Smith Mountain Lake Mystery Writer
Contemplations from a quiet cove on Smith Mountain Lake.
- Name: Sally Roseveare
- Location: United States
I'm a Southern gal who loves life, my husband and our family (which, to date, includes 13 grandchildren). I enjoy being with friends and family. But I also like being alone and thinking up plots for future books. I've published two novels, both mysteries, and I'm working on my third. For more about my books, visit me at www.sallyroseveare.com. If you ever hear me say, "I'm bored," please get me to the ER immediately! Paddling my kayak and snapping pictures of the critters I see relaxes me. Beach music has the opposite effect--when I hear those old "doo-wops" I want to dance.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Saturday, January 10, 2015
A DIFFERENT CHRISTMAS DAY
Did "doing without" put a damper on their Christmas or ours? Nope. They bought white felt and made simple stockings which were then filled with gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free and preservative-free treats such as apples, chocolate bars, potato chips, etc., and small, non-food items.
Did they miss the creche I put up every year, which was stored in the attic and not safe to use? Nope.By knitting, tying and squiggling yarn and using an occasional wire twister, they made Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, a shepherd girl and a lamb. The larger figures took seven to eight hours each to create.
Did they miss the large, artificial Christmas tree and all its shiny ornaments that we keep stored in the attic? Nope. We set our 32-year-old Schefflera in the spot usually occupied by the tree, strung mini-lights on it, and decorated it with little silver bells tied on with red yarn.
The custom for their family of eleven is to each draw a name of a family member instead of buying something for everyone. They bought a large roll of brown paper, and each person decorated their gift package.
So did we suffer by not celebrating Christmas as usual? Nope. Even though it was a different Christmas, it was a wonderful and special and creative Christmas. And the cleanup was really easy!