Tuesday, December 23, 2008
My mother has not been doing well and I have been staying with her much of the time. I will get back to blogging when time allows, but I wanted to wish every one of you a blessed Christmas.
Enjoy your families and please remember the reason for the season.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Since I have already posted photos of some of my Nativity sets, I will show you some of the other decorations that are finally up around my home.
Mr. and Mrs. Claus smokers.
The mantle that displays Christmas paper ornaments made by my little sister.
Greeters on the sofa table.
Santa awaiting children in search of candy canes in his bag.
The living room with my in-laws Christmas tree and the Christmas train under the tree. I love all the colored lights that are already on the tree.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
This is our family - our children and their children.
Mr. J,B and P decorating my metal tree with magnets. I'm thinking it might work for a Christmas tree instead of the partridge and pears that I normally put on it. What do you think?
Thanksgiving day we watched four of our grandchildren while their parents ran a 5K race to provide funds for a local CHP officer who was struck by a driver last December. The kids (both males and females) love to use the sewing machines while they are here and asked if they could make some Christmas gifts. My granddaughter informed me that my sewing room was "full of wonders." I couldn't agree more. I'm glad she also feels that way.
The weekend was simply gorgeous as far as the weather was concerned. Yesterday the space shuttle landing was cancelled in Florida due to weather and sent to the desert in California. Edwards Air Force base is about an hour from us and with proper advance knowledge, one can go and watch the shuttle's return to earth. Such was the opportunity yesterday. Our #3 son took all of his children out to watch it land. It was a picture perfect day for it with temps in the upper 80s and crystal clear. Everyone loved it. I was so glad that it was a day when there was no work and no school for the kids to experience it. There was a time after September 11th that the base was closed to all visitors which was disappointing.
We always have the sonic booms here about 20 minutes before touchdown. Yesterday was no different. Although we were expecting them, the sound always startles me. The whole house shakes with two rapid, thunderous sounds. The indoor birds go crazy, the dogs bark and my heart skips a beat each time.
I took all of my children out for the very first landing -- way back in the "old" days. It was such a fabulous experience and to this day I am amazed when I see it land with such precision. To think of where it has been and realize that it can land on a sand runway in the middle of a desert, millions of miles from where it started still awes me. Since the Columbia was the first shuttle that we saw land, we took it's disaster even harder.
I have to share one more thing before I put you all to sleep. I have a dear friend, L, who is a graphic artist. Her rep recently had a piece put into a tapestry and L sent one to me. I have it hanging on the wall in my living room and absolutely love it. The colors are perfect and it is such a wonderful reminder of all the special moments that we have enjoyed together.
Now.....onto decorating for Christmas or at least getting my Thanksgiving things down and packed away. I will probably not start decorating until the end of the week when the painter finishes up. Meanwhile, I will check out all of your blogs and get in the mood. Have a wonderful week.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
- I was born a fiery redhead with hair below my shoulders at birth.
- The nurses tied my hair up in a ponytail on the top of my head with umbilical tape.
- I stayed a redhead until I stupidly decided to weave blonde into it when I was in my 20s. Little did I know that I would loose that gorgeous red hair to gray so early!
- I was an undrugged hyperactive child whom my mother turned onto a sewing machine.
- I made my first skirt for myself, by myself, when I was 5 years old.
- I graduated from nursing school and had my R.N. when I was just 19 years old.
- I married my brother's best friend. My brother did not marry mine.
Now, I am suppose to tag six other people but think I will let anyone who would like to do this contribute their information. It's always such fun to read about other bloggers.
As I wish all of our American bloggers a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with blessings, I will leave you with this thought.
May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have never a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!