Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Cookies and Answers

The most vivid memories of Christmases past are usually not
of gifts given or received, but of the spirit of love,
the special warmth of Christmas worship,
the cherished little habits of home.

Lois Rand

Good morning all. Made my cookies yesterday, and they sure did come out yummy if I say so myself.
 Lemon Sugar Cookies.
 Mexican Wedding Cookies

And, yes, you just know I had to sample them...but I only took the broken ones and worked it all off in the baking and cleanup afterwards. Today I am going to make my sauce. It always takes better when it sits for a day or two.

Yesterday I mentioned about losing followers and several of you chimed in and said it had happened to you as well. Here is what I found out. It seems that now Blogger wants everyone to have a Google account. In the past we were able to sign in in a variety of ways--Twitter, Yahoo, etc--but now all those without a Google account will be removed as followers. All this is scheduled to take place the week of January 11th, but personally, I believe they started already although they deny it.. And I don't think it's fair that we have to lose followers in this way. Not everyone will choose to re-follow. Not fair that they are taking away our choices, but why should Blogger be any different. Our choices are taken away wherever we look.

Before I forget, happy full first day of Winter.  The Solstice arrived quietly late yesterday evening here in New York, and now Winter is here in full swing.  And the light has begun to return. I had elaborate ritual.  In fact, I used one I found on "The Woman's Tribe".  I lit my tree and a wonderful cookie scented candle I bought at Bath and Body.  Then, I took out my journal and wrote about the struggles I faced this year--the loss of my mom, loss of my beloved kitty, financial issues, health issues.  Underneath each one I wrote the gifts and positive outcomes of these struggles.  Love, forgiveness, learning how to budget, losing weight for better health. 

Then I wrote about the highlights of my year--reuniting with and meeting my daughter, grandchildren, and great grands, going back to school, 44 pound weight loss, hubby beating his liver disease.  My heart runneth over with love this year.  And my wishes for next year?  A family reunion and re-uniting with my son who has not forgiven me.  I don't care about riches.  I want no more than what I have.  The love of family makes me wealthy.

Have a good one. 


  1. You had an AMAZING year in 2015, Mary, and I hope 2016 is even better for you!

    Thanks for finding out where our followers went! Oh Blogger, you sonovabitch.

  2. The cookies look wonderful!! Yes, Blogger is no different than the rest of them. Personally, I can't STAND Google, but as you said, our choices are always being taken away from us in lieu of what is "best" for business interest for everyone else, certainly NOT us!!

  3. Sigh on blogger knowing 'best' for us.
    Congratulations on your year.

  4. Oh yum! I made cookies too today! For me macaroons with stevia and for everyone else chocolate cookies with chunks of kinder chocolate. I wish your wish will come true!

  5. Hi dear friend....I'm afraid I haven't been a very good blogger friend as of late. I hope next year I will get into the swing of things again. It sounds like you have had quite a year with your weight loss and your hubs health cure. Good for you both. It does seem like it takes forever to get over the loss of our loved ones...but for you it appears your family is reuniting and that is so very wonderful.

    much love,