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Aah . . . It’s Here! December 13, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Home & Garden, Life Balance, Mindfulness.



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It’s here.

A time of year

Filled with good cheer.

Enjoy the flicker of candle light

While carols softly play in pine-scented air.

Instead of shopping all day until you’re dropping at night

Dial back the frenetic and frantic pace to ease your stress and care.




Are seldom found “For Sale” at the mall.


‘Tis the Season to make a Joyful Noise to drown out the Holiday Honking:

* Wreaths at Colonial Williamsburg (Living The Seasons)

* Friends Worth Waiting On (boy, dog, mud puddle) (Apple Pie & Napalm)

* 12-12-12 (a reminder to notice the good) (Me! Me! Me, me, me!)

* They See Me Rollin’. They Hatin’. (The Ramblings)

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. suzicate - December 13, 2012

The mall? Where’s that? Oh, that’s the place I avoid this time of year, lol! Very little to do, but do all I can online…now, the fabric store is a different story!

nrhatch - December 13, 2012

I feel exactly the same, Suzi. We don’t “do the mall” . . . especially at this time of year. Even when the munchkins were younger, I bought most of their presents in the Gift Shops of Museums, Art Galleries, Historical Sites, etc. Or at Michael’s Crafts.

I did enjoy being a Mall Baby when I was a Teenie Bopper. :mrgreen:

If you have time, check out the Friend video with the boy, his dog, and the mud puddle. Precious.

suzicate - December 14, 2012

Is the video the one floating around on FB? I’ve seen it but haven’t clicked on it. Next time I’m on FB, I’ll look for it.

nrhatch - December 14, 2012

I don’t know whether it’s on FB . . . if you click on the Apple Pie & Napalm link above, the youtube clip is the centerpiece of her post.

suzicate - December 14, 2012

Ah, precious! Thanks for pointing it out to me!

nrhatch - December 14, 2012

Thought it might suit you. 😀

2. Tori Nelson - December 13, 2012

The mall does have wicked good cookie stands, though. Just saying 🙂

nrhatch - December 13, 2012

The best part of the mall is the Food Court. No debate there. :mrgreen:

BTW: You got here too early this morning. I planned to add the link to your Rollin’ Baby picture and post BEFORE you arrived, instead of after. But I overslept. Or you underslept. Yeah, that’s it. It’s all your fault. 😉

3. sweetdaysundertheoaks - December 13, 2012

I don’t like to go to the mall no matter what time of year. I buy my jeans online and the last couple pairs of shoes online too. I can’t imagine going to the mall this time of year. I do like those little shops in Venice and Siesta Key for summer stuff. We do sneak in for a piece of Sbarro’s pizza with mushrooms.. 🙂

nrhatch - December 13, 2012

I like strolling around small boutique shops . . . especially on vacation. Most of the stores at the mall hold no appeal.

In contrast, pizza is always appealing. 😀

4. ericjbaker - December 13, 2012

That’s all great, but let’s see you do a plaid tree skirt…

nrhatch - December 13, 2012

Ooh . . . a Christmas challenge!

I’ll ask SIG or AquaTom to fashion a tree skirt for me. In my Scottish Tartan. Clan McKintosh ~ “Touch not the cat bod a glove.” 😀

5. spilledinkguy - December 13, 2012

Did someone say… M-A-L-L?!
*dun dun… dun dun… dun dun*

nrhatch - December 13, 2012

Exactly. N~O~O~O~O~O . . . 😯

6. dogear6 - December 13, 2012

Thanks for the mention! And I love your Christmas tree poem – neat idea and great thoughts.


nrhatch - December 13, 2012

Thanks, Nancy. Yesterday on the travel channel, we saw a segment on visiting Williamsburg at the holidays ~ peace, calm, quiet. They focused on the gorgeous wreaths. 😀

dogear6 - December 14, 2012

I have to look for a rerun on this – it sounds great!

nrhatch - December 14, 2012

I can’t recall the exact name of the show, but it dealt with Christmas Destinations.

7. Tom (Aquatom1968) - December 13, 2012

Thanks once again for the link, Nancy… noticing the good’s good! 😀

nrhatch - December 13, 2012

Noticing what is being offered is key to the continued flow of the good.

8. sufilight - December 13, 2012

The mall? Yikes, will stay away! 😉 This made me smile, there is no place like home with all the Holiday scents and good cheer. 😀

nrhatch - December 13, 2012

After the shooting at your mall, I expect that many folks will stay away. This year, anyway.

Although the article noted that Santa would be back today.

sufilight - December 13, 2012

Yes, I read this about the Santa. Glad he is doing this.

nrhatch - December 13, 2012

He’s braver than I would be. I think I’d have to find another part time job after hearing shots fired around me. 😯

9. segmation - December 13, 2012

I love your use of colors!

nrhatch - December 13, 2012

Thanks, Beth. We took the fireplace shot at an Old Fashioned Village Christmas at the Village of the Arts.

segmation - December 13, 2012

Where is the Village of the Arts?

nrhatch - December 13, 2012

It’s Florida’s largest Art colony. Here’s a link:

segmation - December 13, 2012

I will have to check this out. Thanks for sending me the link!

10. viviankirkfield - December 13, 2012

Thanks, Nancy, for these important reminders! It’s a season to spend time, not money, for those we love. 🙂

nrhatch - December 13, 2012

Gifts are wonderful to share . . . as long as their purchase and acquisition doesn’t eclipse all else.

11. jannatwrites - December 13, 2012

I don’t do the mall very often, but I did go there for a bit today for two things. It was early in the day so it wasn’t busy at all. I won’t press my luck and try it again, though! (I’m all for having a “tree trunk” Christmas – joy, love and peace!)

nrhatch - December 13, 2012

Smart. That’s the best time to go ~ early in the day, during the week. We have a sprinkling of gifts under our tree, but we don’t go overboard.

12. kateshrewsday - December 15, 2012

Love those last lines most of all, Nancy! Wonderful piece, and I have never felt its truth so keenly as this year, for some reason.

nrhatch - December 15, 2012

The more we search “out there” for the perfect gifts to give . . . the more likely we are to miss the lasting gifts of Peace, Hope, Love, Joy, Laughter, and Light.

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