Sunshine in my shadows

Welcome to sunshine in my shadows. This blog is my space to share all the stuff that makes up my every day life. Family, friends, crafts, recipes, books and all the little things that add 'sunshine to my shadows'. We all have a sprinkling of sunshine and an equal sprinkling of shadows in our lives. Hopefully you will find more sunshine than shadows to read about here and on the days when shadows fall, know that the sunshine is peeking just around the corner!


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas is almost here...

I'm not really back from my blog/online hiatus but I did want to wish all of my bloggie friends and their families a Very Merry Christmas. May your festive season be safe and filled with love, laughter and precious time, making cherished memories with loved ones. For my friends who will have an empty place at their Christmas table this year I wish for you peace and healing. May precious memories of times past comfort you in your grief.

I am not sure why but my Christmas spirit is sadly lacking this year. Those who know me well will know that this is most unlike me. I'm a Christmas nut and usually celebrate Christmas with joyous abandon! I hope to come back to blogging refreshed and renewed in the New year.

I haven't been very active in my time away but seem to have kept busy nonetheless. Mr B had another surgery and has recovered from that well. Fingers crossed that nothing further will go wrong.
I have been dealing with the usual end of school year things with both my children and organising them for next year as well as sorting some extra support for my son who has had some difficulties this year.
It all sounds very simple when written down in a few sentences like that but it has been very time consuming. Playing telephone tag with various school staff etc has become tiresome and tedious but I think we are finally sorted. Now I am in the midst of book lists and uniform lists. What fun NOT! Lots of medical appointments to attend etc. Lots of WAITING around!

I have also managed some reading and would recommend any of the following books for those who love a good thriller/crime story.
  • The Wreckage by Michael Robotham
  • Doll's Eyes by Bari Wood
  • Acid Row by Minette Walters
  • The Retribution by Val McDermid
  • Chill Factor by Sandra Brown   *romance as well as murder
My Christmas decorating this year is very simple by sheer necessity. All my trees and decorations are packed away in our shed behind furniture and boxes from where I moved in with Mr B. Unfortunately they are inaccessible without completely unpacking the shed and that is not going to happen anytime soon! I did keep out a small white feather tree that I bought last year and have decorated it with a single silver bead garland and it looks quite pretty, if very plain. My teenagers are getting money for Christmas so I just have to find a present for Mr B and my gifts are done. (Well ok being mum I will buy at least one small gift to go under the tree for the kids) Food will be a simple affair as Mr B still doesn't have his teeth and is on mostly a liquid diet. I haven't even been able to find the spirit to write cards this year. I am listening to Carol's as I type this and hoping to engender some kind of enthusiasm for the coming weeks.

I am still stopping by and reading my favourite blogs from time to time and I hope when I return to writing I still have some friends who will come back to read me.
Meantime from our house to yours -
 **Thanks to Karen at Graphics fairy for the santa image. The Grapics fairy


  1. May the Christmas spirit sneak up on you and surprise you. Keep safe during the silly season, hope to see you back in the new year revitalised.

  2. Hi Helen, Wising you and your family a safe and happy Christmas. Hoping the Mr B is fully recovered by then and that you have everything sorted, I know that it can be very stressful.

    See you after your break, Take care, Tam x

  3.'s so thoughtful of you to send your friends a Christmas message, it sounds as though your time away has been very productive though such a lot of organising, l do hope that as Christmas approaches, things will fall into place a bit allowing you some time to enjoy the nice things about the Christmas season. l love your white feather tree, it's gorgeous and also the interesting painting behind it. Best wishes to and your loved ones....catch up when youre ready.

  4. I want that white Christmas tree. Please. I have fallen in love with the idea of having a tree in our bedroom and I would like it to be white. Love your blog i will follow on my way out so I know the path to your door. I hope you can find the time to come visit my place and do the same. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  5. Christmas wishes for your lovely family, hope everything goes smoothly over the holidays.Tis the silly season for a reason isn't it?

  6. Helen l just wanted to stop by and wish you a very Christmas and a wonderful holiday Season hope all goes well for you and your family...Cheers!!!

  7. Merry Christmas and here's to a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  8. Thank you all so much! Bron the painting is a portrait of Mr. B's mother painted by her sister. Sadly I never met Mr. B's mum as she had passed before we ever met.I think I would have liked her, we had a lot in common. Merry Christmas and I'll be back in the New Year xxxx

  9. I was just dropping by to wish you a Happy New Year and thank you for visiting my place and your special comments. I look forward to engaging more with you in 2012. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  10. special 'K' thank you so much. May you have every blessing in the New year. Hugs xx