Normal Soon

Thanks to help from David and Cindy this is the living room now.

Every thing inside is packed and stored.

I packed the majority then Cindy finished the job yesterday.  David made sure everything was carried to he shed then Cindy help him pack it in.

The only thing left is to take down are the outside lights.  Chris will come down and take care of them.

I feel a little better today not trapped. or overwhelmed with the thoughts of getting Christmas put away.

I heard from my doctor yesterday and the pain in my side is from a fatty liver.  I have an appointment with my new doctor shortly and I will get my instructions from her about how to correct the situation.

I hope things will soon be back to normal in  your home soon.


Good morning on this first day of 2017.  Yesterday I spent a couple of early evening hours with the birthday boy.

He spent a lot of his time cooking ribs for his guests, doing dishes, and keeping the table stocked.

Early on there was Jasmine as co hostess.

Looking lovely as usual she had helped with the cooking , the traditional Chocolate Mousse., and greeting visitors.

Les . Anne and I were there early with Patty and Greg  Cindy had to work. .

They both turned to talk to Was as I snapped the picture.

There were  more guest expected later but both Les, Anne and I chose to leave early do to the late traffic. I figured baby New Year could find his way in without me.

I was up three times with Brandy in the middle of the night to let her outside.  The last time I started this.

Yes taking things down.

Changing Calendars.

Also gathering containers.

I will start to disassemble decorations today.

Cindy and David think I’m nuts because usually I leave things up for a few weeks but this has been a very difficult, stressful time and I don’t need reminders of things that have to be done.  It will take me a couple of days to accomplish this task but when it is complete I can move on to more normal things.

I finished Patrica Cornwell’s Chaos and found it somewhat difficult to get through.  Not that it was badly written but with every thing going on I had trouble following the story line.  I have started Mary Higgins Clark’s novel I’ve Got You Under My Skin.  I’m on chapter it is just the beginning.

There has been a foul  up in shipping of Cindy’s gift (another thing that I was responsible for that has me upset)  and I waiting for the package to arrive. I haven’t heard from my doctor’s office about my ultra sound yet (another problem).

So as you can see I’m pretty f***ed right now and if I had a place to hide I would go there.  But I will get busy, that will help, and I will get through this.

Have a go start of a brand new year.



Two Happy Wishes

Well it is almost goodbye to 2016 and I couldn’t be happier.  It has been a rough year for our family and it s time for a change.  Our under the weather people are beginning to feel better and it looks like they will be back to normal soon.

I want to take this time to wish one and all a very Happy New Year and to add a Happy birthday to my eldest.

Now his hair is a little whiter  he is still a handsome piece of work

This will be the first time in many years that I will be with him this evening.   I’m really looking forward to it.

Again I wish you good health, happiness, and a more prosperous year to come.

Nurse Nancy

This is my new name for now.  Actually I’m doing the domestic duties as always but trying to help Cindy where I can.

David did have surgery and is now having another test today.  Cindy is slowly getting better after seeing the doctor yesterday.  She hopes to get back work to work tomorrow. The zoo and I are still functioning well.  .

The snow is still melting.  The forecast for today is in the low 30s.  It is 34 degrees, wind is 13 mph, and it is clear right now.

I sit here hoping that 2017 will bring better times for all of us.  This year has been a trial for our family and promises to end on a difficult note unless things improve. But there is always tomorrow to see a change.

I hope all is well with you and yours and that your future looks brighter with the New Year.  .

What The!

This is what is on my mind right now.  This is Christmas week right!  A time to relax, remember, and reflect.  But not around here.  First David was admitted to the hospital on Christmas Day.  He is still in there for tests.

Next Cindy came down with a terrible cold.  After a day spent with David she has been resting ever since waiting for her medicine to take hold.

I haven’t heard from my sons so I don’t know if they are alright.  But as for me I’m fine.  I continue to take care of my zoo, keep up with the household duties, and find things to occupy my times because my truck is in the garage, David’s car is parked in front of the door, and he has the keys.

The last couple of days the snow has started to melt away.

But this morning the wind has picked up and it feels like the temperature is dropping.  I haven’t checked the forecast yet so I don’t know what is in store,

I took time yesterday to put the new flag that Les and Anne gave me for Christmas up.

It has three owls on his branch. 

This carries the theme from some of the previously flags.

When Les was here the other day he changed the picture on my boot up page.

This is what I see now (I smile), 


I want to thank the Murphy family for the big bowl of fruit they gave me and I’m thinking of some recipes to make with it because Cindy can’t have fruit yet.

Well I guess I’ll go back to my book for a while or play a few games of solitaire on the computer.  I’ll visit later.


The Eve

My 81st Christmas.

Another chance to wish all of you a vert Merry Christmas.  I will spend the next few days fighting with myself over when to take the decorations down.  There have been times in the past when the tree was still up as my birthday approached. and that is in February.   Other times things were taken and packed away just after the first of the new year.

But it is difficult to say goodbye to these memories.

This is one of the oldest ornaments that has survived.

Like me it has faced another year to remember all the years of children being born, growing up, and now reaching adulthood.  Also the grand children now join me on the holidays.

Our annual Christmas Eve dinner was last night.

This is Anne, Les’ wife and my oldest Wesley.


This is Lesley my youngest son with the ever present Santa hat, next Dakota, Wesley’s son, then Courtney. Lesley’s daughter. 


This is David, still apart of the family, and my daughter Cynthia,(to me always will be Cindy).

Sadly grand daughter Jasmine, Wesley’s daughter had to work and couldn’t be here.  This is something that happen both to me (the phone co.) and Cindy (direst care ) many times down through the years.

This is Brandy waiting patiently f or a little something that might escape the table.

The cats all hid (so many people) and the birds kept quiet and that my friends is our zoo.

Well that was our eve and except for me burning the marsh mellows on the on the sweet potato rounds every thing went well.  Les and Anne brought a honey baked ham, I had potatoes au gratin, wrapped asparagus,(not a favorite), shrimp with sauce, rolls, and cheese cake for dessert.

Well again I wish you Happy Holidays, a New Year with health, wealth, and happiness.  Let us hope 2017 will exceed everything that we missed in 2016.

I’ll close with another of my favorites.

Take care.


The Second Day

Yesterday was the first day of Winter. The surprise was that it was milder than what we have had the last few weeks.  The street is watery and mushy but my sidewalks (thanks to Chris)  are dry.

I have had a few problems this last week including having packages delivered to my old address. There were two and I caught one at the Otisville post office and they sent it on.  The whereabouts of the other is unknown at this time.

As you can see our cards are arriving.

I believe that when someone takes the time and money to send you a card you at least should display them.  The add to the festive feeling of your decor.

I have just pulled the recipes for our Eve dinner and will now take stock of the ingredients to make sure I have everything.  It won’t be like Thanksgiving when at the last moment I discovered that I had no Cranberry sauce and flew to the store to buy it.

This is one of the bears I made several years ago.

My Aunt Doris drew out the pattern for me .  I bought some musical buttons for inside them but sadly they gave up long ago.

The following pictures are some of my favorite ornaments which I will sprinkle throughout the text.

Well My ultrasound was on the 20th but I won’t have the results before next Tuesday (the holiday in between).

I have gotten as far as page 43 in the Reader’s Digest large print magazine for Dec/Jan issue and may not finish it until after Christmas.

This was made for me in 1989

I’m on page 143 of Patricia Cornwell’s novel Chaos.  It seems the only time I read it is when I’m waiting for Cindy on her appointments.

Another of my home mades

Well Cindy has left for her 2nd day of work after her leave and is as you suspect tired when she comes in later.  Well duty calls  so I’ll close for now.


Eves Past

Went back in my pictures for Christmas Eves past.  Just a few that I found.

The grand children from 2005

Down front was Dakota. next was Jasmine, then Courtney.


This was from 2006

Here we have Jay, son Lesley, and from the side daughter-in-law Debra.


From 2010

Facing are son Lesley, his wife Anne, in front was Jasmine and her friend.


From 2 years later

Same family and same tablecloth

In 2012 left to right was daughter Cindy, husband David, Jay, Lesley, and son Wesley.

In 2013

Hubby Jay and grandson Dakota

Still searching for 2014 and 2015 but as you can see Christmas Eve dinner  was a family tradition that will be repeated this year (remembering those  who are no longer with us).


Time Is Marching On!

Yep marching double time for me.  Another snowfall and another job for the shoveler.

The new flag went up today.

I really liked this design when I first saw it so I had to  There has to be about 4 or 5 flags in the box for this season.

I managed to get a picture of the buildings lighted.

They are impressive.

I sat last night with the lights from the buildings, those from window decorations, and the tree.  and a kind of a comfy  feeling came over me ,

When Chris helped us yesterday he moved the bird feeders.

It is placed close to the walk way .

Now I can fill it without wading deep snow.  When I open the door the birds scatter but at least they have seed.

Well the presents are wrapped but they are not under the tree because kitty (Lily) loves to rip open things.

I added a couple more things to the Eve dinner so I’m pretty sure it will be special.

Cindy is lacks only 6 pounds of having lost 70 pounds so far.  She is feeling good and very active.

Well I’m closing for now have a good weekend!

Eight Days To Dinner

My youngest son came today to help me get my problems with the computer fixed and also to install the new 27 inch monitor.  So here I am ready to work. Thank you Les!  First  of all:

Cindy’s progress here.

Over 55 lbs.

She is still losing. She is now on puree items and doing well.  She is feeling good and that is important.  She plans to return to work soon.


This was the flag for the last two weeks

It is time for Santa to arrive and I’ll try to get a picture of him next.

Our weather has been in the 20s and at night in the teens.  I freeze every time we go out on an errand but things must get done.  We are fortunate enough to have someone cleaning our sidewalks and Cindy bought a new salt spreader for the walk from the house to the garage for us.  Our friend Chris moved the bird feeders closer to the sidewalk so now I have to go fill them today. (Didn’t wade snow where they were.)

We fixed the buildings to light last night and will try for a picture later tonight.

Well I have a few chores to tend to now but I will be back.