THOUGHTS ON THE LAST DAY OF 2017

The holidays have taken our minds away from our reading. Busy with friends and families and other year-end tasks our minds are awhirl. Only a very few (how’s that for redundancy) responded to a recent blog about their reading plans in the New Year.

Forced inside today by a Winter Weather Advisory I must face up to taking down my Christmas decorations. Seems a good time to give a shout-out of THANKS to my much-loved granddaughter who decorated my fireplace mantel with some of my Santa collection. How I have enjoyed what she put together. I know Santa is not the heart of Christmas, but I have always loved Santa art of almost any kind, the more frivolous the better. Somehow it lifts my spirits.

I confess at first I was slightly disappointed she did not do the mantel as she has the last two years, with some fake greenery and lights. Turns out I liked the Santa display even better. My pictures certainly don’t do her display justice. Those small porcelain Santas are antique, from my mother’s side of the family; they have said Merry Christmas to many people for more years than I can count.

Wishing each of you a good last day of 2017. Along with the-not-so-great and worse, there is much to be grateful for. Make a gratitude list and you will be reminded. Even as a way to fight the horrors of grief, a gratitude list is worthy ammunition. Hugs to all.

Happy New Year Wishes come along tomorrow.

10 thoughts on “THOUGHTS ON THE LAST DAY OF 2017

    1. PauletteMitchellLein@comcast.net Post author

      Thanks for being such a loyal blog reader. I wish for 2018 to be a very good year for you and your loved ones. Hugs to you.

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  1. Bonnie Carlson

    So special of you to share your wonderful Santas with us! We also collect them and agree that they are “spirit lifters”! May 2018 be a happy year for you, Paulette! And, may your Blog continue to enrich our lives.!

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    1. PauletteMitchellLein@comcast.net Post author

      Thanks for your encouragement. Wishing you a year ahead that is the best! So often you brighten my day.

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  2. Reta Dahlen

    Claire did an excellent job. I do remember some of the porcelain Santas, but my favorite was the Grinch above the mantle and the ribbons that tied all together.

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    1. PauletteMitchellLein@comcast.net Post author

      maybe at one time there were more Santas. I seemed to be down to three. Glad you liked the Grinch. I bought that in Chicago when Jerry and I went for a week-end after I was at a conference the last year I worked. The only time I talked him into such a thing and we had a very memorable time. The other couple with us at the gallery were the last of the big spenders, so me buying one print seemed less extravagant.

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  3. Mary Ann Piramalli Krengel

    Happy New Year to you, Paulette. Hoping 2018 will bring you health (especially your back) and continued success with your blog.

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