life. I was a bit depressed about turning 70, but I have decided to embrace it. I want it to be the best decade of my life. 

I think the pandemic has taught me to enjoy each moment and I intend to do that. I want to laugh more, spend more time with my family, hopefully take a trip to my childhood town in Canada, and see what life has to offer. 


So Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you. Thank you for being here. 


  1. Your lead up to Christmas sounds peaceful and content. I understand your feelings about aging. I turn 71 in January and haven't completely come to terms with being in my 70s yet. I agree that we have to make this decade the best though. Merry Christmas and a healthy 2021!💖

  2. I recently had my 7th decade birthday too, and share many of the same goals as you.

  3. Well, you'll finally catch up with me! We were born in the same year but I was born the first month of the year! Happy Birthday sweet friend. I think we both seem very young for our age...or any age! Enjoy these special times with your family. holiday hugs!

  4. Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas. Enjoy your time with your family - make it the best Christmas ever!!! I've come to terms with the fact that I will be spending Christmas Day alone - well with my fur baby Cooper. I'll do a video call with my family so I can watch them open gifts. Take care of yourself!

  5. Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas to you also! ~ FlowerLady

  6. A very Merry Christmas and a Happy Birthday to you! Going through this pandemic has completely changed my thoughts on aging. I’m so thankful for every day that I wake up healthy. We must enjoy and appreciate each day that’s given to us! Enjoy your time with your family!

  7. Cold or not, I'm sure you'll enjoy your family. I'm doing the same thing I do with every holiday, so not missing out! I too will enjoy eggnog, a good book and a crackling fire courtesy of my portable fireplace.

  8. So happy you will see your family and can be outdoors. Way too cold here for that only in the teens. Yesterday it was 55 today 14. So crazy! May you have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy watching for Santa on Zoom with Tessa. Best wishes for your birthday. It is only a number and you my dear are young at heart and have many more years ahead. Please remind me of this when I turn 70 lol!!!! Let's hope the new year is full of love and we win this war with Covid and will by next year have our holiday back to enjoy openly with all our family. xoxo Kris

  9. Brian and I will be staying home today and tomorrow. We were going to go to my mom's house and drop off her presents, but since she's an hour drive away she said not to worry about it, that she'll just come out here one day next week. It's a little depressing to celebrate the holidays alone, but of course I'm grateful that I have my husband here with me. I have a couple of friends that have lost their husbands in the past couple of years and I see (somewhat) what they're going through.

    Anyway, I wish you and your family a happy Christmas even though I know it's not the same this year, and of course, much happiness and contentment and peace as you come into a new decade of your life!


  10. Your apartment is lovely, Laura...nicely decorated and very festive. May the Baby Jesus bless you and all your family. Thanks so much for your vist and comment on Writing Straight from the Heart. MERRY CHRISTMAS. Susan

  11. My 70 th was in Feb 2020. I had great plans. Instead I had a year of pandemic and a broken wrist. But, I have tried to make the most of it all and can actually say I have been happy in spite of it all and that is the most important thing, don’t you think?

  12. Oh dear friend don't worry about your 70 ! I was too 70 last Oct. 20th and I haven't so far feel any different, lol... I've embraced my decades since I was 50. Might as well.
    I'm glad you had a nice Christmas.
    Thank you for coming by.
    Happy and blessed 2021.


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