Sunday, November 22, 2009


During this season, we get stressed and overwhelmed and family riffs seem to get worse. We are short of money, short of time and short of patience. Things don't go exactly as we would like and sometimes we think that life sucks. The Holidays are filled with frustrations, depression and disappointments.

I can't tell you how to think or feel, but I personally revel everyday in how many things I have to be grateful for, Holidays or no.

I look out the window and there is no war going on. I'm not in fear of my family getting tortured or killed.

I have a roof over my head and I'm cozy warm. The electricity isn't out so I have use of this computer, my TV, my stove, my microwave, refrigerator, hot water and lights.

When I go to bed, I'll sleep in a soft, comfy bed; not on the hood of a HumVee with the hot desert sun baking me and dust swirling around me.

I'll get up tomorrow morning and be able to walk unassisted to my kitchen where I have ample coffee and food. Then I'll get dressed in very nice clothes; more than I really need to cover my body.

I can pick up the phone or go to my e-mail and contact any number of family members whom I love dearly and who I'm sure love me. Oh, sure, like every family, I have a few real stinkers, but the ones who matter are always there for me.

I can't think of anything that I need that I don't have and if I get a little edgy during this season, then shame on me. And if you don't take at least a minute every day to count your blessings, then shame on you.

During this time, I wish you serenity and gratitude as a very Happy Holiday.

Linda C. Hall

Friday, November 6, 2009


I hope by now everyone in the North Kitsap area is planning on attending the "IndiesBanditasBazaar" on Bainbridge Island starting Black Friday, November 27 and 28 from 10 am to 5 pm both days. For more information, go to their blog at:

In case you've been living under a rock, you know that the entire bazaar features only handmade items made by many Northwest artists and crafters.

I will be there hawking my baby quilts, Christmas Stockings, Bottle Butlers and givaways. My crafty and creative daughter, Heather Lytle will be sharing the booth with me selling her adorable baby clothes and accessories that she has embellished with cartoons and cute sayings. The "Onesies" must be seen.

I would imagine that this is the place to find gifts for everyone in the family, even those hard-to-buy-for stinkers.

Whether you buy anything at by booth, be sure to stop by and say "Hey." See you there.

Linda Hall