The Experiment: Day 95 ~ A Hug For You On Christmas Day…

(My favorite Christmas song, because it was my grandma’s,
“I’ll Be Home For Christmas.”)

It is nearly 4 p.m. on Christmas Day. The pugs and I have had a peaceful, quiet day here, my darling daughter Rachel came by for a couple of hours and she is now at home cooking and preparing for the family to arrive, my eldest daughter and her family are being delayed for hours and who knows when they’ll get in tonight, we are all just letting the plans shapeshift as they will to fit the hours ahead, and we will all be so glad to see one another once we are all together. I have 6 turkey legs roasting in the over for my keto meals over the next few days, I will take one for my dinner tonight at Rachel’s house. She is making green beans and my ex is bringing a salad so I’ll be all set. I am not in the least worried about being keto on Christmas nor am I tempted to eat or drink things that are not on my plan, this is just my life now and it feels good to me. I will feed the pugs their dinner between 5 and 5:30 and then head over to Rachel’s. It has been a lovely day. And I have been giving hugs on Facebook for those who needed a hug today. I would like to offer you a gentle hug, especially if you are feeling alone and lonely today, if you are I am holding you especially close in my heart. If you are celebrating with family and friends and having a fine time I am sending you a hug too. We can all always use a hug! You can slip it in your back pocket or pocketbook to pull out on a day when you need it.

I am savoring this moment and taking a Polaroid of it in my mind. A Polaroid that captures the five senses! The smell of turkey baking in the oven, the lovely colorful lights on the Christmas tree tinkling, and my little space heater running here next to me because the studio is always cold and since I practically live in this one room I surely don’t want to heat the whole house just to try to warm this one room! I have been watching a great many birds coming to the feeders and have gone out twice to put more food out for the squirrels, I love them too. And the pugs and I just went out for a few minutes. The temperatures here have dropped down to the 40’s now and will be dropping down into the 30’s for the rest of the week which is chilly for us but it’s nice because even though we don’t have a white Christmas it feels like Christmas. I will hold this moment in my heart forever.

I hope wherever you are in the world you have had a lovely Christmas, even if you are by yourself, and if you are in the midst of a big family gathering have an eggnog for me, will you? I am listening to a song I love just now, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” which is both poignant for me, makes me a little sad and lost in memories, but also joyful. Christmas is a day to feel it all, and to celebrate being alive. I have never felt more fully alive. I am woman, mother, grandmother, and at a time in my life when I am about to embrace whole new worlds of things to come. I hope you will too. I feel we are on the cusp of tremendous change if we are open to it. I am as if jumping out of an airplane trusting that I will be caught in an angel’s arms, excited, and ready. Let’s do this thing, shall we?

Well, the turkey needed another thirty minutes. I have turned all the legs over and reset the timer. And I JUST got a text from Rachel saying that her brother Aaron, his wife Stephanie, and baby Atlas have arrived! And Jenny has texted to say that luckily the rental car place is open until midnight and they will get to us asap! (And I texted back “Yay! We will kiss and hug you to pieces when you arrive!”) It’s just a perfect Christmas, the awkward moments, the unplanned occurrences, the plans that go awry, the turkey that isn’t done yet, and finally everybody coming together in the end, just happy to be together! It’s Christmas y’all, as we say here in the south, and I am just tickled to pieces!

Great Big Love & Hugs To Everyone!


The Experiment ~A 365 Day Search For Truth, Beauty &
Happiness: Day 1 ~ Introduction To The Project
“Do or do not. There is no try.”

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  1. Merry Christmas to your Maitri and Your family. I had a nice afternoon evening with my daughter and her partner and then headed home and arrived back at the house about 10:00 P.M. I was invited to stay many times but they then have to give up their bed and they sleep on an air bed and I just don’t like them having to do that. So I loaded up and drove the hour and a half home no traffic and lots of time to think.
    I decided that I needed to run to the store (Yes One of those waiting to the last minute). On my way the strangest thing happened as I was driving down the road a little black and gray dog that looked just like Sadie was wondering in the street just waiting to get hit by a car. I stopped my truck and got out as she looked so much like Sadie and I could tell by looking at her that she was blind the cloudy eyes and the staggered walk. A man came running out of his house saying Thank-You, Thank-You, Thank-You she is blind and some how slipped out the door when company arrived. I got back in my truck and started to drive with tears in my eyes and Thanking Sadie for helping me save this little girl.
    My Chicken is in the oven roasting and I will have my dinner later as it is still only 3:00 P>M. Here right now.
    Next year if I am not in Roma with Stefano for Christmas I will stay with my daughter Jaclyn and Barbara in the New Home I am helping her get built. Its going to be lovely it has all the things if I bought myself a new house that I would have with all the upgrades and I am Thankful to God that I have been able to help both my children get to have a home something they would never be able to do alone these days.
    I do so hope that all your dreams of today materialize to be everything you wanted……Hugs…….We will Skype one of these days, I have to get myself ready to do that…….Hugs..JIM

    • Hello Darling Jim, I am SO happy you decided to spend the day with your daughter and her partner, I really worried about you being alone. And oh my, I was so touched by the story about the little dog. I know Sadie was with you in spirit at the time too as she always is. And it’s lovely that you are able to help your children with their homes, you are a very kind and generous man. And yes, someday we will Skype, it’s scary at first but then it’s really wonderful. It’s a way to get to know one another much more easily than on the phone. And no rush, no worries, I’m not going anywhere honey… Blessings to you dearheart… M.

  2. Paint the world cozy
    rosy, tender, holy days
    all comes together


    thinking of you with love, dear maitri and family !


    • Thank you so much Ka honey, Jen and her family finally made it in, we were all so glad to be together, and we had a lovely time and oh! The babies! I am still glowing today from hugging and kissing all those little boys. They will all be in for a few days so we will have lots of get togethers this week. I will be blissy all week long! 😀

      I hope you and Tom and Alana had a lovely day, I just know you did, and now as I drink my coffee and write to you here I look at the picture of you three that came with your Christmas letter, taped to the top of my computer, and I feel so close to you. This is just lovely, coffee with Ka! Many blessings and much love to you all. Now on to the new year!!! 🙂

      M. xo

  3. I am relaxing for a couple of hours before bed after a full day of cooking for my family. I spread my cooking out over yesterday and today so that it would not be a mad rush in the last hour or two before dinner. We had a delicious turkey dinner and the carcass is now simmering on the stove to make stock for soup. There are lots of leftovers in the fridge and freezer to feed us in the coming days.

    Our two sons who live in the same city as us came over mid-afternoon to open their gifts and visit before dinner. We had a lovely time.

    Tomorrow we will be driving about 1.5 hours to the city where our other son, daughter-in-law and grandson live for our Christmas visit with them. We are just having finger foods tomorrow. Early tomorrow morning I will cut up the veggies I am bringing. I also have several cheeses, a few dips and a couple other things I made for them.

    It will be very special to see our grandson for his first Christmas. He is just over 5 months old.

    Have a wonderful reunion with your family when they all arrive. Merry Christmas Maitri!

    • Ah Joan it sounds like your Christmas was so lovely and TODAY you get to see the BABY!!! We all had such a wonderful time together but oh, my, to be with the babies just MAKES Christmas. And it was my first keto Christmas but it was easy! Yay! The kids will all be here for a few days so there will be lots of good times to come. I hope you have a wonderful time today honey. Love that baby all UP!


      Maitri 🙂

  4. I am glad you had such a peaceful Christmas Maitri <3 I hope you had a wonderful time with your family too.
    Much Love, Jean

    • Thank you so much Jean honey, I had a lovely Christmas with my kids and my kids-in-law! and the grandbabies. Oh how wonderful it was to all be together. I hope you had a lovely day too honey. I was thinking about you yesterday and hoping your day was sweet and peaceful.

      Warm Blessings to you dear Jean… 🙂


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