Whether snow and cold temperatures greet you this holiday weekend or stunning sunshine and blue skies, I want to take a moment to wish the entire international community of TSLL readers a most wonderful winter holiday celebration.
Over the past twelve months you have joined TSLL as it moved into its new online home, celebrated the release of TSLL’s 3rd book, visited and took part during the two most popular events of the year and largest participation ever for each since they commenced – TSLL’s 7th Annual French Week and 4th Annual British Week, all the while moving into a new normal in all of our lives. Your time, engagement, kindness, curiosity to explore, grow and discover create an environment I am grateful to be a part of, and I am confident that is why new readers choose to return time and time again, becoming part of the community as well.
Each year around this time, whether in a solitary post such as this one or in the last This & That of the year, taking this time to reflect is a grounding ritual. While many thanks are extended on Thanksgiving here in the states, because our community here at TSLL is international and extends around the globe, it feels more apropos to conclude the year of regular posts with a post of appreciation because the blog continues to thrive and be able to share the content you enjoy because of you, the readers of TSLL. I am so very grateful for your time, your interest whether you are a new reader/listener of the blog and/or podcast or a long-time reader, thank you for your time to stop by, your interest and your open-mind as we each and all journey along our own path while gathering inspiration along the way to elevate the experience of living our lives.
Now, with that said, yesterday’s This & That concluded the regular weekly postings of 2022, BUT beginning Monday December 26th, get ready for a very busy week on the blog BECAUSE, two posts a day will be shared as I have spent this past week compiling the top and favorite episodes in 10 different categories (French and British inspired, podcast, Style Inspiration, Recipes, Contentment, etc.) While I do take the last week of the year off from creating new content, it is the week before that is quite bustling as well as quite fun as looking back through the year serves as a reminder of all that we have journeyed through together and what you enjoy exploring on TSLL.
Because this past week was an extra full work week, I promised the pups and myself we would take a five-mile cross-country ski as a mid-work Nature pause to a destination near Bend I had yet to visit (even after now living here since 2015!), and as you see in these images, we made it. We made it to Tumalo Falls, and not a soul did we see there and back. It was a stunning and powerful sight to witness, and that evening and into the night we all slept very soundly. (I will show full videos of this excursion in January’s A Cuppa Moments w/Shannon, but I wanted to show a peek here and below in my IG Reel.)
As I shared in the final podcast of this calendar year, episode #347, this festive time of year is capable of being exactly as we hope and wish it can be, and I wish for you and those you are sharing this time with, that your most ardent hopes come true. Bonne santé!
—Shannon (Norman and Nelle as well ☺️)
Winter Holiday Messages from the Archives
Joyeuses Fêtes from TSLL, 2017