Good News

Good morning  the lost has been found. Darlene and Michael came up yesterday to make me dinner.  More on that to follow.  Anyway when I took the Christmas tree down and moved the blue chair over closer to the center of the bay window I must have uncover some more of the floor.  Darlene was looking at the books in the bookcase behind the chair and happened to look down.  There on the floor almost under the end of the sofa laid my lost ring.

Now I have them both to wear.

Now I have them both to wear. Thank you Darlene. 

Now on to their visit.  They had called to say they would be up on Sunday to visit.  They also said don’t worry about dinner because they would make dinner when they got here.  Well indeed they did.

Every thing cooked from scratch and very delicious .

Everything cooked from scratch and very delicious .

The menu included roast  (or baked) chicken, cheesey broccoli, scalloped potatoes,  creamy (little) onions, and a lettuce salad.  I have never had creamy onions before and really liked them.

This couple are both very good cooks and I never turn down a meal they make.

This couple are both very good cooks and I never turn down a meal they make.

Michael wins an extra thank you because he always cleans up the kitchen when he is done.  I took advantage of him by asking if he would make a meatloaf out of three pounds of ground beef I had bought.  He mixed that up and it was in the  oven while we played some rummy.  I sampled a bit of it while I sliced it and sealed  it for freezing.  It is going to taste really good later when I am looking in my freezer for a meat dish,  Thank you both for a great meal and good company.

Today is Brandy’s birthday.

This is how she looked when Wes' family gave her to me.

This is how she looked when Wes’ family gave her to me.

This is her now.  10 years old and my constant companion.

This is her now. 10 years old and my constant companion.

Well I finished John Irving’s novel Avenue Of  Mystery  and have started on Stephen King’s The Bazaar of Bad Dreams.  This is a group of short stories that promises to delight my reading bug!

Well it is also time to start cleaning 2015 out of my file cabinet to make room for 2016.  That promises to be a pain in the butt but a necessary duty that comes with the new year.

Have a good and productive week.  Remember to exercise those face muscles because smiles make other smile back!

 

A Little Brag!

2016 Wow it is finally here!  It arrived 9 1/2 hours ago.  Did I see the ball go down?  No. Was I even awake? No. It arrived without me as I knew it would,  I checked through my sidebar and no one has posted yet so I thought I’ll be first.

First a big Happy Birthday for yesterday to my eldest who is now 54 years young. May you have many more.

Next outside it is 25 degrees,feels like 13.  The wind is 14 mph with a light snow falling.

It is ugly out there

It is ugly out there.

On the lighter side I want to play little girl and show you some of my presents.

Another novel and candy to it with it.

That makes nine novels and 2 mystery magazine to read.  It will make staying inside out of the cold much easier to take.

All the way from Japan thanks to grandson.

All the way from Japan thanks to grandson.

Another of my passions is oriental and big cats.

Along with the new Birds Of Beauty  that you have seen is the calendar.

Along with the new Birds Of Beauty that you have already seen is the calendar.

It is already on the wall in the dining room replacing last years.

There was a gift card, cookies (which I have devoured most of) and some handmade tea light holders which are in my glass corner cabinet. Now that I have bragged like the immature brat I am I have one more picture.

The last of the decorations that are now packed and in the basement.

The last of the decorations that are now packed and in the basement.

I crocheted this tree skirt in the 1980s and have never made another one.  Each year I would say I’ll make one for the kids but I never do.  The star you see has broken and I must go hunting for a new one before all the decorations disappear from the stores.

The house showing is in two days so I must get cracking on the domestic goddess duties.  I will close for now with the wish that this new year brings you health, wealth, and happiness which you all deserve.

 

 

I Knew I Could Do It!

Ok so it is 10:45 am and I have been busy since around 7 am.  This is where I am.

I changed the flag outside.

I changed the flag outside.

I removed the decorations from the porch.

I moved the wreath from the front of the house and put it on the porch.

I moved the wreath from the front of the house and put it on the porch.

On the inside everything is down.

The Nativity set is packed and waiting to go downstairs

The Nativity set is packed and waiting to go downstairs

The birds are on the kitchen table waiting to go into boxes.

The birds are on the kitchen table waiting to go into boxes.

The cards are down from the french door.  It looks a little sad in here but I felt with the showing coming up on the 3rd It was best to put everything away.

I won’t be able to take the outside lights down yet.  I have to get everything into the basement and give the place the vacuum, dust, and mop routine.

Where the tree was

Where the tree was

Piled up and ready for me to haul it to the basement

Piled up and ready for me to haul it to the basement

So there you have it my friend.  My days will be full but such is your life when you are trying to relocate.

Have a good few days and Happy New Years.  It going to get better for all of us.

 

Update:  2:15 pm and everything is boxed up and sitting in the basement  Am I proud of myself? You bet your butt I am!  Now Brandy and I are going to go and take a Nap!!!

Night Or Morning.

Yes I know it is 3:52 in the am.  I wonder what I’m doing up also. I know I have to get started on putting decorations away because I have another showing of the house on the 3rd.  I took yesterday off and read instead of working on my problem.

I sit here in the light of the lamp on my computer desk and remember that 54 years ago I was in Brent General Hospital giving birth to my first child.  I was finally going to be a mother which was something I had wanted for a long time.   Some of the others in the hospital woke me at just before midnight to watch the ball go down on TV. They offered ice cream to celebrate but I think that crawling back into that hospital bed was top priority that night.

Well many years have past since then and two more children have come into my life so I know I have been blessed.

I think I’m going back into my bedroom and crawl into my nice warm bed because I have a lot to do later this morning.  Good night or good morning!

Merriment And Mystery

Good Morning on this lovely, rainy, very gloomy 38 degree morning.  Well it is quiet, with Brandy sleeping on my bed, Molly sleeping on the couch, and Spirit sleeping in her cage.  Is it any wonder that my first thought is to haul my old butt back to bed myself.  But if I did I know I would wake up with the aches and pains you get from laying too long.  So I have chosen to visit with you instead.

First I would like to go into Christmas Eve and our family dinner.   The menu was baked ham, escallop potatoes, green bean casserole, a shrimp ring with sauce, spiced apples, yams in blueberry pie filling, asparagus, the usual pickles, olives, home canned pickled beets,  white and rye bread, rolls, chocolate turtle cake, and apple pie.  Debra, Wes’ wife, made a delicious cheese cake, and cookies.  Anne, Les’ wife, brought a cheese ball, crackers, and egg nog.  Daughter Cindy brought cottage cheese and potato chips to go with the chip dip I made. So we had plenty to eat.

Grand daughter Courtney, Les' daughter, and my son Wes

Grand daughter Courtney, Les’ daughter, and my son Wes

My son Les and wife Ann.

My son Les and wife Ann.

My son Wes and wife Debra

My son Wes and wife Debra

Cindy my daughter and me.

Cindy my daughter and me.

My friend David and Anne.

My friend David and Anne.

Grand daughter Jasmine, Wes’ daughter, had to work and his son, Dakota, is in service in Japan.  But this was another year that our tradition was recognized.

My friends Darlene and Michael  sent my Bird Of Beauty.

 

A gift my friends give me every year.

A gift my friends give me every year.

Wes hung it up for me

Wes hung it up for me

I have these birds up every year in the pass through because they are too lovely to leave in the boxes.  I have been known to leave them up until my birthday in February.  My friends also give me a new calendar of birds to replace the one that hangs there now on the left side

I will play little girl and tell you about my other presents later.

Now on to the mystery.

About a week ago I lost my mother’s ring with the sons birth stones in it.  I have searched all over the house for it.  I have checked in cat food containers, bird food containers, dresser and kitchen drawers, my truck, and any where I can remember being because it  slipped off my finger and I didn’t feel.  Daughter Cindy and grand daughter Courtney tore my bed apart, even moving it to check underneath to no avail.  I spent Christmas Day going through my five garbage bags hoping to find it.  No, it is gone so I resigned myself to that fact and figured I would not worry anymore about it.

Yesterday I decided to go into to my jewelry box to see if I could find something else to wear. This is what I found.

This ring has all three of my children's birth stones.

This ring has all three of my children’s birth stones.

I don’t know where this ring came from.  I don’t remember anyone giving it to me.  Nor do I remember buying it. All I know I’m happy to have it to wear and that it represents all my children.

My mother always said that things happen for a reason.  I guess I lost the first one so I would find this one instead.

My cards from you.

My cards from you.

I always display my cards because I figure if someone thought enough to send it I certainly should look at it more than once and I do thank you.

I hope your holiday was as happy as ours was and that your next year brings all the love, good health, and happiness that you deserve.

The Tradition Continues

Well the to do list is on the counter and I have started marking things off. Brandy is bathed, I started setting out what I need to make today for dinner tomorrow, and be off in about an hour to pick up the major part of our dinner.

My only problem is I keep changing my mind about the side dishes.  I make a decision then I see something else that looks better so I change the proverbial horse in the middle of the stream.  Oh well It is a woman’s right to change her mind.

You aren’t going to see any pictures until I caught up with Les to see where I’m going wrong. But he is used to me calling for help all the time.

Anyway when I finally settle down to putting together our dinner I’ll try to visit about it.  Hope things are moving along with your plans and I want to hear what you had so I can  oh and ah over your dinners.

Well I have to go–take care.

What?

Every time I look outside my mind wanders back to when the children were very young.  This one winter, with Christmas coming  soon, we had bought sleds I believe as presents.  Now back then there wasn’t much in the way of computer games and etc.  so the kids did play outside.

As the holiday approached all I could think about was what would we do if there was no snow.   It was like it is outside right now.

      Green and muddy Just like this

Green and muddy just like this

Kind of a sad memory with an ending that I can’t recall any more. But with the children in their 40s and 50s I guess it really doesn’t matter now.

I went to the basement a bit ago to locate the cut glass bowls and the tablecloth that both have to be washed for our dinner three days from now.  As it is now we should have about 10 for dinner.  I have a couple of things I want to pick up on the 23rd and then I am set.

Well I had something else to say but a shiny thing flew and my mind went with it. Darn I hate when that happens.

So all that is left to say laugh, take care, and if you are like me be glad you are on the right side of the grass.

 

 

It’s Me!

It’s Me Again Margaret Is an old Ray (Stephens or Stevens not sure of the spelling) song that fills my head every time I log in. Momentarily I’m lost in the lyrics and what I want to say goes floating away. But a closing of my eyes and a deep breath brings me back in to focus.

It is six days to Christmas and five to our family dinner ( my dad’s Idea from many years ago).  I have my dinner ordered, the house is under control, my small gifts are at the tree, and I’m getting antsy.

Well we finally got our snow just before 5 pm on Wednesday.

It came down in great big flakes covering everything.

It came down in great big flakes covering everything.

It stopped just before 6 pm.  It is still out there on the ground now.

The big thermometer on the ( heck you know where it is I’ve said it enough).  Anyway it reads 28 and the forecast on the computer says 25 lovely degrees this morning,

When I woke up this morning I could see the sun shining through the slats on the blind in the bedroom.  I was warm and toasty all the way to my neck and the first thought was stay right here.  But nature called as I stumbled to the bathroom as Molly started her routine of walking back and forth in front of me.  After I was seated it was sit and stare up at me with one paw raised.  I finally broke down and patted one side of her butt.  This in turn called for her to turn around so I could pat the other side.   This little ritual goes on for three or four times.  I then used to rub her head and neck but I stopped that when she bit me last week.  I’m better now and know to just let her sit and look at me.   There ain’t nothing like company when you are doing your duty in the morning.  Cat or dog they know you need them right there with you.

Well the new Mitch Albom book arrived two days ago so that make six novels to read once I finish the John Irving one I’m reading now.

Just ready and waiting.

Just ready and waiting.

This should hold me for a while.  You know that once you get my age my books, my Fill It in puzzles, my computer card games, and my visits with you all fit into my day.  I still have time to play domestic goddess, animal caretaker, and outdoor bird feeder without running out of time.  I even day dream a little.

Well the Christmas cactus is still trying.

There are still some buds waiting to show their glory.

There are still some buds waiting to show their glory.

Well my friend it is past breakfast time but I will feed Brandy and me anyway.  ( Molly gets hers the minute I wake up and get to the kitchen to start the coffee.)

I hope your families are getting ready for the holiday, that the excitement is growing, that they are happy and healthy.  Take Care

 

 

 

Another Day Closer.

Good morning on this chilly morning.  A trip to the mailbox when I failed to go yesterday resulted in two requests for a change.  One was in TV service and the other in life insurance.  I wonder why businesses always think that because your 80 you will really want life insurance. ( Don’t they know that you know you ain’t going to be around to spend it?)

Plus the TV thing that says you will have this service for one or two years but who says you will be around for that long.

I changed the flag by the door yesterday.

I changed the flag by the door yesterday.

 

I also fixed the decor on the coffee table.

This beats the devil out of a lot of bare wood.

This beats the devil out of a lot of bare wood.

 

Cindy visited the cemetery for me yesterday, it is in her area, to take pictures.

She added a white rose to the wreath.

She added a white rose to the wreath.

 

I also had my hair trimmed.  The last cut that I kept telling myself would grow did but It would have made children cry out in fear.  So I went down the street to Sonya and had her fix it.

Seeing I can’t seem to get passed this next item I will close for now.  Take care!

The after made me look almost human.

The after made me look almost human.

The before was a mess.  Letting it grow out would scare children.

The before was a mess. Letting it grow out would scare children.