“The word advent means “expectation.” What advent can do for us is create a sense of hope.”

The morning is chilly but sun bright. The sky is deep blue. Nothing is moving, not even the smallest pine branch. I need to fill the feeders again.

My yard is beautiful, cleaned and trimmed. It is time for the cow.

Yesterday I was out and about for a while. I even managed to get to the dump. I also shopped locally. My favorite stop was the Cape Cod Museum of Art. They had a pop-up store as well as the museum shop. I hit both and bought some presents. The candy store was the next stop. I’m giving myself kudos as I didn’t buy anything for me, my rule this time of year. The hardware store was next. I had a list. Agway was last. I walked out with cat food, dog treats, bright red poinsettias, a boxwood centerpiece for my table and seeds for the squirrel’s horse head.

My mother hid the presents as soon as she bought them. One of her hiding places was the closet across from the cellar door. None of us had a reason to open it so that closet was a good spot except I did open it one year. I found a present of mine. I felt guilty. The attic was probably the best hiding place of all. We never went up there. When you opened the trapdoor, the ladder fell automatically and noisily. I know that because the sound of my parent’s voices and the attic ladder sliding down woke me up one Christmas Eve. I can remember hearing the tune from the musical push toy my sister was getting as it was handed down from the attic. When they were done with the attic, I sneaked down to watch through the stair slats. I went back to bed with my parents none the wiser.

Today is the first Sunday of Advent. When I was a kid, we’d light one of the purple candles on our Advent wreath. Christmas is coming.

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4 Comments on ““The word advent means “expectation.” What advent can do for us is create a sense of hope.””

  1. Christer. Says:

    No wind here either but we have gotten some snow. It snowed almost all day but the flakes were so small that it never became any bigger amounts, well so far anyway.

    Our presents were in the closet next to my mother’s bed so no one dared to go there 🙂 🙂

    Have a nice advent!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      My sister in Colorado has had snow, three or four times already. You both can keep it. I do not want it.

      I think they also hid presents in my father’s car trunk. That would be the best place. None of us would take my dad’s keys and investigate.

      Enjoy your Sunday!

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today was the first day this month that finally felt like winter is coming. The clouds are late clearing as the rain was late in coming yesterday. The high temperature today was only 50° with a strong north wind adding to the chill.

    We drove out to Granbury Texas, which also has an historic town square, which is all decked out for the holidays. I guess we are doing the small town holiday decorations tour. 🙂 They have a wonderful old Opera House where they put on terrific broadway plays. A couple of summers ago we spent the 4th of July there and saw a production of South Pacific. We got front row seats which were wonderful. They have a permanent repertory company of actors. Sadly, the Covid virus has put the shows on hold. Since moving to the west side of the Dallas Ft. Worth area, we are exploring the towns west of the Dallas Ft. Worth Metroplex. During my furlough we explored the towns on the east side as we were living in Dallas.

    I never figured out where my parents hid our Chanukah presents. I suspect they may have bought them each day of the eight nights. I didn’t really care as a kid, I just wanted presents. My father’s Chanukah delight was making traditional potato pancakes called Latkes. His were not my favorite recipe, but I humored him and feigned delight when eating a couple drenched in apple sauce.

    The Dallas Cowboy football game has been postponed until tomorrow afternoon because the Baltimore Ravens have 15 players and staff who have tested positive for the virus. I would just postpone the rest of the Cowboy football season due to lack of interest. Besides injuries, they are playing terrible. The NFL should move all the playoff games to a neutral indoor stadium and do a bubble as did the other major sports to prevent the spread of the virus. Unfortunately, there’s too much money involved in the Super Bowl.

    This morning I read a wonderful quote from 2005 written by Steve Jobs taken from the commencement speech he delivered to the Stanford University grads. “Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith”. He made that speech during his battle with pancreatic cancer that took his life in 2011. Somehow, it sums up this past year. My wife was discussing cooking up a pot of Blackeyed Peas to eat for good luck on New Years Day. It’s a southern tradition that we might just adopt for 2001, It couldn’t hurt. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      My weather has been similar, even to the rain. By afternoon today, it was cold, in the 40’s. I spent the afternoon going through the Christmas gifts I have so as to figure out what I need. I still have some bags and one plastic bin to go through. My bedroom is a mess of boxes and bags.

      I’m a latke fan. My mother used to make them, and I remember they were delicious. I haven’t had them in a long time.

      Your parents were smart if they bought them during the day of as then they’d be no hunting, no peeking because they’d be nothing to find.

      You’re right about the bubble. They should have done that in the beginning as NFL has had so many cases. Heck, I’d love that bubble, especially for the food. Any food I don’t have to make is a favorite food.

      Absolutely! Bring on the black-eyed peas. We need all the luck we can get. I love adding new traditions. The piñata I started when my 30 year old nephew was three continues with the next generation. Because I, their aunt, did the piñata, my nephew does it for my niece’s kids, and she does it for his.


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