Hello, my sweet friends. It's been far too long. While events here at the house have been rather fraught the past few weeks, your kind words have helped immensely. I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things...
A friend of mine hosted a Christmas party with an ornament exchange last weekend. Have you ever been to one? You're to bring a wrapped ornament, priced under fifteen dollars. After drawing numbers, you randomly select a wrapped prize in the appropriate order. The other ladies, upon seeing you open your new ornament, have the option of 'stealing' it, if their turn, is after yours.
I chose to contribute some ornaments from the Smith & Hawken line. Red wellies, a sparkly owl, and a little acorn shaped birdhouse packaged in a candy-cane striped matchbox. Nestling the ornaments in peppermint candies, made it a little more interesting.
I think the gal who ended up with it, after it had been swiped twice, was pleased.