New Year’s Eve Book Exchange Party

Today was a beautiful day, unusually warm for December 31st, but we do live in the South, so the weather is slightly unpredictable any time of the year. Around noon, I drove out to a dear friend’s new home in Tryon, NC. What a beautiful drive! Their new home is a quaint English cottage built of stone over 100 years ago! One look at the place and I immediately felt refreshed, like I had stepped into a piece of Jane Austen’s world.

There were a dozen or so close friends gathered together around two tables, sharing warm bowls of chili topped with sour cream, cheese, corn chips and chopped black olives, along with salad, veggies, hummus, and an assortment of sweet treats and hot coffee.

The culmination of the day, of course, was the book exchange. There was everything from spiritual memoirs to learning to live a simple, from scratch lifestyle, biographies to Jane Austen with zombies, classics to children’s literature. As far as I know, every one walked away with a book they liked. Can you guess which one I brought? That’s right, Made From Scratch.

We finished the day with board games and more coffee paired with a beautiful carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and black walnuts, prepared by an artisan chef at a local bakery in Tryon! The hostess and I sat at the dining room table, chatting of God’s grace and direction and living simply as we sipped our coffee and tried to resist the urge to grab a second piece of carrot cake.

I ran by the grocery on my way home to pick up a few things I had coupons for (Organic Girl lettuce and all-natural half-and-half) – the coupons expire today, so I had to get them in! Then I came home, straightened the house, and I plan on reading a little more of my current book, The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball, before turning in early. Tomorrow, we have a 9 AM coffee social at church, followed by morning worship at 10 AM and nothing for the rest of the day. I like Sundays that begin in worship and end in rest.

Happy New Year! Enjoy the Journey!

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