A Peaceful Holiday After A Painful Year

A peaceful holiday after a painful year. 2020 has been quite the year for our family, and millions of families over the world. We have worked from home, eaten a lot of take-out, and let our hair grow long. Great quantities of novels, and an abundance of Netflix. Most important, we are fortunate to have stayed safe so far, and enjoyed each other’s company.

Compared to the presents we used to pile under the holiday tree, the best gifts this year have been deepening friendships. Talking to far-away friends over the computer doesn’t hold a candle to a couple of hours in a coffee shop, but we make it work.

Despite the lack of travel, and spending, and social gatherings, I’m grateful at the end of this year. For those friends, for vaccines on-the-way, one kissable cat, the ever-beautiful Atlantic Ocean across the street, a new morning tea that arrived in a surprise package.

Breathtaking: Washington Square Park in NYC, on a Christmas day years ago. It’s been 18 months since we’ve been able to stay in our little studio apartment around the corner from here. Next year!

Whatever is beautiful,
Whatever is meaningful,
Whatever brings you happiness…
May it be yours this holiday season
and throughout the year to come. 

Stay fabulous and safe, wash and wash and wash (your hands), xo

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  1. I’m so sorry to see in your reply to Sheila that you lost two of your kitties this year. It’s been a terrible year for so many people, but I am grateful to reach the end of it, still healthy. I can’t wait to be able to visit NYC again too. Wishing you peace, joy and good health in the year to come.

    • Thank you, dear Shelley, for the thoughtful words and wishes. I know you love a good black cat! And we lost our two black cats in one hard year. Stinky, who just crossed the bridge two months ago, was over 19 years old. Happiest wishes to you for 2021, and I hope to see you in NYC. xx

    • Merry Christmas, Debbie and thanks for coming by! And thank you for your kind words. I hope your holiday is safe and fun, xx.

  2. Merry Christmas to you and Sandy, Patti! “One kitty” – oh dear, I’m so sorry you lost one of your furry fam, my friend. *hug* Here’s to a year ahead with peace and joy.

    • Hi Sheila! Merry Christmas to you and L and all those you love. Yes, sadly two of our three kitties crossed the bridge in 2020. Like the year wasn’t challenging enough! We’ve got Skinny G, and she is a sweetie. Stay well and safe, xx.

  3. Thank you for your lovely uplifting message. Your weekly articles have been such a Blessing .I hope you and yours enjoy much happiness this holiday season and throughout the coming year. Loved the picture I grew up on 11th street and fifth avenue and remember Christmas carols in Washington Square park by the tree.

    • Thank you dear Joan, and I appreciate you reading my posts. Oh, carols in the park, by the tree – we’ve been lucky enough to be part of it for several Christmases. And what a lovely corner you grew up on, four blocks to the park! Happy holidays, xx.

  4. Happy Christmas, Patti, to you and your husband. May 2021 be a year of recovery–for all of us.

  5. Thank you for the small, regular moments of hope and optimism that you have shared over the year!

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