I've had weeks and weeks of change and uncertainty, which show limited signs of abating. On Thursday, after months of preparation, my mom moved out of our family home of 50-plus years and across the country to live closer to me. While she was readying her 1790s house for sale on her end (read: correcting lots of deferred maintenance), I was prepping her transitional apartment in Missouri, dealing with movers, and arranging a storage unit to receive most of her things until we can move her (again) into a larger cottage for the long term. Now, 48 hours post move-in, my mom and her kitty seem happily settled into their new apartment, and many organizational tasks are behind me. Yet the ambiguity and unknowns persist. You see, I still have no idea when her moving van will arrive from Connecticut, or when a cottage will open up at her retirement community, or even if she will like living in the midwest . . .
All I know is that a return to something certain - like the predictability of this Spotlight - was just what the metaphorical doctor ordered for my frazzled self tonight. I so enjoyed seeing your week's creations! Thank you for sharing. Every honoree on this hot list* brought a ray of light into a week that was otherwise clouded by uncertainty. I trust that these cookie gems will lend plenty of sparkle to your lives too.
#1: 1, 2, 3 . . . 25 December! by Di Art Sweets
#2: Home Alone House - Front View by Elisa Garbossa [EDITOR'S NOTE: Special congrats to @Elisa Garbossa on her very first Spotlight! What an impressive gingerbread specimen! It's so impressive, in fact, that I had to give it the week's coveted cover spot! ]
#3: Santa's Friends by Maggy Morales
#4: Witch by Skilful Cook
#5: Christmas Trees by Bożena Aleksandrow
#6: Lily’s Patisserie Set by Cajun Home Sweets
#7: Christmas Cookies in White by Bożena Aleksandrow
#8: Panenka pro Sběratelku (aka Doll for Collectors) by Dita
#9: On Safari by BevH
#10: Dance Team Suit Cookies by Cajun Home Sweets
Congrats again, everyone! What wonderful work!
P.S. I hope to see you here again next weekend, though I will be traveling all day Saturday (for the next two Saturdays), so I probably won't get to the Spotlight 'til Sunday (and the following Sunday). Stay tuned!
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