Savor the Season

20 Dec

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

Wow, we have been in Florida for one week and I am feeling a bit exhausted. The 11 hour drive from the NC mountains last Wednesday left my husband and I with “road trip lag.” Thursday started off early with a much needed hair trim. It seems to take a couple of days for me to settle into my Florida groove buying groceries and putting away my must haves that I brought from NC.

Saturday we visited EPCOT at Walt Disney World to experience Candlelight with Gary Sinise narrating. The show is free but getting a seat involves standing in line for a couple of hours on the chance of getting in. We are too old for that these days! Earlier in the year we purchased a dinner package that would give us priority seating . It is expensive, but it’s our Christmas thing. We chose to dine in Morocco’s Marrakesh restaurant. We ate there once before and were pleasantly surprised with the flavorful food. The restaurant itself is beautiful with mosaic tile throughout.

I am uncomfortable taking pictures in a restaurant and invading diners privacy. I shot this one over the head of the couple next to us. In the center section a dancer performed to beautiful music played on a keyboard.

After our meal we visited a favorite store in the UK, Twining’s tea. We stocked up on the flavors we can’t find in our local grocery stores. To my surprise, the park was quite crowded, but it was a Saturday. After exploring shops in Japan and France we made our way to The American Adventure and were fortunate to find an empty picnic table to rest while we waited for our time to enter the amphitheater. I loved the Christmas tree and people were lined up to have pictures taken with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

The music was magnificent, Gary Sinise as narrator superb. As the sun went down, the evening turned brisk. An absolutely perfect evening… but boy were we tired. Thankfully our daughter volunteered to drive home.

Do you ever have weeks where you know you were busy, but it’s all a blur? That is how this week has been. I haven’t wrapped a single Christmas gift or planned our Christmas meal. On the plus side, I have made muffins and strawberry ice cream!

My friends, as we prepare to celebrate this joyful holiday let’s remember to savor the season…time spent with family, cherishing memories and most of all celebrating the birth of the Savior.

I'm a winnerAfter my retirement, I decided to re-learn the canning and preserving skills I learned from my mother but hadn’t practiced for twenty years. I titled the blog Old Things R New to chronicle my experience.  Since then I have been blessed to have six other bloggers join me, DiVoran Lites, Bill Lites,  Judy Wills, Louise Gibson, Janet Perez Eckles and Melody Hendrix In addition to blogging, I work as the publicist/marketer/ amateur editor and general  “mom Friday” for my author daughter, Rebekah Lyn. I also manage her website, Rebekah Lyn Books  where we frequently host the best in up and coming authors. My 2019 goal is to use my love of photographs and words to be an encourager on social media. You can visit Real Life Books and Media You Tube Channel if you would like to view some of the mini-videos I have created for our church, Gateway Community in Titusville, Fl.

6 Responses to “Savor the Season”

  1. divoran09 December 20, 2019 at 6:22 pm #

    we’re so glad you’re here


  2. Daniel Kemp December 20, 2019 at 8:14 am #

    A Very Merry Christmas to you and your family, Onisha. Thank you for being a friend throughout the year and I hope the muffins and ice cream are enough for Christmas lunch. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Onisha Ellis December 20, 2019 at 10:04 pm #

      Merry Christmas to you as well, Danny. I am thankful for your friendship and look forward to your humorous posts on FB. I am not up to your cooking standard but we will muddle through.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Daniel Kemp December 21, 2019 at 6:24 am #

        You are a very fine cook as you well know. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  3. ludyja December 20, 2019 at 8:02 am #

    We attended the Candlelight Processional on Saturday, as well, and heard Gary Sinese. How did we miss you? He is amazing! But we ate in the German pavilion, as we love the German food. We have eaten in Marrakesh before and enjoy it. So glad you are in our neck of the woods for a while!

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    • Onisha Ellis December 20, 2019 at 10:06 pm #

      We attended the early show and it was packed. Maybe that is how we missed each other. I admire Sinise’s passion for our military. He has a kind heart.


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