It’s Beginning to Look like Winter

For the month of December, I took Saturdays off from the library. Although I don’t celebrate Christmas, I still have some stuff to get done and I’m making time to visit some friends. I look forward to having Saturdays off this month – I miss working only five days per week (I usually work 6 days since I have the library on Saturdays).

On Friday, I decided to hike to Manayunk since it’s been a month and  a half (the last few times I walked to Spring Mill to take the train headed home). I saw a crane swoop in on the Schuylkil River, but the images came out blurry. The ducks were having a blast too. As I neared Manayunk, I met Jeremy who moved from near Asheville, NC. I guessed his accent and I mentioned I have a friend in Greenville and the last time I visited in 2009, we went to a snowy Asheville. He was a joy to chat with.

From Manayunk, I ventured to Philadelphia to check out the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s ugly sweater party. I’ve attended for the past two years and since I am a member, I thought it would be a great way to welcome in the season. I wasn’t wrong because I enjoyed Slowey and the Boats, a Hawaii band, made a card and an ugly sweat shirt. I had a lot of fun, especially with the photo booth.

After, I went ice skating and the River Rink was offering free photos with Santa. I couldn’t pass up the photo booth opportunity there! Everyone loves Santa and many other women gave him kisses and hugs too. I may not celebrate, but I want to enjoy the season. No sin in that. I laughed and had much fun with Santa. They also lit the tree and the rink was much more crowded than usual, I only skated around for a half an hour. A lot of teens were snapchatting, cutting in front of me, and I don’t play around with risky behaviour. I’ll go in a few weeks.


The photo booth photos. I was given two print outs of each, one lucky friend will get the duplicate copies. The originals went into my Happiness Box.



I can’t believe that in a month’s time (now 30 days instead of 31 days) I’ll be opening my Happiness Box! This was shot yesterday; I’m making great progress for 1 December! Last year I had the box top filled and by 31 December 2017, the box top was filled to the gills. I wanted to avoid that this year (I’m hoping it’ll make scrapbooking easier too) and so far I’m keeping to that goal. I just have to remember not to go overboard this month, the only exception will be on the last day – 31 December 2018. I’m excited to open this on 1 January 2019.


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Creator of the Happiness Box Project Initiative, a project where you write your happiness or gratitude each day, then open the box in the New Year. The Initiative is to teach joy and gratitude, to pass it on to others.

One thought on “It’s Beginning to Look like Winter”

  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    I know you are looking forward to having off work every Saturday in December. You always find interesting places to go and manage to turn at least one stranger (usually more) into a new friend. It happened again this week on your hike when you encountered Carolina native Jeremy. The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s ugly sweater party looks like a hoot, and I’m glad you got to hear the sound of a a Hawaiian band. I don’t blame you for taking advantage of a photo op with Santa. Those pictures you took at River Rink tell the tale – it was packed. When there are that many people crowded together there are bound to be some who spoil the fun for others with their inconsiderate behavior. I am excited as 2018 winds to a close and the new year is set to begin with the opening of your Happiness Box!

    Have a great week, dear friend JM!


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