I belong to a great friendship group. We call ourselves the Wednesday Wackos. Each year for Christmas, we meet at one of the member's home for a potluck and exchange gifts with each other. We often start thinking about these gifts at the first of the year. That doesn't mean we don't change our minds several times until we hit upon the right one. It is fun coming up with that certain something and getting it ready for the party.
We each take a turn passing out our gifts and everyone opens just that gift at the same time. It makes that warm glow of sharing last all the longer.
This year I made these little zippered bags and tried to match up likes and personalities. Do you see the cat person? I used the pattern over on Moda Bakeshop see here.
I so adore these women and the joy they bring to each other. I feel truly blessed. No, I didn't get pictures of the party; I was too darn busy having fun.
I've been gone for the past few days. For over 30 years my friend Sue and I have kicked off our Christmas season together by shopping and playing. We started doing this in San Francisco when I lived in the Bay Area. Now, we live a good 400 miles apart and meet in the middle. And, what a nice relaxing fun time we had. As I was leaving our serene setting, I couldn't help snapping a photo with my phone to say goodbye till next year.
That golden hill is the changing fall color of the wine-grape vines. I saw this for miles and miles. It was gorgeous, and the small two-lane highways didn't distract from the view. But, in a few hours . . . .
It was dark by the time I made it home and very windy. Back to eight-lane roads. Back to reality. Back to fun life that I enjoy in a different way.